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Today's News

  • Wildwood prepares for expansion

    The City of Wildwood may be making a move to the south – and it might be coming closer than you think.

  • Holiday wreath event to honor veterans

    Florida National Cemetery on Dec. 16 will host Wreaths Across America, a holiday wreath-laying ceremony to honor and remember the nation’s veterans.  

    The U.S. Military Vets Motorcycle Club is hosting the event to honor veterans of each branch of the military, the merchant marines, as well as prisoners of war and those still missing in action (POW/MIA).

  • Pioneer Christmas at Dade

    “It’s a great way to start the Christmas season,” Mark Waggie, an Altamonte Springs resident said, homemade wreath in hand, outside a Dade Battlefield pavilion on Saturday. Waggie was just one of hundreds who turned out for the historic state park’s annual Christmas on the Florida Frontier.

    This is an event that park staff and an army of volunteers produce each year to provide visitors with a glimpse of how folks celebrated the holidays and lived during the state’s early years of settlement.

  • Webster Christmas

    By Martin Steele

     

     

    It’s that time of year when Sumter communities celebrate the season with holiday events. Webster is among them and has for years has livened the town with a nighttime parade that brought out hundreds – kids, families, retirees and all – to enjoy the festivities.

     

  • Reward for Peavy increases

    The reward offered for information leading to the arrest of Larry Darnell Peavy doubled last week with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) contributing an additional $5,000 to the original $5,000 provided by the U.S. Marshal’s Service along with the FCRFTF (Florida/Carribean Regional Fugitive Task Force).

    That makes a total of $10,000 that is offered for help in apprehending the Bushnell resident. 

  • Bringing out the classics

    The cool cars and trucks rolled into town Saturday for the sixth annual Classic Car Show and Fund Raiser at Howie’s Family Restaurant in Bushnell’s Jumper Plaza.

    Visitors sat back and enjoyed a “postcard perfect” afternoon and the entertainment of several singers and musicians who put their efforts into the annual event help to raise money for the Sumter County Youth Center.

  • Animal advocates seek no-kill policy

    County officials are not doing enough to save Sumter County’s pets, according to a network of local residents who for several weeks have lobbied the county commission to establish a “no kill” policy for the Animal Services facility in Lake Panasoffkee. And, they plan to go back to the board on Tuesday, Nov. 28 to continue their efforts.

  • Man arrested in murder case

    Marion County Sheriff’s detectives on Friday, Nov. 17 arrested a Summerfield man in connection with the July shooting death of an Oxford man.

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Major Crimes investigators arrested Jeffery Jack Rewis, 49, and charged him with the murder of William Lolley II, 30, according to a MCSO announcement. Lolley was shot at Rewis’ residence on SE 80th Avenue, on July 31. Lolley later passed away from his injuries at a local hospital.

  • Reward offered in murder case

    The U.S. Marshals Service along with the Florida/Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information directly leading to the arrest of Larry Darnell Peavy.

     Peavy, 35, is wanted by police for the Nov. 5 sexual assault of one teenage girl and homicidal violence that led to the death of another teenage girl.

    Peavy reportedly was with the girls in Tavares and then drove them to a Bushnell residence where he was renting a room.

  • How safe is your child's car seat

     A free care seat safety inspection is available Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast  office at 617 S. U.S. Hwy. 301, Sumterville. The inspection only takes minutes, and it might save a child from harm.

    To schedule an appointment for the free service, call 352-563-9939 ext. 235. The Child Passenger Safety Program also provides low-cost car seats to income-eligible families.