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Lake County’s Parks & Trails Division is hosting its annual Native Plant Sale and Open House from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 at the Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (PEAR) Park Wildlife Conservation Area, 4800 University Ave., Leesburg.

Lake County’s 4-H teams judged eight sets of horses and gave reasons on four sets. In horse judging, youth evaluate classes of four horses on their confirmation movement and riding suitability. Team members earn points based on how close their placing comes to the actual official’s.

The Central Florida Landscape & Garden Fair is a family-friendly weekend event featuring not only expert gardening classes for adults, but a range of educational activities for children.

If Percival could talk, he would tell a harrowing story of the night he came face to face with a bear and survived the brutal attack.     

During the early-morning hours of Saturday, April 12, detectives with the Lake County sheriff’s Special Investigations Bureau concluded a three-day operation targeting those involved in crimes related to prostitution.

Lake County Animal Services is seeking help in locating the owner of a dog who was found afloat and saved by good Samaritans on the St. Johns River over the weekend.

Celebrate Arbor Day by planting a tree that could serve as a future home to baby Florida Scrub-jays from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 25 at Lake Thomas Cove Park, 3020 Thomas Cove Drive, Groveland.

The Lake County Public Safety Department’s Fire Rescue Division has begun a new tradition that is steeped in history, dedicating three new fire trucks in ceremonious fashion.

The Young Families Health Initiative Committee of Lake County is hosting the 25th Annual Baby Fair: “An Event for First Time Parents” on Tuesday, April 29 at the Lake County Agricultural Center, 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares and Wednesday, May 7 at the Leesburg Community Center, 109 E. Dixie Ave. in Leesburg.

The Lake County Board of County Commissioners approved an agreement on April 8 that would allow The Florida Region of USA Volleyball to begin construction on the Hickory Point Beach sand volleyball complex, set to open the weekend of July 4.

To celebrate his Bar Mitzvah, 13-year-old Jacob Hornstein did something selfless, raising $700 for Lake County Animal Services.

“I love animals,” said Jacob. “I just decided they would be a lot better off with more money and more hope.

The Villages Charter Middle School student, who also attends Congregation Beth Shalom Hebrew School in Leesburg, sent cards to his guests asking for donations rather than presents. In the end, the Lady Lake 7th grader even took some of the money given to him as gifts and gave it back to the shelter.

Detectives with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office have arrested South Lake High School teacher Michael Ryan on a warrant for charges of Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Minor. The 45-year-old  was arrested and transported to the Lake County Detention Center.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office traffic unit is currently participating in Work Zone Safety Week in the area of the road construction in Fruitland Park on Hwy 27 and Spring Lake Rd. Deputies urge motorists to use caution when traveling through work zones, someone's life may depend on it.

Lake County sheriff’s Cyber Crimes detectives have added additional charges of child pornography to a Tavares man who was arrested last summer. The investigation initially began in November 2012, which resulted in the defendant, 34-year-old Jason Martin, being charged with three counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of distribution of child pornography.

The Lake County Historical Society, in conjunction with the Tavares Chamber of Commerce, is inviting the public to a ribbon cutting and grand reopening ceremony of the Lake County Historical Museum at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 17.

Lake County sheriff’s Cyber Crimes detectives arrested a Grand Island man on Wednesday, April 2 after an investigation that began in February revealed that the man uploaded child pornography to a photograph-sharing website. Thomas Jason Hutcheson, 41, was initially charged with 44 counts of Possession of Child Pornography and 44 counts of Distribution of Child Pornography.

Lake Tech welding student Mario Sozzani may have been born deaf, but he says welding is a universal language. It’s a language he and fellow student Allan Ucci are fluent in, having both won medals in the recent Regional Skills USA Welding Competition.

Lake County recently unveiled its new slogan, “Real Florida. Real Close.” and to showcase the area as a tourism destination, The Lake County Economic Development & Tourism Department is hosting its first Tourism Expo from 2 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11 at Lake Sumter State College, 9501 U.S. Highway 441, Leesburg.

Animal Services will have pets available for on-the-spot adoptions, and as an extra incentive, Hurricane Dockside is offering $25 gift certificates to people who bring home a pet from the carnival.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and there are few better ways to help protect local children than becoming a volunteer with the 5th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program. The program is currently seeking advocates to be a voice for abused, neglected or abandoned children whose cases are being heard in dependency court.

Lake County Public Works’ Environmental Services Division is launching a pilot project geared toward improving water quality at Lake Joanna by using a novel method of nutrient removal.

The National Golf Association’s (NGA) Professional Golf Tour will present the Lake County Classic from March 24 – 30 at Harbor Hills Country Club in Lady Lake.

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County is hosting “Flowers, Flowers and More Flowers” from 10 a.m. - noon on Saturday, April 5 at the Lake County Agricultural Center, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares. The class is part of the "Saturday in the Garden” speaker series and will be presented by Brooke Moffis, residential horticulture agent.

During the early morning hours of March 16th 2014 patrol deputies with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to 27926 Luella Ave in Paisley after receiving a tip that a meth lab was present in the home. Deputies then met with the occupants of the home, Mr. Cory Rasch, age 33, Ms. Monica Zakresky, age 28 and Ms. Rachael Small, age 34. 

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