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Today's News

  • Career training opportunities expand

    Lake-Sumter State College, Lake Technical College and the Sumter County School District have come together to provide career pathways and certification programs for Sumter County residents through a shared facility and lab arrangement. 

  • Arrest in alligator shooting

    A 74-year-old Bushnell man ended up jailed briefly earlier this month in connection with the June shooting of an alligator near Bushnell.

    Reginald Blanton was arrested Aug. 4 by Sumter County Sheriff’s deputies, acting on a warrant. He was booked into the Sumter County Detention Center on a misdemeanor conservation charge of possession, sell or transport of an alligator or skin, according to detention center records. He was released later the same day under a $1,000 bond.

  • Bygone days on the farm

    A small engine, smoking and popping a little, turns a couple of large, old-fashioned ice cream churns with wooden ice buckets. It’s a sight often seen at events in the county such as the Bushnell Fall Festival.

    The unusual, somewhat antiquated churn is something that Roger and Johanna Jones like to take out to any number of events, and while the device is part mechanical intrigue and part nostalgic wonder, it’s figuratively just the little curl on top of the cone.

  • Wildwood Council Member arrested

    A Wildwood city commissioner was arrested last week for allegedly threatening a woman with a cellular phone text message.

    A Sumter County Sheriff’s deputy on Aug. 10 arrested Robert “Robby” Derrel Strickland, 38, in Oxford, on a charge of intimidation, writing and sending a threat to kill or injure, according to a sheriff’s office arrest report.

    Strickland, a Wildwood resident, is currently in a race for re-election to his Wildwood City Commission seat.

  • Firefighters mourn loss of co-worker

    Sumter County Fire & EMS officers and personnel this week mourn the loss of one of their own following last week’s tragic death of Lt. Clifford Cofer, II, during a shooting incident in Lakeland. 

    Cofer was killed about 6 p.m., Aug. 3, as he sat in a vehicle with his girlfriend’s five-year-old child, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO).

  • News of Record

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  • Water permit hearing set

    A state administrative hearing has been set for October on three separate challenges to a water use permit issued for an Ocala company to pump almost a half million gallons of water per day from a Sumterville site.

    Administrative Law Judge D. E. Carter, Tallahassee, last Thursday ordered the hearing set for Oct. 24-26, at the Southwest Florida Water Management District headquarters at 2379 Broad Street, Brooksville. Proceedings are set to begin at 1 p.m. the first day and at 9 a.m. on subsequent days.

  • Governor's office lists dollar amounts spent on mosquito control/prevention
  • Video shows Lake Panasoffkee Dollar General burglary

    The Sumter County Sheriff's Office is asking the public for information on a burglary that occurred early Wednesday morning in Lake Panasoffkee. They are looking to identify any one of the four subjects in a video clip that shows the Dolalr General store being burglarized.

    To view the video, follow the link: https://www.facebook.com/scsoflorida/videos

    According to the sheriff's office report, an alarm call went in at approximately 2:42 a.m.

  • Push to halt pumping continues

    A citizens-action group aimed at preventing the water management district from issuing a permit to an Ocala company to pump water from a Sumterville site has provided the district with new information in attempts to put the permit on hold until the water district’s governing board can review their findings.