Foundation honoring VHS football standout killed in crash to provide scholarships

A foundation has been created to preserve the life and legacy of a standout Villages High School football player who was killed in a car crash just six days after his graduation ceremony.

Fruitland Park Commission blesses plan for 700-home subdivision

Fruitland Park commissioners took the first steps Thursday night to pave the way for a new subdivision and an assisted living facility to become a part of the city.

Sumter sheriff searching for bandit who burglarized vehicle in The Villages

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a thief who burglarized a vehicle near Lake Sumter Landing.

Portion of I-75 in Alachua County named for FHP trooper who died in crash...

A section of Interstate 75 in Alachua County has been renamed in honor of a Florida Highway Patrol trooper who was killed in a June 2017 crash that involved a 67-year-old Villager.

Suspect caught on surveillance stealing grill from Home Depot

A suspect was caught on video surveillance stealing a grill from Home Depot in Lady Lake.

DUI suspect arrested after deliberately ramming gate with his pickup truck

A drunk driving suspect was arrested after deliberately ramming a Lake County Road Department gate with his pickup truck.

Man jailed after caught with Whizzinator to provide fake urine specimen

A Fruitland Park man was arrested after he was caught with a Whizzinator in an apparent attempt to fake a urine specimen.

Police track down woman who allegedly stole three Michael Kors purses at Belk

Police have tracked down a woman who allegedly stole three Michael Kors purses at Belk at La Plaza Grande in The Villages.

Oak Meadows woman once jailed for stealing in The Villages lands behind bars again

An Oak Meadows woman and a Weirsdale man are behind bars in the Marion County Jail after they were spotted Wednesday fleeing from an Ocala Wal-Mart with a shopping cart full of groceries.

Lady Lake man jailed after caught driving on license with multiple suspensions

A Lady Lake man was jailed after he was caught driving on a license with multiple suspensions.

Homeless man arrested after high-speed chase ends in Summerfield

A homeless man was arrested early Monday morning after a high-speed chase that ended in Summerfield.

Sumter sheriff seeks help nabbing bandit who stole groceries from Bushnell Wal-Mart

Sumter County sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help in locating a bandit who recently stole items from the Bushnell Wal-Mart.

‘Sylvia’ a disappointment at Studio Theater

A Village of Santiago resident, in a Letter to the Editor, has something to say about a play at the Studio Theater at Tierra Del Sol.

It’s nobody’s business to be reporting others in an unfriendly way

A Village of Buttonwood resident, in a Letter to the Editor, contends it's nobody’s business to be reporting others in an unfriendly way.

A suggestion for the Developer on Hacienda Hills Country Club

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Hacienda North resident offers some advice to the Developer on the future of Hacienda Hills Country Club.

Juvenile sandhill crane spotted in The Villages

Check out this adorable sandhill colt spotted in The Villages.

Monarch caterpillars enjoying snack

Monarch caterpillars enjoying some butternut squash in The Villages.

Night blooming cereus in The Villages

There are so many different flowers and plants grow in Florida's Friendliest Hometown.

Male cardinal spotted with a mouthful

This male cardinal must have a few mouths to feed, back at the nest.

Bluebird spotted in The Villages

Check out this adorable baby bluebird spotted in The Villages.

Tiny alligator spotted at Lake Sumter

Alligator spotted at Lake Sumter Landing.

Business

Owner of grocery chain with Villages locations settles with Feds over clean air violations

The owner of a popular grocery store chain with three locations in The Villages has agreed to spend $4.2 million to reduce emissions of ozone-depleting gases from refrigeration equipment.

Parent company of Villages hospital honored for promoting healthy lifestyles for employees

Cental Florida Health, parent company of The Villages Regional Hospital and Leesburg Regional Medical Center, has been recognized for advocating healthy lifestyles in the workplace and beyond.

Restaurant has new name but retains delicious old world flavor

A popular local restaurant has a new name but still serves the delicious old world flavor for which it became an area favorite.

New pizza restaurant to open in The Villages

If you love pizza, you'll be excited to read about a new pizza restaurant coming to The Villages.

Earth Fare seeks permission to make big impression with signage at new store

Health-conscious supermarket Earth Fare is seeking permission to make a big impression with signage at a new store off U.S. Hwy. 27/441.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Fruitland Park’s New York Deli N’ Diner offers wide variety of delicious...

The New York Deli N’ Diner in Fruitland Park is a gem that offers plenty of tasty choices for breakfast and lunch.

Entertainment

Golden Retriever rates Oscar nod in ‘Racing in the Rain’

Villages-News.com film critic Jack Petro says "The Art of Racing in the Rain" is a movie you'll want to take your grandchildren to see. The Golden Retriever is the star.

Country music superstar Trace Adkins coming to The Sharon

Country music superstar Trace Adkins will be performing at The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center in The Villages.

Villages 101: The Sharon opened to a huge fanfare in April 2015 with Patti...

As The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center prepares to host a historic presidential visit, we look back at the night it opened in 2015.

Sports

Jacksonville bowler nabs Senior Shootout Championship at Fiesta Bowl

A Jacksonville man took home the trophy from this past Saturday’s 2018-19 Senior Shootout Championship at Fiesta Bowl.

Villages softball fields will be closed through Sept. 1

All Villages softball fields will be closed through Sept. 1.

Fiesta Bowl gearing up for 2018-19 Senior Shootout Championship

Fiesta Bowl in The Villages is preparing to host the 2018-19 Senior Shootout Championship.

Harris Chain of Lakes selected to host premier bass fishing tournament

The Harris Chain of Lakes has been selected once again to host a prestigious bass fishing tournament.

Villager scores silver medal in Maryland Senior Olympics

A Villages athlete recently made quite a showing in the Maryland Senior Olympics.

Villager takes top honors at Senior Shoot Out at Fiesta Bowl

Villager Steve Ferrao took top honors at the midsummer Senior Shoot Out at Fiesta Bowl.

Man jailed after caught with Whizzinator to provide fake urine specimen

A Fruitland Park man was arrested after he was caught with a Whizzinator in an apparent attempt to fake a urine specimen.

First bridge in place to connect newest Villages to rest of Florida’s Friendliest Hometown

Villagers who were among the first to settle in the Village of Fenney are probably feeling better about their purchase now that the first bridge is in place to provide golf cart access to the shopping, lifestyle and amenities in The Villages.

Experimental aircraft developed fuel leak after flipping over in Oxford pasture

The small plane that crashed-landed just outside The Villages on Thursday afternoon was an experimental aircraft that had experienced an engine problem and was leaking fuel when rescue crews arrived.

72-year-old woman suffers dog bite during estate sale in The Villages

A 72-year-old woman suffered a dog bite during an estate sale being held at a home in The Villages.

Painting to prompt closure at tunnel near Laurel Manor Recreation Center

Painting is scheduled to take place on the inside of the tunnel located underneath Buena Vista Boulevard at Laurel Manor Drive.  

Villages firefighters battle blaze at Lake Deaton RV Park

Crews from The Villages Public Safety Department battled a blaze Tuesday night at an RV park in Wildwood.

Police track down woman who allegedly stole three Michael Kors purses at Belk

Police have tracked down a woman who allegedly stole three Michael Kors purses at Belk at La Plaza Grande in The Villages.

Oak Meadows woman once jailed for stealing in The Villages lands behind bars again

An Oak Meadows woman and a Weirsdale man are behind bars in the Marion County Jail after they were spotted Wednesday fleeing from an Ocala Wal-Mart with a shopping cart full of groceries.

Lady Lake man jailed after caught driving on license with multiple suspensions

A Lady Lake man was jailed after he was caught driving on a license with multiple suspensions.

Police called to apartment complex after couple fights over cigarettes

Police were called twice to an apartment complex in Lady Lake after a couple fought over smoking cigarettes inside the home.