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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.

Missing Shih-poo plucked from sewer pipe after tip from pizza delivery driver

A small dog is alive and well thanks to the keen ears of a pizza delivery driver and the quick actions of a highly dedicated Lake County Animal Services officer.

Lake County commissioners invite residents to attend annual budget workshops

The Lake County Board of County Commissioners is inviting the public to attend fiscal year 2020 budget workshops, beginning this month.

Tavares man claims $5 million top prize in Florida Lottery’s Monopoly Scratch-Off game

A Tavares man claimed a $5 million lottery prize Thursday and took home a one-time, lump-sum payment of $3,562,000.

‘Person of interest’ detained in shooting of 80-year-old man at shopping plaza

Leesburg police say they have a “person of interest” in custody in connection with a failed carjacking attempt Monday morning that left an 80-year-old man with a gunshot wound.

Taste of Lake offers sampling of local restaurants at second annual event

The second annual Taste of Lake took place in Leesburg this week. We've got the winners and photos from the event.

Couple jailed on litany of drug charges after sheriff’s raid at Astor home

An Astor couple was arrested last week on multiple charges after a raid on their home turned up a cache of illegal drugs.

Leesburg Commission blesses plan for new brewery/restaurant near downtown

Leesburg commissioners paved the way Monday night for a new brewery/restaurant to open its doors in the city.

Donated wheelchair swing headed for Leesburg park arrives at local business

The addition of a wheelchair swing at Rogers Park in Leesburg took a step closer to becoming a reality Friday when it was delivered to a local businessman who raised the money to purchase the item.

14-year-old with Leesburg ties charged in Mascotte drug deal murder

The suspected shooter was taken into custody Thursday at Southwest Middle School in Orlando.

New building official joins Leesburg staff after stint with Lake County

Leesburg’s new building official recently served as Plans Examiner for Lake County Building Services.

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