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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Man arrested at popular restaurant one day after outrunning police at Brownwood

A man was arrested at a popular restaurant in The Villages one day after outrunning police at Brownwood Paddock Square. Tabias Rydell James, 29, of Wildwood, had been pulled over at about 10 p.m. Monday...

Recreation director promises big changes coming Jan. 10 to Recreation News

Recreation Director John Rohan told the Amenity Authority Committee on Wednesday that big changes are coming Jan. 10 to Recreation News. Rohan had been tasked earlier this year with revamping Recreation News after an outcry...

Man attempting to retrieve golf cart arrested in Village of Tierra Del Sol

A man attempting to retrieve a golf cart was arrested Sunday night in the Village of Tierra Del Sol. John Daniel Clark Howard, 40, of Lady Lake, had arrived in a 2000 Ford pickup at...

AAC chooses theme for new recreation center, dispels rumor about construction of homes

The Amenity Authority Committee on Wednesday chose a theme for a new recreation center and tried to dispel rumors about the construction of homes at the recently purchased property. Recreation Director John Rohan recommended that...

Lady Lake man arrested after showing up at woman’s home on Eagles Nest Road

A Lady Lake man was arrested after showing up at a woman’s home on Eagles Nest Road in Fruitland Park. Josh Brady Chaney, 31, was arrested early Wednesday morning at a Circle K station in...

Wreathes Across America event set Saturday at Lady Lake Cemetery

A Wreathes Across America ceremony will be held at noon Saturday at the Lady Lake Cemetery. The ceremony will be conducted by Veterans Memorial Post 347. It will be one of more than 1,400 ceremonies across...

Cook at World of Beer arrested after pulled over in car with expired Pennsylvania tag

A cook at World of Beer in The Villages was arrested Monday night after he...

Employee arrested at Tire Choice in The Villages given chance to escape prosecution

An employee of Tire Choice in The Villages arrested earlier this year after attempting to...

Driver from Ocala arrested after caught speeding on Main Street in Wildwood

A driver from Ocala was arrested after he was caught speeding on Main Street in...

Villager’s son arrested after battle with his father over medication

A Villager’s son was arrested after a battle with his father over medication. Sumter County sheriff’s...

Villager arrested at his home after attack on another man witnessed by deputy

A Villager was arrested at his home after an attack on another man was witnessed...

Former Hardee’s employee arrested after allegedly stealing $27,925 in night deposits

A former Hardee’s employee has been arrested after allegedly stealing $27,925 in night deposits. Stephanie Lee...

What it means to be a citizen of The United States

To the Editor I read the letter from a Polo Ridge resident that berated our country, its president and others. Who, as president, has created more jobs in the their first two years in office? President...

Proud Northerner now living in the Village of Duval

To the Editor: Concerning the letter from Mr. Russum, I am a proud northerner (Yankee to you) and live here full time. There are plenty of people who live here from ALL over the country. Northerners,...

Response to ‘Snowbirds are Yankees’

To the Editor: The message on The Villages’ billboards reads “Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.” Maybe George should read it sometime. Remember, someday that snowbird might be your neighbor. Where are you from, George? No snowbirds from there? Lighten up...

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.

Coast Guard spotted on Lake Mira Mar in The Villages

Coast Guard spotted on Lake Mira Mar in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Brownwood Paddock Square Christmas Tree in The Villages

Brownwood Paddock Square Christmas Tree in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Rocky and The Rollers entertaining crowd at Spanish Springs

Rocky and The Rollers entertaining crowd at Spanish Springs in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

An evening at Spanish Springs Town Square in The Villages

An evening at Spanish Springs Town Square in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Early morning at Spanish Springs Town Square in The Villages

Early morning at Spanish Springs Town Square 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

Bowzer brings Christmas Show to his fans at Savannah Center

Jon “Bowzer” Bauman was a greaser for all holiday seasons Sunday at the Savannah Center. The former Mr. Bassman of Sha Na Na brought along...

Legendary Ronnie Milsap brings impressive catalogue of hits to his fans in The Villages

Ronnie Milsap overcame back pain Saturday and filled the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center with solid gold country songs and sweet doo-wop harmony. Milsap’s...

Celtic Angels Christmas show pleasing in any language

The “Celtic Angels” came bearing Christmas gifts of Irish songs and dances –but American holiday music also rang out Friday in Savannah Center. It was...

Sports

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...

Villages swimmer Leech dominates Senior Games competition

When Villages’ swimming legend Nate Leech is entered into a meet, chances are he is in it to win it. This past weekend was...

Second local police chief this week turns in his resignation

Lady Lake’s immensely popular and well-respected police chief has tendered his resignation. Chris McKinstry, the town’s chief of police for the past seven years, turned in his resignation Wednesday morning. McKinstry is well known in the...

Details come to light surrounding abrupt departure of Wildwood police chief

An Oct. 21 electrical fire that severely damaged the Wildwood police station may have harmed more than just the building. In its aftermath, three members of the police department's command staff are leaving, possibly due...

Cook at World of Beer arrested after pulled over in car with expired Pennsylvania...

A cook at World of Beer in The Villages was arrested Monday night after he was pulled over in a car with an expired Pennsylvania tag. Cameron Mitchell Smith, 26, of Leesburg, at 11:53 p.m....

Wildwood signs off on new neighborhoods in Villages of Southern Oaks

Wildwood commissioners have approved plats for five new Villages of Southern Oaks neighborhoods and took other action regarding the massive development south of State Road 44. They voted to send two ordinances for state review...

Employee arrested at Tire Choice in The Villages given chance to escape prosecution

An employee of Tire Choice in The Villages arrested earlier this year after attempting to steal tires will have a chance to escape prosecution in the case. Lawrence Leland Wise III, 21, of Belleview, had...

Villager’s son among overdose victims saved by quick-thinking deputies

Two Marion County sheriff’s deputies are being lauded for saving a Villager’s son who apparently had overdosed on drugs this past Sunday. And two of their colleagues from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office are receiving...

Bicycle clubs join with Wildwood community to brighten Christmas for needy children

Members of the Sumter Landing Bicycle Club, the Florida PANTHERS Tandem Club and The Village Bicycle Club joined with the Wildwood Police Department and Wildwood Elementary School to organize a giveaway of about 30...

Leesburg commissioners unanimous in slashing city’s building permit fees

In a move that’s likely to encourage future growth, Leesburg commissioners voted Monday night to drastically reduce the city’s building fee structure. The plan calls for a 25-percent reduction in the fees and makes Leesburg...

Painful wait finally over as Wildwood Elementary student Abby undergoing much-needed surgery

The day has finally arrived. After a long, painful battle with Hereditary Chronic Pancreatitis and Gastro Paresis, 9-year-old Abigail “Abby” Lacayo sees relief in sight. That’s because the straight-A fourth-grade Wildwood Elementary student who has...

St. Alban’s Anglican Church telling story of Christmas through special service

St. Alban’s Anglican Church in Lady Lake is planning a traditional service of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. The service, which will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23, tells the...