Today's News

  • Help for getting back to school

    As summer vacation comes to a close this year, parents are more concerned than ever about saving money and spending wisely.

    But as families are pinching pennies, local organizations are lending a hand and opening their doors and wallets to help Sumter’s students get everything they need for back-to-school.

    Read on for some of the events that are taking place around the county, as well as where to drop off donations. Keep checking the Times in the coming weeks for any additional community back-to-school events.

  • Jail Expansion

    To view images from the jail expansion, see the slide show below....





  • Wildwood growers' market planned

    With a nod of approval from the Wildwood City Council, a new growers’ market will be launched in the city in October.

    The market is a partnership concept between the city and UF/IFAS Sumter County Extension.

    On Saturdays, the grounds of Wildwood City Hall will become the hub for locally produced foods and crafts, according to Susan Kelly, county extension director. For more information, see this week's edition of the Sumter County Times.

  • County budget hearings set

    The County Commission is set to have its final budget hearings and adopt the new property tax rate next month.

    The first of two budget hearings is set for Sept. 14 at the Sumter County Government Offices building in Room 142 at 6 p.m. The second and final hearing, when commissioners are expected to vote, is set for 6 p.m. on Sept. 28 in The Villages at Colony Cottage Regional Recreation Center in the Parlor Room.

    At a meeting last month in The Villages, commissioners voted to set the tentative property tax rate at 6.01 mills, slightly lower than the rollback rate.

  • Lightning starts fires in Villages, Wildwood

    A home in The Villages was destroyed by fire Friday, Aug. 21 after it was apparently stuck by lightning during a severe storm. Another home in Wildwood was damaged by a lightning strike around the same time.

    The owners of the Villages home, John and Teresa Leaptrott, were out of town at the time of the fire, but a neighbor who was standing on his porch facing the house said he saw lightning strike late that afternoon and then started to smell and see smoke coming from the back.

  • Get ready, school starts Aug. 24

    As August draws to a close, the Sumter County School District is preparing to welcome students back to classes.

    This year, the school district is expecting 5,292 students to attend public schools throughout the county, according to district curriculum specialist Colleen Strickland. It’s a decrease of slightly more than 100 students from the year before.

  • Softball tournament slated

    Softball Tournament Slated

    Annual Children's Miracle Network

    tournament set



  • Hundreds of soccer balls given away

    Last week, hundreds of brand new soccer balls were delivered to Wildwood, ready for Sumter County Youth Soccer Club team members to claim them.

    Behind the giveaway were Wildwood Tire Company and Uniroyal Tire’s Uniroyal Soccer Program, an organization within Uniroyal Tire that provides funds and equipment for youth soccer programs in the U.S. and Canada.

    With 22 teams and about 260 members across the county, the SCYSC was more than happy to accept the offer.

  • Letters to the Editor - Aug. 13, 2009

    PETA requests

    humane treatment

    The least that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) should do for the Burmese pythons it insists on killing in the Everglades is ensure that the snakes are killed in the most humane manner possible. But despite PETA’s requests, the FWC refuses to require snake hunters to use an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)-approved method of euthanasia.

  • Police Report - Aug. 13, 2009

    Tuesday, Aug. 4

    Donald C. Betsch, 35, Bushnell, was arrested for driving while license suspended. Bond was set at $500.

    Ashley Ann Rogers, 23, Webster, was arrested for violation of probation. No bond was set.

    Shawn D. Shelby, 21, Webster, was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. Bond was set at $1,000.

    Wednesday, Aug. 5

    Artricie Devane McCord, 18, Center Hill, was arrested for no valid driver’s license. Bond was set at $500.