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The Villages Charter School staff and students successfully navigated a challenging school year during the pandemic, as shown by school grades released by the Florida Department of Education this week. The department awarded VCS with its 18th straight A grade. VCS Director of Education Randy…

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Sumter County commissioners will reject the findings of their own months’-long task force and allow fire departments to handle ambulance service, the board decided Tuesday in bowing to public uproar.

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Booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine could help prevent mild to moderate illness, a University of Florida professor says. The added dose is seen as enhanced protection, especially for seniors considered at high risk. Some Villagers are consulting with their doctors to inquire if they need a…

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Business is booming in Florida’s medical marijuana industry, and the numbers are continuing to climb. It’s been about five years since Florida voters said “yes” to medical marijuana. Since then, demand has increased, with the past year or so in particular giving the industry a boost. Florida…

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With the summer turning into autumn in the coming weeks, another season isn’t too far behind: festival season on the town squares. “We look forward to being able to see the community out and about and enjoying themselves, creating long-lasting memories with friends and family,” said Chalsi C…

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Geralyn Vilar and her granddaughter Trinity stood shoulder to shoulder at the kitchen counter, combining ingredients for cranberry orange scones. Vilar held up the recipe card for Trinity to read, then Trinity began zesting a fresh orange while waiting for the oven to heat, both of them smil…

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Delores Lancaster wiped away a tear as she looked at the full trunk of food before her. The Leesburg resident was overwhelmed with relief by the thought that she would have more than enough food for the week.

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Hundreds of Villagers sporting team jerseys, face paint and school spirit came out to Spanish Springs Town Square on Friday and celebrated the thousands of dollars raised through another successful College Colors Day event. The top three winners of the annual food drive, which is sponsored b…

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For any Villages athlete yet to book passage to next year’s National Senior Games in South Florida, one more chance is coming. The Florida Senior Games will be conducted as usual in December, creating an unprecedented third opportunity for anyone who previously fell short of nationals to add…

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Any aspiring athlete today can choose between two paths to potentially get a college scholarship or make millions tomorrow.

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