Today's News

  • Is sewage permit really a good idea?

    A Zellwood-based septic tank company wants the county’s permission to use a roughly 600-acre parcel in Sumter County to dispose of sewage.

    Members of the Sumter County Zoning and Adjustment Board are expected to make a decision about whether or not to issue a permit to the applicant, Shelley’s Septic Tank, Inc., Monday, April 20.

    Many of the property owners in the area aren’t too happy about the idea. And who can blame them?

    In reality, not many people would welcome such a project next to their home for several obvious reasons.

  • WHS’s Kelley signs with FIU

    One of Wildwood High’s top track athletes has signed a letter of intent to attend Florida International University in Miami.

    Lakeisha Kelley recently announced her decision to accept an athletic scholarship at the NCAA Division I school. The senior plans to study nursing and earn a bachelor’s degree at FIU.

    Kelley was third in the state in the 400 meters in 2008. She took fourth in both the 100 and 200 meters. She also runs the 4x100 relay where she has a best time of 49.1. She has a best distance of 18 feet, 15 inches in the long jump.

  • SHS beats WHS

    South Sumter High’s Kirsti Merritt and Michelle Breen both scored a pair of runs as the Raiders downed Wildwood High 8-1 in the non-district county rivalry game Tuesday, April 7 at the Wildwood High field.

    South Sumter (11-8) took both games from Wildwood (5-8) this season. South Sumter downed the Wildcats 5-1 in Bushnell earlier this season.

    Shelayne Henderson was the winning pitcher and Ashley Cumbie took the pitching loss.

  • Community Events - April 16, 2009


    Learn about hiking

    The public is invited to the regular monthly meeting of the Highlanders Chapter of the Florida Trail Association at 6 p.m. at the Leesburg Public Library, meeting room A, 100 East Main St., Leesburg. The Almys and Keenans will present a program on Hiking in the Mountains of South Carolina.

    Learn about hiking and other outdoor activities for all ages in Central Florida.

    For information, call 787 8654 or e-mail: bobbiszoo@embarqmail.com.


  • Letters to the editor: April 23, 2009

    Earth Day


    On Saturday, April 4, the 2nd annual Earth Day celebration which took place at the CEMEX Center Hill Quarry, was a resounding hit with the community! Close to 1,000 people participated, which included more than 850 visitors.

  • County could accept outside waste

    The county could soon accept out-of-county refuse at its solid waste transfer facility in Sumterville.

    Hernando County and the city of Brooksville have requested that Sumter County temporarily accept its refuse while a solid waste facility is being constructed there.

    At a recent Board of County Commissioners meeting, County Administrator Bradley Arnold said accepting the proposal could alleviate financial strain on the solid waste department.

  • Calendar: April 23, 2009


    Democrats meet

    The Villages Democrats Club of Sumter County meet at 10 a.m. at the Canal Street Recreation Center. April’s topic is Affordable Health for All. A BBC report on US Health Care will be shown followed by a discussion led by Bob Zanelli. The Club invites all atten dees to bring non perishable food items for local food pantries. Light refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m. with the meeting beginning at 10. Direct questions to Andrea Coburn at 751-6673.

    Jakes Event

  • Carbon tax could be costly

    Sumter Electric Cooperative is warning consumers about a federal energy policy in the works that could end up increasing their electric bills each month.

    It amounts to an extra $50 per month, or $600 each year, according to Jim Duncan, Sumter Electric Cooperative’s chief executive officer and general manager, and that’s a conservative estimate.

    Duncan recently spoke on the topic to an audience of local business leaders during this month’s Sumter County Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Wildwood.

  • Youth Fishing Tournament a success


    Long before “safe light” and the beginning of the Fourth Annual Tracy’s Point Youth Fishing Tournament, Steve and Donna Lind had already had several cups of coffee. It was 3:30 a.m. and for them, the best time of the day, as they waited and wondered, Lind said.

    “Anticipating whether or not the kids (and Sumter County) would show up. They did — with enthusiasm.”

  • SCARC sets golf tourney

    The 2009 SCARC, Inc. Driving for a Cause Benefit Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, April 25, at the Shady Brook Golf Club on Highway 301 north of Bushnell. The car racing theme for this year’s tournament stems from the donation by Noell’s Hobbies of two tickets to three NASCAR races scheduled for the 4th of July weekend at the Daytona International Speedway. The tickets will be the grand prize for the golf tournament raffle.