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Frustrated Villagers want answers about COVID-19 testing site at the polo fields

Consternation boiled over this week as exasperated Villagers sought answers about the UF Health Coronavirus drive-through testing site at the polo fields.

Letters

Your dog is your responsibility

A Village of Bonnybrook resident urges her fellow Villagers to take responsibility for the dogs.

Amenity fees and the right thing to do

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Fernandina resident offers an idea about what should be done about the collection of amenity fees.

Around Florida

DeSantis vows fixes to online system overwhelmed by unemployment claims

Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced plans to rapidly repair the online system Floridians are using to file for unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 crisis.

Obituaries

Richard B. Dodge

As the City of St. Petersburg (FL) administrator, Rick Dodge led the efforts to attract the Salvador Dali Museum, a major league baseball park, and win an expansion franchise, the Tampa Bay Rays.

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

Wal-Mart limiting number of customers inside stores amid COVID-19 outbreak

A major chain store with locations in and around The Villages has made a sweeping change that will impact customers amid the Coronavirus outbreak.

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

Mark Frederick Wagner

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

Mark Frederick Wagner, 45, was being held without bond at the Sumter County Detention Center following his arrest Tuesday on a probation violation.

Wagner is known in The Villages for his link to a problematic Village of Palo Alto house where five people were arrested. He wasn’t at the house when the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office’s SWAT team arrived in the early morning hours of June 21, 2017, but golf cart parts and drugs were found in the home. And it was believed that the residence was possibly being used as a golf cart “chop shop,” a sheriff’s office report stated.

Sumter County sheriff’s deputies in 2017 executed a search warrant at 1902 Antonia Place.

Wagner had appeared at a packed-house Community Development District 1 Board of Supervisors meeting just days earlier when residents said they were fed up with the trash and suspicious activity at the house at 1902 Antonia Place in the Village of Palo Alto.

At the meeting, Wagner claimed he no longer lived in the home but was representing his uncle, Tom Dugan, who owned the home. He identified himself as “the problem child” who had lived at the property and told the audience full of Villagers, “I’m gone,” while also asking for compassion for Dugan and promising that the property would be cleaned up.

In 2014, Wagner was one of three people arrested on the Historic Side of The Villages after complaints from residents about illegal activity. He was taken into custody on charges of possession of a weapon or ammo by a convicted felon, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of probation on a charge of possession of illegal weapons.

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Richard B. Dodge

As the City of St. Petersburg (FL) administrator, Rick Dodge led the efforts to attract the Salvador Dali Museum, a major league baseball park, and win an expansion franchise, the Tampa Bay Rays.

Frustrated Villagers want answers about COVID-19 testing site at the polo fields

Consternation boiled over this week as exasperated Villagers sought answers about the UF Health Coronavirus drive-through testing site at the polo fields.

Fenney food truck to re-open weeks after numerous violations

A food truck is returning to serve residents of the Village of Fenney after an inspection last month turned up several health code violations.

No tee times after 4 p.m. at any golf course in The Villages

Starting Wednesday, April 8, all Championship and Executive Golf Courses will close at 4 p.m. following the last tee time.

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Fenney food truck to re-open weeks after numerous violations

A food truck is returning to serve residents of the Village of Fenney after an inspection last month turned up several health code violations.

No tee times after 4 p.m. at any golf course in The Villages

Starting Wednesday, April 8, all Championship and Executive Golf Courses will close at 4 p.m. following the last tee time.

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Opinions

Dr. Trump hawks outlandish ideas

Villager Miles Zaremski, writing in an Op-Ed, says Dr. Trump is hawking some outlandish ideas and what hangs in the balance is only our lives.

Crime

Wildwood police seeking help in locating stolen older-model Chevy pickup

Wildwood police officers are searching for a pickup truck that was stolen in the city recently.

Belleview man popped on multiple drug charges after ramming deputy’s patrol vehicle

A Belleview man was arrested Monday night after fleeing from Marion County sheriff’s deputies and then ramming into a patrol vehicle.