Big crowd turns out to congratulate Villager on new Marathon station

Dorothy and Don Kibler with their dog Dallas. Don was busy filling up their golf cart's gas tank.

Car lovers converged on the new Marathon service station at Pinellas Plaza on Saturday. Villager John Clark, owner of the new Clark's Pump-N-Shop on County Road 466A, was all smiles and handshakes as Villagers came out to greet him on the opening of the station. Several Villages car clubs showed up in force, with vintage cars parked at the … [Read more...]

Three area lawyers in race to unseat incumbent judge fighting for her job

Judge Sandy Kautz chats with the crowd at Saturday's judicial meet and greet.

Three area lawyers are in a hot race to unseat an incumbent judge who is fighting to keep her job. The Aug. 26 race will be determined in part by voters in Sumter, Lake and Marion counties. The League of Women Voters of the Tri-County Area hosted a judicial meet and greet Saturday afternoon at the Leesburg Public Library. All four judicial … [Read more...]

Coast Guard’s 224th birthday celebrated at Eisenhower Recreation Center

Current president of The Villages Coast Guard Club, Joe (and Mary) Siegel, enjoyed the birthday festivities.

More than one hundred retired Coast Guard and other military veterans from The Villages and surrounding areas assembled with their spouses and guests Saturday afternoon at the Eisenhower Rec Center in The Villages to celebrate the 224th Birthday of the United States Coast Guard. Ceremonies and a catered barbecue buffet dinner made for a festive … [Read more...]

Villager cheers punter’s entry into NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio

Dan Magathan, left, of the Village of Country Club Hills, shows off the 
football autographed by NFL legend Ray Guy, right.

A Villager who met legendary Oakland Raider Ray Guy last year is glad to see the punter enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame. Guy was inducted Saturday into the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio by his old coach, John Madden. Dan Magathan of the Village of Country Club Hills met Guy in November when the punter made an appearance and signed autographs … [Read more...]

Rick Scott elbows Charlie Crist aside in latest poll in governor’s race

Gov. Rick Scott

Rasmussen Reports released a poll on Friday which finds Gov. Rick Scott edging leading Democratic rival former Gov. Charlie Crist by the slimmest of margins.  The poll of likely voters shows Scott taking 42 percent, Crist garnering 41 percent, 8 percent backing other candidates and 9 percent still undecided. A Rasmussen poll from April had Crist … [Read more...]

Camp Villages wraps up summer with big picnic at Paradise Park

Lisa Parkyn, Joyce Veneruso and Pam Henry fired up the grill at the Paradise Park Picnic.

Camp Villages wrapped up for the year with a picnic at Paradise Park on the Historic Side of The Villages. "This is a bittersweet day for us," Recreation Leader Pam Henry said wistfully. "We loved doing all the extra work to make Camp Villages happen, and we'll miss seeing all the kids and grandparents having fun," she said, as she turned a dozen … [Read more...]

Medical board wants suspension of Villages doctor accused of sexting

Dr. Tuan Dean

A doctor accused of sending sexually explicit videos and texts to a patient should be barred from treating females and should be suspended until he completes a psychiatric evaluation, the Florida Board of Medicine said Friday. But the board cannot order Dr. Tuan Dean, a family practitioner in The Villages, to comply. He can continue to practice … [Read more...]

Tropical Storm Bertha serves as reminder to update Hurricane Kit

Enhanced satellite image of Bertha from 8:15 am. Friday where low clouds show up as yellow, while high clouds show up as white. (NOAA)

With Tropical Storm Bertha churning in the Atlantic Ocean, it is a good time to review your emergency plan and make sure your hurricane kit is updated. Here are some of the most critical supplies to have on hand, well before a hurricane threatens: • At least a 3-day and preferably a 7-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day) • … [Read more...]

24-year-old Villages resident jailed on probation violation

Candace Jo Talaga

A 24-year-old resident of The Villages was arrested on a violation of probation after a vehicle she was driving was pulled over shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday at the Hampton Inn on County Road 466. Candace Jo Talaga who lives on Chavez Court in The Villages had been driving on CR 466 when a Sumter County sheriff's deputy noticed an expired tag … [Read more...]

Laughs a plenty at magic show at Colony Cottage Recreation Center

Magician Tony Brent and others join in a "selfie."

The 2014 Camp Villages season, which ran from June 4 until Friday, Aug.1, closed with a GONG -- not a bang, but a gong -- literally, as Santo Domingo resident grandpa, Art Hall, was called into service to hit a gong at appropriate times during the comedic show! Kids of all ages and their grandparents packed the Parlor Theater at Colony Cottage to … [Read more...]

Driver’s dog taken by animal control after arrest on DUI charge

John Mayer Thompson

A Wildwood man was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence Thursday afternoon and the small dog riding with him was turned over to animal control. A Sumter County sheriff's deputy was alerted by a witness who saw a van driving erratically at about 4 p.m. Thursday at a shopping center at 316 Shopping Center Drive in Wildwood. When … [Read more...]

Revolutionary surgery performed at The Villages Regional Hospital

Dr. Harvey Taub

The Villages Regional Hospital now has the da Vinci Xi Surgical System, the newest, leading-edge robotic surgery system. This week, Dr. Harvey Taub,  board certified urologist, performed the hospital’s first two successful minimally-invasive surgeries using the da Vinci Xi system. On Tuesday morning, Taub performed two successful Laparoscopic … [Read more...]

Fruitland Park commissioners approve tentative tax increase

Mayor Christopher Bell

Fruitland Park commissioners met in special session Friday night and set a tentative millage rate of 5.0371. The rate is 11 percent higher than last year's rollback rate, according to Mayor Christopher Bell. The city will be facing some higher costs next year, including a seven percent hike in health insurance costs for city employees, he … [Read more...]

Charlie Crist’s Democratic running mate to visit The Villages in August

Annette Taddeo

Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist's running mate Annette Taddeo will speak to The Villages Democratic Club on Aug. 9 at Colony Cottage Recreation Center. Taddeo was tapped in July to run with Crist on the Democratic ticket. She is the chairwoman of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party. The meeting will be begin at 10 a.m. Doors open at 9:30 … [Read more...]

Woman arrested on felony charge after allegedly slapping 89-year-old

Bella Pugsley

A 65-year-old Wildwood woman was arrested late Tuesday night on a felony charge of battery after she allegedly slapped an 89-year-old woman. Bela Kathleen Pugsley was arrested by Wildwood police at her home in the 7600 block of Rio Grande Boulevard in Wildwood, according to the arrest report. She was transported to the Sumter County Jail. … [Read more...]