To preserve Florida’s water, communities must be willing to keep it clean. And, in the coming months, officials are planning to double down. As a state, Florida is pocketed with myriad lakes and springs, and is dependent on an underground aquifer for drinking water. Locally, residents are su…

Residents learn answers to questions they didn’t even know they had at the Resident Academy. “It filled in some gray areas,” said Dan Jackson, of Village of Briar Meadow, as he got up from his seat at the end of the Village Community Development Districts’ 78th academy Wednesday at Savannah Center.

After a grueling day of training, triathlete Terri Bower returns to the comfort of her home and trades her athletic shoes for a pair of boots.

The army of volunteers ready to help Villagers in times of need has grown stronger. Almost 30 more people in the community ­— nearly 250 in total — now have the skills to help when tragedy strikes. The Community Emergency Response Team of The Villages added 28 members to its roster on Friday…

Be enchanted by “The Nutcracker” as ballerinas from Moscow’s Ballet grace The Sharon stage, jam out to Johnny Wild’s Christmas Spectacular at Savannah Center or sing carols with tenor Fernando Varela and his family. It’s the most wonderful time of the year for holiday entertaiment in The Vil…

Cindy Barnes doesn’t like cold weather, which is why she chose to live in Florida. But the Village of Antrim Dells resident already has had to break out her sweatshirt and turtleneck this year in the Sunshine State. Friends in the North may have been enduring a hard freeze Wednesday, but Vil…

To serve and protect isn’t enough for the law enforcement agencies in The Villages. Their goal now is to also put smiles on the faces of hundreds of children who will shop with law enforcement officers for gifts the kids might not otherwise receive. Toy drives, bicycle collections, holiday p…

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“The smell of jet fuel and 
the all-too-familiar whine 
of turbines always bring back memories of the flight that carried me across the 
Pacific Ocean 53 years ago.”  

Scott Moore doesn’t gobble or have feathers. But before the turkeys on his poultry farm are mature enough to roam his pastures, he has to be their mother. “They don’t know where their food and water is (when they’re babies),” said Moore, who raises turkeys at Wholesome Conversions Farm in We…

The political clock is starting to tick faster. We’ve just passed a milestone: The 2020 presidential election is now less than a year away. In less than four months, early voting will start in Florida’s presidential primary. In three months, Iowa and New Hampshire will hold the nation’s firs…

The Villagers for Veterans Military Film Festival opened Wednesday night with a red-carpet opening cocktail party. Military vehicles lined the front of Old Mill Playhouse at Lake Sumter Landing, setting the scene for six days of films that pay tribute to the veterans who have given us the fr…

Residents soon will be able to explore the largest recreation amenity The Villages has ever seen.

Traffic isn’t scenic. That’s why a new 5.3-mile trail was built in Seminole State Forest — to keep hikers in the forest without the need to divert them onto “road walks” where they mix with vehicle traffic. This trail expansion, part of the Florida National Scenic Trail, was partly the work …

Bernadette “Bunny” Sheehy wishes she could cut costs while waiting for a cheaper form of her medicine to come to market. The Village of Fernandina resident has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which blocks airflow in the lungs. She’s taken Advair Diskus for  12 years, but the price has…

Community Watch covers an area that is 70 square miles and growing each year. Now they’re covering The Villages more efficiently and, in the process, helping the environment. When Community Watch changed over its fleet of vehicles this year, it leased seven Toyota RAV4 hybrid SUVs, the most …

The green LED light slips from sight, sparking a cheer from Rina Delmonico’s playing partners. A birdie in the dark. Minutes earlier, another cheer had gone up from a far corner of the Escambia executive course. And before that, from somewhere out near hole No. 4. On this night, everyone see…