Local News

  • Get ready for Relay for Life

    Get ready for the 2009 Relay For Life of Sumter on May 15.

    It’s an event that needs community support to thrive in the battle against cancer.

    It’s an overnight event where the community gathers for entertainment, fun, laughter, food and fellowship, all while raising money in the fight against cancer.

    Lead and create a team for the overnight fun, join a team already in place or just come out to take part in the fun.

    For more information, contact event chair Gidget Gibson at 461-1140.

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  • Man beaten, stabbed, in carjacking

    Police say a 75-year-old Wildwood man was pulled out of his car, beaten, and stabbed several times in the parking lot of Bealls Department store on U.S. Highway 27 in Leesburg, Sunday evening.

    The suspect, 40-year-old James Lanier of Leesburg, is accused of then leading police on a short chase and crashing head-on into one of the police cruisers, injuring two officers, according to a Leesburg Police Department press release.

    Following the alleged stabbing about 6:30 p.m., Lanier fled northbound on U.S. 27 in the victim’s vehicle, a 2006 Buick Rendezvous.

  • Wildwood schools could merge

    Faced with a shrinking budget and shortfalls in state funding, the Sumter County School Board is considering merging two of its Wildwood schools in an effort to save money.

    At a recent workshop, school board members listened to a presentation by Wildwood High School Principal Richard Hampton, who was asked to report on the feasibility of turning Wildwood High School into a school for sixth- through 12th-graders.

    If board members approve the plan, Wildwood Middle School would close and those students would attend what is currently Wildwood High School.

  • Crowd protests sewage plan

    A Zellwood-based septic company is seeking  county approval for a permit that would allow about 620 acres to be used as a disposal site for "septage."

    Septage is defined as a mixture of sludge, fatty materials, human feces, and wastewater removed during the pumping of an onsite sewage treatment and disposal system.

    On Monday, for the third time since the company applied in January, the application was presented before the county Zoning and Adjustment Board but the case was postponed.

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  • County could accept outside waste

    The county could soon accept out-of-county refuse at its solid waste transfer facility in Sumterville.

    Hernando County and the city of Brooksville have requested that Sumter County temporarily accept its refuse while a solid waste facility is being constructed there.

    At a recent Board of County Commissioners meeting, County Administrator Bradley Arnold said accepting the proposal could alleviate financial strain on the solid waste department.

  • Carbon tax could be costly

    Sumter Electric Cooperative is warning consumers about a federal energy policy in the works that could end up increasing their electric bills each month.

    It amounts to an extra $50 per month, or $600 each year, according to Jim Duncan, Sumter Electric Cooperative’s chief executive officer and general manager, and that’s a conservative estimate.

    Duncan recently spoke on the topic to an audience of local business leaders during this month’s Sumter County Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Wildwood.

  • Youth Fishing Tournament a success


    Long before “safe light” and the beginning of the Fourth Annual Tracy’s Point Youth Fishing Tournament, Steve and Donna Lind had already had several cups of coffee. It was 3:30 a.m. and for them, the best time of the day, as they waited and wondered, Lind said.

    “Anticipating whether or not the kids (and Sumter County) would show up. They did — with enthusiasm.”

  • Fishing tournament April 4

    If the kids are ready for fun and fishing and parents are looking for a family fun day, then it may be time to think Tracy’s Point.

    That’s because Saturday, April 4 is the day for the Fourth Annual Tracy’s Point Youth Fishing Tournament for kids aged 6 to 17 years old.

    The fun begins at safe light (around 7 a.m.) as young anglers head out with adult chaperons in pursuit of the big catch. There’s even some prize money involved.