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A Note From The Publisher

Posted on October 31, 2014 at 9:14 am

I am pleased to be joining your community as Publisher of The NewsLeader.  I look forward to sharing your “good news” and interacting with the business community.  I am impressed by the energy that exists in the area, so much so that I decided to pack up my life in Muscatine, Iowa and relocate for this position.  I previously had the privilege of serving as Advertising Manager of my hometown

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  • Beef & Boogie Festival

    Posted on October 29, 2014 at 1:01 am


    Beef & Boogie is a festival of music, cookoffs and family fun! It’s a celebration of Sumter County’s beef industry. The 4th Annual Beef & Boogie will be held Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the Sumter Fairgrounds In Webster, Florida (7620 State Road 471. The festival includes barbecue cook-offs (including competitions for Best Beef Brisket/Steak, Best Pulled Pork, Sumter’s Best Burger, and Taster’s Choice), all day entertainment on TWO stages,

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  • Sharkys Vac n Sew Does It AGAIN!

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 3:01 pm

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    Sharkys Vac n Sew has done it again with their fabric department. They are expanding more and more! If you are a quilter, then you have got to go by and see all the new fabrics arriving weekly. Owner, Al Lawson, said he has some beautiful batiks in stock. And don’t miss all the Christmas fabrics, everything from traditional Christmas to The Grinch Stole Christmas prints. And forget about their

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“Autumn Leaves” Fly-In

Posted on October 31, 2014 at 9:43 am

Aircraft from all over Florida will share in the festivities on November 8th at Sumter’s Coleman Airport starting at 9 a.m. Event organizer, Frank Arenas, has opened his aviation facility along with volunteers from the Village Flyers Club where many regional private pilots will be in attendance to share their knowledge and love of flying, great food, music and some exciting prizes too.  Chance drawings of airplane rides will be

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  • A Royal Service of Honor

    Posted on October 30, 2014 at 1:48 am

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    In Birmingham, AL on Oct. 11, 2014 — A U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Soldier removed a grenade from a man’s leg in an ambulance outside of the University Of Alabama Hospital. Staff Sgt. David Mensink from the Fort Benning, Georgia-based 789th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, where Senior EOD Duty Officer Sgt. 1st Class Tyron Mathews from the Community Of Royal is the leader of the four man team, received

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  • Florida Boys In Concert

    Posted on October 29, 2014 at 1:23 am


    Since 1947, fans have flocked to see The Florida Boys. The group appeared on the first gospel quartet concert ever held in New York’s Carnegie Hall. With No. 1 hits like “Standing on the Solid Rock”, “When He Was on the Cross, I Was on His Mind”, “Lead Me to the Altar” and “I Lean on You Lord”, this legendary group has recorded 100 albums and attained a following of

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Hike Lake Norris – Hart Ranch Road Entrance

Posted on October 31, 2014 at 10:33 am

Strap on your hiking boots and grab your canteen! Join Lake County Water Authority Naturalists on a hike through the woods of Lake Norris Conservation Area on November 15th. We will begin the hike at 9 a.m. at the Hart Ranch Road entrance. This will be a lovely fall hike and well behaved leashed dogs with their owners are welcome to join. We will hike approximately 2 miles through several

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  • Clermont Wolves Are In The Hunt

    Posted on October 29, 2014 at 1:16 am

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    The Clermont Wolves, coached by Scott Bruinsma and Nick Whitehouse, currently with a record of three wins, one draw and one loss are solid contenders in the Greater Central Florida Youth Soccer League Boys under 10 Division. The thirteen teams that make up the U- 10 division are: Apopka, Port Orange, the Villages, Ridge Youth, Maitland (2 teams), Stetson, Poinciana, Ridge, Orlando City, ACYS, Lake County, Southeast Volusia and Clermont.

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  • Hoops 2015

    Posted on October 28, 2014 at 1:14 am

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    Pictured is East Ridge’s Boys Varsity Basketball Coach Mike Clutter helping out recently stressing fundamentals with the young players. Lake County Hoops Basketball Program “Hoops 2015” for Boys and Girls ages 7 to 18 is accepting final registrations. Last registration will be held at the Clermont Elementary School Gym on Bloxam Avenue in Clermont Saturday, November 1st from 9AM to 3PM, please show up at your designated team selection time.

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Trout Lake Nature Center Announces New Hours

Posted on October 31, 2014 at 10:12 am

With the cooler weather more people want to get outdoors and enjoy themselves. The Trout Lake Nature Center will now be open Tuesday to Saturday from 9 to 4 and Sunday from 1 to 4. They are closed on Mondays for maintenance, habitat and other large projects. Come on out and enjoy the fabulous Florida weather with staff and volunteers at the TLNC. For more information on TLNC and its

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  • Cat Resource Center Annual Christmas Trees And Christmas Wreath Fundraiser

    Posted on October 30, 2014 at 1:11 am


    Pets provide unconditional love and reverent loyalty that is rarely imitated. Regrettably not every pet is lucky enough to find a forever home and offer such allegiance. Cats especially. Locally 75 % of cats are euthanized or killed yearly because they are abandoned or no longer wanted. The abandoned cats that are left to fend for themselves often revert to their wild state of being and are especially in danger

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  • Gold Star Superior Certificate Awarded At Convention

    Posted on October 29, 2014 at 1:10 am

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    The October 18th meeting of the Granville Beville 2234 chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy was held at the home of Karen Boone in Wildwood. Those is attendance were Joyce White, Karen Boone, Carol Tomlinson, Candy Tilton, Tammy Moore, Deborah Barnes, Irish Wolf, Peggy Griffin, Ellen Didion, Cindi Hinkle, and Marilyn Barnes. After a delicious brunch, the meeting was called to order by President Joyce White and the

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Holiday Craft Class

Posted on October 31, 2014 at 10:15 am

Dade State Park presents a holiday craft class Thursday, November 20, from 10 am – noon. The craft class will focus on making ornaments out of cereal rye and longleaf pine needles. Cost is $5/person-under 18 free. Contact or 352-793-4781. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 CR 603, Bushnell, FL 33513, (352)793-4781,

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  • West-Mutt-Ster Dog Show

    Posted on October 30, 2014 at 1:14 am


    The Humane Society of Lake County presents West-Mutt-Ster – the 11th annual dog show to be held Sunday, November 9, 2014 at Ferran Park in Downtown Eustis – from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Bring your dog – mixed or purebred for a fun dog show. Great for the entire family! There will be competitive events including best kisser, best costume, best owner/dog look alike, best trick, most unusual looking,

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  • Family Fest at Oxford Assembly of God

    Posted on October 28, 2014 at 1:06 am


    The public is invited to come join the free fun at “Family Fest”, Friday, October 31st, from 6-8 PM at Oxford Assembly of God. “Family Fest” is for children grades 6 and under and accompanied by an adult. Games! Food! Hayrides! Bounce Houses! Candy! Fun! Oxford Assembly of God is located at 12114 N. Hwy 301, Oxford. Children’s Pastor Chuck Padgett and the crew will be looking for YOU!

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