Today's News

  • Garden goodies galore

    Those energetic volunteers with the proverbial green thumbs were at it again Saturday, bringing together an array of growers, landscape and gardening vendors, craftspeople and a small group of horticultural experts for one of the community’s spring treats – the annual Sumter County Master Gardeners’ Plant and Garden Festival.

  • Retired military captain indicted

    A retired U.S. Navy captain and Villages resident who once commanded some of the country’s largest warships was among a number of retired and active naval officers named in a federal corruption indictment unveiled Tuesday, March 13.

  • Man arrested for dog fighting/drugs

    A Bushnell man accused of breeding and training game fighting dogs was arrested last week after a raid of his home and property by investigators from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO).

    Patrick Wayne Riley, 65 faces multiple charges related to dog fighting and drugs as the culmination of a three-month joint investigation by the SCSO, Pasco County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), according to an SCSO report.

  • Clues sought in murder

      The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) is seeking the public’s help as it investigates the killing of a Lady Lake man.


    The 2017 Queen's Court was selected Saturday night at the Sumter County Fairgrounds. Shown (clockwise from center, back row) are: Miss Sumter County Shelby Johnson, Miss Teen Sumter County Chloe Johnson, Miss Sumter County Princess Ceanna Pope, Little Miss Sumter County Addyson Powell and Jr. Miss Sumter County Leah Hayward. The Sumter County Fair opens this Friday, March 3.

  • Suspect apprehended in woman's death

    A suspect was arrested Sunday in connection with the Feb. 12 murder of a Summerfield woman whose body was discovered lying on the side of a road in Wildwood.

    Suspect Terrance Williams, 21, of Wildwood, was discovered after the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office received information that he was at a home at 109 N. Rosewood Street in Bushnell, according to a sheriff’s office report.

  • Things to do

    Food giveaway

    A USDA food giveaway will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on the first and third Wednesday of every month. The distribution will be at the Lake Panasoffkee United Methodist Church ( Church of the Fishermen). 

    A limited number of packages are available on a first-come, first- serve basis. The church is located at 589 N C.R. 470 in Lake Panasofffkee. Please call 352-793-3438 for more information.

  • Police report

    Tuesday, March 14

    Melissa Rene Doucette, 44, The Villages, arrested for two counts DUI.

    Bobby Joe Greene, 56, Webster, arrested for sex assault.

    Richard Maynard Mann, 59, Bushnell, arrested as out-of-state fugitive.

    Dion Edward Nelson, 28, Wildwood, arrested for aggravated battery.

    Wednesday, March 15

    Daniel Arnold Dubberly, 56, Oxford, arrested for probation violation.

    Patricia Paige Dunn, 49, Wildwood, arrested for battery.

  • Air medical provides invaluable rural transportation option

    Emergency health care may never cross your mind, until your life depends on it. But when an emergency arises, the availability of potentially life-saving services becomes a top priority.

     It’s scary to realize that when fast transportation is essential to receive critical help, residents of rural counties across Florida may be at a disadvantage. They may not realize how limited access to trauma centers can be until an accident occurs and they or loved ones need to drive hours for vital treatment.

  • Things to do

    'Dye'ing to Run

    Athletes and supporters will be ‘dye’ing to run on Saturday, March 18, at Lake Panasoffkee Elementary School.

    No, really, dyeing to run... or dyed as they run in the Dyeing to Run 5K. Hosted by the South Sumter High School National Honor Society, the color run is a fundraiser for SCARC,Inc. and involves runners being blasted with paint along the race course.