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Editorial: Florida owns up to racial injustices against 'Groveland Four'

On Friday, Florida’s Clemency Board struck a long-delayed blow for justice, granting pardons to the Groveland Four – young black men whose lives were ruined 70 years ago by a racist criminal justice system in the central part of the state.


Lake County Animal Shelter Ground Breaking Was A Collaborative Effort

Lake County Commissioners, County Animal Shelter staff, volunteers, pets, community leaders, residents, supporters, just about every segment of the Lake County Community were at the site of the anticipated Lake County Animal Shelter to celebrate at the groundbreaking ceremony.


Sheriff's deputy resigns after fight at Florida strip club

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Florida sheriff's deputy has resigned after being arrested on charges that he battered a couple at a strip club. An internal affairs report says 33-year-old Dwight Robinson quit his job at the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office two days after the July 3 incident at Scores.


Metro vs. Florida and Montverde on TV | Basketball Report

The ninth edition of the Metro vs. Florida Challenge basketball event tips off with three games Thursday night at Apopka High School. The showcase, moved to Martin Luther King Jr. weekend this year, pits schools from the Metro Conference vs. teams from outside the tradition-rich Orange County public


DeSantis, Cabinet pardon wrongly convicted ‘Groveland Four’

Gov. Ron DeSantis and three Cabinet members unanimously granting posthumous pardons to four black men whose lives were destroyed after being wrongfully accused of raping a white woman on a road near Groveland, 30 miles west of Orlando, nearly 70 years ago.


Local author will offer presentation about the Groveland Four

The Lake County Historical Museum will present “The Path to Pardon,” the story of the Groveland Four. Author Gary Corsair will be discussing his book Legal Lynching: The Sad Saga of the Groveland Four. This book was the basis for the Emmy Award-winning WUCF documentary “The Groveland Four”which was


Lake delegation hears requests from local governments, organizations

LEESBURG — The Lake County legislative delegation met Tuesday afternoon to field requests for local support. Governments and organizations presented their priorities to the delegation, comprised of lawmakers who represent Lake County in the Florida legislature. On the delegation is Rep. Brett Hage,


Spaghetti Dinner at Clermont VFW

On Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 4-6 p.m., the Clermont VFW Auxiliary will hold a fundraising meatball and spaghetti dinner open to the public. The menu includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread and dessert, all for a donation of $7 per person. There will be door prizes and poppies on displa


Florida to consider statewide driver's license, insurance, registration database

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Florida could soon join a growing list of states that have a state-run database to store important information like your driver’s license and proof of insurance, to be used not to replace the physical copies, but allow for a suitable backup and an extra tool for law enforce


Police: Teen Boy Kept as Sex Slave in Florida Trailer for a Year

Police in St. Petersburg, Florida, have arrested seven adults and charged them with keeping a 16-year-old boy as a sex slave in a filthy trailer for a year. The victim was discovered during an investigation of another missing teen from Louisiana, according to Fox 61.


Once again, Florida legislators want guns on campus, but banned near them | Commentary

Today we’ve got headlines about a crafty snake, a scary knife and a missing body organ — plus details on the political fallout from last week’s Groveland Four pardon. But first, if you ever wonder why Florida politicians are unsuccessful in tackling many serious issues, it’s partly because they spen


Join The “Three Bridges Lake Cleanup” On Saturday, January 19

Clermont Chain of Lakes Foundation is sponsoring a “Three Bridges Lake Cleanup” focusing on Lakes Palatlakaha, Hiawatha and Minneola and the waters connecting them. On Saturday, January 19, you can make a huge difference by spending just a few hours cleaning up trash left in or near the bridges on t


Accused molester blames his 'sleepwalking' problem

CLERMONT – Police have arrested a man and charged him with lewd and lascivious molestation of a girl, but he says he has a sleep-walking problem and does not remember doing anything wrong.


Government Shutdown Prompts Hunger Strike Inside Manhattan Jail

The partial government shutdown has reportedly prohibited lawyers from seeing their clients, and medication from being distributed to inmates. As the country enters its 26th day since the partial government shutdown, some inmates inside a Manhattan detention center have decided to partake in a hunge


Frigid Florida: Get ready for the coldest air we've seen this season

ORLANDO, Fla. - Here is Mother Nature's reminder that it technically is winter, even if we do live in Florida. Central Florida will see the coldest air of the season over the next few days, as well as some wet weather.


Horse that escaped 'death sentence' now healing at Lake ranch

His legs are heavily bandaged. His right side is a patchwork of bald and raw skin. And he flinches when strangers touch him. But at a ranch in the hills outside Clermont, a horse that six weeks ago fell out of a moving trailer onto I-75 and was left for dead is getting a second chance at life. And t


Mount Dora police dispatcher battling cancer calls co-workers' support 'amazing and humbling'

MOUNT DORA — When Paula Anscomb was diagnosed with an especially aggressive form of cancer in August, the Mount Dora police communications officer didn’t have to look far to get the support she needed to battle the disease.


Vacant Leesburg Chili's will get new life as MoJo's Grill

LEESBURG — About a year and a half after it closed, the former Chili’s restaurant will have new owners and a new sign on the door: “Fun and Spontaneous Environment.” “It’s kind of a warning,” said Rondo Fernandez, 44, who is bringing one of his Mojo Grill and Catering restaurants to the site at 9925


Florida man drinks 20 bears, attempts to get children to touch him inappropriately

MARION COUNTY, Fla. - Police say a Florida man would drink up to 20 beers before bringing children into his home and try to convince them to touch him inappropriately. The Marion County Sheriff's Office arrested Arthur Leo Proulx, 51, after he allegedly made sexual advances towards two boys, ages 6


Florida McDonald's Employee Caught On Video Repeatedly Screaming Racial Slur At Black Customer

A Spring Hill, Florida McDonald's employee is out of a job after repeatedly hurling racial slurs at a Black customer. Either people have no sense of self-preservation in today’s world where cellphone video and other information are easily shared and accessed…or they just don’t care. And a prime exam