| Oct 8, 2014
| 2:20 PM
MONTVERDE — Construction crews have returned for the first time in seven years to Bella Collina, the country-club community that owners describe as the face of both the real-estate boom and bust.
Builders at the 1,800-acre development have started...
| Oct 6, 2014
| 8:43 AM
Greg Miller decided in 1998 to try to break the championship-level record of 721 bird species seen and identified across the country in a calendar year achieved in 1987.
He wasn't the only bird-obsessed person to go for the quirky sporting contest...
| Oct 3, 2014
| 6:58 AM
Roger Hammer has been called a walking botany book. People who meet him today at the third annual Wings and Wildflowers Festival can ask him anything about wildflowers, native orchids and plants and the Everglades.
The award-winning naturalist, author,...
| Aug 14, 2006
The alligator's massive jaws and powerful tail mark it as a relic of the dinosaur age, a primitive creature that would appear to have little in common with humans. Yet scientists are studying aspects of alligator biology that could lead to new medical...
| Sep 17, 2014
| 9:00 PM
We live in an area that has a lot of wetlands that have been impacted in negative ways. Some wetlands have dried up over time, due mostly to development resulting in lowering the surface-water table. This shortage of water has caused a major decline in...
| Sep 11, 2009
| 5:14 PM
Delilah, an 18-foot-long, 400-plus-pound Burmese python who had enjoyed a swell existence in an Apopka-area backyard feeding on rabbits, has a new home -- for now.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials removed the Burmese python...
| Dec 22, 2009
The year Mary Sopher's mobile home was built, Woodstock rocked the world, Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon and President Richard Nixon inherited the war in Vietnam.
Forty years later, Sopher's simple, well-kept structure at Lake Dora Park in Tavares...
| Feb 23, 2011
| 9:31 AM
Central Florida may not have the lock on sweet-corn production it once did, but for more than three decades Zellwood has rallied to celebrate our agricultural history. In the early '70s, the Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival was created by the Northwest Orange...
| Sep 19, 2011
| 4:09 AM
Two Sumter County men, Robert "Bo" Martin Duval Christopher Cork Scroggins, were greeted by wildlife officials early Thursday morning as they came ashore in their airboat on Lake Apopka with a couple of sacks full of recently hatched alligators, according...
| Mar 15, 2013
| 5:03 AM
The comet Pan-Starrs had been seen in the southern hemisphere and now was now moving to the north. Predictions said you might be able to see it with the naked eye and NASA said March 12-13 would be the best time because the location would be below a...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 7:58 AM
The low growl, grunt and bark of alligators call out in the morning.
Home of alligators, herons, ospreys, egrets and eagles, Lake Apopka is Florida's fourth-largest lake.
The natural beauty belies the sad story of the lake. Once anglers visited, hoping...