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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Split Lady Lake Planning board approves plan for denser housing

The Lady Lake Planning and Zoning Board split 3-2 Monday night on a plan to allow for up to four houses on a single acre. The recommendation to allow for a new zoning classification providing...

Villager told sign out of compliance after complaining about dogs doing their business on...

A Villager was told a sign was out of compliance after complaining about dogs doing their business on her lawn. The long-debated topic of dogs in Florida's Friendliest Hometown was raised Monday at a Project...

PWAC budget expenditures come in $900,000 lower than originally anticipated

The Project Wide Advisory Committee got great news Monday when members learned their budgeted expenditures for the 2018-19 fiscal year will be $900,000 lower than originally anticipated. “This is great news,” said Supervisor Dennis Hayes,...

Leesburg boosts payment to Villages utility company for work near Turnpike

Leesburg city commissioners approved a resolution Monday night to increase the amount being paid to the South Sumter Utility Company in The Villages as reimbursement for wastewater and reclaimed water facility improvements near the...

PWAC to offer public forum to answer questions about pending embankment project

The Project Wide Advisory Committee is looking at the possibility of offering an evening informational program to answer questions about the pending embankment project at the Morse Boulevard Bridge. Community Development District 7 Supervisor Jerry...

Villages Golf Cars display allowed to remain at Rohan Recreation Center

A Villages Golf Cars display will be allowed to remain at Rohan Recreation Center. Project Wide Advisory Committee members on Monday revisited a discussion that began in July. The original discussion was prompted by Villages Golf...

Belleview man jailed after woman reports threat ‘to cut her’ with box cutter

Marion County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Belleview man Sunday afternoon after a woman reported being...

Village of Hemingway couple’s son arrested after golf cart spotted on County Road 466

The 36-year-old son of a Village of Hemingway couple was arrested after he was spotted...

Air conditioning technician arrested after using company card to fill up his personal vehicle

An air conditioning company technician was arrested after allegedly using a company credit card to...

Wildwood officers nab convicted felon who was in possession of girlfriend’s gun

Wildwood police officers arrested a man late Friday afternoon after a handgun was found in...

Wildwood man jailed following theft of $8 pack of crew socks

A Wildwood man was arrested Friday afternoon in connection with a petit theft that took...

Man who violated Ohio order of protection ordered into treatment after attack in The Villages

A man who violated an Ohio order of protection earlier this year has been ordered...

Barry Evans

Here’s one for Barry Evans

I can match Barry Evans’ lack of musical ability! To the Editor: For Barry Evans: I just read your column about musical ability, or lack of it. Fear not! For 50 years, I’ve been telling friends...

Open Primary Elections

To the Editor: No one should be required to join a particular party in order to be allowed to vote.  In a democracy, we should be encouraged to vote in every election instead of being...

Culture Wars

To the Editor: Culture Wars. Republicans have a history with culture wars. For decades most Republican policies have been very unpopular with the vast majority of the American public. They have campaigned on the George...

Heading to an early tee time at Orange Blossom

Heading to an early tee time at Orange Blossom in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Sailing remote controlled sailboats at Lake Mira Mar

Sailing remote controlled sailboats at Lake Mira Mar in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

A Red-shouldered Hawk camouflaged among Spanish Moss in The Villages

A Red-shouldered Hawk camouflaged among Spanish Moss in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Sunrise at Brownwood this morning in The Villages

Sunrise at Brownwood this morning in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

A Great Horned Owl at Sharon Rose Wiechens Preserve

A Great Horned Owl at Sharon Rose Wiechens Preserve in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Villager enjoying the Sharon Rose Wiechens Preserve this morning

A Villager enjoying the Sharon Rose Wiechens Preserve this morning in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Business

Darrell’s Diner developer wins approval from Lady Lake Commission

A developer won another round in his plan to construct a building that would be home to a new Darrell’s Diner next to the...

TVRH Rehabilitation Hospital earns prestigious 3-year accreditation

The Villages Regional Hospital Rehabilitation Hospital has been recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. The 30-bed facility, located on the fifth floor...

Upcoming medical career fair to highlight healthcare jobs in demand

Healthcare professionals and those interested in careers in the medical field are invited to attend the upcoming 2018 Medical Career Fair in Ocala. The free...

Roaches force closure of food-serving area at Ocala movie complex

The food and beverage area at an Ocala movie complex was temporarily shut down last week after a health inspector found roaches in the...

Study finds that spring training generated more than $680 million in Florida

The Florida Sports Foundation estimates that the 2018 Major League Baseball spring training in Florida generated an economic impact of $687.1 million. The study...

On-demand driving services Uber and Lyft now available throughout The Villages

If you have ever needed a taxi in The Villages, you probably know that your options are limited. In recent years, those options have dwindled...

Sports

Synergy’s bats beat IHOP winning the Joel Beason Memorial Tournament

Last Tuesday the Central Florida League's summer 2018 season came to an end with the completion of the Joel Beason Memorial Tournament. In the one...

Ocala’s Geron Christian thrilled to start NFL career with Washington Redskins

Quarterback Lamar Jackson earned most of the attention on the football field at Louisville. But NFL scouts also had eyes on another Cardinal –...

Villager plans clinic for those interested in umpiring

Villager Bill Johnson is holding an umpire clinic Monday, Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. at the Saddlebrook Softball Complex. It will be an on-field clinic...

Controversial MLB star Pete Rose coming to The Villages to talk...

Baseball gave Pete Rose the boot, but the player known as “Charlie Hustle” soon will be hitting a stage in The Villages. “4192: An Evening...

Evans Prairie Championship Golf Course to re-open on Wednesday

Due to the extensive rainfall received and the need to lower the water level of the basins, several golf courses throughout the community are...

IHOP defeats Fross & Fross in tight defensive game

First round action in the Central Florida League’s Joel Beason Memorial Tournament saw IHOP defeat Fross & Fross in a tight defensive game 7-2. IHOP...

Village of Hemingway couple’s son arrested after golf cart spotted on County Road 466

The 36-year-old son of a Village of Hemingway couple was arrested after he was spotted driving their golf cart on County Road 466. The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office was contacted at 4:50 a.m. Saturday after...

Air conditioning technician arrested after using company card to fill up his personal vehicle

An air conditioning company technician was arrested after allegedly using a company credit card to fill up his personal vehicle. DeSantis Air Conditioning technician Juan Carlos Garcia, 30, of Wildwood, was arrested last week on...

Wildwood officers nab convicted felon who was in possession of girlfriend’s gun

Wildwood police officers arrested a man late Friday afternoon after a handgun was found in the backyard of a home following a foot pursuit. Officers were following a silver Toyota that had driven straight at...

Early voting for Primary Election kicks off this week in tri-county area

Tri-county residents wishing to vote early in this year’s Primary Election will have the chance to do so in the days ahead. The Primary Election will be held Aug. 28, but many in Florida –...

Wildwood man jailed following theft of $8 pack of crew socks

A Wildwood man was arrested Friday afternoon in connection with a petit theft that took place earlier this month at the Dollar General store on Main Street. Nathaniel Donnell was taken into custody after a...

Hadley Neighborhood Pool to be closed for maintenance

The Hadley Neighborhood Pool will be closed for maintenance on Wednesday, Aug. 15.  It will reopen on Thursday, Aug. 16. If you have any questions or need additional information, contact the Odell Village Recreation...

Captiva Family Pool to be closed later this month for maintenance

The Captiva Family Pool will be closed for maintenance on Tuesday, Aug. 21 and Wednesday, Aug. 22. If you have any questions or need additional information, contact the Captiva Recreation Center at 259-7422.

Man banned from swimming pool in The Villages after young visitors report feeling ‘uncomfortable’

A 48-year-old man has been banned from a swimming pool in The Villages after young visitors reported he made them feel “uncomfortable.” Lady Lake police responded last week to the pool at Paradise Recreation Center...

Man who violated Ohio order of protection ordered into treatment after attack in The...

A man who violated an Ohio order of protection earlier this year has been ordered into treatment following an attack on his father in The Villages. Jeremy Horton, 31, was arrested May 21 on charges...

Moffitt Cancer Center specialist to speak about ‘scary decisions’ at VHA-sponsored event

Did you know that more than 60 percent of cancers in the United States occur in people age 65 and older? What would you do if you or a loved one was suddenly told,...