Local News

  • Group provides access to needy

    For some it’s a lack of computer access or skills, others simply lack gas money or transportation to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) facility in Wildwood.

  • Sex sting: 22 arrests

    They come from various backgrounds. Some are professionals, others are unemployed. They range in age from 20 to 59.
    While their backgrounds differ, all of them are suspects arrested recently in a sex sting operation targeting adults trying to solicit sex from minors.
    Sumter County Sheriff’s Office led the multi-agency undercover sting operation dubbed STARCOP that resulted in the arrest of 22 suspects from various locations in Florida.

  • Man arrested in hit-and-run death

    A resident of The Villages has been arrested in connection with the last year hit-and-run death of a Fruitland Park woman.
    Robert Taylor Boyd, 22, was arrested on March 17 for a felony charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving death, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. Boyd was also cited for careless driving.
    The arrest stems from a midnight traffic crash on Oct. 2, 2010, when Boyd was driving east on County Road 466 in the outside lane near Buena Vista Boulevard in a 2005 Toyota, according to the report.

  • Motorist crashes into home, dies

    Kenneth Logan Craig, 63, was killed Monday when the truck he was driving crashed into a home just doors down from his own residence, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
    The truck and home were engulfed in fire after the crash and Craig was pulled from his vehicle, through the home and out the front door, according to one witness, who was visiting family when the crash occurred.
    Sgt. Steve Gaskins, of the Florida Highway Patrol, said Craig collapsed on the lawn before being taken to Citrus Memorial where he was later pronounced dead.

  • Manicures, haircuts and massages for $10



  • Lake and Sumter County Resource and Job Fair

    The Florida Department of Corrections Probation and Parole Services will host a community resource & job fair on Wednesday, April 6th, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Venetian Gardens in Leesburg.

    Representatives from various local employment agencies will be present.  Also in attendance will be health care providers, educational institutions, DHSMV, and DCF.  In addition, representatives from counseling services, housing services and several community resource organizations from Lake and Sumter Counties will be available.


    If you’re wondering what to do this weekend, here’s a few activities that should provide some enjoyment:

  • SECO Annual Meeting is Saturday, March 26

    Top prizes include pick-up truck and $1,500 cash
    Sumter Electric Cooperative (SECO) will conduct its Annual Meeting of the Membership on Saturday morning, March 26. The meeting will take place on the grounds of the Co-op’s headquarters compound in Sumterville.
    This year SECO marks its 73rd anniversary and the theme for the meeting is energy efficiency. Members will be able to see many practical ways that they can reduce their electric bills and save energy at the same time.

  • Police chief suspended

    Center Hill’s police chief was suspended without pay, placed on probation for one year and must complete an ethics course for misrepresenting the law enforcement status of a man arrested for impersonating a law enforcement officer four years ago.
    Beginning April 1, Police Chief Roger D. Odom is suspended for 180 days following a lengthy investigation into his subsequent involvement in the arrest of Julio Garcia by Miami-Dade police on March 14, 2007, according to a letter from the City Council addressed to Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).

  • Hundreds sign transit petition

    A county transit system rider engaged in a determined struggle to keep the county from privatizing its Transit Department recently presented the County Commission with a petition signed by hundreds of residents.
    Bonnie Faye Cowie, 61, of Center Hill, formally presented the petition bearing 446 signatures to the Board of County Commissioners during their March 8 meeting in Bushnell.
    Cowie, who is afflicted by multiple sclerosis, presented the petition to commissioners from her wheelchair. She collected signatures from residents in all five cities and The Villages.