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25-year-old resident of The Villages arrested near Shay Gate

An oft-arrested 25-year-old resident of The Villages has landed back behind bars. Ryan Stewart Ledoux, who lives at 1868 W. Schwartz Blvd., was at the wheel of a blue pickup truck when he was pulled over at 8:18 p.m. Feb 8 near the Shay Gate. A check revealed Ledoux was wanted on a Marion County war


Florida man gets $980,000 tax refund, feds say he shouldn't have

Tampa,Fla (WFLA) - A Florida man received a huge IRS refund by falsely claiming he paid $1 million in taxes, authorities said Friday. According to NBC News, the IRS has recouped much of the $980,000 refund from Tampa resident Ramon Blanchett, who prosecutors said lied on his 2016 tax return.


Billy Joel’s band brings hits of 52nd Street to The Villages

Billy Joel’s band can play without The Piano Man. Drummer Liberty DeVito, Richie Cannatta sax and Russel Javors’ on guitar proved that Friday at Savannah Center. The Lords of 52nd Street band, with singer Dave Clarke, delivered a hard-rocking concert that captured Joel’s sound and spirit.


It’s essential for Villagers to be courteous and clean up after their dogs

There are few things more special than owning a pet. For many, dogs truly are man’s best friends. For some, oftentimes finicky cats are the perfect answer. And for others, everything from fish to gerbils to hamsters to rabbits to horses provide the right solution.


Female Eagle Spotted with her Chicks in The Villages

We can’t get enough of this bald eagle family! The eaglets are growing so quickly, and their mom sure looks proud atop of the nest. This photo was taken at the Pine Ridge Eagle Preserve in The Villages, FL. Photo courtesy of Tom Lamb.


Taking away our treasured places in The Villages

Most people objected to tearing apart Katie Belle’s at Spanish Springs and taking out the ground floor for more shops. Not much shopping in these shops now and Katie Belle’s has changed from the grand beloved place it always was. (Remember Gunsmoke?).


Long wait at The Villages Regional Hospital ER

I went by ambulance to The Villages Hospital ER Tuesday night at 11 p.m. Sat in a wheelchair for six hours before seeing a doctor. Seemed to be only one on-call doctor and triage nurse. Not happy with slow service. They need more help.


Residents urged to guard against mosquitoes after Villager dies of West Nile Virus

Residents of The Villages are being urged to protect themselves against mosquitoes after the death of a Villager from West Nile Virus. The death of the 74-year-old resident of the Village of Fenney was discussed at Friday’s meeting of the Community Development District 6 Board of Supervisors. Board


Wild police chase caught on dash-cam at Florida golf course

One of the worst drives of 2019 was caught on camera in Lady Lake, Florida earlier this week. The driver was unable to get away with it. Jessie Webb, 29, led Lady Lake policemen on a wild car chase across Orange Blossom Hills Golf and Country Club Sunday morning, even forcing some golfers to swerve


Woman on probation for welfare fraud arrested after traffic stop in The Villages

A woman on probation for welfare fraud was arrested Tuesday night after a traffic stop in The Villages. Jacqueline Elizabeth Webber, 49, of Wildwood, had been driving a car at 9:51 p.m. with a passenger side headlight that wasn’t working when she was pulled over at County Road 466A and Buena Vista B


Drainage issues to be addressed in three villa communities in The Villages

Drainage issues are being addressed in three villa communities in The Villages. The three villa communities – Callahan, Belle Glade and Placida – are located in Community Development District 10. The drainage issues were discussed Thursday afternoon by CDD 10 supervisors.


At least 1 dead, multiple people injured in Aurora shooting, city officials say

AURORA, ILLINOIS - City officials in Aurora, Illinois, say a shooter has been apprehended after a situation at an industrial park where four police officers were injured. Authorities will provide an update on the shooting after 6:30 p.m. Watch live in the video player at the top of this story.


Controversial ex-N.J. governor tied to President Trump coming to The Villages

A controversial political figure tightly intertwined with President Trump’s administration is coming to Barnes & Noble in The Villages. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be at the highly popular bookstore in Lake Sumter Landing on Saturday at 4 p.m. to sign copies of his newest book titled


Florida motorcyclist dies after falling 100 feet off interstate in hit-and-run

TAMPA, Fla. - A Florida man was killed Friday when the motorcycle he was driving on an interstate highway clipped a motorcycle in front of him, sending him over a concrete barrier and 100 feet to his death, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.


Enough fentanyl to kill more than 1,000 found in Florida high school

(WBBH) - Enough fentanyl to kill more than 1,000 people, along with cocaine and marijuana, were found in a student's book bag at Florida's Lehigh Senior High School on Tuesday.


Movies are just a part of the show

Movies aren’t the only thing going on at The Villages Movie Theaters, which have carved out a reputation among film executives as a place where offbeat productions can thrive and sometimes do better business than anywhere else in the country. Theater managers also work to make sure each of the theat


Villager issued written warning after unvaccinated cat caught running loose

A Villager was issued a written warning after his unvaccinated cat was caught running loose in the Village of El Cortez. The two-year-old Siamese cat named Jasmine was caught and impounded Monday by Lady Lake Animal Control. The cat did not have a collar or any type of ID. The cat was scanned and a


Michigan snowbird reports car burglarized while parked at her home in The Villages

A Michigan snowbird reported her car was burglarized while it was parked at her home in The Villages. The 75-year-old Detroit area woman said her 2015 Chrysler Town & Country van with Michigan plates had been parked Tuesday night at her home in the Hacienda Villas when the burglary occurred, accordi


Monkey encounter near Florida state park

MARION COUNTY, Fla. (FOX 35 Orlando) - A monkey was captured on camera charging at some guests who were visiting Silver Springs State Park in Marion County, Florida. JC Castillo and Janee Masciarelli of Ocala said they were visiting the park this week, as they do multiple times a week, when a woman


Lady Lake Man Dies in County Road 611 Crash

PINELLAS COUNTY – A man from Lady Lake died Friday (Feb. 15) in a crash on County Road 611, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Donald Eugene Keller, 79, of Lady Lake, died at the scene.