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Lake County

A surprise recognition at the Lake County School Board meeting last month caught Superintendent of Schools Dr. Susan Moxley off guard.

The Lake County Public Safety Department asks residents to take proper precautions when celebrating Independence Day at home, and is urging residents not to potentially spoil their Fourth of July celebration by using illegal fireworks, which too frequently lead to fires and severe personal injuries.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties received a $39,725 grant from the Walmart Foundation for its Fitness in Training (FIT) program, which is designed to improve club members’ physical and fiscal fitness. “The components of the FIT Project help connect our members to the world around them by teaching healthy habits for both physical and fiscal fitness,” stated Freddy Williams, CEO. 

According to the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA), the Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Awards honors schools whose athletic teams demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship during the 2013-2014 regular season and FHSAA State Series. This year, 21 high schools and three middle schools received the prestigious award.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties announces the launch of the Summer Brain Gain program, a summer learning loss prevention program developed specifically for Boys & Girls Clubs.

It’s raining cats, and that’s a problem this time of year for shelters across Central Florida.

“It’s kitten season, which means Lake County Animal Services will be seeing dozens of kittens dropped off at the shelter weekly,” said Brian Sheahan, director of the county’s Community Safety & Compliance Department. “Unfortunately, when kittens come into the shelter under eight weeks old and weighing less than two pounds, we are unable to vaccinate or sterilize the cats and their risk of illness increases.”

United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announced today that Aaron Michael Murray (21, Clermont) has been charged by a federal grand jury in a superseding indictment with five counts of advertising for child pornography over the Internet, four counts of transporting child pornography over the Internet, and two counts of possessing child pornography. On each of the advertising counts, Murray faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years and up to 30 years in federal prison. He faces a mandatory minimum penalty five years, up to 20 years’ imprisonment on each transportation count, and up to 10 years in prison on each possession count. Each count in the superseding indictment also carries a potential life term of supervision.

The Lake County Board of County Commissioners, in conjunction with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, is seeking to ensure all business owners in Lake County are aware that selling synthetic marijuana, bath salts and other similar products is illegal as of May 1.

National Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 25-31 and now is the ideal time for residents to take a few simple safety steps to keeping their families prepared and safe during a hurricane.

Unincorporated Lake County’s residential curbside garbage collection is changing on Monday, Oct. 6 to a “1-1-1” service consisting of once-per-week trash, one-per-week recycling and once-per-week yard waste pick-up. Homeowners in unincorporated areas will be receiving postcards in the mail with detailed information about the county-issued trash and recycling carts, which will be delivered between August and September.

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County is hosting “Why Plants Fail – Too Much, Too Little, Too Late” at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 7 at the Lake County Agricultural Center, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares. The two hour-long class is part of the "Saturday in the Garden” speaker series and will be presented by veteran Master Gardener Jeanette Hanst.

The Lake County Board of County Commissioners is seeking local religious leaders and other representatives to participate in County Commission meetings by opening with an invocation.

Residents are invited to join park rangers to count Lake County’s many varieties of plants and animal species in celebration of "International Day of Biodiversity” from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 22 at Lake May Reserve located at 36300 County Road 44A, Eustis.

The Florida Department of Health in Lake County, The Lake County Public Safety Department, Lake Emergency Medical Services, participating municipalities and various partners have joined together with Swimming for Life to host Water Safety Day, a free swimming demonstration for children to be held in six Lake County cities on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

The Lake County Board of County Commissioners is joining LifeStream Behavioral Center at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 19 for a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house celebrating the newly renovated Hope Springs Villas, located at 1171 Bentley Road in Leesburg.

The public is invited to the Lake County Economic Development & Tourism Department’s Tourism Expo, to be held from 2 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11 at Lake-Sumter State College, 9501 U.S. Highway 441, Leesburg.  The Tourism Expo aims to showcase Lake County as ‘Real Florida. Real Close.’ by highlighting the county’s tourism-related businesses, attractions and events.

A 5,000-acre controlled burn at the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge in Volusia County is causing smoke to billow into northeast Lake County.

The Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program is currently seeking volunteer advocates to be a voice for abused, neglected or abandoned children whose cases are in the court system.

Lake County Animal Services shelter, located at 28123 County Road 561 in Tavares, reopened today under a veterinarian’s guidance after last week’s confirmed cases of parvovirus.

The Lake County Solid Waste Division, in partnership with the Leesburg Police Department, is encouraging Lake County residents to dispose of unwanted household hazardous materials and medications in a safe and environmentally conscious way at an upcoming collection event. The county’s Household Hazardous Waste Mobile Unit will be collecting items from 9 a.m. - noon on Thursday, May 8 at the Home Depot parking lot, located at 10825 U. S. Highway 441, Leesburg.

Lake County Public Safety Lt./Paramedic Chad Eason this week put his many years of training and experience to the test, successfully rescuing a victim trapped inside a burning home.

On Tuesday, detectives with the Lake County sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit responded to 4041 Azalea Way in Lady Lake to investigate a possible meth lab. Patrol deputies and investigators with the Department of Children and Families were already at the home investigating a complaint that had been received suggesting the children in the home could possibly be at risk of abuse or neglect.

Lake County has launched its much anticipated sports website, www.SportsInLakeFL.com, showcasing the county’s state-of-the-art sports venues and facilities.

The Lake County Board of County Commissioners, Lake County Water Authority and the Florida Region of USA Volleyball are inviting the public to the groundbreaking ceremony of the Hickory Point Beach sand volleyball complex at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 30 at 27341 State Road 19, Tavares.

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