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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.

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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.

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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.

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Singer-songwriter David Olney died onstage of heart attack

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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.

President Trump’s visit to The Villages postponed following mass shootings

President Trump

President Trump’s visit to The Villages on Tuesday has been postponed.

The announcement comes after a weekend that saw mass shootings at a Wal-Mart in El Paso, Texas, and outside a bar in Dayton, Ohio. Those shootings followed a third incident last week at the Garlic Festival in Gilroy, Calif.

The shootings left 20 dead and 26 injured in El Paso; nine dead and 27 injured in Dayton; and three dead and 15 wounded in Gilroy. Trump addressed the nation Monday morning and condemned the hate crimes and acts of violence over the weekend and called for Republicans and Democrats to work together to deal with the issue of mass shootings.

Shortly before 4 a.m. Monday, he took to Twitter to share his thoughts: “We cannot let those killed in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, die in vain. Likewise for those so seriously wounded. We can never forget them, and those many who came before them. Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks, perhaps marrying this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform. We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!”

On Sunday, Trump said that “perhaps” more needs to be done on gun control but offered no specifics shortly before boarding Air Force One after a weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J.

“Hate has no place in our country and we’re going to take care of it,” Trump was quoted as saying when speaking to reporters before leaving New Jersey to return to the White House.
After being briefed on the Dayton shooting, the president offered his thoughts via Twitter.

“God bless the people of El Paso Texas. God bless the people of Dayton, Ohio,” he tweeted.

Trump had been scheduled to speak Tuesday at The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center after landing aboard Air Force One at Ocala International Airport. He was expected to talk about Medicare to a small, invitation-only crowd at about 2:15 p.m. He also had planned to hold a more intimate meeting on the subject with 10 members of Villagers for Trump, the grassroots organization that formed in The Villages a little over a year ago, now boasts more than 1,700 members and clearly has become the choice of area Republicans interested in getting involved in GOP politics.

The White House hasn’t announced a rescheduled date for the visit that created mass excitement in the mega-retirement community that’s home to more than 125,000 residents – the overwhelming majority of whom are on Medicare. But the president is expected to honor the commitment and visit Florida’s Friendliest Hometown in the near future.

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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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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.