Today's News

  • Changing Sumter roadways


    Some major changes may be coming to the highways in and around Sumterville, but they’ll apparently be happening several years from now.

    Consultants for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on Wednesday, April 12, unveiled what will likely be the final concepts for four-laning County Road 470 from near Interstate 75 to the Florida Turnpike in Lake County.

  • U.S. 301 expansion meeting

    Residents and property owners on Tuesday, May 2, will have an opportunity to learn more about the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) plans for expanding U.S. 301 from Wildwood to Sumterville, including a likely by-pass route around the core of Coleman.

  • Earth Day planned at Cemex

    CEMEX and the Sumter County School District invite you to join them for their 10th Earth Day Celebration set for Saturday, April 22, at CEMEX’s Center Hill Quarry.

    The festivities get under way at 10 a.m. and continue to 2 p.m., at the Sumter Environmental Education Center at the quarry, 530 W. Kings Hwy. (C.R. 48), Center Hill.

  • Bushnell learns price for power

    A trio of arbitrators decided earlier this month that the City of Bushnell will have to pay SECO Energy (Sumter Electric Cooperative) $5.1 million if the municipality decides it wants to buy out SECO services and accounts within the city limits.

  • A day for dogs, pets and the earth

    The Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County is hosting a special dual celebratory event on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at its shelter in Lake Panasoffkee. 

  • Bushnell teen designs, builds and codes mind-controlled robotic arm

    Bushnell teen and South Sumter senior designs, builds and codes a mind-controlled robotic arm with future plans of entering medical engineering. The story from the March 28, 2017 issue of the Sumter County Times is here, along with a video of Cilenti moving the arm with a combination of thought process, mechanical engineering and computer coding (below).


    Using computers to create new mechanical arm

  • Phone scammers target Sumter

    There’s an unfamiliar voice on the phone telling you that you’re the lucky winner of millions of dollars in a publisher’s lottery. 

    Aren’t you the lucky one!

    Probably not, according to investigators with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO). Instead, you are likely being set up to become the victim of one of the most popular telephone scams criminals use to separate you and your money.

  • Man arrested for pipe bomb in Marion County

    On the evening of Saturday, April 8, 2017, Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Deputy Christopher Rekully was on routine patrol at the intersection of Highway 314 and Highway 314A when he saw a small silver car run a stop sign and begin traveling at a high rate of speed, according to a  Marion County Sheriff's Office report.

  • Art on the way to Bushnell park

    There’s a new feature slated for Bushnell’s downtown park. Last week, the city council approved the installation of what local proponents hope will be the first piece of artistic sculpture to enhance the park.

    It might be several weeks before the colorfully embellished aluminum sculpture of a blue heron is set in the park as city officials and staff work out the details for mounting the piece. 

  • Volunteer honored for his service

    Steven Cleveland, with the Florida Dream Center Adopt-A-Block program, was awarded the Volunteer Florida Champion of Service Award by Florida Gov. Rick Scott.