Today's News

  • Police report: March 4, 2010

    Tuesday, Feb. 23

    Morris Leon Willett, 61, Coleman, was arrested for battery. Bond was set at $500.

    Wednesday, Feb. 24

    Justin L. Hart, 25, Sumterville, was arrested on two counts of possession of marijuana with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver and two counts of sale of marijuana. Bond was set at $80,000.

    Thursday, Feb. 25

    William Eric Johnson, 19, Webster, was arrested on two counts of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. No bond was set.

    Friday, Feb. 26

  • Community Events - Feb. 11, 2010


    SCREC fundraiser

    Our only fundraiser, the Sumter County Lincoln Day Dinner, is coming up. Tickets to the Candidate’s Reception and to the dinner are still available, and representatives will be selling them at these meetings. Our featured speaker is Florida Attorney General and Florida GOP Candidate for Governor, Mr. Bill McCollum. Please see our Web site for more information: http://www.sumterrepublicans.com/LincolnDay.aspx.

  • Family Living is fun and tasty ... maybe

    For the past three years, I’ve spent several days in a row working the exposition hall in the West Central Florida Agriculture Educational Center at Beville’s Corner.

    The building is the location for the annual Sumter County Fair and a group of us work the expo hall to create the “Family Living” part of the fair. That’s the place where people enter their baked and canned foods, their fresh eggs and homegrown cabbage, their quilts and arts and crafts and wood items.


    Photos on Chili I by Brenda Locklear




     Photos on Chili II by Brenda Locklear

  • Road changes proposed for County Road 470

    Members of the public will have an opportunity next week to comment about proposed improvement plans for County Road 470 in Lake Panasoffkee.

    The Alternatives Public Meeting, set for Thursday, Feb. 25, will provide information about plans to make improvements to about 9.5 miles of the roadway from Interstate 75 east to the boundary of Sumter and Lake counties, close to the Florida Turnpike.

    The proposed improvements do not include portions of the road west of Interstate 75.

  • Weatherization


     For information on Mid Florida Community Services Weatherization Program, click the link below:


  • Cleaning Wild Hogs


  • Suspected theft ring busted

    A police chase that began in Pasco County ended when Sumter County authorities arrested two men in a swampy area of Richloam Tuesday afternoon, according to Sumter County Sheriff’s Lt. Bobby Caruthers. For more details, see this week's edition fo the Sumter County Times.


  • Sheriff shows he gets by refusing pay hike

    Sheriff Bill Farmer is having no part of a state-calculated, county-funded pay increase he’s slated for this upcoming fiscal year — not while his employees’ pay is frozen.

    “I feel, very strongly, that I’m not deserving, if they’re not deserving,” said Farmer, when asked why he recently refused the proposed pay increase.

    Sumter’s top cop refuses to indulge himself while his department employees work to improve their job skills, risk their lives and get nothing additional for their efforts.

  • Police Report - Feb. 25, 2010

    Tuesday, Feb. 16

    Dallace Hatley, 18, Webster, was arrested for resisting an officer without violence and narcotic equipment possession. Bond was set at $2,000.

    Eduardo Lopez, 39, Lady Lake, was arrested for two traffic violations. Bond was set at $1,000.

    Wednesday, Feb. 17

    Bluffet Ochia Sappleton, 27, Wildwood, was arrested for fraud. Bond was set at $150.

    Titus Lamont Rich, 25, Wildwood, was arrested on an out-of-county warrant. No bond was set.