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  • Flood-prone areas discussed

    Portions of central and southern Sumter County have historically had problems when water levels rise.
    Lands roughly east of Bushnell and near Center Hill that are incorporated in Sumter County’s Big Prairie watershed have been notorious for flooding during high water periods caused by heavy rains or storms.
    In past years, the county along with the Southwest Water Management District have attempted to address and curb flooding issues in the area.

  • Wildwood bank robber sought

    Wildwood police are hoping that the public can provide some useful information to help solve the robbery of a Wildwood bank last week.
    A lone suspect robbed the BB&T Bank, at 837 S. Main Street, last Tuesday, Nov. 26.
    The robbery happened about 3:41 p.m. when there were no customers inside the bank, according to Wildwood police. The suspect entered the bank and presented a handwritten note to the bank teller demanding money.
    The note demanded that she give him all of the hundreds, fifties and twenties.

  • For the holidays

    DEC. 6
    Lighted-boat Night Parade
    If you’re a boating enthusiast and love the holidays, or just love to Christmas carol, you may want to join the crowd on Friday Dec. 6 for the Lighted-Boat Night Parade in Lake Panasoffkee.
    Boat floats are asked to meet at 6 p.m. at Angler’s Haven boat basin, where they’ll begin line-up.
    The flotilla will move along and arrive at Harbor Lights at 7 p.m. and then on to the WerdaHeckamiat? pier by 7:15 for caroling.

  • South Sumter hosts event

    South Sumter’s NJROTC served as host this year for the annual orienteering competition between Central Florida schools.
    South Sumter’s team ended the competition with four awards this year, including three in the female category and one in the team category. Jesseca Currie took a first place in the female yellow category and sixth overall, Marie Rodman took a second place in the female orange category and the  South Sumter green team of Shane Cohn, Tyler Smith and Clifford Thompson taking third.

  • Raiders win, on to regionals

    When the players, coaches, fans and families of the South Sumter High football team sit down to Thanksgiving dinner today, they can be very grateful for Friday’s game.
    South Sumter, now 12-0, beat North Marion 42-8 in a Class 5A-Region 2 semifinal in Sparr. That means the Raiders  play  St. Petersburg Lakewood  on Friday in Bushnell for the regional title.
    South Sumter head coach Inman Sherman said he wasn’t expecting to beat a team like North Marion (9-3) by that lopsided score.

  • Folk festival draws crowd

    Guests walked a Florida trail to find a Spanish explorer and a pioneer woman settled on her front porch. They chatted with a U.S. military soldier from 1838 and perused the encampment of a Seminole couple, as Florida folk music drifted through the trees and Hall of Fame artist Frank Thomas was honored.
    It was all part of the Florida folk festival hosted by Dade Battlefield Historic Park in Bushnell.
    Held on Saturday, Nov. 9, the festival was a first for the local area and drew participants from around the state.

  • Paramedic arrested for child pornography

    A local paramedic was arrested last week on a dozen charges of child pornography and one count of lewd or lascivious molestation.
    Kenneth Eugene Thomas, 50, Bushnell, was arrested Wednesday, Nov. 13, after law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at his home and discovered child pornography on his computer.
    The investigation was conducted by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) unit, after receiving a report from a Citrus County Sheriff’s detective in October.

  • Raiders continue wins

    It’s that time of year again and the South Sumter High football team is rolling as usual.
    The Raiders beat Suwanee 31-12 Friday at Raiders Field in the Class 5A quarterfinal game.
    Next up is Citra North Marion. North Marion is known for its strong defense and beat Pasco High 17-7. North Marion and South Sumter will play Friday at 7:30 p.m. at North Marion.
    The winner of Friday night’s game will play the winner of the Tarpon Springs-Lakewood game.

  • Pedestrian dies in wreck

    A 20-year-old St. Petersburg woman died Sunday night when she was struck by a tractor trailer on Interstate 75.
    Brittany Nicole Bailey died Nov. 17 at 10:30 p.m. at the scene of the collision north of C.R. 462, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.
    The wreck happened when a tractor trailer, driven by Alfonza Scott Singleton, 44, of Windmere, was traveling southbound on the interstate in the outside lane about a mile north of C.R. 462, the report states.

  • Suspected bank robbers nabbed

    After weeks of surveillance and tracking the movements of a Tampa couple, FBI investigators filed a criminal complaint and arrested Immanuel and Cara Williams for more than a dozen bank robberies in Central Florida - including the robbery of the Center State Bank in Bushnell, according to the probable cause affidavit.
    Acting United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announced that the two suspects, both 28, have been arrested and charged in a criminal complaint with conspiracy to obstruct, delay, or affect commerce by robbery and conspiracy to commit bank robbery.