Pat Geistler loves working with children. “I have been working with foster children for about 15 years,” Geistler, of the Village of Linden, said. “We develop relationships with the children that we work with and as I get older, you can do things with them we took for granted with our childr…

Pat Geistler loves working with children. “I have been working with foster children for about 15 years,” Geistler, of the Village of Linden, said. “We develop relationships with the children that we work with and as I get older, you can do things with them we took for granted with our childr…

UF Health experts are working to reassure the public that COVID-19 vaccines are safe, reliable and effective, addressing public skepticism that some health officials call “vaccine hesitancy.” Florida reports that 1,492,509 people, including 75,513 in the tri-county area, have completed the v…

It’s not as though Chuck Wynne hasn’t had ample opportunity in recent months to get out on the golf course, or to lighten the wallets of his buddies. That said, those days don’t stand up to the satisfaction he and partner Grant Chenault enjoyed in Saturday’s lengthening shadows, walking off …

It’s Manatee Season: How to Get a Close Look

A rare moment of good news emerged for citrus growers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s seasonal outlooks. The federal agency updated its February citrus forecast for Florida orange production, estimating production at 56 million boxes. That’s an increase of

February and March are months packed with entertainment in The Villages, including festivals on the squares, productions at The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center and resident theater group productions at recreation centers and Savannah Center. The Wall Street Journal projected in a repo…

The pandemic has afflicted certain groups — students of all ages, people who lost jobs, essential workers — with adverse psychological effects, some mental health professionals say. And military veterans have been there as well. The VA’s mental health unit at The Villages’ outpatient clinic …

Delores Lancaster smiled when she saw the hats the Abundance of Love group put out in front of Beyond the Walls food pantry in Fruitland Park. The Leesburg resident fingered through them before picking out some she thought her sister would like. “My sister has been in the hospital and she lo…

Local builders and business leaders say they have been left flat-footed by the Sumter County commission’s decision to reject an offer from The Villages Developer that would have spared them from a potentially crippling tax increase. Newly elected commissioners Craig Estep, Oren Miller and Ga…

Businesses and homebuilders who want to expand throughout Sumter County will not be spared from a potentially crippling tax increase, county commissioners voted Tuesday in rejecting a compromise volunteered by The Villages Developer. Under the compromise, The Villages Developer would have pa…