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The Villages
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Village of Hillsborough man arrested on DUI charge after caught speeding

A Village of Hillsborough man was arrested on a drunk driving charge after he was caught speeding. John Noah Oelkers, 59, of 3752 Wine Palm Way, had been at the wheel of a white pickup...

Wildwood Commission hits reset on process for construction of police station

Wildwood commissioners made the decision Monday during a specially called meeting to basically hit the reset button on the handling of the construction phase for the new police station. The commission already had approved the...

Wild and woolly ‘Divas vs. Divos’ keeps raucous Savannah Center crowd cheering

Alex Scopino got stuck with stick men. Dawn DiNome popped her sequins. Clark Barrios played that funky “white boy” music. And Sue Schuler was caught in a rainstorm of men. Put it all together and you...

Wife of GOP gubernatorial hopeful Ron DeSantis to visit The Villages later this week

The Republican Federated Women will host a pair of special guests when they salute the U.S. Constitution from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at Eisenhower Recreation Center. The special guests will be Casey...

Village Airport Van driver ticketed after three-vehicle crash on County Road 466

A Village Airport Van driver was ticketed after a three-vehicle crash Monday afternoon on County Road 466. Jamie Danielle Diehlman, 37, of Fruitland Park, had been at the wheel of a Village Taxi, operated by...

Fruitland Park man arrested after allegedly throwing cup of rum at live-in lady friend

A 49-year-old Fruitland Park man was arrested after allegedly throwing a cup of rum at his live-in lady friend. Fruitland Park police were called at about 5:30 p.m. Friday to an apartment in the 100...

Man jailed after allegedly stealing from employer to pay to feed his drug habit

A 29-year-old Fruitland Park man was jailed after allegedly stealing from his employer to pay...

Competency evaluation ordered for Villager who attacked neighbors with bug spray

A competency evaluation has been ordered for a Villager who attacked his neighbors with bug...

Villager arrested in turkey costume poised to escape prosecution in shoplifting case

A Villager accused of stealing more than $1,000 in merchandise while dressed in a turkey...

Stonecrester banned from Villages store after third arrest for theft in two years

A 73-year-old Stonecrester has been banned from a store in The Villages after her third...

Lady Lake man ‘hearing voices’ jailed after threatening brother with knife

A 31-year-old Lady Lake man remained behind bars this weekend following his arrest last week...

Intoxicated Fruitland Park man jailed after ripping cigarettes from mother’s hands

A Fruitland Park man was arrested Thursday night after a tussle over a pack of...

The Villages Regional Hospital

To the Editor: I want to commend The Villages Regional Hospital and the staff for the wonderful care I received when I was admitted with blood clots in both of my lungs. I was in...

Hospital complaints aren’t just ‘pool talk’

To the Editor: It is true that the horror stories do outnumber the good ones at The Villages Regional Hospital and they are the tip of the iceberg. They aren't complaining about the food or the temperature of...

Our Developer and The Daily Sun

To the Editor: It seems like there has been some recent criticism of The Daily Sun as well as the Developer. The Daily Sun is one of only two family-owned newspapers in Florida. So the paper really...

The 9-11 Memorial at The Villages Safety Headquarters

The 9-11 Memorial at The Villages Safety Headquarters in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

To honor friends and relatives who perished on September 11

To honor friends and relatives who perished on September 11 in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Early morning photographer at Sharon Rose Wiechens Preserve

Early morning photographer at Sharon Rose Wiechens Preserve in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Sunset from the boardwalk in The Villages

Sunset from the boardwalk in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Dancing to the entertainment at Sumter Landing in The Villages

Dancing to the entertainment at Sumter Landing in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

A beautiful sunset on Lake Sumter in The Villages

A beautiful sunset on Lake Sumter in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Business

New seafood eatery making its debut in Brownwood Paddock Square

Fresh seafood – welcome to Brownwood! After a long-awaited arrival, The Villages’ newest restaurant is opening its doors Monday. Bluefin Grill & Bar will welcome...

Wawa’s charitable arm will extend to Villages-area organizations

Residents can expect to see more much from the Wawa stores in The Villages-area than just a high-end minimart that sells a variety of...

Wawa roars into Marion County market with aggressive store plan

Wawa made it official Wednesday morning – the popular food market is coming to Ocala and Marion County and it’s doing so with a...

Villager’s restaurant shut down after high-priority violations discovered

A Villager’s restaurant was shut down last week after high-priority violations were discovered by an inspector. Steve’s Trackside Bar at 16485 U.S. 301 in Summerfield...
The interior was completely renovated at the Starbucks at 716 U.S. 441

Popular Villages Starbucks reopens with new, sleeker look

A popular local Starbucks has reopened with a new, sleeker look. The coffee shop, located at 716 U.S. Hwy. 441, closed on Aug. 18 for...

Leesburg Regional plans ribbon-cutting for newly expanded emergency department

Leesburg Regional Medical Center is ready to unveil its new emergency department. A ribbon-cutting and open house will be held Monday, Sept. 10 from 5...

Entertainment

Wild and woolly ‘Divas vs. Divos’ keeps raucous Savannah Center crowd cheering

Alex Scopino got stuck with stick men. Dawn DiNome popped her sequins. Clark Barrios played that funky “white boy” music. And Sue Schuler was caught...

‘Puzzle’ searches for life’s meaning gathered from small pieces

Agnes (Kelly Macdonald) has fulfilled her duties as wife and mother as described by the Catholic church. She has a loving, devoted husband and...

Rock and roll sliced through racial barriers for generation of young fans

Rock and roll not only changed American music, it brought down racial barriers for a generation of teenage fans. It all happened at the dawn...

Sports

CFL opens its Fall 2018 season starting with five games

The Central Florida League Fall season began this past Tuesday with five games, three of which were decided by only a single run. Synergy Wealth...

Silver Lake Executive Golf Course improvements to be unveiled next week

Improvements will be unveiled next week at Silver Lake Executive Golf Course. The new practice green is located in the area of the old first...

Chula Vista Executive Golf Course to be closed for cart path...

The Chula Vista Executive Golf Course will be closed beginning Monday, Sept. 17 for a full cart path renovation project. This work is anticipated to...

Foursome celebrates as Villager scores first hole-in-one at Turtle Mound

“Wow!” That’s what Villager Phil Mealy said after watching his first-ever hole-in-one become a reality. The magical shot took place on the first hole at...

Novice Villages golfer scores first hole-in-one at Sweetgum

Beyond elation! That’s how Villager Ron Riebe described his feelings after attaining a goal most golfers only dream about. Riebe, who has been playing golf...

Village of Tall Trees resident celebrates after nailing first hole-in-one at...

Villager Gail Robinson was celebrating recently after accomplishing quite a feat. That’s because the Village of Tall Trees resident achieved every golfer’s goal by scoring...

Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County names new executive director

The Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County has named Joseph Sprague Jr. as its new executive director. He brings more than 30 years of experience in the field of animal welfare, including serving as executive director at...

Man jailed after allegedly stealing from employer to pay to feed his drug habit

A 29-year-old Fruitland Park man was jailed after allegedly stealing from his employer to pay to feed his drug habit. Scott Michael Bailey contacted law enforcement on Friday to report that someone stole a concrete...

New seafood eatery making its debut in Brownwood Paddock Square

Fresh seafood – welcome to Brownwood! After a long-awaited arrival, The Villages’ newest restaurant is opening its doors Monday. Bluefin Grill & Bar will welcome customers beginning at 11 a.m. into the newly decorated restaurant...

Patio villa in The Villages out of compliance after death of its owner

A patio villa in The Villages has been found to be out of compliance after the death of its owner. The property at 17363 SE 77th Sycamore Ave. in the Sherwood West Villas was the...

Competency evaluation ordered for Villager who attacked neighbors with bug spray

A competency evaluation has been ordered for a Villager who attacked his neighbors with bug spray. Sumter County sheriff’s deputies were called in April to a home on Culpepper way after 53-year-old Brian Gregory Anderson...

Villager arrested in turkey costume poised to escape prosecution in shoplifting case

A Villager accused of stealing more than $1,000 in merchandise while dressed in a turkey costume is poised to escape prosecution in the case. Irene Leonhard, of the Village of Country Club Hills, on the...

Stonecrester banned from Villages store after third arrest for theft in two years

A 73-year-old Stonecrester has been banned from a store in The Villages after her third theft arrest in two years. Last week in Lake County Court, Diane Silverman pleaded no contest to a felony charge...

Lady Lake man ‘hearing voices’ jailed after threatening brother with knife

A 31-year-old Lady Lake man remained behind bars this weekend following his arrest last week on a warrant charging him with threatening his brother with a knife.     Christopher William Carrier was arrested on...

Eisenhower Recreation Center parking lot to be resurfaced this month 

The parking lot at the Eisenhower Recreation Center will be temporarily closed in sections for resurfacing and restriping Thursday, Sept. 20, through Sunday, Sept. 30. This schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances,...

Intoxicated Fruitland Park man jailed after ripping cigarettes from mother’s hands

A Fruitland Park man was arrested Thursday night after a tussle over a pack of cigarettes with his mother turned violent. Fruitland Park police officers were called to a home in the 200 block of...