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  • Raider Football Golf Scramble Set

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  • Shady Brook preserved

    After 43 people spoke out passionately against a controversial county proposal to route a four-lane section of County Road 470 through the heart of Shady Brook RV and Golf Resort, commissioners voted to spare the tiny landmark community.

    Proposal seven would have eliminated offset intersections at U.S. 301 by installing  the new section of C.R. 470 alongside acres of wetlands and through the Carmichael family’s property that has been in the family since 1953.

  • Villages pays for gov center

    The Villages Sumter County Service Center and The Villages Library at Pinellas Plaza bear the name of the development because the majority of the money used to build the two new multi-million-dollar government facilities was provided by the retirement community.

    The Villages of Lake-Sumter is headed up by developer H. Gary Morse and his son, Mark Morse, president of the company.

  • Auditions set for 'Guys and Dolls'

    Auditions for Guys and Dolls will be held at the Melon Patch Playhouse, 311 N 13th St., Leesburg, on Sunday, July 18 and Monday, July 19. The auditions are slated to begin at 7 p.m. A large and varied cast is required so everyone is welcome to audition.  The show is under the direction of John Turcotte with Billie Thatcher as Assistant Director. No appointments or prepared audition pieces are needed.  All who audition will be taught the song "Guys

  • Back-to-School Luau planned


    Back-to-School Luau



    The Church of the Fishermen, in partnership with the Lake Panasoffkee Neighborhood Project,  is hosting a free block party on Saturday, Aug. 14 from noon until 4 p.m.

    The event, called the "Back-to-School Luau" will include a giant water slide, inflatables, games, competitions, prizes, free gently used clothing for school kids, food, drinks and music.

  • Meeting the candidates

    The Sumter County Cattlemen’s Association’s Meet the Candidates banquet, Saturday, at the fair auditorium, provided citizens a one-on-one opportunity to ask local, state and federal candidates questions before each gave short campaign speeches.

    Sheriff Bill Farmer volunteered to hold the timer to ensure candidates adhered to Cattlemen’s predetermined time limits.

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  • Police: Waiter swindled customers

    A former resident of The Villages and waiter at Cody’s Roadhouse Grill at Lake Sumter Landing was arrested for altering customers’ credit card receipts to reflect larger tips than authorized by them, according to a sheriff’s office report.

    Detectives arrested Shawn Mussante, 23, formerly of The Villages, for altering more than 90 of his customer’s credit card transactions. The guests were served between April and June of this year.

    Mussante increased amounts of gratuities from $1 to $20 for a total of more than $700.

  • In the July 15th edition of the Sumter County Times on news standsee Case draws motorcyclists, summer day camp costs, Ministries distribute food and more, Webster man stabbed, editorial - Is county decision fair for all? Column- Hey, where’s the ket

    Tuesday, the Oxford motorist involved in a March 13 collision west of Bushnell that killed four people on two motorcycles entered a not guilty plea as about 50 members of ABATE of Florida, a national motorcyclist advocacy group, looked on.

    Paul Sermons, 45, Oxford, wearing a red jumpsuit, briefly faced Circuit Court Judge William H. Hallman in the crowded Bushnell courtroom after the judge called his case “out of turn.”

  • Slain Tampa cop from Sumter

    Slain Officer Dave Curtis of the Tampa Police Department (TPD) worked the  urban streets of Tampa where working crime cases  are nearly as familiar  as summer picnics by his rural St. Catherine home.

    The 31-year-old patrol officer, husband and father of four, along with fellow officer Jeffery Kocab, also 31, were shot to death after a traffic stop in the early morning hours of Tuesday, June 29. For more of the story see this week's edition of the Sumter County Times.