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Today's News

  • Wildwood downs Chiefland 35-25 for first win

    Wildwood went to Chiefland High Sept. 25, trying not to be beat.

    They succeeded.

    Wildwood, 1-3, won its first game of the season 35-25 against Chiefland.

    “The hardest team we play each week is Wildwood,” said Wildwood coach Dude Thompson. “We made the big plays.”

    One Wildcat running back had a game worthy of an ESPN Sports Center highlight reel.

    “Desmond Solomon had the biggest game,” Thompson said. “He really showed up. We focused in on blocking. By golly, our kids blocked like they never blocked.

  • Meeting set to address lake cleanup issues

    Later this month, Lake Panasoffkee residents will have an opportunity to discuss issues related to cleaning canals in their community.

    The County Commission has scheduled a public meeting from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22, to answer questions about individual or group canal cleanup activities.

    The meeting will be at the Lake Panasoffkee Recreation Park, 1582 County Road 549.

    It is a public forum with a focus on answering questions on permitting for lake cleanup including aquatic weeds, dredging, trash and other questions citizens may have.

  • Police report: Oct. 1, 2009

    Tuesday, Sept. 22

    Robert Hoffman, 63, The Villages, was arrested for violation of probation. No bond was set.

    Earlton Powell, 40, Lady Lake, was arrested for violation of injunction. Bond was set at $1,000.

    Michael J. Solomon, 21, Wildwood, was arrested for failure to appear. No bond was set.

    Wednesday, Sept. 23

    Jay C. Rhodes, 24, Wildwood, was arrested for driving under influence. Bond was set at $500.

    Erin Lynn Sheeders, 24, Wildwood, was arrested for no valid drivers license. Bond was set at $500.

  • North Marion takes South Sumter

    South Sumter High School head football coach Inman Sherman could certainly give a reference to the Citra North Marion High School football team.

    North Marion (3-1) beat South Sumter (2-2) 42-0 Friday night in Citra.

    “I thought they were a really good football team,” said Sherman. “They were strong in passing, running, kicking and tackling.”

  • Letters to the Editor - Oct. 8, 2009

    Desecration of

    human remains

    What is this county thinking? I mean wanting to destroy a historical cemetery and dig up Lord knows how many war heroes. This is ludicrous. It is also a desecration of human remains.

    What about surviving families and their feelings. The cemetery and the ones buried there from as far back as maybe 100 years or more should be left alone. Let them be at peace always. The cemetery should be turned into a historical site.

    Iris Hubbard

    Center Hill

    Obama in the

    right direction

  • Calendar: Oct. 1, 2009

    THURSDAY, OCT. 1

    Educators to meet

    The Retired Educators of Sumter County will meet at First Baptist Church of Bushnell at 11 a.m. Lunch will be available for $8 per person. All retired educators residing in Sumter County are invited to attend.

    Outreach meetings

  • Wildwood dentist accused of tax evasion

    Mark S. Maggert, of Fruitland Park, was arrested Monday for the attempted evasion of federal income taxes for years 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005.

    Maggert, 57, was arrested at his dental office in Wildwood about 8:30 a.m. and was in possession of a .45-caliber handgun at the time of his arrest, according to Linda Osuna, special agent in charge of the Tampa Field Office of IRS Criminal Investigation.

  • Chinsegut Amphibian Festival

    Amphibian Festival

  • Project dies, cemetery to moveIn-paper: In the Oct. 8 edition of the Sumter County Times on news stands - Bushnell brothers hope for reality show, Mr. South Sumter planned with 'Paris' emcee, Webster High School reunion set, Webster Cemetery Picnic date,

    The Sumter County development project dubbed Project Fire that involves relocating the Lake Panasoffkee Cemetery may be history, but plans to move the historical cemetery are still very much alive.

    On Monday, County Administrator Bradley Arnold informed the Times that the developer has declined 75 acres of Sumter land at no charge in favor of a site in Georgia.

    In a letter to Arnold dated Oct. 5, Chuck Davis, representative of Daniel Crapps Agency (DCA) of Lake City, stated that a site in Georgia “produced a substantial savings in the cost of utilities.”

  • Wildcats hammer Lecanto for homecoming win

    When a high school schedules a homecoming football game, it genuinely helps when the host football team can beat the visiting football team.

    Wildwood High’s football team took care of that Friday night, hammering Lecanto 55-20 during the Homecoming game.

    Mission accomplished.

    Wildwood gave its fans plenty to cheer about and reflect on at the Homecoming dance.

    Wildwood running backs Desmon Solomon and Darnell Graham both scored a pair of touchdowns leading the Wildcats to the victory and the delight of the Wildwood home fans.