Revised thrift shop expansion plan would spare 200-year-old trees

A revised plan for the expansion of the Ye Old Thrift Shoppe in Lady Lake would spare the lives of historic live oak trees once lauded for their longevity.

Villages bad boy gets stiff sentence after another DUI arrest

A Villager whose toxic relationship with a neighbor made recent headlines has received a stiff sentence after being convicted of his fourth drunk driving arrest.

Ex-mayor votes against Cheshire’s reappointment as mayor of Fruitland Park

Chris Cheshire was chosen by his fellow commissioners on Thursday night to serve a fourth year as mayor of Fruitland Park.

Suspected shoe thief arrested at Bealls

A suspected shoe thief was arrested at Bealls. We've got details from the arrest report.

Lady Lake man who mixed medical marijuana with beer arrested on DUI charge

A Lady Lake man who admitted to mixing medical marijuana with beer was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence.

Pregnant Summerfield woman admits to punching woman she says insulted her

A pregnant Summerfield woman who called law enforcement to report a disturbance was the one arrested after she admitted to throwing the first punch.

Pregnant Summerfield woman admits to punching woman she says insulted her

A pregnant Summerfield woman who called law enforcement to report a disturbance was the one arrested after she admitted to throwing the first punch.

Former Villages VA employee charged with defrauding vets in kickback scheme

A former employee of the Veterans Administration in The Villages and his family members have been charged with defrauding veterans in a kickback scheme.

Villagers’ troubled son arrested after attack on older woman

A Villages couple’s son with a troubled history was arrested after an alleged attack on an older woman at a hotel in Wildwood.

Man attempts to destroy evidence during traffic stop in The Villages

A man was arrested after attempting to destroy evidence during a traffic stop in The Villages.

Driver of van without working taillights hands police Mexican passport in traffic stop 

The driver of a van without working taillights handed police a Mexican passport during a traffic stop in Lady Lake.

Wildwood man arrested second time in a week with drugs in his pocket

A Wildwood man has been arrested for the second time within a week with drugs in his pocket.

Why isn’t Community Watch reporting violations?

A Village of Chatham resident asks why Community Watch isn’t reporting violations. Read her Letter to the Editor.

We’ve seen retroactive tax increases before

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of St. James resident challenges a previous letter writer on the history of retroactive tax increases. He reminds us of a famous retroactive tax increase.

Maybe we could take trash pickup down to once a week

A Village of Summerhill resident, in a Letter to the Editor, wonders if we could cut trash pickup in The Villages down to once a week.

Red-shouldered hawk in a tree

This red-shouldered hawk was spotted perched high up in a tree. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark. Share your local photos with us at https://villages-news.com/contact-us!

Mallard duck asleep by the pond

A mallard duck decided to take a nap beside the pond. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark. Share your local photos with us at https://villages-news.com/contact-us!

Night on Lake Sumter with lighthouse

This was the night sky seen on Lake Sumter. Thanks to Ron Clark for sharing! Share your local photos with us at https://villages-news.com/contact-us!

Red-Shouldered Hawk in The Village of Fenney

This red-shouldered hawk was spotted flying over The Village of Fenney. Thanks to Sam Boatman for sharing his photo! Share your local photos with us...

Mushroom near Rohan Recreation Center

This mushroom was spotted growing under a tree near Rohan Recreation Center. Photo courtesy of Kristine Bosworth. Share your local photos with us at https://villages-news.com/contact-us!

Crinum lily in the garden

The Crinum lily seen here was photographed by Kristine Bosworth in her own garden in the Village of Osceola Hills. Thanks for sharing! Share your...

Business

New ale house restaurant could be opening as soon as December

A new restaurant could open as early as December. We've got details.

Roberto’s Ristorante and Pizzeria serves authentic Italian cuisine

Roberto’s Ristorante and Pizzeria opened in July in The Villages. About three months into the venture, our reviewer stopped in to check out the cuisine.

Surging construction in southern end of The Villages prompts investment in new hotel

A new hotel will be constructed near Interstate 75 in Wildwood, thanks to the surging construction in the southern end of The Villages.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Quaint Leesburg eatery near The Villages offers tasty breakfast and lunch dishes

The Breakfast Station in Leesburg is a quaint, homey restaurant where customers are treated like family.

Wawa opens second store in Lady Lake which is also second store in Sumter...

Wawa, Inc. has announced the opening of a store at 13535 U.S. Hwy. 27/441 in Lady Lake, marking its second store with a Lady Lake address.

Food storage and rodent dropping issues force closure of vendor at Lake Square Mall

A food vendor at the Lake Square Mall was shut down last week after a health inspector reported finding 10 violations – two of which were considered high priority.

Entertainment

Villages Opera Club hosting special fundraising event featuring collegiate musicians

The Villages Opera Club is preparing to host its annual concert featuring talented college musicians.

Popular chorus to bring show tunes to life and offer a patriotic salute during...

The popular Brothers In Song Men’s Chorus is gearing up for its 2019 fall concert.

Cast of veterans brings laughs to ‘The Butler Did It’

The Tavares Community Theater Company's latest production of "The Butler Did It" directed by Dennis Gleason is a fun mystery, murder, farce. Our theater critic, Villager Don Simson, has our review.

Singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka will be returning next year to The Sharon

Singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka will be returning next year to The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center in The Villages.

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Sports

Reopening date announced for Hill Top Executive Golf Course

The Hill Top Executive Golf Course on the Historic Side of The Villages is set to reopen next week. We've got details.

Villager gets first hole-in-one after golfing for three years

A Villager who has been golfing for three years got her first hole-in-one. We've got details. If you get a hole-in-one or have other applause-worthy news, share it with us at www.villages-news.com/contact us.

Fiesta Bowl gears up for Senior Shoot Out event and special...

Fiesta Bowl is gearing up for its next Senior Shoot Out – and a special new award that will pay tribute to a bowler.

Patriotism on full display at the 2019 Veterans Day softball tourney

Patriotism was on full display at the 2019 Veterans Day softball tourney held Sunday in The Villages.

Villager gets second hole-in-one in just two years of play

Playing on the Mangrove Executive Golf Course, Villager Ron Riebe scored his second ever hole-in-one. If you get a hole-in-one or have other applause-worthy news, share it with us at www.villages-news.com/contact us.

Central Florida League Fall 2019 Highlights Week Six

Palm Ridge Dental took over first place and remained perfect with a win over Arden Jewelers in Central Florida League softball action.

Adjustment announced in Thanksgiving trash collection in The Villages

An adjustment has been announced for Thanksgiving trash collection in The Villages. We've got details.

Former Villages VA employee charged with defrauding vets in kickback scheme

A former employee of the Veterans Administration in The Villages and his family members have been charged with defrauding veterans in a kickback scheme.

Villagers’ troubled son arrested after attack on older woman

A Villages couple’s son with a troubled history was arrested after an alleged attack on an older woman at a hotel in Wildwood.

Villagers for Trump show support for president as impeachment hearings kick off

Horns were honking and area residents were waving as members of Villagers for Trump – armed with American flags and signs – staged a rally in Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.

Villager facing challengers in re-election bid handed Sumter Commission chairman’s gavel

A Villager facing two challengers in his re-election bid has been handed the Sumter Commission chairman’s gavel.

Wildwood Elementary students thrilled as Army helicopter lands at their school

Wildwood Elementary students were thrilled Wednesday morning when an Army helicopter landed at their school. Villages-News.com's David Towns was there.

Man attempts to destroy evidence during traffic stop in The Villages

A man was arrested after attempting to destroy evidence during a traffic stop in The Villages.

Driver of van without working taillights hands police Mexican passport in traffic stop 

The driver of a van without working taillights handed police a Mexican passport during a traffic stop in Lady Lake.

Wildwood man arrested second time in a week with drugs in his pocket

A Wildwood man has been arrested for the second time within a week with drugs in his pocket.

Summerfield woman nabbed on DUI charges after passing out in SUV at intersection

A Summerfield woman was arrested Monday after she was found passed out in her vehicle at an intersection.