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Today's News

  • Some things fishy

    Tracy’s Point        Fishing Lodge
    Tournament results and news for week ending Sunday, Jan. 23
    Anglers on Lake Panasoffkee — 178
    Bass caught — 192
    Bass released — 183
    Crappie Fishermen — 15
    Crappie caught — 167

  • Barbecue for Wade draws crowd

    Dozens of supporters spent Saturday afternoon at Catfish Johnny’s – enjoying barbecue, listening to the music and taking part in raffles, all to help with the needs of Teresa Wade.
    The daughter of Lake Panasoffkee resident Patsy Kelly, Wade suffered a massive stroke and two aneurysms in recent months – all after losing her job and insurance to the slowed economy.

  • South Sumter girls press Wildwood into 66-30 win

    Wildwood High girls basketball coach Paula Lindsey will have her girls do pushups when the Wildcat coach thinks this will help her girls focus on their basketball.
    On Tuesday, Jan. 18, it looked like the Wildwood girls could not get enough pushups.

  • Kiki Neal leads South Sumter to 65-56 win over Citrus

    Kiki Neal scored 11 points in the fourth quarter and the South Sumter High boys basketball came back to beat Citrus High 65-56 Thursday at the Citrus gym.
    The victory gave South Sumter head coach Gary Russo his 499th career victory. Russo has coached boys and girls basketball for 38 years. South Sumter is now 10-7 for the season.
    Citrus led South Sumter 35-25 at halftime.
    The Raiders outscored Citrus 17-11 in the third quarter.
    The visitors took the victory by outscoring the hosts 22-10 in the final period.

  • Blueberry Hill hosting Super Bowl party

    Blueberry Hill NASCAR RV Resort in Bushnell is planning a big Super Bowl party and the resort has put former Daytona Speedway President Robin Braig in the driver’s seat to plan and market it.
    Braig is helping organize the Super Bowl party that will include broadcasting the game on a giant high-definition screen, a tailgate bash and a chili cook-off competition. The Blueberry Hill Super Bowl party is open to public and those interested can call 793-4112 for details.

  • Calendar of events: Jan. 27, 2011

    FRIDAY, JAN. 28
    Ballroom dance showcase
    Starlight Ballroom and Dance Center will host “A Tribute to Hollywood and Broadway” ballroom dance showcase at Lake Receptions from 7 to 10 p.m., with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter counties (BGCLSC). Tickets for the event are $45 per person, and table sponsorships are still available. For tickets or more information, call Starlight Ballroom and Dance Center at 326-3833.
    SATURDAY, JAN. 29
    Annual Gala Dance Celebration

  • Wildwood officials dedicate new park

    Wildwood officials hosted a ribbon-cutting event Monday to showcase Gamble Street Park on the east side of City Hall.
    The park was built on a low-elevation lot that contributed to street flooding whenever heavy rains passed through the area. The city corrected the drainage issue, enhanced the curbside view on Gamble Street and provided a park area and paid for it with the sale of a small unused lot, according to city officials.

  • Police report: Jan. 27, 2011

    Tuesday, Jan. 18
    Manvel Lee Canady, 19, Wildwood, was arrested for grand theft vehicle. Bond was set at $12,500.
    Daniel Arthur Sweeney, 22, Wildwood, was arrested for displaying canceled or revoked license and violation of probation. Bond was not set.
    Alex Francesco Solis, 22, Wildwood, was arrested for two counts domestic battery. Bond was not set.
    Brittany Nicole Farkus, 25, Wildwood, was arrested for larceny. Bond was set at $250.
    Robert Haggans, 45, Wildwood, was arrested for trespassing. Bond was set at $500.

  • School pigs attacked, student arrested

    A 19-year-old South Sumter High School (SSHS) senior was arrested on school grounds Thursday, Jan. 20, for three counts of cruelty to animals and one count of trespassing on school property after three agricultural pigs were discovered bleeding from cuts with bruises over much of their bodies two days earlier, according to a sheriff’s report.

  • Planting in Panasoffkee

    Southwest Florida Water Management District (Swiftmud) employees and community volunteers celebrated Florida Arbor Day last week by planting more than 450 trees on the district’s Lake Panasoffkee property.
    Participants in the Friday, Jan. 21, Arbor Day tree restoration project planted long-leaf pines, sand oaks, live oaks and a hybrid oak species within the camping area of the approximately 9,900-acre Withlacoochee forest tract that borders the eastern shore of Lake Panasoffkkee.