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Neighborhood in The Villages incensed after troll goes on reporting rampage

Residents of a neighborhood in The Villages are reportedly incensed after an anonymous troll went on a reporting rampage. We've got photos of the items targeted by the trolls.

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We don’t need someone at the gates

A Village of Belle Aire resident, in a Letter to the Editor, writes that he thinks we don’t need someone at the gates.

Trolls should not hide behind cloak of protection

A Village of Mallory Square resident, in a Letter to the Editor, says trolls should not hide behind a cloak of protection.

Around Florida

Leesburg firefighters honored for life-saving efforts on teenager injured in vehicle crash

Two Leesburg firefighters have been honored by Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children with a 2019 Life Saving Award.

Obituaries

Edward Irving Heath

Ed Heath was a member of Kiwanis and served as president of chapters in Maryland and Maine before retiring and moving to Del Webb Spruce Creek Golf and Country Club in Summerfield.

Health

Singer-songwriter David Olney died onstage of heart attack

The death of singer-songwriter David Olney, who suffered a heart attack and died while performing onstage, reminds us of the value of knowing CPR. Dr. Gabe Mirkin offers his thoughts.

Business

New Jimmy John’s sandwich shop open at Spruce Creek

A new Jimmy John’s sandwich shop is now open in Summerfield. Villages-News.com's David Towns stopped by for a sample.

Sumter County’s population up 23.4 percent

Sumter County’s population is up 23.4 percent from 2010, rising to 115,274 as of April 1, according to a preliminary estimate provided earlier this month by the University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research.

The county’s 2010 population was 93,420, according to U.S. Census Bureau data collected that year.

All but about 600 people of the 21,834 new residents were in the unincorporated areas of the county, which includes The Villages. The estimate for the unincorporated areas was 103,077, up from 81,817 five years ago, a 26 percent increase.

Sumter County is home to the Coleman Federal Correctional Institution and 8,528 prison inmates are included in the county’s population.

“We’ll again be one of the fastest growing counties in the nation,” said Sumter County Commission Chairman Don Hahnfeldt.

More population data will be available, he said, now that The Villages has been designated as a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).

With a 5.4 percent population spike between 2013 and 2014, The Villages was the nation’s fastest-growing metro area last year, according to data released last spring by the U.S. Census Bureau. The community’s 2014 population was 114,000.

The Villages’ population growth was over 2 percent higher than the second and third fastest-growing areas of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Austin, Texas.

Besides The Villages, five other Florida metro areas were listed by the Census Bureau in the top 20 areas with the biggest population gains. They include Cape Coral, Naples, Orlando, North Port and Panama City,

Growth in those communities and others contributed to Florida bumping New York last year as the country’s third most populous state.

Most of Florida’s population increase came from an influx of new residents and deaths outnumbered births in about half of the state’s counties, according to the Census Bureau.

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Employee reports damage to golf cart while parked at restaurant in The Villages

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Hat helps ID suspected shoplifter during return trip to Best Buy

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