Today's News

  • State Champs

     The Wildwood Ladycats are Florida's new state champs in basketball! The Lady Cats at Wildwood Middle High School took South Walton 58-48 in Wednesday night's championship game, earning the players the state championship title. Watch for the boys team at state next week.

  • New plans for Center Hill meat packing plant

    Almost a year after it closed and left 214 workers without jobs, prospects for a defunct Center Hill meat packing business appear to be improving with the recent sale of the facility.

  • Music in the park
  • Murder suspect arrested

    A man wanted in the early February shooting death of a Center Hill man surrendered to law enforcement personnel last week in Bushnell.

    William Fitzgerald Seward II on Thursday, Feb. 16, turned himself in to the Sumter County Detention Center on active Sumter County warrants.  He is suspected in the Feb. 6 shooting of Tarence Lee Jackson, 34, and is charged with second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO).

  • County fair opens in March

    That sometimes exciting, sometimes frantic season is almost upon us – it’s time for the 2017 Sumter County Fair.

    This year’s theme is From Wagon Wheels to Ferris Wheels for one of the county’s favorite traditional events. The fair is scheduled to open Friday, March 3, and will continue its run through Saturday, March 11. That’s nine days of contests, livestock shows, pageants, thrilling midway rides and entertainment for all age groups.

  • Suspect sought in murder case

    A murder warrant was issued early this week for the arrest of Terrance Kwamaine Williams, 21, of Wildwood.

    Deputies were dispatched to 9200 block of County Road 231, in Wildwood, at approximately 11:18 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12, regarding a deceased woman lying on the side of the road, according to a sheriff’s office report. The victim, who was identified as 35-year-old Barbara Lynn Grubb, suffered upper body trauma, the report states.

     Detectives worked through the night, they were able to identify Williams as the suspect in this case.

  • Student charged, threat to school

    Racially-charged threats written on a Wildwood school restroom wall led to the arrest last week of a Sumter County teenager.

    Wildwood Police Department (WPD) investigators on Feb. 7 arrested Jacquez Kyvion Hill, Lady Lake, an 18-year-old Wildwood Middle High School student, in connection with two incidents that occurred Jan. 30 and 31 at the school, according to a WPD arrest report.

  • Pursuit ends with arrest near Hernando

     It started with a traffic stop on Interstate 75.

    Ninety minutes later it ended on State Road 200 near Hernando.

  • Suspect sought in murder case

    A murder warrant has been issued for the arrest of a 26-year-old Webster man being sought in connection with the Monday, Feb. 6, shooting death of Tarence Lee Jackson, of Center Hill.

    William Fitzgerald Seward II, is believed to have shot Jackson to death during an argument, according to a sheriff’s office report.

  • Friday Night Done Right CAP South Sumter

    CAP hosted a Friday Night Done Right for South Sumter that included a battleball tournament with 10 teams. The following are some photos from the event. For additional photos and the story, see the Feb. 16, 2017 edition of the Sumter County Times.