Today's News

  • Police report: Jan. 15, 2009

    Tuesday, Jan. 6

    Randy Hunsucker, 28, Lady Lake, was arrested for aggravated domestic assault with a firearm and failure to appear in court.  No bond was set.

    Roy Peterson, 52, The Villages, was arrested for obtaining a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. Bond was set at $10,000.

    Danny Gaines, 22, Lake Panasoffkee, was arrested for domestic battery. No bond was set.

    Wednesday, Jan. 7

  • Calendar: March 5, 2009


    Council to meet

    The Sumter Elder Affairs Council will meet at 10 a.m. at the County Offices, 910 N. Main St., Bushnell, in Conference Room 142 (in the old Winn-Dixie Plaza). Presentation will be by Love, Inc. Services or agencies that would like to present information, should call Bonnie Reidy at (352) 728-6661.


    Cheboygan Day

    The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 101 will sponsor a Cheboygan Day. Residents and guests are urged to attend for a chance to "meet your Michigan friends."

  • Wildwood boys defeat South Sumter

    In Sumter County, the Wildwood High boys basketball team has to take care of at least one team every year for the year to be successful.

    The Wildcats did that on Jan. 12.

    Wildwood beat South Sumter 69-33.

    Justin Akieme had 13 points for Wildwood. Sam Grace had 12 points and Derrick Williams had 11 points.

    It wasn’t pretty.

    “I don’t think either team played real well,” said Wildwood coach Von Moreland. “I wouldn’t say it was a real well-played game. Both teams had problems holding on to the basketball.”

  • Taking a bite out of animal cruelty

    Into motorcycles and looking for a cause? Bushnell resident Frank Taberner has teamed up with Bikers Against Animal Cruelty to put on the organization’s first Florida poker run Saturday, March 14.

    Taberner, who works as a veterinary technician and who also serves as an animal cruelty investigator for the Sumter County Humane Society, said so far 200 people have committed to help raise money with the event.

    “You get to ride and help out the animals,” he said. “My goal is (to raise) at least $5,000.”

  • FHSAA new football districts affect local schools

    The Florida High School Athletic Association has come up with new football districts and South Sumter High will have to do some extra driving and face a powerful new foe in Dade City Pasco High School.

    The new district will mean a drop from Class 2B to 1A for Wildwood High School. The new district includes eight schools. Hilliard High is near Jacksonville.

    South Sumter High coach Inman Sherman isn’t bothered about the changes. The Raiders come to this new district with the district champion title.

  • South Sumter can't stop Dunnellon

    South Sumter High boys basketball coach has seen this a few too many times.

    Tuesday, Jan. 27, the senior-laden Dunnellon High team downed the young Raiders 84-49 at the Dunnellon High gym.

    Towanee Neal led the Raiders with 15 points. Mike McCrimmon had eight points and 10 rebounds. Dylan Alderman added nine points.

    “What did you expect,’’ said Wright. “Dunnellon has five or six seniors. They should be good.

  • County Events Day

    4-H members gathered on Saturday, Jan. 17 to compete in their annual County Events Day competition. The challenge provides them with comments and advice on their achievements and also determines who will go on to represent Sumter at regional and state competitions.

    The event was held at the Sumter County Fairgrounds in Beville's Corner.

    Demonstrations done by 4-H members ranged from a text messaging demonstration to turkey hunting and drum playing.

    The participants are listed below. The color that follows denotes the ribbon they earned.

  • Calendar: Jan. 15, 2009


    Nominations accepted

    The Lake Panasoffkee Water Association, Inc. will hold its annual meeting. There are three director positions to be filled. To nominate a member, please contact the LPWA office for instructions. For more information, call 793-4236.

    Democrats to meet

  • Wildwood runs over Buffaloes

    When the Wildwood High girls basketball team took a 21-2 first quarter lead over the Villages High team Friday night, Wildwood coach Paula Lindsey had to figure she didn’t need to display a great deal of coaching technique that night in order to get her team a triumph.

    When the score was 63-33 at the end of the evening with Wildwood (10-9) the victor, Lindsey knew her team had performed in winning, although sometimes, comical fashion. The game was played at the Wildcats gym.

    At times, Lindsey had to laugh and at other times, the coach buried her head in her hands.

  • Florida launches 4-H Centennial Anniversary

    In 2009, Florida 4-H Youth Development will celebrate 100 years of teaching youth to become community leaders with their head, heart, hands and health at the Florida State Fair.  The year-long celebration themed “Florida 4-H: A Century of Youth Success,”  begins with a kick-off event at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. Highway 302 N., in Tampa on February 5 – 16, 2009 daily from 9 a.m.