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  • 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.

  • Woman With The Look for 2011

    On Friday, March 4,  Teisha Davison was crowned the Lady With The Look during the Tri-County LadyBallers’ ‘She’s Got The Look’ event at the Royal Community Center.
    The event began and ended with a rousing dance performance by Gifted and Anointed Praise Dance Team.
    Ms. Davison is engaged to Ronnie Johnson, the mother of one son, Ronnie Johnson, Jr. and a career woman while pursuing a college degree in criminal justice.

  • Water Watch

    School district staff joined with scientists and land managers from the Southwest Florida Water Management District, commonly called Swiftmud, to teach ninth graders from Wildwood and South Sumter high schools the science behind protecting natural resources, tracking endangered species and land and water management.
    The working field trip last month was hosted at Swiftmud’s Lake Panasoffkee property off S.R. 44 west of I-75 in Wildwood.

  • Bushnell reigns in cost of Fall Festival

    The Bushnell City Council recently agreed to eliminate the fireworks display and shortened the hours of the city’s popular Fall Festival.
    Other changes discussed include price hikes on vendor booths, tripling the costs charged to children who participate in the Greased Pig Contest and a new $5 charge per vehicle participating in the festival parade plus a $25 charge for parade entries that are “judged.”

  • Woman arrested in murder case

    A Lady Lake woman was arrested last week in connection with the January murder of a Wildwood man who died of multiple gunshot wounds.
    Sumter sheriff’s detectives arrested Latonia M. Latimer, 24, in connection with the January 2011 murder of Richard. W. Len, according to a sheriff’s office press release.
    Latimer is the sister of Leonard Massey who is jailed at the Sumter County Detention Center on unrelated drug charges and is a person of interest in Len’s murder.

  • The change begins with this edition

    This issue launches the subscription-based website for the Sumter County Times at www.sumtercountytimes.com. If you already subscribe to the newspaper, you’ll have immediate access to our online version. All you have to do initially is fill out your existing subscription information. It is beneficial to have a recent edition at hand when you sign up because your subscription account number is included on your subscription label attached to your newspaper.

  • WEEKEND

     

     

    WEEKEND

    FRIDAY

    2011 SUMTER COUNTY FAIR OPENS

    Beville’s Corner, S.R. 471, just south of 48.

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    SATURDAY

    LEAGUE OPENING DAY CEREMONIES

    Dixie Youth League in Webster will begin their season with Opening Day Ceremonies.

     

    Wildwood Grower’s Market

  • Woman arrested in connection with murder

    Woman arrested in connection with murder

     

    A Lady Lake woman was arrested this week in connection with the January murder of a Wildwood man.

    Sumtersheriff’s detectives arrested Latonia M. Latimer, 24, in connection with the January 2011 murder of Richard. W. Len, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

    Latimer is the sister of Leonard Massey who is jailed at the Sumter County Detention

    Center on unrelated drug charges and is a person of interest in Len’s murder.

  • Places to visit when you're at the fair

    Plant Show
    If you love plants, if you’re curious about plants, if you know nothing about plants, then you might want to check out the Sumter County Master Gardeners Horticulture Show.
    The show includes a variety of plants from gardeners around the county.
    There’ll be dish gardens, potted plants and hanging ferns on display and the variety usually ranges from Australian ferns to Bromeliads and orchids.
    Visitors can also garner information from the gardeners on site to help with their own lawns and plants.

  • A week full of county fair fun

    Whatever your interest – anything from livestock exhibits to concerts, you’ll find something to enjoy at the annual Sumter County Fair.
    The fair launches a week filled with entertainment beginning on Friday, March 11, and continuing through Saturday, March 19.
    The gates open at 5 p.m. on March 11 and activities for that evening include the Youth Sheep Show at 6 p.m., a fashion revue by 4-H, Ranch Rodeo and an evening fireworks display.
    Livestock Events