Total Wine & More superstore will open locally

A Total Wine & More superstore is coming to a local retail development.

Wildwood boater dies in alcohol-related mishap after lady friend falls overboard

A 66-year-old Wildwood man who was arrested twice in March in connection with dating violence died Friday night in an alcohol-related incident after his lady friend fell out of his boat on Lake Harris.

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COVID-19 continues to slam Sumter Villages as Florida tops 200,000 cases

Two more Sumter County Villagers have tested positive for COVID-19 as the potentially deadly virus continues to run rampant through the tri-county area and Florida topped 200,000 cases.

AAC to consider spending $130,000 for shade structure at dog park

The Amenity Authority Committee will consider spending $130,000 for a shade structure at a dog park.

VHS wrestling star to escape prosecution on drug charges

A wrestling star at The Villages High School who received his diploma days after a drug arrest is poised to escape prosecution in the case.

Villager escapes prosecution in alleged karate chop to wife’s neck

A Villager will not be prosecuted in a case in which he had been accused of delivering a karate chop to his wife’s neck.

AAC election contest includes rematch of two previous rivals

Two former rivals for appointment in 2018 to a Community Development District 3 seat are among four candidates running for a vacancy on the Amenity Authority Committee.

Roseate Spoonbill On A Pond In The Village Of Hemingway

Check out these roseate spoonbills on a pond in the Village of Hemingway. Thanks to Kirk Freundt for sharing! Share your local photos with us...

Very Early Morning On Lake Sumter

Check out this very early morning shot of Lake Sumter. Thanks to Ron Clark for sharing! Share your local photos with us at https://villages-news.com/contact-us!

Sandhill Crane Family In The Village Of Collier

Check out this sandhill crane family keeping cool in the shade in The Village of Collier. Thanks to Cindy Farkus for sharing! Share your local...

Baby Eastern Bluebird In Antrim Dells

Check out this baby eastern bluebird visiting a backyard in Antrim Dells. Thanks to Sam Boatman for sharing! Share your local photos with us at https://villages-news.com/contact-us!

Great Horned Owl Hiding In Spanish Moss

Check out this great horned owl hiding in a clump of Spanish moss. Thanks to Ron Clark for sharing! Share your local photos with us...

What is the real risk of COVID-19 in The Villages?

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of El Cortez resident says he does not know anyone who has tested positive or gotten ill from the Coronavirus. What are the odds of contracting COVID-19 in The Villages

Tired of our country catering to Black Lives Matter

A Village of Hillsborough resident, in a Letter to the Editor, wonders what is happening in America.

Wrong things going on with both political parties

A Village of Silver Lake resident applauds the author of a previous Letter to the Editor and contends there are “wrong things going on with both political parties.”

Request for Morse family statement regarding race

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Pennecamp resident responds to a previous letter writer who called on the Morse family to make a “statement” on the now infamous “white power” incident at a town square.

We won’t eat at restaurant where there are no masks

A Village of Dunedin resident has vowed not to return to a restaurant in The Villages where the staff is not wearing masks. Read his Letter to the Editor.

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Summerfield man jailed after child claims he smacked her with Cheez Whiz can

A Badcock Home Furniture store employee is behind bars after a child claimed he threw a can of Cheese Whiz at her after she urinated on his couch.

Summerfield man nabbed after woman claims he bit her during tiff outside minimart

A Summerfield man was jailed Tuesday night after a woman claimed he battered her inside her vehicle while it was parked at a minimart.

Movie theaters re-closing in The Villages

The movie theaters in The Villages have closed again. But it's not because of the Coronavirus.

Villager considers converting embattled artificial turf into putting green

A Villager who has been ordered to remove her $4,000 artificial turf grass is considering converting it to a putting green.

COVID-19 strikes 4 more Sumter Villagers as state exceeds 11,000 new cases

Four more Sumter County Villagers have tested positive for COVID-19 as Florida saw its biggest single-day jump in new cases since Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Phase Two of his plan to reopen the Sunshine State last month.

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Leesburg Commission rejects man’s demand for city to ban plastic straws

Leesburg commissioners sent a clear message Monday night to a Fruitland Park man who has spoken to them multiple times in the past few months – the city has no interest in banning the use of plastic straws.

VHS wrestling star to escape prosecution on drug charges

A wrestling star at The Villages High School who received his diploma days after a drug arrest is poised to escape prosecution in the case.

Villager escapes prosecution in alleged karate chop to wife’s neck

A Villager will not be prosecuted in a case in which he had been accused of delivering a karate chop to his wife’s neck.

Summerfield man jailed after child claims he smacked her with Cheez Whiz can

A Badcock Home Furniture store employee is behind bars after a child claimed he threw a can of Cheese Whiz at her after she urinated on his couch.

Summerfield man nabbed after woman claims he bit her during tiff outside minimart

A Summerfield man was jailed Tuesday night after a woman claimed he battered her inside her vehicle while it was parked at a minimart.

Continental Country Club woman spends July 4th weekend behind bars

A Continental Country Club woman spent the Fourth of July weekend behind bars after violating her probation for a 2019 drunk driving arrest.

The Power of One

Villager Nancy Jordan Blackmore, writing in an Opinion piece, examines the "power of one."

Take back your right to vote

Writing in an Opinion piece, Villager John Kastura encourages his fellow Sumter County residents to take back their right to vote.

It’s high time Villagers take COVID-19 seriously as outbreak sweeps across community

The local COVID-19 outbreak is no laughing matter and it requires the immediate attention of Villagers and other area residents.

Through the years we always found a way to have fireworks

Columnist Barry Evans writes aside from the fact that July 4th still follows the 3rd, life doesn’t seem the same this year.

Guess who’s going to be voting by mail

Iris Hageney, writing in an Opinion piece, asks us to guess who will be voting by mail this election cycle.

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Small flotilla of Trump supporters celebrate Fourth of July on Lake Weir

Horns honked and country music blared aloud Saturday as a small flotilla of boats descended on Lake Weir in a show of support for President Trump and Independence Day.

Coronavirus outbreak reported at federal prison facilities in Coleman

A COVID-19 outbreak has been reported at the federal prison in Coleman.

COVID-19 cases among juveniles continue to rise in the tri-county area

The number of COVID-19 cases among juveniles in the tri-county area is continuing to increase.

Continental Country Club woman spends July 4th weekend behind bars

A Continental Country Club woman spent the Fourth of July weekend behind bars after violating her probation for a 2019 drunk driving arrest.

Chicken-sandwich-tossing man sought after incident at Wendy’s in Wildwood

Sumter County sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man who chucked a chicken sandwich at a Wildwood fast-food restaurant employee.

Featured Obituary

Winifred A. Sloan

Winnie Sloan passed away at the age of 86 in The Villages.