It was cold day under an oppressive sky when Gene Klein stumbled out of the terrifying darkness into a waking nightmare.

Everglades Recreation Complex is buzzing with activity. The Villages’ newest and largest recreation facility now hosts 35 resident lifestyle clubs, ranging from exercise to pottery, glass fusion, samba, cards and board games and more, adding to the growing list of more than 3,100 resident li…

A vital part of any economy or community is growing and thriving in Sumter County. The number of manufacturing companies in the county is increasing, as are production and jobs. Crevalle Boats, a boat manufacturing company in Wildwood, reached a major milestone in November by building its 50…

The best investment advice he ever received, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, was to never bet against America. “America will prevail,” Pompeo said. “We should all bet on our nation.” Those words brought cheers Thursday during Pompeo’s appearance at the Sumter County Fairgrounds in …

Florida’s theme parks are transforming themselves in a big way. New attractions expected in 2020, and the recent trend toward immersive themed lands featuring popular franchises, at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando resorts are changing what a Central Florida theme park experience is l…

The cavernous meeting room at North Lake Presbyterian Church was filled from wall to wall with red, white and blue clothing and decorations to celebrate a Villages Honor Flight reunion of 2019 fall flights: Missions 47, 48 and 49. On hand for the 1 p.m. Tuesday luncheon were a collection of …

Martin Luther King Jr.’s work with the Civil Rights movement still reverberates almost 52 years after his assassination. The nation honors his efforts and influence as an activist on the third Monday in January each year. This year marks the 20th anniversary of all

One by one, cyclists turned onto Clay Hill Road, a byway indistinct from the other country roads in rural Dade City. But, for many of the riders, it warranted a pause and a long look. Clay Hill isn’t particularly tall or steep but, after 140 miles of riding, it’s enough to make one rethink t…

The first thing Sandee Wedekind does when she returns to The Villages from Illinois is find an exercise class. After traveling in the car for two days, the Village of Summerhill resident is usually eager to get back into her routine in Florida. Many seasonal residents like Wedekind begin the…

Southern Villages residents will soon be closer than ever to emergency care.  Local dignitaries and medical providers gathered Thursday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new UF Health The Villages Hospital Freestanding Emergency Room, the latest step in the partnership between UF Health a…

Ballroom dancing is a gift couples can give to each other, dance teacher Geri Conrad said.

Tie-dye-clad dancers and the tuning sounds of musical instruments greet those who attend the Beatlemaniacs of The Villages club meetings.

Florida’s legislative session is quickly approaching. Beginning Tuesday, the state House and Senate will gather to discuss proposed bills. Some of the bills on the table include Gov. Ron DeSantis’ new teacher compensation plan to raise minimum pay to $47,500 and State Rep. Brett Hage’s consu…

As Florida’s medical marijuana market hits new highs, the state’s still considering how best to regulate it. Three years after a law took effect broadly legalizing medical marijuana, and a surge in use, research remains limited and the state Legislature is working out possible kinks in the s…

The Villages is once again America’s top-selling master-planned community, according to one of the nation’s leading real estate consulting and analytical firms.