Today's News

  • Letters to the Editor - Aug. 5, 2010

    Call your

    elected official

    I look forward to Thursday’s because I get to read the newspaper that I enjoy reading the most. It caters to my perspective, just like Fox news may reflect my choice for televised news.

  • Urban Farming

    Urban farming is a very hot topic in the country, providing locally grown foods to areas that have little access. The Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference will have a nationally recognized key note speaker, Will Allen to speak about his success in this area.   Allen is the founder and CEO of Growing Power, Inc. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is leading the "good food revolution".

  • Backyard Safari


       Honeybees: Nature’s little helpers   By Jessica Basham 

  • Auditions set for 'Guys and Dolls'

    Auditions for Guys and Dolls will be held at the Melon Patch Playhouse, 311 N 13th St., Leesburg, on Sunday, July 18 and Monday, July 19. The auditions are slated to begin at 7 p.m. A large and varied cast is required so everyone is welcome to audition.  The show is under the direction of John Turcotte with Billie Thatcher as Assistant Director. No appointments or prepared audition pieces are needed.  All who audition will be taught the song "Guys

  • Some land just deserves to be pampered

    We’re lucky. Sumter County has a substantial amount of bucolic settings that glisten with natural appeal. These areas are special. They require special consideration.

    One such place is the natural springs and wetlands that hug the Shady Brook Golf and RV Resort just off U.S. 301 in Sumterville.

    Tuesday night, county commissioners considered if they wanted to put a new roadway in the community that would virtually slice through the resort and come annoyingly close to the wetlands area.

  • SECO addresses campaign signs

  • Standing behind the home team

    Sumter County has a team that really “done us proud” last week – a team of 9- and 10 year-old boys playing their hearts out on the ballfield.

    As a matter of fact, the Bushnell Dixie Youth team played so well they’ve earned to right to play in the World Series!


    After a ball season and then a five-game win in the Panhandle, beating out teams from around the state, the home team claimed the Florida title.

  • Longbeards host Jake's Day

    The Sumter County Longbeards hosted their Jake's Day Out on Saturday, April 24 at Richloam.

    The event drew more than 400 kids.

    Below is a link to their Web site and two slide shows from the event.

    To read the article on the Longbeards, see the Thursday, May 20th edition of the Sumter County Times.


  • Back-to-School Luau planned


    Back-to-School Luau



    The Church of the Fishermen, in partnership with the Lake Panasoffkee Neighborhood Project,  is hosting a free block party on Saturday, Aug. 14 from noon until 4 p.m.

    The event, called the "Back-to-School Luau" will include a giant water slide, inflatables, games, competitions, prizes, free gently used clothing for school kids, food, drinks and music.

  • Letters to the editor: July 29, 2010

    Lake Pan Community

    Building in Jeopardy