Local News

  • Biting suspect arrested while fleeing store

    A Williston man is accused of biting the hand of a Sumter County retail store employee while trying to flee after allegedly attempting to shoplift a pair of shoes.

    Ronald Glenn Perry, 45, was arrested Sept. 26 after an incident at the Beall’s store on U.S. 441, in The Villages, according to a Sumter County Sheriff’s Office report. He was charged with battery, possession of methamphetamine and two counts of larceny, and held with bond set at $15,500, according to Sumter County Detention Center records.

  • Victims' Rights Ceremony planned for April 13

     “Expand the Circle, Reach All Victims” is the 2018 theme for the annual Victims’ Rights Remembrance Program planned for April 13 in Bushnell, as local agencies observe National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 8-14.

  • Water District begins process for setting Withlacoochee flows

    By Fred Hiers

    Special to the Times

    When weather permits, 78-year-old Jodie Roberts sits on her deck on the Withlacoochee River a mile downstream from the Lake Rousseau dam and watches the water’s flow and enjoys the wildlife. She wants to keep it that way.

    To try and do that she was one of about 20 people who attended the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s kickoff meeting last week that began the process of establishing minimum flows and levels (MFL) for the middle and upper portion of the river.

  • Charges consolidated for 'pillowcase bandit'

    By Buster Thompson

    Special to the Times


  • Starring Kimberly and Frank!

    Did you ever dream of doing something special with your Grandpa? Something really, really special?

    New York City actress and filmmaker Kimberly DiPersia did and she’s about to make that a reality with her grandfather, Frank C. Hills, a resident of Wildwood Country Resort. They’re going to be co-starring in roles written specifically for them in the movie short “Junie and Frank.”

  • Candlesticks lead to school lockdown

    Last week, an observant resident noticed a man walking in the front parking lot of The Villages High School, with a long silver cylinder object, yelling , "I have a gun in my left hand and a gun in my right!" according to a Sumter County Sheriff's Office report.

  • Public Invited to Kick-off meeting for the Withlacoochee River Minimum Flows study


    The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) will hold a kick-off meeting on Tuesday, March 13 at 5 p.m. at Cornerstone Baptist Church located at 1100 W. Highland Blvd. in Inverness. The public is invited. The purpose of the meeting is to gather feedback about the upcoming development of the minimum flows for the upper and middle Withlacoochee River.

  • Taking a step back in time

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    The living historians of World War II returned to Dade Battlefield Historic State Park on Saturday and Sunday for another WWII Weekend.

    Sometimes called re-enactors, dozens of volunteer men and women participated in re-creating an era of the 1940’s when the U.S. and allied countries fought to defend Europe, Asia and the U.S. from the forces of the Axis powers.

  • Wildwood girls: state champs

    By Jeff Hamilton


    The Wildwood Middle High School girls’ basketball team have brought the state championship title home once again. The Wildcats finished their 25-6 season with a 54-45 victory over the Port St. Joe Tiger Sharks in Lakeland last week, winning their second state championship in as many years.

              On Monday, Feb. 26, the Wildcats traveled to Lakeland to battle the Lafayette Hornets in the Class 1A state semifinals for a spot in the state finals the next day.

  • Wildwood Art in the Park

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    Wildwood organizers, on Saturday,  brought together all sorts of creative folks for the city’s second annual Art in the Park event.

    Artist displays were spread among the shady oaks and plazas of Wildwood’s City Hall courtyard for the local cultural event, this year featuring 41 entrees including numerous local artists and craftsmen and participants from as far away as the panhandle of northwest Florida.