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Today's News

  • Calendar of Events: July 8, 2010

    THURSDAY, JULY 8

    Leesburg Firecracker Ball

  • Ministries distribute food and more

    Unemployment rates have been stuck in double digits over a year, home foreclosure rates continue to soar and talk of a “double-dip recession” is spreading.

    But instead of cutting back, Hope Ministries Center sponsored by First Baptist Church of Bushnell is expanding efforts to assist those in the community who need help.

    Wednesday, volunteers of Hope Ministries Center and a handful of other organizations conducted the first food distribution event of its scale from the former Eckerd Drug Store building at 860 Main St. in Bushnell.

  • Is county decision fair for all?

    Times are tough, there’s not much dispute about that. Talk to business owners, they’ll tell you. Talk to employees, they’ll probably agree.

    Government also feels the affect of a less-than-prosperous economy.

    That seems to be what’s facing supporters of the historic Lake Panasoffkee Community Building.

    There have been plenty of decisions made by the County Commission that we haven’t agreed with, but in this case, it seems like this decision may at least be understandable.

  • Calendar of events: July 16, 2010

    FRIDAY, JULY 16

    Summer dance

    A dance will be from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Lake Panasoffkee Recreation Park in the blue building at 1582 C.R. 459 (off C.R. 470). Live music by the Gold Rush Band. The dance is open to the public, married couples and singles, groups from churches, RV parks, all ages welcome. No alcohol allowed.

    Finger foods welcome. Soda is provided. Bring this ad and get half off admission for you or your group.

    This event is sponsored by Sumter Singles, a nonprofit group. Musicians are needed for the fall season. Call (352) 424-1688.

  • In the July 15th edition of the Sumter County Times on news standsee Case draws motorcyclists, summer day camp costs, Ministries distribute food and more, Webster man stabbed, editorial - Is county decision fair for all? Column- Hey, where’s the ket

    Tuesday, the Oxford motorist involved in a March 13 collision west of Bushnell that killed four people on two motorcycles entered a not guilty plea as about 50 members of ABATE of Florida, a national motorcyclist advocacy group, looked on.

    Paul Sermons, 45, Oxford, wearing a red jumpsuit, briefly faced Circuit Court Judge William H. Hallman in the crowded Bushnell courtroom after the judge called his case “out of turn.”

  • Slain Tampa cop from Sumter

    Slain Officer Dave Curtis of the Tampa Police Department (TPD) worked the  urban streets of Tampa where working crime cases  are nearly as familiar  as summer picnics by his rural St. Catherine home.

    The 31-year-old patrol officer, husband and father of four, along with fellow officer Jeffery Kocab, also 31, were shot to death after a traffic stop in the early morning hours of Tuesday, June 29. For more of the story see this week's edition of the Sumter County Times.

  • Summer Camp 4-H style

    Summer Camps

    Munchy Adventures With Chef Nicky:

    June 21-24, ages 8-12. Chef Nicky, the

  • New feed store

    Willy Nilly Feed and Pet Supply opens

  • Swimming, outdoors and theater in Lake Panasoffkee

  • Remembering

    The annual Memorial Day ceremony at Florida National Cemetery on Monday unfolded under a brilliant sun-lit sky with temperatures hovering in the high eighties, but the heat didn’t stop thousands of Americans from various walks of life from commemorating the nation’s war dead.

    Traffic along I-75 at the east and west Webster ramps came to a virtual standstill for about an hour before the Memorial Day event started at 10 a.m. as people from all over Florida inched their vehicles toward the cemetery about a mile northwest of the exits.