Sumter County officials meet with governor’s staff seeking to abolish local planning agency

Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization

Frustrated by what they say is a lack of improvement, Sumter County officials have petitioned the governor’s office to abolish the Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization. Sumter County Board Chairman Doug Gilpin said he and County Administrator Bradley Arnold met with the governor’s staff Monday in Tallahassee to request dissolution of the transportation planning agency. Gilpin […]

Summerfield man accidentally shoots hand while cleaning pistol

Marion County Sheriff's Office

A 29-year-old Summerfield man accidentally shot himself in the hand while cleaning a pistol at his home on Monday afternoon. Marion County Fire Rescue and Marion County sheriff’s deputies responded to the home located on SE 58th Court after the man accidentally shot his hand while cleaning a .45-caliber Taurus pistol. The man’s father was […]

District Office releases Memorial Day holiday trash collection information


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 sanitation or recycling collection on Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day. If Monday is your normal collection day, you will have collection on […]

Villager won’t be prosecuted in domestic violence case

The golf cart bridge in The Villages provides access to the Historic Side.

An 85-year-old Villager won’t be prosecuted in a domestic violence case in which he was arrested this past January follwing a fight with his wife over credit card and cell phone charges. Henry Edward Hieftje had been arrested after the altercation with his wife of 16 months at their residence on Myrtle Beach Drive in […]