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Lake schools recognized as District of Distinction  Daily Commercial

TAVARES — The Lake County School District was named one of 34 "Districts of Distinction" across the nation in the July/August edition of District Administration ...



Lawrence Clyde Owenby  Daily Commercial

Lawrence Clyde “Larry” Owenby, 62 passed away August 6, 2019. Larry was a lifelong resident of Leesburg, born May 28, 1957 to James Clyde and Reba ...



Alexander “Alex” Ogilvie, III  Daily Commercial

Alexander “Alex” Ogilvie, III, 77, passed away peacefully July 1, 2019. Alex was born in Augusta, GA moving to Leesburg, FL when he was 12, later graduating ...



Deputies: Nothing found after report of armed person at Leesburg High School  WESH 2 Orlando

Leesburg High School was placed on lockdown Wednesday while police and deputies searched the campus and surrounding area for a possible armed person.



School Board votes to sell Leesburg Highs former farm  Daily Commercial

TAVARES — The Lake County School Board voted Monday to sell around 30 acres of land that was once Leesburg High School's agriculture farm before it was ...



Leesburg High graduate grateful for her scholarship support  Daily Commercial

LADY LAKE — Jenni Reed wants to say thank you.To her teachers, her counselors and to the organizations that helped fund her education.The 18-year-old ...



Leesburg High Construction Academy builds careers  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — Leesburg High School put life back into its Construction Academy this year, offering students a place to learn about the trade and even make ...



Photos: Leesburg High School Homecoming parade and rally  Daily Commercial

Homecoming court nominees wave to the crowd at the Leesburg Homecoming parade on Wednesday. [Cindy Sharp/Correspondent]. [2/23]. The drum corp from ...



Principal Randolph turning Leesburg High around  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — The list of problems facing Leesburg High School was seemingly endless.Low test scores.Poor attendance.And perhaps worst of all, a declining ...



Leesburg, South Sumter hope to make gains this year  Daily Commercial

BUSHNELL — South Sumter and Leesburg high schools are looking to bounce back from subpar football seasons.Despite making the playoffs in 2018, the ...



Driven Leesburg grad changes gender and his future  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — On the outside, he looks very different than he once did, but Dean Leo Rooney has never been more himself.That's because in ninth grade he ...



Threats disrupt two schools, but no weapons found  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — Two area schools faced disruptions Wednesday over threats of violence on campus.Leesburg High School was locked down Wednesday ...



A look at some of the top graduates in Lake County  Daily Commercial

TAVARES — As graduation season closes, many students have major academic achievements to celebrate before they take aim at their future.One such student ...



19-year-old Leesburg student behind bars after admitting to sex with 14-year-old girl at school  Villages-News

A 19-year-old Leesburg High School student was arrested Tuesday after a 14-year-girl claimed the two engaged in sexual relations in a wooded area behind ...



Leesburg High School goes on lockdown after shooting leaves man fatally wounded  Villages-News

Leesburg Police officers were called to a shooting Monday morning that left one man dead and temporarily put Leesburg High School and nearby daycare.



Leesburg girls win championship at Liftsgiving Invitational  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — The Leesburg High School girls weightlifting team has become one of the area's top programs in recent years.Under coach Josh Boyer, the ...



Mount Dora, Leesburg win JROTC awards  Daily Commercial

The Leesburg High School and Mount Dora High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) both received the Distinguished Unit Award ...



Lake Schools Chromebook plan faces uncertain future  Daily Commercial

TAVARES — Major reductions in the state budget for digital classroom initiatives hasn't hurt Lake County Schools' five-year Chromebook rollout this year, but it ...



New leadership hopes to turn Leesburg High School around  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — For too long Leesburg High School struggled.The historic school became known for fighting, absenteeism and students roaming the halls instead ...



Leesburgs Iron Jungle sets high bar for weightlifters  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — There's a method to Josh Boyer's madness.And he hopes it will eventually lead to state and national championships.Boyer, coach for the Iron ...



Eustis beats Leesburg 8-0 behind pair of hat tricks  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — Eustis High School girls soccer coach Benito Baca believes that solid passing leads to scoring.Against Leesburg on Thursday night, he saw a lot ...



Leesburg student arrested at school with knife, BB gun  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — A school resource sheriff's deputy arrested a 16-year-old Leesburg High School student and charged him with possession of a weapon after ...



Leesburg gets 27 from Erving, blasts Wildwood 77-47  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — Those who expected the demise of the Leesburg High School boys basketball team this season might end up disappointed.The Yellow Jackets ...



H.S. Notebook: Leesburg to play game in Washington, D.C.  Daily Commercial

When the Leesburg High School football players gathered Wednesday to get a look at the team's 2019 schedule, they learned next season will be unlike any ...



High school facilitators improving Lakes graduation rates  Daily Commercial

TAVARES – Lake County Schools saw a 6.4 percent increase in its graduation rate last year, according to numbers released Wednesday by the state.



Eustis snaps Leesburgs run as state champs with 63-50 win  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — The Eustis High School boys basketball team got 23 points from Jemarious Maple and an electric team defensive effort, ending Leesburg's ...



Leesburgs Woods wins national weightlifting title  Daily Commercial

For many people, finishing second at a national competition is worth celebrating.For Leesburg High School's Taylor Woods, finishing second was just motivation.



H.S. Notebook: Spring football wrapping up  Daily Commercial

Two down, six to go.Following a break of five days after The Villages topped Eustis 28-0 in the area's first spring football game, the second of seven games ...



Lake County Schools to host teacher hiring event  Daily Commercial

TAVARES — School is out for the summer, but the Lake County School District is making a push for the next school year with a hiring event on June 13 aimed at ...



Tavares showcases young pitching, powerful offense  Daily Commercial

TAVARES — The future of Tavares High School baseball was on display on Monday against Leesburg.Sophomore pitchers Tyquan Wiggins and Lock ...



Student arrested in threat against Leesburg High had 'mental list,' deputies say  Orlando Sentinel

A Leesburg High School student was arrested early Thursday after telling a student he had made a “mental list” of the teachers and students he felt disrespected ...



Leesburg honors Keshawn Johnson in season opener  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — It's not often when the game itself is not the most important aspect of a season opener.However, that was the case Monday when the Leesburg ...



H.S. Notebook: Leesburg girls lifters dominate at meet  Daily Commercial

Leesburg High School's girls weightlifting team recorded nine first-place finishes out of 10 weight classifications on Wednesday and cruised to victories over ...



Ex-Leesburg High star Keshawn Johnson dies in crash  Daily Commercial

A smile that would light up any room she walked into and a willingness to help anyone she met. That was the way people remembered former Leesburg High ...



Making beautiful music: Area high schoolers compete in Solo Ensemble  Daily Commercial

Tavares High School was the place to be for band students this weekend as the District 19 of the Florida Bandmasters Association held the D19 Solo Ensemble ...



Leesburg High launching Cambridge AICE program next year  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — One hundred eighth-grade students will be chosen this month as the first to enroll in Leesburg High School's new Cambridge Advanced ...



Miguel Avalos hat trick lifts Leesburg past Tavares  Daily Commercial

TAVARES – Records rarely matter with rivals meet.That certainly was the case on Thursday when Leesburg and Tavares squared off in a Class 3A-District 6 ...



Leesburg High hopes to offer advanced diploma program  Daily Commercial

Leesburg High School hopes to be the first school in Lake County to offer a University of Cambridge-affiliated advanced diploma program to area students.



Leesburg has 2 state champs and places 2nd as team  Daily Commercial

The Leesburg High girls weightlifting team made plenty of history at the Class 1A state championships on Saturday afternoon at Arnold High School in Panama ...



Eustis baseball coach David Lee passes at 55  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS — Longtime Eustis High School baseball coach David Lee died late Thursday night at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville, ...



Lake County offers sessions to recruit teachers  Daily Commercial

TAVARES — Amid a shortage of teachers nationwide, the Lake County School District is doubling down on its recruitment efforts.This year, the district will offer ...



Leesburg High names building after top teacher Jerkins  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — The honors for Tammy Jerkins keep on coming.On Tuesday, the Lake County School Board voted to change the rules banning the naming of ...



Lake students play role in solving discipline problems  Daily Commercial

CLERMONT — A number of Lake schools have adopted a new policy for classroom management and discipline this year called restorative practices.Windy Hill ...



Mount Dora overcomes early deficit to beat Leesburg 7-4  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — The Mount Dora High School baseball team scored seven runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to beat Leesburg 7-4 on Monday at Pat ...



Dog-themed brewery coming to Leesburg  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — Beer and dogs — name a more iconic duo. We'll wait.Didn't think so.Combining brewing with the adoration of man's best friend, a new ...



Pageant rookie crowned 2019 Miss Lake County Fair  Daily Commercial

Ainsley Farfaglia, a senior from Leesburg High School, was crowned 2019 Miss Lake County Fair on Sunday afternoon. The win came as a shock to many, ...



Leesburg High baseball coach arrested with meth, said it belonged to a player, cops say  Orlando Sentinel

The head coach of Leesburg High School baseball was arrested Friday night — hours after his team defeated Umatilla High School — when officers saw him ...



Girls brawl at Leesburg High School  WKMG Orlando

LEESBURG, Fla. - Authorities said two female students got into a brawl on the track at Leesburg High School this past Thursday. The fight began around 1 p.m. ...



Leesburg construction academy gets $866K in state funding  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG – Nestled inside the $88.7 billion Florida budget this year is money which local school officials hope will help revitalize Leesburg High School's ...



Man arrested after leading deputy on chase a former Leesburg basketball standout  Villages-News

The man who is accused of striking a Marion County sheriff's deputy with his car early Sunday morning and then fleeing from him is a former standout.



Coaches and players give back at Leesburg clinic  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — Spring was in the air at Pat Thomas Stadium last week.It was more than a glorious sunny day two days after Christmas, the kind of day that ...



Poor Leesburg High graduation rate overshadows gains countywide  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG – It was a mixed bag for Lake County Schools after the state released high school graduation rates for Florida last week.While seven of the nine ...



Leesburg girls weightlifters gunning for state title  Daily Commercial

Before the season even started, Leesburg girls weightlifting coach Josh Boyer believed the Yellow Jackets could do something special.Nothing over the course ...



H.S. Notebook: Eustis ends Leesburgs weightlifting run  Daily Commercial

The Eustis High School girls weightlifting team ended Leesburg's four-year reign as district champions Saturday, topping 10 other schools in the Class ...



Leesburg, Wildwood girls coping with graduations  Daily Commercial

An unwritten rule in high school sports states nearly every school that enjoys success will eventually struggle through a few lean years.For the Leesburg High ...



Leesburg student selected for Macys Parade  Daily Commercial

There will be a familiar face in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this year – at least one familiar to those in the tight-knit Leesburg High School band ...



Back2back: Leesburg wins second straight state title  Daily Commercial

LAKELAND — History!In their final games at Leesburg High School, Keon Ellis scored 25 points and Dray Graham added 23 to lead the Yellow Jackets to a ...



Eustis coach David Lee shows signs of improvement  Daily Commercial

GAINESVILLE — Eustis High School baseball coach David Lee showed signs of improvement over the weekend, but remains too sick to be placed on a heart ...



Conversation about arts in downtown Leesburg inspiring action  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — There's a revolution coming to Leesburg — an art revolution.About 25 people talked Friday at the Leesburg Center for the Arts about how art can ...



Leesburg High student killed, another charged in shooting, police say  Orlando Sentinel

A Leesburg High School student was killed and another is facing homicide charges after a shooting Thursday afternoon, Leesburg Police say.



Grief counselors at Leesburg High after student killed in Sumter crash  Orlando Sentinel

The Lake County school district is offering comfort to Leesburg High School students dealing with their emotions after a classmate was killed early Sunday in a ...



Leesburg Yellow Jackets play annual scrimmage game  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — Mark Oates took a routine afternoon practice in the suffocating Florida heat and transformed it into something enjoyable for his players and their ...



Marriott developer to buy Dabney school site in Leesburg  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG – The developer who plans to build a Marriott hotel and other facilities on east Dixie Avenue wants to also buy the former Dabney Elementary ...



The Next Level: Rector says he is transferring to FSU  Daily Commercial

Wyatt Rector is coming back to his home state.Less than two months after announcing he was leaving Western Michigan, the former Leesburg High School ...



National runner-up finish fuels Leesburgs Taylor Woods  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — Taylor Woods came close to winning a national championship.One kilogram.Two pounds — 2.2 pounds, to be exact.Close enough to be ...



17-year-old Leesburg High School senior dies in crash, officials say  WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando

The FHP says a 17-year-old girl was killed in a Sumter County crash.



Leesburg Highs head baseball coach arrested on drug charges  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — Leesburg High School's head baseball coach struck out Friday when he was arrested on drug charges and said the drugs were not his — he ...



Lake County Sheriff Peyton Grinnell, Leesburg Mayor John Christian named to district Alumni Hall of Fame  Orlando Sentinel

Lake County Sheriff Peyton Grinnell is among the 2019 inductees in the Lake County schools Alumni Hall of Fame. Other new inductees are Leesburg Mayor ...



Mammoth Oak Brewing opening soon in Leesburg  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — Craft beer lovers, raise your glasses.A new brewery is coming to Leesburg.Mammoth Oak Brewing Company, whose head brewer is a Leesburg ...



South Sumter serves notice with 43-7 win over Leesburg  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — The word around Bushnell last year as South Sumter struggled through a winless season was that the Raiders were a couple of years away from ...



The Next Level: Cody Carroll rolling toward postseason  Daily Commercial

Cody Carroll is on a roll.The former Eustis High School pitching standout turned in a sterling effort on Saturday for Southern Mississippi in an 11-3 win against ...



Community concerned over violence at Leesburg High School  WESH Orlando

Violence on and near a local high school campus has prompted an emergency meeting. Nearly a dozen Leesburg High School students are suspended, most of ...



Shop With A Cop brings high-schoolers together with Leesburg police officers  Villages-News

They filed into the Leesburg Wal-Mart one by one early Saturday morning, some appearing quite shy and timid as they rounded the corner to find a sea of.



Eustis baseball coach Lee too sick for heart transplant  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS — Longtime Eustis High School baseball coach David Lee underwent the first of two surgeries on Friday that family members hope will improve his ...



Teen Leesburg author teaches kids fun writing techniques  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — Leesburg High School graduate Haley Rouse, 19, returned to her former stomping grounds on Friday to present her recently published book, ...



Leesburg Mighty Mites win Mid-Florida championship  Daily Commercial

A little bit of Leesburg history was made on Saturday evening at Bishop Moore High School.Leesburg's Mighty Mites Pop Warner football team, made up of ...



Leesburg Highs Tammy Jerkins is Floridas best teacher  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG – Tammy Jerkins is going to have to build a trophy case.The Leesburg High School math teacher, who in February was named Lake County ...



Rabid feral cat attacks police officer, residents in Leesburg  WFTV Orlando

Investigators said three people, including a police officer, were attacked by a rabid, feral cat after it got into a Leesburg home.



New baseball coach looks to restore luster to Leesburg High program  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — Rusty McLain is a baseball lifer who has been involved with the game since he was 7 years old.And many hope he can use the lessons he has ...



Leesburg girls soccer improves to 4-0-1 with win against Tavares  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG – Girls soccer is fun again at Leesburg High School.After struggling through a two-win season in 2016-17, the Yellow Jackets came out with a new ...



Michael Shawn Wood  Daily Commercial

Michael Shawn Wood, 49, of Oxford passed away on Monday, March 11, 2019. Born in Leesburg, he graduated from Leesburg High School where he excelled ...



Lake County Schools Welcomes New Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees  Mike Delaney

Lake County Schools welcomed its third class of Alumni Hall of Fame inductees Wednesday, April 17 in the Everett Kelly Convocation Center at Lake Sumter ...



Rector accepted into FSU but waiting on waiver to play  Daily Commercial

TALLAHASSEE — Former Leesburg High School quarterback Wyatt Rector has been accepted into Florida State University and plans to enroll in May.However ...



Leesburg honors 1977, 2017 state basketball champions  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — The past and present came together on Thursday to celebrate Leesburg High School's growing legacy of basketball excellence.And what ...



Kornegay names new principals at Eustis Middle, Leesburg High  Daily Commercial

TAVARES — Superintendent Diane Kornegay proposed adding two principals to the Lake County roster for the upcoming school year.Former Chief Academic ...



Leesburg goes for third state title in school history  Daily Commercial

LAKELAND — Only twice in school history has the Leesburg High School boys basketball team ended its season with a win.On both occasions – 1977 and 2011 ...



Jolley: Leesburgs 1977 state champs finally get their due  Daily Commercial

When Leesburg High School's 1977 boys basketball team returned from the Lakeland Civic Center after winning the Class 3A state championship, there was ...



Lake County history: Did you know?  Daily Commercial

Margaret McCormack, better known as Mrs. Maggie, must have been quite a woman.She was described as “one of the most active and successful business ...



US Supreme Court rules in favor of The Villages law firm  Daily Commercial

THE VILLAGES — The U.S. Supreme Court has issued an opinion on class-action lawsuits in favor of local law firm Varnell and Warwick Associates.



Leesburg FFA chapter looking for success at national event  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — The Leesburg FFA chapter won the state championship in the Farm Business Management Contest for the second time in three years.The group ...



Lake County’s high school bands hit the right note in competition  Daily Commercial

Lake County's high school bands excelled earlier this month at the annual Marching Band Music Performance Assessment (MPA) held by the Florida ...



Teacher accused of sex with student, resigns  Daily Commercial

TAVARES — An East Ridge High School teacher who was jailed Friday on accusations he had sex with a student at school last year had criminal and ...



Leesburgs Lee School to be converted to 152-unit living facility  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — Built a little more than a century ago, Lee School was where thousands of Leesburg residents went to school, and now a developer wants to ...



Leesburgs Sean Campbell named Florida Coach of the Year  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — Sean Campbell has coached the Leesburg High School boys basketball team to, arguably, its most productive era in school history.In the past ...



New School Year And New Leadership  Orlando Times

LAKE COUNTY - On first sight, Mr. Mike Randolph, the newly appointed principal of Leesburg High School (LHS) in Lake County, Florida, is not the one you ...



The Next Level: Tucker Smith a bright spot for GSW  Daily Commercial

Tucker Smith has been a bright spot in a difficult season for the Georgia Southwestern State University baseball team.A former standout at Leesburg High ...



A third of Lake County schools struggle with absences  Daily Commercial

TAVARES – Absentee rates are troubling at a third of Lake County Schools, school administrators say.For the first half of the school year, the number of students ...



Roger A. Graves - Obituaries  The Ledger

Roger A. Graves, age 67, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 16th, 2019, at Promise Hospital in Oxford, FL. He was born May 9th, 1951, in Leesburg, ...



The Next Level: Rodebaugh enjoys solid debut with JU  Daily Commercial

By all accounts, Tori Rodebaugh's debut at the next level was a rousing success.Rodebaugh, a former softball standout at Eustis High School, hit .333 in her first ...



High School Notebook: The Villages Tre Mann is one of nations top recruits  Daily Commercial

The offers are piling up for Tre Mann. According to Rivals.com's Corey Evans, the high-scoring senior guard at The Villages has received more than 20 official ...



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