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Monday, September 24, 2018

CDD supervisor calling for discussion of ‘deteriorating pavement’ of some villa roads

A Community Development District supervisor is calling for discussion of “deteriorating pavement” of some villa roads. CDD 2 Supervisor Bill Schikora has asked that the topic be placed on the agenda for the Oct. 12...

Woman sentenced to prison time after golf cart DUI arrest in Village of Buttonwood

A woman has been sentenced to prison time after a golf cart drunk driving arrest earlier this year in the Village of Buttonwood. Michelle Barbara Armstrong, 47, was sentenced this past week in Sumter County...

Funeral service set for tattoo artist as man charged in his death walks out...

A 27-year-old Ocklawaha man charged in the death of a tattoo artist walking his seven-year-old daughter to a bus stop has been released on $10,000 bond. Jeffrey Todd Kimberlin, 38, had been escorting his...

Woman’s Buick scratched by shopping cart while parked at Sam’s Club in Lady Lake

A woman’s Buick was scratched by a shopping cart while parked at Sam’s Club in Lady Lake. The 55-year-old Wildwood woman emerged from the store on the afternoon of Sept. 14 and discovered the scratches...

Hayfire gearing up for Savannah Center debut as part of ‘Starry Rocks’ charity event

The hot sparks between singers Megan Stuart and Brooks Vaughan ignite Hayfire. “Brooks is like my big brother,” said Stuart, 25. “He can be a pain in the butt, but I love singing with him.” Vaughan...

Shaka Crew brings Halloween zombies back to The Villages

It’s that time of year when familiar signs of fall return to The Villages – snowbirds, love bugs and that band of zombies known as Shaka Crew. Violet Ray and her group of creepy crawlers...

Wildwood women jailed after pursuit leads to discovery of cache of drugs and guns

Two Wildwood women were arrested Thursday – one on a litany of drug charges –...

Funeral service set for tattoo artist as man charged in his death walks out of jail

A 27-year-old Ocklawaha man charged in the death of a tattoo artist walking his seven-year-old...

Pregnant woman and her boyfriend among five jailed in Ocala prostitution sting

Members of the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team (UDEST) conducted a prostitution sting in Ocala...

Woman sought in Tennessee Medicaid fraud case nabbed in Marion County

An Ocala woman was arrested Monday as an out-of-state fugitive on a Tennessee warrant. Desiree Larea...

Man angry over estate nabbed for punching bespectacled victim in his face

Marion County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Fort McCoy man early Tuesday morning after receiving a...

Woman serving 10-day jail sentence after DUI arrest after drinking at Waterfront Inn

A woman is serving a 10-day jail sentence in connection with a drunk driving arrest...

Remove the cronies and put doctors on board at The Villages Regional Hospital

To the Editor: Is it just me, or, are some of the board members associated, past and present, to The Villages “clan”? What about board members with NO affiliation to the Morse clan? Any board member that...

The Villages Regional Hospital on-going brouhaha

To the Editor: I have followed with interest the on-going brouhaha surrounding issues involving care and treatment provided (or not provided) by The Villages Regional Hospital, with many of those complaints involving the ER. And...

Patient data security at The Villages Regional Hospital

To the Editor: I recently visited a friend at The Villages Regional Hospital. He had been taken to the hospital by 911 personnel per their protocol after he sustained a fall. I located him in...

Predawn walk at Lake Sumter Landing in The Villages

Predawn walk at Lake Sumter Landing in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Early morning golfer on Mangrove Executive Golf Course

Early morning golfer on Mangrove Executive Golf Course in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Spanish Moss Exercise Trail in Fenney at sunrise

Spanish Moss Exercise Trail in Fenney at sunrise in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Spanish Moss pedestrian trail in the Village of Fenney

Spanish Moss pedestrian trail in the Village of Fenney in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Sunrise over Lake Sumter in The Villages

Sunrise over Lake Sumter in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Reflective sunrise at Village of Fenney in The Villages

Reflective sunrise at Village of Fenney in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Business

Health inspector shuts down Ocala restaurant over 18 violations

An Ocala restaurant was forced to temporarily shut its doors last Friday when a health inspector found 18 violations – six of which were...

Belleview pizza restaurant shut down again over live roach issue

For the second time in less than a month, a Belleview pizza restaurant has been shut down by a health inspector. Little Caesars, located at...

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...

Entertainment

Hayfire gearing up for Savannah Center debut as part of ‘Starry Rocks’ charity event

The hot sparks between singers Megan Stuart and Brooks Vaughan ignite Hayfire. “Brooks is like my big brother,” said Stuart, 25. “He can be a...

Shaka Crew brings Halloween zombies back to The Villages

It’s that time of year when familiar signs of fall return to The Villages – snowbirds, love bugs and that band of zombies known...

Little Anthony and the Imperials dazzle Savannah Center crowd

Jerome Guordine is 77, has eight kids, 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren – but he’s still Little Anthony. And that’s who Villager Bob Dunn came...

Sports

CFL Fall 2018 Highlights Week 2

Week 2 of the Central Florida Fall season was a mixed bag of good defensive games and strong offensive games. Arden Jewelers scored in every...

Cubs World group hosting night with legendary Cleveland Indians pitcher

A longtime Major League pitcher will be the guest of honor at an upcoming Cubs World meeting. Sam McDowell, who pitched for the Cleveland Indians...

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...

Mulberry Grove Sports Pool to be closed for nearly a month for maintenance

The Mulberry Grove Recreation Center Sports Pool will be temporarily closed for maintenance Monday, Oct. 8 through Tuesday, Nov. 6. If you have any questions or need additional information, contact the Mulberry Grove Recreation Center...

Villages Regional Hospital board includes six with close ties to The Villages

Villagers have been asking a lot of questions and issuing sharp complaints about The Villages Regional Hospital lately, many through Letters to the Editor and an Opinion piece sent to Villages-News.com. Those letters, many of...

Villagers who feared plea fell on deaf ears surprised to see flashing signs on...

Villagers who feared their pleas for safety fell on deaf ears were surprised to see flashing signs pop up on their street. Residents of the Village of Del Mar on Wednesday night spoke out before...

Woman serving 10-day jail sentence after DUI arrest after drinking at Waterfront Inn

A woman is serving a 10-day jail sentence in connection with a drunk driving arrest after an evening of drinking at the Waterfront Inn at Lake Sumter Landing. Teresa Lynn Snyder, 44, of Ocala, shortly...

Democratic candidate for governor to return next month to The Villages

The Democratic candidate for governor will return next month to The Villages. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum will speak on Oct. 13 to The Villages Democratic Club at Savannah Center. Doors will open at 8:45 a.m. Gillum visited...

Fruitland Park man arrested with Oxycodone after traffic stop on U.S. 301 in Wildwood

A Fruitland Park man was arrested with Oxycodone after a traffic stop on U.S. 301 in Wildwood. Daniel E. Allen, 36, at 2:02 a.m. Thursday had been driving a gray 2000 Toyota Avalon when he...

Wildwood takes first step in potential purchase of closed school site

Wildwood City commissioners are moving forward with a plan to purchase the old North Sumter Primary School site. But commissioners aren’t rushing the process and recently they approved an agreement with Kimley-Horn & Associates Inc....

Villager ran away from the circus to join the Navy

Many people want to run away and join the circus. Linda Strong ran away from the circus and joined the U.S. Navy. By the time she had reached her 17th birthday, Linda was a seasoned...

Habitual traffic offender arrested after traffic stop at RaceTrac in Lady Lake

A man classified as a habitual traffic offender was arrested at RaceTrac in Lady Lake. James Matthew Speegle, 43, of Leesburg, had been driving a yellow Saturn at 6 a.m. Thursday northbound on U.S. Hwy. 27/441...

Local Ohio State alumni group takes home special accolades

Two Villagers recently traveled to Ohio for the opportunity to attend a special gathering. Donna Smith, of the Village of Alhambra, and Barbara Williams, of the Village of Santiago, traveled to Columbus to attend The...