Today's News

  • Be careful of alligators

    Spring is when Florida's alligators start getting active, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is urging Floridians and vis

  • Wildwood and South Sumter Score at Invitational


  • Police report: May 14, 2009

    Tuesday, May 5

    Damen Avant, 22, Wildwood, was arrested for possession of marijuana under 20 grams.

    Randall Jones, 23, Oxford, was arrested for driving while license suspended or revoked. Bond was set at $500.

    Zandy McCue, 27, Lake Panasoffkee, was arrested for driving while license suspended or revoked with knowledge. Bond was set at $500.

    Thomas Tuller, 39, Bushnell, was arrested for driving while license suspended or revoked with knowledge. Bond was set at $250.

  • Memoiral Day is for Patriots

    In some circles, patriotism has become a synonym for arrogant or jingoistic. Some people even use it as a political weapon; “Don’t question my patriotism,” they say. Yet, this Memorial Day, and every other day for that matter, we should remember that those who died for this country are the true patriots.

  • Letters to the editor: April 30, 2009

    Fundraiser for


    Thomas E. Langley Medical Center is holding a fundraiser for our most honorable of volunteers that fell victim to a home invasion and physical assault on March 13, 2009.

    Ms. Ruth Sours has been a volunteer at Langley for over 12 years. She has put in a countless amount of hours working in different departments and areas to serve our community.

    In an effort to show her not only our appreciation but support, we would like to raise enough money to provide Ms. Ruth with an emergency lifeline and home security system.

  • SLIDE SHOWS:Fourth Annual Tracy's Point Youth Fishing Tournament

     The April 4 fishing tournament drew more than 50 children with family and friends.

     To view three slide shows and a video from the event, see below.

    To read the story, see the April 16 edition of the Sumter County Times in print, on newstands.

  • Police report: April 30, 2009

    Tuesday, April 21

    Shawn Allen Matthews, 21, Lake Panasoffkee, was arrested for grand theft and trespassing. Bond was set at $5,000.

    Wesley Warren Halle, 22, Lake Panasoffkee, was arrested for grand theft. Bond was set at $5,000.

    Susan Lynne Paxton, 45, Wildwood, was arrested for possession of marijuana. Bond was set at $500.

    Eladio Izquierdo, 55, Sumterville, was arrested for battery. Bond was set at $2,000.

    Billy Joe Timmons, 18, Lake Panasoffkee, was arrested for grand theft. No bond was set.

  • Calendar: April 30, 2009


    Low-cost pet vaccinations

    The Florida International Teaching Zoo’s veterinary staff is sponsoring a low-cost pet vaccination clinic in your community at the Bushnell, Florida Library, 402 Florida Street, from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

    Rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats will be only $6. Dog distemper/parvovirus combo shots and cat distemper shots are only $14; with dog kennel cough/bordatella shots at $15.

    All vaccinations are administered by the veterinarian. Documentation for the vaccinations is provided.

  • Relay weathers storm

    While the weather started out rough and it seemed the annual Relay for Life might crash against the rocks, participants and survivors sailed on. Harsh wind gusts and heavy rain mangled tents and soaked the crowd Friday night, but the spirit of the relay soared.

    “Kids were going from team to team asking, ‘What can I do to help you?’”

    “We kept the music going. There were no events or games – they were just there to Relay. They were there to raise funds,” Gibson said.

  • Vera, McMullen compete at state

    Daniel Vera and Greg McMullen didn’t take home any medals Saturday.

    However, the South Sumter High seniors had reason to be proud of their efforts at the Class 1A FHSAA State Weightlifting Meet at River Ridge High School.

    The weightlifting meet is a real pressure cooker where teens have to be poised as well as strong.

    Vera (129) had a personal best 210-pound bench press and a 180-pound clean and jerk for a 390-pound total.

    McMullen (139) had a 235-pound bench press and a 220-pound clean and jerk for a 455 total.