Today's News

  • Students join in worldwide event

    Students in Sumter County schools last week participated in the Hour of Code as part of Computer Science Education Week and were among tens of millions of people around the world to take part in the largest learning event in history.

  • Celebrating Christmas

     First Baptist Church of Webster

    Join members fo First Baptist Church of Webster for their Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 5 p.m. on  Sunday, Dec. 24.  The church is located at 173 SE 1st Ave in Webster.

  • Florida deputy receives award for heroism

    During a recent meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Florida Gov. Rick Scott recognized Manatee County Sheriff’s Deputy Willie Finklea with the Governor’s Medal of Heroism for his actions to save a couple from a burning car, earlier this year.

  • Police report

    Sunday, Dec. 10

    Bryan Cary Bauer, 41, Bushnell, arrested for DUI, possession of marijuana, possession or use of drug equipment and resisting an officer.

    Phillip Daniel Carino, 61, The Villages, arrested on out-of-county warrant.

    Ga’Lisa Lashawn Corbin, 27, Wildwood, arrested for driving while license suspended.

    Lee Evertt Johnson, 42, Wildwood, arrested for failure to appear.

    Anthony Omar Marquez, 30, Bushnell, arrested for larceny.

    Amanda Leann Ramon, 30, Lake Panasoffkee, arrested for battery.

  • Wreaths of remembrance

    Putting up a wreath may not sound like an extraordinary task, but collectively Wreaths Across America makes a significant statement.

    Thousands of people from military groups, clubs and individual parties across west central Florida gathered at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell Saturday to lay evergreen wreaths on 27,000 veteran’s graves as a symbol of respect and thanks.

  • You can help provide holiday feasts

    This year a group of people will be getting together to participate in “Turkeys from Heaven.” This organization has been around for more than 15 years feeding local families in need at Christmas time. 

  • Youth honored with Champion of Service Award


    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, during a meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Volunteer Florida Chief Executive Officer Vivian Myrtetus awarded Zakary, Gracyn and Ari Smith with the Volunteer Florida Champion of Service Award, Florida’s official statewide volunteer recognition.

  • School takes national honor

    Lake Panasoffkee Elementary School’s (LPES) student achievements have won it a moment in the national spotlight as a National Title I Distinguished School.

    The National Title I Association on Nov. 25 announced that LPES had been named as one of two Florida schools with that designation by the state education agency in Florida. LPES is one of 100 schools throughout the country that is being nationally recognized for exceptional student achievement in 2017.

  • Students "AVID"-ly pursuing college

    Avid? Enthusiasm? Looking for some proof that South Sumter students are  "AVID"-ly planning for their college educations? Check out the burst of rainbow that wafted over Raider Field last month. Dozens of students were gathered in a powder cloud of color, competing in an AVID color run and school pep rally.

    AVID, or Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities, according to the AVID website.

  • Bucci receives Young Entrepreneur Award

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –Today, during a meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Florida Gov. Rick Scott recognized Jon Bucci, 23, with the Governor’s Young Entrepreneur Award. Bucci is the founder and CEO of Apex Property Restoration, a carpentry, repair and assembly service company operating in Southwest Florida. Apex Property Restoration was founded in 2012 and currently employs 13 Floridians. Bucci is also co-founder of Inari Industries, a technology startup company and soon to be opening Bucci studios, a health and day spa.