Not all CDD supervisors sold on moving money to PWAC 3-month reserve fund

The Villages Community Development Districts

Community Development District supervisors on Friday debated the wisdom of using their money to build up a three-month reserve fund for the Project Wide Advisory Committee.PWAC includes CDDs 5 through 9 and each district has a PWAC representative.PWAC members want to build up a three-month reserve for unanticipated needs such as the … [Read more...]

Rick Ranize sworn in after winning Fruitland Park commission runoff

Rick Ranize

Fruitland Park swore in its newest city commissioner Thursday night. Rick Ranize, the former Lake County sheriff’s deputy who manages Pat’s Sales in Leesburg, defeated incumbent Sharon Kelly in a runoff election November 18 for the Group Four commission seat.Ranize’s margin of victory---299 votes to 102 for Kelly---signals a new era in the city … [Read more...]

Tootie Jackson has been force behind Tierra del Sol renovation

Tootie Jackson has been the driving force behind the Tierra del Sol Recreation Center renovation.

After the Aug. 29 demolition of the original Tierra del Sol Recreation Center, construction appeared to be stalled. Trees were being uprooted and earth was being moved, but the site looked barren for five or six weeks. Villagers who lived nearby wondered what was happening -- or not happening.That was because of the permitting process, and the … [Read more...]

Villages woman accused of raiding mother’s pre-paid funeral account

Amanda Lynn Jefferson

A Village of Lynnhaven woman has been arrested after she allegedly raided her mother's pre-paid funeral account of more than $10,000.Amanda Lynn Jefferson, 48, is facing felony charges after she allegedly impersonated her sister and obtained $10,658.93 from the J. Foster Phillips Funeral Home in New York. Jefferson's sister had paid for the … [Read more...]

Baby Boomers club donates toys, money to Toys for Tots campaign

The table was full of toys for the Toys for Tots campaign.

The Baby Boomers Club of The Villages on Wednesday held its annual Toys for Tots meeting at the La Hacienda Recreation Center.More than 350 members of the club were honored by having the Marines Corps Color Guard present the colors for the Pledge of Allegiance.The Baby Boomers donated hundreds of toys for the local Toys for Tots … [Read more...]

Oxford woman arrested after two-vehicle crash at US 301, CR466

Jennifer Manley

A 34-year-old Oxford woman was arrested after a two-vehicle collision at 8:55 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of U.S. 301 and County Road 466.A Toyota driven by Jennifer Fort Manly collided with a Chrysler van driven by Eugene Norman Bronersky, 71, of Thorncrest Drive in The Villages. When a Sumter County sheriff’s deputy arrived on the … [Read more...]

Democrat Club will show ‘Hacking Democracy’ in its entirety Sunday

Hacking Democracy

The Sunday Forum of Nov. 16  on “Hacking Democracy” was so successful with just showing the documentary’s trailer that The Democrat Club will be showing the full 90- minute video Sunday, Nov. 23, said Cathy Zecchini of the Democrat Club.You can preview the documentary at the link below:Preview … [Read more...]

United Church of Christ announces ‘Peace Sunday’ observation on Dec. 7

Imam Abdurraham Sykes, Pastor Drew Willard and Sheldon Skurow, from left.

The United Church of Christ at The Villages, 12514 County Road 101, one mile north of County Road 466 in Oxford, will observe Peace Sunday, during worship at 9 a.m. Sunday morning, Dec. 7. Participating in the service with Pastor Drew Willard will be Sheldon Skurow of Temple Shalom in The Villages and Imam Abdurraham Sykes of the Islamic Center, … [Read more...]

Villagers with Buffalo ties keeping eye on record-breaking snow storm

Margaret Loomis' house in West Seneca, N.Y.

Goodbye Villages, hello Buffalo. Snowbird Ron San George will soon leave his warm, sun-drenched abode in Tamarind Grove and head into the snowy tundra of Buffalo, New York. San George is going home for the holidays as the Western New York area, especially the Southtowns, digs out from this week’s historic snowstorm. Some places in the surrounding … [Read more...]

Hahnfeldt says ‘steady as she goes’ as he takes Sumter County helm

Don Hahnfeldt

While it is unusual for an elected official to declare he or she has no plans for major changes in policy or direction for his bailiwick, the newly minted Chairman of the Sumter County Board of County Commissioners, Don Hahnfeldt, has done just that. Why? Because he speaks with pride and satisfaction about the course the BOCC has already set for … [Read more...]

Man jailed after eating pizza at Snappy Tomato and refusing to pay

Lance Moor

A man remains jailed in Lake County on $10,000 bond after he ordered a pizza at Snappy Tomato and refused to pay for it.Lance Jeffrey Moor of Spring Hill is accused of entering the restaurant on Bichara Boulevard in The Villages at about 6 p.m. Nov 14 and ordering and then consuming a pizza.He then confronted the owner of the business and … [Read more...]

Sheriff’s office collecting Christmas trees, decorations for needy families

Sumter County Sheriff

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office is collecting trees and decorations for families who cannot afford them."Particularly if people are upgrading to a new tree, we ask that they donate the old tree rather than throw it away," said Lt. Nehemiah Wolfe.The same with Christmas decorations.The items may be dropped off at the Sumter County … [Read more...]

Firefighters investigate report of smoke at Summerfield McDonalds

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Marion County Fire Rescue was called to the McDonalds restaurant in Summerfield Wednesday morning after an employee detected the smell of smoke.The fast-food restaurant shut down shortly after 7 a.m. upon the arrival of MCFR personnel.The firefighters were on the scene for nearly two hours conducting an investigation of the restaurant's … [Read more...]

Change announced in Lake Xpress route connecting The Villages

Lake Xpress

The Lake County Transportation Division has announced a minor change to the LakeXpress route that connects The Villages to Eustis.Route 1, which runs from The Villages to Eustis via U.S. Hwy. 27/441, will shift slightly in the Eustis area to better serve Orange Avenue (State Road 44). Rather than using Clifford Avenue to reach State Road 19, … [Read more...]

Bobby Vinton rekindles romance, inspires polkas at Savannah Center

Bobby Vinton on stage at Savannah Center, singing with his daughter.

Bobby Vinton gave a virtuoso performance Tuesday night in the Savannah Center,  thoroughly entertaining a big crowd with music, comedy and a little polka tossed in for good measure.For one Villages’ couple, however, Vinton turned the evening into a memorable, special night. Mike and Joan Allen of the Village of Bonita came to celebrate their … [Read more...]