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Saturday, January 19, 2019

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.

Deputies investigate ‘overheard statements’ at Villages Charter Middle School

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office investigated some "overheard statements" at The Villages Charter Middle School.

Woman to answer in court after allegedly stuffing stolen purse with merchandise at Target

A Lady Lake woman will have to answer in court after allegedly stuffing a stolen purse with merchandise at Target at Rolling Acres Plaza.

Lady Lake woman claims she was unaware of outstanding Marion County warrant for her...

A Lady Lake woman taken into custody last week claimed she was unaware of an outstanding Marion County warrant for her arrest.

Woman to answer in court after allegedly stuffing stolen purse with merchandise at Target

A Lady Lake woman will have to answer in court after allegedly stuffing a stolen purse with merchandise at Target at Rolling Acres Plaza.

Lady Lake woman claims she was unaware of outstanding Marion County warrant for her arrest

A Lady Lake woman taken into custody last week claimed she was unaware of an outstanding Marion County warrant for her arrest.

Villager arrested after accidentally tripping alarm system in her garage

A Villager was arrested early Wednesday morning after accidentally tripping the alarm system in her garage.

Fight breaks out at Spanish Springs nightspot after man snaps photos of women’s rear-ends

A fight broke out at a nightspot at Spanish Springs Town Square after a man reportedly snapped photos of women’s rear-ends.

Teen charged in premeditated murder of Bushnell woman last year

A teenager has been charged in the murder of a Bushnell woman last year. We’ve got details from the arrest report.

Woman arrested in family feud over funeral will not face prosecution in the case

A woman arrested in November at a hotel in The Villages after a family feud over a funeral will not be prosecuted in the case.

We are overdue for some quality fine dining

A Village of Amelia resident, in a Letter to the Editor, says Villagers are overdue for some quality fine dining here in Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.

Pool access for disabled people

A Village of Briar Meadow resident, writing in a Letter to the Editor, wonders why spending $340,000 on chairlift at swimming pools in The Villages is even a question.

Government inflation of pool chairlifts?

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Hemingway woman analyzes the cost of installing 34 aquatic chairlifts at pools in The Villages.

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.

Sunrise at the Polo Fields in The Villages

Sunrise at the Polo Fields in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Dancing to the music at Lake Sumter Landing

Dancing to the music at Lake Sumter Landing in The Villages. Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.

Business

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.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Square 1 Burgers & Bar is much more than a typical burger...

A really good burger is hard to find. And, chances are if you find it, it’s really expensive and you almost have to “treat”...

Capital projects funding grant learning session set in Lake County

The Lake County Agency for Economic Prosperity will host an application learning session for the tourism Capital Projects Funding Grant program at 9 a.m....

Entertainment

War’s original lead singer tells stories and leads band through funky ’70s hits

Fans at the Savannah Center enjoy some severe 1960s flashbacks at the Savannah Center on Friday.

‘A Doll’s House Part 2’ tells story of woman standing up for her rights

Don Simson reviews “Doll’s House Part” which is running through Feb. 3 at the Hippodrome Theater in Gainesville.

Rapper Vanilla Ice coming back to perform at Leesburg Bikefest

A controversial rapper who enjoyed his heyday in the music field in the early 1990s is coming back to the Leesburg Bikefest event. Villages-News.com's Larry D. Croom has details.

Sports

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...

Central Florida League Post Season Tournament Fall 2018

The Central Florida League’s Joel Beason Memorial Tournament semi-final action saw the higher seeds fall as IHOP bested Arden Jewelers 10-7 and Paul Davis Restorations...

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...

Villager arrested after accidentally tripping alarm system in her garage

A Villager was arrested early Wednesday morning after accidentally tripping the alarm system in her garage.

Fight breaks out at Spanish Springs nightspot after man snaps photos of women’s rear-ends

A fight broke out at a nightspot at Spanish Springs Town Square after a man reportedly snapped photos of women’s rear-ends.

Villagers divided on spending $340,000 on chairlifts for swimming pools

A Villages-News.com poll shows that Villagers are divided on the idea of spending $340,000 on chairlifts for swimming pools. The issue could be decided next month.

Lady Lake Planning & Zoning Board chairman passes away unexpectedly

A longtime member of the Lady Lake Planning & Zoning Board has passed away.

Crash shuts down Rolling Acres Road for more than three hours

The investigation of a three-car crash shut down for more than three hours Thursday a section of Rolling Acres Road. The vehicles involved in the crash remained at the site of the accident while a...

Woman arrested in family feud over funeral will not face prosecution in the case

A woman arrested in November at a hotel in The Villages after a family feud over a funeral will not be prosecuted in the case.

Wildwood police nab DUI suspect who allegedly fled scene of crash

Wildwood police nabbed a drunk driving suspect who allegedly fled the scene of a crash.

Villages couple raises scholarship money through the Showcase of Talent

Villagers Diana and Joe Arlt started the Showcase of Talent shows more than five years ago to provide opportunities for local performers – and raise scholarship money. They have succeeded in both categories. The Arlts will present...

One person airlifted from scene of three-vehicle crash on Rolling Acres Road

One person was airlifted from the scene of a three-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon on Rolling Acres Road.

Grease fire forces brief evacuation of fast-food restaurant in The Villages

Multiple units from The Villages Public Safety Department were called to a Villages fast-food restaurant Thursday morning. We’ve got the details.