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Today's News

  • Hundreds attend Langley event

    The attendance of more than a thousand children at the annual Laura Vickers Christmas Party hosted by Thomas E. Langley Medical Center, Sumterville, suggests the family event remains very popular.

    “We were able to add five more rides this year, including the “Space Ball” and “Shoot Shower,” said Langley spokesman Nathan Overstreet.

  • 'Jingle Bars' nabs 26

     A recent drug sweep deemed significant and successful by Sheriff Bill Farmer led to the arrest of 26 persons on narcotics and weapons charges. 

    Farmer conducted a press conference Monday to announce the results of the 10-day drug operation dubbed “Jingle Bars” that included the seizure of five firearms, including Glock handguns and magazines of ammo.

    The DEA and U.S. Marshall Services assisted the sheriff’s office in executing the operation that targeted suppliers of illegal narcotics and weapons, according to Farmer.

  • NIE

    What Is Newspaper In Education?
    Newspaper In Education (NIE) is a cooperative effort between schools in our county and the Sumter County Times to promote the use of newspapers as an educational resource. NIE provides schools with the newspaper at no cost to teachers or schools.

  • Calendar of Events

    THURSDAY, DEC. 16
    Job readiness workshop
    New Vision for Independence is conducting a Job Readiness workshop for individuals with low vision or blindness from 2 to 3:30 p.m. This informational meeting will be held at the New Vision office in the Student Services building on the Leesburg campus of Lake-Sumter Community College. There is no cost to attend but participants must register in advance. Please call 435-5040 to register or for more information.
    FRIDAY, DEC. 17
    Dinner dance

  • Tanner hits 28 points as Wildwood wins 66-60

    Antonio Tanner had no problem finding the basket Friday night.
    The Wildwood High basketball player scored a game-high 28 points and grabbed six rebounds as the Wildcat basketball team downed South Sumter High 66-60 at the Wildcat’s gym.
    Tanner even scored three of his team’s final points on free throws.
    Tanner had some scoring help from Scott Hensley and Anthony Green, both with 12 points. Hensley also grabbed four rebounds and made a steal.

  • Boy dies; driver unidentified

    Thirteen-year-old Zachary Howard used to walk over to his grandparents’ house almost every day – they live on the same property, but just down the street from each other.
    Last Friday, Zachary’s walk to their house turned tragic when he was killed by a hit-and-run driver on the quiet country road in Webster.
    Authorities have recovered the car, but have not made any confirmation about the driver.
    The families live on County Road 721.

  • A two-wheel salute to veterans

    The roar of motorcycles from various Florida clubs filled the air as one by one lead riders stopped and legged their bikes backwards onto the grass along streets in the Florida National Cemetery complex, a scene repeated until approximately 600 bikes formed neat rows.
    The U.S. Military Vets Motorcycle Club hosted the event last weekend to honor veterans of all branches of U.S. armed forces and Club President Jack Sellers was the master of ceremonies.

  • Let's call it a day

    This time of year I like to take a look back and write a year in review column. I got out my pen and paper to jot down a few notes.
    What happened this past year? Nada, zip, zilch. I couldn’t think of a gosh darn thing. Let’s see there was Tiger Woods. Nope, that was last year. Lindsey Lohan went to rehab. That was last year (and this year) too. A politician was found to be corrupt. That happens every year. Nothing new there.

  • Wildwood volunteers deserve credit

    Attendance picked up some at the annual Wildwood Winter Wonderland event this year even though the economy continues to sputter. We think that is very good news because the City of Wildwood, area businesses and many volunteers steadfastly supported the festival despite less than stellar attendance figures.
    Instead of cutbacks and budgetary hand wringing, the mentioned groups implemented more activities, including bounce houses for children, a beer garden for adults and more live entertainment.

  • Police Report - Dec. 2, 2010

    Tuesday, Nov. 23

    Krystle L. Beekman, 23, Wildwood, was arrested for domestic battery. No bond was set.

    Jesse Leroy Sizemore, 39, Webster, was arrested for violation of probation.

    Debra Lee Shappy, 53, Lady Lake, was arrested for making false report, fraud and nonmoving violation. No bond was set.

    Cecily J. Stephenson, 19, Center Hill, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Bond was set at $2,000.