Today's News

  • Women arrested in shooting case

    Two Sumter County women were arrested last week in connection with a two-day shooting spree in Webster that resulted in two men being shot and hospitalized, one man arrested and police authorities seeking to arrest three other individuals.
    Both Tracy Lynn Hutcheson, 30, Center Hill, and Summer Renee Owens, 20, Webster, were arrested last Thursday, July 24, and charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
    Both women were placed in the Sumter County Detention Center with bond set at $20,000 each.
    Hutcheson was released from jail on bond the following day.  

  • Men sought in Webster shooting spree

    Sheriff’s detectives are still searching for three men wanted in connection with last week’s shooting spree in Webster. They believe there were three separate but related shooting incidents last week. Two men were hospitalized in the first two incidents and several adults and three juveniles were endangered in the third when suspects shot into their home early Friday morning.

  • Parvo closes animal shelter

    The Sumter County animal shelter has been temporarily closed after two recently adopted puppies tested positive for a contagious virus.
    Sumter County Animal Services, on County Road 529, in Lake Panasoffkee, will remain closed until Monday, Aug. 4, as county employees clean and disinfect the facility after the puppies tested positive for canine parvovirus, commonly called parvo.
    The dog kennels were initially closed on Thursday, July 24.
    Both infected puppies are of mixed breeds and came in to the facility at the same time, about two weeks ago.

  • Victim home after pizza delivery shooting

    Jack Sickman, 46, of Lake Panasoffkee, returned home last Thursday night with a bullet hole in his cheek and damaged teeth and dental work after being shot in the face earlier that same day while he was making a pizza delivery in Royal.
    The Lake Panasoffkee man will be undergoing surgery at a later date because of the shooting but for the time being, Sickman says he feels lucky to be alive.

  • Sumter school rank high in state

    Sumter County elementary and middle schools achieved high academic ratings according to state rankings recently released by the Florida Department of Education (DOE).

  • Trails receive funding

    Gov. Rick Scott earlier this week announced 11 new projects that will be funded this year to help advance the Coast to Coast Connector, which will provide a safe and continuous multi-use trail from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic. The Department of Transportation will invest $15.9 million to complete 11 phases of separate trail segments in nine counties including Sumter County.
    This new funding is in addition to the more than $26 million that has already been invested by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for the Connector project over the next five years.

  • Lake Sumter golf tournament planned

    Get out your golf clubs and tee off to support the LSSC student athletes. The Lake-Sumter State College Foundation, Inc. and Athletic Department will be hosting its 16th Annual Golf Classic at Arlington Ridge Golf Course on Friday, September 19, 2014. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $125 per golfer and includes a fun-filled day of golf, a custom golf shirt, goodie bag, plenty to drink and lunch catered by Oakwood Smokehouse.

  • Hike in fire assessments fees proposed

    Many Sumter County residents will find an $18 increase in their fire assessment fees for the upcoming fiscal year if the County Commissions gives its nod of approval to the rate hike.
    If approved, the increase would impact owners of parcels with improved property.
    The fee will be considered during a public hearing set by the County Commission for 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 29. The proposal will be presented at the board meeting at the Colony Cottage Regional Recreation Center, 510 Colony Blvd., The Villages.

  • Police: Lake Panasoffkee man shot, robbed

    Police: local man shot, robbed

     A Lake Panasoffkee man was robbed and shot in the face Thursday morning in Royal, according to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Beloved city employee dies

    Joy Coleman was crowned Miss Sumter County back in 1981.
    According to her daughter Kirsten, Coleman was “selfless” with strength and determination, as she always looked for the best in others; strangers said she was “kind” and “wonderful.”
    Her boss said she was a “Disney worker” with strong convictions. And her co-worker said she was honest, a friend and a sister.