Feeding Florida is an opportunity Jessica Gentry cherishes most about farming. “I couldn’t be more humble,” said Gentry, owner of Bountiful Farms in Okahumpka. “I’m always grateful for our customers and that I can feed them, no matter what’s going on.” Locally and nationwide, consumers also …

Feeding Florida is an opportunity Jessica Gentry cherishes most about farming. “I couldn’t be more humble,” said Gentry, owner of Bountiful Farms in Okahumpka. “I’m always grateful for our customers and that I can feed them, no matter what’s going on.” Locally and nationwide, consumers also …

October will bring the return of three popular elements of The Villages lifestyle: nightly entertainment on the squares, club activities at Villages recreation centers and live shows at The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, each with new guidelines to keep residents safe. The squares w…

The generosity of this year’s College Colors Day Funds for Food competition continues to show The Villages’ giving spirit. After the food drive’s first virtual event brought in a new sponsor — Publix — and a record of $48,312, which could yield about 54,900 pounds of food, the pantries are p…

The expansion of age-restricted apartment-style living in The Villages got an important government greenlight Monday, a move that planners say will help revitalize the area north of State Road 44. Special Master Zachary Broome approved applications to bring the living option to the site of t…

Back in April, Billie Thatcher’s neighbor sent her an email asking if she would consider holding a driveway concert in their seven-house cul-de-sac in the Village of Springdale. Itching to get back to performing, she agreed, thinking it might last a few weeks.

The first residents of The Lofts at Brownwood say they are enjoying The Villages’ newest lifestyle option and looking forward to getting to know their new neighbors. The Lofts features apartment-style living that allows residents to simplify their lives while maintaining the activities and r…

Sumter County, boosted by The Villages residents, continues to lead the nation in the oldest median age. The community’s makeup, including its amenities and robust lifestyle, shows signs of contributing to healthy living and longevity. The county, which houses most of The Villages, features …

The past several months have been quite a roller coaster for the Rev. John Kelly of St. George Episcopal Church and his wife, Tish. “We are a family of COVID-19 survivors,” Kelly said. “I had the virus and so did our daughter. But Tish was in the hospital for 56 days. My daughter and I had t…

Birders are coming out of their nests. For some members of local birding groups, staying at home for months left them eager to get out of their houses and see some birds. This motivated the Brownwood Birders to resume birding trips a month earlier than some other birding groups plan to. “We …

Ginger, the golden retriever puppy, barks and wags her tail. Her heart pounds when someone pets her. But Ginger doesn’t need to be fed or bathed. She never needs to go outside. Gini Cronauer likes that about the robotic dog. The animatronic pet responds like a “real puppy,” said Cronauer, of…

Florida bars are reopening again. Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Secretary Halsey Beshears signed an executive order Thursday allowing bars in the state to resume the sale and service of alcoholic beverages on the premises starting today. Bars will have to operate…

Jacqui Mitchell will never forget the day she became a grandparent. “Just thinking about it makes me emotional,” she said. “It was such a gift to meet my granddaughter for the first time and be in her life.” As the U.S. celebrates Grandparents Day today, Mitchell is one of an increasing numb…

Amy Roberts feels safer at work than she does at the grocery store, and her workplace is doing what it can to help others feel the same way. Roberts, a clinical social worker at Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute, and health care providers encourage residents to see medical settings as s…

It was like losing a brother. It was like losing 343 brothers. Nineteen years ago today, airplanes flown by terrorists slammed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York. Another plane hit the Pentagon and a fourth crashed into a Pennsylvania field when heroic passengers foil…

The Enrichment Academy’s semiannual Learn & Grow Expo is today, when people can learn about fall/winter classes. The modified expo will be from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Lake Miona Recreation Center. Like everything else in 2020, this expo will be different from expos in the past, but people stil…

As yet another recreational softball season began Tuesday, players and spectators alike were welcomed by several upgrades to softball facilities in The Villages. A handful of improvements were made at Saddlebrook Softball Complex, Knudson Softball Field and Soaring Eagle Softball Complex, af…