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Firefighters in The Villages could break off from Sumter County’s system to form its own fire district, an idea pitched to a citizen task force Wednesday that is exploring how to improve the county’s emergency medical services and ambulance transports.

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Preparing for hurricanes is a ritual as Floridian as oranges, manatees and Mickey Mouse. Hurricane season officially kicked off June 1 and will run through Nov. 30. Although hurricanes can happen outside of that period, the season is when the storms are most likely. With forecasts suggesting…

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Johnson was introduced to pottery at a community college near his Michigan home and he was smitten with the medium. After two years, he enrolled in the Eastern Michigan University where he majored in fine arts, developing a love for working with his hands that last to this day in glass-fusio…

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From a fairway bunker on the ninth hole of Bonifay Country Club’s Pensacola loop, Mike Sember watched his ball make its way onto the green and cozy near the flagstick for a kick-in birdie chance. Not only was it a milestone shot, it was professional grade — Rory McIlroy or Jordan Spieth woul…

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Despite having already clinched the Southeast Division title and a Southern Conference playoff berth, The Villages SC was eager for Saturday night’s game and a chance to savor a little bit of revenge against Tampa Bay United, which handed the Buffalo their only loss of the regular season.

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The smell of salt water with your toes in the warm sand, hot dogs and hamburgers with friends and family in the backyard, fireworks lighting up the night sky — these are all fun traditions on the Fourth of July.  Independence Day is one of the most treasured holidays on the calendar, and tha…

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