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The Villages alleges rogue salespeople stole customer information

The Villages is alleging salespeople who went rogue still have sensitive spreadsheets containing customer information important to the highly successful sales arm of Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.

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

‘Rides of March’ car show coming to Phillips Buick GMC

The second annual "Rides of March" car show is coming to Phillips Buick GMC next week.

‘Lone Star Spirits’ draws audience into tiny Texas town’s turmoil

Don Simson

The Hippodrome Theater in Gainesville has gone south to Texas with “Lone Star Spirits.”

A small town has fallen on hard times and is literally dying.

The story unfolds in the Lone Star Spirits liquor store run by Walter who just won’t give up. Drew is the local “has been” athlete still living his fantasy of making the winning touchdown years ago for the championship. Jessica pops in and out and is a single mom who complicates things when Marly, Walter’s daughter, arrives with her upscale fiancé, Ben.

‘Lone Star Spirits’ runs through Feb. 16 at the Hippodrome Theater in Gainesville.

Drew wants Marley to rekindle their school romance. A little feud begins between Ben and Walter over Marley’s affections. Things accelerate with Ben shooting Drew in the foot and Drew wants Ben to shoot himself in the foot to even the score while Jessica just keeps stirring the pot.

Eventually Marley reveals why she is there. Throughout the play Walter constantly talks to Henry, a store and town ghost, that legend says wrestled a 500-pound bear. You will laugh and suffer disappointments with this play, but a real spin is the thought “Once you leave, can you ever go back?”

The professional actors perform well together and Stephanie Lynge gets kudos for her directing ability. 

Lone Star Spirits runs through Feb. 16. Tickets available online at thehipp.org or call the box office (352) 375-4477.

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The Villages alleges rogue salespeople stole customer information

The Villages is alleging salespeople who went rogue still have sensitive spreadsheets containing customer information important to the highly successful sales arm of Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.

Morse-linked Villages sales agent ordered to stay away from booze

A Properties of The Villages sales agent with family ties to the Morse clan has been ordered to stay away from booze after pleading no contest to a charge of reckless driving.

District manager offers upbeat assessment of services and savings enjoyed by Villagers

District Manager Richard Baier on Friday offered an upbeat assessment on the future of The Villages. We've got a link to his entire presentation.

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Morse-linked Villages sales agent ordered to stay away from booze

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District Manager Richard Baier on Friday offered an upbeat assessment on the future of The Villages. We've got a link to his entire presentation.

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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

Morse-linked Villages sales agent ordered to stay away from booze

A Properties of The Villages sales agent with family ties to the Morse clan has been ordered to stay away from booze after pleading no contest to a charge of reckless driving.

Villagers’ son arrested after allegedly exposing his sexual organs near school bus stop

The 33-year-old son of a Villages couple is free on bond after he allegedly exposed his sexual organs in front of a woman Wednesday morning at the The Quarters Apartments in Lady Lake.