The year of the rat has begun. Today marks the first day of the Chinese New Year, which celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. Although the holiday is recognized mostly in mainland China, Chinese New Year is celebrated all over the world. It is a time whe…

Gary Klein wanted to see what sort of interest there would be in an electric bike group in The Villages.

A vital part of any economy or community is growing and thriving in Sumter County. The number of manufacturing companies in the county is increasing, as are production and jobs. Crevalle Boats, a boat manufacturing company in Wildwood, reached a major milestone in November by building its 50…

Colt McDowell knows he’s surrounded by guys who love to win. But the fifth-year head coach of The Villages High School boys basketball team also knows he’s got players who hate to lose even more. And the Buffalo weren’t going to lose to rival Wildwood for a second time in 13 days. VHS made g…

The best investment advice he ever received, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, was to never bet against America. “America will prevail,” Pompeo said. “We should all bet on our nation.” Those words brought cheers Thursday during Pompeo’s appearance at the Sumter County Fairgrounds in …

Less than two weeks removed from their last showdown, The Villages High School and Wildwood Middle High School boys basketball teams will square off again tonight. And leading their respective teams into the rematch will be two of the area’s most talented players — The Villages’ Ricardo Wrig…

The Villages Career & College Expo opened students’ eyes to options that extended far beyond previous horizons. The career fair in The Villages High School gym Thursday was attended by about 1,200 students from VHS and South Sumter High School, as well as the general public. Representati…

The music takes you back to the 1970s and ’80s. Songs from groups such as Van Halen, the B-52s and the Bee Gees can bring back memories of a beautiful day at a music festival.

When Floridians raise a toast, they’re more likely to do so with glasses of locally made beer than in 2010.  The 2010s marked a period of intense growth in craft beer in Florida and around the nation. And the tri-county, including The Villages, is home to scores of craft drink makers — profe…

Florida’s theme parks are transforming themselves in a big way. New attractions expected in 2020, and the recent trend toward immersive themed lands featuring popular franchises, at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando resorts are changing what a Central Florida theme park experience is l…

Nostalgia filled the air Tuesday night at Engelbert Humperdinck’s performance at The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center. Backed by keyboards, drums, guitars and backup singers, the legendary singer known for lavish stage performances and sweet love ballads didn’t disappoint.

Joyce Burns grabbed a dart and stepped up to the plate. All the bases were loaded.

The cavernous meeting room at North Lake Presbyterian Church was filled from wall to wall with red, white and blue clothing and decorations to celebrate a Villages Honor Flight reunion of 2019 fall flights: Missions 47, 48 and 49. On hand for the 1 p.m. Tuesday luncheon were a collection of …

It’s the time of year when flags are unpacked, inspected and repaired in preparation for their placement at Florida National Cemetery on Memorial Day.

Most people in The Villages have a story to tell, whether they realize it or not, author and former White House Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater said.