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Visit Florida Teaching Zoo

Posted on November 23, 2014 at 1:13 am

Florida Teaching Zoo, the only ZAA accredited educational zoo in the tri-county area, has a nearly 20 year history of educating professional zoo animal caregivers. The Teaching Zoo is open from noon until 4 p.m. on Saturdays to the general public. A donation of $6 per person (age 6 and up) is requested. The Teaching Zoo animals at our Sumter County facility are both rare and endangered and include Black

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  • Now Is A Great Time To Plant!

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 1:10 am

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    Paul Mahon is the 5th generation in owning and operating Paul’s Nursery. With over 30 years in business and experience, Paul and his son Ryan own and operate Paul’s Nursery, located at 831 E. Myers (Hwy 50) in Groveland, 352-404-3440. They actually grow the plants themselves for retail or wholesale shoppers. They offer a wide variety of fruit trees, palms and ornamental plants as well as over 60 varieties of

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  • Miss Carol’s Holiday Open House

    Posted on November 12, 2014 at 1:59 am

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    It is another exciting time at Miss Carol’s Quilts, Crafts, Gifts, & More (located in Wildwood at 310 Shopping Center Drive, 352.748.1292). We are celebrating the holidays with our Holiday Open House. This year we will be celebrating two days – Friday, November 14th (9:00am – 5:00pm) and Saturday, November 15th (9:00am – 2:00pm). Miss Carol, Michelle, Lindsay, and Charity have been working around the clock on new wonderful handmade

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Don’t Forget To Shop Small Saturday!

Posted on November 23, 2014 at 1:21 am

Thanksgiving Day is followed by the infamous “Black Friday” – a day when people wait in line for fantastic deals and head out shopping during hours they usually are sound asleep. If you are one of these folks, I salute you! My Thanksgiving weekend shopping preference has come about in recent years, and really just sheds light on something I’ve been doing all along, and that’s “Shop Small Saturday”. It’s

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  • Calling For Chili Cooks For “Spice It Up For Hospice” Chili Cook Off

    Posted on November 21, 2014 at 1:50 am


    Got a great chili recipe?  Please come join the fun for the 5th Annual “Spice it up for Hospice” Chili Cook Off! This fun and family oriented event will be held on Saturday, February 7th at the beautiful downtown Bushnell Park. This is an annual fund raiser to benefit the Lane Purcell Hospice House in Sumterville. 100% of all proceeds raised from the Chili Cook Off will benefit the Lane

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  • Celebrate Your Achievement!

    Posted on November 20, 2014 at 1:47 am


    Looking for GED® Graduates! Did you earn your GED® this year? Graduation Ceremony and Reception! Thursday, December 18 6:30—8:30 p.m. at Sumter County School Board, 2680 W CR 476 Bushnell, FL 33513. Call 352-793-5719, ext—54200 to reserve your spot!

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Boats Needed for Astor Parade of Boats

Posted on November 23, 2014 at 1:34 am

“Songs of Christmas” will be the theme of this year’s lighted parade of boats. This event is hosted by the members of the Blackwater Yacht Club, and sponsored by the merchants and people of Astor, and is open to all interested boaters who wish to light up and win. We will award around $2500 in cash and prizes to boats in the parade: $500 for best of show; $150 new

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  • Hickory Point Soccer Event Benefits Children

    Posted on November 21, 2014 at 1:31 am

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    On December 29 – 31, the 19th Annual Hickory Point Soccer Invitational will be held at The Hickory Point Park in Tavares. Over 2,000 Florida residents will converge for the largest high school soccer tournament in the state of Florida. Nearly 500 high school athletes surrounded by their coaches, family, and friends will take the field for this three day tournament. This year all proceeds will benefit a non-profit For

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  • Local Horse Rescue Ranch Wins Award

    Posted on November 20, 2014 at 1:22 am


    Dream Catcher Horse Ranch & Rescue Center won 3rd place for their successful efforts in the 100 Day Horse Challenge this summer. Created by the Time to Ride initiative, the nationwide 100 Day Horse Challenge involved hundreds of hosts like Dream Catcher Horse Ranch & Rescue Center who believe that horse activities can contribute to the health and well-being of all Americans. Dream Catcher Horse Ranch & Rescue Center is

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Pet of the Week is Romo!

Posted on November 23, 2014 at 1:39 am

Romo is a sweet seven-month old Chihuahua mix. Romo gets along well with other dogs, is crate trained and good on a leash. After a good walk Romo will cuddle up in your lap for a nap. Neutered, current on his vaccines and micro chipped Romo is ready to go. If you are interested in him or any of our other great pets here at the Humane Society you can

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  • Headstones for Two Confederate Soldiers Revealed

    Posted on November 21, 2014 at 1:49 am

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    Pictured (from left to right): Terry Binkley, Rodney Wicker, Chuck Kadel, Sandy Mott, Jerry Peacock, Joyce White, Karen Hurst, Harry Hurst, Ginger Rudiger, and Victor Smith. On November 15, 2014, the Granville Beville 2234, United Daughters of the Confederacy®, held a headstone dedication at the Richland Baptist Church Cemetery in Zephyrhills, Florida, for two Confederate soldiers that are buried there. Pvt. Littleton Hurst who served in CO B 1 BN

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  • Victory Outreach

    Posted on November 20, 2014 at 1:11 am

    Victory Outreach Church of Leesburg invites you to join us for Full Gospel Preaching and Christ-Centered Teaching. We are located at 2100 E Hwy 441 (Nolls Plaza). Service times: Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Morning Worship 10:30 a.m., Sunday Evening 6:00 p.m., Wednesday Night Bible Study 7:00 p.m.  Everyone is welcome! For info call Pastor Bobby Williams at 352-266-6039.

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Holiday Show Performed by Famous Mac Frampton

Posted on November 23, 2014 at 1:50 am

Join us for a heartwarming homage to everybody’s favorite holiday music, sprinkled with great music for all seasons on Saturday, December 6th at 2 pm and 7:30 and Sunday, December 7th at 2 pm. Mac Frampton has played the huge arenas and the concert halls, soloed with the great orchestras, and released scores of recordings. Now, in the fullness of artistic maturity, after nearly four thousand performances worldwide, Mac Frampton

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  • East Lake County Library to host Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln Program

    Posted on November 21, 2014 at 1:36 am


    The East Lake County Library staff invites you to experience living history with Larry Elliot as President Abraham Lincoln and featuring Mary Elliot as Mary Todd Lincoln on Tuesday, December 9 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Enjoy history brought to life and learn the rest of the story. The Story of Our Lives in Contrast is a first person presentation of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, their lives from childhood,

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  • American Legion Hall Available For Events

    Posted on November 20, 2014 at 1:07 am

    The American Legion Post 18 located on Hwy 44 just east of Hwy 301 in Wildwood is available for baby showers, birthday parties, reunions, etc. This is a large, well lit hall with limited kitchen facilities. Smoke free and alcohol free. Call Bud Ruby for more info. (352) 748-2415.

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