DCF hiring 200 temps in Ocala to help with emergency Food for Florida program  


As a result of Hurricane Irma, the Florida Department of Children and Families is hiring 200 temporary workers for the Ocala call center to support the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion and Manpower have teamed up to help DCF identify and recruit candidates during a three-day hiring event Sept. 27-29 from 9 a.m. […]

Post Office will be tucked in corner in La Plaza Grande North makeover

Prosposed postal facility

The Lady Lake Planning and Zoning Board on Monday evening considered a plan for the revitalization of La Plaza Grande North on the Historic Side of The Villages. This will be a complete makeover for the original retail and commercial development that dates back to the days of Villages founder Harold Schwartz. The 6.9 acres […]

Familiar face bringing Culver’s restaurant to golf-cart accessible location in The Villages

Shad Finley will be owner-operator of the ne Culver's in The Villages.

A familiar face will be bringing a Culver’s restaurant to a golf-cart accessible location in The Villages. Shad Finley, well known in Florida’s Friendliest Hometown for his years of community outreach while working for The Villages Insurance, will be the owner-operator of the new Culver’s. The exciting news is that the restaurant will be located […]

SCORE offering workshops for businesses recovering from Hurricane Irma


Owning and operating a small business can be overwhelming and frustrating. But with the help of SCORE mentors and your peers, you will see it can also be rewarding and successful. Join your fellow small business owners in this series of three educational sessions and follow-up peer-to-peer learning roundtables where you decide the topics. Important […]

FSBDC at UCF in Sumter County ready to assist business after Irma 


The Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at UCF in Sumter County will be able to assist businesses with the Business Disaster Assistance programs from the Small Business Development Center located in Villages Service Center in Wildwood. These programs include the Florida Small Business Loan Program, U.S. Small Business Administration Business Physical Disaster Loans and […]

Local hospitals recognized for Workplace Health Achievement


Local hospitals were recognized this past week for Workplace Health Achievement. The 2017 results of the American Heart Association Workplace Health Achievement Index were announced this week and Central Florida Health received the Gold Award. Central Florida Health received the reward for their efforts of making significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace […]

Avoid post-storm scams, hire a licensed contractor


In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Lake County’s Building Services Division is warning residents against hiring unlicensed contractors. “Both homes and businesses assessing the damage caused by Irma will likely be seeking a construction contractor in the coming days and weeks,” said Robert Chandler, Economic Growth Director. “Many storm-related services require state licensing, and it […]

Duke Energy says power to be restored by Sunday ‘at the latest’

Duke Energy

Duke Energy says power will be restored to customers in Lake, Sumter and Marion counties by Sunday “at the latest.” More than 1 million Duke Energy customers in Florida lost power as the result of Hurricane Irma. Duke Energy said it has increased the number of resources and has mobilized about 8,000 lineworkers, tree professionals, […]