As is for almost every sport, if a team wants to win at the highest levels, the process begins in the offseason.
Read moreVHS begins summer workouts
An intersection in the Lady Lake portion of The Villages is part of pilot test designed to increase driver and pedestrian safety.
Read moreLady Lake installs flashing stop signs at busy intersection
After crossing the finish line of a race in North Dakota, Katherine Barski’s sense of accomplishment was even greater than usual.
Read moreVillager runs five half-marathons in five states in one week
As U.S. Marine Corps veteran Debbie Perina sang the national anthem, the crowd at Veterans Memorial Park of The Villages sang with her, paying tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Read moreMemorial Day events honor fallen heroes
A U.S. Marine Corps hat shades Woodrow Hill’s face from the afternoon sun as his eyes flicker across the 58,318 names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica wall. He keeps track of each line with his finger, then stops. He’s found the names of his 30 marine brothers who didn’t come home.
Read moreVeterans’ efforts ensure country remembers heroes
They are serving as first responders.
Read moreVHS grads come home to work
Residents gradually will experience the subtle twists to Spanish Springs Town Center as it continues to evolve.
Read moreNew features are coming to Spanish Springs
Memorial Day weekend usually kicks off summer vacation, and, judging by the numbers, people are ready.
Read moreMillions of Americans plan Memorial Day vacations
South Sumter football is known for its ground-and-pound attack, and that proved true this spring. The Raiders rushed for 288 yards in their 33-0 victory over Lake Highland Prep last Friday in Orlando. However, because of lightning in the area, the game was cancelled after South Sumter’s firs…
Read moreRaiders use spring to build team
Entering with the top mark in the javelin throw, it was safe for Caley Sosnowski to expect to walk away from the Class 2A track and field state championship meet with a gold medal.
Read moreBringing home the gold to VHS green and gold
Once again, Villagers turned back the clock for a week to times of competing in sports and hanging out with friends. And while that kind of sounds like every week around here, The Villages Senior Games comes with medals.
Read moreAthletes medal at The Villages Senior Games
Rebekah Gregory is tough as nails.
Read more10 years later, Boston survivors still inspire
Dogs might be man’s best friend, but they are also our best helpers.
Read moreWanted: Helping paws
Residents can jump into one of the many activities in The Villages solo or with friends, but some enjoy them with family.
Read moreShared hobbies strengthen maternal bonds
Heritage Community Church in Fruitland Park is known for its energetic worship, but the late-morning worship on May 7 appeared to have more energy than usual.
Read moreChurches host celebrations for graduates
Neighboring communities are in search of history buffs, book nerds and environmentalists of all ages.
Read moreSurrounding Cities Search for Volunteers
Cathy Schrock gets in the Cinco de Mayo spirit with a little help from her head gear. Gathering Friday at Spanish Springs Town Square for the Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Schrock gave her friends Sherry Mitchell and Vicki Lawley handmade headwear boasting vibrant colors and Mexican themes.
Read moreCinco de Mayo heats up Spanish Springs
How do you balance a budget? You say this is my revenue, and this is what I’m going to spend, Sen. Rick Scott told those assembled Monday at Rohan Recreation.
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…
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. “…
The Villages Sumter County Service Center was a high traffic area Monday morning as U.S. Rep. Val Demings helped lead a golf cart caravan there — one filled with people eager to return their mail-in ballots.
When greeting the crowd at Brownwood Paddock Square, Gov. Ron DeSantis asked if they were glad to live in "the free State of Florida," a question that sparked cheers.
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 …
The next stage of the election is beginning, one that could include something Florida’s big races haven’t seen much of so far — political surrogates.
About 20% of Sumter County residents have taken advantage of opportunities to cast their ballots early for the 2022 primary election through Monday.
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, …
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…
Recently, local seniors lined up outside UF Health Precision Health Research in The Villages, eager to get inside an empty shuttle. None of them were driving. That was what made it exciting. Over multiple days last week, seniors participated in a study spearheaded by the University of Florid…
Read moreUF Health gauges seniors’ opinions on self-driving vehicles
As new residents continue to move to Florida in droves, nowhere in the state is growing faster than Sumter County.
Read moreSumter County leads growth in Florida
Residents’ property tax dollars in Sumter County will continue to support The Villages Public Safety Department.
The jury didn’t buy the doughnut defense.
A jury of four men and two women from Marion County are now seated to decide the felony perjury case against suspended Sumter County commissioner Oren Miller.
Jury selection begins in Marion County today in the felony perjury trial against suspended Sumter County commissioner Oren Miller.
Suspended Sumter commissioner Oren Miller’s felony perjury trial will begin the day after Election Day, a judge ordered Tuesday.
Sumter County commissioners remain locked in on delivering the county’s largest property tax-rate cut in 15 years.
Sumter County’s foray into providing a no-kill animal shelter has been a failure, commissioners agreed Tuesday. The county will shift to a “socially conscious sheltering” model in a move designed to provide more humane treatment for the animals, the board unanimously decided.
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. …
Villages residents are getting an up-close look at their new ambulances and clarity about the future of their fire department.
As Sumter voters are choosing commissioners for Districts 1 and 5, new details are emerging in the criminal scandal that unexpectedly put them in play.
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