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Today's News

  • Raiders accept Eustis errors

    Thursday, the South Sumter High softball team proved that it is far better to receive than to give when it comes to errors.

    Eustis generously gave up six errors as the Raiders downed the Lake County team 7-6 at Raiders Field.

    South Sumter (9-8) made only one error and had six hits in the contest.

    Eustis (16-3) had 14 hits but didn’t exactly amaze with their fielding. If anyone from Eustis chose to film that game, the coach would probably file it under “horror films.”

  • Quality education should start at home

    There’s a popular game show syndicated on television called “Family Feud,” in which people are asked to give several responses to a question. One of the recent queries on the show was, “Name something parents teach their children before kindergarten.”

    Some of the answers included potty training, ABC/alphabet/reading, counting, how to write their names, and tying their shoes.

  • Foundation Hosts Gala

    The LSCC Foundation, Inc.

  • Crime: Rape up, other crimes down

    Overall, crime rates in Sumter County fell 12.6 percent between 2008 and 2009, however, while the statewide number of rape cases dropped, Sumter’s rape statistics increased sharply from 21 offenses in 2008 to 32 in 2009.

    Lt. Bobby Caruthers, of the sheriff’s office, said the overall drop in crime rates was excellent news, but the increase in rapes during 2009 is a great concern.

  • Officials requested well-being check in caseIn print this week: Officials requested well-being check on murder suspect; Sumter crime - rape up, other crimes down, victim's ceremony set, Panasoffkee students learn to conserve water, women's f

    When a woman who has been charged with carjacking and murder fled a local probation office last week after being told to wait in the lobby, probation reportedly called the sheriff’s office to conduct a well-being check, not an arrest.

    According to Florida Department of Corrections officials, 34-year-old Jennifer Marino had done nothing wrong at the time she ran to warrant any type of arrest.

  • Police Report - April 8, 2010

    Tuesday, March 30

    Bryan Rashard Cummings, 19, Webster, was arrested for possession of marijuana. Bond was set at $500.

    Drayton Lee Simpson, 28, Wildwood, was arrested for violation of probation and out-of-county warrant. Bond was not set.

    Alexander Ross Martin-Silvia, 19, Bushnell, was arrested for larceny and possession of liquor by a person under 21. Bond was set at $500.

    Robert Ford, 62, Webster, was arrested for domestic assault and use of firearm while under the influence of alcohol. Bond was set at $1,750.

  • Vera, Geronimo heading for state

    Oscar Vera made a great tackle Wednesday, March 31.

    The South Sumter High senior linebacker sacked the 169-pound weightlifting class in the Class 1A Sectional Boys Weightlifting Qualifier at Sunlake High School. He and Louis Geronimo (119) both won their weight classes. They will represent the Raiders at the Class 1A State Boys Weightlifting Meet Friday, April 23 at New Port Richey River Ridge High School.

  • County pool request circulates

    A Lake Panasoffkee woman wants to know why elected representatives are more interested in installing a skeet trap, Class-A Landfill and widening County Road 470 than building a swimming pool complex that a larger percentage of residents in the county would enjoy.

    She calls it a “sincere request” and emphasizes it is not a petition.

    However, Candace (Candy) Reed’s four-page request to commissioners for a centrally located public swimming pool complex is laced with more than 60 signatures (gathered in 24 hours).

  • Fishermen to host concert

  • Fishermen to host concert