TAVARES — The Lake County Board of County Commissioners held its annual State of the County address on Tuesday, Dec. 3, which included the induction of two new members into the Lake County Women's Hall of Fame - Linda Watts and Betty Sexton.
Linda Watts was born in Eustis, grew up in Umatilla and moved to Leesburg in 1964. She was chairman of the Leesburg Art Festival for 14 years, and taught pre-kindergarten and kindergarten-aged children in Leesburg for 20 years.
She has volunteered her time for over 40 years to instill in the youth of Lake County the importance of volunteer work and of giving to others. Each year, she organizes several fundraisers, including a jacket drive, food drive, diaper drive and a back-to-school supply drive. As a former teacher, she stresses the importance of education and established scholarship programs in the community.
Betty Sexton was a resident of Leesburg from 1953 until her passing in March 2013. She, along with her husband Jack, founded DaySpring Ministry – which provided food, diapers and counseling to needy families. Numerous community fundraising events were organized by Sexton throughout the years to help raise funds to stock the pantry full of items the local community needed. During the past 27 years, hundreds of thousands of families have been aided by the efforts of Sexton.
Created by the Board of County Commissioners in 1995, the Lake County Women’s Hall of Fame honors those who have made monumental accomplishments in Lake County within the fields of art, agriculture, business, community service, environment, government, health care, humanities, philanthropy, science and education.
To view a video of the State of the County address, visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/government/sotc_2013. The presentation will also be presented on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., and on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. on Lake-Sumter Television (LSTV), which airs on Comcast channel 13, Brighthouse channel 199 and Florida Cable channel 4.