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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 ...



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 ...



Martha A. Rutig  The Florida Times-Union

Martha A. Rutig, 79, a 60-year resident of Leesburg, passed away Monday, May 20 in Pulaski, VA. Born in St. Paul, MN, Martha was a graduate of Leesburg ...



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 High School on lockdown after reports of armed person on or near campus  WFTV Orlando

Leesburg High School was put on lockdown Wednesday morning after an anonymous complaint came in reporting that an armed person was possibly on or ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 High students hold prom dress drive, get results  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — It's almost prom season for high schoolers, and for some students the expense may keep them home on prom night. But one student's idea may ...



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 ...



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 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 ...



HS Notebook: Leesburgs Woods a rising star in USA Weightlifting  Daily Commercial

Taylor Woods continues to rise through the ranks in USA Weightlifting.The Leesburg High School junior recently recorded the highest weight total among more ...



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 ...



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 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 ...



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.



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Leesburg gets ahead early to beat Tavares  Daily Commercial

TAVARES — The days of the Leesburg High School boys basketball team running teams off the floor night in and night out might be over.But, that doesn't mean ...



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 ...



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 ...



Leesburg outlasts Eustis in battle of 6A-13 rivals  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS — Don't underestimate the heart of a champion.Especially a two-time state champion like the Leesburg High School boys basketball team.The Yellow ...



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 ...



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 schools join statewide protest over education funding  Daily Commercial

TAVARES — Teachers, students, parents and community members in Lake County joined statewide school walk-ins Wednesday morning to draw attention to ...



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 ...



Leesburg culinary student to address Congress  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG – Lane Davis, a 17-year-old student in the Leesburg High School culinary program, will travel to Washington, D.C., in November to speak before ...



Leesburg students asked to wear school colors for Johnson  Daily Commercial

Keshawn Johnson was one of the best girls basketball players ever to graduate from Leesburg High School.But she was much more than just a standout on the ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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, ...



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, ...



Leesburg Junior ROTC students honored  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — The Air Force Junior ROTC of Leesburg High School held its annual awards ceremony to honor students with certificates, medals and ...



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 ...



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 ...



Interact Club will lead anti-bullying effort at Leesburg High  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG – A new movement will begin sweeping through Florida high schools, including Leesburg High, when the new school year begins next month.



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 ...



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 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 ...



A look at some Lake County leaders who left us in 2018  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — Perhaps they left us too early, but when some of Lake County's best and most inspirational leaders passed away in 2018, they at least left us and ...



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 ...



Lake Schools to welcome Hall of Fame inductees  Daily Commercial

TAVARES — The Educational Foundation of Lake County will welcome four new Alumni Hall of Fame inductees at the annual Night of Stars on Wednesday at 6 ...



Eustis beats rival Leesburg in Panthers season opener  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — A season-opening win for a baseball team is a big deal.It's a positive note for coaches, players and fans to build on after nearly a month of tryouts ...



H.S. Notebook: Area teams to play in district finals  Daily Commercial

A total six area high school baseball teams have earned berths into next week's Florida High School Athletic Association regional playoffs.But each still has ...



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 ...



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 basketball ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 High senior Jenna Croft crowned Miss Leesburg  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG – Judges crowned a new Miss Leesburg Saturday night during the 32nd annual Miss Leesburg Scholarship Pageant.Jenna Croft, a 17-year-old ...



Gerald Scott  Daily Commercial

Gerald Scott, 84, of Leesburg, FL died Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at his residence. Gerald was a lifelong resident of Leesburg and graduated from Leesburg High ...



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 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.



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



H.S. Notebook: Eustis to honor Lee on Tuesday  Daily Commercial

Officials at Eustis High School have announced the long-awaited dedication of its new scoreboard and renaming of Stuart Cottrell Field will take place at 6:30 ...



Girls brawl at Leesburg High School  WKMG Orlando

Violence erupted at Leesburg High School this past Thursday as two female students broke out in a brawl on the school's track.



Police: Leesburg baseball coach found with drugs, pipe blamed player  WFTV Orlando

A Leesburg High School baseball coach who was arrested on a drug possession charge has been released from jail after paying bail, records said.



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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.



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 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 ...



SECO announces 2019 scholarship awardees  Daily Commercial

SUMTERVILLE — SECO Energy recently announced the recipients of this year's SECO scholarship and will be hosting a celebratory event for the recipients and ...



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.



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

A Leesburg teenager was killed and three of her passengers were injured in a car accident in Sumter County Sunday morning, according to the Florida Highway ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 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 ...



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 ...



Police: Man with knife, drugs nabbed on LHS campus  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG – Police Monday captured a man at Leesburg High School who was running from officers and who allegedly ditched his drug stash on the school ...



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 ...



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 ...



Leesburg High holds pep rally amid recent successes  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — More than 200 people turned out Tuesday evening to honor the achievements of Leesburg students in a variety of areas, from athletics to ...



Tasing incident at Leesburg High lands Lake deputies in hot water  Daily Commercial

LEESURG — A deputy who accidentally tased a Leesburg High School employee in January has resigned and another deputy accused of helping cover up the ...



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 ...



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 ...



Killers resentencing in Lake County comes at high price  Daily Commercial

TAVARES — No one is saying it out loud, and nobody would even begin to guess what's on jurors' minds, but is the slaying of an inmate in prison the kind of ...



Tavares topples Leesburg in volleyball battle of rivals  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — The Tavares and Leesburg volleyball teams will be works in progress for most of the regular season.As the year wears on, both likely will show ...



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 ...



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 ...



Mark Oates era gets underway for Leesburg High football  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — The Mark Oates era is officially underway.The Leesburg High School football coach offered the handful of fans that turned out on Monday an ...



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 ...



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 ...



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: 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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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