Lake County family starts of New year with new home
LAKE COUNTY , Fla. — For one Lake County family, 2022 is already off to a good start as they were given the keys to a new home Monday. Sandra and Walter Young of Eustis had been living with their daughter and her family after suffering some hardships last year. Now thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter, AgeWave Solutions and the Women Build project, the Youngs are now the proud owners of a new home. “We had to put in 200 hours ourselves, that was required, but of course we weren’t going to do just 200,” Sandra said. AgeWave Solutions Inc. is part of the Women Build project, which aims to build and repair homes, while raising awareness of housing issues facing women, their families, and the community.wftv.com
People are waiting hours in COVID-19 testing lines at Lake County Fairgrounds
LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — The Florida Health Department has a handful of COVID-19 testing sites up and running in Lake County. The site at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Eustis has been busy throughout Wednesday. READ: Osceola County health department warns about fraudulent pop-up COVID-19 testing sitesHealth leaders said they are seeing a lot of demand for testing and it seems to come in waves. These private facilities are offering COVID-19 testing by appointment“I tested positive last week so, you know, doing the follow-up today,” said Darvian Sanchez. He was one of dozens of people Wednesday who navigated the drive through the testing site.wftv.com
Lake County woman arrested after traffic stop leads to discovery of nearly 4 pounds of marijuana
EUSTIS, Fla. — An Okahumpka woman has been charged with multiple felonies after police say she was caught with nearly four pounds of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia. >>> STREAM CHANNEL 9 EYEWITNESS NEWS LIVE <<<Eustis police officers stopped 30-year-old Marinda Mauck in the area State Road 19 and County Road 44 Monday night. A search of Mauck’s vehicle yielded 3.7 pounds of marijuana, 85 grams of THC wax, 45 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, and other drug paraphernalia. Officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of SR-19 & CR-44 . Mauck was arrested Monday and charged with multiple felonies, including possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms, and two counts of carrying a concealed firearm.wftv.com
DNA on beer cans leads to suspect in 1996 death of Florida store clerk stabbed 73 times
DNA from discarded beer cans linked Stough to the death of Paquette, who was stabbed 73 times in a convenience store bathroom. It was a very gruesome, violent scene,” Orange County Sheriff’s Office Detective Brian Savelli said in a video on the case. Six years later, in 2019, Paquette’s murder became the focus of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office’s new cold case unit. That led authorities to the couple’s three children: Kenneth Stough Jr. and his two older brothers, Savelli said. Crime scene workers at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office swabbed the beer cans for DNA and submitted the samples to the FDLE’s lab for analysis.wftv.com
Happening at noon: Gov. DeSantis making announcement in Eustis
EUSTIS, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis is scheduled to host a news conference in Eustis on Friday. DeSantis is scheduled to speak at noon along with Department of Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran at Lake Technical College. Stay tuned to Channel 9 Eyewitness News for updates. READ: State of Florida files lawsuit against Biden administration over COVID-19 vaccine mandatesClick here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
Mount Dora Arts Festival brings hope to struggling artists
MOUNT DORA, Fla. – The 46th annual Mount Dora Arts Festival will welcome art lovers and artists on Saturday not just from Florida but from outside the Sunshine State as well. Ronald Weltmer, a woodwork artist who lives in Eustis, is excited to be attending the iconic festival for the first time. Organizers from the Mount Dora Center for the Arts said their priority is the public’s safety. Deborah Barnes, a jewelry artist in Mount Dora, has been part of the festival for more than 40 years and is looking forward to her first show in a year. Visitors are asked not to stroll around the festival with food or drinks to prevent them from taking off their face coverings.
Deputy’s use of Taser on Eustis High School student within agency policy, sheriff’s office says
EUSTIS, Fla. – The Lake County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy was justified in using his Taser on a Eustis High School student while trying to break up a fight on Tuesday. The video appears to show the student slapping at the deputy’s face and kneeing him, which is also described within the incident report. The video ends when both the deputy and the student get back to their feet and the deputy draws his Taser. According to the report, Brown gave the student verbal commands to stop, threatening to use the stun gun if she did not listen. According to the report, the student later apologized to Brown claiming she “blacked out” in a fit of anger.
Senior residents at Eustis nursing home receive second dose of COVID-19 vaccine
Residents at Lake Eustis Health and Rehabilitation Center received the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 13, 2021. EUSTIS, Fla. – Several residents at the Lake Eustis Health and Rehabilitation Center received the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Wednesday. Aalbrand said she couldn’t be happier to receive the second dose because this will mean more family time for her from now on. Lake Eustis Health and Rehabilitation Center is home to 71 seniors. Several staff members were also scheduled to get the second dose on Wednesday.
Police identify suspect after stray bullet hits woman at ‘Light-Up’ Eustis
Officers with the Eustis Police Department said they are looking for a 17-year-old accused of shooting a woman at “Light-Up” Eustis. LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – Officers with the Eustis Police Department said they are looking for a 17-year-old accused of shooting a woman at “Light-Up” Eustis. A woman was rushed to the hospital after a shooting on Nov. 27, according to the police department. Eustis police the victim was shot in the arm around 9:38 p.m. on Nov. 27. The woman was standing several hundred feet from where the shooting happened and was not the intended target, according to officials.
Grammy award-winning musician saves State Theatre of Eustis with $20,000 donation
EUSTIS, Fla. – After weeks of fundraising, the State Theatre of Eustis is no longer at risk of closing its doors at the end of the year, thanks to a generous donation. We can’t get to 76% if we only have 55 seats available.”Among those who watched the story was Grammy award-winning pianist and conductor Peter Nero. The 86-year-old acclaimed musician has called The Villages home for several years and has never set foot inside the State Theatre of Eustis. To celebrate the occasion, Jaggers and operations manager Sue Wharff surprised Mr. Nero at his house with an oversized check for him to keep. “He donated $20,000 to keep our theatre afloat,” Jaggers said.
Woman shot at ‘Light-Up Eustis’ event was not intended target, police say
LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – A woman was rushed to the hospital after a shooting in downtown Eustis at the “Light-Up” Eustis event, according to the police department. [TRENDING: Video reveals huge hammerhead shark circling clueless swimmer in Florida | Florida reports latest coronavirus numbers | ‘Disturbing’ video sent to Seminole students]Eustis police the victim was shot in the arm around 9:38 p.m. on Friday. The woman was standing several feet from where the shooting happened and was not the intended target, according to officials. Investigators said she was transported to the Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford. Anyone with information is asked to contact Eustis police or Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.
State Theatre of Eustis at risk of final curtain call
Due to the pandemic, the State Theatre of Eustis is on the brink of closing its doors. Becky Jaggers serves as president of the Bay Street Players, which has called the theatre home since 1975. “Right now, we are struggling.”“(The) Bottom line is we here at the State Theatre are in a world of trouble right now,” Bay Street Players Vice President Jim Quinlan added. As their set goes up, many worry when it’s over, the curtain will fall for good on this 98-year-old theatre. “We want to save our theatre,” Jaggers added.
Two 14-year-olds dead, 1 critically injured following Eustis crash
EUSTIS, Fla. – The Eustis Police Department responded to a crash Sunday that left two 14-year-olds dead and a third teen seriously injured. “At this time two fatalities have been confirmed and one is labeled in critical condition,” investigators said. Eustis police later identified the victims as Amari Traemaine Bedford, 14, who was the driver, and NY’Juan J. Hodge, 14, who was the front passenger. The third 14-year-old, Torian Harp, remains in critical condition. Friends and family of the victims held a vigil at the crash site Monday evening.
Lake County man stabs house guest with kitchen knife, deputies say
LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – A 32-year-old Lake County man is facing charges after deputies say he stabbed another man in an argument over comments about his girlfriend. Sheriff’s deputies say the scene unfolded Sunday at a home along the 2700 block of Grand Island Shores Road in Eustis. Hays' friend told deputies he was the one who invited the two men over to the home. Deputies say Joseph Teyssier worked to break up the fight, kicking Hays away from his brother as he pushed him in the opposite direction. Deputies say Hays likely used the kitchen knife found on the dining room table to stab Pierre.
Here’s how to build your hurricane kit on a budget
EUSTIS, Fla. – As Central Floridians prepare for Hurricane Isaias, many families are struggling to make ends meet because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts say you can still be prepared for this hurricane season without breaking your budget. We recommend seven days’ worth of food, water, and medicine.”Preparing for the hurricane season is different this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Building a hurricane kit or getting prepared doesn’t have to be expensive. Carter said you can get the essentials you need for your hurricane kit for less than $30.
‘Destruction everywhere:‘ Eustis nonprofit nature center vandalized
LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – A Lake County nonprofit, already struggling from hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic, is dealing with another big blow. The Trout Lake Nature Center in Eustis was vandalized sometime Sunday night, according to the center’s Executive Director, Eileen Tramontana. "I came into work yesterday here at the nature center and I found my doors wide open in my education building. The loss comes at a time when the center's donations are down due to classes, school field trips and environmental education programs being canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. The 230-acre property has offered walking trails and environmental education opportunities for 32 years.
Barnwood BBQ goes back to the basics
The nostalgia is real for Barnwood BBQ owners Dan and Elaine Backhaus. They are also offering bulk dinners including the pig out feast with 1 1/2 pounds of pulled pork, two pint-size sides, four buns and Barnwood BBQ sauce for $29.99 or the hog wild feast with two pounds of pulled pork, two quart-sized sides, six buns and Barnwood BBQ sauce for $39.99. Substitute brisket for pulled pork for $5. Try the rib rack, meat shack and a pig to go special featuring one full rack of ribs, one pound pulled pork, one pound brisket, two quart-sized sides, six buns and a bottle of Barnwood BBQ sauce for $64.99. Barnwood BBQ, 3725 W Old US Highway 441 in Mount Dora, is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.dailycommercial.com
Eustis boy receives unforgettable birthday surprise when truck drivers came together
EUSTIS, Fla. – Ever since the coronavirus pandemic began, birthday celebrations have had to be canceled or changed. For two parents in Eustis, their creativity brought together a community of truck drivers and caring strangers, to celebrate their son’s fifth birthday. What the family didn’t know, is that his post would be shared by others. “The field was full of trucks and I just-- I didn’t know and they came just to celebrate him. Some of the trucks that showed were such high caliber, they were literal monster trucks, I mean, I'm just glad We were able to do it," Raley said.
Free treats for kids
Usually this time of the year, Coneys Italian Ice and Creamery in Eustis is giving away thousands of coupons for a free small Italian ice to kids who make the honor roll at a few select schools in Lake County. However, on Monday, May 4, Coneys is extending their free treats to any kids 18 and under from noon to 2 p.m.We want to give away as much as possible, owner Stephanie Wrenn-Pebbles said. Along with the free treats, their full menu will be available for order. Other sweet treats include handspun milkshakes, soft serve ice cream, ice cream sundaes, smoothies, floats, banana splits and gelati (Italian ice mixed with soft serve ice cream). Coneys Italian ice and Creamery, 24422 State Road 44 in Eustis, is open 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.dailycommercial.com
LZ Lakehawk: Military folk, families soldiering on through virus
The Combat Caf' has an almost spiritual vibe about it; the camaraderie and oft-unspoken memories going on inside that right-sized, military-themed eatery are almost palpable. Bruce and Beth's place certainly has been an ideal venue for many a' vet interview in support of LZ LAKEHAWK. I moved and changed as events happened unannounced and unplanned and thats the way it is in combat and in all of life. But rest assured that one thing that is constant in a world of change is God and His unchanging love for you and me. Join Keith Friday mornings on 1410 AM with station manager James Floyd and Air Force Vietnam veteran Bob Peters.dailycommercial.com
Combat Cafe owners keep pushing forward
Its been a rough ride for Combat Cafe owners Bruce and Beth Chambers. Although the experience was frustrating, they were able to get back on their feet and re-open. They also offer their signature three-egg omelets and scrambles like the uncle ham (ham and Swiss), The Calvary (ham, onion and pepper), The Grunt (ham, bacon and sausage) and the Greka (feta, tomato and onion). These range from $6 to $9 and are served with potatoes or grits, toast or a biscuit. Combat Cafe, 1602 N Hwy 19 in Eustis, is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m Tuesday through Sunday.dailycommercial.com
Luigis back with family favorites
After more than a year of planning, building and working out all the logistics, Luigis Italian Restaurant in Eustis set their grand opening date for April 1. The first day the phones were ringing off the hook.Luigi and his family are no strangers to Lake County. Many may remember the original Luigis Italian Restaurant that was opened by Luigis parents, Pasquale and Maria Folgore, in Eustis in 1990. In 2007, I decided to follow in my familys footsteps and open Gigis, which was my nickname, because a lot of people in my family are named Luigi, Luigi said. Luigis Italian Restaurant, 2814 David Walker Drive in the Publix Shopping Plaza, is currently open 11 a.m to 8:30 p.m. for curbside pickup.dailycommercial.com
Eustis dietitian starting health challenge
Eustis dietitian Mary Ann Kalonick is starting a free health challenge for residents of Lake County. EUSTIS Health is a big topic in the world right now thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Because of this, Eustis dietitian Mary Ann Kalonick is starting a free health challenge for residents of Lake County. Throughout the challenge, she will present 10 steps for people to get healthy and boost their immune system. In Glow Challenge, Kalonick outlines her 10 easy steps which includes eating well, moving often, being kind, enjoying music and drinking water.dailycommercial.com
1 person injured in Eustis shooting, police say
EUSTIS, Fla. – The Eustis Police Department is investigating a shooting that left a person injured, according to a news release. Officers responded to Rose Lane and Johnson Avenue Wednesday at 1:30 a.m. for a report of a person shot, investigators said. Police said a victim suffering from a gunshot wound was found and taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to call police at 352-483-5400 and reference case number E20032464. It was not immediately clear if any any arrests were made, if police located a person of interest or what led up to the violence.
Gyro King brings Greek food to Eustis
Authentic Greek cuisine has returned to Eustis with the opening of Gyro King, located in the same spot where Elijahs Cafe, a beloved Greek Mediterranean restaurant, once operated. I was excited to hear he wanted to open a Greek restaurant.The restaurant is filled with the sound of Greek music and offers a quaint seating area with Greek decor. They also offer their famous Greek salad with lettuce, tomatoes, greek and green peppers, feta, olives, cucumbers, beets and potato salad in a small for $4 or a large for $8. They also offer a chicken pita, pork tenderloin pita, roast beef sandwich, grilled chicken breast sandwich, hamburger or cheeseburger for $6.50 to $7.95. Dinners range from $10.75 to $14.50 and is served with a small Greek salad, pita bread and French fries or rice.dailycommercial.com
Weekend Glance: Do you have the best cornhole team around?
YOUR FORECAST: After a stormy Thursday, the temperatures have dropped. Expect highs in the 60s and 70s this weekend with sunny and party cloudy skies. : Fruitland Park is hosting a city-wide tournament on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fruitland Park Community Center. It costs $40 per team and there will be a cash prize for first place. DISNEY FROZEN JR.: The Bay Street Players Young Peoples Theatre presents Disney Frozen Jr. at 7 p.m Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Historic State Theatre in Eustis.dailycommercial.com
On Stage: Entertainment awaits theatergoers
A look at whats playing, and whats upcoming, on local stagesThis weeks round up of stage performances offers a mix of plays, music and dance. The Bay Street Players Young Peoples Theatre performs the modern classic Disney Frozen Jr. Thursday through Sunday in Eustis. The romantic comedy, The Last Romance, takes the stage this weekend only at the Living Drama Theatre in Eustis. Heres a look at whats on stage this week and beyond. Disney Frozen Jr.The Bay Street Players Young Peoples Theatre presents Disney Frozen Jr. at 7 p.m. March 5-7 and 2 p.m. March 8 at the Historic State Theatre in Eustis.dailycommercial.com
Habitats Women Build 2020 kicked off Wednesday
EUSTIS Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter and Lowes extended an open invitation to women volunteers from throughout the community. The women were sought to participate in a local event for International Women Build Week. International Women Build Week runs from March 1-8 to highlight the global need for safe and affordable housing. A couple of local volunteers showed up, were handed hard hats and put to work. After all, Lozada, her husband, James Santiago, and their son, Jianluc Santiago, were the recipients of the 2019 Habitat Women Build home.dailycommercial.com
Art Olympics set for this weekend
The day-long event, which serves as a prelude to Leesburg Art Fest a week later, will feature students from Leesburg, Umatilla, Eustis and Tavares High Schools, who will participate in eight artistic challenges. LEESBURG Teams from four Lake County high schools will compete in the second Leesburg Art Olympics on Saturday. The day-long event, which serves as a prelude to Leesburg ArtFest a week later, will feature students from Leesburg, Umatilla, Eustis and Tavares High Schools, who will participate in eight artistic challenges, including transforming trash into fashion, making pottery and creating a product and a logo for a fictitious company. The students creations will go on display at the Leesburg center for the Arts during the 43rd annual Leesburg ArtFest on March 14-15. More information about the artfest can be found on the festival website, www.LeesburgArtFest.com.dailycommercial.com
Lake girls public-school soccer coaches compile All-County team
Girls soccer coaches from Lake Countys eight public high schools have compiled the public school All-County Team for the 2019-20 season. EUSTIS Girls soccer coaches from Lake Countys eight public high schools have compiled the public school All-County Team for the 2019-20 season. Girls BasketballLeesburg High School girls basketball coach Marlyn Bryant has resigned as Yellow Jackets coach after six seasons. Bryant led the Yellow Jackets to 93-59 record and two regional championship games during his tenure. Following a winless season in 2017-18, Bryant steadily rebuilt the Yellow Jackets, culminating with a 16-11 record last season.dailycommercial.com
Eustis names Frank Scott as Panthers new football coach
Frank Scott, who produced one of the most-prolific offenses during his stint at Mount Dora High School, has been named head football coach at Eustis. Eustis Frank Scott, who produced one of the most-prolific offenses during his stint at Mount Dora High School, has been tabbed to be the next head football coach at Eustis. We are very excited that Frank Scott is joining Eustis High School to lead our football program, said Clark. Prior to taking over as head coach, Scott was the Hurricanes passing game coordinator as well as the offensive coordinator. In his time at Mount Dora, Scott transformed Mount Dora into one of the areas most-efficient offenses, producing 1,000-yard runners like Dominic Walker (1,003 yards in 2016) and Isayah Hatter (1,396 yards in 2018).dailycommercial.com
Former Mount Dora coach Frank Scott named football coach at Eustis
Frank Scott, who produced one of the most-prolific offenses during his stint at Mount Dora High School, has been tabbed to be the next head football coach at Eustis. EUSTIS Frank Scott, who built one of the most-prolific offenses during his stint at Mount Dora High School, has been tabbed to be the next head football coach at Eustis. We are very excited that Frank Scott is joining Eustis High School to lead our football program, said Clark. Prior to taking over as head coach, Scott was the Hurricanes passing game coordinator as well as the offensive coordinator. In his time at Mount Dora, Scott transformed Mount Dora into one of the areas most-efficient offenses, producing 1,000-yard runners like Dominic Walker (1,003 yards in 2016) and Isayah Hatter (1,396 yards in 2018).dailycommercial.com
Lake Minneola baseball dominates Leesburg in 16-1 win
Lake Minneola and Real Life Christian won prep baseball games Thursday, while Tavares and Eustis split on the tennis courts. LEESBURG The Lake Minneola High School baseball team evened its record at 2-2 on Thursday with a 16-1 win in five innings against Leesburg at Pat Thomas Stadium-Buddy Lowe Field. Lake Minneola added a run in the second, four more in the third and four in the fifth. Daniel Marinacci also had three RBIs, while Zach Arnold, Hunter French, Morales and Shad Smith scored two runs apiece for Lake Minneola. Lake Minneola hosted Orlando University on Friday and will play The Villages at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at Lake Minneola.dailycommercial.com
On Tap: Weekend filled with various events
Although it starts out as a pretty quiet weekend, come Saturday, Lake County events are in full swing. For those looking for some philanthropy opportunities, check out the Give Back Day at Trout Lake Nature Center or the inaugural SPAYghetti Dinner Fundraiser for L.E.A.S.H. Heres whats on tap:Georgefest Carnival ExtendedThe city of Eustis has extended the Georgefest Carnival to this weekend beginning Thursday at 5 p.m. in downtown. Details: https://www.leesburgflorida.gov/Give Back to TLNC DayTrout Lake Nature Center in Eustis is reaching out to the community for help. Details: https://www.facebook.com/TheNewLakeSquareMallSPAYghetti DinnerThe inaugural SPAYghetti Dinner will be hosted from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Eustis Service Center, 301 W. Ward Ave. in Eustis.dailycommercial.com
On Stage: Murder mystery and country music take the stage
Mental Mount Dora Murder Mystery DinnerIts dinner and a show Saturday with Mental Mount Dora Murder Mystery Dinner. Details: Mountdoralive.comSmooth Country BandThe Living Drama Theatre hosts the Smooth Country Band 7 p.m. Mondays. UPCOMINGDisney Frozen Jr.The Bay Street Players Young Peoples Theatre presents Disney Frozen Jr. at 7 p.m. March 5-7 and 2 p.m. March 8 at the Historic State Theatre in Eustis. Details: baystreetplayers.orgThe Last RomanceThe romantic comedy The Last Romance plays performances March 6-7 at the Living Drama Theatre in Eustis. Details: baystreetplayers.orgA Gentlemans Guide to Love and MurderThe IceHouse Players present A Gentlemans Guide to Love and Murder March 20 to April 12 at the Sonnetag Icehouse Theatre in Mount Dora.dailycommercial.com
71-year-old man stalked 17-year-old girl, Eustis police say
EUSTIS, Fla. – A 71-year-old man repeatedly went to a teen girl’s work for several months, causing her to be so afraid for her safety that her coworkers would have to hide her when he arrived at the store, according to the Eustis Police Department. Police said Larry Yennior, 71, had been targeting the 17-year-old girl over the course of a year beginning in March 2019 when he noticed her at the grocery store where she works. According to documents, Yennior would go to the store and seek out the teen, even buying small, insignificant items so that he could go through her check-out lane. He’d ask the girl personal questions about her age and whether her parents would approve if they were to begin a romantic relationship, records show. Police said the behavior got so bad that employees would watch out for Yennior and when he entered the store they would say a code word over the intercom so the girl could hide.
Good Samaritans who helped officer after being shot share their stories
EUSTIS, Fla. – On Dec. 19th, a Eustis police officer, Captain Gary Winheim, was shot while on the job. But while that was happening, good Samaritans sought to help law enforcement that day, and those heroes were recognized at the Eustis City Commission meeting. King said his brother ended up following the shooter, while on the phone with 911, helping to let the police know where the shooter ended up, near a junkyard. Pastor Brooks Braswell of the First Baptist Church of Umatilla said his church served as a central hub for law enforcement during the man-hunt. Pastor Braswell said it was thanks to the generosity of local restaurants, that they were able to provide law enforcement with hot meals.
Weekend Glance: Georgefest is here
YOUR FORECAST: It's going to be chilly this weekend. Expect sun on Sunday, but it wont get warmer than 75 degrees. CELEBRATING GEORGE: The 118th annual Georgefest festival in downtown Eustis has an entire weekend line-up in honor our nations first president. Details: facebook.com/EustisGeorgefest/MUTTS GONE NUTS: Dogs and their trainers will perform the show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Clermont Performing Arts Center. Details: clermontperformingartscenter.comdailycommercial.com
Area teams hope to restore past glory to local diamonds
Not since 2003, in fact, when Eustis won the Class 3A state title has a local program raised the state championship trophy. The Bulldogs lost that contest 2-0 and Hillsborough went on to win the state title. Leesburg (1970, 1971, 1977, 1983, 1985) leads the way with five Final Four appearances, including one state title. In addition, five other area programs advanced to the state championship game in their respective classifications, only to end up as runners-up. Montverde Academy was the last area team to reach a state championship game, when it advanced to the Class 2A title.dailycommercial.com
On Stage: Dogs, Doo-wop and Pavlo on stage
An instrumental concert with Pavlo, featuring Mediterranean music takes the stage Saturday in Mount Dora. Enjoy some toe-taping old school soul, doo-wop and Motown music with Michael Russo at the Historic State Theatre in Eustis on Saturday. Also of note, the Melon Patch Theatre has replaced the show Chorus Line with Cabaret opening March 20. Pavlo in ConcertThe Mount Dora Community Center welcomes Pavlo in Concert at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Mount Dora Community Center. Details: clermontperformingartscenter.comUpcomingDisney Frozen Jr.The Bay Street Players Young Peoples Theatre presents Disney Frozen Jr. at 7 p.m. March 5-7 and 2 p.m. March 8 at the Historic State Theatre in Eustis.dailycommercial.com
Missing Eustis man found dead
A popular Eustis bartender went missing Sunday following a music festival in Boca Raton. BOCA RATON A popular Eustis bartender who went missing Sunday night following a music festival in Boca Raton was found dead Wednesday afternoon. As the search went on, members of Eastwoods college fraternity dedicated themselves to aiding searchers and raising money for Eastwoods family. Kevin Kersey, a member of Alpha Gamma Rho, organized a GoFundMe for Eastwoods family which raised over $2,000 within the first 24 hours from more than 30 donors. Eastwoods family and friends, including his mother Tami Stephens, had been using social media to keep community members updated.dailycommercial.com
Eustis man missing in Boca Raton
A popular Eustis bartender went missing Sunday following a music festival in Boca Raton. The search continued Wednesday as the Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office scoured the area with dogs and drones. BOCA RATON A popular Eustis bartender went missing Sunday night following a music festival in Boca Raton, leaving both his car and phone behind. Eastwoods step-sister, Chelsea Smith, said the family started Wednesday searching at Sunset Cove Amphitheatre in Boca Raton, where Eastwood was last seen around 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Hotels in Boca Raton are already expensive, but spring break season has hit, and prices have skyrocketed as hotels have closed their last vacancies.dailycommercial.com
Late homer lifts Eustis to win in season opener
Eustis Nehemiah Cook blasted a two-run homer in the sixth inning and Ty Van Dyke scattered six hits over six innings Tuesday in a 6-5 win against South Lake. With the win, in its season opener, Eustis improved 1-0 on the season, while South Lake fell to 1-1. Cook's blast, which easily cleared the left-field fence, came off South Lake reliever Robert Tracy. He allowed five runs three earned in six innings before departing after hitting Davenport to lead off the seventh inning. Jackson Bakich came on in relief and pitched a scoreless seventh inning for his first save of the year.dailycommercial.com
Leesburg, Eustis, Wildwood boys teams advance to basketball regionals
Six boys basketball teams from Lake and Sumter counties will continue towards next months state finals in Lakeland later this week when regional play begins. Six area boys basketball programs begin play Thursday in the Florida High School Athletic Association regional playoffs, based winning district tournaments and rankings. Wildwood and The Villages will host opening-round games as district champions in classes 1A and 4A, respectively, while Leesburg, Eustis, Mount Dora Christian Academy and First Academy of Leesburg earned at-large bids based on MaxPreps computer rankings. The four highest-ranked teams in each region which did not win district titles earned at-large bids. A win would catapult Wildwood in the regional finals against Pahokee or Hawthorne (21-3).dailycommercial.com
LZ Lakehawk: Holtz appears on local radio station
It's a special occasion for Joe as today marks the 100th airing of his popular program, "Getting to Know You." Clarence Rank and retired Army Nurse Corps Lt. Col. Gloria Corbet. (CHC) Bob Haines, USN (ret):Jesus let us know that "you will hear of wars and rumors of wars (Matthew 24:6)." World War I, it turned out, was not the war to end all wars. Join Keith Friday mornings on 1410 AM with station manager James Floyd and Air Force Vietnam veteran Bob Peters.dailycommercial.com
Local police captain receives formal tribute in the Capitol
TALLAHASSEE A local police captain received a formal tribute in the Florida House of Representatives this week. By the grace of God, Captain Winheim both survived and is back at the Eustis Police Department serving our community again, Sabatini said on the House floor. The driver, 38-year-old Jayson A. Colvin, got out of the vehicle and shot Winheim in the ear. Captain Winheim displayed exceptional professionalism and dedication in an exemplary and highly professional manner while showing unwavering support to the community on December 19, 2019. Captain Winheim is an American hero THANK YOU for keeping Florida safe!On her Facebook page, Sullivan posted a photo of herself with Sabatini, Winheim and Eustis Police Chief Gary Calhoun.dailycommercial.com
Eustis Memorial joins county library system
The partnership was officially celebrated Wednesday morning with the gathering of Lake County and Eustis officials at the Eustis Memorial Library. EUSTIS Since 1982, Lake County has aimed to unite local libraries by forming a cooperative to create a stronger, unified county system. The partnership was officially celebrated Wednesday morning with the gathering of Lake County and Eustis officials at the Eustis Memorial Library. This is the closing of the loop as we welcome Eustis back into the fold.The cooperative Lake County Library System allows all residents of Lake County to access materials by using their specialty library card at any of the 16 establishments. Together, we are a better and stronger library system, Lake County Library Director George Taylor said.dailycommercial.com
On Tap: Festivals abound this weekend
It must be festival weekend with all the options in Lake County this weekend. The tour will take competitors through many of the countys most beautiful lakes including Lake Harris, Dora, Eustis and Griffin. Details: https://www.facebook.com/LakeridgeWines/Central Florida Toy ShowIts toys, toys and more toys at the Central Florida Toy Show hosted at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 2101 N County Road 452 in Eustis, on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Details: https://www.facebook.com/thevillagesballoonfestivals/Leesburg Night MarketTown Square is sure to be full of unique treasures and fresh produce at the Leesburg Night Market on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Break out your lawn chairs and enjoy live music while sampling a variety of local food trucks, including a few new ones they just added to the line up.dailycommercial.com
Leesburg unveils Rogers Park wheelchair swing
The swing was donated to the city early last year after 441 Thrift Store owner Mark Stapleton saw a video on Facebook of a handicapped child on a wheelchair swing giggling. LEESBURG The city unveiled its newest feature at Rogers Park on Monday: a wheelchair swing. Leesburg city officials, locals who helped purchase the wheelchair swing and Koltins family watched as he swung with a big smile on his face. He was so inspired that he began a community fundraiser to bring such a swing to Rogers Park. Travis Rima, the citys recreation director, said the wheelchair swing is another great play option at the park for children with disabilities.dailycommercial.com
‘How did this vehicle get here?’ Answers sought after Apopka man, 13-year-old found dead in pickup
EUSTIS, Fla. – A friend of a man found dead alongside his 13-year-old nephew says she’s heartbroken and searching for answers while a double homicide investigation is underway in Lake County. A white full-size 2001 GMC Sierra pickup truck being towed away on County Road 437 in Lake County. “(The deputy) looks in the bed of the vehicle and that’s when he notices a body and then he notices two bodies in the vehicle,” Lake County sheriff’s Sgt. Deputies said the victims lived in Apopka and investigators are trying to determine why they were in Lake County. Investigators are asking anyone who saw the white 2001 GMC Sierra truck between Friday at 9 p.m. and 3:20 a.m. Saturday to come forward and call Crimeline at 1-800-423-8477.
Leesburg girls win 1A-5 weightlifting title
LEESBURG The Leesburg High School girls weightlifting team won six of 10 weight classifications and won the Class 1A-Region 5 championship on Friday in the Hive. Wins on Tuesday and Thursday would mark MDCAs first unbeaten regular season since 2015-16 when the Bulldogs went 25-0 in the regular season. College BaseballAfter opening the season with three victories, Lake-Sumter State College dropped two straight games, including a 15-3 loss to Polk State College on Sunday in Winter Haven. LSSC played Indian River State College in Fort Pierce on Monday and will travel to Avon Park to play South Florida State College on Wednesday, before home at 3 p.m. Friday to play Eastern Florida State College. Next up for LSSC, which evened its record at 2-2, is a doubleheader against Polk State College at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Winter Haven.dailycommercial.com
13-year-old killed in Eustis double homicide
LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – Deputies with the Lake County Sheriffs Office are investigating a double homicide at the intersection of County Road 437 and County Road 44A in Eustis. Deputies said around 3:20 a.m. Saturday a deputy pulled behind what he thought was a disabled vehicle on the side of County Road 437. When deputies walked up to the full-size pickup truck, they discovered two Hispanic males in the bed of the truck deceased. The victims have been identified as 26-year-old Jesus Pantoja and 13-year-old Christopher Gutierrez, both of Apopka. All he wanted to do was be able to provide for them, to give them a better life,” said Rodriquez.
Weekend Glance: Mount Dora hosting Arts Festival
YOUR FORECAST: Expect a cloudy sky and a high around 75 Friday. The temperatures will drop Saturday and Sunday with highs in the high-60s and lows in the 40s. Showers are expected Saturday morning and Sunday will be sunny. MOUNT DORA ARTS FESTIVAL: The best of the best artists from around the country will show their work at this massive community event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in downtown Mount Dora. 'THE FANTASTICKS: The Bay Street Players in Eustis are presenting The Fantasticks until Feb. 16.dailycommercial.com
Johnson scores five goal to lead Eustis girls past Leesburg on Senior Night
The Panthers have won four of their past five matches following 8-0 win against Leesburg on Senior Night at the Panther Den. The Panthers have won four of their past five matches following 8-0 win against Leesburg on Senior Night at the Panther Den. Eustis got all the offense it would need in the 21st minute when Jillian Johnson scored on a penalty kick. Johnson scored four times and Baca added two. Johnson scored the final goal in the 69th minute, stopping the match due to the eight goal mercy rule.dailycommercial.com
Eustis police captain who was shot in ear returns to work
EUSTIS, Fla. – A Eustis police captain who had to have a bullet removed from his back after a suspect shot him in the neck is back on the job less than a month after he was released from a hospital. The Eustis Police Department posted a picture on its Facebook page showing Capt. “Ladies and gentlemen put your hands together and let’s welcome back Captain Winheim to full duty,” the caption read. Colvin pulled over his truck down the road -- even though Winheim did not have the lights activated on his unmarked patrol truck -- then got out and shot Winheim, according to authorities. He was killed in a shootout with authorities after they found him hiding under a canoe near a lake in Umatilla.
Singer, Okey receive invitations to MLB spring training camps
Two local baseball standouts from Eustis Brady Singer and Chris Okey have received invitations to Major League Baseball spring training camps as non-roster invitees. Major league teams often invite top prospects to their major league camp for spring training to give them a chance to gain experience against tougher competition than they would face in the minor league camp and to work with the major league coaching staff. Singer was selected by the Royals with the 18th pick in the 2018 Major League Baseball draft. By comparison, the average WHIP in Major League Baseball in 2019 was 1.33. Before signing with the Reds, Okey spent three seasons at Clemson University.dailycommercial.com
Eustis girls end holidays with hoop title
The Eustis High School girls basketball team closed out its holiday break on a high note. The Eustis High School girls basketball team closed out its holiday break on a high note. Eustis improved to 10-5 with Saturdays 60-51 win against Wesley Chapel in the championship game of the Hernando Holiday Classic at Brooksville Hernando High School. Boys basketballLike the Eustis girls team, Wildwoods boys team kept active by playing in three holiday tournaments. Championships will be determined from among eight high school teams and four Super Group teams, with both titles decided Saturday.dailycommercial.com
Caught on camera: Bear makes midnight garbage-snack run
EUSTIS, Fla. – A Eustis family caught a furry encounter on video when a young bear visited their home in search of food. Quan Nguyen, who lives near Eustis Middle school, said he woke up to find his garbage knocked over and trash littered everywhere. When he checked his home’s security cameras, he saw a young bear tip over the can, flip the lid, and take off with a bag full of garbage. Nguyen said the bear seemed hungry and may have been frightened by construction near his home. He said his kids are cleaning up the furry thief’s mess, totally unbothered that the bear made a midnight visit.
On Tap: Start the new year off with some fun
Eustis on IceIts the last chance to glide across the ice at the Eustis on Ice skating rink in downtown Eustis, 201 N. Eustis St. The traveling ice skating rink will pack up after Sunday, so grab your family and make some memories. Located in downtown Eustis, the streets will be filled with local vendors, live music and fun for the whole family. A kid zone, crafters and local vendors and shops will be open late. Located at Lake Sumter Landing, 1000 Lake Sumter Landing in The Villages, the festival runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.dailycommercial.com
Weekend Glance: Get ready to walk!
YOUR FORECAST: Highs will be in the high 70s, up to 80, this weekend, with lows in the mid- to upper-60s. Theres a 50 percent chance of rain on Saturday and a 30 percent chance on Sunday. WALK IN THE WOODS: A special 1.4-mile hike is set for 9 a.m. Saturday at Trout Lake Nature Preserve, 520 E. County Road 44, Eustis. Details at https://www.facebook.com/events/417040342540262A CHRISTMAS CAROL, A GHOST STORY OF CHRISTMAS: Victorian troupe Phantasmagorias telling of the holiday favorite will go on stage at 8 p.m. today at the Historic State Theatre in Eustis. The uniquely dark adaptation of the Charles Dickens tale is in its third year at the theater.dailycommercial.com
On Stage: Phantasmagorias A Christmas Carol ghost story on Friday
With Christmas behind us, there is still time to celebrate the season for the whimsically macabre telling of The Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas, playing for one performance only on Friday at the State Theatre in Eustis. A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of ChristmasCelebrate the holiday season with Victorian troupe Phantasmagorias telling of the holiday favorite A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas at 8 p.m. Friday at the Historic State Theatre in Eustis. Cost: $21Details: baystreetplayers.orgUPCOMINGOn a First Name BasisA Second Stage Series presentation, On a First Name Basis plays Jan. 4-12 at the Melon Patch Theatre in Leesburg. Details: icehousetheatre.comBaskerville A Sherlock Holmes MysteryThe Melon Patch Players in Leesburg present the comedy Baskerville A Sherlock Holmes Mystery Jan. 24-Feb. 9. An hour before every Saturday performance, Theatre in the Mind presents a complimentary, interactive presentation introducing fascinating themes, backstories and production elements to the audience.dailycommercial.com
On Stage: Phantasmagorias A Christmas Carol ghost story on Friday
With Christmas behind us, there is still time to celebrate the season for the whimsically macabre telling of The Charles Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas," playing for one performance only on Friday at the State Theatre in Eustis. "A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas"Celebrate the holiday season with Victorian troupe Phantasmagorias telling of the holiday favorite "A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas" at 8 p.m. Friday at the Historic State Theatre in Eustis. Cost: $21Details: baystreetplayers.orgUPCOMING"On a First Name Basis"A Second Stage Series presentation, "On a First Name Basis" plays Jan. 4-12 at the Melon Patch Theatre in Leesburg. Details: icehousetheatre.com"Baskerville A Sherlock Holmes Mystery"The Melon Patch Players in Leesburg present the comedy "Baskerville A Sherlock Holmes Mystery" Jan. 24-Feb. 9. An hour before every Saturday performance, Theatre in the Mind presents a complimentary, interactive presentation introducing fascinating themes, backstories and production elements to the audience.dailycommercial.com
Weekend Glance: Last chance for holiday fun
YOUR FORECAST: Highs are in the low 70s this weekend and lows are in the high 50s and low 60s. Expect some rain on Saturday and Sunday. COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: The Eustis Neighborhood Resource Center is hosting the fourth annual Community Christmas Festival on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Palmetto Plaza Park, 1128 East Clifford Avenue in Eustis. ELF ON THE STAGE: The Bay Street Players Young Peoples Theatre presents Elf The Musical JR. for four performances Friday through Sunday at the State Theatre in Eustis. Based on the movie Elf, Buddy, a young orphan mistakenly crawls into Santas bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole.dailycommercial.com
Manhunt ends: Man accused of shooting Eustis police captain dies in gun battle
EUSTIS, Fla. – A man accused of shooting a Eustis police captain was killed in a gun battle with deputies, bringing a manhunt that lasted more than six hours to an end, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities were unable to immediately provide information about who fired their weapon first and how many times Colvin was shot. Gary Winheim, who was in the area of North State Road 19, heard gunshots coming from outside a nearby Shell gas station. Lake County Sheriff’s Office Lt. John Herrell said that after shooting Winheim, Colvin fled the scene in Eustis, drove up to County Road 450 and bailed out of his vehicle near Baker Road. At about 4:15 p.m. Thursday, deputies said they believed they had Colvin “contained” in an area near County Road 450 and State Road 19.
Couple that travels the country in tiny home bus makes a local pit stop
While looking for a job to get them through the holidays, Richard Tilford and Elizabeth Hensley are working at Santas Christmas Tree Farm. While looking for a job to get them through the holidays, the couple is working at Santas Christmas Tree Farm. "So many people are interested in our tiny home and want to know why we do it," Hensley said. We work and support ourselves while doing some of the things we love the most like traveling and meeting people." Some odd jobs they have acquired include painting, landscaping, sugar beet farming and now Christmas tree farming.dailycommercial.com
MDCA boys basketball hoping to beef up schedule with local cooking
When local fans talk about area boys basketball powers, Leesburg, Eustis and Wildwood often come to mind. Thats understandable, considering Leesburg and Wildwood have combined to win six state championships, but what about Mount Dora Christian Academy? EUSTIS When local fans talk about area boys basketball powers, Leesburg, Eustis and Wildwood often come to mind. Thats understandable, considering Leesburg and Wildwood have combined to win six state championships and Eustis has made eight trips to the Final Four. Douglas entered the game averaging 33.8 points per game, but was limited to his lowest output of the season.dailycommercial.com
On Stage: Live theater offers plenty of options
Continuing productions include: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! at the Moonlight Theatre in Clermont and Disneys The Little Mermaid at the Melon Patch Theatre in Leesburg. Christmas BellesMimis Community Theater in Montverde presents the comedy Christmas Belles, which opens Friday and plays through Dec. 22 at 17404 Sixth Street in Montverde. Tickets: $10 to $14Details: Mimis Community Theater on FacebookThe Holiday Channel Christmas Movie WonderthonLiving Drama Theatre, 431 Plaza Drive in Eustis, closes the comedy, The Holiday Channel Christmas Movie Wonderthon, on Sunday after a two week run. Tickets: $18Details: livingdramatheatre.comA Christmas CarolEustis Bay Street Players musical version of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol closes on Sunday. Cost: $21Details: baystreetplayers.orgAUDITIONSFarndale MacbethAuditions for Farndale Macbeth are at 7 p.m. Sunday and 9 p.m. Monday at the Moonlight Players Theatre in Clermont.dailycommercial.com
Florida veteran honors late father by picking up the tab for 137 people
As an act of kindness in honor of his father, David King paid for every customers meal Saturday at the Combat Cafe in Eustis, his fathers favorite diner. Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Vincent (Vinny) King, a local World War II Navy veteran who touched the lives of many around him. As an act of kindness in honor of his father, David King paid for every customers meal Saturday at the Combat Cafe in Eustis, his fathers favorite diner. When the Chambers opened Combat Cafe, they decided to honor Vinny by naming his favorite meal after him on their menu Vinnys SOS. "His smile could light up a room and they (Vinny and David) quickly went from regulars to friends," Bruce said.news-journalonline.com
Florida veteran honors late father by picking up the tab for 137 people
As an act of kindness in honor of his father, David King paid for every customers meal Saturday at the Combat Cafe in Eustis, his fathers favorite diner. Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Vincent (Vinny) King, a local World War II Navy veteran who touched the lives of many around him. As an act of kindness in honor of his father, David King paid for every customers meal Saturday at the Combat Cafe in Eustis, his fathers favorite diner. When the Chambers opened Combat Cafe, they decided to honor Vinny by naming his favorite meal after him on their menu Vinnys SOS. "His smile could light up a room and they (Vinny and David) quickly went from regulars to friends," Bruce said.ocala.com
1 person hospitalized after incident involving stolen vehicle, Eustis police say
EUSTIS, Fla. – One person was taken to a hospital after an incident involving a stolen vehicle Saturday, according to the Eustis Police Department. A patrol officer was in the area of McDonald Avenue and Cardinal Street at about 4:39 p.m. where they spotted a stolen vehicle, officials said. The officer entered the tag information and confirmed the vehicle was stolen. Officers observed the vehicle on the bypass and believed the vehicle had crashed. Officials said that as officers arrived at the bypass, the vehicle rolled over on Cattail Drive.
Smokey Jr. growing stronger, may be released in late Fall
The little bear cub that was injured in a fire in Eustis could be released by late November or early December, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said on Tuesday. Smokey Jr., or S.J., was 6 pounds and 2 to 3 months old when he was found in mid-April after a 140-acre fire spread to the Royal Trails subdivision. was found with singed fur and burned paws and was relocated to the Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo in mid-April. He was transferred to Homosassa State Park, where he remains today. “Smokey Jr. is doing very well since Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission relocated him to Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park,” Tampa’s Lowery Park Zoo veterinarian Dr. Ray Ball told WKMG.
Bishop Moore Hornets dominate Eustis Panters
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Bishop Moore Hornets rolled to 9-0 with a 56-0 shutout of Eustis in College Park. [VIDEO: 6-Yard Line]Bishop Moore's speedy tailback Trilion Coles set the tone in the first quarter, sprinting for a 47-yard and a 38-yard touchdown. This sets up a battle of unbeatens in Week 11 as the 9-0 Hornets travel to Altamonte Springs to take on the 9-0 Lake Brantley Patriots.
Gator's Dockside restaurants add health care surcharge to tab
CLERMONT, Fla. – Customers of some Gator's Dockside restaurants in Central Florida are now being charged more to cover worker health care costs. A 1 percent surcharge had been added to checks at Gator's Dockside restaurants in Clermont, Eustis, The Villages and Lakeland, informing customers that the cost will cover health insurance that the owners will be required to provide for employees under the Affordable Care Act. We want everyone to know this is what its going towards," said Clermont Gator's Dockside General Manager Chayse Neal. Gator's Dockside has around 500 employees with locations in Central Florida and in the Jacksonville area. The group that owns several Gator's Dockside restaurants in Central Florida, including Baldwin Park, Dr. Phillips, Winter Springs, Waterford Lakes, Hunter's Creek, Lake Mary, Apopka, Ocoee and Four Corners, has not added the surcharge.