Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society of Lake County

Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society of Lake County, FL.  is hosting a guided hike of Lake Apopka’s North Shore and Environs on Saturday September 23rd.  Lake Apopka is a premier birding area in central with over 362 species of birds and as we head into fall season the migratory birds will begin to arrive.   Lorne Kaldorf Malo Regional Biologist at Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will be  the guide for this hike  beginning at 7:30 am from the St Johns River Management Field house office at 25 633 County Rd  448A in Mt Dora.    The fee for this hike is  $10 for members and $20 for non members. Please contact Stacey Kelley at [email protected] or 352-408-2901 to register.   www.oklawaha-audubon.com and on facebook


General Population, Special Needs, Pet-Friendly Shelters

Marion County, Florida (September 6, 2017) – Marion County Public Schools and the Marion County Division of Emergency Management have announced school closings and shelter openings in preparation for Hurricane Irma. All Marion County Public Schools will be closed Friday and Monday, September 8 and 11, 2017. Emergency Management will be opening multiple shelters hosted by our local public schools beginning at 5:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8.

General Population Shelters:

  • North Marion Middle School (2085 W Highway 329, Citra)
  • Fort McCoy School (16160 NE Highway 315, Fort McCoy)
  • Lake Weir High School (10351 SE Maricamp Road, Ocala)

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Villages Honor Flight

Villages Honor Flight’s fourth flight for 2017 will depart Sept. 6 taking 40 area veterans to Washington , DC .  While in Washington , the veterans will visit Arlington National Cemetery and various war and service memorials. Since the first flight in May 2012, Villages Honor Flight has flown 925 veterans to Washington , D.C.

This flight, the organization’s 35th, includes one WWII veteran, 28 Korean War veterans, eight Korea-era and three Vietnam veterans. (15 Army, 14 Navy, four Marines, and seven Air Force) They live in The Villages, Belleview, Brooksville, Fruitland Park , Lady Lake , Leesburg, Melrose , Mount Dora , Ocala , Silver Springs, Summerfield, and Wildwood.  Villages Honor Flight serves veterans from the Central Florida counties of Lake, Sumter , Marion , Citrus and Hernando. Each veteran has a volunteer guardian to assist him/her during the trip. [Read more…]

School Bus Laws & Penalties In Florida

School’s Open – Drive Carefully

No matter where in Florida you may live, keeping our children and students safe is a community responsibility. There are many guidelines put in place to ensure that our students arrive to and from school safely every single day – designated crosswalks, Community Service Aides, seat belt laws, and so on. But one law that is absolutely crucial – and yet often gets ignored – is ALWAYS stopping behind a school bus.

The State of Florida has enacted laws that require every single driver to stop when a school bus has its “Stop” sign extended and its red lights flashing. But sometimes impatient drivers may think to themselves, “There are no children crossing the street, and I’ll drive very slowly so I can stop if I see one. I don’t have time to sit and wait for this bus!” Drivers like these should think again: the penalties for passing stopped school bus could literally stop you in your tracks for quite a long time. [Read more…]

Villages Hospital Ribbon Cutting

Grand Opening and open house of the Villages Hospital Joint Institute. Dr. Williams is cutting the ribbon. Senator Daniel Webster looking on, while the Lady Lake Chamber members and visitors enjoyed.

The Joint Institute at the Villages Regional Hospital executive team attended the event. Those attending received an exclusive first look at the technologically advanced joint institute.

There was plenty of networking & heavy hor d’ouevres!

Home Invasion

Suspect Shot and Killed by Victim During Armed Home Invasion In Summerfield

On Monday, August 14, 2017, at approximately 10:30 p.m., Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) deputies responded to a residence located at 10420 SE 158th Place in Summerfield in reference to an armed home invasion. When deputies arrived on scene, they made contact with the victim, who stated that a suspect armed with a handgun entered the home and injured his dog. The victim told deputies that he barricaded himself in a room in the house to get away from the suspect and the suspect attempted to forcefully enter the room. The victim stated that he then shot the suspect and the suspect fled the residence. Soon after the home invasion, the suspect was dropped off by unknown persons outside the Ocala Health Summerfield Emergency Room, where he was later pronounced deceased.

MCSO Major Crimes detectives are in the preliminary stages of this investigation and are not releasing the identities of those involved at this time due to next of kin notification. If you have any information about this incident, you are encouraged to contact Detective Larry McArdle at 352-369-3535, or citizens can call in anonymous tips to the Crime Stoppers of Marion County at 352-368-STOP or 352-368-7867. Tips can also be submitted at www.ocalacrimestoppers.com. For Crime Stoppers, please reference 17-106 in your tip.

UPDATE: The decedent’s next of kin has been notified and he has been identified as Shawn Michael King (DOB: 05/31/1985).

Super Expo

The third annual Super Expo was held at the Wildwood Community Center. There were free door prizes and lots of samples and free stuff. The expo sponsors were JP Tours and Stetler Media & Expos. Some of the vendors featured were businesses in the fields of home improvement, renovation, health, wellness, travel, local retailers, media and more. Litterally hundreds of visiters appeared as a steady stream. Most had bags full of goodies given by the vendors. I/We at TomL Publishing LLC met a lot of new people and met some people we have not seen for a while. I hope we can help some of them and I hope some can help me. We had a good day even with all of the threatening weather. Watch for next year for the Super Expo in this newspaper about this time of year. See more photos from the Super Expo… [Read more…]


by A.J.(Tony) Powell

-What is ‘Fake News’?

Here’s a recent headline “Republicans moved forward on health care reform”.

True or false?

The fact is that the Republicans are working overtime to ‘repeal’ ObamaCare.

Another fact is that there is nothing in process which will ‘replace’ ObamaCare.

President Donald Trump promised ‘affordable’ health care insurance for all Americans. [Read more…]

Korean War and Korean Defense Service Veterans

The Korean War and Korean Defense Service Veterans of Lake County Chapter 169 Inc. meets every 3rd Saturday at the Silver Oaks Room Saddlebrook Recreation Center 3010 Saddlebrook Lane, The Villages, FL.  First meeting is on September 16th This is to replace other 3rd Saturday meetings. All Veterans who ever served in Korea are urged to attend. Call (352) 748-7009 for info.


Preventing And Dealing With Identity Theft

by Lady Lake PD Chief Chris McKinstry

Every person who willfully obtains personal identifying information, e.g., name, address, date of birth, Social Security Number (SSN), mother’s maiden name, etc., and uses that information for any unlawful purpose is guilty of a crime. Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the United States. Every year about 15 million people become victims. Everyone is vulnerable. Skilled identity thieves use a variety of methods to steal your personal information. These include the following:

Dumpster diving:  They rummage through trash looking for bills and other paper with your personal information on it.

Skimming: They steal credit- or debit-card numbers with a special storage device when processing your card. [Read more…]