Local News

  • Website becomes subscription based

    Starting next Thursday, March 17, the Sumter County Times’ website at www.sumtercountytimes.com, will become a subscription-based news and information site.
    So what does that mean to you, our loyal readers?

  • Proud parents, beautiful babies

    A tear made its way down the sunburned cheek of a father’s rugged face after his daughter won her age category at the Sumter County Fair Baby Pageant and another father standing in front of the stage blew his daughter a good luck kiss before the emcee pronounced her the winner.
    The Sumter County Fair Baby Pageant is really much more than the title portends, as children up to four years of age get a chance to compete in nine different age groups and categories.

  • Former Coleman officials cleared

    A state ethics investigation involving former Coleman police chief Frank Moore and Lonnie Evans, the city’s former mayor, resulted in a finding that no violation of ethics had been demonstrated on the part of either man.
    All but one of the ethics charges were filed over a year after Evan’s unsuccessful 2008 mayoral re-election bid and stemmed from accusations made by a number of residents including a terminated Coleman police officer.
    Neither Moore or Evans returned calls made to their homes by press time.

  • Pulling away

    The split second a team hears the metallic clink of the “hitch man” dropping the heel-chain hook at the end of the draft harness into a sled’s tow ring, nearly 5,000 pounds of raw horsepower, in the form of two powerful draft horses, pull much more than their combined weight more than 16 feet across a corral. The sled driver is not allowed to use a whip and the equestrian sport is subject to strict regulations designed to prevent animal cruelty.

  • Two injured in crash

    Florida Highway Patrol troopers continue to investigate a weekend collision on Interstate 75 that left two people in critical condition.
    The collision happened at 4:18 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, in the southbound lane of I-75, near Wildwood, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.
    Stephen Kleiber Jr., 24, Ocala, was traveling south in a 2002 Volkswagen GTI behind a 1999 Chevrolet Blazer driver by Jason De Carmine, 28, of Temple Terrace, when Kleiber failed to compensate for the slower speed of the Blazer, according to the report.

  • Prepare for the fair

    Get ready, the Sumter County Fair begins next week and a week filled with events is planned at the annual event.
    The fair starts on Friday, March 11, and continues through Saturday, March 19, at the Sumter County Fairgrounds, a few miles north of Webster on State Road 471.
    Make sure to pick up a copy of next week’s Sumter County Times for a full listing of fair activities and photos of youngsters participating in livestock events.
    The fair has plenty to offer no matter what your interest.

  • Bogus 'officer down' call - 3 arrested

    Keith W. Burdeshaw, 19, Corey N. Cox, 21, and Dallace L. Hatley, 19, all of Bushnell have been arrested and charged with their involvement in the burglary of an off-duty Lake County detention deputy’s vehicle, according to a Sumter sheriff’s office report.
    The burglary occurred at the detention deputy’s Bushnell residence early Monday morning on Feb. 28, where a portable radio belonging to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office was stolen, according to the report.

  • WWII Day in Webster

    Saturday, March 5th will be Webster WW II Day. It will be a free event in Downtown, Webster, Florida. Vendors will have cookies, home-made ice cream, and other items. Come see military vehicles, period dressed re-enactors, and weapons demonstrations. WW 2 veterans will be our guests of honor - come tell your WW 2 story at the E.C. Rowell Library WW 2 room. Parking will be at the left of the library. Please attend. For more information - please call (352) 457-6229.

  • Major drug bust made

    Approximately six years ago, The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office began receiving information in the form of street-type rumors of organized methamphetamine sales in and around Sumter County by a group of unknown individuals.
    Through diligent research and deliberate investigation this group or cell was identified by the Sumter County Special Investigative Squad. It was established that they were transporting large amounts of methamphetamine from Georgia to the Sumter, Lake, Citrus, and Marion County areas.

  • Man arrested for rape

    A Webster man currently serving a sentence for a drug conviction was arrested last week and charged with raping a girl.
    Delbert Joe Martin, 34, Webster, was arrested last Wednesday, Feb. 16, on two counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a child and two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation on a child.
    Martin was placed in the Sumter County Detention Center without bond.