Hundreds turn out to remember legendary Villages performer Tony D

A portrait of Tony D. was on display at Truman Recreation Center.

Hundreds of people packed Truman Recreation Center Thursday afternoon to celebrate the life of longtime Villages performer Tony D. Dance instructor Calvin Booth knew Anthony DeMascio for 18 years. “He was one of my best friends,” said Booth. He remembered one of his fondest memories about Tony when Booth and his wife Evelyn were dancing […]

Red-Button Thief nabbed by deputies after damaging Villages gates

Law enforcement has arrested a man suspected of being the Red button Thieft at gates in The Villages

The man dubbed the “Red-Button Thief” has been arrested after damaging a number of gates in The Villages. The suspect distinguished himself by approaching gates in The Villages, pushing the red button to gain entry and then removing the red button. The Red Button Thief is believed to have been doing this at gates in […]

Vehicle collides with tree on Lake Ella Road

This car struck a tree Thaursday morning on Lake Ella Road.

Emergency personnel were on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Thursday morning on Lake Ella Road. The accident occurred shortly before 8 a.m. when a 2007 Chevy Cobalt struck a tree on Lake Ella Road between Green Key Village and U.S. Hwy. 27/441. Bystanders were first on the scene and helped the young female driver […]

Doctors signing up patients dumped by The Villages Health


A mad scramble is under way as many patients who plan to leave The Villages Health next year already are searching for new doctors. The Villages Health, which operates six primary care clinics in The Villages, announced to patients earlier this month that it no longer would accept Original Medicare with supplemental policies, also known […]

Commissioners hike grant to pay for entertainment at town squares

Gator Paw band debuts at Brownwood Paddock Square

A proposal to double this year’s $60,000 Sumter County tourism grant for entertainment on the Brownwood and Lake Sumter town squares failed to win the support Tuesday night of the county Board of Commissioners. But the board voted to hike the grant to $80,000, as recommended by the Sumter County Tourist Development Council. The money […]