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Monday, April 19, 2021

Villager’s son with history of arrests nabbed with drugs in traffic stop

A Villager’s son with a history of arrests was nabbed with drugs in a traffic stop after leaving the Tikki Hut on County Road 466 in Oxford.

Police arrest woman with drugs at barbecue restaurant in The Villages

A woman with drugs was arrested at a barbecue restaurant in The Villages.

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Woman arrested after traffic stop at CVS pharmacy in downtown Wildwood

A woman was arrested after a traffic stop Sunday morning at a CVS pharmacy on Main Street in Wildwood.

Friends of SoZo Kids launches Undies & Sneakers Drive for children in forest

Friends of SoZo Kids Inc. in The Villages is launching its annual Undies & Sneakers Drive.

John Bartram Chapter of NSDAR learns about preservation of waterways

At a recent meeting of the John Bartram Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Cheryl Harrelson spoke on environmental conservation and practices to reduce/reverse damage to our waterways. 

Proposal could end firefighters’ response to medical calls in The Villages

A proposed plan floated by Sumter County Administrator Bradley Arnold could end The Villages Public Safety Department’s response to medical calls in The Villages.

Newly opened pizzeria traces its roots back to Sulmona, Italy

A pizzeria has opened a new location at Trailwinds Village with a second location planned in The Villages area. The restaurant chain traces its roots back to Sulmona, Italy.

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Beautiful Double-Crested Cormorant On Pond In The Village Of Bradford

Check out this beautiful double-crested cormorant spotted on a pond in the Village of Bradford. Thanks to Sam Boatman for sharing!

Barred Owl On The Ground At Fenney Nature Trail

This barred owl had landed on the ground at Fenney Nature Trail. Thanks to Ron Clark for sharing!

Barred Owlets First Attempt At Flight

This barred owlet's first attempt at flight on the Fenney Nature Trail turned out to be a decent jump. Thanks to Sam Boatman for sharing!

Sunrise At Fenney Nature Trail With Flock Of Sandhill Cranes

Check out this flock of sandhill cranes spotted during a sunrise at Fenney Nature Trail. Thanks to Ron Clark for sharing!

Alligator Eating Catfish In The Village Of Pine Ridge

This alligator was spotted eating a catfish in the Village of Pine Ridge. Thanks to Carol Aslan for sharing!

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Community Standards counts on residents to report violations in The Villages

The Community Standards Department in The Villages is entirely complaint driven and counts on residents to report violations.

Villager facing charge of restroom peeping loses round in court

A Village of Chitty Chatty man accused of peeping in a public restroom lost a round last week in Sumter County Court.

Opening date announced for barbecue restaurant at Magnolia Plaza 

An opening date has been announced for a new barbecue restaurant coming to Magnolia Plaza in The Villages.

Convicted sexual predator takes up residence in Village of Alhambra

A convicted sexual predator has taken up permanent residence in the Village of Alhambra.

Woman in Cadillac nabbed with marijuana and THC wax in Lady Lake

A woman driving a black Cadillac in the wee hours of the morning was nabbed with marijuana and THC wax after a traffic stop in Lady Lake.

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Get the facts right on server shortages at restaurants

A reader with some insight on the restaurant industry, says Villages-News.com should “get the facts right” on server shortages at local restaurants. Read her Letter to the Editor.

Great article on the labor shortage at restaurants in The Villages

An Ocala reader, in a Letter to the Editor, points out that the restaurants in the area aren’t the only businesses dealing with staffing shortages.

Greta Thunberg will testify in Congress on Earth Day

In a Letter to the Editor, the Citizens’ Climate Lobby Chapter-The Villages expresses excitement about Greta Thunberg’s upcoming testimony before Congress.

Upgrade our infrastructure and protect the environment

A reader from Wisconsin, in a Letter to the Editor, offers praise for President Biden’s plan to upgrade our infrastructure while looking out for the environment.

Does Congressman Webster not know the facts or is he knowingly giving misinformation?

A Village of Belvedere resident chimes in on a previous letter writer’s comments on Congressman Daniel Webster and military spending in the United States.

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School Advisory Council makes Harbour View Elementary’s needs top priority

Harbour View Elementary School received some special gifts Thursday from members of its School Advisory Council – a group of caring people who are making the needs of the school a top priority.

Sterling Heights Recreation Center will be closed for maintenance

The Sterling Heights Recreation Center will be closed for maintenance. We've got the dates.

FHP seeking identity of driver killed in fiery crash in Sumter County

The Florida Highway Patrol is seeking the identity of a pickup driver killed in a fiery crash early Sunday morning in Sumter County.

Restaurants in The Villages desperate due to staffing shortages

Restaurants in The Villages and across Florida are trimming their hours and offering drive-through only as they face an historic labor shortage.

Villagers’ daughter to appear on Food Network with Martha Stewart

A mother and father in The Villages are filled with pride as their daughter has been selected to appear with Martha Stewart on a Food Network cooking competition show. Villages-News.com's David Towns has the story.

Obituaries
Opinions submitted by residents in and around The Villages

David Hugh Moore, Jr.

Dave Moore worked in hospitality and recreation services at The Villages, followed by employment as a cast member at Disney World after moving to Kissimmee.  He was instrumental in the founding of St. George Episcopal Church in The Villages.

David E. Williams

David Williams attended Village View Community Church in Summerfield.

Shirley Anne Schill

Shirley Schill worked as a record-keeper before retiring to the Villages in 1999. She enjoyed playing cribbage, golfing, painting and Sudoku.

Dorothy “Dot” Nell Brunett

Dot Brunett was an avid bowler and golfer; she even hit two holes in one. She also was the president of her Singles Club in The Villages.

Ellen St. C. Akers

Ellen Akers was a proud graduate of Western Reserve University with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and worked as both a Social Worker and Teacher’s Assistant for those that needed special care and support.

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Villager’s son with history of arrests nabbed with drugs in traffic stop

A Villager’s son with a history of arrests was nabbed with drugs in a traffic stop after leaving the Tikki Hut on County Road 466 in Oxford.

Police arrest woman with drugs at barbecue restaurant in The Villages

A woman with drugs was arrested at a barbecue restaurant in The Villages.

Woman arrested after traffic stop at CVS pharmacy in downtown Wildwood

A woman was arrested after a traffic stop Sunday morning at a CVS pharmacy on Main Street in Wildwood.

Villager facing charge of restroom peeping loses round in court

A Village of Chitty Chatty man accused of peeping in a public restroom lost a round last week in Sumter County Court.

Convicted sexual predator takes up residence in Village of Alhambra

A convicted sexual predator has taken up permanent residence in the Village of Alhambra.

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Trendy coffee shop coming to Magnolia Plaza in The Villages

Foxtail Coffee Co. has reportedly signed a lease for a location at Magnolia Plaza at The Villages.

Ohio teen apprehended after chase on I-75 through Sumter and Marion counties

An Ohio teenager was apprehended after leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase Friday afternoon on Interstate 75 through Sumter and Marion counties.

3 more local residents die of COVID-19 as Florida reports 74 more fatalities

Florida added more than 6,300 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday as 74 more people succumbed to the virus across the Sunshine State.

Villager takes wild ancestry journey to find his father and half-siblings

It took more than 70 years for Villager Larry Moran to find out who his father was and learn that he had half-siblings. He met those siblings last week for the first time in a “family reunion.”

Woman arrested after caught driving on suspended license

A woman was arrested after she was caught driving on a suspended license in Wildwood.