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Clearwater teenager fatally struck by SUV in Citrus County
A teenage girl from Clearwater died after she was hit by a SUV in Citrus County on Friday.
Building Services to Move to The Villages Sumter County Service Center
Sumter County will close its Building Services Bushnell Annex Office effective July 10, 2023. All building services will be consolidated at the Villages Sumter County Service Center location at 7375 Powell Rd., Wildwood, FL 34785. With this consolidation, all building, planning and zoning services will be housed at one location for all customer needs. This activity is in preparation for the future relocation of building and planning services to the new Service Center in Sumterville.
Dunnellon man killed in motorcycle crash Saturday
PALATKA, Fla. — A motorcyclist died after he was ejected during a crash in Putnam County Saturday, Florida Highway Patrol said. He was a 39-year-old man from Dunnellon. The motorcyclist was driving westbound on State Road 20, just east of Wippletree Road, when his motorcycle struck the back of a car driven by an 80-year-old woman.
‘Keep praying’: Family of deputy struck by car remains hopeful of his recovery
The family of a Citrus County deputy is remaining hopeful after he was struck by a 19-year-old girl while directing traffic on Tuesday.
Firetrucks respond to store at Rolling Acres Plaza
Multiple firetrucks responded Friday night to a store at Rolling Acres Plaza in The Villages. The units from The Villages Public Safety Department were called at about 9 p.m. to Ross Dress for Less, which is located in the same shopping plaza as Target. Firefighters entered the store and no outward flames or smoke were showing.
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Offenses: 784.045(1B) – AGG/ASSAULT/BATTERY PREGNANT PERSON. The Hernando Sun is a locally owned weekly newspaper. The founders of the newspaper are Rocco and Julie Maglio. They saw the need for a newspaper when the Hernando Today newspaper closed their doors in 2014. Rocco is from Hernando, he went to school from Moton Elementary through Hernando High. Growing up in Hernando enhances his ability to provide background to ongoing issues. The Hernando Sun Printed their first issue in March 2015. They published monthly for a year before increasing to a weekly printing. The newspaper is delivered through the US mail, so it arrives with your mail.
Man tied to infamous beating death at town square in trouble again
A man tied to an infamous beating death at a town square in The Villages is back in trouble again. Nicholas Metcalfe, 25, of Ocala, was being held without bond this weekend at the Marion County Jail. Metcalfe had been sentenced to six months probation in the 2016 death of...
Huge Hobby Lobby store on track to open later this year
A huge Hobby Lobby store is on track to open later this year in The Villages. The 55,000-square-foot-store is under construction at Buffalo Ridge Plaza. Longstanding real estate partner, David Emihovich of Katz & Associates, worked with Hobby Lobby’s Matthew Abnet to secure the location in Buffalo Ridge Plaza.
Circling Citrus 5.25.23
Public school kids have there last day of school tomorrow! So the question is now what? Time to enjoy your kids, hopefully even if you are working, you'll be able to take a little time off to do things with them. As a mom of 2 graduating seniors, I can tell you the time goes by way to fast.
Painting contractor in The Villages apprehended on felony charge
A painting contractor in The Villages has been apprehended on a felony charge. Jason Melville Garaway, 48, who lives in the Village of Calumet Grove and operates Garaway Painting Inc., was driving a black Chevy Silverado pickup at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the area of County Road 466 and Chula Vista Avenue when an officer ran the vehicle’s license plate and learned the vehicle’s registered owner has a driver’s license that was suspended last year, according to an arrest report from the Lady Lake Police Department. The officer followed Garaway’s pickup and initiated a traffic stop at Miller’s Ale House on U.S. Hwy. 27/441.
Man arrested after making snack run for his pregnant girlfriend
A man was arrested after making a snack run for his pregnant girlfriend. Beon Ozar Strong, 38, of Wildwood, was driving a silver Kia SUV at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday on U.S. Hwy. 27/441 at Griffin View Drive when an officer noticed that the vehicle had a brake light that was not functioning, according to an arrest report from the Lady Lake Police Department. The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but Strong drove to a home on McClendon Street.
Golf cart snatched from garage in The Villages
A golf cart was snatched from a garage in The Villages. Kimberly Foreman of the Village of St. Catherine said her garage doors were down and the thief apparently broke in through a back door. The incident was reported to the Wildwood Police Department. Foreman said she fears the golf...
Oath Keepers Leaders from Texas, Florida Sentenced on Seditious Conspiracy for U.S. Capitol Breach
Elmer Stewart Rhodes III, of Granbury, Texas, the founder and leader of the Oath Keepers, and Kelly Meggs, of Dunnellon, Florida, the leader of the Florida chapter of the organization, were sentenced for seditious conspiracy and other charges related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Their actions disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress that was in the process of ascertaining and counting the electoral votes related to the presidential election.
Crash with injuries prompts temporary closure on Florida Turnpike in Sumter County
SUMTER COUNTY, Fla. – A crash along the Florida Turnpike on Friday forced part of the roadway to shut down in Sumter County, according to the sheriff’s office. In a preliminary crash report, the Florida Highway Patrol stated the crash happened in the northbound lanes of the Turnpike, south of mile marker 308, involving an SUV in the outside lane and a pickup truck traveling ahead of the SUV.
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Offenses: 810.02 – BURGLARY DWELLING 812.014 – GRAND THEFT-AUTO. The Hernando Sun is a locally owned weekly newspaper. The founders of the newspaper are Rocco and Julie Maglio. They saw the need for a newspaper when the Hernando Today newspaper closed their doors in 2014. Rocco is from Hernando, he went to school from Moton Elementary through Hernando High. Growing up in Hernando enhances his ability to provide background to ongoing issues. The Hernando Sun Printed their first issue in March 2015. They published monthly for a year before increasing to a weekly printing. The newspaper is delivered through the US mail, so it arrives with your mail.
Citrus County hit-and-run victim wants travel expenses comped for testifying in Massachusetts court
INVERNESS, Fla. - A Citrus County mother is recovering from serious injuries after a hit-and-run driver plowed into her while visiting Massachusetts, and while the medical bills are adding up, she says the trial is even more expensive. Six years ago, Janice and Bob Boulay were interviewed by FOX 13...
Citrus County family at crossroads with Massachusetts court
A driver plowed into a Citrus County mother while she was visiting Massachusetts. And now, as she recovers from serious injuries, the trial is costing her even more.
Young coach and talented pitcher lead Crystal River softball
TAMPA, Fla. — You won't find a younger softball group in Citrus County other than the ones out of Crystal River. Their season wrapped up in the regional quarterfinals and the team is ecstatic for the future of this program. The Pirates are coached by Alyssa Hamilton, a former...
Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter opens applications for 7 new homes
Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter opened applications on Wednesday for seven new homes being built in Lake and Sumter counties.
Is the rapid growth of The Villages a good thing?
The U.S. Census Bureau has announced that The Villages metro area was the fastest-growing U.S. metro area between 2021 and 2022, increasing by 7.5 percent. It’s confirmation of what everyone already knows living here in Florida’s Friendliest Hometown. Growth brings new restaurants, a new Hobby Lobby and a...
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