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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Former Yankees first baseman Chambliss paying visit to The Villages

A member of six World Series-winning Bronx Bombers teams will pay a visit to the New York Yankees Club later this month.

Upcoming VHA Hoedown promises gunslinger demonstrations and tasty cowboy stew

The third annual VHA County and Western Hoedown will be held at The Villages Polo Field next month.

CIC to offer safety flashers Wednesday at Lake Sumter Landing Market Night

Community Improvement Council members will have safety flashers available Wednesday night as part of their Brite @ Nite safety program.

John Bartram Chapter of DAR receives National Charter during meeting in The Villages

The John Bartram Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution received its national charter during a recent meeting.

Outdoor facilities to be closed this weekend for quilt show at Rohan Recreation Center ...

All outside facilities at the Rohan Recreation Center will be temporarily closed due to a quilt show this weekend.

Goodwill launching book drive to promote childhood literacy program

Goodwill is launching a central Florida book drive next month to support the company's BookWorks childhood literacy program.

Homeless man who bought beer arrested after begging customers for money at local gas station

A homeless man who bought beer, begged for money then passed out in a restroom was arrested at a local gas station.

Jailed man learns he can’t stay next door to victim with protection order

A Summerfield man was charged with violating a protection order just hours after it was served, claiming he thought it was OK if he stayed next door to the victim.

SOS text messages send deputies scrambling to help locked-up Summerfield woman

Marion County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Summerfield man after a woman locked in a bedroom sent out text messages asking for help.

Chef at Spanish Springs restaurant has license plate seized during traffic stop

A chef at a Spanish Springs restaurant had his license plate seized from his vehicle during a traffic stop in The Villages.

Police called about persistent trespasser invited into Villages home to drink beer

Police were called about a persistent trespasser who was invited in to drink beer at a home in The Villages. 

Villager facing multiple criminal charges to be evaluated by mental health expert

A Villager facing multiple criminal charges will be evaluated by a mental health expert.

Don’t waste money on chairlifts

A Village of Hadley resident, in a Letter to the Editor, weighs in on the installation of chairlifts at swimming pools in The Villages.

Women who went to Washington D.C.

A Village of Pennecamp resident, in a Letter to the Editor, comments on the women from The Villages who participated in the Women’s March in Washington D.C.

The problem with cars stopping for golf carts

A Village of Santo Domingo resident, in a Letter to the Editor, has a beef about traffic in the Morse Roundabout.

A pair of American Black Vultures in The Villages

A pair of American Black Vultures in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

A Great Blue Heron up late on Lake Sumter

A Great Blue Heron up late on Lake Sumter in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Sunrise near Fenney Nature Trail in The Villages

Sunrise near Fenney Nature Trail in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Veterans Memorial Park in Spanish Springs in The Villages

Veterans Memorial Park in Spanish Springs in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

White Pelicans on Hawks Bay Executive Golf Course

White Pelicans on Hawks Bay Executive Golf Course in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Early morning walker on Lake Sumter Walking Trail

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

Business

New business announces plan to locate at La Plaza Grande in The Villages

A new business has announced plans to locate at La Plaza Grande shopping plaza in The Villages.

Parent company of hospital in The Villages losing one of its top executives

Central Florida Health’s chief operating officer has accepted a position with a hospital in Charlotte, N.C.

Fruitland Park mayor’s wife earns high honor from Sumter Chamber

Meredith Cheshire, who is married to Fruitland Park Mayor Chris Cheshire and oversees the business side of their highly successful medical practice in The Villages, received a special honor Friday night. Villages-News.com’s Larry D. Croom has the full story.

New restaurant opens doors at Trailwinds Village

The first restaurant has opened its doors for business at the Trailwinds Village. Jersey Mike's, the popular sandwich chain that originated in New Jersey, is...

So, where’s the Wawa?

There hasn’t been much activity at the site of the Wawa gas station and convenience store, but that’s about to change. Lady Lake Growth Management...

New restaurant to open at Trailwinds Village next week

A new restaurant will open its doors at Trailwinds Village. We've got details about when it will open.

Entertainment

Righteous Brothers’ blue-eyed soul brought to life in show at The Sharon

Some concert moments embrace feelings deeper than a song. Bill Medley’s musical history with his audience stretches back over five decades, and in that...

Legendary Oak Ridge Boys bringing their brand of music to Orange Blossom Opry

The Oak Ridge Boys have been together nearly five decades and are in the Country Music Hall of Fame. And one of the members even left Elvis Presley to join the group that will be performing in the local area later this month. Villages-News.com’s Tony Violanti has the details.

‘Escape Room’ provides little room for escape

Villages-News.com film critic Jack Petro recently saw the thriller “Escape Room” and has our review. The movie is currently showing at the Rialto Theater.

Sports

Upcoming OBS Winter Mixed Sale auction features 689 horses

Ocala Breeders’ Sales will offer a variety of horses during its upcoming Winter Mixed Sale auction. Villages-News.com's Steve Day has the details.

Apopka bowler rolls 237 to claim victory at Senior Shoot Out...

Apopka’s Dennis Rakauskas shot a game of 237 to defeat Inverness’s Tim Lawrence (233) and The Villages’ John Nieckarz (190) in the final game of the January Senior Shoot Out on Saturday at Fiesta Bowl

USA Pickleball taps 3 recreation experts to help popular sport grow

The USA Pickleball Association recently announced the addition of three recreation experts to help the organization continue to grow.

Health issues force longtime senior bowling advocate to step aside

The head of the Senior Bowlers’ Association, which comes to The Villages a few times a year, is taking a hiatus for health reasons.

NASCAR driver with ties to late Villager achieves huge milestone

December has proven to be quite a month for a NASCAR driver with ties to The Villages. Corey LaJoie, whose late grandfather, Ernie Battee, was...

Orlando bowler claims victory at Senior Shoot Out in The Villages

There was plenty of top-notch bowling in The Villages this past weekend. On Saturday at Fiesta Bowl, Orlando’s Bill Keenan took his first Senior Shoot...

Goodwill launching book drive to promote childhood literacy program

Goodwill is launching a central Florida book drive next month to support the company's BookWorks childhood literacy program.

Villager sentenced after passing out in stranger’s golf cart at City Fire

A Villager who was found passed out in a stranger’s golf cart at City Fire at Lake Sumter Landing has been sentenced on a charge of drunk driving.

AAC considering spending $80,000 on aquatic chairlifts at eight pools

The Amenity Authority Committee is considering spending $80,000 on aquatic lift chairs at eight pools.

Persistent trespasser in The Villages jailed after woman invites him over to drink beer

A persistent trespasser in The Villages was spending the weekend behind bars after a recent beer-drinking visit to a home from which he had been banned.

Doctor from Moffitt Cancer Center will discuss cancer prevention and treatment options

A specialist from the Moffitt Cancer Center will discuss cancer treatment and prevention in an event hosted by the VHA.

Summerhill Neighborhood Pool will remain closed until Feb. 1

The Summerhill Neighborhood Pool will remain closed for refinishing until Friday, Feb. 1.

Man nabbed in Summerfield claims meth in vehicle belonged to friend

A Belleview man faces drug and weapons charges after a traffic stop in Summerfield.

Five women from The Villages join in Women’s March in Washington D.C.

Five women from The Villages joined in Saturday’s massive Women’s March in Washington D.C. We have their story.

Villages officials considering $71,920 fix for the Del Mar Gate at Spanish Springs

The Amenity Authority Committee is considering a $71,920 fix at the Del Mar Gate near Spanish Springs Town Square.

SoZo Kids Pastor Dave Houck strives to break cycle of growing up in poverty

Pastor Dave Houck’s mission is simple – make sure kids in the Ocala National Forest have a shot at successful lives. Villages-News.com’s John W Prince has the story.