Another sinkhole in The Villages, this time it’s in Mallory Square

Residence deemed unfit for inhabitants on account of the Sinkhole in Mallory Square

It's another sinkhole in The Villages. This time it's in the Village of Mallory Square. Lorraine Slasky, 79, dodged a bullet with the 2007 Ground Hog Day Tornado. She thought that was going to be it for her. But since the rain of the past week, a sinkhole has been of grave concern at her home. Her next door neighbors are gone, their home … [Read more...]

Golf Channel shoots piece on Villages’ Dragon Boat teams at Lake Sumter

A videographer from the Golf Channel shoots the Leather Necks Dragon Boat team out on Lake Sumter on Tuesday morning.

The Golf Channel was at Lake Sumter Tuesday morning, filming Villages Dragon Boat teams in action. The two teams, the Black Sheep Marines and the Leathernecks, were out for their morning run on the lake when the Golf Channel crew arrived. They spent about 90 minutes filming the two dragon boat teams. Both teams have been a force of nature, … [Read more...]

Dog who survived bear attack now has a ‘forever home’ with family


When Deana Osenieks’ 7-year-old son saw Percival on the news, he knew that the Treeing Walker Coonhound would make the perfect addition to the family. Percival had been up for adoption through Lake County Animal Services after the hound was found in March badly injured due to a bear attack near the Ocala National Forest. (You can read more about … [Read more...]

Driver arrested on DUI charge following accident at Colony Plaza

Robert Richardson

A Mount Dora man was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence following an accident at 6:19 p.m. Thursday near Colony Cottage shopping plaza. Robert James Richardson was in his car and apparently had been involved in a rear-end collision at Farner Place and County Road 466A, according to an arrest report from the Sumter County … [Read more...]

Three-way race heating up for Seat 1 in Community Development District 7

VCCD logo

It looks a like a three-way race is heating up for Seat 1 in Community Development District 7. Incumbent Niles Getz has already filed paperwork seeking re-election, but it appears he will have two challengers. Dennis E. Broedlin filed paperwork April 1 to run for Seat 1 in CDD 7. On Tuesday, Joseph O. Schlosser also filed paperwork to run for … [Read more...]

Detectives seek help in locating suspects who stole woman’s car

A suspect in the theft of the automobile.

A 2006 4-door silver Chevrolet HHR was stolen between 10 p.m. Sunday and 6:30 a.m. Monday from a home along S.E. 114th Lane, Belleview. Inside the vehicle was the victim’s purse with credit cards. Marion County Sheriff’s Office detectives are releasing security photos of theft suspects. Detectives say the suspects are one white male and two black … [Read more...]

Red Sox Nation members gather to cheer on ‘Boston Strong’ spirit

Skip Mortimer shows off his Boston Strong T-shirt.

Buoyed by a comeback win Sunday night , when Justin Pedroia scored on Oriole left fielder Dustin Lough's throwing error, the Red Sox Nation was in cheering form Monday at Gator's Dockside to watch the Patriots Day game. A large Red Sox banner marked the Spanish Springs restaurant entrance. Despite losing Monday's game to the Orioles, the day was … [Read more...]

Commissioners grant another reprieve to historic live oak tree

This historic live oak tree could be cut down to make room for an office building in La Plaza Grande. Professional Center.

An historic live oak tree which might be cut down to make room for a office building and parking lot has won another reprieve.  For now. In March, the Lady Lake Commission told realtor Fran Dann to go back to the drawing board and find a way to preserve the tree to make room for an office building in La Plaza Grande Professional Center. On … [Read more...]

Woman injured in accident near roundabout on Buena Vista Boulevard

A woman was injured in a single-vehicle accident on Buena Vista Boulevard on Monday afternoon.

A woman from the Village of Pennecamp was transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center following a single-vehicle accident at about 2:30 p.m. Monday on Buena Vista Boulevard. The car she was driving took out a palm tree at the traffic circle at the entrance to Bonita Boulevard. The woman, whose name was not immediately available, may have … [Read more...]

Summerfield driver charged with DUI after crash at U.S. 301, CR 466

Jennifer Wooten

A 40-year-old Summerfield woman was charged with driving under the influence with property damage following an accident this weekend at the intersection of U.S. Hwy 301 and County Road 466. Jennifer Wooten was driving a Silverado truck which collided with another truck in the early morning hours Friday at the intersection in Oxford, according to … [Read more...]

Auditor: Lady Lake Commission has $5.8 million in reserve funds

Kristal Learn, Debbie Rodriguez, Jeannine Michaud and Pamela Winegardner, from left.

The Lady Lake Commission remains in a strong financial position with $5.8 million in reserve funds, according to a report from the town's auditor. W. Chet Ross of Shumaker, Johnston and Ross certified public accountants presented findings of the audit to commissioners in a special meeting Monday evening. Members of the town's financial staff … [Read more...]

John Birch official brings message about Constitution to Villages Tea Party

Villages Tea Party President Aileen Milton, left, welcomes Keith Dunn and his son Ian.

Villages Tea Party President, Aileen Milton welcomed John Birch Society field coordinator Keith Dunn to the podium at the  organization's April meeting Monday evening at the Savannah Center. After an invocation given by Village of Santiago resident, Lamar Young, and the singing of 'America the Beautiful,' Keith Dunn discussed Article V of the … [Read more...]

Free Sinkhole Survival Kits being passed out at Villages sinkhole site

Helicon Property Restoration President Jay Silver holds a Sinkhole Survivor Kit.

Free Sinkhole Survival Kits were being passed out Monday afternoon by Helicon Property Restoration President Jay Silver. The water-bottle style kits, which included everything from compasses to bandages, were being distributed at the site of the Easter weekend sinkhole drama in the Buttonwood Heights neighborhood. It was at this site that a … [Read more...]

John Birch Society field worker to speak Monday to Villages Tea Party

Keith Dunn

Constitutional Issues will be discussed at The Villages Tea Party's weekly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 21 at Savannah Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. The speaker will be Keith Dunn, field coordinator for The John Birch Society. Prior to his current position, Keith worked in the field of Information Technology as a systems analyst for a … [Read more...]

Softball’s R Game celebrating anniversary with special sale, giveaways

Sylvia Salazar and Gloria Miller, from left, check out the pickleball equipment at Softballs R Game.

Softball's R Game is celebrating its second anniversary in the Southern Trace shopping plaza with a Customer Appreciation Sale. The celebration include 10 percent off merchandise in the store. The store caters to softball players. The store's owner Marlene Schultz is an avid softball player. But the store has also branched out into pickleball … [Read more...]