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  • Dogs quarantined; many die

    An offer to provide refuge for 222 puppies and dogs from Puerto Rico for four days in their air-conditioned warehouse in Bushnell has cost Ronnie and Linda Graves, founders of Sumter Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) between $50,000 and $75,000 and taxed the stamina of a group of dedicated DART volunteers.

    The animals were supposed to be disease free, at least four months old and 10 pounds or less in weight, according to Ronnie Graves, but that was found not to be the case upon their arrival.

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  • E5 gains, Chamber diminished

    E5 Solutions, the private consulting firm hired to assist local businesses and attract industries to Sumter County, got a financial shot in the arm recently from the county, landing twin contracts, including one that provides office space and other amenities inside the new The Villages Sumter County Service Center.

    Valued at $24,000, the contract provides office space along with janitorial, telephone, electric and sewer services and furniture in the new building, according to a county report.

  • Coleman election complaints advance

    The State of Florida Commission on Ethics (COE), in a report dated July 21, 2010, found “probable cause to believe that Coleman Police Chief Frank Moore misused his position and public resources by engaging in political activities during then Mayor Lonnie Evans’ 2008 reelection campaign.”

    The Commission considered three “consolidated complaints” filed against Moore that included “placing election signs in his police vehicle.”

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  • County to close waste operation

    The county’s solid waste transfer station adjacent to the closed landfill at 835 County Road 539 is set to cease commercial operations and lay off non-essential employees by Nov. 1. The citizens’ residential drop off operation at the facility will remain.

    The county will designate Sumter Sanitation in Wildwood to receive in-county Class 1 commercial solid waste after the county closes its facility.

  • Hearings set for Coleman officials

    Former mayor of Coleman Lonnie Evans and current Coleman Police Chief Frank Moore are scheduled to face ethics complaints during a hearing at the Sumter County Courthouse in mid December, according to a state report.

    Earlier this month, Division of Administrative Hearings (DOAH) Judge Lisa Shearer Nelson re-scheduled and consolidated the ethics complaints filed against Evans and Moore.

    The hearings are set for 10 a.m., Dec. 14, and 9 a.m., Dec.15, in Bushnell’s Historic Courthouse, Room 209.

  • Bronson urges citizens to avoid oil spill scams

    Avoiding oil spill scams

    Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson today advised consumers to be on the lookout for any scams arising out of the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


    While Bronson's Consumer Services Division has yet to receive any complaints or uncover any fraud involving the oil spill, analysts and investigators with the agency are working closely with the Federal Trade Commission and other states to thwart any problems that may occur.


  • Deputies bust retail theft ring

    Saturday, sheriff’s deputies, with help from Wildwood police, broke up a retail theft ring and apprehended four suspects that allegedly stole more than $9,000 in video games and other merchandise from a Walmart store, according to a sheriff’s office report.

    Two accomplices were arrested during a traffic stop by a deputy after another deputy retrieved their vehicle’s license plate number from a store video after answering a call about a theft at The Villages Walmart at Wedgewood Lane.

  • For the love of horses

    “I grew up with horses. I used to watch Roy Rogers a lot and Gene Autry. I always wanted to be a cowboy,” said Long Island, New York native Thomas DeLibro.

    In his youth, he went to stables, just to see the horses, but as much as he loved horses and wanted to be a cowboy, he didn’t actually ride until he was about 19 years old.

    “I finally went riding and was scared to death,” he said.

    He moved to Florida in the 1960’s, wanting desperately to be a cowboy.