Turning onto East County Road 462 from the U.S. Highway 301 intersection, it quickly becomes apparent why this stretch of road is known locally as "Church Row."

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Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived at the Tree Lighting Festival not in a sleigh pulled by eight tiny reindeer, but a golf cart powered by electricity. The famous couple took their seats to get some socially distant pictures with the people throughout the evening Tuesday at Spanish Springs Town Sq…

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It’s still dark as the line forms Friday at Belk in La Plaza Grande. Some people sip coffee. Others check their phones. Three wear shirts that, in the style of a “Friends” TV episode, declare “Black Friday, the one where we spend all of our money.” They are all part of a forecast from an ana…

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Holiday sales numbers at Lime Light Boutique in Lake Sumter Landing already have exceeded expectations — and Thanksgiving isn’t even here yet. Owner Christine Chaloupka made 50% more in sales than she expected during a holiday open house earlier this month. “If that continues, I’m expecting …

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After days of consuming turkey, spending time with family and hitting up holiday sales, today brings another day of celebration meant to benefit the community: Giving Tuesday. The worldwide event encourages people to give to their local communities. Villages residents known year-round for th…

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Joe Shea was more than happy to fill the plates of those less fortunate before fixing his own meal this Thanksgiving. “It’s a feel-good thing,” said Shea, of the Village of Charlotte, who was one of several volunteers helping local organizations provide Thanksgiving meals to those in need ar…

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The Villages Entertainment is gearing up to get patrons in the holiday spirit.  Holiday shows at Villages venues will kick off with Celtic Angels Christmas on Saturday, followed by plenty more productions throughout the season that feature big names as well as local talent.

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There was a different vibe when the Villages Aquatic Swim Team got back in the pool after Thanksgiving. “We did some special sprints to get people in the mood,” said VAST head coach Bob Jennings.

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If golf is your bag, the southeastern corner of The Villages was the place to be Saturday.

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Something old is new again. “I am so excited, because I miss the action on the golf course,” said Elaine Mazoch, who welcomed the reopening of Silver Lake executive golf course — the oldest of its type in The Villages — after a summer of watching renovations from her home off the layout’s fi…

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The excitement of a home run doesn't mean much if there's no one in the dugout to celebrate it.

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