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Leesburg man goes from alligator wrestler to reptile scientist

ORLANDO - Nick Clark was 33 and coming off a $72,000-a-year salary when he made a radical career change - wrestling alligators at Gatorland for $6 an hour. He said his previous employer had fired him when, "burnt out," he refused to sell an A/C unit to a couple who didn't need it. To Clark, grapplin

DAILY COMMERCIAL - 2017-09-25 01:00:00

Miss Leesburg Pageant awards scholarships to winners

LEESBURG - The Miss Leesburg Scholarship Pageant was held Saturday at the Leesburg High School auditorium. Whitney Parrett was crowned Tiny Miss, Reese Bryan was crowned Little Miss, Alexis DeLand was crowned Junior Miss, Chloe Henderson was crowned Teen Miss and Eva Henderson was crowned Miss Leesb

DAILY COMMERCIAL - 2017-09-25 00:01:00

Lady Lake man saved by mystery nurse wants to thank her

Rick Glass had just gotten off work at Home Depot in Lady Lake on June 21 and was on his way to his doctor's appointment at the Veteran's Administration clinic, but never got there. While leaving the parking lot he had a seizure which disorientated him, but thanks to a nurse who recognized the probl

DAILY COMMERCIAL - 2017-09-23 22:35:49

Our Opinion: In Eustis, Sabatini puts self above service

Eustis Commissioner Anthony Sabatini is at it again. Just under a year in office, Sabatini is racking up quite a cache of controversies and enemies, often for the wrong reasons. It's easy to imagine why the citizens of Eustis elected Sabatini, a young, energetic, bright, articulate person with a dri

DAILY COMMERCIAL - 2017-09-24 12:00:00

Convicted child pornographer registers address in Village of Rio Ranchero

Jason Keith Martin A convicted sex offender has registered an address in the San Miguel Villas in the Village of Rio Ranchero. Jason Keith Martin, 38, on Friday registered an address of 863 Rialto Road with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Martin was released July 5 from the Lake County Ja

VILLAGES-NEWS.COM - 2017-09-24 21:35:54

Bad Parking: Practicing before the snowbirds come back

Wrong-way parking at Brownwood Willing to share, but over the line Villa Bad Parking St. Charles Pool Sitting at Subway Sharing spaces at Lake Sumter Landing Ruby Tuesday's Really? Publix Publix at Spanish Springs Publix at Lake Deaton Pinellas Plaza Parked in wrong direction at Lake Sumter Landing

VILLAGES-NEWS.COM - 2017-09-24 21:46:21

Impatient Villagers dumping debris from Irma at postal stations, recreation centers

Villagers are being asked not to dump debris from Hurricane Irma at postal facilities and recreation centers. Apparently, Villagers have grown impatient waiting for Federal Emergency Management Agency-hauler Crowder Gulf Inc. to make the rounds and pick up debris from the storm which struck on Sept.

VILLAGES-NEWS.COM - 2017-09-24 22:21:20

Young Frankenstein cast brings back to life hilarious tale from zany Mel Brooks' movie

The cast of Young Frankenstein can't wait to share their production with the audience which they will be able to do Oct.15-17 at the Savannah Center. Donna Francis as Elizabeth Benning and Gerry Sherman as Frederick Frankenstein. "Everyone loved the movie," said Gerry Sherman, playing the role of Fr

VILLAGES-NEWS.COM - 2017-09-24 19:10:30

George Soros, the most dangerous man in the world

Rich Sobieray A friend once accused me and my criticism of George Soros as unfounded. How could I criticize someone I did not know? I showed the picture that I carry around to remind me of the danger he represents. Then, I decided to use his own words to describe him. You be the judge. This is the m

VILLAGES-NEWS.COM - 2017-09-24 10:32:18

Motorcyclist killed after colliding with utility pole in Hernando County

A motorcyclist was killed Saturday evening after colliding with a utility pole in Hernando County. Gene Arden Leavitt Jr., 51, of Brooksville was riding a 2001 Yamaha motorcycle southbound on U.S. 41, north of Ancient Trail, according to a Florida Highway Patrol accident report. For unknown reasons,

VILLAGES-NEWS.COM - 2017-09-24 21:23:18

Villages Economy Roars To New National Ranking

Tickets purchased at the Barnstorm Theater or home accent items bought at the Rustic Rose at Brownwood, meals consumed at the Lighthouse Point Bar & Grill at Lake Sumter Landing or even golf equipment bought at the Sarasota Driving Range all add up to something impressive. Consumer expenditures at e

VILLAGES DAILY SUN - 2017-09-24 15:00:00

Full Circle: Hurricanes are Destructive but Bring out the Best in us

Two elementary school-aged girls began singing "Hakuna Matata" as our plane flew over Houston. The title of the song from Disney's "Lion King" means "no worries" in Swahili. They could see out the window of the plane that floodwaters had cleared significantly in the inner city of Houston, and their

VILLAGES DAILY SUN - 2017-09-24 15:00:00

Residents encouraged to honor veteran on Flightless Honor Flight

Local residents will have the opportunity to honor 22 veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam participating in a Flightless Honor Flight Saturday, Sept. 30 The traditional Welcome Home Celebration at the American Legion Post on Rolling Acres Roas will begin at 2:30 p.m. Entertainment for the h

VILLAGES-NEWS.COM - 2017-09-24 19:52:17

Let's pressure our legislators on Trump tax reform

Dear Editor, Congress will not abolish 77,000 pages of tax code. HR 25 has been in committee for over 20 years! We need to get Tax Reform and this is a good start: TAX REFORM Make It Easy We need a tax code that is simple and easy to understand. The average taxpayer has to wade through 241 pages of

VILLAGES-NEWS.COM - 2017-09-24 17:45:05

Chicago Cubs fans to gather next week for subs, trivia at Colony Cottage Recreation Center

While the Chicago Cubs are attempting to repeat as World Series champions, the local fans are lending their support. The Cubs World will hold its next general meeting Monday, Oct. 2 in the Parlor Room at the Colony Recreation Center. The meeting is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. with the doors opening at 6

VILLAGES-NEWS.COM - 2017-09-24 16:40:08

Bad management of post-Irma debris pickup

To the Editor: Most of the debris in our community is bagged. Taking a sample of the two main streets in our community I found that 85 perent with debris bagged leaving 15 percent with large debris. There is no reason our regular Wednesday pickup could not have handled this 85 percent over the last

VILLAGES-NEWS.COM - 2017-09-24 14:30:32

Would you like some cheese for that whine?

To the Editor: Talk about the definition of privilege! I know it is the minority, but I am so over those who complain about the closure of the golf courses, how long it is taking for debris to be collected, and that our little home-spun radio station couldn't give them weather reports during the sto

VILLAGES-NEWS.COM - 2017-09-24 11:30:01

Court circuit starts new education initiative

The 5th Judicial Circuit Court has started a new outreach venture. A program called Court & Citizens Summit aims to enhance citizens' understanding of the circuit and how court works in general. The circuit will hold quarterly summits in different regions of coverage. The first was held Tuesday at t

STAR-BANNER - 2017-09-24 07:01:00

Lady Lake man taken into custody after allegedly assisting his brother in avoiding arrest

Eric McCleary A 36-year-old Lady Lake man was taken into custody after allegedly helping his brother avoid arrest. A Lake County sheriff's deputy had responded Thursday night to a verbal dispute reported by a neighbor on Happy Lane in Lady Lake. Eric Lee McCleary admitted that he and his brother had

VILLAGES-NEWS.COM - 2017-09-24 21:24:42

School, teachers, volunteers help Tavares neighbors after Irma

When it became clear that Lake County students would be away from school for an extended time after Hurricane Irma, community members became concerned. "They were asking whether anybody was doing anything to feed the kids during the break," said Julie Lively, a seventh-grade teacher at Tavares Middl

DAILY COMMERCIAL - 2017-09-24 14:00:00