The public is invited to attend the annual State of the County Address on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 9 a.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Lake County Administration Building, 315 W. Main St., Tavares. The theme for the State of the County message this year is “Real Florida…Real Close.”
All offices of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, Clerk of Courts, Property Appraiser, Supervisor of Elections and Tax Collector will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Lake County recently promoted four firefighters to the rank of lieutenant and graduated 11 new firefighters. Collectively, the four new lieutenants represent over 32 years of hands-on experience in Lake County Fire Rescue.
Lake County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Eric Palmer was recently honored during the 2nd Annual “Respect for Emergency Services” event hosted in October by the Optimist Club of Leesburg. Palmer was recognized for his outstanding service to the community for successfully bringing all of Lake County’s first-run fire engines up to National Fire Protection and Insurance Services Office standards.
The Lake County Public Safety Department, Emergency Management Division, in cooperation with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Melbourne, is inviting residents to take part in a Basic SKYWARN Spotter Training Class on Tuesday, Dec. 17 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The class will be held on the second floor of the Lake County Emergency Communications and Operations Center, 425 W. Alfred St. in Tavares.
The Lake County sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit has concluded a three-month-long drug investigation that has resulted in arrest warrants for 37 people and seizure orders for 16 vehicles. The investigation began in July after sheriff’s detectives received numerous complaints from citizens in the Umatilla and Eustis areas regarding cocaine being sold heavily in their communities.
It’s May 2013, and Lake County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Tony Cuellar, along with an elite team of highly-trained firefighters, suit-up in specialized hazardous material (HazMat) gear to respond to a tornado that hit a small community, which happened to also have a methadone lab.
In May 2013, Lake County Commissioners reviewed the county animal license fees, and approved changes to assist in offsetting costs associated with providing basic needs for animals housed in the shelter. The County also contracted with PetData, an online animal licensing service, to collect fees and manage the license and rabies vaccination data for Lake County pet owners.
A promising GOP strategy is getting a try out in the hotly contested gubernatorial election campaign in Virginia. It's based on the simple premise that Democrats have a morbid fear of being identified as liberals, according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.
On October 27th 2013 the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigation Unit concluded a joint investigation with DEA Orlando in reference to the trafficking of marijuana. This operation began with a traffic stop of a vehicle in central Arizona by Arizona State Police on October 24, 2013.
Former Major League Baseball star Johnny Damon is partnering with Lake County Sheriff Gary Borders and his school resource deputies to help stop bullying and raise awareness of this growing trend. Damon met with Sheriff Borders and resource deputies yesterday afternoon at Lake Minneola High School for a photo op to get the word out. A photograph from the meeting is attached.
The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County is hosting a monthly educational series through March 2014 to aid older residents on a variety of topics related to health, finances and safety. The series entitled “Aging Well in Lake County,” will continue with its second class in the series, “Healthy Meals for 1 or 2.” The class will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the Lake County Extension Office, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares.
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners is asking residents to help support Goodwill Industries of Central Florida by giving clothes during a donation drive being held Monday, Oct. 21 through Friday, Nov. 4 at the Lake County Administration Building, 315 W. Main St., Tavares.
The Lake County Library System is inviting residents to a time capsule dedication ceremony in commemoration of the statewide celebration of the 500-year anniversary of Florida’s discovery – Viva Florida 500. The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 8 a.m. in the Lake County Administration Building, 315 W. Main St., Tavares.
When 300 of the country’s top thought leaders and influencers in education, government, business, philanthropy and media gathered for the fourth annual “Education Nation” Summit on Oct. 6-8 in New York City, Lake County Schools was well represented.
The Lake County Adopt-a-Lake Program is reminding residents that are interested in submitting waterway photos to possibly be featured in Lake County’s 2014 Adopt-a-Lake Calendar, to submit their entries by Friday, Oct. 18.
Lake County Fire Rescue is joining the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind residents about things they can do to prevent kitchen fires during Fire Prevention Week being observed Oct. 6-12. The theme for this year is “Prevent Kitchen Fires,” and firefighters will be out during the week educating residents about how kitchen fires can be avoided.
Lake County Property Appraiser Carey Baker says more Lake County seniors are saving money this year on property taxes than in previous years. Baker attributes this to a newly designed informational flyer his office included with the Proposed Property Tax Notice (also known as the TRIM notice) which was mailed to all property owners last month.
It has been a little more than a year since Lake County Commissioners adopted an ordinance that prohibits the tethering of dogs while unattended. Since the ordinance went into effect, county officials continue to help educate pet owners about the dangers of tethering, and the results that could happen if owners choose to not follow the law.
On August 31st 2013 the Lake County Sheriff's Office received information that Mr. Bobby Moffitt of Sorrento had been carrying on an inappropriate relationship with a child under sixteen. During the course of the investigation deputies learned that Mr. Moffitt met the victim online.