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Today's News

  • Victim home after pizza delivery shooting

    Jack Sickman, 46, of Lake Panasoffkee, returned home last Thursday night with a bullet hole in his cheek and damaged teeth and dental work after being shot in the face earlier that same day while he was making a pizza delivery in Royal.
    The Lake Panasoffkee man will be undergoing surgery at a later date because of the shooting but for the time being, Sickman says he feels lucky to be alive.

  • Sumter school rank high in state

    Sumter County elementary and middle schools achieved high academic ratings according to state rankings recently released by the Florida Department of Education (DOE).

  • Trails receive funding

    Gov. Rick Scott earlier this week announced 11 new projects that will be funded this year to help advance the Coast to Coast Connector, which will provide a safe and continuous multi-use trail from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic. The Department of Transportation will invest $15.9 million to complete 11 phases of separate trail segments in nine counties including Sumter County.
    This new funding is in addition to the more than $26 million that has already been invested by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for the Connector project over the next five years.

  • Lake Sumter golf tournament planned

    Get out your golf clubs and tee off to support the LSSC student athletes. The Lake-Sumter State College Foundation, Inc. and Athletic Department will be hosting its 16th Annual Golf Classic at Arlington Ridge Golf Course on Friday, September 19, 2014. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $125 per golfer and includes a fun-filled day of golf, a custom golf shirt, goodie bag, plenty to drink and lunch catered by Oakwood Smokehouse.

  • Hike in fire assessments fees proposed

    Many Sumter County residents will find an $18 increase in their fire assessment fees for the upcoming fiscal year if the County Commissions gives its nod of approval to the rate hike.
    If approved, the increase would impact owners of parcels with improved property.
    The fee will be considered during a public hearing set by the County Commission for 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 29. The proposal will be presented at the board meeting at the Colony Cottage Regional Recreation Center, 510 Colony Blvd., The Villages.

  • Police: Lake Panasoffkee man shot, robbed

    Police: local man shot, robbed

     A Lake Panasoffkee man was robbed and shot in the face Thursday morning in Royal, according to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Beloved city employee dies

    Joy Coleman was crowned Miss Sumter County back in 1981.
    According to her daughter Kirsten, Coleman was “selfless” with strength and determination, as she always looked for the best in others; strangers said she was “kind” and “wonderful.”
    Her boss said she was a “Disney worker” with strong convictions. And her co-worker said she was honest, a friend and a sister.

  • What's that odor?

    Something's been creating a big stink in  Lake Panasoffkee and Sumterville neighborhoods and irate residents are blaming a local landfill operation.
    About a dozen area residents spoke out about foul odor problems last Monday during the monthly Bushnell City Council meeting. The target of their anger is the Heart of Florida Environmental land fill that borders the CSX railroad and County Road 475 south of County Road 470. It began operation in May, 2013.

  • Plans to improve I-75 continue

    Plans begin soon for the design of a $77 million improvement project for portions of Interstate 75 in Sumter County.
    The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) plans to widen about 13 miles of the interstate from the Hernando County line north into Sumter to the C.R. 470 exit, near Lake Panasoffkee.
    Plans also include reconstructing the S.R. 48 interchange, near Bushnell, and reconstruction of the ramp at the C.R. 476B and County Road 673 interchange south of Bushnell.

  • Team seeks help for World Series

    Playing 12 games in a little less than a week leads to the World Series, when you’re the Bushnell Mini Minors All Star team.
    Coach Mike Zapata said the team went after their bid for the state title, taking second, just behind Sebring.
    The boys played three games on their first Saturday at state.
    At the end of the day, “They were exhausted,” Zapata said.
    “We started off kind of slow,” he said, noting they Sebring beat them 11-1 in their first game of the tournament.
    “After that, we kind of woke up.”