Today's News

  • Start date proposed for pipeline

    Developers of the proposed Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline are expecting federal certification for the project late this year or early next year and getting started on construction by May or June of 2016.
    Based on plans developed by Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC, the project will result in the installation of a 36-inch, underground pipeline through more than 36 miles of Sumter County. May 1, 2017, is the target date for the pipeline to be in service.

  • Preparation set for school days

    The Sumter School District welcomes students on Monday, Aug. 10, for the beginning of a new school year.
    But before the first day of school rolls around. Here’s some information to help guide parents, guardians and students through the beginning of the new school year.
    Parents and students are invited to attend orientation, as scheduled below, to locate classrooms, meet teachers, secure transportation, and receive supply lists and dress code information.

  • Wildwood police dog evaluated after biting girl

    A specialist is evaluating Wildwood Police Department’s (WPD) sole K-9 officer in the wake of a Fruitland Park incident that resulted in a bite injury to the neck of a seven-year-old girl on July 19.
    While the child recovers from her injuries, the police dog “Doki” is kenneled and suspended from service, according to Lt. Gerard Olbek, law enforcement operations commander for WPD.

  • Luau planned at Lake Panasoffkee Elementary

    Waterslides, hotdogs, face painting, cakewalks and hula hoop contests - all in the name of supporting the local families that attend Lake Panasoffkee Elementary School.  The 7th Annual Back to School Luau will once again provide needed school supplies to students of Lake Panasoffkee Elementary on Saturday, Aug.8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • PAGES to be at Luau

    Lake Panasoffkee Elementary students are invited by PAGES, the Panasoffkee Advocacy Group for Enrichment and Service, to stop by their table with an adult for free school supplies during the Back-to-School Luau to be held Saturday, Aug. 8 at the school. The event is set to take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone interested in helping provide school supplies for children may send donations to P.O. Box 4, Lake Panasoffkee, 33538.

  • 2015 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday

    2015 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday:

    Back to school shopping is a time honored tradition in many households and this year the Florida Legislator has made it a little more affordable.

    The 2015/2016 Sumter County Public School year will begin Monday August 10.

  • Sumter man arrested for sex with girl

    A Sumter County sheriff’s detective’s investigation into a Webster man’s suspected sexual activity with an under-age girl has led to an arrest last week of Harold Erick Gainey, 49.
    Gainey was booked into the Sumter County Detention Center last Tuesday with bond set at $20,000. He is charged with four counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

  • Wildcats: No varsity team

    The Wildwood Wildcats are heading into the new school year minus the varsity football program and it’s drawing some strong opposition from former players.

  • Webster selects police chief

    Webster city officials have selected a veteran New Jersey police chief to head their police department.
    Stephen G. Greenwood III ceremoniously took the oath of office last Thursday during the Webster City Commission meeting. But, he has already been on the job about a month, after getting a vote of approval from the commission in June.

  • U.S. 301 widening project discussed

    Citizens in the Coleman area apparently want a proposed truck route built south of their city instead of through it.
    That seemed to be a consensus last Thursday when about 40 area residents and property owners met in Coleman for the first of four Project Advisory Group meetings held by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to gather public input on the U.S. 301 Project Development and Environmental (PD& E) Study..