In wake of burglaries, sheriff’s office offers tips to secure your home

A Sumter County Sheriff's Office squad car Saturday night at Lake Sumter Landing Market Square.

In the wake of a string of recent burglaries in The Villages, the Sumter County Sheriff's Office is offering tips on securing your home and what to do if you discover your home has been burglarized.Tips to help secure your homeLook around when leaving your home.  A burglar may be watching your neighborhood waiting for people to leave. If … [Read more...]

Shuttered sports pub to be demolished to make room for retail development

O'Shea's Sports Pub on State Road 44 across from Brownwood will be demolished.

Four single-story buildings to house a restaurant, medical office and stores are planned on the site of the former O'Shea's Sports Pub across State Road 44 from the Brownwood Town Square.Wildwood Special Magistrate Archie Lowry Jr. Monday recommended that the Wildwood City Commission approve the 13,850-square-foot development known as Signature … [Read more...]

Nurse at Villages hospital honored as Patient Safety Champion

Jaime Albritton

The supervisor of Cardiac Rehabilitation at The Villages Regional Hospital has been chosen as 2015 Patient Safety Champion.Jamie Albritton was nominated by her peers at the hospital for the honor.TVRH will celebrate National Patient Safety Awareness Week March 8 through 14.In making the announcement, a hospital news release said … [Read more...]

Fernando and wife going ‘unplugged’ in Sunday charity concert in Villages

Susan Williams and Fernando Varela.

Fernando Varela and his wife, Susan, are going unplugged.The popular Villages’ singing couple perform Sunday March 8 at 7 p.m. in Laurel Manor. The concert is being billed as, “By Request: An Intimate Evening.” All proceeds from the concert will go to charities, including ChildFund International and also some local organizations. A few tickets … [Read more...]

Driver ticketed after near-miss with motorcyclist at 466A, Buena Vista

Emergency responders check out a motorcyclist after a near miss with a car at CR466A and Buena Vista Boulevard.

A driver was ticketed on a charge of failure to yield the right of way after a near miss with a motorcyclist at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at County Road 466A and Buena Vista Boulevard.The driver of the automobile was turning left onto CR466A from Buena Vista when she cut off the motorcyclist. The two never made contact, but in trying to avert the … [Read more...]

High school addition part of Wildwood’s capital improvement plan

Wildwood WIldcats

An addition to Wildwood Middle High School and improvements to several city parks are among the highlights of a five-year capital improvement plan presented Monday to the Wildwood Planning & Zoning Board.The plan, which is reviewed annually and includes 36 projects for the period of 2014 through 2019, was recommended for approval by Special … [Read more...]

Striping, safety could be topic of summit of supervisors of 10 CDDS

A Villager checks his golf cart for damage following a collision near Turtle Mound golf course.

The issue of safety on multi-modal paths in The Villages is apparently bigger than centerline striping.That appeared to be the sentiment coming out of Monday morning's nearly two-hour meeting of the Project Wide Advisory Committee."This might be bigger than Project Wide," said PWAC Chairman Peter Moeller. The idea was raised to schedule a … [Read more...]

Active duty military praise women who paved the way for them

Active-duty Marines, Jennifer Bock, Shala Boyd and Elizabeth R​ubio, attended the American Legion Auxiliary luncheon.

U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Jennifer Bock, a recruiter on active duty in Orlando for more than ten years, said she was in awe of the array of female military veterans at the American Legion Post #347 in Lady Lake on Monday for the Auxiliary Unit's special commemorative luncheon.As keynote speaker, Bock said she was humbled to be among the large … [Read more...]

Suspect in last year’s Evans Prairie armed robbery jailed in Lake County

Keithen Rawlings

One of the suspects in last year's armed robbery at Evans Prairie Country Club bonded out of the Sumter County Detention Center Jan. 30 and is now behind bars in Lake County.Keithen Rawlings, 23, of Wildwood, was one of four people arrested in connection with the June 16 armed robbery at the country club. He and two women arrested in the case … [Read more...]

Villages wins approval for Spanish Springs drive-through bank

Drive Thru

The Villages has won approval for construction of a two-lane drive-through at Spanish Springs Town Square.The Lady Lake Commission on Monday night split 3-1 in a vote on the matter. Mayor Ruth Kussard cast the lone vote against the drive-through bank. Commissioners Jim Richards, Tony Holden and Dan Vincent voted in favor of the the plan for … [Read more...]

Latest estimate on Lake Miona tree restoration nearly $50,000

Trees were removed late last year from this property at Lake Miona.

The latest estimated tally for restoration work at the site of removed trees at Lake Miona is in the neighborhood of $45,000 to $50,000.Sam Wartinbee of  District Property Management provided the estimate to the Project Wide Advisory Committee Monday morning.The Southwest Florida Water Management District has approved the District's plan to … [Read more...]

Civil Discourse Club looks at rise of China, India on world economic stage

Ian Walmsley

The emergence of China and India will reshape the world's economy over the next few decades and challenge United States domination, said Villager Ian Walmsley, a financial specialist originally from Great Britain.Walmsley talked about world economic changes in a presentation Monday to The Villages Civil Discourse Club. His presentation will be … [Read more...]

Artists and browsers meet up Sunday at Spanish Springs Town Square

Charlie Clayton's romantic moonlight Ocklawaha River Scene attracted a lot of attention.

Area residents and their guests reacted to the warm Sunday temperatures by coming out in droves to local attractions. Members of The Villages Art Association (VAA) were doing a brisk business among locals and their northern guests, who packed Spanish Springs Town Square to enjoy the intermittent sunshine, a fruity libation, upbeat music and … [Read more...]

Villages giving Citizens First Bank drive-through another shot in Lady Lake

A drive-through banking facility could be built on this grassy area in Spanish Springs.

The Villages is making another attempt to win permission to build a drive-through banking facility in Spanish Springs Town Square.The Villages is hoping to build a 330-square-foot building with a two-lane drive-through service facility at 1105 Caballero Court, which would be directly behind the Citizens First Bank Main Street office.The … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Brunch set March 17 at St. Timothy Church Hall

St. Timothy Catholic Church

A St. Patrick's Day Brunch at the St. Timothy Church Hall in The Villages will benefit Diocese Seminary studentsThe event, offered by the Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, set for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 17 is open to all Villagers. Doors open at 9 a.m.The Irish menu includes corned beef has, … [Read more...]