Villages developer H. Gary Morse praised for his remarkable vision

H. Gary Morse

Villages Developer Gary Morse was remembered Thursday for the lifestyle he created in Central Florida for thousands of retirees.Morse died Wednesday night at age 77."Ann and I mourn with Florida families for the loss of Gary Morse, a remarkable individual who we were proud to call a friend," Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday in a statement … [Read more...]

Missing Dachshund reunited with owners in Village of Chatham

Ty the Dachshund is back home in the Village of Chatham.

A missing Dachshund in the Village of Chatham has been reunited with its owners.Ty, a very skittish Dachshund, had gotten away from his owner earlier this week and was dragging a retractable leash behind him.It was tht leash that led to his discovery.He had gotten the leash tied up in a flower pot on the front porch of the home of Paul … [Read more...]

Village of Largo man arrested on DUI charge in Lake Sumter Landing

Evan Robert McCluckie

A 37-year-old resident of the Village of Largo was arrested Wednesday night in Lake Sumter Landing on a charge of driving under the influence.Evan Robert McCluckie pulled out of the TooJay's parking lot on Canal Street in his vehicle at 8:18 p.m. without coming to a complete stop, according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff's … [Read more...]

Villager’s grandson wins Steve Irwin Visionary Wildlife Award

Braden Benz

The grandson of Villager Christine Dolby has won the Australia Zoo’s Visionary Wildlife Warrior Award.Dolby's grandson, Braden Benz, is a student in Louisa County, Va.The family of the late Steve Irwin, also known as the “Crocodile Hunter," chose the recipient. Benz has been invited to attend the Steve Irwin Gala Dinner, in Queensland, … [Read more...]

Pancake breakfast Saturday benefits Kids, Cops & Christmas program

Villagers Sam and Nadine Landis are hoping Villagers will join them at Saturday's pancake breakfast.

A pancake breakfast Saturday morning at RJ Gators will support the Kids, Cops & Christmas program of the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.The breakfast will be held from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the restaurant at Lake Sumter Landing.Villagers Sam and Nadine Landis will once again be spearheading the event.Kids, Cops & Christmas … [Read more...]

28-year-old woman held in connection with Summerfield stabbing

Laquese Hamilton

A 28-year-old woman was booked in the Marion County Jail  early Thursday morning after a reported stabbing in Summerfield.Multiple units from the Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to the 2800 block of SE 179th Place in Summerfield in reference to the attack.Upon arrival the victim was located with a stab wound to his chest and a … [Read more...]

Sheriff Bill Farmer congratulates latest grads of Citizen’s Academy

Terry and Butch Barnett received their Citizens Academy Certificates from Sheriff Bill Farmer.

Sumter County Sheriff William O. 'Bill' Farmer presented certificates to nearly 50 Villages residents Wednesday afternoon at the Eisenhower Regional Recreation Center and thanked them for their eight weeks' participation in the Sumter County Citizen's Academy.Leonard Krasucki, who recently downsized to the Mariana Villas in the Village of … [Read more...]

Halloween costume parties luring out cast of characters in Villages

and George Wetzel.

They were doing everything from the pumpkin dance to the monster mash Wednesday night at the Colony Cottage Recreation Center. Flashback Band provided the entertainment for a pre-Halloween celebration and the grown-up kids who call The Villages their home came dressed to the nines. “We live in The Villages so we will never grow old,” said Ginny … [Read more...]

Two men arrested in shooting at Lady Lake apartment complex

Oakleaf Apartment Complex

Two men were arrested after shots were fired in an apartment at the Oakleaf Apartment Complex on County Road 466 in Lady Lake.Lady Lake police were called to the complex in the early morning hours Monday where they were met by tenants in Building 20. The tenants told police that they had heard shots fired from Apartment 20205 and had heard two … [Read more...]

Villagers check vehicle safety through CarFit program at Eisenhower

Trained volunteers Joan Sullivan and Jerry Knoll help Pinellas Villager, Pete Smith, evaluate his Volkswagen.

Village of Winifred resident, Chuck Wildzunas, and about a dozen trained volunteers, held yet another CarFit program on Wednesday, in the north parking lot of The Villages' Eisenhower Regional Recreation Center.This important program evaluates participants' cars to help them enhance their safety and comfort while driving. The CarFit … [Read more...]

Tandem riders from nine states to converge on The Villages

Tandem cyclists will converge on The Villages this weekend.

Halloween will bring out plenty of couples dressed in Lycra and pedaling as teams as the fifth annual Florida Tandem Rally kicks off in The Villages on Friday.The rally will be held Friday through Sunday at the Waterfront Inn. The PANTHERS (Partners Aboard Neat Tandems Happily Enjoying Riding Simultaneously), a statewide tandem club based in … [Read more...]

Colony Clayers will have pottery on sale Friday morning at Colony

A member of Colony Clayers Club made this "challenge" piece showing the restrooms at Lake Sumter Landing.

The Colony Clayers Club will hold a sale of their newest pottery pieces from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday at Colony Cottage Recreation.Refreshments will be available for shoppers to munch on.The Colony Clayers Club, run a number of challenges for its members throughout the year."Challenges are planned programs to spark and stimulate club … [Read more...]

Jose Canseco shoots off finger while cleaning gun in Las Vegas

Jose Canseco played in The Villages Softball Championship this month.

Former Major League Baseball slugger Jose Canseco shot himself in the hand Tuesday while cleaning his gun at his Las Vegas home.Canseco, who earlier this month played in The Villages Softball Championship, will never regain full use of the hand, according to his fiance Leila Knight.Canseco and his brother Ozzie helped propel The Talon … [Read more...]

First phase of expansion work on CR466A set to begin in December

Cars travel on County Road 466A near the intersection with Micro Racetrack Road.

Work is scheduled to begin Dec. 1 on the first phase of a project to expand County Road 466A from the Sumter County line to U.S. Hwy. 27/441.That phase will run from the Sumter County line east approximately one mile to Timbertop Lane, which marks the northeast corner of The Villages property and will serve as the easternmost entrance to the … [Read more...]

Driver transported from scene of two-car crash on County Road 466

The driver of this vehicle was transported from the scene by Lake EMS.

A driver was transported from the scene of an accident at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday on County Road 466 just west of its intersection with U.S. Hwy. 27/441.Lady Lake police and Lake EMS were on the scene of the accident which involved two vehicles.The other driver escaped injury and was providing information to police officers investigating … [Read more...]