Lady Lake approves lowered tax hike, Mayor Kussard donates 10% of pay

Mayor Ruth Kussard

A little good news and a little sacrifice, helped brighten the mood as Lady Lake commissioners approved a less-than-anticipated tax increase. The commission on Wednesday night voted to set the millage rate at 3.75, down from the 3.8781 rate which had been presented at a public hearing earlier this month. It's still the first tax increase in … [Read more...]

Town of Lady Lady to stick with four-day employee work schedule

Lady Lake Town Hall

After a one-year trial, the town of Lady Lake has decided to stick with its 4-10 work schedule. One year ago, the Lady Lake Commission decided to adopt a plan to work town four days a week for 10 hours per day. Town employees have been working a Monday-Thursday schedule for the past 12 months. Town Manager Kris Kollgaard reported that 100 … [Read more...]

Sumter County officials warn of mosquito-borne disease activity


Sumter County Mosquito Control Services is reminding residents that mosquito season is far from being over. Currently, numerous counties in Florida are experiencing an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity. The Florida Department of Health has issued mosquito-borne illness advisories/alerts for Alachua, Clay, Columbia, Levy, Lafayette, … [Read more...]

Wildwood man accused of threatening his mother over cleaning house

Tyrone Davilmar

A 27-year-old Wildwood man is being held without bond after he allegedly threatened to kill his mother after she asked him to help clean up the house. Tyrone Bernard Davilmar was arrested by Wildwood police shortly after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the bedroom of the home he shares with his mother in the 600 block of Second Street. He was charged … [Read more...]

Bright at Night flashers to be offered Thursday at Lake Sumter Landing

Bright at Night flashers will be available Thursday evening at Lake Sumter Landing.

Members of the Community Improvement Council will have their Bright at Night safety flashers from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Lake Sumter Landing Market Square (near Panera Bread.) Bright at Night information is available every third Thursday. The program is sponsored by Parady Financial. The Bright at Night program is an on-going program to ensure … [Read more...]

Work begins Thursday night on golf cart bridge over U.S. Hwy. 27/441

The golf cart bridge over U.S. Hwy. 27/441.

Work is planned next week on the golf cart bridge over U.S. Hwy. 27/441. District Property Management is having work done on the interior walls of the golf cart bridge on Thursday, Sept. 18 and Friday, Sept. 19. Pressure cleaning and painting of the interior walls will be done closing one lane of traffic at a time, starting at 10 p.m., with … [Read more...]

Citizens First Bank plans to shut drive-through at Avenida Central

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

Citizens First Bank plans to shut the Avenida Central drive-through banking facility after it constructs a drive-through location in Spanish Springs. Marty Dzuro of The Villages made the disclosure during a special meeting Tuesday afternoon of the Lady Lake Commission. The commission had set the meeting to learn more about The Villages … [Read more...]

Job fair to be offered Monday at The Villages Regional Hospital

Viewed from Freedom Pointe, the TVRH North Tower construction project is progressing on schedule with no major weather delays.

Central Florida Health Alliance has announced that it will hold job fairs at Leesburg Regional Medical Center and The Villages Regional Hospital to recruit employees for open positions at both locations. TVRH has scheduled its job fair on the 2nd floor of the Sharon Morse Building, 1400 US Hwy 441 N., The Villages in Suite 520 on Monday, Sept. … [Read more...]

City Fire restauranteur hopes to breathe life into old TGI Fridays location

The TGI Fridays on Old Camp Road in The Villages closed in early November.

The owner of the wildly popular City Fire restaurants in The Villages, is hoping to breathe new life into the old TGI Fridays at Lake Sumter Landing. Mike Buell has enjoyed incredible success with City Fire locations in Lake Sumter Landing and Brownwood Paddock Square. TGI Fridays will be rechristened Honest John's Whiskey and … [Read more...]

Lady Lake man arrested after fight over his alleged infidelity

Jeffrey Carl Smith

A 63-year-old Lady Lake man was arrested on a charge of domestic violence after a fight with his wife over his alleged infidelity. The victim called Lady Lake police on the afternoon of Sept. 11 telling officers that her husband, Jeffrey Carl Smith, had struck her in the neck with a closed fist, according to the arrest report. She told police … [Read more...]

Sponsored Story: Villages Residents – Learn How to Earn an 8% Return!

John Sholtes, Dixie Investments

SPONSORED STORY Villages Residents - Learn How to Earn, an 8% Return! "Private Mortgage Lending" allows private investor funds to raise capital for buying foreclosed homes and then repairing and improving them. The property is sold at full market price or converted to a rental property. Upon sale or refinance of the property, within 1-year, the … [Read more...]

Summerfield woman arrested hiding under tractor trailer

Amanda Allen

A 28-year-old Summerfield woman was arrested after her car collided with a storage shed at 11:30 p.m. Saturday in Wildwood. Wildwood police were called to the 700 block of Clyde Avenue where witnesses reported seeing a vehicle hit the storage shed. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Amanda BeverlyKay Allen, reportedly fled the … [Read more...]

Villager accused of pointing gun at 19-year-old in case of ‘road rage’

Bruce Murray

A Villager has been arrested on a charge of aggravated assault with a weapon in connection with an alleged road rage incident involving a 19-year-old woman. Bruce Kevin Murray, 55, of the Villas of Sunnyside in the Village of Woodbury, was taken into custody Monday afternoon by Wildwood police. The incident in question took place at about … [Read more...]

Lieutenant governor energizes members of The Villages Tea Party

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera with Aileen Milton of The Villages Tea Party.

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera energized the faithful in a rousing speech Monday night to The Villages Tea Party at Savannah Center. He quickly ticked off the accomplishments of his boss, Gov. Rick Scott, most importantly the creation of more than 600,000 jobs under his watch. And he said the governor made a common sense decision to cut … [Read more...]

Villages bonds earn A+, A ratings despite IRS, lawsuit concerns

Villages sign

A lawsuit apparently has stopped efforts by the Sumter Landing Development District to refinance amenity and utility bonds. In August, The Village Community Center Development District began the process of refinancing millions of dollars in bonds to take advantage of low interest rates. About $88.7 million of these bonds are expected to be sold … [Read more...]