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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Frustrated Villagers want answers about COVID-19 testing site at the polo fields

Consternation boiled over this week as exasperated Villagers sought answers about the UF Health Coronavirus drive-through testing site at the polo fields.

Fenney food truck to re-open weeks after numerous violations

A food truck is returning to serve residents of the Village of Fenney after an inspection last month turned up several health code violations.

No tee times after 4 p.m. at any golf course in The Villages

Starting Wednesday, April 8, all Championship and Executive Golf Courses will close at 4 p.m. following the last tee time.

Sumter County death toll at seven after two more patients succumb to COVID-19

Two more Sumter County residents have died as a result of the Coronavirus, bringing the total to seven in the county where the vast majority of Villages homes are located.

Faith leader urges residents to light a candle on Easter Sunday

A local faith leader is urging residents to join in prayer together on Easter Sunday. What are you doing for Easter? Share the news at news@villages-news.com

Stuck at home? Pick up a book and be transported

Stuck at home? Pick up a book and be transported. A Villager offers some recommendations.

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Letters to the Editor

Your dog is your responsibility

A Village of Bonnybrook resident urges her fellow Villagers to take responsibility for the dogs.

Amenity fees and the right thing to do

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Fernandina resident offers an idea about what should be done about the collection of amenity fees.

Response to ‘Our governor is a coward’ letter

A Stonecrest resident, in a Letter to the Editor, responds to a previous letter writer who was critical of Gov. Ron DeSantis.

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Lake County Supervisor of Elections issues warning to voters

Lake County Supervisor of Elections Alan Hays is once again warning citizens of Lake County about unofficial mailings they could be receiving in the mail.

COVID-19 halts auditions but not awarding of $24,000 in scholarships

Coronavirus concerns stopped the Opera Club of The Villages scholarship award auditions for the first time in 23 years. But 16 local high school music students are still winners, thanks to the generosity of club members and local donations.

Wildwood police seeking help in locating stolen older-model Chevy pickup

Wildwood police officers are searching for a pickup truck that was stolen in the city recently.

Belleview man popped on multiple drug charges after ramming deputy’s patrol vehicle

A Belleview man was arrested Monday night after fleeing from Marion County sheriff’s deputies and then ramming into a patrol vehicle.

COVID-19 virus claims lives of two more Sumter County residents

Two more Sumter County residents have died as a result of the Coronavirus, bringing the death toll in the county containing the vast majority of Villages homes to five.

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Wal-Mart limiting number of customers inside stores amid COVID-19 outbreak

A major chain store with locations in and around The Villages has made a sweeping change that will impact customers amid the Coronavirus outbreak.

Publix allowing some employees to wear gloves and masks amid COVID-19 outbreak

Florida’s largest grocery store chain is allowing some of its employees to take extra precautions against the Coronavirus.

City Fire launches small store to sell needed supplies during COVID-19 scare

The owners of City Fire restaurant have taken it upon themselves to help Villagers in need of supplies during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Major grocery chains in The Villages adding large sneeze guards at checkout lanes

The three major grocery store chains in The Villages are taking extra precautions against the COVID-19 virus by adding Plexiglass-style sneeze guards to protect both customers and employees.

Opinions

Dr. Trump hawks outlandish ideas

Villager Miles Zaremski, writing in an Op-Ed, says Dr. Trump is hawking some outlandish ideas and what hangs in the balance is only our lives.

Bicyclists are in a vulnerable position

A cyclist in The Villages says that after reading about the recent and deadly bicycle/tractor crash on Morse Boulevard and the woman driver under the influence that struck a cyclist near Fenney, a few thoughts came to mind. He offers some tips to keep everyone safe.

Death rates during a pandemic can be misleading

A retired physician living in the Village of Fenney contends that calculating death rates during an actual ongoing pandemic is problematic and can be misleading .

Villager’s death proves that COVID-19 virus must be taken seriously

With the Coronavirus claiming its first victim in The Villages, it’s imperative that we all do our part to conquer this horrible pandemic once and for all.

70 percent of world’s population doesn’t use toilet paper

Columnist Barry Evans writes that 70 percent or more of the world’s population doesn’t use toilet paper. You probably do not want to know how they do handle it. 

The traits Of Trump

Lady Lake resident Hugo Buchanan, writing in an Opinion piece, criticizes President Trump's "leadership" during a time of national crisis.

Obituaries

Mercia Mary Aspinall

Mercia Aspinall was secretary of the Spanish American Club in The Villages. She enjoyed bowling, tennis, golf, and many nights of joyous dancing.

Charles Joseph Nickrand

Charles Nickrand, of The Villages, FL, passed away March 29. He was an amazing person, and he will be truly missed by everyone that knew him.

Barbara Ann Stewart

Barbara Stewart was a State of Michigan employee before retiring and moving to The Villages, FL in 1992.

Marjeanne Cecelia Walsh

“Margie” Walsh started the first dance and exercise classes in The Villages in 1987 and taught jazz, tap, ballet and line-dancing. She also belonged to the The Villages Drill Team Cheerleaders and danced with Connie Waldron for 10 years in Drama-Music-Dance.

Sandra Ann Hopps

Sandra Hopps loved teaching and worked as a teacher’s aide at Pittsburg Elementary School in Pittsburg, Calif., for seven years.

Ronald Noel Smith

Ronald Smith was a U.S. Air Force veteran who served during the Vietnam War.
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Sports

No tee times after 4 p.m. at any golf course in The Villages

Starting Wednesday, April 8, all Championship and Executive Golf Courses will close at 4 p.m. following the last tee time.

Village of Hillsborough woman gets first hole-in-one

A Village of Hillsborough woman got her first hole-in-one Friday. Have you gotten a hole-in-one? Share the news at www.villages-news.com/contact us

Men’s and Ladies Days canceled at golf courses

Men’s and Ladies Days at both the Executive and Championship Golf Courses have been canceled until further notice.  

Villager’s adult daughter jailed on DUI charge after confused by red button at gate

A Villager's adult daughter was arrested on a driving under the influence charge after she was confused by a red button at an entry gate.

Wildwood commissioners take measures to adapt to COVID-19 concerns

Wildwood commissioners have taken measures to adapt to concerns about the Coronavirus. Villages-News.com's Marv Balousek has details.

Pair arrested after failing to scan items in self-checkout lane at Wal-Mart

A pair was arrested after failing to scan items in the self-checkout lane at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza in The Villages.

Scammers coming at area residents from all angles amid COVID-19 crisis

Scammers are on the loose and trying to take advantage of tri-county residents amid the Coronavirus outbreak.

Guatemalan jailed after attacking deputy breaking up crowd due to COVID-19 concerns

A Guatemalan man was jailed after allegedly attacking a law enforcement officer attempting to break up a crowd due to COVID-19 concerns.

White Pelican And Cormorant At Veteran’s Memorial Park

This white pelican and cormorant were on the pond beside Veteran's Memorial Park at Spanish Springs. Thanks to Sam Boatman for sharing his photo! Share...

Alligator And Turtle At Fenney Nature Trail

This alligator and turtle weren't practicing social distancing at Fenney Nature Trail. Thanks to Ron Clark for sharing his photo! Share your local photos with...

Two Turtles Hanging Out At Fenney Nature Trail

These two turtles were just hanging out at Fenney Nature Trail. Thanks to Sam Boatman for sharing his photo! Share your local photos with us...

Great Blue Heron Flies Over Ashland Pond

This great blue heron was photographed flying over Ashland Pond at sunrise. Thanks to Ron Clark for sharing! Share your local photos with us at https://villages-news.com/contact-us!

Female Anhinga With Armored Catfish At Fenney Nature Trail

The female anhinga was doing its best to rid Fenney Nature Trail of the invasive armored catfish. Thanks to Sam Boatman for sharing his...

Muhly Grass At Fenney Nature Trail After Rain Shower

This wet muhly grass was photographed at Fenney Nature Trail after a rain shower. Thanks to Sam Boatman for sharing his photo! Share your local...