Villager registered as sex offender arrested after ID’d in photo lineup

Jamie Greenberg

A 41-year-old Village of Lynnhaven man was arrested on a charge of prowling after he was identified in a photographic lineup by a 17-year-old male and 14-year-old girl. They told investigators from the Sumter County Sheriff's Office they had been at the pedestrian bridge near Barnes & Noble at Lake Sumter Landing July 28 when a man was … [Read more...]

Village of Sabal Chase man arrested on DUI charge while driving golf cart

Fred Bolser

A Village of Sabal Chase man was arrested Monday night on a charge of driving under the influence at Lake Sumter Landing. Fred Duane Bolser, 65, was driving a golf cart when he did not stop at a stop sign at 10:38 p.m. at Canal Street and Old Camp Road, according to the arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff's Office. The arrest report … [Read more...]

Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam to rally GOP Saturday in Villages

Adam Putnam

Florida Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam will address a Republican rally from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Savannah Center. The event is aimed at the re-election of Gov. Rick Scott and fellow Republicans. In addition to Putnam, speakers will include state Rep. Marlene O'Toole, R-The Villages; state Sen. Alan Hayes, R-Umtatilla; and Gary … [Read more...]

Items being collected in Kidspack Food Drive Friday and Saturday

Deliver the Difference

Volunteers from Villagers for Deliver the Difference will be collecting food Friday and Saturday for the Kidspack backpack program. The volunteers will be manning tables from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sam's Club in Lady Lake. The program supports families and children in the tri-county area that are in need of food. Items being collected single serve … [Read more...]

SECO CEO to kick off Sumter Chamber speaker series Sept. 10

James Duncan

James P. Duncan, CEO and general manager of Sumter Electric Cooperative, will kick off the CEO Speaker Series with the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce. The CEO Speaker Series a new feature to the monthly Chamber Lunch Exchange. Duncan will speak at the Chamber Lunch Exchange set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 10 at the Wildwood … [Read more...]

Village of Rio Ponderosa couple renews vows at sheriff’s annex

Adeline 'Al' Loyd and husband Jim Loyd renewed vows Tuesday.

Rio Ponderosa Village resident, Adeline 'Al' Loyd was surprised, shocked and even speechless for a while on Tuesday afternoon, when her husband, Jim Loyd, showed up at the Sumter County Government Annex where she has worked for the past twelve years -- along with her boss, Clerk of the Sumter County Court, Gloria R. Haywood, from Bushnell. Because … [Read more...]

Florida drivers now paying less for tags for their vehicles

Gov. Rick Scott

Floridians are now paying less for vehicle tags. Tag fees for cars, trucks and motorcycles have dropped by about $17 to $25 each, depending on the type of vehicle and its weight. The new rates went into effect Sept. 1. The new law will eventually trim about $400 million from the fees and surcharges applied to license plate purchases, … [Read more...]

Spanish Springs assisted-living facility back on Lady Lake agenda

Titan Assisted Living Facility

The Lady Lake Commission on Wednesday will consider approval of a 33,100-square foot assisted living facility to be constructed in Spanish Springs. Commissioners gave their informal approval of the Titan Assisted Living Facility and Memory Care Center at a special commission meeting this past month. The three-story facility will include 50 … [Read more...]

Deadline nearing for applications for Italian American, Oktoberfest parades

Frank and June Truglio appear in a float at a past Italian Parade in The Villages.

The Resident Parade Committee is accepting applications from clubs in The Villages for both the Italian American and the Oktoberfest parades. The Italian American parade is scheduled for Oct. 7 and the entry deadline is Sept. 5. Contact Maureen Curran by email at or contact her at (352) 633-1905 for an application for the … [Read more...]

The Villages Art League planning for 17th Annual Artist Showcase

Billie Edwards shows off a piece of her artwork Sunday. She was the winner in Sunday's VAA show.

Members of The Villages Art League invite you to attend the 17th Annual Artist Showcase celebrating 25 Years of Art in The Villages.  The Artist Showcase will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29 at the Savannah Center. Works on display and for sale include original oils, watercolors, acrylics and assorted other mediums by over 70 … [Read more...]

District flu shot program scheduled to kick off on Sept. 11

flu shot

The 2014 District Flu shot program is starting on Thursday, Sept. 11. The program will take place at two Regional Recreation Centers (Savannah and Lake Miona). Please register online by clicking here for an application and drop it off at either Savannah or Lake Miona, or at Recreation Administration at 984 Old Mill Run. The program schedule will … [Read more...]

Village Cheerleaders accept ice bucket challenge from The Villages Twirlers

Village Cheerleaders accepted the ice bucket challenge from The Villages Twirlers.

A group of feisty folks from The Villages Twirlers and Drum Corps. started a ball rolling last week -- demonstrating their commitment to the current ALS ice bucket craze sweeping the country -- by emptying icy cold water on their heads on the veranda of La Hacienda Recreation Center. They then issued a challenge to the other cheerleading groups in … [Read more...]

Applications for lottery for Fall Craft Show will be due by Sept. 24

craft fair

Attention Villages crafters, applications for the 2014 Fall Craft Show will be collected in September. All resident crafters interested in participating in the lottery selection should submit their completed applications to the La Hacienda Recreation Center by Sept. 24. The Fall Craft Show will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 18 at Savannah … [Read more...]

Six-inch golf holes offered all of September at El Santiago course

A golf pro shows the difference in size between a regular golf hole and a six-inch hole.

Six-inch golf holes will be offered every day throughout the month of September exclusively at El Santiago Executive Golf Course. This will continue an ongoing experiment with larger golf holes. On the days the six-inch golf holes were offered at El Santiago earlier this summer, more people played the course than on “normal” days, said Erik … [Read more...]

Interest sought in community garden near Villages Charter School

master gardener

The UF Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Sumter County Extension Center and the Master Gardeners are exploring interest in a new community garden on the grounds of the UCC church at 12514 County Road 101 in Oxford.  At this time, they are recruiting local residents who would like a plot to grow vegetables, herbs or ornamental … [Read more...]