Jerry Fallstrom, Orlando Sentinel

Jerry Fallstrom

Orlando Sentinel

Howey-in-the-Hills, FL, United States

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Past articles by Jerry:

Two men with the odor of cigars sought in Clermont sexual assault, cops say

Clermont police are seeking two men who reeked of cigars in connection with an armed robbery, kidnapping and sexual assault of a 54-year-old man. → Read More

New, wider $22M Howey bridge opens in one direction

The new $22 million replacement for the Howey bridge has opened for northbound traffic. → Read More

Referendum on Eustis Sailing & Conference Center postponed due to advertising error

A March 17 referendum on a proposed $11 million bond issue to fund a Eustis Sailing & Conference Center has been postponed because the city missed a required advertisement notice. It will be rescheduled for either August or November. → Read More

Whistle blows for Sentinel journalist Jerry Fallstrom after 39-year career

Orlando Sentinel communities editor Jerry Fallstrom has taken a buyout from the paper and is leaving the newspaper after a 39-year career. He writes a farewell column in which he reminisces about interviewing two killers, Keith Johnson and Rod Ferrell, and lauds the team of ace reporters he leaves behind in Orlando. → Read More

Eustis shoe repairman fixes last heel in 67-year career

Longtime Eustis shoe repairman Robert Dunston has retired after working 67 years in the same location. He sold his business, Dunston's Shoe Hospital, to a couple, Tim and Kim Desabrais, who renamed it Eustis Shoe Leather & Repair. → Read More

Groveland voters to choose between Randolph Waite and Margie Jones to fill unexpired term

Groveland voters will go to the polls March 17 to choose between Interim City Council member Randolph Waite and challenger Margie Jones for the right to serve out the remainder of the unexpired term of Jeff Shoobridge, who resigned in November. → Read More

Presidents Hall of Fame adds kite-flying Ben Franklin, Jackie Kennedy

Likenesses of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Benjamin Franklin, who is holding a kite, are the latest additions to the Presidents Hall of Fame in Clermont. → Read More

Confederate statue foes don’t plan protest during unveiling of Groveland Four memorial

A memorial to the Groveland Four will be unveiled Friday but opponents of a plan to bring a Confederate statue to Lake County say they won't protest those efforts during the ceremony. → Read More

Eustis Georgefest hosting fishing tournament in honor of late Army Pfc. Derek Gibson

The inaugural Georgefest Bass Tournament in honor of the late Army Pfc. Derek Gibson, who was killed in Iraq in 2007, will take place on the Harris Chain of Lakes on Feb. 23. → Read More

Early voting in presidential preference primary set for March 5-14 at 11 Lake County sites

Early voting will be held March 5-14 in Lake County in advance of the March 17 presidential preference primary. → Read More

WWII veteran, 99, to be in spotlight at Eustis Georgefest parade

World War II veteran Jack Hallett, 99, has accepted an invitation to ride on the downplays Ocklawaha Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution float during the Eustis Georgefest parade on Feb. 22. → Read More

Lake County woman shot and killed, boyfriend says gun ‘accidentally discharged’: Cops

A woman was shot and killed early Thursday near Leesburg during a domestic argument, a Lake County sheriff’s spokesman said. The boyfriend said his gun accidentally discharged, according to Sgt. Fred Jones. → Read More

Pontoon Yacht Club hosts Parade of Patriots during Georgefest

The Pontoon Yacht Club of Lake County will celebrate Eustis Georgefest with a Parade of Patriots Feb. 22 on Lake Eustis along the Ferran Park waterfront. → Read More

DNA on cigarillo left where WWII vet, 97, was beaten and robbed leads to arrest: cops

Kevin Eugene Leeks, 29, was arrested in the July 11 beating and robbery of a 97-year-old Okahumpa veteran after DNA taken from a cigarillo left at the scene matched his DNA. → Read More

One killed in Lake County crash involving dump truck and car: FHP

One person was killed in a crash Tuesday involving a dump truck and passenger car at State Road 44 and Cardinal Lane in Lake County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. → Read More

Leesburg police search for teen suspected in killing, arrest second man

Leesburg police are seeking a 17-year-old boy in connection with a Jan. 29 shooting death at Berry Park and have arrested a second suspect on a charge of third-degree murder, police said. → Read More

Clermont celebrates commercial boom, including new Montrose Street Market

The Montrose Street Market in downtown Clermont is part of a commercial boom the south Lake County city is experiencing. Other additions downtown include the Clermont Brewing Company and Suncreek Brewery and the Hope Barton Fine Art Gallery. → Read More

Lake County residents now have the ability to text to 911

Lake County joins other Central Florida counties -- including Orange, Seminole and Osceola -- in offering text-to-911 services. → Read More

Lake County Fire Rescue hires 19 firefighters, most thanks to $1.75M federal grant

Lake County Fire Rescue hires 19 firefighters, most thanks to $1.75M federal SAFER grant. → Read More

Chicago artist takes Best of Show, $5K prize, at Mount Dora Arts Festival

Chicago photographer Clifton Henri won Best of Show at the 45th annual Mount Dora Arts Festival. Nearly 300 artists displayed pieces at the popular juried show, which got off to a soggy start on Saturday. → Read More