Today's News

  • Industrial Development Authority undergoing changes from board

    The local Industrial Development Authority is continuing with an apparent overhaul driven by the Sumter Board of County Commissioners.

    At a workshop between the BOCC and IDA July 7, the groups agreed the Board of County Commissioners would propose new policy for the IDA and then have the IDA present a plan to implement it.

    The IDA is a board under county government that is funded by the county, acting as clearinghouse for industrial revenue for bonding proposals.

  • Community Events - July 16, 2009


    Mixer dance

    A mixer dance will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 17, at the Lake Panasoffkee Recreation Park (blue building). The building is at 1582 C.R. 459 (off C.R. 470).

    Live music, everyone welcome – singles and couples.

    Sponsored by Sumter Singles (a non-profit group). Discount for groups of any kind of six or more people, call for information (352) 424-1688.


    Capporelli to

    host seminar

  • 4-H camps winding down

    Sumter County 4-H camps filled up and took off this year.

    Next week is the last week for the season, completing several weeks of fun, from wild animals to bugs and horses.

    “We’ve had to turn people away,” said 4-H program assistant Linda Burt, adding that they had a camp every week in June.

    She said she thinks the kids think it’s great and as for the parents, she said they seem “glad to bring them and we’re glad to have them.”

    This week it was Bug Camp, with good and bad bugs.

  • Church Events - July 16, 2009


    Middle East human rights

    The public is invited to a free public forum on Friday, July 24, at 7 p.m. at Lady Lake Community Building, 237 W. Guava Street, Lady Lake. Rev. Dr. Jean Simpson will speak on “What’s Happening in the Middle East with Human Rights?”

    Simpson, Gulf Coast Regional Conference Minister, United Church of Christ, who has lived in Tehran, Saudi, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Singapore and Brussels, attended the recent Paris Conference on Human Rights, along with 90,000+ others.

  • Merritt brings promise to South Sumter sports

    A few years ago, South Sumter High boys basketball coach Gary Russo was coaching girls basketball and he had an athlete he figured could be a NCAA Division I athlete.

    He was right.  Ezria Parsons played girls basketball at South Sumter and later played at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Currently, she is playing professional basketball in Australia.

    Russo thinks he just may have found another future star. She is Kristi Merritt, a 5-foot-4, 14-year-old Lake Panasoffkee resident.

  • 911 call released following python attack


    An Oxford toddler was found dead Wednesday morning, with the family's pet python on her. Audio tapes of Charles Darnell's distraught calls for help are below.

    Gaps in the calls are related to privacy information.

    For the entire story, see the July 2 edition of the Sumter County Times.

  • Bushnell AA baseball goes 1-2 at state

    The Bushnell AA Dixie Youth Baseball All Stars lost the second game of the state tournament 13-2 to Blountstown Monday night and were eliminated from the tournament.

    The Sumter County 7 and 8-year-olds started the tournament promisingly by winning the first game 10-6 over Holmes County Saturday morning.

    Bushnell, the host team, then lost 16-2 under the 10-run “mercy rule” Sunday to West Seminole.

    Bushnell committed nine errors Monday night as Blountstown delivered the second straight four inning “mercy rule” victory.

  • Agriculture Links and Farmer's Markets


    Agriculture Links

    Click the links below to access their Web sites:


    Sumter County Extension Office


  • Dream Center

    Welcome to the dream center – the Dream Center Basketball School. Hosted by Coach James Presley, it’s the second annual basketball school held at Wildwood High School.

  • Relay Wrap Party

    The Relay for LIfe Wrap-Up Party was held Tuesday, June 16 at South Sumter High School.

    Final results for the challenges between teams was: