Local News

  • Man gets 2 years for pig assault

    A man arrested on animal cruelty charges after allegedly breaking into the livestock pens of a local school’s agricultural department and attacking three pigs was sentenced to 2 years in prison after pleading no contest to the charges.
    Dallace Lee Hatley, 19, of Bushnell, was a student at South Sumter High School prior to Jan. 20, when the pigs were injured by his dog while Hatley was trespassing on school property.

  • Knife-wielding suspect captured

    A good deed quickly turned into a dangerous encounter last week for a Oakland Hills man and his daughter.
    But fortunately, the possible victim’s father became the captor in a Friday evening incident at the Oakland Hills Medical Complex, 13940 State Road 441.
    Roy James II and his three-year-old daughter were walking their dog near the north side of Building 400 in the medical complex where they saw a man lying on the ground between the building and an outdoor table, according to a sheriff’s office report.

  • HS/SPCA of Sumter urgently seeks donations

    As the summer months approach and snowbirds leave the area, many needs remain behind such as the on-going programs for low income residents and their pets.
    “Rescued animals continue to need emergency medical care and food” noted HS/SPCA volunteer Anne Cunningham. “We hope that even though people have left the area, being out of sight doesn’t make us out of their minds and hearts.
    “We ask that they continue to send in donations to help us continue our mission of eliminating animal suffering throughout the harsh summer months.”

  • Local biker advocates awareness

    At age 67, he has logged over 600,000 miles on nine motorcycles and more than 3 million miles at the wheels of various trucks, including 18-wheelers and one-ton “dualies” (tandem wheel pickups) that he uses to tow recreational vehicles all over the country for dealers agents and RV owners. But his road warrior experiences have turned Thomas Curley of Croom-A-Coochee into a super cautious driver and a bit of an activist.

  • Linden picnic coming up

    The Linden Cemetery Picnic is scheduled for Saturday morning, June 25, the last Saturday in the month.
    The picnic typically features a cake-and-pie auction, raffled prizes, barbecued chicken, chicken pileau, pork, beef and chicken-and-rice meals served with cold drinks and deserts. However the picnic has evolved into more than an event to raise funds for maintaining the Linden Cemetery.
    The picnic in Linden, near Tarrytown, is a time and place where past and present residents of the area come together each year to share memories and make new ones.

  • Former county jail employee convicted of battery

    A former civilian Sumter County jail employee was found guilty on three counts of lewd and lascivious battery against two girls under the ages of 16 and received three 15 year sentences, to be served concurrently.
    Robert W. Carson Jr., 27, had been facing a potential life sentence on the initial charges of capital sexual battery against the minors, but during a plea deal Tuesday the charges were downgraded to lewd and lascivious battery.


    This is the second story in a series of stories featuring 12 unsolved murders contained in the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case File. During the upcoming weeks, the Sumter County Times will publish information about each of the murders.

  • Webster in Bloom

    There’s no doubt about it – Webster is growing.Bit by bit, business by business, building by building – the city in the process of transforming.
    Webster in Bloom is a community project that is flourishing throughout the city, turning once bland buildings into colorful spectacles with blooming planters and flowering gardens in abundance.
    There are plants at the post office, in the median strips, at the community center, city hall – and that’s just a sampling.

  • Home destroyed

    Tracy’s Point residents were still in bed Monday morning when a clothes dryer apparently malfunctioned and sparked a fire, destroying a home and sending the sole resident and his dogs fleeing from the structure.
    “We were notified of the call at 6:53 a.m.,” said Sumter County Fire Services Deputy Chief Brad Burris.
    When they arrived on scene, there was “heavy fire showing from the roof,” and the single occupant was already outside.

  • Man convicted in bikers’ deaths

    An Oxford motorist accused of killing four motorcyclists while attempting to pass a slower-moving vehicle last year was convicted on four counts of DUI manslaughter by a jury Friday, June 10.
    Paul Sermons, 46, of Oxford, was convicted in a Sumter County courtroom, and sentencing, which according to guidelines could include a life sentence, is scheduled for July 6. The same jury found Sermons innocent on four counts of vehicular homicide.