West Orange County history

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June 8, 1989

John Maloney, former sports editor for The West Orange Times, wrote a weekly column called Maloney’s Baloney, and he talked about anything and everything that was on his mind. He also was known to take readers on the Bus o’ Fun to various locations around West Orange County and Central Florida. He sold tickets for trips to places such as Boardwalk and Baseball to watch farm teams play at Baseball City Stadium. Prices sometimes included an official Maloney’s Baloney Bus o’ Fun T-shirt and refreshments.



45 years ago

Dora Jackson was honored with a reception at Winter Garden Elementary School, where she is leaving after 24 years as secretary. She and her mother, Daisy Ray, and son, Donnie Jackson, all attended this school, and her granddaughter, Julie, is now a fourth-generation student there.

The Orange County School Board awarded a $43.83 million contract for the construction of a new high school to serve West Orange. It will replace the 10th through 12th grades at Lakeview and Ocoee high schools.

Readers wrote letters to the editor suggesting names for the new high school. Among them: West Orange High, Tri-City High and Oakview (“oak” from Ocoee and “view” from Lakeview).


40 years ago

Lucille Woods has completed 30 years of service to Florida Telephone Corporation. She received a plaque from Ruby Maloy, chief operator at the Winter Garden office.


30 years ago

A 15-foot sinkhole opened just off the shore of Lake Butler at Johnny Luff’s home. It can be seen from Russell Pounds’ dock.


25 years ago

Former D-Day fighter Edwin Pounds, of Ocoee, is returning to Normandy after 50 years. By the time he flew two missions over the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, ground strafing and dive bombing the Germans, he already was a seasoned fighter pilot and owner of a Purple Heart. Pounds returned to the area with his wife, Germaine, and 10,000 other servicemen.


10 years ago

Chelsea Leon was the 100th baby born under a new certified nurse midwife delivery program at Health Central. Her parents are Constant and Roselina Francois Leon, of Orlando. Caprice Wright was the midwife who delivered the baby.



It’s graduation time! Jerry Daughtry, Lakeview High School Class of 1965, receives his diploma from Principal Robert Moore in this photograph by Winter Garden photographer B.P. Hannon. Daughtry was honored in the yearbook as Most Athletic by his fellow classmates. He was appointed head football coach at Ocoee High School in 1973 and dean of students at West Orange High School in 1979.

The Winter Garden Heritage Foundation houses an extensive collection of photographs by Hannon, as well as thousands of items relating to West Orange County schools.



Amy Quesinberry

Community Editor Amy Quesinberry was born at the old West Orange Memorial Hospital and raised in Winter Garden. Aside from earning her journalism degree from the University of Georgia, she hasn’t strayed too far from her hometown and her three-mile bubble. She grew up reading The Winter Garden Times and knew in the eighth grade she wanted to write for her community newspaper. She has been part of the writing and editing team since 1990.

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