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Sunday | The Orlando Sentinel

Orlando, most area cities feel pressure to raise taxes

Since Florida's Legislature imposed the first of a series of reforms meant to lower homeowners' property-tax bills in 2007, politicians in most Central Florida counties and cities have adopted what amounts to double-digit increases in their property-tax rates to make up the difference. Records show that 37 of the 39 cities and towns in the four-county area have raised their tax rates at least once in the past eight years - or are among the 12 that will vote on proposed tax hikes by the end of the month.

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Related Topix: Orlando, FL, Florida, Eustis, FL, Astatula, FL

Sat Sep 13, 2014

The Orlando Sentinel

Seminole ready to tell large-property owners: Tidy up

After the Rolling Hills Golf Club closed in June, some homeowners have taken on the responsibility of mowing the course near their own property. After the Rolling Hills Golf Club closed in June, some homeowners have taken on the responsibility of mowing the course near their own property.

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Related Topix: Seminole County, FL, Deland, FL, Volusia County, FL

Wed Sep 10, 2014

The Orlando Sentinel

Field of Flags Memorial Display in The Villages serves as a reminder of 9-11

Char Zopfi choked up when she passed by the Field of Flags Memorial Display, above and below left, honoring those who died on 9-11. "I felt like crying for the souls who perished that day," said Zopfi, 73, secretary of the Veterans Memorial Park of The Villages, which hosted the dedication of a 9-11 memorial statue three years ago at site of the Field of Flags, The Villages Public Safety Department at 3035 Morse Blvd. That also is the site at 6 p.m. today of a Remembrance Day event that will include as a speaker Jeff Atwater , the state's chief financial officer.

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Related Topix: The Villages, FL

The Orlando Sentinel

Flag-raising ceremony embodies Montverde Academy's diverse student body

Students from far and wide representing 64 countries - from Angola to Vietnam - will raise their home country's flags shortly after sunrise today at an annual ceremony celebrating the diversity of the international student body at Montverde Academy. The public is invited to join more than 1,000 Montverde Academy students, faculty, parents and staff members at 8 a.m. at the school's Centennial Plaza to celebrate and acknowledge students who learn, live and grow together each year at the private boarding school.

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Related Topix: Louisiana State University, Education Etc.

The Orlando Sentinel

Lake commissioners approve tentative tax-rate hike

After several hours of discussion and citizen comments, commissioners voted to tentatively increase the tax rate by 13.8 percent, resulting in $3.5 million in cuts, including phasing in the completion of the new courthouse over the next few years. Their efforts resulted in a tentative tax rate of $5.38 per $1,000 of taxable valuable.

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Business Journal

Lake County expansion: Lowndes Drosdick merges with Mount Dora law firm

Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed PA, the largest law firm in Central Florida, is expanding into Lake County via a merger with Mount Dora-based full service law firm Potter Clement Bergholtz Alexander, which now will be called Potter Clement Lowndes.

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Related Topix: Mount Dora, FL

Tue Sep 09, 2014

The Orlando Sentinel

Water authority takes applications to give out 'Drop-by-Drop' mini grants

The Lake County Water Authority is accepting applications for its annual "Drop-by-Drop: You Make a Difference!" mini grants to promote awareness and education of freshwater-resources in Lake. Community and education grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded to teachers in public and private schools, and local groups such as homeschooled groups, Boy and Girl Scouts, homeowner associations and municipalities.

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Related Topix: Eustis, FL

The Orlando Sentinel

Create a trashy fashion entry for fashion show

Youth, ages 8 to 19, can making powerful "trashion" statements by designing an outfit of wearable art based on the creative use of "trash" found, salvaged and repurposed materials. At least 60 percent of creation must be made from recycled goods.

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Related Topix: Mount Dora, FL, Tavares, FL, Leesburg, FL

The Orlando Sentinel

Leesburg commissioner faces traffic citations in fatal motorcycle crash

Leesburg City Commissioner Jay Hurley, who last week escaped criminal charges in an April accident he was involved in that killed a motorcyclist, has been issued two traffic tickets in connection with the crash, police said Monday. Hurley, 45, must appear in court to face citations for improper lane change resulting in death and illegal window tint on the front and at least two of the side windows.

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Mon Sep 08, 2014

The Orlando Sentinel

Community activist, Leesburg Lightning president John Brandeburg dies

John Brandeburg, one of the founders of the Leesburg Lightning baseball team and husband of School Board member Rosanne Brandeburg, died of a heart attack Sunday. He was 70. "He was a man that would do anything for anyone," his wife said Monday.

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Related Topix: Leesburg, FL

The Orlando Sentinel

Lake County Animal Services extends $10 adoption fee

The shelter, located at 28123 County Road 561, Tavares, is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. To make a donation or find out more about Lake County Animal Services, visit lakecountyfl.gov/adopt or call 352-343-9688.

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Related Topix: Tavares, FL

Sat Sep 06, 2014

The Orlando Sentinel

Lake Square Mall bought by Turkish developer

The New York investor who purchased the Lake Square Mall earlier this year said he had to sell it to a Turkish developer for financial reasons but will stay on to manage the mall and still has high hopes for it. "It needs a revitalization and we didn't have the funds to do that," Mehran Kohansieh, who also goes by Mike Kohan or Mike Kohen, told the Sentinel in a phone interview.

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Related Topix: Leesburg, FL

Thu Sep 04, 2014

The Orlando Sentinel

Lake extension office sponsors backyard-beekeeping course

With bee populations dramatically decreasing globally in recent years, many area residents have decided to create backyard beehives to help continue to pollinate their gardens and have their own honey. To help with the efforts to maintain healthy bee populations in Lake, the University of Florida 's Lake County Extension Office is hosting "The Buzz on Bees" at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Lake County Agriculture Center, 1951 Woodlea Road.

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Related Topix: Apiculture, Science, Life, Food, Honey, University of Florida, Entomology, Vegetables

The Orlando Sentinel

Leesburg motorcyclist killed in Lake County crash

A Leesburg man was killed Thursday when a pickup truck turned into the path of his motorcycle on Country Road 561 in Lake County, a Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman said in a statement. George Watson, 45, of Callahan, had stopped a 2001 Ford F-250 pickup truck on the shoulder the road near Bates Lane, FHP Sergeant Kim Montes said in a statement.

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Related Topix: Leesburg, FL

The Orlando Sentinel

Eustis to dedicate new $410K fire engine

The city's first new fire engine since 2005 will be dedicated during a ceremony at 1:30 p.m. today at the Fire Department, 100 W. Norton Ave. Those who attend will be able to take part in the first wash and dry of the new engine, which was built by Pierce Manufacturing and replaces a 1998 pumper. "The dedication will also include a short demonstration of the engine's abilities and a 'ceremonial pushing' of the vehicle into the station bay," according to the city.

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Related Topix: Eustis, FL

WESH-TV

More showers and storms this afternoon

REELING. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A LOT OF PATIENCE. THEY'RE HAVING FUN WITH THAT. I THOUGHT IT WAS GREAT.

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Related Topix: Flagler County, FL, New Smyrna Beach, FL, Orange County, FL

Click Orlando

Cops: Man left child alone in cart

A man was arrested in Lake County on allegations of leaving his young daughter alone in a shopping cart inside a Walmart. According to Clermont police, a Walmart worker discovered the girl alone in a cart in an aisle of the store.

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Related Topix: Clermont, FL

The Orlando Sentinel

Leesburg church to hold lemonade-stand fundraiser for cancer research

The Father's House Christian Center is hoping to raise awareness of childhood cancers by sponsoring an Alex's Lemonade Stand event before and after the 9 and 11 a.m. services Sunday. The Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a charitable organization that funds more than 450 national pediatric cancer-research projects, got its start in 2000 after 4-year-old Alexandra "Alex" Scott, a cancer patient in Manchester, Conn., started a lemonade stand in her front yard to raise money to find a cure for cancer.

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Related Topix: Manchester, CT

Wed Sep 03, 2014

The Orlando Sentinel

Good Neighbor Project lends a helping hand to those in need in Groveland

Being good neighbors is what Dianne and John Garvis of Clermont always hoped to be, but they never knew how this notion would result in helping so many.

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Related Topix: Groveland, FL, Clermont, FL

The Orlando Sentinel

Lake Square Mall bought by Turkish developer

The Lake Square Mall has changed hands again just a few months after a New York-based retail investment group took over.

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