Loopers raise nearly $6,000 to help with daughter’s treatment

Golf cart winner Christine Bartow with Angelo and Renee Delmonte.

Renee Delmonte traveled nearly 5,000 miles from Germany to The Village of St. James over the weekend. She was back on Hopespring Loop on Monday evening comforted by the warmth and love of home.“This means so much to me and my family,” she said in an emotional speech before about 100 neighbors, who call themselves “the Loopers.” They gathered on … [Read more...]

Villager arrested after allegedly fleeing in golf cart from deputy

Raymond Hooper Jr.

A Village of Chatham man who allegedly tried to evade arrest by fleeing in a golf cart, was arrested early Friday morning on his second driving under the influence charge.At 12:19 a.m. Friday, a Sumter Count sheriff's deputy observed a driver slumped over the wheel of a golf cart on the cart path north of Talley Ridge Drive and Buena Vista … [Read more...]

Villager’s son joins forces with Legion Auxiliary to aid homeless veterans

Jeffrey Mullen and Mary Noce.

Jeffrey Mullen, from Spring City, Pa., visits his father, Village of Silver Lake resident Leo Mullen, at least twice a year.Leo and Jeffrey Mullen are friends of Eileen Mlligan, who serves as public relations chairman of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 347."Jeffrey heard me speak about our many outreach programs, and asked how he might be of … [Read more...]

Father of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz to speak in The Villages next month

Rafael and Ted Cruz

The father of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is coming to The Villages next month.Complimentary tickets to see Rafael Cruz are available but are going fast, according to the Tri-County Tea Party which is hosting the event at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at Savannah Center.Complimentary tickets can be obtained by going … [Read more...]

League of Women Voters offers insight into amendments on ballot


Three constitutional amendments dealing with land conservation, medical marijuana and judicial appointments are on the Nov. 4 election ballot. Attorney Richard Coen and his wife, Joanne, president of the local chapter of the League of Women Voters, discussed the amendments Monday during a meeting of The Villages Civil Discourse Club at Colony … [Read more...]

Villages woman arrested driving after license suspended three times

Stacey Walker

A Village of Tall Trees woman was arrested by a Sumter County sheriff's deputy after she was allegedly caught driving after her driver's license had been suspended three times.Stacey Lynn Walker, 37, who resides on Welcome Way, was arrested after the Sumter County Sheriff's Office was notified of a suspicious vehicle at about 6:15 p.m. Friday … [Read more...]

Golf cart driver suffers injuries in collision with SUV on Historic Side

Villages Public Safety Department responded to the scene of the accident.

The operator of a golf cart was transported to The Villages Regional Hospital following a collision at 11:20 a.m. Monday with a Ford Escape on the Historic Side of The Villages.The golf cart was traveling in the vicinity of Shay and Tarrson boulevards when the accident occurred.Witnesses indicated that the golf cart appeared to have been … [Read more...]

Mallory author will get shot on Oprah Winfrey Network in ’15

Suzanne Giesemann speaks Sunday at Temple Shalom.

Sunday night at Temple Shalom in Oxford, internationally acclaimed metaphysical author and evidential medium, Suzanne Giesemann, celebrated the publication of her latest book 'Wolf's Message ' -- and wowed her standing-room-only audience with the surprise announcement that she has been invited to create an hour-long 'Super Soul Sunday' program with … [Read more...]

Villages hopes to swap bank site with golf cart repair service center

The lobby at the Citizens First Bank on Avenida Central was closed in 2013. The drive-through lanes are still open.

The Villages is hoping to build a golf cart shop and service center at the current site of a Citizens First Bank drive-through on Avenida Central.The golf cart shop would include a 2,102-square-foot building addition, a two-lane golf cart fueling area, landscaping upgrades, and dumpster enclosure.The lobby at Avenida Central closed in … [Read more...]

Gator Regatta at Ashland Pond produces hot contests on the water

Skippers competed with radio-controlled sailboats on Ashland Pond.

An increasing number of lagos and ponds in The Villages are becoming sites of model maritime activity as residents and their guests sail a variety of radio-controlled watercraft for leisure relaxation and also for officially sanctioned sailboat race competitions. Various competitive meets throughout the year provide entertainment for both … [Read more...]

German parade set for Tuesday afternoon in Spanish Springs

This year's German parade steps off at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Spanish Springs.

You don't have to be German to enjoy the Gemutlichkeit -- the friendly, zesty spirit -- of the 2014 Oktoberfest German residents' parade at Spanish Springs. So, whether your heritage is Irish or Italian, Brazilian, African-American or Welsh -- come out on Tuesday afternoon for some brats and sauerkraut, pretzels and beer. Come hear the um- pah … [Read more...]

New Covenant dedicates new Bargains and Blessings shop in Wildwood

Project co-chairs Bob Becker and Gene Barton pose with the ribbon-cutting scissors outside the newly dedicated store.

A spacious, spotless new retail resale store and adjacent warehouse on U.S. 301 in Wildwood, called Bargains and Blessings, were dedicated on Saturday in a rousing service at Wildwood's nearby United Methodist Church. The church was filled with a sea of blue shirts -- darker blue with Helping Hands Ministry emblems, and lighter blue with the … [Read more...]

Dynamic Dog Howloween event set Oct. 29 at Laurel Manor Rec Center

Linda Brach and Murray perform at last year's Dynamic Dog Howloween event.

The Annual October Howloween Meeting of the Dynamic Dog Club will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 at Laurel Manor Recreation Center Pavilion.Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash at all times for safety.The costume contest will determine the best-dressed dogs.The Dynamic Dog Club Canine Drill Team will perform a new … [Read more...]

‘Real Housewives of The Villages’ win Halloween costume contest

Melissa Futrell, Caroll Ann Lamoureux, Marie Hartz, Kathy Hempel, from left, are "The Real Housewives of The Villages."

"The Real Housewives of The Villages" won first place in the costume contest at the Baby Boomers Halloween Party this past week at La Hacienda Recreation Center.The "Real Housewives" - Kathy Hempel, Carol Ann Lamoureux, Melissa Futrell and Marie Hartz - recreated the famous "Housewives" pose. "The Real Housewives of New York City" hold an … [Read more...]

God’s creatures receive blessings in event at Hope Lutheran Church

Kathy and Jerry Roth of Buttonwood with Coconut.

More than 150 dogs, cats, horses and birds were part of the Blessing of the Animals Saturday morning at Hope Lutheran Church.The event also attracted nearly 300 pet owners.The service offered an opportunity for pet owners to give testimony to how their animal companions have impacted their lives.Villager Bonnie Gallagher of Southeastern … [Read more...]