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Neighboring communities are getting in the spirit with several holiday events in the coming weeks. Lady Lake will host its annual Christmas parade with a “Christmas Under the Sea” theme at 10 a.m. Saturday. “We definitely have a true small-town feel to our Christmas parade, which gives it a …

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It’s not every day the Senate Special Committee on Aging has a hearing outside of Washington, D.C., Sen. Rick Scott  said Monday morning. “But, as a Floridian, I’ve long thought that we need to have a hearing down in the state so we can see and hear about the issues facing Florida’s seniors,…

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Don Wiley wants to make sure first responders who can’t be home with family this Thanksgiving get the same delicious meal at work. He and dozens of other Villagers are donating Thanksgiving dinner to firefighters working the holiday at all of The Villages Public Safety Department’s fire stat…

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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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Villages residents in Sumter County are just the governor’s signature away from deciding if they want to approve an independent special fire district for themselves. Gov. Ron DeSantis received the bill Friday from the Florida Legislature with unanimous support — seeking to allow The Villages…

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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. …