Florida on Tuesday marked another grim milestone in the fight against the coronavirus, reporting 132 more deaths — its biggest single-day spike in fatalities and a 90% increase over the past two weeks. That brings the death toll of Floridians to 4,409 on a day the state also reported another…

This year’s tax season has had many changes. The Internal Revenue Service changed the deadline for taxes to be returned multiple times this year to accommodate the pandemic. Now, the final day to file taxes is Wednesday with no expected postponements. Here are a few final things to know abou…

For exercise, Carolyn and Rich Vena back the car out of the garage to make a dance space, crank up some rock ’n’ roll on their stereo and boogie down together. Rich was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease 11 years ago, and Carolyn has taken on the role of 24/7 caregiver since then, part of th…

Concrete and steel are steadily rising at the Gov. Rick Scott Industrial Park, a massive project that’s expected to bring about 20,000 new jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenue to the area over the next decade. “The pace of development has been truly spectacular,” said Frank Calascione…

As Florida reported 93 more COVID-19 deaths on Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis said the toll likely would be much worse if the state had not made changes to protect residents of long-term care centers. He defended his decision to reopen the state in early May. “I think there was really no justific…

While the majority of UF Health The Villages Hospital volunteers are counting the days until they can return, some already are back into the swing of things. After sending volunteers home in March to keep them and patients safe from COVID-19, the hospital reopened six of its 40 volunteer pos…

Good news is brewing for Sumter County homeowners. This week, the county commission will consider taking the first step to cutting the property tax rate this fall. “With the county’s growth, we’re not only able to grow the revenue base, but also start to reduce the property tax rate,” said C…

While the percent of positive test results for COVID-19 are concerning, precautions already in place will “keep people working, keep society functioning” while protecting the most vulnerable, Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Monday. Flanked by medical professionals at UF Health The Villages Hospita…

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These aren’t the types of vegetables your parents nagged you about finishing when you grew up. Produce harvested by The Villages Grown, The Villages’ farm-to-table initiative, packs a strong flavor that’s owed to its freshness. “So many people have said they don’t like vegetables,” said Jenn…

Some family farms aren’t letting people in other than the families who run them. It’s one way the tri-county’s farms and agribusinesses are guarding their supply of locally grown and raised food so they can feed people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cases of COVID-19 increased in recent days …

Super Bowl MVPs have spoken the line. World Series winners. Olympic medalists. Even an American Idol. “I’m going to Disney World!” Now it’s LeBron James’ turn. And James Harden. And Giannis Antetokounmpo. And Kawhi Leonard. And Zion Williamson. An entire NBA. (Well, about three-fourths of it…

Independence Day can be fun for everyone, but people should take precautions when playing with fireworks, sparklers or other heat sources. Here are a few tips to keep everyone safe while celebrating America’s birthday.

The Fourth of July may feel different because of the pandemic, but some consumers still plan to celebrate. And local busineses are ready for them.

Floridians could soon opt for a throat swab or scalp check with their prescription pickups. A new law that took effect Wednesday allows pharmacists to diagnose and treat the flu, strep, lice and some skin conditions, as well as certain chronic conditions, though pharmacists won’t immediately…

All reservations filled quickly this week for COVID-19 testing at New Covenant United Methodist Church. The church offered its property to the Florida Department of Health for mobile testing that began Monday and concludes Thursday. It was the efficiency of the testing Tuesday morning that e…

Jessie Reyes sees The Villages growing and wants to grow with it. Reyes, one of the owners of Fiesta Grande Mexican Grill, is working with the other owners on opening a second restaurant location in the area to have more space and grow their clientele. Other local businesses also are expandi…