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Villages-News.com  Mission Statement

Villages-News.com provides news coverage of government, crime, classifieds, and local events for The Villages, Florida and surrounding communities. It is the only source that provides “Real News, Right Now” to the largest retirement community in the United States. Stories from Villages-News.com have been featured in local and national news syndicates, including CNN, NBC, CBS, USA Today, NY Post, and Huffington Post, among a plethora of others. For more information on who we are and what we do, contact us by clicking here.

Villages-News.com Editorial Staff

Meta Minton, President, Managing Editor

Meta Minton
Meta Minton

Meta Minton has been in media for more than 30 years. She served as editor of the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 1998 to 2003 when hometown boy George W. Bush moved from the Texas governor’s mansion to the White House.

She led a team from Midland which covered Bush’s first inauguration in Washington D.C. While editor at The Southern Illinoisan from 2003 to 2005, many times she interviewed a little known fellow by the name of Barack Obama who also later would move onto the White House.

She worked as a managing editor at The Villages Daily Sun from 2007-2013 before founding www.villages-news.com in mid-2013.

 Marv Balousek, Journalist

Marv Balousek
Marv Balousek

Veteran journalist Marv Balousek has joined Villages-News.com. Balousek worked 28 years as a reporter at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison, where he covered business, local government, courts and crime. Before that, he worked at daily and weekly newspapers in Illinois.

He also has written and published 10 books on Wisconsin subjects.

He retired in 2009 and moved to The Villages full-time in 2012.

Gabe Mirkin, M.D., Medical Columnist

Gabe and Diana Mirkin ride their tandem bicycle nearly everywhere they go. A practicing physician for more than 40 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is a rare breed of physician in that he is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. He has run more than 40 marathons.


Ron Clark, Photographer/Journalist

Ron Clark of the Village of Lynnhaven enjoys a beautiful morning in his golf cart.

Villager Ron Clark is a avid golfer and an active volunteer with Villages Honor Flight. He is a photographer for Villages-News.com and enjoying a “second career” as a journalist.




Barry Evans, Humorist 

Barry Evans
Villager Barry Evans writes a humor column for Villages-News.com. His wife, “the blonde” is frequently mentioned in his columns and she secretly  enjoys the notoriety.