Villages Rotarians join forces in World Polio Day awareness event

Rotarians from The Villages joined forces in World Polio Day.

Under pitch black skies before sunrise on Friday, members of the three Villages Rotary Clubs assembled outside the Winn-Dixie near Lake Sumter Landing -- some shivering in sweatshirts against the morning chill, to serve hot coffee, donuts and a global message. The goal of the event was to communicate the world-wide Rotary goal to 'End Polio … [Read more...]

Police looking for owners of Pit Bull puppy used as bait in dog fight

Lady Lake police are seeking the owners of this Pit Bull puppy.

Lady Lake police are looking for the owners of a pit bull puppy that appears to have been used as bait in a dog fight.The seriously injured, male, unneutered, black Pit Bull puppy was discovered in the Morningside Drive area of Lady Lake on Oct. 14.This puppy had his ears and tail cut or “cropped” in a manner consistent with dogs used for … [Read more...]

Charlie Crist’s running mate visits Villages, makes light of ‘fangate’

Annette Taddeo took a moment to make light about the "fangate" episode that dominated discussion after a recent gubernatorial debate.

The Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor in a not-to-be-missed yellow dress, Annette Taddeo, made her second appearance in The Villages on Friday afternoon in the Barnes and Noble parking lot. Former Governor Charlie Crist's running mate on the November election ballot, Taddeo came to Central Florida for a special meeting with volunteers … [Read more...]

Marion 911 dispatchers asking medical callers if they’ve been out of U.S.

Marion County emergency responders conducted Ebola drills on Friday.

The Marion County Public Safety Communications Center is currently asking all medical-emergency callers if they have traveled outside the country during the past 30 days. If the answer is “yes,” call-takers also ask if that travel included West Africa. Rescue crews will be notified, and, depending on the threat-level, will wear one of two types of … [Read more...]

Villager pleads not guilty to charges of having sex with a minor

Tony Haglund

A 45-year-old Villager has pleaded not guilty in South Dakota to charges of having sex with a minor.Tony Haglund of the Village of Glenbrook made his first court appearance in Lincoln County, S.D. this week on a five-count indictment that could put him in prison for up to 50 years.The former pastor is accused of having sex with a … [Read more...]

Man arrested on drug, weapons charges at Kangaroo on U.S. 301

Dustin Lea

A 31-year-old man was arrested with drugs and a handgun in his possession at 2 a.m. Thursday at the Kangaroo Express on U.S. Hwy. 301 in Wildwood.A deputy stopped in the Kangaroo parking lot where he saw Dustin Kenneth Lea of Wildwood standing with a woman.Lea told the deputy that his ride had left him stranded at the service station, … [Read more...]

Rep. Nugent claims Obama has ‘abdicated his ability to lead’

Congressman spoke to Villages Republicans on Thursday.

Thursday evening at the Savannah Center, the combined membership of the Republican Club of Sumter County and Marion County welcomed Congtressman Rich Nugent, who is seeking re-election to the House of Representatives. He was especially jubilant because he became a grandfather for the first time this week -- his middle son, Kyle, and his wife, … [Read more...]

Lady Lake Police Department welcomes new officer to its ranks

Matthew Duryea

The Lady Lake Police Department swore in a new officer Thursday morning.Matthew Duryea is the newest member of the town's police force.He spent 11 years as a chef before making a career change and becoming a law enforcement officer.Duryea's wife Christie is also a chef. She runs a bakery in Inverness.Police Chief Chris McKinstry and … [Read more...]

Rotarians will join together Friday in observation of World Polio Day

Jonas Salk administers the polio vaccine to a child.

All three Rotary Clubs of The Villages are joining forces Friday in honor of World Polio Day.The event honors the birthday of Jonas Salk.Until 1957, when the Salk vaccine was introduced, polio was considered the most frightening public health problem of the post-war United States.Rotary tents will be set up from 7 to 11 a.m. Friday at … [Read more...]

Property owner dealt blow in quest for golf-cart access to The Villages

Ron Brown's property can be seen on the other side of these barricades just off Bowersox Drive in The Villages.

Property owner Ron Brown was dealt a blow Thursday morning in his quest for golf-cart access to The Villages via Bowersox Drive.The Lady Lake Commission voted 4-1 on a resolution to vacate a portion of Bowersox Drive right-of-way between Lot 1428 and Lot 1411 of Orange Blossom Gardens. Commissioner Dan Vincent cast the lone dissenting vote, … [Read more...]

Villages High School hoops star revokes verbal commitment to Wyoming

Eric Turner

Villages High School basketball star Eric Turner has  decided to revoke his verbal commitment to the University of Wyoming, according to a report from the Casper Star-Tribune.Turner told the Star-Tribune on Tuesday night that he is still considering Wyoming, but wanted to take time to re-evaluate his decision.The VHS star has also received … [Read more...]

Man arrested on drug charges at McDonalds in Summerfield

Ryan Kutash-Frost

A 27-year-old man was arrested Wednesday at the McDonalds in Summerfield after leaving the nearby CVS pharmacy with about $100 of unpaid merchandise.After Ryan  left the CVS  located on SE 109th Avenue across from the Wal-Mart, a witness followed him and the Marion County Sheriff's Office was notified.A deputy entered the McDonalds restroom … [Read more...]

Oxford man accused of domestic battery, held without bond

Danny Dubberly

An Oxford man was arrested on a charge of battery after an altercation with a woman Wednesday morning.Danny Arnold Dubberly, 53, was arrested at his residence on County Road 227 by a Sumter County sheriff's deputy.A woman told the deputy that during an argument, Dubberly had grabbed her by the shoulders and pushed her to the bed, according … [Read more...]

DAV commander powerwashing to raise money for organization

Jack  Johnson of DAV is powerwashing to raise money for the organization.

Jack Johnson, commander of The Villages chapter of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), has discovered an unusual way to raise money for the organization's activities.He power washes curbs and landscaping stones at area homes and donates the pay he receives. As a result of his efforts, curbs in the blocks around his Village of Duval home are … [Read more...]

Bobcat sightings reported outside Village of Caroline

A resident of Caroline shot this photo of the Bobcat.

Residents of the Village of Caroline are reporting Bobcat sightings in the grassy field just outside their village.It's the latest report of a Bobcat sighting in The Villages.In late September, a Lady Lake police officer shot a Bobcat on the Historic Side of The Villages putting the diseased animal out of its misery.In late August, … [Read more...]