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The 2015 Budget process has begun.  The past five years have presented the County Commission with difficult budget decisions as property values have declined nearly 34 percent.  However, this year is perhaps the most difficult budget year yet.

United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return by a grand jury of a three-count indictment charging Pedro Luis Infantes (47) and his son, Luis Rafael Infantes (21), both of Ocala, with the theft of government property, interstate transportation of stolen property and making a false statement to a federal agency. If convicted on all counts, Pedro Luis Infantes faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in federal prison. His son faces a maximum of 20 years in federal prison. The indictment was returned on August 13, 2014.

President Obama caused a stir during a fund raising speech this week when he suggested that there would soon be vacancies on the Supreme Court.  A White House source said that he was trying to encourage Democratic voters to cast their ballots in the November mid-term elections so the party could keep its Senate majority.

The 9th Annual Central Florida Film Festival will take place at the West Orange Cinemas in Ocoee, Florida over the Labor Day weekend, August 29th thru 31st, 2014.

A special weekend of activities to mark the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal will be held at the University of Florida Aug. 15-17.

More than a dozen exhibits related to the planning, construction, development and impact of the canal will open during the centennial weekend. The exhibits will feature rare and unique materials from the collections of the George A. Smathers Libraries, including photographs, maps, government documents and original artifacts.

Col Udick, a 30 year United States Army veteran, has been named to the 5th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee “B” as a non attorney member. This volunteer position underlines Col. Udick’s respect for The Constitution and the rule of law.

Consumers today are increasingly bombarded with information, yet have less and less time to process it. That’s why every small business needs a brand—a fundamental message or impression about its products or services that punches through the clutter and anchors itself in the customer’s memory.

Have A Heart for Companion Animals, Inc. is bringing its Johnny Mello Singers to the Spruce Creek Pasta-Fest on Sunday, August 10th 2014. The event will be held in the Spruce Creek Community Center, S.E.176th off Hwy 441 in Summerfield. The doors will open for dinner at 5 p. m. Showtime is 6-8 p.m. Performers include: Johnny Mello, Sultry Lady, Doo Wop Mama, David Max Baldwin, T-Man, Eulakay Green, and Uncle Pepe…. all local recording artist.

Another hurdle is clear to establish Florida’s first naval warship museum in Jacksonville. This week the City of Jacksonville (COJ) Waterways Commission voted unanimously to approve the request by the Downtown Development Authority (DIA) to oversee the Development and Licensing Agreement to operate the USS ADAMS Museum at the Shipyards Property. JHNSA will appear before the Finance Committee and the RCD/PHS Committee with the full City Council vote expected August 12th.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a sexual battery that occurred in Leesburg during the night on July 20th. The victim, a female senior citizen, called the Sheriff’s Office to report the incident at approximately 2:00 a.m. Monday morning, after the suspect had left.

Being a good manager is part of the job of running a small business. Even if you have only a handful of employees, it’s still up to you to help them give their best for the sake your company, your customers, and themselves.

he Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) today applauded the introduction of the Securing Access Via Excellence (SAVE) Medicare Home Health Act introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.  It provides relief to American seniors in need of home healthcare who are at risk due to 14 percent, four-year Medicare cuts implemented on January 1 as part of Obamacare.

Harbor Hills is pleased to announce the 1st Annual Harbor Hills Run/Walk For Charity on Saturday September 27th, 2014. All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties.  “Healthy lifestyles is one of our three priority outcomes, so we are excited to partner with Harbor Hills on this event that helps encourage physical activity,” said Connie Kolisnyk, Director of Communications for the Boys & Girls Club. 

A multitude of NASA research investigations, crew provisions, hardware and science experiments from across the country is headed to the International Space Station aboard Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Cygnus spacecraft. The cargo craft launched aboard Orbital's Antares rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia at 12:52 p.m. EDT Sunday.

The media focus on the Iraqi crisis has created a 'fog of war' that has obscured a series of reports in recent weeks on the damaging impact of Obamacare on health care insurance rates, in particular, and the economic recovery, in general, according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

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

Kevin McDonald, of the McDonald Agency in The Villages, has been recognized by Allstate Insurance Company for his superior standards in customer satisfaction, customer retention and profitability.

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.

Surrounding the sun is a vast atmosphere of solar particles, through which magnetic fields swarm, solar flares erupt, and gigantic columns of material rise, fall and jostle each other around. Now, using NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, scientists have found that this atmosphere, called the corona, is even larger than thought, extending out some 5 million miles above the sun's surface -- the equivalent of 12 solar radii. This information has implications for NASA's upcoming Solar Probe Plus mission, due to launch in 2018 and go closer to the sun than any man-made technology ever has before.

House Speaker John Boehner's proposed lawsuit against President Obama, charging him with exceeding his Constitutional powers, is attracting broad based support.  Even law professor Jonathan Turley, a well-known supporter of the president said he crossed the line, according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens. 

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