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News from around the state of Florida as reported in The Villages, Florida. Stories from around Florida, including Lake, Sumter and Marion counties, as well as areas in north, central, and south Florida. Stories on Villagers’ lives and activities throughout the communities and the state. News for state-wide government, policies, events and happenings.

Lake County sheriff seeks driver who slammed into business and broke waterline

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance in nabbing a driver who caused several thousand dollars in damage to a Tavares business earlier this month.

Leesburg Fire Rescue seeks grant for equipment to help firefighters avoid heart disease

Leesburg Fire Rescue is seeking a grant to purchase physical conditioning equipment that will help reduce the risks of associated cardiovascular disease for its firefighters.

Leesburg Police unveil specially designed patrol vehicles tackling bullying

School resource officers from the Leesburg Police Department will be riding in style while tackling the issue of bullying.

Split Leesburg Commission paves way for alcohol sales at Lake Square Mall theater

A split Leesburg City Commission approved the second reading of an ordinance on Monday night that paves the way for the AMC Theater inside the Lake Square Mall to serve alcohol.

Water main break shuts down right lane of U.S. Hwy. 441 in Leesburg

A water main break forced traffic traveling south on U.S. Hwy. 441 in Leesburg to slow down Wednesday afternoon.

Leesburg Gas employees rush to Williston to help solve emergency

The Leesburg Gas Department chipped in to lend a helping hand recently when the City of Williston suffered an emergency.

Leesburg airport receives substantial grants to fund design work on rehab of largest runway

Leesburg International Airport has received two grants that largely will pay for the design portion of a rehabilitation project on one of the facility’s two runways.

Leesburg Police Department seeks grant to fund in-car video recording systems

Leesburg commissioners gave their approval Monday night for the city’s police department to apply for a grant to help pay for in-car video recording systems.

Renovations will make Leesburg City Hall bathrooms ADA compliant

Leesburg’s City Hall will soon have renovated restrooms on all three floors of the government center.

Leesburg Commission OKs repairs on pedestrian bridge hit by boat

Leesburg commissioners gave their blessings Monday night to a plan to move ahead with repairs to a pedestrian bridge in Venetian Gardens that was damaged when it was struck by a boat.