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E-Verify law once pushed by DeSantis in mega-retirement community goes into effect

Florida is starting off the new year with a law in place aimed at battling the hiring of illegal immigrants – a measure that was once touted by Gov. Ron DeSantis during a visit to The Villages.

Agitated Leesburg Commission defends city while approving housing project near Silver Lake

A testy Leesburg City Commission approved a project Monday night allowing a 260-home neighborhood near larger houses on Silver Lake Road after one speaker called the city embarrassing.

Leesburg government offices to close for Christmas and New Year’s holidays

Leesburg government offices are preparing for holiday closures. We’ve got the details.

Lake County Fire Rescue adds three custom engines to its fleet

Lake County Fire Rescue recently took delivery of three new custom pumpers as part of the department’s long-term plan to transition from commercial style fire trucks to custom fire trucks.

Lake County Chairman Parks elected vice chair of Central Florida Expressway Authority

Lake County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Sean Parks was unanimously elected as vice chairman of the Central Florida Expressway Authority at a recent board meeting.

Lake County School Board approves 2021-22 student calendar

The Lake County School Board has approved the student calendar for the coming school year.

Leesburg OKs plan allowing younger employees to live inside The Villages portion of city

Leesburg commissioners gave their blessings Monday night to four ordinances connected with the future growth of The Villages on more than 2,612 acres – one of which signals a marked change in the mega-retirement community’s housing philosophy.

Construction starting soon on expansion of Leesburg wastewater treatment plant

Construction will soon begin on an expansion of the city of Leesburg’s Turnpike Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Sean Parks named Chairman of Lake County Board of County Commissioners

Sean Parks was unanimously chosen as the Lake County Board of County Commissioners chairman during Tuesday’s board meeting.

Two Lake County Fire Rescue firefighters promoted to lieutenant

Two Lake County Fire Rescue firefighter/paramedics have been promoted to lieutenants.