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Today's News

  • Partnering for new local jobs

    Duke Energy donated more than $85,000 towards the creation of an A.S. Engineering Technology program with a specialization in Substation and Relay Technology.
    This contribution will unite Lake Sumter State College and Duke Energy to bring additional STEM degrees and programs to Lake Sumter State College (LSSC) Sumter Campus.
    The check presentation was made at the Sumterville campus of Lake Sumter State College (LSSC) on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

  • Phone believed to contribute to wreck

    Texting or talking on a cellular telephone is believed to have contributed to an early morning accident last week on Interstate 75 in Sumter County.
    The wreck happened about 6:20 a.m. on Friday, March 20, in the southbound lane of Interstate 75 near Wildwood, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.
    An International tractor trailer was traveling southbound in the outside lane while an unknown older model Saturn was also traveling southbound in the inside lane, the report states.

  • General Sumter's Last Stand - Big Fish Bass Tournament

    It’s gills and fins this season, as the General Sumter tournament opens up for anglers and other lake fans, so bring your lawn chairs, bring your family, bring your friends.

    And if you’re an angler… bring your boat and your fishing partner, ‘cause it’s time for the annual General Sumter’s Last Stand Big Fish Bass Tournament on Lake Panasoffkee.

  • General Sumter's Big Bass Tournament
  • Feeling early morning madness in Wildwood

    Hundreds of people descended on Wildwood City Hall last Saturday morning to participate in the annual Ides of March Madness 5k Run.
    Each year, the city draws a a crowd of people and organizations to participate in the run/walk.
    “We had 369 actually come out and participate,” said Erika Corley, Wildwood’s Parks/Recreation and Special Events administrative specialist.
    At exactly 8 a.m., the runners took to the streets.
    Here are the winners of the event:
    Overall Male: Kenan Collignon (13/Astatula) Time- 19:34

  • Sumter trail study under way

    The Florida Department of Transportation took a step closer to having a world-class trails network that stretches from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean, with the kick-off of the South Sumter Connector Trail Feasibility Study.
    When complete, Florida’s Coast-to-Coast (C2C) Connector Trail will span nine counties, and be part of a network that links 250 miles of trails in the State of Florida.
    The Feasibility Study will evaluate a 20-mile segment of the proposed C2C Trail, primarily within Sumter County.  

  • Police: Suspect threatens to shoot man

    An altercation between two men last week resulted in one of the men being placed in jail for threatening to shoot the other.
    James Paul Lewis, 57, was arrested last Friday for aggravated assault, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and destroying evidence.
    Lewis was placed in the Sumter County Detention Center with bond set at $14,000.

  • Outdoor plant festival set

    Plant /Garden
    Festival 2015
    The Plant and Garden Festival is Saturday.
    The fundraising event is held annually by the UF/IFAS Sumter County Master Gardeners.
    Sumter County Master Gardeners assist the horticulture agent, offer plant clinics, help with community gardens, aid in youth activities and offer presentations to the public and homeowner associations to name a few.
    Funds raised in the past have helped build a new community garden in 2014 and have been used to keep Sumter’s award-winning youth garden going.

  • Interim police chief to seek legal counsel

    Webster’s interim police chief is planning to retain legal counsel and its mayor is opening the bid to the public for a permanent chief, following events at the city’s February council meeting.

  • WWII Commemorative Weekend

    The infantry rolled into Bushnell last week looking like they were ready for war.
    But, the “troops” in this invasion were all about educating, honoring the service of others and entertaining visitors at the Dade Battlefield Society’s annual World War II Commemorative Weekend.