Today's News

  • Wildwood celebrates the season

    Wildwood was celebrating Christmas last weekend, topping it off with the traditional holiday parade along streets lined with camera and cell-phone wielding parade watchers.

    It was a “fabulous time,” said Cindi Lukowicz, the parade coordinator for what has become an annual event sponsored by the Wildwood Area Historical Association.

  • Educational program expands in Sumter

    The new Practical Nursing (LPN) program offered by Lake Technical College (Lake Tech) at Lake-Sumter State College’s Sumter Center in Sumterville took another step forward this week as the first group of students began classes and completed a review from the program’s Accreditation Visiting Team.

  • Investigation continues in shooting death

    A handful of friends used to gather at a spot alongside County Road 235 in the Royal community, a few miles west of Wildwood, just to hang out and pass the time. 

    In October, they returned there to remember one of their own who was violently taken from them only a year before.

    Rhea Shontae Moore was playing cards with friends under a canopy there on Oct. 17, 2015.  

  • New truck stop planned for Bushnell

    Bushnell is poised to get another surge in commercial growth with a Love’s Travel Stop proposed for a location near Interstate 75.

    A building permit for the combination truck stop/convenience store/restaurant is pending as city officials late last month received building plans for the project. 

    City and county officials were already reviewing a site plan for a tract on W. County Road 48.

  • Raiders head to state games

    The South Sumter Raiders have blasted their way into the state semifinals. 

    With their 43-8 victory over Dunnellon last Friday, the Raiders have taken the regional champion title, and secured a spot in the state semifinal game against Bolles High School in Jacksonville. 

  • Tea and glitz


    Last week, Polly’s Pantry hosted the Red Hat Society ladies who call themselves “The Glitz Fitz”. Twenty one of the glitziest ladies in Florida, and maybe the whole USA,  ‘landed up’ (as Polly’s Pantry owner Tricia Bennett would say) in the tearoom with gaiety and laughter. 

  • Raiders: A step closer to state

    The South Sumter Raiders are one step closer to state. The Santa Fe Raiders came to South Sumter for the first game of the playoffs, but went home disappointed.  South Sumter will continue their drive for state on Friday, when they once again face off against the Dunnellon Tigers, this time at home.

  • Great value in working together

    During the holiday season, most of us spend time with family, celebrate traditions and reflect. 

    One of my family traditions is going to look at all the delightful Christmas lights in our community. Recently, we were visiting New York City. 

    Along our travels we got to see Rockefeller Center, known for their ice rink and home of New York City’s famous Christmas tree. Growing up in New York, it is a tradition to watch the lighting of the beautifully adorned tree.  

  • Police report

    Tuesday, Nov. 29

    Shauna Rae Maynard, 42, Oxford, arrested for possession of cocaine and possession or use of drug equipment.

    Wednesday, Nov. 30

    James Edward Smith, 26, Wildwood, arrested for non-moving traffic violation, possession of marijuana and possession or use of drug equipment.

    Timothy Anthony Woods, 50, Sumterville, arrested for aggravated battery.

    Thursday, Dec. 1

  • Take precautions against scammers

    The holidays are a great time of year but unfortunately scammers seem to see the season as an advantageous time to run their scams.

    Please be careful this holiday season. If you have concerns that a telephone caller or visitor at the front door may be attempting to obtain too much personal information and be too quick to sell you a service, it’s always best to slow down before giving too much information or sharing a credit card.