Local News

  • DUI motorist receives life sentence

    An Oxford motorist was sentenced last week to life imprisonment for killing four motorcyclists last year while attempting to pass a slower-moving vehicle.
    Paul Sermons, 46, was given four concurrent life sentences last Wednesday when he appeared for sentencing before Circuit Court Judge William Hallman III.
    In June, a jury convicted Sermons of DUI manslaughter. The same jury found Sermons innocent on four counts of vehicular homicide.

  • Doing Day Camp

    Bushnell day campers are shown here below the city’s water tower, only minutes after arriving at the utilities location. The visit included a trip inside the water tower and a chance to learn where water comes from. See story inside.

  • Reliving WW II

    World War II may be long over, but it’s not forgotten.
    Next month, the Dade Battlefield Society is sponsoring its annual World War II Commemorative Day on Saturday, Aug. 6, at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, in Bushnell.
    The day provides an opportunity to participate in a real life display of history as crowds roam the park and experience life during the war.

  • Filth, drugs lead to arrest

    The Lake Panasoffkee home had dirty and unwashed clothing piled four-feet high in the kitchen. Roaches and ants had infested the kitchen sink and kitchen countertops.
    The condition of the home and the presence of marijuana led investigators to arrest Alta B. Risen, 32, for child abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    Risen was arrested Saturday, July 9, when investigators from the state Department of Children and Families went to the home based on allegations of child neglect, according to a sheriff’s office report.

  • Snake trial continues

    Television camera crews and the vehicles of the curious filled the park lots at the Sumter County Courthouse in Bushnell early this week as trial proceeding started for an Oxford couple accused of  being responsible for the Burmese python strangulation death of 2-year-old Shaiunna Hare.
    It is believed to be the first death case of its kind in the state and it created ripples throughout the country when news of the toddler’s death spread.

  • Movie in Park planned

    The Dade Battlefield Society and the Sumter County Tobacco Prevention Program will be presenting Movie-in-the-Park at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park 7200 C.R. 603, Bushnell, FL 33513.
     The movies will be shown the third Friday of every month beginning at dusk. Family and friends are encouraged to attend this low cost community activity. Bring a lawn chair, blanket, etc. and bug spray to enjoy a movie under the stars!
     The cost for this event will be $3 per car load (up to 8 people). This is a tobacco-free event.


    This is the sixth story in a series of stories featuring 12 unsolved murders contained in the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case File. During the upcoming weeks, the Sumter County Times will publish information about each of the murders.

  • Want to save big?

    Few products offer individuals the opportunity to save more than they spend. Starting July 21, the Sumter County Times will give readers this opportunity with the return of SmartSource coupons.
    Inside The Sumter County Times each week, readers will find a coupon package regularly valued at more than $100 in savings through manufacturer, retail and restaurant coupons. Subscribers will usually find they can recoup the cost of a Times subscription in just one week of coupon savings.

  • I-75 victim identified

    The woman found dead on Interstate 75 last Wednesday morning (June 30) has been identified as Cindy Renee Davis, 39, of Orlando, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.
    Her body was discovered in the highway near the Bellview exit by two Wildwood police officers.
    FHP officials said Davis was a pedestrian and her death appears to be been an accident. Her body had been struck multiple times in the roadway, according to FHP reports.

  • Five injured in I-75 wreck

    Five people were injured Tuesday afternoon when the 2009 Lincoln Navigator they were traveling in collided with another vehicle on Interstate 75 in Sumter County.
    The collision happened about 12:53 p.m. July 5 when Madaline Alyce Duhs, 22, Dunnellon, lost control of the 2005 Chevrolet Impala she was driving in the southbound lane of the interstate, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.