Pinecrest Lakes Academy recently celebrated diversity and cultural differences at its annual multicultural festival. The students, grades K-8th, along with their teachers, staff and parent volunteers, selected a country and represented that country the fun way: they displayed cultural artwork,...
Private Victoria Florea, a 2019 graduate of South Lake High School and Lake County resident, was awarded the Soldier of the Cycle award for D Company for U.S. Army Basic Combat Training in the 3rd Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment...
by Kevin Grogan Each year, between 140 and 160 police officers are killed in the line of duty and their families and co-workers are left to cope with the tragic loss.   Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S) provides resources to help them...
Jeff Powell, owner, and president of Powell Studio Architecture, talks about growing up in south Lake, raising a family, and bringing his business to Downtown Clermont. Growing Up In Clermont I was born and raised in Clermont.  My grandparents lived in...
Clermont Police will be using its newly wrapped pink vehicle to spread breast cancer awareness through traffic stops. Instead of citations, motorists will receive coupons to some of their favorite local restaurants and have the opportunity to take a picture...
Clermont teens, Gaia Porter and Brehana Francis, were recently spotlighted as Clermont Teen Talent. Gaia Porter is a 14-year-old artist and illustrator.  She has been drawing since the age of three. She loves art, dinosaurs and animals. She has found...
 Feature Story and Photos By Larry H. Oskin The Hope Barton Fine Arts Studio & Gallery recently opened here in Clermont to help celebrate the creative quality of professional local artists and crafters. The Hope Barton Gallery has been established...
In 1981, Michel and Veronique Sallin had a dream to invest in Florida agriculture. After moving to the US from France, they eventually purchased a 260-acre citrus grove among the rolling hills in Lake County. After devastating freezes in...
Student Spotlight by Kendyl Cardwell It might be hard to find East Ridge Senior Reagan Parks in one place. Whether it is racing through the hills of Clermont, commuting between her 5 AP classes, or leading the National Honor Society at...
Lake County Library System’s Marion Baysinger Memorial Library was selected by the City of Groveland as “Business of the Month,” for September 2019. The library was chosen for demonstrating exceptional customer service, providing a valuable asset to residents and contributing...
By Marty Proctor Trilogy Orlando Veterans Association (TOVA) made a donation to South Lake food bank FAITH Neighborhood Center (FNC).  TOVA officers visited FNC last week delivering a $1,000 check from the group.  “This will feed 100 families of four...
Article and Photos by Ted Luebbers The Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 534 based at the Leesburg International Airport in Leesburg, Florida hosted a very successful Fly-In and pancake breakfast on Saturday, September 28. It was a perfect day for flying without a...
On Tuesday, September 24, the City of Minneola proudly showed off its new, ADA compliant playground at the Minneola Trailhead Park. The South Lake Chamber of Commerce hosted the ribbon cutting. Kandi Alexander, a special needs advocate, was one of...
Story and Photos By: Larry H. Oskin  Ritter’s Frozen Custard has been earning numerous awards and positive community spirit here in Clermont since 2016. Ritter’s Frozen Custard Restaurant got started here in Clermont when Tammy McCoy moved here as a...
In July of this year, the community lost Ray Goodgame, a passionate, dedicated and tenacious community leader. Ray embodied the same qualities that will help make the community's young people into the leaders of tomorrow. Thus the South Lake...
Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care recently held its 15th Annual King and Queen Luncheon at the Mission Inn Resort & Club. Approximately 30 assisted living facilities from across Lake and Sumter counties participated in the event. Each facility selected a...
On Thursday, September 12, Hampton Inn & Suites-Clermont opened its doors to Clermont's First Responders and hosted an appreciation breakfast to thank the men and women who protect and serve. Katrina Templo and Lisa Flemming (Hampton Inn) said that breakfast...
On September 5, a fire started in building 5 at East Ridge High School which houses the music department. The students lost instruments and other items as well. Family Jewelry and Pawn owner Shawn McNiel heard the devastating news and...
The City of Clermont and the South Lake Chamber of Commerce hosted its second Sips and Salsa Festival on Saturday. There were intermittent rains which only seemed to make the festival even more "HOT, HOT, HOT". People were dancing in...
Representatives of the Walt Disney World Resort made a surprise visit to East Ridge High School on Friday, September 13, with a $20,000 gift from Mickey. The check will help to support the band program after a fire damaged...
On September 11, motivational speaker, Rotarian, and Marine Corps veteran, T Shane Johnson, will start his fourth Hike Across America from New York City’s Ground Zero area. On his three-month trek down the USA’s East coast, he will complete...
Story and Photos By: Larry H. Oskin Congratulations to Guru Indian Restaurant for celebrating 5 wonderful years here in Clermont! Guru, located at 2400 S Hwy 27 Suite 101, Clermont, offers a unique local experience in top quality gourmet Indian...
Starting in September, the Clermont Tennis Academy will provide lessons for residents of all ages and levels in two convenient locations in Clermont. Certified Tennis Professional Damon Ponzie will head up the program at Palatlakaha Park and Lake Felter...
At the August 27th Clermont City Council Meeting, life-long resident Chuck Forth, whose family settled in Clermont in the 1800s, described his family’s history in Clermont and his father’s service to the country during World War II.  Forth said...
Story & Photos By Larry H. Oskin Congratulations to Doggy Delights By Allison Fogarty of Clermont for successfully launching a nationally respected healthy dog treat company. As CEO and Chef, Allison Fogarty notes, “I wanted to start my own business in...
The South Lake Chamber of Commerce accepted two SunSational Awards at the 25th Annual Florida Festivals and Events Association (FFEA) Conference this week. FFEA's annual conference and tradeshow promotes and strengthens the festival, event and fair industry in Florida and...
 In an effort to fulfill the organization's vision of inclusion and participation of individuals with developmental disabilities in all aspects of the community, Building Blocks Ministries Community Involvement Class participates in Support Our Troops ‘Troopon Project”. Each week individuals in...
Local business owner and author, Grace Diaz, has published her new children's book, "Rudy Howls at the Moon".  It is an inspirational story about a rooster who wants more than anything to be “normal” and fit in.  However, he discovers...
Lake-Sumter State College Foundation, Inc. received a $115,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to create powerful communities in Lake & Sumter Counties through the College’s Energy Utility Institute located in Sumter County. Lake-Sumter State College is one of 18...
All eight of its members participated in the Youth Council Summit at the Florida League of Cities’ (FLC) annual conference on Aug. 17 in Orlando. “We’re proud of our young Champions,” Clermont City Manager Darren Gray said. “They represent our...
The City of Minneola formally opened its Outdoor Fitness Zone at Minneola Trailhead Park on Thursday, August 15. City Manager Mark Johnson kicked off the celebration with welcoming remarks enthusiastically expressing that the park is inclusive; all are welcomed;...
Clermont Woman's Club members were happy to donate shoes for Soles4Souls, a General Federation of Women's Clubs' Grand Initiative. The club sent 3 large boxes filled with gently worn shoes. The shoe drive helps Soles4Souls - an organization that provides...
by Larry Oskin By Larry Oskin Congratulations to Michaela McLean of Clermont, for being crowned our new Miss Florida 2019! McLean ran in this statewide competition against 40 other women as the current Miss Florida Citrus, where she was just crowned...
The Clermont Downtown Partnership held its first “Alive After 5” weekly gathering on Thursday, August 1. The evening stroll along the streets in the Downtown area of Clermont will continue every Thursday evening. Participating businesses will remain open until 8...
Submitted by Marty Proctor Groveland City Manager Mike Hein and Public Information Specialist Khrystyna Tremaine attended the June 25th Lake County Board of Lake County Commissioners meeting to present the City of Groveland’s new branding as well as Groveland's Past...
Cherrylake has been named the 9th fastest growing landscape construction and maintenance company in the United States by Landscape Management Magazine. In addition to this achievement, Cherrylake was also named the 127th Largest Landscape Contractor and 16th Largest Irrigation...
Jim Johnson, The Village Goldsmith, has dedicated a quarter of a century, and over a third of his lifetime, to the dream of providing South Lake County with the very best one-of-a-kind jewelry and goldsmith establishment. Twenty-five years ago, on June...
Trees are a valuable asset and long-term investment that increases your property value. With the summer storms not far off, do you have concerns about your trees on your property? Do they need pruning, do they need to be...
Clermont’s Historic Village is the perfect setting for a romantic wedding with beautiful Lake Minneola and Victory Pointe as your backdrop. The Village is open every Friday from 1 pm to 3 pm and every Saturday and Sunday (except on...
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