10th Annual Hurricane Expo set Friday at Savannah Center


The 10th Annual Hurricane Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Savannah Center. This event will show case local business and government services that assist residents in protection against wind, water damage and recovery from a disaster, as well as personal survival for the first 72 hours following a disaster. Admission to the Expo … [Read more...]

Tony-winning Patti LuPone to christen The Sharon tonight

Patti LuPone

“Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda...” is part confessional, part reminisce, part biography and all Patti LuPone. On Thursday, LuPone will help christen the Sharon L. Morse Entertainment Center in Spanish Springs Town Square with her concert performance. The grand-opening gala is sold out. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Before the show, champagne, and hors … [Read more...]

Jefferson Starship performs in concert that serves as salute to veterans

Jefferson Starship performed Wednesday at Savannah Center.

Back in Vietnam, they were brothers-in-arms going off to war. In The Villages on Wednesday night, they were retired vets coming together at Savannah Center to celebrate being home.Steve Betts, 71, was among the sellout crowd at the “Salute to America” event. Betts will forever live with the scars of Vietnam. He was 22, in the Army and caught up … [Read more...]

77-year-old Villager arrested after revving engine in Spanish Springs

John Kavanaugh

A 77-year-old Villager was arrested Tuesday night after an incident that started with him revving the engine of his car at Spanish Springs Town Square. After revving his engine, John J. Kavanaugh Jr. of 1537 W. Schwartz Blvd. was observed by a Lady Lake police officer driving 35 miles per hour down Paige Place, an area which is a 10 mph zone, … [Read more...]

Country Western Wednesday dancers bid farewell to Katie Belle’s

The Country Western Wednesday dancers hit the floor at Katie Belle's for the last time.

Katie Belle's was packed with long-time dancers for the very last Country Western Wednesday, a bittersweet time for all. "We're happy and sad at the same time," Bridgeport at Lake Sumter Villagers Phil and Anne Bartling said.He said dancing to the music made them happy. Phil Bartling twirled his wife around, her arm barely missing his … [Read more...]

Fashion show raises money for Haven, hospice and Temple Shalom

A model shows off a dress at Fashion show raises money for Haven, hospice and Temple Shalom Temple Shalom Sisterhood's Sixth Annual Fashion Show.

Temple Shalom Sisterhood's Sixth Annual Fashion Show was held Monday before a crowd of about 250 people at Harbor Hills Country Club. Susan Sirmai Feinberg of the Village of Pennecamp and Miriam Jersky of the Village of Duval served as the fashion show chairs. A large team of Sisterhood members staffed the event.Temple Shalom Sisterhood … [Read more...]

18-year-old Fruitland Park woman arrested on DUI, drug charges

Ashley Jones

An 18-year-old Fruitland Park woman is being held on $3,000 bond at the Lake County Jail following her arrest early Wednesday morning by Leesburg police. Ashley Marie Jones had been driving a Ford SUV without headlights on U.S. 27, according to an arrest affidavit from the Leesburg Police Department. The arresting officer suspected that Jones … [Read more...]

The Villages withdraws plan for 800 new homes in Wildwood

The Villages had hoped to build nearly 800 homes on pastureland in Wildwood.

The Villages has reportedly withdrawn its plan to build nearly 800 homes in Wildwood.The Villages Vice President for Development Gary Moyer wrote in a letter sent to the City of Wildwood that city officials made too many requests that would be a "disservice to our residents and business partners."Do you think that the city of Wildwood made … [Read more...]

O’Toole votes with majority to pass fracking bill in statehouse

Marlene O'Toole

State Rep. Marlene O'Toole joined with the majority in the House this week, passing a bill that would regulate fracking the Sunshine State. House Bill 1205 won by a margin of 82-37.SB 1468 is the companion bill in the state Senate HB 1205 creates a regulatory framework for fracking, the technique of drilling for oil and natural gas. The Florida … [Read more...]

Man wearing only boxer shorts arrested in Cody’s parking lot

Beau Brown

A 27-year-old Oxford man wearing only boxer shorts was arrested Sunday night in the parking lot of Cody's Original Roadhouse at Lake Sumter Landing.A woman contacted law enforcement to report a man urinating in the parking lot and exposing himself to her children. Sumter County sheriff's deputies arrived on scene at about 10 p.m. and found Beau … [Read more...]

Wildwood commissioners vote to toughen up bingo ordinance


Wildwood is getting tougher on bingo operators.City commissioners Monday night approved several changes in the bingo ordinance.“This puts a little more teeth in our ordinance,” said Mayor Ed Wolf.The changes make it easier to enforce some provisions of the law, according to assistant city manager Jason McHugh.Bingo operators now are … [Read more...]

Villager arrested at Publix after allegedly phoning in a phony prescription

Andrew Simpson

A 40-year-old Village of Mallory Square man was arrested at Publix at Southern Trace shopping plaza after allegedly phoning in a fraudulent prescription to the pharmacy. Andrew Lawrence Simpson is facing a felony charge of forgery following his arrest Monday by a Sumter County sheriff's deputy. The deputy responded to Publix at about 7 … [Read more...]

Cattle Baron busboy arrested in Spanish Springs Town Square

Donald Kennedy

A 22-year-old busboy at Cattle Baron was arrested Monday night in Spanish Springs Town Square. Lady Lake police officers found Donald Kennedy, who lives on Royal Palm Avenue on the Historic Side of The Villages, shortly before 7 p.m. He appeared intoxicated and cursed at a police officer, according to an arrest report. He also resisted when … [Read more...]

Southern Heat Dragon Boat team paddles way to gold, silver medals

Members of the gold medal winning team.

Villagers Robert and Joyce Saltsman were both very happy -- and very tired -- on Sunday. After long and arduous training, their teams paddled their way to gold and silver medals in recent dragonboat competitions. Robert was at the very rigorous selection camp for Team USA Senior B (50-60 year olds) -- standing in as a spare paddler as needed in … [Read more...]

Villager describes breakdown of services in quake-stricken Kathmandu

Kelley Kaufman

A Villager's trip to Nepal to visit her son and grandson, has put her at the center of the world's attention in the wake of a 7.9 magnitude earthquake. The latest death toll has been put at 4,000. Kelley Kaufman of the Village of Caroline, who traveled to Kathmandu with Ted Godlin, in an email describes the slow break-down of services and … [Read more...]

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