Amy Wixted of USF Health to speak at Parents in the Home meeting

Amy Wixted

Amy Wixted is the program director for USF Health in The Villages will address the Parents in the Home meeting at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 at Hibiscus Recreation Center.She will discuss fall prevention and how to keep our parents and ourselves safe.Wixted has more than 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating … [Read more...]

Family safe after Oakland Hills home destroyed in weekend fire

Flames shoot through the roof of this home in Oakland Hills.

A family escaped injury when their home in Oakland Hills was destroyed by fire this weekend.The fire at the home of Jason Zick broke out shortly after 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the 7600 block of County Road 109D.Units from Lake and Sumter County Fire Rescue were called in to assist the Villages Public Safety Department in fighting the blaze. … [Read more...]

Mulberry Grove art clubs’ sale to benefit Wildwood art students

The art sale will benefit the Wildwood Middle High School Art Department.

The art clubs from Mulberry Grove will hold "Art-O-Rama," sales and demonstrations of art, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28 at the Mulberry Grove Recreation Center.The event will feature pottery, pine needle baskets, china painting, decorative artists and sculpture.The event will benefit the Wildwood Middle High School Art … [Read more...]

Lady Lake man held without bond after violating probation

Brandon Freeman

A 31-year-old Lady Lake man is back behind bars after allegedly violating his probation.Brandon Dewayne Freeman of 204 Ann St. had been sentenced Sept. 8 to 36 months probation after pleading no contest to a charge of grand theft in Lake County Court. On Jan. 5, an alert was issued for Freeman's arrest for a probation violation.He was … [Read more...]

Hundreds of bicyclists take to road in annual ‘We Bike For Kids’ ride

Peg Casey, center, sends off riders Ron and Monique Robitaille.

Hundreds of bicyclists took to the road Saturday morning in the fourth annual We Bike For Kids ride.The event, which raises money for Project Legacy and the Sumter County Youth Center, is spearheaded by Wally Kurz and Peg Casey of the Village of Piedmont.Riders came from near and far to take part in the event.Ron and Monique … [Read more...]

Singer Mary Jo Vitale leads MS Walk at Villages Polo Fields

Mary Jo Vitale, who has MS, led the MS Walk Saturday morning.

Hundreds of people turned out at The Villages Polo Fields Saturday morning to raise research funds for "a world free of MS."The 8th Annual MS Walk began at a bright orange starting gate, led by beloved local singing star, Mary Jo Vitale, her husband, Rev. Jon-Marc MacLean of Hope Lutheran Church in The Villages, and their 6-year-old son, … [Read more...]

Drivers take step toward safety in CarFit program offered by VHA

A driver and car are put through the CarFit process.

CarFit program coordinator Chuck Wildzunas and dozens of  other trained volunteer technicians, were thrilled with the turnout for Saturday's event, held at Laurel Manor Regional Recreation Center."We've had all four lanes busy today, starting at 9 a.m., and every appointment is filled all day until we close at 1 p.m.," Villages Homeowners … [Read more...]

Lake Miona Theater Group offers sneak preview of ‘Going, Going, Gone’

A sneak preview was held for "Going, Going, Gone."

The Villages Lake Miona Theater Group held a sneak preview of its upcoming production, entitled 'Going, Going, Gone,' on Friday -- a performance that promises to deliver a fun evening of quality local theater. The session gave the actors a chance to perfect their lines and stage logistics, for a smooth debut performance.In the play -- the … [Read more...]

State Rep. Marlene O’Toole won’t be punished for violation of ethics law

Marlene O'Toole

State Rep. Marlene O’Toole, R-The Villages, will escape punishment for a violation of state ethics law.That is the verdict in the case involving her paid position with Take Stock in Children and her vote on the 2013-2014 budget, according to a letter from the chairman of the Florida House of Representatives Rules, Calendar & Ethics … [Read more...]

‘Sound of Music’ fans gather for screening of classic musical

Jeanne Bates brought her music book.

“The Sound of Music” movie turned 50 this year but Friday afternoon in the Savannah Center about 150 Villagers discovered you can’t measure timeless musical artistry by a calendar.The performances of Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer as well as the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein seemed as fresh at today as in 1965.  And the story of a … [Read more...]

Distracted driver prompts accident shutting down I-75 for three hours

This overturned semi shut down traffic on I-75 for three hours.

Traffic was blocked for more than three hours early Friday morning on Interstate 75 in Sumter County after a semi jackknifed thanks to a driver distracted by a cell phone.Semi driver Richard W. Brook, 46, of Brooksville had been traveling south on I-75 at Mile Marker 309 when the driver of an older model Saturn traveled into the trucker's lane, … [Read more...]

Residents urge CDD 5 supervisors to stripe multi-modal paths

Rick Sutherland drove his golf cart to Friday's CDD 5 meeting.

Residents urged Community Development District 5 supervisors to give serious consideration to striping on multi-modal paths.Villager Gregory Wildridge, who has a background in law enforcement and driver education, said it's a safety issue. He spoke before the board Friday morning at its meeting at Lake Miona Recreation Center.He said he … [Read more...]

Is $1,000 enough to draw out guilty party in tree removal?

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

Is a $1,000 reward enough to solve the mystery as to who unlawfully cut down trees at Lake Miona?Community Development District 5 supervisors pondered that question Friday morning in their monthly meeting.CDD 5 Chairman Walter Martin and Supervisor Gerald Ferlisi said they had both heard from residents who complained that they believed that … [Read more...]

Villager prevails in battle to have ‘nasty’ trees removed

Bill Copeland has prevailed in a two-year battle to have trees removed.

Villager Bill Copeland has prevailed in his battle with some "nasty" trees that have plagued his property.The Village of Largo resident had his tree-removal request granted Friday morning by Community Development District 6 supervisors.Two of the 15 trees along Bonita Boulevard to be removed and replaced hang over Copeland’s yard on Cordova … [Read more...]

CDD 6 honors former supervisor for his years of service

Russ D'Emidio receives a gift from CDD 6 Chair Sally Moss.

Community Development District 6 supervisors honored past supervisor Russ D'Emidio in Friday's meeting.CDD 6 Chairman Sally Moss presented D'Emidio with a clock in recognition of his years of service to the district."We owe Russ a lot for what he's done for District 6," Moss aid.D'Emidio was defeated in his re-election bid last year by … [Read more...]