| Mar 4, 2011
TAVARES — Two mothers who lost sons to overdoses of prescription painkillers applauded county commissioners for imposing new restrictions on pain-management clinics that dispense the medicine.
"I hope this saves lives," said Ellen Tidwell of...
| Jul 20, 2011
Eighteen years ago, two teenage boys abducted 16-year-old Philip Chandler of Ocoee, locked him in the trunk of his car and left him there for more than three hours on a broiling July afternoon.
He was found comatose on a hot slab of pavement hours...
| Mar 3, 2012
Second of two parts.
Sunday's column was part of a continuing series of occasional suggestions on how local governments can save tax money while still providing the same or only slightly less service to taxpayers, who are footing the bills.
| Nov 24, 2010
Harry Nickell was riding his bicycle Sunday morning on the shoulder of U.S. Highway 27 near the Lakeridge Winery when a car traveling in the same direction wandered off the road and slammed into him from behind.
In a blink, Lake County's unofficial...
| Sep 23, 2011
Next week's County Commission meeting features a vote on an item that should never even have appeared on the agenda.
It's a request by an Altamonte Springs doctor to pump — for profit — water that ought to be kept for the use of the people...
| Nov 19, 2010
Superwoman did it all by her lonesome.
Nearly 300 kids in foster care in Lake and Sumter counties had Christmas because of Karen Stover.
Karen, a foster mother for more than 200 children since 1985, used to start in January — just as she...
| May 3, 2011
Look at a map and you will see that Florida is pretty much flat, with the only elevations being rolling hills here and there. But though the state has no mountains it doesn't mean that it does not have sweeping, panoramic views -- that can be enjoyed in a...
| Dec 19, 2010
| 3:50 PM
JERRY LEE BELT, 69, Cocoa, died Wednesday. East Coast Cremation, Rockledge.
JAMIE SCOTT BRADEN, 32, Melbourne, died Friday. Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home, Melbourne.
LAURA MOZINGO McFEE, 47, Malabar, died Saturday. South Brevard Funeral Home,...
| Dec 16, 2010
| 8:34 PM
TAVARES — At the peak of his law-enforcement career, George Knupp Jr. was arguably the most popular political figure in Lake County.
The former four-term sheriff was credited with beefing up the department, adding programs and upgrading equipment....
| Jun 22, 2011
Strap yourself in, dear reader.
Tidbits of additional information about recent column topics have been trickling this way, and it's time to catch up on them.
First, a recent column criticized Lake County for spending about $8,000 to pave a parking lot...
| Nov 2, 2011
| 4:52 PM
Hundreds of cyclists fought the wind and the hills of south Lake county this weekend to race in the Florida State Road race Championships. The event is the culmination of the racing season for Florida cyclists.
The highlight of the weekend was the Pro 1-...
| Nov 3, 2011
| 1:59 PM
Miniature White House Christmas
Its time to decorate for Christmas at the Hall of President’s miniature White House. The 60 foot long, true to scale model of the White House is getting wreaths, trees, mantel décor and snow. The model has...