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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Villagers for Trump founder weighs in on hotly contested Sunshine State races

The founder and leader of a growing political club in The Villages says he’s paying close attention to two political races as they heat up across the Sunshine State. In the race for governor, David...

Woman claiming to be waiting for Uber arrested at patio area of Wendy’s in...

A woman who claimed to be waiting for an Uber was arrested last week at the patio area of Wendy’s in The Villages. Lady Lake police were checking out three suspicious people who walked on...

20-year-old caught with marijuana will have to answer charge in court

A 20-year-old caught with marijuana will have to answer in court to charges of possession. Austin Richard Shufelt, of Fruitland Park, had been driving at about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. Hwy. 27/441 at Rolling...

Two long-time Lady Lake commissioners to serve two more years as no opponents file...

Two long-time Lady Lake commissioners will serve two more years, as no opponents filed to challenge them for their seats. The qualifying period for the November election ended Friday. Tony Holden, who lives in the...

District Office offers reminder about trash pickup for Fourth of July holiday collection

Village Community Development Districts 1-11 If you live in Village Community Development Districts 1-11 in the Sumter County, Marion County or Fruitland Park portions of The Villages, there will be no yard waste collection on...

76-year-old Village of Winifred man jailed without bond after arrest

A 76-year-old Village of Winifred man was jailed without bond after his arrest Saturday on a charge of battery. Henry Robert Mabry was booked shortly after noon at the Sumter County Detention Center. It marks his...

76-year-old Village of Winifred man jailed without bond after arrest

A 76-year-old Village of Winifred man was jailed without bond after his arrest Saturday on...

Video surveillance shows suspect in early-morning crime spree at Bison Valley

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office has released video surveillance from Bison Valley showing a suspect...

Villager reports to state prison after sentencing in golf cart DUI earlier this year

A Village of Country Club Hills man has reported to state prison following his sentencing...

Marion County sheriff’s deputies investigate shooting in Silver Springs Shores

Marion County sheriff's  deputies responded to a reported shooting outside of a local club located...

Sheriff’s office looking for suspect who spray painted gate cameras in Village of Belvedere

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance from the public in the search for...

Ocala woman faces third charge of driving while license suspended

An Ocala police officer arrested a woman Sunday after discovering the license tag on her...

If Trump’s America is so evil, then why do immigrants continue their perilous journey...

To the Editor: It is time to shut it down, this mendacious madness we call the #Never Trump movement. It is nothing more than an ancient Roman trick, to distract with “bread and circus,” by...

‘Lone voice crying in wilderness’ wants to stop speeders in The Villages

To the Editor: Many of you are aware that I have been engaged in an over 10-year campaign directed at the commissioners of Town of Lady Lake, Lake County, Florida attempting to get rational, reasonable...

Media is lying as usual

To the Editor: Media is lying as usual. Of the 12,000 children being held over 10,000 were sent by parents, alone or with strangers. You don’t see that on the news. Illegal Immigration reform and Immigrant Responsibility...

Enjoying a walk around Lake Sumter Landing in The Villages

Enjoying a walk around Lake Sumter Landing in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Morning walk along Lake Sumter Landing boardwalk

Morning walk along Lake Sumter Landing boardwalk in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Beautiful day on the walking trail in Fenney

Beautiful day on the walking trail in Fenney in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

A mirror image in The Villages

A mirror image in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

A White Egret in The Villages

A White Egret in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Sharing the Buena Vista Multi-Modal trail in The Villages

Sharing the Buena Vista Multi-Modal trail in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Business

Brisk progress on Circle K at Trailwinds Village on County Road 466A in Wildwood

Brisk progress is being made on a new Circle K at Trailwinds Village on County Road 466A in Wildwood. Three businesses have already opened at...

Loyal ALDI shoppers line up for reopening of renovated grocery store

More than 75 enthusiastic and loyal customers of ALDI were lined up Thursday morning, waiting for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the renovated grocery store...

Lake County invites tourism businesses to apply for funding

The Lake County Economic Prosperity Office of Visit Lake will host an application learning session for the tourism Capital Projects Funding Grant program at 2...

Buffet restaurant in Ocala shut down for lack of sneeze guards to protect food

A buffet restaurant in Ocala was shut down last week for a lack of sneeze guards protecting food. A health inspector found many other violations...

Belle Glade Country Club to close for kitchen remodeling project

Belle Glade Country Club will temporarily close Monday, June 18, for a kitchen remodel. The facility hopes to reopen Thursday, June 21, but that could...

New Mexican restaurant looks for ‘breeze’ of fresh air at revolving door location in...

A new Mexican restaurant on U.S. Hwy. 27/441 is looking to bring a "breeze" of fresh air to a revolving door location that has...

Sports

Villager scores first hole-in-one on Fort Walton at Bonifay Country Club

Jim Thompson, of the Village of Mira Mesa, got his first hole-in-one Monday at Bonifay Country Club. The special moment in his golfing career came...

Synergy Wealth wins its first game of season by defeating Palm...

And then there was one! Week five saw Synergy Wealth win its first game of the season by defeating Palm Ridge Dental 14-8. Synergy was led...

Villages offers status updates on golf courses

The Villages District Office announced Tuesday that based on the rain in The Villages the past few weeks, there are a couple of golf...

Undefeated Marion County firefighters nab gold medal in First Responder Games...

Marion County Fire Rescue’s softball team took home the gold medal from the First Responder Games in Fort Myers recently. Twenty-four teams from fire departments,...

Central Florida League Summer 2018 Highlights Week Four

Week Four of the Central Florida League’s summer season saw two teams win and move in to a tie for first place. American Portfolio Mortgage’s...

Dixie League gets fee reprieve from Wildwood for fall baseball season

The Wildwood Dixie Youth League got a reprieve from higher recreation fees so it can sponsor a fall baseball season. Wildwood City Manager Jason McHugh...

Video surveillance shows suspect in early-morning crime spree at Bison Valley

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office has released video surveillance from Bison Valley showing a suspect in the theft of a vehicle and burglaries of two other vehicles, including a Lady Lake Police Department patrol...

Villager reports to state prison after sentencing in golf cart DUI earlier this year

A Village of Country Club Hills man has reported to state prison following his sentencing in a golf cart drunk driving arrest earlier this year. Steven G. LaFlamme, 57, reported last month to the Florida...

Villages couple in their 80s still haunted by 2015 case of identity theft

A Villages couple in their 80s is still being haunted by a 2015 case of identity theft. The couple, who live on Torrey Pines Drive in the Village of Orange Blossom Gardens, on Wednesday contacted...

Learn more about danger of lightning in presentation at Eisenhower Recreation Center

Lightning Safety Awareness Week is June 24-30 is a reminder that we are living in the Lightning Capital of the United States. It is not unusual for our area to experience over 100 days a year...

Villager pays tribute to fallen veterans through service in VFW Honor Guard

The 21-gun salute and the haunting notes of taps playing over the cemetery marks the end of a war veteran’s life. Saluting the life of a veteran is sacred for the members of the...

Villages Amateur Radio Club invites Villagers to watch weekend Field Day event

The Villages Amateur Radio Club members invite you to come and observe as they participate in the 24-hour Field Day contest. Sponsored by the American Radio Relay League since the 1930s, the contest is...

FHP identifies couple killed in crash on U.S. Hwy. 441 in Marion County 

The Florida Highway Patrol has identified a couple killed in a four-vehicle crash Friday afternoon on U.S. Hwy. 441 in Marion County. Joshua H. Slaughter, 69, and Rita M. Slaughter, 72, of Fort Myers had...

Villages Parrot Heads rounding up school supplies for students at Wildwood Middle High School

The Wildwood Middle High School students will be the focus of a drive by the Villages Parrot Heads for school supplies during the month of July. The highlight of this drive is a fundraiser...

Coconut Cove Billiards Room will be closed for recovering of tables

The billiards room at the Coconut Cove Recreation Center will be closed for recovering of the billiards tables from Wednesday, June 27, to Friday, June 29. If you have any questions or need additional information,...

Sheriff’s office looking for suspect who spray painted gate cameras in Village of Belvedere

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance from the public in the search for a man who damaged the gate at the entrance to the Village of Belvedere. The man walked up to the...