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  • Adoption discount offered for pets

    Looking for the perfect pet? The Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County may have the answer, and at a reduced adoption cost.
    Until the end of August, the organization is offering special adoption rates for dogs and cats.
    Adoption application requests for animals must be received no later than Aug. 31 to qualify for the special rates.
    The discount started last weekend during the Big Adoption Day, on Aug. 20.

  • Clerk ignores would-be robber

    The would-be robber demanded money. The convenience store clerk was not impressed, nor was she cooperative.
    A lone armed gunman attempted to rob the Kangaroo Express convenience store, 9985 U.S. 301, north of Wildwood last Saturday, Aug. 20, according to a sheriff’s office report.
    The attempted robbery happened about 8:30 p.m. when the masked suspect entered the store dressed in black or dark-colored clothing, according to the report.

  • Bushnell plans to rock

    The City of Bushnell is preparing to “Rock Around the Clock” this fall, with some help from supporters.
    The city is gearing up for its annual fall festival using a 1950s theme for the day. The event is set for Saturday, Oct. 15.
    While the date is still months away, organizers are already planning and registration deadlines have been set.

  • COLD CASES

    This is the eleventh 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.
     

  • More weekend arrests

    Arrests continued this past weekend as the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office rounded up four more suspects as part of its three-month investigation termed Operation Summer Sweep.
    Within the first 30 minutes of enacting “Operation Summer Sweep” last week, eight suspects in Lake Panasoffkee had been arrested.
    By the end of the day, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 34 suspects accused of either selling drugs or selling alcohol to minors had been arrested with warrants out for the arrest of nine more.

  • Mentor makes impact

    If Carlos Marxauch jumped out of a plane, would you jump out too?
    It almost sounds like something a parent might ask their wayward teen, who just got caught swimming in the public fountain or racing down the highway.
    And for the Zarlenga brothers, the answer is ‘yes’ — not to the public swimming in the fountain or the illegal racing, but rather to plane jumping – as paratroopers for the United States Army.

  • Calling for parade applicants

    Be in the parade on Saturday, Sept. 24, 9:30 to 10 a.m.
    Do you have a float?
    Want to advertise?
    Have a special group to show off?
    Join the parade!
    An event is being planned celebrating Sumter County services people with a special appreciation day at the Sumter fairgrounds, 7620 C.R. 471, Webster. Parade starts and ends at the fairgrounds.
    For details call Barb at 815-0488 or e-mail her at sumterfair@aol.com.
    Calling for vendors, too!

  • Prison set for Computers for Kids

    Inmates at Sumter Correctional Institution in Bushnell will soon be providing children with refurbished computers.
    The prison is one of two facilities in the state targeted for a new “Computers for Kids” program, sponsored by the Florida Department of Corrections. The other facility participating in the program is Cross City Correctional Institution in Dixie County.

  • Croom woman arrested for animal cruelty

    A Croom-a-Coochee woman was arrested last week on animal cruelty charges.
    Ivi Lynn Lucas, 33, was arrested last Wednesday, Aug. 3, when county animal control officials seized three dogs from her property that appeared to need immediate medical attention because of their poor physical condition, according to sheriff’s Capt. Kevin Hofecker.
    Lucas was arrested on three counts of animal cruelty and placed in the Sumter County Detention Center with bond set at $1,500.

  • COLD CASES

    This is the tenth 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.