Today's News

  • She inspires more than just students

    What an inspiration. If you’ve ever felt that getting older leaves you with fewer opportunities and less interesting challenges, Deborah Barnes will prove you wrong.

    She is one of a growing number of people who are challenging the notion that getting older means slowing down.

    At age 50, Barnes did something she’d wanted to do for a long time. She enrolled in college to become a teacher.

    She started the transformation that would take her from housewife to this year’s Sumter County Teacher of the Year.

  • Police reports: April 23, 2009

    Tuesday, April 14

    Carol Farish, 69, Lake Panasoffkee, was arrested for driving under the influence. Bond was set at $500.

    Josefa Ortiz-Mejia, 32, Bushnell, was arrested for no valid drivers license. Bond was set at $150.

    Eric Mobley, 37, Wildwood, was arrested for driving while license suspended. Bond was set at $2,000.

    James Brown, 45, Webster, was arrested for driving while license suspended, giving false identification to a law enforcement officer, and violation of probation. No bond was set.

    Wednesday, April 15

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  • Man beaten, stabbed, in carjacking

    Police say a 75-year-old Wildwood man was pulled out of his car, beaten, and stabbed several times in the parking lot of Bealls Department store on U.S. Highway 27 in Leesburg, Sunday evening.

    The suspect, 40-year-old James Lanier of Leesburg, is accused of then leading police on a short chase and crashing head-on into one of the police cruisers, injuring two officers, according to a Leesburg Police Department press release.

    Following the alleged stabbing about 6:30 p.m., Lanier fled northbound on U.S. 27 in the victim’s vehicle, a 2006 Buick Rendezvous.

  • Wildwood schools could merge

    Faced with a shrinking budget and shortfalls in state funding, the Sumter County School Board is considering merging two of its Wildwood schools in an effort to save money.

    At a recent workshop, school board members listened to a presentation by Wildwood High School Principal Richard Hampton, who was asked to report on the feasibility of turning Wildwood High School into a school for sixth- through 12th-graders.

    If board members approve the plan, Wildwood Middle School would close and those students would attend what is currently Wildwood High School.

  • Money crunch impacts many

    Few business owners would have a difficult time understanding the dilemma facing Lake-Sumter Community College.

    Faced with cutbacks from a depressed economy, the college is also facing an enrollment increase as a growing number of displaced workers seek to learn new job skills.

    It’s a challenge that college administration must tackle. But if there is any consolation, it may be that the business community shares the college’s dilemma.

    Businesses that can crow about growing profits and exceeding budget expectations are few and far between.

  • Crowd protests sewage plan

    A Zellwood-based septic company is seeking  county approval for a permit that would allow about 620 acres to be used as a disposal site for "septage."

    Septage is defined as a mixture of sludge, fatty materials, human feces, and wastewater removed during the pumping of an onsite sewage treatment and disposal system.

    On Monday, for the third time since the company applied in January, the application was presented before the county Zoning and Adjustment Board but the case was postponed.

  • Wildfire Awareness Week



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  • Merritt’s two-run double leads South Sumter to win

    Kirsty Merritt blasted a two-run first inning double helping the South Sumter High softball team to a 5-1 victory over county rival Wildwood Tuesday, March 24 at the Raiders Field.

    South Sumter took advantage of Merritt’s hit and two Wildwood errors to score four runs in the first inning.

    South Sumter, which lost twice to Wildwood last year, took some revenge and is now 9-5 for the season. The Raiders ended a three-game winning streak for the Wildcats (3-7).

    Sheyanna Henderson was the winning pitcher. Wildwood’s Ashley Cumbey was the losing pitcher.