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Shemir Wiles

Shemir Wiles is a true Floridian, born and raised in Spring Hill. After receiving a certificate from her fifth-grade teacher that said she would be a journalist in 20 years, she decided that was what she would be when she grew up. Shemir attended the University of South Florida in Tampa and majored in magazine journalism. After graduating with honors in 2007, she began a career in newspaper in Citrus County where she worked for five years before joining the Akers team. Shemir’s hobbies include sleeping, waking up and going back to sleep, tending to two very demanding cats, people-watching, playing dance games on her Wii, shopping entirely too much, and reading… when she isn’t sleeping.
Growing Pains

Growing Pains

I dislike goodbyes, especially when it means something good is finished. But in my nearly 30 years of living, I’ve come to realize farewells don’t always have to be a bad thing. As a young businesswoman who wants an incredible…
BAC: Purebred Perfection

BAC: Purebred Perfection

Bac may be scruffy and sweet on the outside, but inside sits the heart of a winner. PHOTO: FRED LOPEZ His American Kennel Club-registered name is GCH Alpha Natura Bacchus CA CM2. But to those who know and love this…
REESE: A Pup with a Purpose

REESE: A Pup with a Purpose

PHOTO: Fred Lopez As a therapy dog and constant companion, Reese brings joy into the lives of every person she meets. Much like the peanut butter cups she’s named after, 3-year-old Reese is sweet to the core. People can’t help…
FORK ON THE ROAD: Palm Gardens Restaurant & Marina

FORK ON THE ROAD: Palm Gardens Restaurant & Marina

A great little hangout off the beaten path PHOTO: Fred Lopez I’ve been dining out long enough to know first impressions shouldn’t be everything. And while Palm Gardens may not furnish the pomp and circumstance of most waterfront restaurants, it…
Rolling with DICE

Rolling with DICE

PHOTO: Fred Lopez Dice and her human, Howard Horwitz, are pretty familiar faces in and around The Villages. As a therapy dog team, the dynamic duo visits as many assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers as they can…
MEET A VILLAGER: Legacy of Dance

MEET A VILLAGER: Legacy of Dance

Even though she’s retired, Marjorie Blakely shows no signs of slowing down when it comes to her first love: dance. Anyone meeting Marjorie Blakely for the first time may pick up pretty quickly that she’s a dancer. She carries her…
IN THE VILLAGES: Learn to LOL (Laugh Out Loud)

IN THE VILLAGES: Learn to LOL (Laugh Out Loud)

The Laughing Yoga Club in The Villages believes achieving good health and a positive attitude is something to laugh at. I’m known for a lot of things. I’m known for being quiet until you get to know me, having a…
IN THE VILLAGES: Food, Fun & Friendship

IN THE VILLAGES: Food, Fun & Friendship

Enjoying Good Food, Good Wine, and Good Times. Some of my best times involved eating out with friends or preparing a feast in the kitchen with family. The Villages Gourmet In or Out Club fosters that warm feeling. The club…
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