Today's News

  • Christmasee right on target

    I can’t believe it’s here already — Christmas is here already! As you read this, chances are good that you’re putting the final touches on your Christmas day plans — finding that last little something for someone special, calling family to make sure the menu’s rounded out, or picking up the roast  from the butcher.

    If you have a faith and belief that Jesus really is the reason for the season, it’s all about love.

  • Police Report - Dec. 31, 2009

    Monday, Dec. 21

    Brian James Freeman, 26, Webster, was arrested for driving while license is suspended. Bond was not set.

    Kamron Jason Woods, 27, Lady Lake, was arrested for violation of probation, felony fleeing attempt to elude. Bond was not set.

    James Ray Sabb, 28, Wildwood, was arrested for out-of-county warrants.

    Tony James Lee, 29, Bushnell, was arrested for violation of probation, aggravated child abuse. Bond was set at $10,000.

    Tuesday, Dec. 22

  • Ceremony honors vets

    This weekend, veterans of all branches of the military, Merchant Marines, prisoners of war and those missing in action will be honored with a special ceremony at Florida National Cemetery.

    The Bushnell cemetery will be the site for Wreaths Across America, a holiday wreath-laying ceremony to honor and remember the nation’s veterans.

    The wreath-laying at gravesites will be between 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12.

  • To some, doing their job isn’t enough

    On the way to work last Saturday, I glanced at some scribbling on a notepad lying on the seat beside me.

    “Wreaths Across America — Florida National Cemetery — go and observe, get comments, take photos, write article.”

    That’s really all I intended to do — my job.

    That morning I had to stop for gas; then some guy cut me off in traffic, after which I noticed the words “gas cap” blinking bright orange in the instrument panel of my aging jeep which meant it was likely sitting atop the gas pump …. Get the idea?

  • Steering transportation $$ beyond Villages

    A reapportionment plan under consideration by Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) would name the entire county as an MPO designated area, an advantage currently exclusive to The Villages.

    The MPO’s regional planning allows for the annual allocation of millions of dollars in federal transportation funding, including funding originating from the Stimulus Bill passed by Congress earlier this year.

    Sumter County, outside of The Villages, lacks representation as a designated area by the (MPO) even though the group bears its name.

  • Police report: Nov. 19, 2009

    Tuesday, Nov. 10

    Mary Lawson Wenz, 49, Sumterville, was arrested for larceny — petite 1st offense. Bail was set at $250.

    Jamie L. Marchlewski, 27, Wildwood, was arrested for larceny — petit 1st offense. Bond was set at $250.

    Wednesday, Nov. 11

    Martin J. Long, 58, The Villages, was arrested for Domestic Battery — touch or strike. Bond was not set.

    Thursday, Nov. 12

  • Undefeated Fort Meade downs Wildwood

    If a football team has to lose a big game, it might as well be one of the best teams around that does the deed.

    Friday night, undefeated Fort Meade High (10-0) finished Wildwood High’s football season with a 21-7 Class 1A semifinal victory in Fort Meade.

    This ended a successful Wildwood season.

    Wildwood finished the season with a 7-4 mark. Wildwood coach Dude Thompson said before the season, he would have been happy if his team had a 5-5 mark this year.

    Fort Meade will play Dixie County in Cross City Friday night.

  • Economic council could reform as advocacy group

    Both Sumter economic development entities, along with Sumter County Economic Development Council (SCEDC) membership, attended a general meeting  Tuesday that seemed to raise more questions than it answered.

    While the meeting was cordial, it was the first time the two groups have been together since the county last month dumped SCEDC and instead hired E5 Solutions.

    James Wade, of SCEDC, chaired the meeting;[ however Rick Dodge, president of E5 Solutions, the new county-financed economic development organization, spoke to the group of business representatives as well.

  • Missed shot gives South Sumter 66-64 win

    Miguel Canady may have needed a second more.

    With 0.1 seconds left in the game, Wildwood High’s Sean Hensley passed the ball into Canady with the Wildwood basket in sight. Wildwood was losing 66-64 and a two-point field goal would have tied the game.

    Canady needed to take the ball and fire up a shot. He took a dribble and then threw up a shot. The dribble ate up the clock and Canady couldn’t get the shot off in regulation time.

  • Chill keeps on coming

    National Weather Service Meteorologist Richard Rude said Sumter Wednesday morning could be as low as 25 degrees between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m., he said.