Villages woman suffers head injury in golf cart crash Monday afternoon

The woman driving this golf cart was transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center.

A Villager who suffered a head injury was transported from the scene of a golf cart accident shortly after 2 p.m. Monday on the Laurel Manor Trail.She was transported from the scene by Rural Metro/Ambulance to Ocala Regional Medical CenterThe Sumter County Sheriff's Office was on site investigating the accident.The accident occurred on … [Read more...]

Spanish Springs drive-through before commission Monday night

Citizens First Bank wanted to build a drive-through facility on this sliver of land at 1105 Caballero Court in downtown Spanish Springs.

A preliminary vote on the possibility of a drive-through facility in Spanish Springs will be on the agenda Monday night for the Lady Lake Commission.The Villages Operating Company wants to build a drive-through facility on .3 acres of land at 1105 Caballero Court in downtown Spanish Springs.The drive-through facility would be located behind … [Read more...]

Fraud protection, investor behavior focus of AMAC presentation

Rick Miles gave a large audience of area seniors prudent advice on how to avoid investment scams.

Subtitled "No Free Lunch," the non-profit AMAC Foundation seminar on "Fraud Protection and Investor Behavior"  was presented as a public service. Over one hundred attendees filled the Pinellas Public Library conference room to capacity to hear retired financial expert, Rich Miles' spirited presentation.Just about every senior in The Villages … [Read more...]

Villages Spanish-American Club dresses up for early Halloween

Elisa Perino, Carlos Toros, Maria Carmen and Ray Sanchez.

Pulsating Latino rhythms emanated from La Hacienda Recreation Center Saturday night as Halloween came early for members of The Villages Spanish-American Club. Tommy and the Quinto Latino (Latin Quintet) from Orlando perched on the theater's stage, played salsa and merengue rhythms punctuated with conga drums; and offered spirited vocals and … [Read more...]

Girls State develops patriotism, governmental skills, friendships

Girls State

"It 's Girl State time again at the Lady Lake American Legion Auxiliary Unit 347," program chairman, Maddie Biederman, said as she introduced six young Central Florida women who attended a week-long, life-changing 'Girls State' program in Tallahassee.Biederman, along with other American Legion Auxiliary volunteers , has been coordinat ing this … [Read more...]

Song titled ‘Sex on the Square’ debuts at weekend party in The Villages

Dale Griffin

A song titled "Sex on the Square," debuted this weekend during a party in The Villages.Outlaw country artist Dale Griffin wrote the song about three weeks ago and unveiled it during an evening party at a home in the Haciendas of Mission Hills."The song really wrote itself," Griffin said.Like so many others who have heard the story of … [Read more...]

Italian American Parade coming Tuesday to Spanish Springs

Golf carts will be a big part of the Italian American Parade.

The Italian American Parade will step off at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Spanish Springs Town Square.The event will include plenty of music, decorated golf cars and fun.This is the second Italian American Parade to be staged by the Resident Parade Committee.The fun doesn't end with the conclusion of the parade.Continue to celebrate the … [Read more...]

Congressman ‘overwhelmed’ by transformation at House of Hope

Congressman Rich Nugent walks with Malcolm Mosley, administrator of House of Hope.

Congressman Rich Nugent was "overwhelmed" after touring House of Hope, a place and program for recovering addicts, Saturday in Wildwood.The Republican House member was a special guest at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the campus which was formerly operated by Youth Challenge.The program for last-chance addicts was on the brink of total … [Read more...]

82-year-old Villager notches 500,000 miles in decade on his motorcycle

Dick Meyer on his motorcycle.

Dick Meyer, 82, rode more than 500,000 miles on his motorcycle during the past decade.This octogenarian easy rider has traveled the highways and byways of Mexico, the United States and Canada and there’s one place he urges all drivers to beware: The Villages. Meyer, who lives in Collier, won’t call Villagers bad drivers but claims there are … [Read more...]

Villagers adopt ‘one-eyed Sam’ from Humane Society of Sumter County

Max Lavin with one-eyed Sam.

Villagers Max and Don Lavin married six years ago after each losing their spouses. They had both owned and loved dogs previously but never together.On a rainy day they were heading to a movie at Old Mill Playhouse. And volunteers from the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County had animals at the square, hoping to find homes for them.Max and … [Read more...]

AAC candidate Lowell Barker picks up endorsement from POA

Lowell Barker

Amenity Authority Committee candidate Lowell Barker has picked up the endorsement of the Property Owners’ Association of the Villages. Barker has the distinction of being endorsed by both the POA and the Villages Homeowners Association. He was endorsed over rival candidates Richard Jones and Frank Kirschenheiter for the Lady Lake/Lake County seat … [Read more...]

Monday last to register to vote ahead of November election


Monday is the last day to register to vote in Florida ahead of the November general election.The Nov. 4 election will feature a race for governor. Down at the local level, Villagers will be choosing representatives for Community Development Districts.Early voting will take place Oct. 21 through Nov. 1.For more information if you live in … [Read more...]

Tips for coping with Parkinson’s Disease discussed as local symposium

Ed and Helene Zeigler

Several hundred Parkinson's Disease patients and their caregivers filled the American Legion Post #347 on Friday to hear presentations by key physicians and other healthcare providers from the University of Florida's Movement Disorder and Restoration Department. A lunch, provided by the National Parkinson Foundation, was served after the nearly … [Read more...]

Villages Homeowners Association unveils AAC, CDD endorsements

Lowell Barker

Lowell Barker has won the endorsement of the Villages Homeowners Association Executive Committee in the race for the Amenity Authority Committee.The VHA endorsed Barker over his two rivals, Frank Kirschenheiter and Richard Jones.The three men are in a race to succeed Jo Weber in Lady Lake/Lake County.Barker, who is not a VHA member, was … [Read more...]

Man facing felony charge for trespassing at Villages construction site

Kurt Clark

A 33-year-old Wildwood man has been arrested on a felony charge of trespassing at a Villages' construction site.Kurt Alvin Clark was discovered at about 8 p.m. Thursday collecting scrap near one of the newly constructed buildings on Morse Boulevard, between State Road 44 and Hillsborough Trail, according to the arrest report from the Sumter … [Read more...]