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Sunday, December 16, 2018

23-year-old resident of The Villages arrested with drugs in speeding BMW

A 23-year-old resident of The Villages was arrested when he was found to be in possession of drugs. Austin Lamanca-Hibbs, who lives at 917 Vasquez Ave. in the Village of Pine Ridge, had been driving...

Village of Rio Ponderosa man arrested second time this year in theft at Wal-Mart

A Village of Rio Ponderosa man was arrested for the second time this year after a theft at a Wal-Mart store. James Wallace, 54, who lives at 216 Montoya Drive on Thursday afternoon reportedly pushed...

Former IBM executive from New York making magic in The Villages

“That’s amazing!” “Impossible!” “How did you do that?” “No way!” These are the kind of responses Villages magician Wally Libenson gets when he produces a chosen card from a deck in a box fastened with...

Pair of Villagers completes quest to walk all 38 executive golf courses

Barbara Cooksey of the Village of Polo Ridge and Richard Bauer of the Villages of Caroline on Feb. 15 decided to go on a quest to walk all 38 executive courses in The Villages. They...

Summerfield man arrested after caught driving with non-functioning headlight

A Summerfield man was arrested after he was caught driving a vehicle with a non-functioning headlight. Edgar Depaul Powell, 45, had been at the wheel of 2008 Lincoln Town Car with North Carolina plates at...

Car clubs rally together to help Sumter sheriff’s office spread Christmas cheer

It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas at the Sumter County Sherriff’s Annex in The Villages. On Tuesday morning, three Villages clubs showed up with donation checks and toys. Many Villagers belong to the...

Speeding driver found to be behind wheel with suspended license in Lady Lake

A speeding driver found to be behind the wheel with a suspended license was apprehended...

Man reportedly exposes himself at Perkins restaurant in The Villages

Police were called to investigate a report of a man exposing himself at Perkins restaurant...

Woman on the run in Food Stamp fraud case nabbed by Lady Lake police

A woman on the run in a Food Stamp fraud case was nabbed by Lady...

Ohio man reports theft of bicycle from his camper at Recreation Plantation

An Ohio man reported the theft of his bicycle from his camper at Recreation Plantation. The...

Lady Lake police arrest driver found to have methamphetamine

Lady Lake police arrested a man found to have methamphetamine in his possession at the...

Traffic gridlock continues as result of deadly gun battle on Interstate 75

Traffic gridlock continued in and around Wildwood Thursday afternoon as the result of a morning...

Thanks to Trump we are finally getting some respect

To the Editor: I have been pleased with most of the moves that president trump has made but I have lost all faith that he is an honorable man. I have been a Republican all...

Where do you get your facts?

To the Editor: This is in response to a letter about being a good citizen. First of all there is nothing that you stated that has anything to do about being a good citizen. If being a...

CDD 7 supervisor pleased with outcome of deed compliance case involving American flag

To the Editor: I'm very proud of the District 7 Board Of Supervisors which represent the Village of Hemingway, Hadley, Duval and Bonita has voted to allow residents of District 7 to fly ONE American Flag in...

Red-shouldered Hawk at Fenney Nature Trail in The Villages

Red-shouldered Hawk at Fenney Nature Trail in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Early morning along the boardwalk in Sumter Landing

Early morning along the boardwalk in Sumter Landing in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

An alligator grabbing some sun in The Villages

An alligator grabbing some sun in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Dawn breaks near the Polo Fields in The Villages

Dawn breaks near the Polo Fields in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Couples enjoy dancing at Brownwood Paddock Square in The Villages

Couples enjoy dancing at Brownwood Paddock Square in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Last foursome leaves Riley Grove Golf Course at sunset

Last foursome leaves Riley Grove Golf Course at sunset in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Business

Comcast seeking high-achieving high school seniors to apply for scholarships

Comcast is inviting high school seniors across Central Florida, including in Sumter, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Polk and Citrus counties, to apply for the...

Wildwood commissioners clear way for major expansion at Primus Pipe & Tube

Wildwood commissioners Monday night approved a site plan, comprehensive plan amendment and rezoning ordinance to clear the way for a major expansion at Primus...

Villages country club shut down after repeated health code violations 

A country club in The Villages was shut down last week after repeated health code violations. Hacienda Hills Country Club, at 1200 N. Morse Blvd.,...

Future home of Darrell’s Diner one step closer in Lady Lake

The future home of a new Darrell’s Diner is one step closer to a groundbreaking after a vote Monday night by Lady Lake. The two-story...

Developer taking back the reins at golf division, The Villages Daily Sun

The Developer has taken back the reins at two major entities in The Villages - the golf division and The Villages Daily Sun. The Developer...

Summerfield restaurant stays open despite health inspector citing nine violations

A Summerfield restaurant was allowed to stay open last week despite a health inspector finding nine violations – four of which were labeled as...

Entertainment

Doo-Wop Rock and Roll Revue entertains Paisans Club in The Villages

The Paisans Club cooked up a spicy holiday show Saturday combining carols with rock, doo-wop – and cannolis on the side. Put it all together...

‘Carols by Candlelight’ showers Savannah Center with Christmas spirit

Everything in “Carols by Candlelight” exuded the spirit of Christmas – except the snow. During the song “White Christmas,” a multitude of snowflakes  cascaded down...

‘Robin Hood’ lacks flash and dash in days of old

No one can deny the appealing theme. Robin Hood is known as the “Prince of the Thieves” in this fifteenth century English melodrama.  He...

Sports

Villager captures third gold medal in pickleball at Florida Senior Games

Local residents probably had to stop at the Clearwater U-Haul dealer to rent something to haul all of their medals back from the Florida...

Frankie Brin Financial 74’s wins FHC State Championship

Frankie Brin Financial (FBF) 74s traveled to Auburndale Softball Sports Complex, Auburndale FL. to participate in the FHCASA State Championship Tournament. The team went...

Villagers pick up gold, silver medals at Florida Senior Games

Villagers Mike McElheny and Rick Young won gold medals at The Florida Senior Games at the 60-64 age level playing on the NYPD Black...

Villager continues her domination of Senior Games pickleball competitions

Thursday marked the sixth day of the nine-day 2018 Florida Senior Games competitions. It also was the first day of four that will involve pickleball...

Team named for legendary Ty Cobb wins Restricted Bat League title

The Cobbs softball team is named after the legendary Ty Cobb and the players lived up to his legacy with a Restricted Bat League...

Villager takes home gold medal in men’s doubles table tennis at...

Tuesday was a wet and cloudy day in Clearwater for Day Four of the Florida Senior Games. Due to the weather, some of the golfers...

Nearly 400 students earn December degrees from Lake-Sumter State College

Nearly 400 students earned a degree or certificate from Lake-Sumter State College on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the 59th Commencement Ceremony. “I am proud of this semester’s graduates whose achievements through hard work, perseverance and...

Wreaths Across America event links effort in Lady Lake with rest of nation

More than 1,400 Wreaths Across America ceremonies were held Saturday throughout the United States and one of them took place at the Lady Lake Cemetery. The Legion Riders escorted the wreaths to the cemetery. Also...

Wildwood Commission prepared to ink deal with interim police chief

The Wildwood Commission is prepared to ink a deal with an interim police chief after the abrupt resignation of Chief of Police Paul Valentino. The commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday to consider a...

CDD 4 preps for potential lawsuit against owners of sinkhole-damaged homes

Community Development District 4 supervisors have voted to lay the groundwork to potentially file a lawsuit against the owners of sinkhole-damaged homes in the Village of Calumet Grove. This week, District officials and legal counsel...

Villager targeted by anonymous complaints wants enforcement by government not neighbors

A Villager told the Community Development District 2 Board of Supervisors that government should enforce deed restrictions in The Villages - not neighbors. Debbie Odom, of the Village of Santo Domingo, spoke on the topic...

CDD 2 supervisor claims some gate attendants falling short of duties

A  Community Development District 2 supervisor claims that some gate attendants in The Villages are falling short of their duties. CDD 2 Supervisor Bill Schikora said the topic was the subject of a recent question-and-answer...

Villages fire training chief honored as Firefighter of the Year

A career firefighter with The Villages Public Safety Department got the surprise of his life Friday morning when he received an unexpected honor. Robert “Bobby” Ramage Jr., who serves as the division chief of fire...

Speeding driver found to be behind wheel with suspended license in Lady Lake

A speeding driver found to be behind the wheel with a suspended license was apprehended by Lady Lake police. Mia Kizer, 21, of Ocala, had been driving a 2007 Nissan Altima at 10:10 p.m. Dec....

7-Eleven puts brakes on presentation about convenience store at notorious intersection

Representatives for 7-Eleven have put the brakes on a presentation that was to take place Monday night before the Lady Lake Commission. The convenience store giant wants to build a gas station, store and car...

CDD 7 board renders decision on Villages couple’s flag ‘lawn ornament’

The Community Development District 7 Board of Supervisors on Thursday rendered a decision on the controversial classification of a flag as a “lawn ornament” in the Village of Hemingway. Joseph and Margaret Ganci, who live...