Speaker dispels myths about childhood vaccinations and autism

Cliff Sacks

A perception among some parents and grandparents that child vaccinations cause autism is based on a faulty 1998 study since disproven, according to villager Cliff Sacks, who spoke Monday to members of the Villages Civil Discourse Club at Colony Cottage Recreation Center.“When you give a child a vaccine, you're giving them 70 to 80 years of … [Read more...]

Belle Aire man arrested after driving golf cart on non-golf cart road

Henry Hood

A Village of Belle Aire man was arrested by Sumter County sheriff's deputies after driving his golf cart into a street where it didn't belong.Deputies responded to Buenos Aires Boulevard at 10:21 p.m. Friday where a deputy initiated a traffic stop on a red Yamaha golf cart which was being driven on a non-golf cart road.Henry Kemper Hood, … [Read more...]

Symposium on Parkinsons to be presented Friday at American Legion

Dr. Ramon L. Rodriguez

An educational symposium on Parkinsons will be presented Friday by the Tri-County Parkinsons Support Group.The event will be from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 347 in Lady Lake.The event is being presented in accordance with the UF Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration.Dr. Ramon L. Rodriguez and fellow … [Read more...]

Alhambra man arrested after marijuana found in bedroom

Paul Hiller

A 59-year-old Village of Alhambra man was arrested Saturday night on drug charges following a verbal altercation at his home.A Sumter County sheriff's deputy was called at 10:21 p.m. to Hiller's residence on Navidad Street. While investigating, the deputy spotted a metal pipe and a small baggie containing a green leafy substance in Hiller's … [Read more...]

Man armed with brass knuckles arrested at Lake Sumter Landing

Christopher Hall

A man armed with a pair of brass knuckles was arrested at 2 a.m. Sunday outside City Fire at Lake Sumter Landing Market Square.Sumter County sheriff's deputies were called to the scene following reports of a disturbance and a man armed with a knife.Upon arrival, a deputy located 26-year-old Christopher A. Hall of Lady Lake. He appeared to … [Read more...]

One-eyed Sam on journey through Animal Services, Humane Society

One-eyed Sam is available for adoption.

During the month of August, 108 dogs and cats were euthanized by Animal Services in Sumter County."This figure is unacceptable to me as a resident of Sumter County, Florida when there are dozens of communities representing roughly 500 towns and cities across the U.S. saving better than 90 percent of the animals at their open admission animal … [Read more...]

Golf cart safety brush-up helpful as snowbirds return to The Villages

This golf cart run up into the media at about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday near Arnold Palmer Country Club.

With snowbirds returning, golf cart traffic is about to heavily increase.With so many golf carts in The Villages - operated by both snowbirds and year-round residents -accidents are part of the     equation.Contributing factors like speed and alcohol consumption make golf cart travel more dangerous.While up north, many snowbirds lose … [Read more...]

SHINE offers information as Medicare open enrollment approaches

Betty Cunningham

The 2014 open enrollment period is approaching for seniors to choose their healthcare insurance coverage for the year beginning Jan. 1, 2015.Open enrollment will be from Oct. 14 to Dec. 7.Are there any new surprises on the horizon?"We just don't know," said Villages resident Betty Cunningham, who is the area coordinator for SHINE … [Read more...]

Benefit car wash Saturday for Lady Lake business owner with cancer

Tracy Grover is battling stage four lung cancer.

A benefit car wash will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Tire Roundup, 217 S. U.S. Hwy. 27/441 in Lady Lake.The event will benefit business owner Tracy Grover of Lady Lake who is battling stage 4 lung cancer.She and her husband Jeff Grover have been operating Tire Roundup since 1989."Jeff has taken a leave from the family … [Read more...]

Hospital-acquired infections on decline at The Villages Regional Hospital

Viewed from Freedom Pointe, the TVRH North Tower construction project is progressing on schedule with no major weather delays.

Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG), the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for Florida, has partnered with several hospitals in the state of Florida, including The Villages Regional Hospital (TVRH), to help reduce rates of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) and central-line associated bloodstream infections … [Read more...]

Off Broadway Players ‘Speakeasy, The Musical’ will benefit local charities

Tony (Joe Strain) offers advice to dance hall gals Roxie (Mia Reeves) and Lola (Holly Jeske).

The Off Broadway Players will present "Speakeasy, The Musical" on Oct. 23 and 24 at Savannah Center.The event benefits local charities. Both shows begin at 7 p.m."The setting is a 1920’s Night Club, Katie Bees Dance Hall a New York Speakeasy where  whiskey flows and great music takes place under the watchful eye of Tony La Rocca and his … [Read more...]

Smoke forces early evacuation at New Covenant United Methodist

Villages Public Safety checks out a report of smoke at New Covenant United Methodist.

Smoke forced an evacuation Sunday morning from New Covenant United Methodist Church.Smoke was discovered in the chapel shortly before the beginning of the 7:45 a.m. service at the church, said NCUMC Multimedia Worship Assistant David Berardi.He said it appeared to be emanating from an air conditioning unit, he said.The Villages Public … [Read more...]

Villages Honor Flight soars during its first-ever ‘flightless’ adventure

The Lamers bus wheelchair hoist was given the 'thumbs up' by several 'Flightless Honor Flight' veterans.

The 15th Honor Flight, held Saturday, was very different. The 15 participating veterans, mostly from World War II, and their guardians, saw the military monuments and key landmarks in Washington D.C.; witnessed the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and marveled at the Park Police in action.So, why was this different? … [Read more...]

Grandmother finds perfect gift at crowded craft show at Colony Plaza

Village of Caroline resident Maureen Fecher at the Colony Plaza craft show.

Village of Caroline resident Maureen Fecher headed to the Colony Plaza craft show Saturday looking for a special gift for her 3-year-old grandson, Ryan."He just got a baby sister, Victoria, 10 days ago," she said. "I want him to know he's still special."She found a briefcase-style box which she personalized with his name. The box holds a … [Read more...]

Clyde Kemper, driving force in VHA for two decades, dies at 97

Clyde Kemper

Villager Clyde Kemper, who had been a driving force in The Villages Homeowners Association for two decades, died Friday at age 97.He became a representative for VHA in Rio Grande II in 1994. With his wife, he published a Newcomers Information Booklet that became a Bible for the many newcomers flocking to The Villages. He also served on the VHA … [Read more...]