| Sep 14, 2011
There is a line where government's encouraging private business turns into government's getting into private business, and Leesburg is standing at the line.
It's time to back away.
Sunday's column detailed half the plan to build a Florida Energy and...
| Jan 1, 2012
How do you think this column is produced?
Do you picture an earnest middle-aged woman in a green eyeshade typing furiously on an ancient Underwood by the flickering glow of an oil lamp?
Better change it up just a little.
Substitute a laptop with a...
| Nov 2, 2011
The thing about adversity is that it sometimes allows the path — and the purpose — of individual destiny to become more clear.
And so it is with Randi Pelton. Let's catch up with her.
Randi is the lady who had to wait nearly four months to...
| Sep 30, 2011
Earlier this week, Leesburg city commissioners decided to pay a consultant to help create and market an energy and aerospace park on property the city owns at Florida's Turnpike and County Road 470.
Commissioners originally were asked to give Tennessee...
| Jun 24, 2011
Back in March, county commissioners started making noises about asking for a piece of the taxes collected by two hospital districts that cover Lake.
Last week, they did it.
Commissioners asked for $145,165 total from the two, and the letters warned that...
| Oct 13, 2010
The lies are starting to work.
A multimillion-dollar campaign financed by developers, builders, land speculators and others who stand to make fortunes from over-development is starting to convince Floridians that Amendment 4 will bring on Armageddon....
| 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...
| Jan 22, 2011
| 8:27 PM
James P. Senatore is heading construction for the First Presbyterian Church in DeBary, which burned down in August 2009 after lightning struck. The Leesburg architect and builder has completed the church's preschool and is moving on to the sanctuary....
| Feb 6, 2011
After Dorothy Lewis was raped twice, shot between the eyes and robbed of the most precious things in her world — her daughters Jamilya, 7, and Jasmine, 3 — the widowed mom was certain that her life was over, too.
"That's what I said and...
| Oct 28, 2011
Leesburg's plan to spend more than $20 million on what's known as smart-grid technology for its electric utility prompted readers to ask some pointed questions.
The project is behind schedule, partly because the city and its top bidder, General Electric,...
| Oct 26, 2011
Second of two parts.
Leesburg is poised to go into debt to build a "smart grid" system that would hand residents a virtual knife to slash their electric bills.
What those pushing the $20 million project have failed to say is that smart grid is a double-...
| Dec 25, 2010
| 8:11 PM
RUPERT WITTE, 82, Leesburg, died Saturday. Page-Theus Funeral Home, Leesburg.
PLEASANT T. COLE, 89, Orlando, died Friday. Tri-County Cremation and Funeral Home, Longwood.
COLIN MICHAEL GRAY, 66, Ocoee, died Friday. Ocoee Family Funeral and...