Chairman Hahnfeldt gives update on Villages hospital construction

A summer shower didn't delay  a recent patient airlift from TVRH to UF Shands Hospital ​ in Gainesville​.

During the many months the major North Tower construction project has been underway at The Villages Regional Hospital, employees and volunteers have been hard at work as usual, pursuing their various rounds -- nursing, physicians and therapists, radiology, cancer care, the gift shop, the snack bar, etc. Despite the occasional rat-tat-tat of hammers … [Read more...]

Lady Lake moving ahead on tax increase, employees to see $1,000 bonuses

Lady Lake Town Hall

Lady Lake officials appear to be ready to move ahead with a tax increase to make up for a $650,000 annual loss in communications service tax revenue. Commissioners had already voted to set a tentative millage rate at 3.8781 but had hoped to lower it. During a workshop Thursday, commissioners appeared ready to leave it there. The final decision … [Read more...]

Villages Girl Scout Alumnae ready to launch pajama and book drive

This drop-off box for the Annual Pajama Book Drive is located at Colony Cottage Rec Center.

The month of August has seen Villages Girl Scout Alumnae Silver Trefoils hard at work planning for the sixth annual Pajama & Book Drive. The kickoff date of Oct. 1 means red collection boxes in every Village Recreation Centers' lobby waiting to be filled with new pajamas and new books for the 5,000-plus homeless children from infancy through … [Read more...]

Hazardous waste pickup scheduled at Sumter County Service Center

Hazardous Waste

Sumter County Public Works will host a household electronics and hazardous waste mobile collection from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at The Villages Sumter County Service Center located at 7375 Powell Road. For more information on this and other mobile collections, please contact Sumter County Public Works at (352) 569-6700. … [Read more...]

Lady Lake VHA to host event featuring three AAC candidates

VHA Logo

The Lady Lake portion of the Villages Homeowners Association will hold an event featuring the three Amenity Authority Committee candidates in the Lady Lake portion of The Villages. The event will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 at Chula Vista Recreation Center. AAC incumbent Jo Weber opted not to run again to represent Lady Lake/Lake … [Read more...]

Applications for lottery for Fall Craft Show will be due by Sept. 24

Villager Carol Keller shows off her bean bag frog couples.

Attention Villages crafters, applications for the 2014 Fall Craft Show will be collected in September. All resident crafters interested in participating in the lottery selection should submit their completed applications to the La Hacienda Recreation Center by Sept. 24. The Fall Craft Show will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 18 at Savannah … [Read more...]

Ryan launches national book tour, heading to Villages on Saturday

Paul Ryan was interviewed about his book on ABC.

Paul Ryan launched a nine-day national book tour Wednesday in Philadelphia. That book tour is heading to The Villages on Saturday. Those hoping to meet Ryan and have him sign a copy of the book he is promoting, are being advised to be at Barnes & Noble in Lake Sumter Landing by 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Ryan is scheduled to be here at 3:30 … [Read more...]

Reopening of Silver Lake Village Recreation Center set for Aug. 29

The Silver Lake Recreation Center will reopen on Aug. 29.

The grand reopening of the Silver Lake Village Recreation Center is slated for 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29. The Silver Lake Recreation Center located on the HIstoric Side of The Villages has seen a  $562,100 makeover over the past several months. The interior has undergone a total renovation and the parking lot has been refinished. The newly … [Read more...]

Villages physician reaches agreement with medical board in ‘sexting’ case

Dr. Tuan Dean

A Villages physician has reached an agreement with the the Florida Board of Medicine in the wake of "sexting" allegations while he was practicing in 2011 at a Lakeland walk-in clinic. As part of the agreement, Dr. Tuan Dean will present a one-hour lecture within a year to address the subject of patient and physician boundaries on the use of text … [Read more...]

Climate change controversy to take center stage at meeting Monday evening

John Casey

A former NASA consultant will take on the topic of climate change at 6:30 p.m. Monday at American Legion Post 347 at a meeting of the Tri-County Tea Party Florida. John Casey, a former White House space program advisor, NASA consultant and Space Shuttle engineer, will take on the controversial topic of global warming. The topic of climate change … [Read more...]

Village of Duval rocked by reports of woman attacked in her home

Village of Duval

The Village of Duval has been rocked by word-of-mouth and email reports of a woman attacked Saturday evening in her home on Persimmon Loop. It has been confirmed that Sumter County sheriff's deputies had been called to the home at 7 a.m. Sunday to a report of a burglary and assault. The 65-year-old victim told deputies that a man had entered … [Read more...]

Deadline nearing for applications for Italian American, Oktoberfest parades

Frank and June Truglio appear in a float at a past Italian Parade in The Villages.

The Resident Parade Committee is accepting applications from club in The Villages for both the Italian American and the Oktoberfest parades. The Italian American parade is scheduled for Oct. 7 and the entry deadline is Sept. 5. Contact Maureen Curran by email at or contact her at (352) 633-1905 for an application for the … [Read more...]

Assisted living facility planned for Spanish Springs wins green light

Titan Assisted Living Facility

A 33,100-square-foot assisted living and memory care facility to be built at 930 Alverez Avenue has been given a green light by the Lady Lake Commission. However, at least one resident of Vista Sonoma Villas, spoke out about his concerns about traffic and noise during Tuesday's special commission meeting. Titan Assisted Living Facility and … [Read more...]

Alibi checks out for man questioned in Citizens First Bank robbery

The bank's surveillance camera captured this image of the suspect.

A man who was detained and questioned in last week's robbery at Citizens First Bank at Mulberry Grove has been ruled out as a suspect. His alibi checked out, said Corporal George Wallace of Marion County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Investigations/Robbery Unit. The bank had been robbed by a man wearing a "Texas" T-shirt at about 2:30 p.m. Aug. … [Read more...]

Villages Honor Flight seeking golfers for Nov. 22 fundraising event

Villages Honor Flight

The Villages Honor Flight Annual Golf Tournament is the organization's largest fund raising event of the year.  The date for the event has been set as Nov. 22 at   Del Webb Spruce Creek. The rain-or-shine event starts with registration at 11 a.m., lunch, opening ceremony and noon shotgun start. Dinner, prizes and auction will follow. Del Webb can … [Read more...]