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Prospect Jesus Sanchez on his experience, joining Marlins Miami Marlins prospect Jesús Sanchez joins Marlins LIVE the pregame show, with Craig Minervini and Tommy Hutton, to discuss joining the New Orleans Babycakes and what his experience has been thus far.

ARC denies Villager's request to remove problematic oak tree from his yard The Architectural Review Committee has denied a Villager's request to remove a problematic live oak tree from his yard. The ARC on Wednesday denied the request from Donald Bansemer who lives at 2255 Placid Terrace in the Village of Hadley. He planted the oak tree when he bought the home in 2008 for $282,200.

New homeowner eager to make up for lack of 'enthusiasm' of previous owner A new homeowner in the Village of Lake Deaton is eager to make up for the lack of "enthusiasm" of the previous owner of the home. Kim Cote on Wednesday before the Architectural Review Committee described her plans for improvements at the home at 1946 Picnic Place.

Homeowner seeks permission to remove trees he claims are danger to his home A homeowner in The Villages failed to win permission to remove pine trees he claims are a danger to his birdcage. Joseph Nasti who lives at 410 San Pedro Drive in the Village of Rio Grande had his application for tree removal denied Wednesday by the Architectural Review Committee.

Controversial ex-Trump aide with Villages ties competing in 'Dancing with the Stars' Spicer was in The Villages in last year for a book-signing event at Barnes and Noble at Lake Sumter Landing.

Repairs made to hole that opened in roadway near Villages Charter School A Sumter County road crew has made repairs to a small hole that opened up early Tuesday afternoon in the southbound lane of Tatonka Terrace near The Villages Charter School. Traffic is flowing smoothly on the roadway and the area around the "dry depression" is scheduled to be repaved on Friday.

Live square entertainment for Thursday, Aug 22 Brownwood Paddock Square - 5:00 PM. Old Skool. Lake Sumter Landing Market Square - 5:00 PM. Never Never Band. Spanish Springs Town Square - 5:00 PM.

Rohan Recreation Center Sports Pool to be closed for maintenance The Rohan Recreation Center Sports Pool will be temporarily closed for maintenance. We've got the date.

Jacksonville bowler nabs Senior Shootout Championship at Fiesta Bowl A Jacksonville man took home the trophy from this past Saturday's 2018-19 Senior Shootout Championship at Fiesta Bowl. Rory Peterson made the most of his invitation from the previous non-winners' event to capture his first Senior Shootout title by beating out Dennis Rakauskas, of Apopka, and Sam Bass, of Dunnellon.

Lake County sheriff's deputy indicted on civil rights violations in shooting of unarmed woman A Lake County sheriff's deputy resigned Wednesday after being indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice and charged with civil rights offenses. The charges stem from an incident on Oct. 11, 2016 when Dep. Richard Palmer, 58, is accused of shooting a woman "whose hands were visible and empty" during a traffic stop in Paisley.

Two men arrested after SWAT team raids suspected drug house in Lady Lake Two men were arrested after a SWAT team raided a suspected drug house in Lady Lake. The Lake County Sheriff's Office SWAT team, armed with a search warrant, arrived early Tuesday morning at the home at 2900 Temple Hill Road.

Boynton Beach Actor With Down Syndrome Stars As 'Wrestling Hero' In New Film A new independent film called "Peanut Butter Falcon" stars Boynton Beach resident Zack Gottsagen, who plays a wrestling hero. Gottsagen has Down Syndrome, and his character, Zak, dreams of meeting his all-time-favorite wrestling figure, known as the Salt Water Redneck.

Lady Lake man jailed in attack on woman over 'money, drugs and personal belongings' A Lady Lake man was jailed in an alleged attack on a woman over "money, drugs and personal belongings." Lady Lake police were called at 6:42 a.m. Tuesday to a home in the 200 block of Ann Street where 39-year-old Thomas Moss attacked his girlfriend, according to an arrest report.

Pair Arrested in Violent Robbery of Miami Beach Tourist Police have arrested a man and woman who they say are responsible for a violent robbery of a tourist in Miami Beach last week. Jonathan Peters, 37, and Tuesday Grillo, 29, were arrested Tuesday on strongarm robbery charges, jail records showed. The robbery happened around 3 a.m.

Young Debaters Learn Public Speaking Skills at Fox Trail Elementary School At Fox Trail, all 1,200 students have debate as part of the curriculum, and some join the school's team. "The kids love it, they love going to debate, they love going to competitions, they like to debate me all the time with their research and their background about why we should do things," said Lynn Burgess, the principal.

Car rolls over into Miami Gardens house; air rescue dispatched - An air rescue helicopter has been dispatched after a rollover crash in Miami Gardens. Miami Gardens Police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units were dispatched to the scene in the area of Northwest Ninth Avenue and 179th Street, just after 5 p.m., Wednesday.

Former Sweetwater Officer Files Lawsuit Claiming PTSD, Loss Of Income In Aftermath Of FIU Bridge Collapse MIAMI - In the moments after the FIU bridge collapse, many people were running away from the scene. For former Sweetwater officer Jenna Mendez her training kicked in. She ran toward the chaos. "I jumped onto the structure where there was four construction workers.

A Court Ruling Just Changed How We Pick Our President A federal appeals court ruled late Tuesday that presidential electors who cast the actual ballots for president and vice president are free to vote as they wish and cannot be required to follow the results of the popular vote in their states, NBC News reported.

Swimming Advisory Issued For Several South Florida Beaches MIAMI - The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County has issued a swimming advisory for the following beaches:. - Surfside 93rd Street - North Shore 73rd Street - Collins Park 21st Street - South Beach - Virginia Beach - Crandon North and Crandon South.

Several Miami-Dade beaches placed under no-swim advisory Several beaches in Miami-Dade County have been placed under a no-swim advisory because of high amounts of enterococci bacteria found in the water. The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County issued the advisory, just before 5 p.m., Wednesday.

Trump signs student debt forgiveness for disabled veterans - Student loan debt held by disabled veterans will be forgiven under an order signed Wednesday by President Donald Trump. Trump said the order would direct the Department of Education to "eliminate every penny of federal student loan debt" owed by American veterans who are completely and permanently disabled.

Jet catches fire in Northern California; 10 aboard unhurt - All 10 people aboard a small jet escaped injury Wednesday after the aircraft aborted its takeoff at a small Northern California airport, went off the runway and burst into flames, officials said.

Tampa Bay Rays 7, Seattle Mariners 6 - Kevin Kiermaier drove in four runs, including a solo homer during a two-run ninth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Seattle Mariners 7-6 on Wednesday. Kiermaier tied it at 6-6 on a leadoff homer against Matt Magill.

Florida Woman Angry, Upset After Groomer Gives Beloved Dog Neon Dye Job LAKE WORTH BEACH - A Florida dog owner is angry and upset after she picked up her beloved pet and discovered the groomer had given her a neon dye job. Graziella Puleo's Goldendoodle named Lola was scheduled for a buzz cut and teeth cleaning recently at a Lake Worth grooming center.

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