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Leesburg middle schooler arrested after melee with 74-year-old school bus monitor

A middle school student was arrested early Thursday afternoon after a 74-year-old school bus monitor reported being attacked.

Sumter sheriff searching for bandits who ripped off laptops and cell phones from Bushnell...

Sumter County sheriff’s detectives are seeking help in nabbing bandits who recently pilfered electronics from the Bushnell Wal-Mart.

Sumter sheriff’s detectives seeking help in nabbing Bushnell Wal-Mart bandit

Sumter County sheriff’s detectives are seeking help in nabbing a thief who recently hit the Bushnell Wal-Mart.

16-year-old arrested at local high school after going berserk when girlfriend drops him

A 16-year-old student who became enraged when his girlfriend broke up with him was arrested Thursday afternoon at Leesburg High School.

Lake County sheriff’s captain rescues ditched puppy

A Lake County sheriff’s captain is being lauded for saving a puppy that was ditched by an 18-year-old woman who was arrested and charged with animal abandonment.

Local high school band’s effort to replace truck demolished in crash gets huge boost

A local high school band’s effort to replace its demolished box truck got a huge boost this week when an alumni stepped forward with a large check in hand.

Three-way land swap provides bigger footprint for proposed Leesburg aquatic center

Leesburg commissioners approved a land-swap plan on Monday night that will prove beneficial to the building of the city’s proposed $2.68 million aquatic center.

Leesburg commissioners OK plan to purchase three new police patrol vehicles

Leesburg commissioners gave their blessings Monday night for the city’s police department to purchase three new patrol vehicles.

Tavares-based seaplane manufacturer rents two hangars at Leesburg airport

The Leesburg City Commission agreed Monday night to rent two hangars at Leesburg International Airport to a Tavares-based seaplane manufacturer.

Leesburg Fire Department awarded Firehouse Subs grant for all-terrain vehicle

The Leesburg Fire Department has received a special grant that will fund the purchase of an all-terrain vehicle.