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Monday, October 22, 2018

Reports detail how candidates are spending campaign cash from Villages Developer

Reports on file with the Sumter County Supervisor of Elections Office detail how candidates are spending campaign cash from the Developer of The Villages. Wildwood Commission candidate Marcos Flores has thus far raised $28,095 in...

Teacher arrested at Villages Charter School sentenced on drunk driving charge

A first-grade teacher arrested on a drunk driving charge this past July at The Villages Charter School has been sentenced in the case. A reckless driving complaint had been received at about 3:30 p.m. July...

Village of Rio Ponderosa woman sentenced for kicking sheriff’s deputy

A Village of Rio Ponderosa woman has been sentenced in a case in which she had been accused of kicking a law enforcement officer. Sumter County sheriff’s deputies had been called July 22 to the...

Pine Ridge Neighborhood Pool will be closed for acid washing

The Pine Ridge Neighborhood Pool will be temporarily closed for pool maintenance and acid washing Friday, Oct. 26 through Friday, Nov. 2. This schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather. If you...

Goodwill teams with Red Cross to help Hurricane Michael victims

Goodwill Industries and the Red Cross are joining together in an effort to help those affected by Hurricane Michael in the Florida Panhandle. People who would like to donate clothing, shoes and household goods can...

Villages Honor Flight gearing up for Halloween trip to nation’s capital

Villages Honor Flight's fifth flight for 2018 will depart Wednesday, Oct. 31, with 40 area veterans heading to Washington, D.C. While in Washington, the veterans will visit the National World War II Memorial, the Korean...

Threatening, car-window-smashing Silver Springs woman lands behind bars

Marion County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Silver Springs woman Thursday after a car window was...

Man with multiple used syringes arrested at Wawa service station in Oxford

A man with numerous used syringes was arrested at the Wawa service station at U.S....

Suspected shoplifter free on $10,000 bond after multiple trips to Target in The Villages

A suspected shoplifter is free on $10,000 bond after multiple trips to Target in The...

Man who claimed dead woman’s home allegedly presented forged document at Citizens First Bank

A man who claimed a dead woman’s home has been arrested after he allegedly presented...

Belleview man jailed after attempted abduction of 10-year-old girl at Lake Okahumpka Park

A 60-year-old Belleview man has been jailed on $253,000 bond after the attempted abduction of...

Sheriff’s deputies hunting for clock-wearing man who damaged vending machine

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is asking for helping in identifying a man who was...

The rules have changed

To the Editor: Our neighborhood appreciates that deed restrictions ensure a good appearance and  some of the specific policies/guidelines in the deed restriction manual have changed over the years. In 2010, the Architectural Review Committee routinely...

Why can’t I make an appointment to service my golf cart?

To the Editor: My Yamaha golf cart needed service, so I called The Villages Golf Cars in Lake Sumter Landing to schedule an appointment.  The representative told me that, due to a new policy, I...

Let Villagers enjoy their retirement years in peace

To the Editor: Help please, these people did not have their driveways done to be out of compliance. They have done nothing to hurt anyone only to make their lives a little easier in their older...

Waiting for the owner at the square in The Villages

Waiting for the owner at the square in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Watching the entertainment at Lake Sumter Landing Market Square

Watching the entertainment at Lake Sumter Landing Market Square in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Early morning on Lake Sumter in The Villages

Early morning on Lake Sumter in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

A steeple in Brownwood Paddock Square in The Villages

A steeple in Brownwood Paddock Square in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

An alligator sleeping at Fenney Nature Trail in The Villages

An alligator sleeping at Fenney Nature Trail in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

A couple walking the Fenney Nature Trail in The Villages

A couple walking the Fenney Nature Trail in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Business

Retailer announces plan to open location at Brownwood Paddock Square

A local retailer is planning to open a location at Brownwood Paddock Square. Babette’s Furniture and Home Shoppe will be moving into the location on...

Health inspector shuts down Ocala fast-food restaurant over multiple violations

An Ocala fast-food restaurant was temporarily shut down last week after a health inspector found multiple violations at the chain eatery. Freddy’s Frozen Custard &...
Circle K opens its doors at Trailwinds Village

New gas station opens its pumps at Trailwinds Village in Wildwood

A new gas station has opened its pumps for business at Trailwinds Village, joining an ever-growing list of companies to call the new development...

Health inspector shuts down Belleview eatery over multiple violations

A Belleview restaurant was temporarily shut down earlier this month after a health inspector reported seven violations – three listed as high priority –...

Florida Community Bank opens branch serving Florida’s Friendliest Hometown

Florida Community Bank continues to grow its presence throughout the state with the opening of its newest branch located in Lady Lake, serving The...

Culver’s fresh-never-frozen menu and warm hospitality a perfect fit for The Villages

This month’s escapade led us to a late lunch at Culver’s in Southern Trace, just off of County Road 466. This Sauk City, Wisconsin...

Entertainment

South Sumter senior taking his brand of ‘old soul’ country music to national FFA...

A South Sumter High School senior will be showcasing his musical talents this week at the 2018 National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Nolan...

‘Slipaway’ is a smooth ride

A recent widow in her early 80’s, Fall (Elaine Partnow) sells her home and buys a two-mast sailing yacht named the Slipaway. She has...

Halloween has arrived at The Hipp with production of ‘Let The Right One In’

A rural setting that could be in mid America, Scandinavia, or Transylvania, Let The Right One In will keep you guessing what is really happening.  We have...
Belleview Heating and Air

Sports

Villager scores hole-in-one during first golf outing upon his return

On his first day back to The Villages, snowbird Marvin Riddle, of the Village of Pennecamp, scored a hole-in-one. He scored the hole-in-one Friday at Sandhill Executive...

Change coming to Ladies Day registration at both Championship and Executive...

A change has been announced in signing up for Ladies Day on both Championship and Executive golf courses in The Villages. The registration window...

CFL Fall 2018 Highlights Week Five

Week Five saw Arden Jewelers retain possession of first place in the Central Florida League. Arden beat Humana 15-10. Verne Benson and Mark Hildebrand led...

CFL Fall 2018 Highlights Week Four

Week Four of the fall season ended with one team in sole possession of first place. With Gators Brownwood defeating Synergy Wealth, Arden Jewelers...

Frankie Brin 74s wins the 70s plus division of FHCASA Octoberfest

Frankie Brin Financial (FBF) 74s traveled to Auburndale Softball Sports Complex, Auburndale, Florida to participate in the FHCASA Octoberfest. The team went 4 - 0...

Oakleigh Executive Golf Course to be closed beginning Monday

The Oakleigh Executive Golf Course will be closed beginning Monday, Oct. 8 for planned bunker capping and drainage repairs.  This work is anticipated to...

South Sumter senior taking his brand of ‘old soul’ country music to national FFA...

A South Sumter High School senior will be showcasing his musical talents this week at the 2018 National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Nolan Hamm, 17, was one of about 50 acts chosen to...

Summerfield woman sought on warrant nabbed on drug charges

A Summerfield woman who was arrested Thursday afternoon on an outstanding Marion County warrant also is facing two drug charges. Marion County sheriff’s deputies took 55-year-old Shari Lynne Gunter into custody on multiple probation and...

Phonebook dumping at Villages postal station prompts plea for stepped-up recycling

The sight of phonebooks piling up at postal stations in The Villages, prompted a resident’s plea for stepped-up recycling efforts. Bernard Guenther, of the Village of Largo, spoke out on the problem Friday before the...

GOP gubernatorial hopeful DeSantis greeted by packed-house in The Villages

GOP gubernatorial hopeful Ron DeSantis took the stage at La Hacienda Recreation Center on Saturday to a roaring round of applause and a standing ovation. The former Congressman then wasted little time in telling the...

Villages Republicans and Democrats make their case in recent piece by CNBC

Republicans and Democrats attempted to make their respective cases in a recent sit-down interview with CNBC. The segment features many familiar faces, including Villagers for Trump leader David Gee, GOP leader and Community Development District...

Man with multiple used syringes arrested at Wawa service station in Oxford

A man with numerous used syringes was arrested at the Wawa service station at U.S. 301 and County Road 466 in Oxford. Robert Lance Scarborough, 42, of Ocklawaha, had been driving a green Ford van...

Villagers’ beloved companions receive blessing at annual Hope Lutheran event

Many dogs, two cats, one parrot, a miniature donkey, a llama and an alpaca all received blessings Saturday morning at the fifth annual Blessing of the Animals worship service at Hope Lutheran Church. The dogs...

Suspected shoplifter free on $10,000 bond after multiple trips to Target in The Villages

A suspected shoplifter is free on $10,000 bond after multiple trips to Target in The Villages. A review of surveillance footage at the store at Rolling Acres Plaza showed that a man and woman had...

‘En garde’ is the battle cry for this Villager with varied interests

Errol Flynn encouraged her to take up the sword. Philip Vincent, an instructor at the now-closed Lifelong Learning College, helped her refine her technique. In truth, Doreen Lowther saw Flynn in a movie fencing with...

Man who claimed dead woman’s home allegedly presented forged document at Citizens First Bank

A man who claimed a dead woman’s home has been arrested after he allegedly presented a forged document at Citizens First Bank. Everett Matthew Payne, 30, was arrested Thursday afternoon at the home at 913...