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Today's News

  • Students head back to school

    School days are back and an estimated 8,500 students are expected on campuses around Sumter County as the 2017-2018 school year begins on Thursday, Aug. 10.

  • A look at School Board Member Chris Norris

    School Board Member Christine “Chris” Norris has shared responsibility for the education of Sumter County students for some time. 

    The Lake Panasoffkee resident and business owner claimed a seat on the board in 1992 and is now serving her seventh consecutive four-year term of office.

  • Cast your vote for Florida's FHP cruiser

     The American Association of State Troopers will conduct their national "Best Looking Cruiser" contest for the fourth time during August 2017. Georgia State Patrol collected the most votes in 2016, with West Virginia State Police close behind. The contest began a friendly competition between state agencies as a fun way to allow community support and interaction with law enforcement in a positive manner.

  • Sumter bans more marijuana dispensaries

    County commissioners last week decided that enough medical marijuana dispensaries have been authorized for Sumter and approved an ordinance that bans any additional facilities handling the product.

    The board’s action came Tuesday, July 25, during public hearings to consider two separate land development code revisions to adjust county rules to comply with state statutes.

  • A closer look at Supt. Rick Shirley

    Sumter School Supt. Richard A. “Rick” Shirley earlier this year reached a mile post of service in his elected position that none of his predecessors ever achieved – he marked the completion of five four-year terms in office and started working on year 21.

    That local record of longest-serving elected superintendent might not hold on a state-wide basis – that’s yet to be determined. There was a superintendent who came back to work after four years of retirement and is now working on his 25th year.

  • Long-time elected officials: their stories

    For far more than a decade, Sumter County has been rapidly evolving into a unique blend of rural agricultural and urban retirement, bringing new places and many new faces to the area.

  • A closer look at Sheriff Farmer

    In the mid-1960s, a South Sumter High School student attending a “career day” session was enticed by representatives of the FBI to venture from the secure environs of Sumter County and head to our nation's capital to pursue a career in law enforcement.

    That Tarrytown native, William Okla “Bill” Farmer, Jr., eventually returned to Sumter and has set a new benchmark in local law enforcement history – he is serving in a sixth term as county sheriff.

  • A brand new way to Discover Sumter

    Sumter County officials last week unveiled a new way for visitors to find their way around the county. Sumter County Economic Development, in partnership with the Sumter County Tourist Development Council, earlier this month launched the Discover Sumter, FL mobile application.

    The “app” is available for free in the iTunes app store for Apple users and in Google Play for Android users. 

  • Three face charges of artifact digging

    Three Sumter County residents face felony charges after allegedly being discovered earlier this month digging for artifacts on state lands.

    A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officer on July 8 arrested the trio after a routine check of an archeological site in the Croom Wildlife Management Area (WMA) southwest of Bushnell. It was at least the second multiple arrest incident of this type in Sumter for the agency this year.

  • Police report

    Wednesday, Aug. 2

    Brenda S. Augsburger, 66, Bushnell, arrested for DUI.

    William Edward Glennon, 60, Lake Panasoffkee, arrested for possession, sale and trafficking in drugs.

    Sharion Kay Hamilton, 62, Bushnell, arrested for larceny.

    Richard Scott Pinion, 33, Lake Panasoffkee, arrested for battery.

    Stephanie Anne Rose, 29, Lake Panasoffkee, arrested for probation violation and traffic violation.