Today's News

  • Women’s outdoor workshop comes to Tallahassee


  • Berry Blue

    An estimated 400 people showed up at the West Central Florida Agricultural Education Center last week for the Blueberry Fall Seminar.

    The seminar was hosted by the Florida Blueberry Grower’s Association, according to Sumter County Extension Agent Susan Kelly.

    Slated from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the event included a “huge trade show with about 42 vendors,” she said.

    There were speakers throughout the day and lunch was catered by the Speckled Butterbean. The education center is at the Sumter County Fairgrounds, just north of Webster.

  • Homecoming Wildwood

     Students took part in an afternoon pep rally, the home game and Homecoming crowning on Friday. For this year's queen,  see the Oct. 8 edition of the Sumter County Times, on news stands.  For additional photos of the event, see the slide shows below.




  • Police reports: Oct. 29, 2009

    Tuesday, Oct. 20

    Samantha L. Adams, 26, Sumterville, was arrested for organized fraud, grand theft and criminal use of identification. Bail was set at $6,000.

    Dylan Michael Shultz, 26, Wildwood, was arrested for burglary of a structure, criminal mischief, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. Bail was set at $6,500.

    Robert W. Hines, 23, Lake Panasoffkee, was arrested for driving while license is suspended. Bail was set at $500.

  • Growers' Market opens this month

    The City of Wildwood, in conjunction with the University of Florida, announces Oct. 24 as the opening date of the Wildwood Growers’ Market which will take place every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the City Hall Courtyard Square which includes the Gazebo, City Hall, Wonders and Oxford streets and the parking lot behind City Hall.

    Both streets will be closed to all vehicular traffic on market days.

  • Letters to the editor: Oct. 22, 2009

    Tribute of thanks

    Thank God! Thank God! Thanks for saving the final resting place on earth (Panasoffkee Cemetery) of World War I veterans, Indians, family members, and slaves.

  • Kathleen hands South Sumter Raiders fourth loss

    South Sumter High head football coach Inman Sherman felt that the Lakeland Kathleen football team would be the best team the Raiders faced this year.

    Kathleen didn’t disappoint.

    Kathleen handed South Sumter (2-5) their fourth straight loss of the season Friday, Oct. 16 in Lakeland 35-15.

    Lakeland ran for 181 yards rushing while holding South Sumter to 74 yards overland. Kathleen also had 280 yards passing.

    Kathleen’s Brayun Andrews scored two touchdowns and had 285 total yards for the game.

  • SCARC hosts fishing tournament

    To enter you must open all and read forms and rul

  • County may oust Economic Development Council

    County officials plan to stop funding the more than three-decades-old Sumter County Economic Development Council (SCEDC) and instead agreed to hire a newly created private firm that submitted the highest priced proposal.

    Currently, the county funds the SCEDC, formed in 1975, through the county’s Industrial Development Authority (IDA), which grants funding through bonds.

  • County Fire Rescue awarded $2.1 million

    Sumter County was recently awarded a government grant worth $2.1 million to help fund construction of two new fire stations and the renovation of another.

    The money comes through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a department of U.S. Homeland Security.

    The money was allocated to Sumter County Rescue through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, formerly known as the Stimulus Bill.