Local News

  • Sesler sworn in as attorney

    Andre D. Sesler passed the Florida Bar exam on Sept. 19 of this year and was sworn in Sept. 30 to honor his mother, Regina Duggs on her birthday.
    Sesler grew up in Wildwood and was a 2004 graduate of Wildwood High School. He went on to attend the University of Florida, where he earned his law degree, graduating on May 13.
    He earned his degree in corporate law and was hired by the Ft. Lauderdale firm that he interned with.

  • Farm Bureau hosts annual dinner

    Hundreds of ranchers, farmers and other guests chatted as the annual Sumter County Bureau banquet got underway earlier this month.
    The annual dinner was held on Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Sumter County Fairgrounds with 325 people attending.
    Designed as a fun and informative evening for members, the night included dinner, news from the state and national level and a collection of door prizes.

  • Lake-Sumter Community College named in Top Digital-Savvy Survey

    Lake-Sumter Community College recently ranked number five among the top-ten schools in its category to be recognized as an annual Digital Community College Survey Winner. Only 30 schools in the nation, categorized into three groups by student enrollments, were selected for their cutting-edge use of technology. LSCC is the only Florida community college earning the 2011 award.

  • Man dies, two others injured in car crash

    The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a Monday morning crash that killed one man and injured two others.
    Investigators were still attempting to confirm the victim’s identity at press time.
    According to an FHP report, it was just after 8 a.m. Monday when the driver of a 2008 Toyota Prius was travelling south on C.R. 475 at a high rate of speed and failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of S.R. 44.

  • Suspects arrested in attempted burglary

    Detectives arrested two men last week, after they allegedly attempted to burglarize a Mabel area home. Christopher Garcia, 31, of Webster and Thomas M. Fussell, 31, of Bushnell were arrested after the homeowner reported the incident to the sheriff’s office, according to a sheriff’s report.
    According to authorities, the men attempted to burglarize a home on C.R. 772, but were unsuccessful in gaining entry.

  • Salvation Army seeks service expansion

    In 2011, the Salvation Army has seen a 14 percent increase over last year in food requests from Sumter County residents.
    The anticipated need for The Salvation Army’s services is not expected to be reduced anytime soon which is why the organization is moving quickly to meet those needs and create even more community services.

  • Making a difference

    Christina Richardson likes her new front door. She’s pretty pleased with the new windows and the new water heater too.
    At 97, Richardson had some problems at her Wildwood home that needed to be solved.
    The life-long Wildwood resident had drafts through her old windows and her front door had seen better days.
    The door had been damaged and wasn’t efficient for dealing with weather conditions.
    On a limited income, making repairs like replacing doors, a water heater and windows was cost prohibitive, she said.

  • Man arrested for sexual battery on teen

    Detectives arrested a Center Hill man on 10 counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a child, according to a Sumter County’s sheriff’s report.
    Authorities believe Kenny Ryan Davidson, 22, had 10 sexual encounters with the unidentified 14 year-old girl over the past month and the incidents took place at either the victim’s residence or Davidson’s Center Hill residence, according to the report.
    The investigation was initiated after the victim’s parent contacted the sheriff’s office.

  • Man dies after being struck by van

    A Lake Panasoffkee man died this past weekend after being struck by a Dodge van last Wednesday night, just after 9 p.m., according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.
    George Romer III, 31, was riding his Raleigh Coronado bicycle east along C.R. 470, near C.R. 400, when he was struck.

  • Bushnell Elementary is Distinguished School for 2010-11

    Bushnell Elementary School has been identified as a Florida Title I Distinguished School for the 2010-2011 school year.
    Sumter County School Supt. Rick Shirley says, “According to the Department of Education, Florida has 1,853 Title I schools and only six are being awarded this recognition.
    “What a great honor for the faculty, staff and community.”
    The Chancellor of Public Schools commended Sumter for the strong commitment made by the district and school staff to have the highest quality of education for all students.