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29-year-old killed in head-on collision on U.S. 301

A 29-year-old man was killed in a head-on crash early Thursday morning on U.S. 301 near Coleman.

Summerfield man killed in crash involving Villager behind Stonecrest

A Summerfield man was killed in a four-vehicle crash involving a Villager on Wednesday afternoon on County Road 42 behind the Stonecrest community.

Sumter County trying to resolve conflict over campaign signs

With primary elections coming up next month, Sumter County is trying to resolve a conflict between a county ordinance and state law regarding the placement of campaign signs.

Opinions

CDD 5 supervisors could be setting dangerous precedent

A Villager, writing in an Opinion piece, warns that the Community Development District 5 Board of Supervisors could be setting a dangerous precedent when it comes to a paint job that went off the color palette.

Gov. DeSantis announces housing help for soldiers and veterans

Congressman Daniel Webster explains an initiative that will help provide a housing loan program for military and veterans.

Dennis knew

Villager John Shewchuk, writing in an Opinion piece, remembers Villages-News.com Op-Ed writer Dennis Petrucelli.

The trolls must be stopped

A Villager who fought the system and lost contends "trolls" are manipulating the Community Standards system and need to be stopped.

Willie Nelson’s drummer dies of pneumonia

Dr. Gabe Mirkin looks back on the life of Paul English, who was Willie Nelson’s drummer and best friend for nearly 60 years.

More Headlines

Visually impaired residents to point out area of concern near town square

Visually impaired residents of The Villages will hold an event next month to point out an area of concern near a town square.

Man once tied to notorious drug house in The Villages back in jail

A man once tied to a notorious drug house in The Villages has landed back behind bars.

Villages Fire Department unveils newly renovated station housing 95-foot tower truck

Firefighters, dignitaries, Villagers and residents of the nearby Serenades memory-care facility attended a ribbon-cutting event Wednesday to celebrate the renovation of Villages Public Safety Fire Station 40.

Sumter County jailer arrested on child pornography charges

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office has arrested a correctional officer employed at the Sumter County Detention Center stemming from a cybertip regarding suspected child pornography.

Sumter County awards $347,723 bid for work at animal services building

A contract for improvements at Sumter County's animal services building was among nine contracts approved Tuesday by commissioners. Villages-News.com's Marv Balousek has details.

Sumter County Public Works Department receives reaccreditation

The Sumter County Public Works Department has received full reaccreditation by the American Public Works Association.

Obituaries

Anne Caimano

Anne Caimano attended all four of the Buffalo Bills' consecutive Super Bowl appearances during the 1990s.

William Lawrence Beach Jr.

William Beach was an amazing son, brother, uncle and friends, and he will be truly missed by everyone who knew him.

Milton “Tommy” Miller

Tommy Miller was a member and past president of the Shriners Organization of Sumter County. He was an ambassador of the Glenview Golf Course. 

Daniel Bard

A celebration of life for Villager Daniel Bard will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 14 at the Truman Recreation Center.

Samuel I. Root, Ph.D

Sam Root and his loving wife, Esther, moved to The Villages three years ago from Wooster, Ohio. He was a member of Temple Shalom of Central Florida.

Peter James Chabucos

Peter Chabucos enjoyed golf and pickleball in The Villages even entering the Senior Games in pickleball.

Rare painting of bird stirs intrigue in ‘The Goldfinch”

Jack Petro
Jack Petro

A young lad, Leo, is in a museum in Amsterdam. He thoughtfully gazes at the 1654 painting “The Goldfinch.”

A terrorist bomb goes off. His parents are killed, but in the confusion he is able to rescue the painting.

He carefully wraps it in newspaper and hides it, with the idea of retrieving it at some later time. 

The young Theo, played superbly Oakes Fegley, is being raised by Mrs. Barbour (Nicole Kidman) who dabbles in rearing waifs who show talent in the arts. The scene abruptly jumps to the adult Theo, who now works for his foster mother.  His horn-rimmed eyeglasses carried over from his youth seal the transition.

The adult Theo conjures up his version of the Ponzi Scheme. He finds an artist who can copy the Goldfinch, and then “sells” the masterpiece, sight-unseen, to each of three buyers for fabulous cash prices. He will “keep” the authentic piece for security, using his mother’s reputation as collateral. Each buyer is sworn to silence, which keeps the unseen value inflated.

Kidman (world’s highest paid actress) is a dream to watch. Finn Wolfnard, who plays Boris, a lifetime friend of Theo’s, gives an Oscar nomination performance.

The screen play, based on the tome of a bestselling book, is a mess and gets only a C grade. The movie is currently showing at the Rialto Theater in The Villages.

Villager Jack Petro reviews movies for Villges-News.com.

Latest Posts

CDD 5 supervisors could be setting dangerous precedent

A Villager, writing in an Opinion piece, warns that the Community Development District 5 Board of Supervisors could be setting a dangerous precedent when it comes to a paint job that went off the color palette.

29-year-old killed in head-on collision on U.S. 301

A 29-year-old man was killed in a head-on crash early Thursday morning on U.S. 301 near Coleman.

Summerfield man killed in crash involving Villager behind Stonecrest

A Summerfield man was killed in a four-vehicle crash involving a Villager on Wednesday afternoon on County Road 42 behind the Stonecrest community.

Anne Caimano

Anne Caimano attended all four of the Buffalo Bills' consecutive Super Bowl appearances during the 1990s.

Letters

The homeowner likes it and she is happy with it

A painter in The Villages weighs in on a Villager’s controversial paint color.

Neighbor’s ugly paint job proves costly to Villager

A Village of McClure resident moved “down south,” but selling his house in the northern section of The Villages proved costly due to a neighbor’s ugly paint job.

The color palette isn’t always correct

A Village of Hillsborough resident, in a Letter to the Editor, points to a house that may be on the color palette, but that doesn’t make it palatable to the neighbors.

The gates are completely useless

A Village of Sabal Chase resident, in a Letter to the Editor, makes the case that the gates in The Villages are completely useless.

The trolls need to be leashed

A Village of Woodbury resident, in a Letter to the Editor, says it’s time for the trolls to come out of the shadows.

Crime

Man once tied to notorious drug house in The Villages back in jail

A man once tied to a notorious drug house in The Villages has landed back behind bars.

Sumter County jailer arrested on child pornography charges

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office has arrested a correctional officer employed at the Sumter County Detention Center stemming from a cybertip regarding suspected child pornography.

Teen with merchandise tucked in bra arrested at Wal-Mart in The Villages

A teenager with merchandise tucked in her bra was arrested at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza in The Villages.

25-year-old GPS-tracking Villager jailed after nasty tiff at Ocklawaha Moose Lodge

A 25-year-old scorned Villager found herself behind bars early Monday morning after a violent scuffle with a woman who was dancing with her ex-husband at the Ocklawaha Moose Lodge.

Spruce Creek South man jailed after nasty battle with lady friend after church

A Spruce Creek South man found himself behind bars Sunday night after a nasty battle with a woman that erupted on the way home from church.

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.

Wildwood native to manage new ER facility at Trailwinds Village

The mayor of Wildwood took great pride as he watched a native of the city help cut the ribbon Thursday on the new Ocala Health ER facility at Trailwinds Village. Villages-News.com's David Towns was there and has the story.

Wildwood company awarded $1.6 million contract to build storage hangars at Leesburg airport

Leesburg commissioners gave their blessings Monday night to an agreement with a Wildwood construction company to build and furnish two aircraft storage hangars at Leesburg International Airport.

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.

Hard living took toll on shock jock Don Imus

Hard living took a toll on shock jock Don Imus, who has died at age 79. Dr. Gabe Mirkin looks back on his life.

More controversy on eggs

In the past 10 years, 60 percent of the studies on eggs and cholesterol have been funded by special interest industry groups. So are eggs good for you? Dr. Gabe Mirkin offers his unbiased opinion.