Sealcoating work begins Sunday at four postal stations south of 466

The parking lot at Colony Cottage Recreation Center is being resurfaced this week.

Seal-coating work at parking areas at postal stations south of County Road 466 will begin Sunday. The list follows: • This Sunday, June 22, one half of the parking lot will be closed for sealcoating  for the following postal facilities - Ashland, Bonnybrook, Belvedere and Lynnhaven. The parking lots will reopen on Monday, June 23.. The entire … [Read more...]

Supervisor of Elections Karen Krauss to talk about August primary

Karen Krauss

The League of Women Voters of The Villages/Tri-County will meet at 10:30am on Monday, June 23 at The Community Bank & Trust at 2285 Parr Drive and County Road 466. Karen Krauss, Supervisor of Elections for Sumter County, will speak about the August Primary Elections, new polling locations, and whether there are any new laws that effect the … [Read more...]

Villages Musical Company changes name to The Villages Musical Theater

The Villages Musical Company recently donated $5,000 to Villagers for Hospice. Pictured in the photo, from the left, are Karen McIntosh of Hospice, Bev Wehrheim, VMT treasurer; Sandie Hawthorne, VMT chairperson, and in the back, VMT board members Bill Davis and Bill Krone. 

The Villages Musical Company is changing its name to The Villages Musical Theater. "This name change was suggested to our membership by our Board of Directors in order to better represent the types of productions we create, which are faithful reproductions of Broadway musicals.  Our membership unanimously approved the name change, and we have … [Read more...]

No arrests in armed robbery at Evans Prairie Country Club

Evans Prairie Country Club

No arrests have been made in Monday's armed robbery at Evans Prairie Country Club, but a spokesman for the Sumter County Sheriff's Office said detectives are diligently working the case. The armed robbery took place between 1 and 1:30 a.m. Monday. An employee of the country club was closing up when he was approached by a masked man armed with a … [Read more...]

Local candidates coast to victory before any ballots cast by voters

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No need to wait until election day. Many local races were decided by noon Friday. With none of the candidates facing challengers, the race is over before it began. Sumter County Incumbent Sumter County Commissioners Garry Breeden and Doug Gilpin have drawn no opposition. Breeden represents District 4 which includes Bushnell, Bevilles … [Read more...]

AAC will be getting at least one new member in upcoming election

Jo Weber

The Amenity Authority Committee will be getting at least one new face. AAC incumbent Jo Weber opted not to run again to represent Lady Lake/Lake County. Frank Kirschenheiter, Richard Jones and Lowell Barker will be in a three-way contest to succeed Weber. AAC incumbents Carl Bell of District 1 and Ann Forrester of District 2 are both … [Read more...]

Community Development District races in place as qualifying period ends

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Filing for Community Development District seats in The Villages wrapped up Friday. Here's a look at how the contests stack up: CDD 1 Incumbent Ellen Cora faces a challenge from Craig Estep for Seat 2. Incumbent Clyde Long faces a challenge from Peter Pittsburgh for Seat 4. CDD 2 No challenges emerged in CDD 2. Bryan Lifsey, Robert … [Read more...]

Villages Men’s Residents Cup wraps up Saturday at Mallory

Bigger Golf Holes

The 11thannual Villages Men's Residents Cup golf tournament at Mallory Hill Country Club concludes Saturday with individual match play. The three-day tournament began Thursday with best-ball rounds and Chapman alternate shot play was featured on Friday. Qualifying rounds were held last month. In best ball, golfers in the round play from the ball … [Read more...]

State Rep. Marlene O’Toole ‘wins’ another term in Legislature

Marlene O'Toole

State Rep. Marlene O'Toole "won" election to another term Friday. The qualifying period passed and the Republican who calls The Villages home does not have an opponent. The retired IBM executive was originally elected to the House in 2008. She serves as chair of the House Education Committee. State representatives earn $29,697 a … [Read more...]

Experts offer tips on protecting Social Security numbers, homes

A panel spoke about protecting property and people Thursday evening.

A panel of experts came armed with helpful information at an event Thursday evening put on by the NYPD 10-13 Club at SeaBreeze Recreation Center. The Sumter County Sheriff's Office, Wildwood Police Department, Seniors vs. Crime, The Villages Computer Club and Citizens First Bank were all represented at the event which drew a good-sized crowd and … [Read more...]

Summerfield man arrested by deputies after placing 911 call on himself

Lake County Sheriff's Office

A 48-year-old Summerfield man was arrested in an incident that partially blocked off a section of Rolling Acres Road at about 5 p.m. Thursday. Taken into custody was Keith Wade Harris. He had apparently call 911 on himself, said Sgt. James Vachon of the Lake County Sheriff's Office. A Lake County EMS ambulance had been used to block a … [Read more...]

Mary Jo Vitale, Josh Leggett find unique blend of voices, personalities

Josh Leggett and Mary Jo Vitale perform together on stage.

Her husband is pastor. Her father is a psychologist And Mary Jo Vitale says her singing partner, Josh Leggett, “is like my kid brother. I’ve got everything covered.” Those words bring a smile to her face, but when it comes to singing, Vitale and Leggett have blossomed into an immensely popular duo on in The Villages. They perform a … [Read more...]

Sumter County, Wildwood, Lady Lake candidates may go unchallenged


Unless a candidate steps forward on the final day of qualifying, voters in local races in Sumter County, Wildwood and Lady Lake will have no choices to make on election day. Candidate qualifying ends at noon Friday. Incumbent Sumter County Commissioners Garry Breeden and Doug Gilpin have drawn no opposition. Commissioners draw an annual … [Read more...]

Check online to see if air conditioning contractors have proper licenses


With the first day of summer approaching on Saturday, residents are reminded to only hire licensed heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) contractors to inspect homes and offices to ensure air conditioning units are in good working order. “Unfortunately, there are individuals out there who represent themselves as professionals but are … [Read more...]

Village of St. James resident back home from overseas deployment

Angie Poole salutes during Wednesday's event with her mother, Edie Cave, behind her.

The residents of Juniper Villas packed Sterling Heights Recreation Center Wednesday night to welcome home one of their own, Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Angie Poole. The Village of St. James resident recently returned from a 180-day overseas deployment with the 94th  Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron in Germany. Her friends and neighbors … [Read more...]