Today's News

  • Flea Market, Craft and Bake Sale

    A flea market, craft and bake sale are slated for 8 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. The event will last until 3 p.m. that day at St. Lawrence Catholic Church - 320 E. Dade off U.S. 301.

    Table space and tables are available for interested vendors.

    For more information, call Mrs. Petty at 352-793-7773.


  • Community Calendar - Dec. 17, 2009

    FRIDAY, DEC. 18

    Covered dish dinner

    and dance

    A covered dish dinner dance will take place at the Lake Panasoffkee Recreation Park at 1582 C.R. 459 (off C.R. 470). Dinner will be from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Soft drinks and tea will be provided. Dancing to the music of Ed Curtis will be from 3 to 11 p.m. The event is open to the public, couples and singles, and is sponsored by the Sumter Singles. For information, call 424-1638.


    Villages Democrats Club

  • 'The Gift' slated at Grace Tabernacle

    Local church to peform musical and drama presentation nightly in December.

    Click the "Grace" link for more:


  • Letter to the editor: Dec. 10, 2009


    fundraising event

    Thousand Palms RV Resort, a new business on State Road 44 just east of the Withlacoochee River in Lake Panasoffkee, is hosting its 2nd Annual Festival of Holiday Lights. The festival of lights is being offered to the public as a holiday food drive for needy veterans and their families.

    The Festival of Lights begins at dusk every weekend starting Friday, Dec. 11 through Saturday, Jan. 2. Thousand Palms Resort is at 6545 W State Road 44 in Lake Panasoffkee, seven miles west of Interstate 75 (exit 329).

  • Christmasee right on target

    I can’t believe it’s here already — Christmas is here already! As you read this, chances are good that you’re putting the final touches on your Christmas day plans — finding that last little something for someone special, calling family to make sure the menu’s rounded out, or picking up the roast  from the butcher.

    If you have a faith and belief that Jesus really is the reason for the season, it’s all about love.

  • Police Report - Dec. 31, 2009

    Monday, Dec. 21

    Brian James Freeman, 26, Webster, was arrested for driving while license is suspended. Bond was not set.

    Kamron Jason Woods, 27, Lady Lake, was arrested for violation of probation, felony fleeing attempt to elude. Bond was not set.

    James Ray Sabb, 28, Wildwood, was arrested for out-of-county warrants.

    Tony James Lee, 29, Bushnell, was arrested for violation of probation, aggravated child abuse. Bond was set at $10,000.

    Tuesday, Dec. 22

  • Ceremony honors vets

    This weekend, veterans of all branches of the military, Merchant Marines, prisoners of war and those missing in action will be honored with a special ceremony at Florida National Cemetery.

    The Bushnell cemetery will be the site for Wreaths Across America, a holiday wreath-laying ceremony to honor and remember the nation’s veterans.

    The wreath-laying at gravesites will be between 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12.

  • To some, doing their job isn’t enough

    On the way to work last Saturday, I glanced at some scribbling on a notepad lying on the seat beside me.

    “Wreaths Across America — Florida National Cemetery — go and observe, get comments, take photos, write article.”

    That’s really all I intended to do — my job.

    That morning I had to stop for gas; then some guy cut me off in traffic, after which I noticed the words “gas cap” blinking bright orange in the instrument panel of my aging jeep which meant it was likely sitting atop the gas pump …. Get the idea?

  • Steering transportation $$ beyond Villages

    A reapportionment plan under consideration by Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) would name the entire county as an MPO designated area, an advantage currently exclusive to The Villages.

    The MPO’s regional planning allows for the annual allocation of millions of dollars in federal transportation funding, including funding originating from the Stimulus Bill passed by Congress earlier this year.

    Sumter County, outside of The Villages, lacks representation as a designated area by the (MPO) even though the group bears its name.

  • Police report: Nov. 19, 2009

    Tuesday, Nov. 10

    Mary Lawson Wenz, 49, Sumterville, was arrested for larceny — petite 1st offense. Bail was set at $250.

    Jamie L. Marchlewski, 27, Wildwood, was arrested for larceny — petit 1st offense. Bond was set at $250.

    Wednesday, Nov. 11

    Martin J. Long, 58, The Villages, was arrested for Domestic Battery — touch or strike. Bond was not set.

    Thursday, Nov. 12