Today's News

  • Gun reportedly found on student

    A South Sumter Middle School student was arrested Wednesday morning, when authorities reportedly found a 9-mm semi-automatic handgun in his waistband. The school resource officer and the school principal approached the youth, after getting information from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office regarding a handgun that had been reported stolen from a Lake Panasoffkee resident. The teen was reportedly named as a suspect.

  • Students' business is going to the dogs

    With all the biscuits and baking and broth, you might think you were in a home economics class when you enter Brittany Vann’s class at Bushnell Elementary School.

    But maybe not, because Tiffany Ward’s students seem to be working on reading, writing and art. Then there’s a group scooping fresh-baked dog biscuits from a pan and bagging them up, while others sitting with a pile of money, bank books and ink pens.

  • Bike trail idea hits resistance

    Local residents, cyclists, horse riders and property owners last Thursday packed a Webster meeting room to hear and discuss some of the preliminary ideas state planners are considering for Sumter County’s portion of a proposed cross-state bicycle/pedestrian trail.
    Apparently, a considerable number of the property owners have concerns about how the possible trail path would effect their homes and properties. Several property owners voiced adamant objections to having the trail run through or by their property.

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  • A weekend of Relay

    The Mad Hatter invited the crowd over for iced cupcakes on lighted stands, while Elsa, the “Frozen” snow queen, placed medals on survivors and visited with children. In the corner, Capt. Jack Sparrow took time out for photo ops amid the dried bones of ship mates and gold-packed treasure chests on the sand. And on the back stretch of the walking track, Woody and Buzz waited for the crowd to pass by.
    Last Friday night, it was the Disney-themed Wonderful World of a Cure Relay for Life.

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  • Trucks with plenty of pizazz

    The distant rumble of big-rigs massing near Wildwood in the spring can mean only one thing – it’s the weekend of the 75 Chrome Shop’s annual truck show.
    The sometimes elaborately decorated highway behemoths on Friday began rolling into the parking lot of the 75 Chrome Shop on State Road 44, just west of Interstate 75 for the shop’s seventeenth show.

  • Family Sing

    On Saturday, May 16, 2015, the annual King-Teamer Memorial Scholarship Concert is scheduled – an event that has successfully provided scholarships to 24 Sumter County students, since 2011.

    Set to begin at 5p.m., it will be held at God’s Glory Ministries, 206 N. Main Street, Wildwood and the funds raised from the event will be used to fund four scholarships for Wildwood Middle High School graduates.

  • Flags for Fallen Vets

    Flags for Fallen Vets will hold their Second Annual Florida National Cemetery Memorial Flag Placement on Sunday, May 24.

    Founder and president Bob Fussner, II notes that they have about half the people they need to get the job done. Their goal is a little over 2,000 volunteers.

    But this year, they also need help with funding. They are currently at only a little 13-percent and nearly $22,000 short, he said.

    Both registration and donations may be made through the organization website at

  • Carrying the torch

    Clad in bright blue and yellow T-shirts, dozens of Sumter County law enforcement officers and others from Sumter County trekked their way south through the county last Wednesday to participate in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Florida.
    Wearing T-shirts sporting the Special Olympics logo, runners and bicyclers travelled from the Coleman Federal Complex in Sumterville, south along U.S. 301 to the SCARC headquarters on W. McCollum Avenue, in Bushnell. SCARC provides care, education and training for developmentally disabled residents.