84-year-old Villager arrested on warrant during traffic stop

Charles Schuman

An 84-year-old Villager was arrested by a Sumter County sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop Thursday afternoon at County Road 466 and Buffalo Trail.Charles Lorrane Schuman of Neighborly Way was arrested on a Broward County warrant charging him with criminal mischief.According to Broward County court records, the date of the alleged … [Read more...]

Felon with stolen Lake County guns arrested by Sumter deputies

Leonard Raymond

Two men were arrested by Sumter County sheriff's deputies Thursday evening with guns believed to have been stolen out of Lake County.Raymond Leroy Leonard, 55, of Lake Panasoffkee and Jessie L. Pereida, 27, of Webster, were traveling in a vehicle in the vicinity of Catfish Johnny's restaurant in Lake Panasoffkee when a deputy noticed the … [Read more...]

Early voting, vote by mail strong thus far in Sumter County


More than half of Sumter County voters participating in the 2014 general election could cast their ballots by early voting or mail.The numbers are somewhat lower in Lake and Marion counties.  Early voting ends Saturday, Nov. 1, and the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.With two days of early voting left, statistics on the Sumter County … [Read more...]

Audiologist has plans to ‘Loop’ The Villages for hearing impaired

Dr. Danielle Rosier

Taking part in the official Sumter County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting on Thursday for the bright new Brownwood HEAR USA store was a happy milestone for audiologist, Dr. Danielle Rosier, who will base her clinical practice there to benefit people with hearing loss. But together with her support staff, Kelly and Karen, she was already up and … [Read more...]

Villages developer H. Gary Morse praised for his remarkable vision

H. Gary Morse

Villages Developer Gary Morse was remembered Thursday for the lifestyle he created in Central Florida for thousands of retirees.Morse died Wednesday night at age 77."Ann and I mourn with Florida families for the loss of Gary Morse, a remarkable individual who we were proud to call a friend," Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday in a statement … [Read more...]

Missing Dachshund reunited with owners in Village of Chatham

Ty the Dachshund is back home in the Village of Chatham.

A missing Dachshund in the Village of Chatham has been reunited with its owners.Ty, a very skittish Dachshund, had gotten away from his owner earlier this week and was dragging a retractable leash behind him.It was tht leash that led to his discovery.He had gotten the leash tied up in a flower pot on the front porch of the home of Paul … [Read more...]

Village of Largo man arrested on DUI charge in Lake Sumter Landing

Evan Robert McCluckie

A 37-year-old resident of the Village of Largo was arrested Wednesday night in Lake Sumter Landing on a charge of driving under the influence.Evan Robert McCluckie pulled out of the TooJay's parking lot on Canal Street in his vehicle at 8:18 p.m. without coming to a complete stop, according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff's … [Read more...]

Villager’s grandson wins Steve Irwin Visionary Wildlife Award

Braden Benz

The grandson of Villager Christine Dolby has won the Australia Zoo’s Visionary Wildlife Warrior Award.Dolby's grandson, Braden Benz, is a student in Louisa County, Va.The family of the late Steve Irwin, also known as the “Crocodile Hunter," chose the recipient. Benz has been invited to attend the Steve Irwin Gala Dinner, in Queensland, … [Read more...]

Pancake breakfast Saturday benefits Kids, Cops & Christmas program

Villagers Sam and Nadine Landis are hoping Villagers will join them at Saturday's pancake breakfast.

A pancake breakfast Saturday morning at RJ Gators will support the Kids, Cops & Christmas program of the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.The breakfast will be held from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the restaurant at Lake Sumter Landing.Villagers Sam and Nadine Landis will once again be spearheading the event.Kids, Cops & Christmas … [Read more...]

28-year-old woman held in connection with Summerfield stabbing

Laquese Hamilton

A 28-year-old woman was booked in the Marion County Jail  early Thursday morning after a reported stabbing in Summerfield.Multiple units from the Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to the 2800 block of SE 179th Place in Summerfield in reference to the attack.Upon arrival the victim was located with a stab wound to his chest and a … [Read more...]

Sheriff Bill Farmer congratulates latest grads of Citizen’s Academy

Terry and Butch Barnett received their Citizens Academy Certificates from Sheriff Bill Farmer.

Sumter County Sheriff William O. 'Bill' Farmer presented certificates to nearly 50 Villages residents Wednesday afternoon at the Eisenhower Regional Recreation Center and thanked them for their eight weeks' participation in the Sumter County Citizen's Academy.Leonard Krasucki, who recently downsized to the Mariana Villas in the Village of … [Read more...]

Halloween costume parties luring out cast of characters in Villages

and George Wetzel.

They were doing everything from the pumpkin dance to the monster mash Wednesday night at the Colony Cottage Recreation Center. Flashback Band provided the entertainment for a pre-Halloween celebration and the grown-up kids who call The Villages their home came dressed to the nines. “We live in The Villages so we will never grow old,” said Ginny … [Read more...]

Two men arrested in shooting at Lady Lake apartment complex

Oakleaf Apartment Complex

Two men were arrested after shots were fired in an apartment at the Oakleaf Apartment Complex on County Road 466 in Lady Lake.Lady Lake police were called to the complex in the early morning hours Monday where they were met by tenants in Building 20. The tenants told police that they had heard shots fired from Apartment 20205 and had heard two … [Read more...]

Villagers check vehicle safety through CarFit program at Eisenhower

Trained volunteers Joan Sullivan and Jerry Knoll help Pinellas Villager, Pete Smith, evaluate his Volkswagen.

Village of Winifred resident, Chuck Wildzunas, and about a dozen trained volunteers, held yet another CarFit program on Wednesday, in the north parking lot of The Villages' Eisenhower Regional Recreation Center.This important program evaluates participants' cars to help them enhance their safety and comfort while driving. The CarFit … [Read more...]

Tandem riders from nine states to converge on The Villages

Tandem cyclists will converge on The Villages this weekend.

Halloween will bring out plenty of couples dressed in Lycra and pedaling as teams as the fifth annual Florida Tandem Rally kicks off in The Villages on Friday.The rally will be held Friday through Sunday at the Waterfront Inn. The PANTHERS (Partners Aboard Neat Tandems Happily Enjoying Riding Simultaneously), a statewide tandem club based in … [Read more...]