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Debbie Duket’s 13-year-old granddaughter soon will have her own room for the first time. Duket’s family is receiving one of the homes students with The Villages High School’s Construction Management Academy are building in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter. “She and I have…

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What do you get when you cross badminton with tennis and sprinkle a bit of pingpong on top? The fastest- growing sport in America. Nearly 5 million Americans are playing pickleball — doubling its participation rate from just seven years ago, according to the Sports and Fitness Industry Assoc…

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Long after serving their country, many veterans continue to give back to their communities. And veterans in The Villages are no exception. Whether its cooking meals, greeting people at the door or presenting the colors at a funeral or ceremony, veterans have plenty of opportunities to volunt…

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A nationally known performer who got his start in The Villages is returning to the place where it all began. Local residents have followed Fernando Varela’s career since he was 17 years old and can hear the singer perform live once again later this month at The Sharon L. Morse Performing Art…

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The midterms are over; the race to the White House is on. It’s a race that, one way or another, winds through Florida and The Villages. In fact, it’s arriving Tuesday.  That’s when former vice president Mike Pence is holding a fireside chat and signing for his recently published book, “So He…

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Sometimes serving in the Senate is frustrating, Sen. Marco Rubio said Wednesday morning. Sometimes you wonder if you can make a difference or progress. “But in those moments where you do, you realize it does matter. It does matter, and it’s been a great honor to be able to do it,” he said. “…

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The media spotlight is on Florida in Hurricane Ian’s wake. For candidates, their actions now can help or hinder their political fortunes, especially for Florida’s chief executive officer, Gov. Ron DeSantis. Right now though, all that attention looks like it could give him an advantage going …

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As Florida attracts new residents, its voting power, and representation, are rising.  The same is true in the tri-county area, and in The Villages.  Today is the final day to register to vote, or to update or change your political party, before the August gubernatorial primary. After today, …

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With political candidates now locked into their respective races, campaigning and voting during the Aug. 23 primary election may seem like the next steps. However, there is more being done behind-the-scenes. Local election supervisors are diligently at work to design, proofread and produce b…

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Mayor Ed Wolf envisions a day when Wildwood ranks among the largest cities in Central Florida.  The city is well on its way. Wildwood is growing faster than any other city in the state with a population of at least 5,000, with an increase of about 57% during a 24-month period studied by the …

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Sumter voters on Tuesday rejected an attempt to oust two of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ appointees from the county commission and also voted in two newcomers who have deep backgrounds in public safety. Incumbents Roberta Ulrich and Don Wiley will continue to serve in Districts 1 and 5, respectively. …