Village of Rio Ponderosa woman jailed after violating her probation

A Village of Rio Ponderosa woman has been jailed after violating her probation.

Sumter County Sheriff’s Office completes Operation Skimmer Sweep

Detectives with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office Fraud Unit, with the assistance of Florida Department of Agriculture Inspectors, conducted an extensive sweep of fuel pumps located in county jurisdiction, checking inside every fuel pump for skimmers.

Dog recovering from gunshot wound to be available for adoption soon

The Lake County Animal Shelter is nursing a 3-year-old pit bull/lab mix back to health after it was struck by a bullet on Monday.

Attorney for bikini-clad DUI suspect disputes account of what occurred on night of arrest

An attorney for a bikini-clad drunk driving suspect is disputing an account of what occurred on the night of her arrest following an accident at Southern Trace Plaza in The Villages.

Judge ‘corrects’ sentence to allow Villager supervised contact with minor family members

A judge has “corrected” a sentence so that it will allow a 67-year-old Villager accused of sexually assaulting a teen visiting his home to have supervised contact with family members who are minors.

Wife seeks order of protection after alleged attack by her husband

A woman in the Village of Largo has obtained a temporary court order for protection after an alleged attack by her husband.

Wife seeks order of protection after alleged attack by her husband

A woman in the Village of Largo has obtained a temporary court order for protection after an alleged attack by her husband.

Pest control company’s trailer goes missing from Summerfield storage facility

A Marion County sheriff’s deputy was called to a Summerfield storage business early Tuesday morning after a trailer belonging to a pest control company went missing.

Convicted felon captured after manhunt in Sumter County

A convicted felon was captured after a manhunt that included a helicopter and bloodhounds Saturday afternoon in Sumter County.

Bandit sought after residence and shed in Webster get burglarized

Sumter County sheriff’s detectives are looking for a bandit who burglarized a residence and detached shed in the Webster area.

Chefs of Napoli founder out of jail with special conditions in sex trafficking case

The founder of a popular Wildwood Italian restaurant who was charged with human trafficking last week is out of jail.

Call for theft at Summerfield home ends with man wanted on Sumter warrant behind bars

What started out as a call to report a theft in Summerfield earlier this week ended with a man wanted in Sumter County behind bars.

Patriotic flag display looks great

A Village of Sanibel resident salutes the residents of the Village of St. James for a patriotic flag display. Read her Letter to the Editor.

The Villages should enforce the rules

A Villager, writing in a Letter to the Editor, wants to know why The Villages doesn't make residents stick to the rules.

Pimlico Executive Golf Course not in playable condition

A Villager, writing in a Letter to the Editor, says a golf course in The Villages is simply not playable. He's not going back.

Sunset in Village of Lake Deaton

Check out this stunning sunset over Florida's Friendliest Hometown.

House wren enjoys a backyard feeder in The Villages

A house wren visits a backyard feeder in The Villages.

Blue heron at sunset in The Villages

A blue heron takes off as the sun sets over The Villages.

Hydrangea in full bloom in The Village of Amelia

Blue hydrangea blooming in The Villages.

Sitting on the shoreline in The Villages

A great blue heron spotted on the shoreline in The Villages.

Monarch butterfly spotted in The Villages

A beautiful monarch butterfly spotted in The Villages.

Business

Harold’s two-hour happy hour reportedly being halved at Spanish Springs Town Square

There are reports that the unique two-hour happy hour at Spanish Springs Town Square is being cut in half.

Glenview Country Club restaurant to re-open under new management

The Glenview Country Club restaurant is re-opening under new management.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Dickey’s Barbecue Pit offers delicious meals at affordable prices

The nation’s largest barbecue chain offers delicious food and has found a home in The Villages.

New restaurant opens its doors at Lake Sumter Landing

A new restaurant opened its doors this week at Lake Sumter Landing.

Goodwill store coming to new shopping center on U.S. Hwy. 27/441

Another tenant has been announced for Lady Lake Commons Shopping Center on U.S. Hwy. 27/441 in Lady Lake.

Site plan approved for new subdivision next to the Villages of Parkwood

A special magistrate last week signed off on a planned subdivision to be located next to the Villages of Parkwood.

Entertainment

Villages 101: Singer Vince Gill turned Spanish Springs into an open-air concert hall in...

Country superstar Vince Gill is kicking off a world tour this weekend in support of his new album, "Okie." But did you know that Gill and his wife, Amy Grant, more than 15 years ago staged an open air concert in The Villages?

KC Productions bringing ‘1776’ to life in Savannah Center performances

KC productions, known for bringing high-quality Broadway musicals to Villages audiences, is excited to present the musical “1776” in June at the Savannah Center.

10-year matching-gift fundraising campaign announced to support Gainesville’s Hippodrome

Nathan S. Collier, of the Collier Companies, and his wife Ani, a former professional ballet dancer from Bulgaria, have offered a 10-year, dollar-for-dollar fundraising campaign to help secure the future of the Hippodrome Theatre in Gainesville.

Sports

Villager reunites with bowling teammates 40 years after memorable victory

A Villager reunited with his bowling teammates 40 years after their greatest bowling victory together.

Village of Hemingway woman gets third hole-in-one since moving to The...

A Village of Hemingway woman scored her third hole-in-one since moving to The Villages in 2010. If you get a hole-in-one or have other applause-worthy news, share it with us at www.villages-news.com/contact us.

Village of Buttonwood man gets 11th hole-in-one

A Village of Buttonwood man recently got his 11th 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.

Village of Fernandina resident gets hole-in-one

A Village of Fernandina man got a hole-in-one this week. We've got details. If you get a hole-in-one, share it with us at www.villages-news.com/contact us.

Village of Tall Trees man gets third hole-in-one

A Village of Tall Trees man got his third hole-in-one on Tuesday. If you get a hole-in-one or have other applause-worthy news, share it with us at www.villages-news.com/contact us.

Sunsets worth stopping for in The Villages

Take the time to enjoy sunsets in Florida's Friendliest Hometown.

Retiring Sumter County undersheriff proud of mark he’s leaving on agency

When Sumter County Undersheriff Gary Brannen hangs up his gun and badge at the end of May, he will have accomplished many impressive goals during his 41-year law enforcement career.

Villages Charter School students among those attending prestigious science fair

Two Villages Charter School students were among those from the Sumter County School District who attended the International Science and Engineering Fair recently.

Fundraiser at Havana Country Club to raise money for Snack Packs for needy students

A fundraiser to help the Wildwood Soup Kitchen provide Snack Packs to area children will be held next month in The Villages.

Chefs of Napoli founder out of jail with special conditions in sex trafficking case

The founder of a popular Wildwood Italian restaurant who was charged with human trafficking last week is out of jail.

Top editor at The Villages Daily Sun arrested on theft charge

A top editor at The Villages Daily Sun has been arrested on a theft charge.

Golf cart traveling on County Road 466 brings traffic to a crawl in The...

A misguided motorist behind the wheel of a golf cart brought a large line of vehicles to a crawl during busy lunchtime traffic on Friday on County Road 466.

Man jailed after attempting to cash bogus check at bank in The Villages

A man was jailed after allegedly attempting to cash a bogus check at a bank in The Villages.

Popular health-conscious Villages restaurant suddenly shuts its doors

A popular restaurant in The Villages that specialized in healthy food choices and offered vegan options has closed its doors.

Ocala man with revoked license behind bars after caught driving in The Villages

An Ocala man caught driving with a revoked license in The Villages said he was behind the wheel only because his girlfriend was in too much pain to drive.

Father of woman left for dead in The Villages was told accused man’s family...

The father of a woman left for dead after a fall from a golf cart in The Villages was warned by the prosecutor’s office that the accused man’s family has “deep pockets.”