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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.

Letters

If we don’t follow the rules The Villages will look like tacky town

A Villager contends that if we don’t follow the rules The Villages will look like “tacky town.” Read her Letter to the Editor.

Villager troubled by email from ARC member

A Village of St. James resident, in a Letter to the Editor, says he is troubled by an email from a member of the Architectural Review Committee.

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.

PWAC to experiment with round-the-clock lighting at a tunnel

The Project Wide Advisory Committee has agreed to experiment with round-the-clock lighting of a tunnel in The Villages.

Thomas Griffith
Thomas Griffith

The idea was recently introduced by Community Development District 6 Supervisor Tom Griffith. He recounted an incident in which his golf cart nearly collided with a pedestrian walking in a dark tunnel.

Griffith has had numerous conversations with Villagers who have also described their own near misses in the tunnels that connect the multi-modal path throughout The Villages.

District Manager Richard Baier suggested the experiment would include a number of steps, including pressure washing the tunnel and installing LED lighting.

He noted that the aged population in Sumter County could be considered as a reason for examining the possibility of upgrading the lighting in the 33 tunnels within the Project Wide Advisory Committee’s jurisdiction. However, he warned that the costs could quickly add up.

Steve Brown, Community Development District 9’s representative on PWAC, favored moving ahead with the experiment.

“Whatever you can see benefits you. I am all for at least trying it out,” he said.

However, CDD 10 Chairman Don Wiley warned of unintended consequences.

He cautioned that the tunnels could potentially become too bright and could surprise a Villager traveling in a golf cart.

“The brightness could provide its own challenge,” Wiley warned.

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

An employee reported his golf cart was damaged while it was parked at a restaurant in The Villages.

Hat helps ID suspected shoplifter during return trip to Best Buy

A suspected shoplifter wearing the same hat he had worn during a heist days earlier was arrested Wednesday afternoon at Best Buy at Village Crossroads in Lady Lake.

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Opinions

Downsizing memories to squeeze into Independent Living

Columnist Barry Evans writes he and The Blonde in the house are now ensconced in an Independent Living facility.

Crime

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

An employee reported his golf cart was damaged while it was parked at a restaurant in The Villages.

Hat helps ID suspected shoplifter during return trip to Best Buy

A suspected shoplifter wearing the same hat he had worn during a heist days earlier was arrested Wednesday afternoon at Best Buy at Village Crossroads in Lady Lake.