Dog who survived brutal bear attack now up for adoption in Lake County


If Percival could talk, he would tell a harrowing story of the night he came face to face with a bear and survived the brutal attack. In literature, Percival is a man raised in the wilderness, who later becomes one of King Arthur’s knights. In Lake County, Percival is a tri-color purebred Treeing Walker Coonhound. He too, grew up in the woods, and … [Read more...]

Fruitland Park man caught with $38,000 in car after high-speed chase

Jason Champt

Jason Champt, 27, of Fruitland Park, and Eliott Graham, 34, of Leesburg, were arrested just after 8 p.m., Wednesday along NW 27th Avenue in Ocala. Champt was driving and Graham was the passenger. Discovered in their car was $38,000 in cash, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office. Champt, apparently, changed lanes without using a turn … [Read more...]

Wildwood man behind bars after chase at speeds up to 130 mph

Travis Weaver

Travis Weaver, 31, of Wildwood, will face one count of fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer; one count of driving while license suspended, revoked, canceled, or disqualified; and one count of driving under the influence. Weaver was booked into the Marion County Jail at 5:10 a.m. Thursday. The incident started when a deputy saw … [Read more...]

Noon Rotary presents checks to Fruitland Park school, Deliver the Difference

Rotarian Dick Kanyan handing a check to Bob Bostic of Deliver the Difference and Barnie Woodward of Fruitland Park Elementary School receives a check.

The Rotary Club of The Villages-Noon this week make check presentations to Fruitland Park Elementary School Deliver the Difference. Each received checks for $3,000. The money was raised through the annual Contractor Showcase at the Savannah Center on March 15. In addition, the $3,000 given to Deliver the Difference will be matched by a Alan … [Read more...]

May 3 golf tourney to benefit adults with developmental disabilities

Golf Tee Off

SCARC, Inc., a 501-(C)3 organization in Bushnell which offers training and evaluation of adults with developmental disabilities,will host a golf tournament on Saturday, May 3, at Shady Brook Golf Club in Sumterville. There will be an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start, with prizes and lunch for all golfers. The cost is $50 per person. All funds raised by the … [Read more...]

Emergency preparedness program offered April 25 at Pinellas library

Pinellas Library

Are you prepared for a disaster? The Sumter County Emergency Management Department will present a free informational session on disaster preparedness at 10 a.m. Friday, April 25 at the Villages Public Library at Pinellas Plaza. Those attending will learn about developing a family emergency plan, how to build and maintain a disaster kit, … [Read more...]

Villagers’ son hit by golf cart, captures accident on helmet cam

Ryan McElroy on his bicycle with his helmet with mounted camera.

The son of a Villages couple was struck by a golf cart while riding his bicycle at about 3 p.m. Monday on Paige Place at Avenida Central. The golf cart's side curtain struck the bicyclist, 23-year-old Ryan McElroy of Atlanta, knocking him to the pavement. The golf cart was attempting to pass McElroy who was riding in the golf cart lane. The … [Read more...]

Villager among passengers on LakeXpress bus hit on U.S. 27/441


A Villager was among the passengers on a LakeXpress public transport bus rearended by a Leesburg driver at 11:51 a.m. Tuesday on U.S. Hwy. 27/441. Kathryn M. Zwolski, 74, of the Village of Alhambra was among the passengers on the bus which was stopped in traffic to pick up additional passengers. The bus was rearended by a vehicle driven by … [Read more...]

Brite at Night program offered Thursday night at Market Square

Brite @ Nite

Members of the Community Improvement Council will be available with information about the Brite @ Night program from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Lake Sumter Landing Market Square (near Panera.) Brite @ Nite information is available every third Thursday. The program is sponsored by Parady Financial. The Brite @ Nite program is an on-going program to … [Read more...]

Father, daughter take spin on fifth generation bicycle built for two

Bruce and Brook Henderson take a spin on a bicycle built for two. (Karron Murphy photo)

Bruce Henderson and his daughter Brook were out riding the family's fifth generation bicycle-built-for-two Wednesday around The Villages. They are the son and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mell Henderson of the Village of Sabal Chase. The bicycle was originally purchased by Brook's great-grandfather in 1957. Family tradition dictates the bicycle … [Read more...]

Village of Springdale resident’s artwork on display in Ocala library

Lisa Woodward with the artwork in her home.

Village of Springdale resident, Lisa Woodward, is thrilled to be exhibiting her fine art in a one-woman show entitled From Lisa to You at Ocala's Freedom Public Library. "My work impressed some people associated with the library and they invited me to exhibit my paintings," Lisa said, somewhat surprised at her good fortune. Lisa's avocation was … [Read more...]

Golf cart tears bumper off van in hit-and-run accident at rec center

The bumper was nearly torn off Dick and Joan Hellmers' van while it was parked Tuesday at Bacall Recreation Center.

A Villages couple is hoping to find the golf cart and driver who hit their vehicle when it was parked Tuesday afternoon at Bacall Recreation Center. Damage to their vehicle is estimated at $5,000 to $6,000. Joan Hellmer of the Village of Largo was playing mah-johnng inside the recreation center at the time of the accident at 3 p.m. Tuesday. … [Read more...]

Sumter sheriff HQ could move to new location near Pinellas Plaza

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Sumter County commissioners heard about long-term planning ideas Tuesday evening that could consolidate more government activities near the Villages Sumter County Service Center near Pinellas Plaza in The Villages. County Administrator Bradley Arnold told commissioners that the county would benefit from getting out of some of its landlord/tenant … [Read more...]

Golf cart driver arrested on DUI charge after round-about accident

Robert Douglas Henry

A Villager was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence following a weekend golf cart accident in the round-about at South Buena Vista Boulevard and Pinellas Place. Sumter County sheriff deputies responded to the head-on collision between two golf carts at 10 p.m. Saturday. Robert Douglas Henry, 67, was driving a 2005 Yamaha golf … [Read more...]

Straight Shooters to hold gun-cleaning seminar Wednesday

gun cleaning

The Villages Straight Shooters will hold a handgun cleaning and care event from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at SeaBreeze Recreation Center. Those attending may bring a gun (in a bag or case), owner's manual, and cleaning supplies to the seminar. Straight Shooters members will help those attending disassemble, if necessary, and clean your gun. No … [Read more...]