Romney running mate Paul Ryan returning to The Villages in August

Paul Ryan

Congressman Paul Ryan is making a return to The Villages. He will be visiting Florida's Friendliest Hometown on Aug.  23, signing copies of his book, "The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea." The event is set to begin at 3:30 p.m. Ryan made his public debut as Mitt Romney's running mate on Aug. 18, 2012 with a rally at Lake Sumter … [Read more...]

Celebration of Nature exhibit draws admirers to Savannah

​David and Vivienne Reid, from the Village of Country Club Hills, took their time browsing the beautiful photos.

It was due to close the following day, but The Villages Recreation Department's week-long 'Celebration of Nature: Green Places & Open Spaces' photography exhibit, located in the lobby of the Savannah Center, was still attracting dozens of viewers Sunday afternoon. "I think these are phenomenal photographs," Santo Domingo resident, Lillian … [Read more...]

Tunnel at CR 466 and Morse Boulevard closing at 6 p.m. Monday

Flashing signs warn of the planned closure of the tunnel at CR 466  and Morse Boulevard.

The golf cart path tunnel under County Road 466 at Morse Boulevard will be closed beginning at 6 p.m. Monday. The tunnel, a busy artery connecting The Villages, will undergo repairs. It is anticipated that the tunnel will reopen Tuesday night. Flashing signs have been in place for several days, warning golf cart operators of the impending … [Read more...]

Crews closer to wrapping up installation of signal light on Colony Boulevard

Crews are putting the finishing touches on signal light installation at Colony Boulevard.

A crew from Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is drawing ever closer to final installation of a traffic light on Colony Boulevard. Paver bricks were installed earlier this month at the point where vehicular traffic intersects with golf cart traffic on Colony Boulevard near the Colony Cottage Recreation Center. When the light is ultimately … [Read more...]

Australian visitors fall madly in love with The Villages during visit

Carole and Frederick Waring visited The Villages from Australia.

If we didn't already know it, here's more testimony, from some very well traveled foreign visitors to Central Florida, that The Villages is a phenomenal place to live. Carole and Frederick Waring, from Queensland, Australia, recently visited The Villages, and stayed a while with two Villages families they had met on recent holidays. They met one … [Read more...]

Villager appointed to Grievance Committee of Florida Bar

Ralph Udick

Ralph Udick, a 30-year United States Army veteran, has been named to the 5th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee “B” as a non-attorney member. Udick served for two years as the Special Courts Martial Convening Authority for more than 4,000 soldiers as brigade commander. He was responsible for convening courts for trials and approving all … [Read more...]

District parking memo outlines jurisdiction, enforcement issues

Golf carts are parked along Canal Street in Lake Sumter Landing.

Here in the midst of summer, parking is plentiful in The Villages. But snowbird season will be here before you know it and parking once again will be at a premium. District officials have been talking about parking behind the scenes and district counsel Valerie Fuchs recently met with local law enforcement to discuss the issue. The … [Read more...]

Bloodstock ’14 event brings out diverse group of blood donors

Gregory Vogel of the Village of Charlotte fills out donor paperwork.

Gregory Vogel of the Village of Charlotte came out Saturday to donate blood during Bloodstock 2014 at American Legion Post 347. The Air Force veteran was filling out the paperwork in advance of making his donation in one of the "Big Red Bus" collection units lined up and humming away on the Legion parking lot. "People always need blood," … [Read more...]

Summerfield man beat with baseball bat in home invasion

Marion County Sheriff's Office

Marion County sheriff's deputies are investigating a home invasion in Summerfield in which the occupant was beat with a baseball bat. The break-in occurred at about 1 a.m. Saturday in the 14600 block of Southeast 87th Terrace Road. There was a loud banging at the front door and one of the occupants of the home looked through a window to see … [Read more...]

Villages Public Safety teaches CPR to members of Villages bicycle clubs

bicycle wheel

Twice in a year and a half bicycle riders have  collapsed during bicycle club rides and required  immediate CPR. The Sumter Landing Bicycle Club and the Village Bicycle Club combined their  resources and with the help of The Villages Public Safety department trained 50 bicyclists this week to provide emergency CPR. “Rider safety is a primary … [Read more...]

Lenny Welch, John Claude Gummoe will bring their hits to Savannah Center

Lenny Welch

Sometimes, one song not only changes a singer’s career, but also his life. It happened to Lenny Welch with “Since I Fell For You,” and John Claude Gummoe, lead singer of the Cascades who sang and wrote, “Rhythm of the Rain.” Both will be at the Savannah Center Monday, July 28, at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. as part of Rocky and the Rollers, … [Read more...]

Christian Chorus of the Villages continues to sing praiseworthy songs to God

Robbie Milam and "Bucky."

The Villages Christian Chorale is gone but its spiritual fellowship and songs will live on, thanks to Robbie Milam. He is leading the local singers under the new name, Christian Chorus of the Villages, “Soli Deo Gloria” (To God Be the Glory). Milam hopes to have about 150 members of the chorus and is already nearing 100. It is open to singers of … [Read more...]

League of Women Voters offers chance for voters to meet judicial candidates


The League of Women Voters of the Villages/Tri County Area will sponsor a "Judicial Meet and Greet" from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Leesburg Library, located at 100 E. Main St. Candidates for judges for the County Court, Circuit Court, and Appellate Court (Fifth District Court of Appeals) who will be on the 2014 Primary Election Ballot in … [Read more...]

Brand-new Villager first in pool at Antrim Dells Rec Center opening

Sandi Uram was first in the pool at Antrim Dells Recreation Center.

Sandi Uram was first in the pool Friday morning at the grand opening of the Antrim Dells Recreation Center near Brownwood. She walked back and forth across the pool as the Villages Cheerleaders led the group in chants to celebrate the center in one of The Villages newest neighborhoods. “I like the two-car garages and the floor space,” said Uram, … [Read more...]

Villages residents cheer opening of new Manatee Recreation Center

Manatee Recreation Center Opening

From fishy wallpaper to a colorful manatee mural, the new Manatee Recreation Center, which opened Friday along Hillsborough Drive near Brownwood, offers an under-the-sea experience without getting wet. Wallpaper with fishes decorates the small lobby and hallway while blue floor decorations contribute to the ocean feel. A large meeting room … [Read more...]