Villager among 27 arrested in Sheriff Bill Farmer’s latest drug sweep

Sumter County Sheriff

A Villager, a Lady Lake man and an Oxford woman were among 27 people rounded up in "Operation Pressure Point," a drug sweep conducted by the Sumter County Sheriff's Office. The Special Investigations Squad conducted a countywide three-month operation resulting in the arrests. According to the sheriff's office, the arrests represent Sheriff … [Read more...]

‘Paradise in The Villages’ softball tourney brings ladies to Buffalo Glen

'The Classics' from Kentucky at bat.

The Softball Players Association (SPA)'s 2014 Paradise in The Villages National Invitation Tournament began on Wednesday and will run through Sunday, at the Buffalo Glen softball complex for senior female softball players. The local Platinum Gems team beat The Classics from Kentucky 18-5 during the first game Friday morning, and then faced the … [Read more...]

Romney and Ryan reunite on Congressman’s book tour, next stop Villages

Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney reunited Thursday in Chicago. (Photo courtesy Chicago Sun Times.)

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan reunited with 2012 GOP running mate Mitt Romney this week in Chicago as part of the Congressman's national book tour. The event was a Romney-moderated interview with Ryan about his new book, “The Way Forward, Renewing the American Idea,” at the Union League Club of Chicago. During the event, both men took jabs at President … [Read more...]

Village of Charlotte man charged with stalking 23-year-old waitress

Dominic Fucile

A 66-year-old Villager has been arrested on a charge of stalking a 23-year-old restaurant server at a Southern Trace shopping plaza eatery. Dominic Paul Fucile of the Village of Charlotte was taken into custody at 3 p.m. Thursday at his residence by Sumter County sheriff's deputies armed with a court order for his arrest. He has been ordered … [Read more...]

Chairman Hahnfeldt gives update on Villages hospital construction

A summer shower didn't delay  a recent patient airlift from TVRH to UF Shands Hospital ​ in Gainesville​.

During the many months the major North Tower construction project has been underway at The Villages Regional Hospital, employees and volunteers have been hard at work as usual, pursuing their various rounds -- nursing, physicians and therapists, radiology, cancer care, the gift shop, the snack bar, etc. Despite the occasional rat-tat-tat of hammers … [Read more...]

Lady Lake moving ahead on tax increase, employees to see $1,000 bonuses

Lady Lake Town Hall

Lady Lake officials appear to be ready to move ahead with a tax increase to make up for a $650,000 annual loss in communications service tax revenue. Commissioners had already voted to set a tentative millage rate at 3.8781 but had hoped to lower it. During a workshop Thursday, commissioners appeared ready to leave it there. The final decision … [Read more...]

Villages Girl Scout Alumnae ready to launch pajama and book drive

This drop-off box for the Annual Pajama Book Drive is located at Colony Cottage Rec Center.

The month of August has seen Villages Girl Scout Alumnae Silver Trefoils hard at work planning for the sixth annual Pajama & Book Drive. The kickoff date of Oct. 1 means red collection boxes in every Village Recreation Centers' lobby waiting to be filled with new pajamas and new books for the 5,000-plus homeless children from infancy through … [Read more...]

Hazardous waste pickup scheduled at Sumter County Service Center

Hazardous Waste

Sumter County Public Works will host a household electronics and hazardous waste mobile collection from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at The Villages Sumter County Service Center located at 7375 Powell Road. For more information on this and other mobile collections, please contact Sumter County Public Works at (352) 569-6700. … [Read more...]

Lady Lake VHA to host event featuring three AAC candidates

VHA Logo

The Lady Lake portion of the Villages Homeowners Association will hold an event featuring the three Amenity Authority Committee candidates in the Lady Lake portion of The Villages. The event will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 at Paradise Regional Recreation Center. AAC incumbent Jo Weber opted not to run again to represent Lady Lake/Lake … [Read more...]

Ryan launches national book tour, heading to Villages on Saturday

Paul Ryan was interviewed about his book on ABC.

Paul Ryan launched a nine-day national book tour Wednesday in Philadelphia. That book tour is heading to The Villages on Saturday. Those hoping to meet Ryan and have him sign a copy of the book he is promoting, are being advised to be at Barnes & Noble in Lake Sumter Landing by 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Ryan is scheduled to be here at 3:30 … [Read more...]

Reopening of Silver Lake Village Recreation Center set for Aug. 29

The Silver Lake Recreation Center will reopen on Aug. 29.

The grand reopening of the Silver Lake Village Recreation Center is slated for 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29. The Silver Lake Recreation Center located on the HIstoric Side of The Villages has seen a  $562,100 makeover over the past several months. The interior has undergone a total renovation and the parking lot has been refinished. The newly … [Read more...]

Villages physician reaches agreement with medical board in ‘sexting’ case

Dr. Tuan Dean

A Villages physician has reached an agreement with the the Florida Board of Medicine in the wake of "sexting" allegations while he was practicing in 2011 at a Lakeland walk-in clinic. As part of the agreement, Dr. Tuan Dean will present a one-hour lecture within a year to address the subject of patient and physician boundaries on the use of text … [Read more...]

Climate change controversy to take center stage at meeting Monday evening

John Casey

A former NASA consultant will take on the topic of climate change at 6:30 p.m. Monday at American Legion Post 347 at a meeting of the Tri-County Tea Party Florida. John Casey, a former White House space program advisor, NASA consultant and Space Shuttle engineer, will take on the controversial topic of global warming. The topic of climate change … [Read more...]

Village of Duval rocked by reports of woman attacked in her home

Village of Duval

The Village of Duval has been rocked by word-of-mouth and email reports of a woman attacked Saturday evening in her home on Persimmon Loop. It has been confirmed that Sumter County sheriff's deputies had been called to the home at 7 a.m. Sunday to a report of a burglary and assault. The 65-year-old victim told deputies that a man had entered … [Read more...]

Assisted living facility planned for Spanish Springs wins green light

Titan Assisted Living Facility

A 33,100-square-foot assisted living and memory care facility to be built at 930 Alverez Avenue has been given a green light by the Lady Lake Commission. However, at least one resident of Vista Sonoma Villas, spoke out about his concerns about traffic and noise during Tuesday's special commission meeting. Titan Assisted Living Facility and … [Read more...]