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  • Golf Scramble

      The South Sumter High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) needs assistance with its sixth annual golf scramble. The scramble will be held March 7th at Miona Lake Golf Club Wildwood, Florida. The cadets are in need of donations that will help to finance senior scholarships, their annual military ball which is

  • Police report: Jan. 22, 2009

    Tuesday, Jan. 13

    Eduardo Carriles, 19, Bushnell, was arrested for no valid drivers license. No bond was set.

    Henry Davis, 56, Wildwood, was arrested for failure to appear in court, battery, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, and resisting without violence. No bond was set.

    Nshara Larris, 20, Wildwood, was arrested for petit theft. Bond was set at $250.

    Lee Roy Parker, 49, Webster, was arrested for driving while license suspended with knowledge for DUI, driving under the influence, and failure to appear in court. No bond was set.

  • Mayor to County Commission: 'gross mismanagement of dollars'

    County commissioners approved a resolution earlier this week  to expand the county seat to include all of Sumter County, but not before critics – community leaders and north and south Sumter County residents alike – voiced their objections about it, and about the way the board handled its hearings.

    A few of the people who spoke during the public comment part of the hearing, which took place in The Villages Tuesday, Jan. 27, were in favor of the resolution.

    Most of them, however, had strong words for their representatives on the County Commission.

  • Odd Fellows and Rebekahs

    Odd Fellows and Rebekahs busy


  • Police report: Jan. 29, 2009

    Wednesday, Jan. 21

    William Earl Watson, 54, Sumterville, was arrested for driving while license suspended or revoked and violation of probation. No bond was set.

    William A. Baldwin, 27, Lady Lake, was arrested for violation of probation. No bond was set.

    Crystal Lynn Benavides, 25, Webster, was arrested for battery. Bond was set at $500.

    Joseph James Cosentino, 25, Wildwood, was arrested for battery. No bond was set.

  • Haggling allowed on Mondays

    Need socks or a cell phone charger? What about a T-shirt braggin’ on your dad or a tangerine-colored giant ceramic seashell?

    Do fresh vegetables, stone crab claws and antiques attract your attention? Well then, take a drive the Webster Farmers’ Market one Monday and attend the weekly flea market.

    It is something everyone should try at least once in a lifetime.

    Having last Monday off, because of the Martin Luther King holiday, it seemed the perfect opportunity to attend the Monday-only event. We were not alone. Another 59,000 people had the same idea.

  • Scams abound locally and at state level

    A faltering economy, the upcoming tax season and some shady characters have Sumter and state officials issuing warnings to residents. Basically, the local and state message is the same: Be careful, scams are on the increase.

    In Sumter County, the latest scam was reported to law enforcement by a retired sheriff’s deputy living in Lake Panasoffkee.

    The former officer received a call advising him that he is the winner of a substantial amount of sweepstakes money.

  • Reward increases in cat poisoning case

    The gruesome manner in which 13 cats were poisoned late last year has local residents increasing the reward for the arrest and conviction of the responsible person.

    The Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County has increased the reward to $850 for finding the person or persons responsible for poisoning 13 cats near the Sumter School District bus garage in Bushnell last December.

    Initially, a reward of $250 was offered after their caretaker found the cats outside the bus garage writhing in pain and dying after being poisoned with antifreeze.

  • Guiding Light Casting Call

    According to Universal Studios representative Meara Lyons, the “Guiding Light” will hold a casting call this Saturday, March 7 at the Groove on Universal CityWalk.