Today's News

  • Check your credit report • for free

    You probably have seen the advertisements on television or on the Internet. There is a multitude of ways to check your credit history – many of them involve you paying some sort of fee to some company for providing that information to you.

    But, did you know you could check your credit reports without having to pay a single dime?

    Once a year, consumers can review their credit reports free of charge from the three major credit reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

  • Villages endorses board pick

    Since the death of County Commissioner Michael Francis on March 11, the governor’s office has been receiving applications and recommendations for his possible replacement.

    As of Tuesday, the governor’s office received the names of four candidates by way of applications and recommendations, and The Villages has clearly named its choice for the next District 3 representative.

  • Letters to the editor: April 2, 2009

    A local child

    needs your help

    A serious need exists for Guardian ad Litem volunteers in Sumter, Lake and Marion counties, and seats are still available for April training in The Villages.

    The Guardian ad Litem Program recruits, trains and supervises volunteers who are Court appointed to advocate for the best interests of children who have been abused, abandoned, and neglected and are now in the Foster Care System. Through these volunteers, local foster children are able to have their voices heard in the Dependency Court process.

  • It's a new American, like it or not

    Conservation has stronger connotations these days than ever before. The word is used in conjunction with just about every aspect of our lives.

    Locally for example, the water management district tells us to conserve water because Sumter County along with the rest of the state is experiencing a serious drought.

    We’re told to conserve our water usage – don’t water our lawns as often as we used to and we’re warned to be alert to other ways of conserving water – like fixing dripping faucets.

  • Wildwood, Bushnell host class reunionsTo view several slideshows from each reunion, see the homepage of this Web site - find the slideshows (about halfway down the page), use the scroll bar to find the shows and click on the image to pull up the show. To

    Wildwood HIgh School held their 1970's class reunion on Saturday March 14 at the Wildwood Community Center.

    Bushnell High School hosted the classes of 1929-1959 on Wednesday, March 18 at the Lake Panasoffkee United Methodist Church.

    To view slideshows, see our slideshow section on the homepage of this Web site - there are several shows for each event.

    To read the story, see the Sumter County Times in print, on newstands now.


  • Wildfire Danger Increases



    http://www.fl-dof.com http://www.florida-agriculture.com/videos/flash/Think_Before_You_Burn.htm

    or contact your local Florida Division of Forestry field office.

  • Police report: April 2, 2009

    Tuesday, March 24

    Dixie Williams, 44, Lake Panasoffkee, was arrested for driving under the influence. Bond was set at $500.

    Canelia Dyer, 46, Center Hill, was arrested for cruelty to animals. Bond was set at $500.

    Wednesday, March 25

    Ronnie Stokes, 49, Center Hill, was arrested for cruelty to animals. Bond was set at $500.

    Santiago Lopez, 36, Oxford, was arrested for expired drivers license. Bond was set at $500.

  • Wildfire danger still remains high

    Despite varied amounts of rainfall throughout the state over the weekend, Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson is urging residents not to let their guard down with regard to fire prevention.

    "Rainfall varied widely throughout the state over the weekend, leaving areas in the Panhandle flooded while the central and southern peninsula still have high wildfire risk," Bronson said. "More than 13 inches of rain fell in the far western Panhandle counties, while central and south Florida received little rain."

  • Florida Park Service budget reduction


  • Calendar of events: April 2, 2009


    Pet vaccination clinic

    The Florida International Teaching Zoo will be holding a low cost pet vaccination clinic at Bushnell Library 402 Florida Street from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Prices range from $6 to $15. Rabies $6; Distemper/parvo $14; Kennel cough/Bordatella $15; Cat distemper $14; The teaching zoo is a 501-C-3 Not for Profit Organization.

    Please call 352-867-7788 for information


    Latin Dance Night