Today's News

  • Webster: From red to black

    It has taken more than a decade, but Webster city representatives are breathing a sigh of relief these days. The city is no longer considered to be in a state of financial emergency.
    That’s the summation of the results of the city’s most recent financial audit (for fiscal year 2011-12) that ends spending the past 12 years in the emergency category.
    Persons interested in hearing a review of that audit should attend the next Webster City Council meeting set for 6 p.m. tonight (Thursday, April 17).

  • What is Relay for Life

    First off, don’t run, walk… or ride … or visit – but participate. The Relay for Life is not a running marathon, or even a walking marathon. Participants don’t have to take the first step around the lap track, if they choose not to. The Relay for Life is an organized, overnight community fundraising event.

  • Wildwood crash claims life

    A single vehicle wreck in Wildwood claimed the life of a Villages man last week.
    James Christopher Traskal, 51, died at the scene when he reportedly  lost control of the 2002 Buick LaSabre he was driving. He was the lone occupant of the vehicle, according to reports.
    Traskal was traveling northbound on County Road 229, south of E. 90th Avenue when for unknown reasons he lost control of the vehicle, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

  • Program remembers crime victims

    It is a time of remembrance for victims and survivors of violent crimes.
    On Wednesday, April 16, the State Attorney’s Office and the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office join together to provide a special program aimed at remembering and showing support for the victims and the survivors of crime.
    The program is planned for noon on the second floor of the Sumter County Historic Courthouse, 215 E. McCollum Ave., in Bushnell.

  • Tobacco: Target for health department

    The Florida Department of Health in Sumter County recognizes the value in measuring health outcomes and this week acknowledged the 5th annual County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
    This study highlights the many community factors that influence health and uses established data, much of which is available from the Department at www.floridacharts.com.

  • School bus struck in wreck

    The last six students and bus driver were still on the school bus when a late afternoon crash occurred last Thursday, but none of the children were injured, according to Sumter School Supt. Rick Shirley.

  • Telephone and Internet repaired

    The telephone and Internet system at the Sumter County Times office have both been repaired and are in working order. We appreciate your patience.

  • Patrols join together for I-75 safety

    The Florida Highway Patrol is collaborating with five other states in an effort to keep the roadways safe and fatality-free through March 30.

  • Mock drill provides benefical training

    Helicopters buzzed down as ambulances and fire trucks rolled to a stop in response to a scenario in Bushnell last week.
    Fortunately, a scenario was all that it was … a mock disaster, role played on the South Sumter High School baseball field and used as training for emergency rescue personnel, according to Emergency Management Director David Casto.
    The scene was a mock vehicle crash into the baseball field bleachers where they had to deal with multiple “injury” patients.

  • Wildwood: Growth explosion

    More than than 8,000 new residences proposed for a rural area near Sumterville could one day greatly expand Wildwood's residential areas into central Sumter County.
    The development, proposed several years ago by owner Landstone-Wright, LLC, moved forward a notch last month, when the Wildwood City Commission approved a utility agreement with the developer.
    According to Sumter County and Wildwood city documents, Landstone-Wright, Hearthstone, Inc., and Landstone Communities, LLC, all California based, are affiliated with the project.