Today's News

  • Wildwood boys fall on last-second free throw 52-51

    Lecanto High’s Robert Vega hit a last second free throw to give Lecanto a 52-51 boys basketball victory over Wildwood High Saturday in the Wildcats’ gym.
    Wildwood turned the ball over on the final possession and Vega, a sophomore, was fouled trying to shoot. Vega missed the first of two free throws but hit the second shot to win the game.
    Wildwood (5-8) led at the start of the fourth quarter 43-39 but the Panthers kept coming back and finally won it with only 1.2 seconds left in the game.

  • Raiders overcome first-half issues to beat Hernando

    Thursday, Jan. 6, the South Sumter High girls basketball team seemed to spend a first half in the Witness Protection Program.
    Whoever it was Hernando High Schools girls were playing, it didn’t appear to be the Raiders.
    The Raiders spent the first two quarters in a dysfunctional state. They were standing around, missing easy shots and looking sloppy.
    Despite the state of disarray, the Raiders managed to lead 26-25 at halftime.
    The Raiders then reclaimed their identity in the second half and beat the Leopards 52-46 at the Hernando High gym.

  • Keeping up with the Joneses

    What is this obsession with outshining everyone else — the need to keep up with and surpass the Joneses — even when it comes to age and aches.
    You know you’re getting older when you find someone about your age and begin to spar with them over which of you hurts the most, or which of you had the worst procedures done.
    I found myself doing that a couple of weeks ago.

  • Taxpayers deserve 'tangible results' from E5 in future

    Not often does a private marketing company with a handful of employees receive a lucrative contract that includes office space in a brand new government complex with costs of phones, electric, water, sewer and janitorial bills picked up by taxpayers.
    Nevertheless, all of that, plus $417,000 in dual employment contracts is provided to E5 Solutions, the Sumter County Economic Development entity hired by the county to attract capital investment.

  • Fishing Report and news for week ending Sunday, Jan. 9

    By Steve Lind
    Anglers on Lake Panasoffkee — 132
    Anglers Bass Fishing — 109
    Bass caught — 261
    Bass Released — 245
    Largest Bass caught — 14 lbs
    Crappie Fishermen on lake — 23
    Crappie/bluegill caught — 286

  • Police Report - Jan. 13, 2011

    Tuesday, Jan. 4

    Johnathon Boyd, 25, Wildwood, was arrested for out-of-county warrant. Bond was not set.

    Keith Payne, 49, Bushnell, was arrested for vehicle theft and two counts of fraud. Bond was set at $11,000.

    Jesse Glenn Creach, 25, Lake Panasoffkee, was arrested for driving while license is suspended and violation of probation. Bond was not set.

    Lucio Diaz, 33, Bushnell, was arrested for driving with expired license more than four months. Bond was set at $150.

  • Police: Man robs store, calls police

    A man who robbed a Walmart Drug Store in The Villages of 500 pills described as 325mg Oxcycodone called authorities and gave them the location to pick him up a short time later, according to a sheriff’s office report.
    Joel Michael Drain, 29, of Lady Lake, walked up to the pharmacy counter in Walgreens Pharmacy at 2283 Parr Drive in The Villages, Sunday, Jan. 9, and handed a female employee a note that read, “Give me a bottle of Percocet 30s and some cash, I have a weapon, this is a robbery.”

  • Wildwood hosts programs and special events

    The City of Wildwood, under the direction of Parks and Recreation Coordinator Jason Hargrove, has developed numerous arts and crafts programs, some ongoing and others starting up soon that are open to the public.
    Popular Zumba dance and fitness classes are conducted from 5:30 until 6:30 Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Wildwood Community Center by certified instructors. The cost is $5 per class.
    “These classes teach unique styles of dance while promoting physical fitness,” said Hargrove.

  • E5 Solutions: no capital investments, yet

    E5 Solutions, the private company hired to conduct business as Sumter County Economic Development, has achieved mixed results during its first year according to an annual report required by the state to track the company’s performance.
    The document details three basic categories of “assistance” E5 Solutions provided for businesses and the amount of capital investment made by “assisted” businesses in the county.

  • GunSlinger hails from Bushnell

    It was a giant leap from professional gunsmith and sharpshooter to building and driving a Monster Jam truck that soars fifty feet into the air during races and freestyle competitions at football stadiums and other venues across the country.