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Lights and air coming back on in hard-hit Umatilla

UMATILLA - Terry Curry and her family don't want to live in one room of their powerless Umatilla home anymore. For eight days, they have huddled around a window air conditioner powered by a generator thanks to electric outages after Hurricane Irma. On Monday afternoon, their spirits lifted when the

DAILY COMMERCIAL - 2017-09-19 11:46:00

Leesburg family trying to get by after Irma destroys home

LEESBURG - "If you're going through hell, keep going," Winston Churchill said. The British prime minister might have been talking about World War II, but the words could equally apply to the life of Jeremiah and Samantha Stokes and their children. The Stokes family lives in Country Life Mobile Home

DAILY COMMERCIAL - 2017-09-19 21:55:32

Waffle House fails health inspection

A Waffle House restaurant in Apopka was closed temporarily by a health inspector because of roaches. A report from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation shows an inspector found 26 roaches in the storage room that contained the walk-in cooler. The inspection took place Sept.

ORLANDO SENTINEL - 2017-09-19 14:46:00

WATCH LIVE: Growing sinkhole in Apopka threatens nearby house

APOPKA, Fla. - A family was evacuated from their Apopka home Tuesday morning after a 25-foot-wide sinkhole opened up threatening to swallow their home, Orange County Fire Rescue officials said. Firefighters responded at 8:22 a.m. to a call about the sinkhole and the family was safely evacuated. Of

CLICK ORLANDO - 2017-09-19 16:10:28

Hurricane Irma: Officials question Duke Energy about 41K remaining power outages

SANFORD, Fla. - Patience is wearing thin for the almost 41,000 Duke Energy customers in Central Florida who awoke Tuesday morning in homes without electricity. The company's Seminole County delegation met at downtown Sanford's Seminole County Services Building to question company officials about why

WFTV - 2017-09-19 14:23:21

Woman banned from Belk arrested by police after showing up with companion for shoplifting spree

A repeat shoplifter and her companion were arrested last week after allegedly stealing items from Belk at La Plaza Grande in The Villages. Tammy Patterson Tina Russell At approximately 6:50 p.m. Thursday, 59-year-old Tammy Sue Patterson of Lady Lake and 63-year-old Tina Ann Russell entered Belk, acc

VILLAGES-NEWS.COM - 2017-09-19 13:19:24

Sinkhole opens up in roadway at Main Street and U.S. Hwy. 27/441

A sinkhole opened up at about 5 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Main Street and U.S. Hwy. 27/441 in The Villages. Southbound traffic was directed away from the sinkhole which was about four-feet across and appeared to be fairly deep. Lady Lake police, the Villages Public Safety Department and Co

VILLAGES-NEWS.COM - 2017-09-19 22:34:36

Villages, Counties Get to Work Cleaning Up Debris

On Monday, Gov. Rick Scott issued a mandate stating all counties affected by Hurricane Irma must file a detailed debris clean-up plan by noon today with the Florida Division of Emergency Management. "Let me be clear: Debris removal is a function handled and directed at the local level; and, followin

VILLAGES DAILY SUN - 2017-09-19 15:00:00

Fruitland Park woman arrested after driving dangerously on a suspended license in neighborhood full of children

A Fruitland Park woman was arrested Sunday after reportedly driving her boyfriend's Jeep dangerously on a suspended license through a neighborhood full of children. Teliah Powell Law enforcement responded to a complaint after witnesses provided Lake County Sheriff's Office with a sworn affidavit sta

VILLAGES-NEWS.COM - 2017-09-19 21:32:50

Morning scare ends in gunfire

An apparent burglary during the pre-dawn hours Tuesday ended with gunfire at a home on South Apopka Avenue in Inverness. Israel Reyes of Inverness said he was preparing to leave for work at 3 a.m. when he noticed the door handle shaking. He then noticed a man on the other side, trying to force the d

RIVERLAND NEWS - 2017-09-20 01:18:00

Sinkhole gobbles part of Florida home

APOPKA - A Florida home has been partially swallowed up by a massive sinkhole. Orange County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Kat Kennedy says crews responded Tuesday morning, shortly after the Apopka house began sinking. She says the sinkhole measured about 20 feet across and 15 feet deep. No injuries were

DAILY COMMERCIAL - 2017-09-19 23:45:00

Traffic stop leads to Lady Lake man's arrest for marijuana posession

A Lady Lake man was arrested Friday on a charge of possession of marijuana after a traffic stop in Fruitland Park. Joshua O'Neal A Lake County sheriff's deputy observed a vehicle driving at what appeared to be 55 miles per hour in a 45 mph posted speed limit on Lake Unity Drive, according to an arre

VILLAGES-NEWS.COM - 2017-09-19 18:36:02

Iconic pastor comes to Apopka on a mission to eradicate homelessness

The VOICE of compassion: Hunter speaks to area pastors By Reggie Connell/ Managing Editor of The Apopka Voice Hurricane Irma slammed into Apopka last week with unexpected fury and jarred the community to its core. Streets flooded, trees fell, and the vast majority of residents lost power at their ho

THEAPOPKAVOICE.COM - 2017-09-19 18:11:51

Sinkhole forms in Apopka couple's backyard

An Apopka couple had a rude awakening on the morning of Tuesday, September 19, when a sinkhole formed in their backyard. On Monday, September 18, at about 6 p.m., Garry and Ellen Miller noticed something strange going on with a sidewalk leading into the back of their house on Kelly Park Road in Apop

THEAPOPKACHIEF.COM - 2017-09-19 20:37:52

Sinkhole 'swallowing' Apopka home, rescue officials say

A sinkhole is "swallowing" an Apopka family's home Tuesday, Orange County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Kat Kennedy said. The hole was about 25 feet wide and 15 feet deep when rescue crews arrived about 8:30 a.m., Kennedy said. The hole near West Kelly Park Road has grown since then. The family was evacua

ORLANDO SENTINEL - 2017-09-19 16:20:00

Sinkhole swallows home in Apopka

Updated: 11:18 AM EDT Sep 19, 2017 An apparent sinkhole has swallowed a portion of a home Tuesday in Apopka. The sinkhole opened underneath a home on Kelly Park Road. It was reported just after 8:15 a.m. Video from Chopper 2 showed people scrambling to salvage belongings as the hole swallowed a

WESH - 2017-09-19 15:18:00

Hurricane Irma damages Apopka animal rescue center

APOPKA, Fla. - Several exotic animals in Apopka are in need of help after Hurricane Irma. The hurricane knocked down trees, power lines and caused other debris at The CARE Foundation along West Ponkan Road in Apopka. The animals were not hurt, but the non-profit is unable to offer tours or education

WFTV - 2017-09-19 16:50:53

Sinkhole swallows portion of Apopka home

APOPKA, Fla. - A family escaped their Apopka home hours before a possible sinkhole swallowed up a portion of the house, officials with Orange County Fire Rescue said. Emergency crews were called at 8:22 a.m. Tuesday to a home on West Kelly Park Road in Apopka. The family said they began noticing the

WFTV - 2017-09-19 16:06:03

Hurricane Irma's fury has forced closure of many Central Florida parks and trails

After days of living without power, calling roofing companies or cleaning up yard debris, many Central Floridians may be looking for a quiet place to relax and de-stress following Hurricane Irma. But visiting a preserve or taking a hike on a nature path might not be an option for the time being. A w

ORLANDO SENTINEL - 2017-09-18 21:50:00

Stuart William 'Bill' Olson

Stuart William 'Bill' Olson Stuart William "Bill" Olson, 78 of Fruitland Park, FL, passed peacefully on September 15, 2017 under the loving care of his family and Cornerstone Hospice House in Tavares after losing his latest battle with cancer. Born on September 6, 1939 in Summit, NJ, he started his

VILLAGES-NEWS.COM - 2017-09-18 21:27:19