Today's News

  • Humane Society grand opening planned

    The Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County is having a special event on Saturday, Jan. 16, in Lake Panasoffkee, to help find homes for more than 50 cats and kittens along with dogs and other animals and celebrate the public grand opening of its latest facility additions.
    Organizers are inviting the public out from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on that Saturday to see the Humane Society/SPCA is steadily growing in its efforts to better serve more animals in need.

  • Encounter ends with arrests

    A Wildwood man’s alleged attempt last week to find a sex partner using an on-line service ended with him being robbed of a television, video game console and more, according to a Sumter County Sheriff’s Office report.
    Sheriff’s investigators have charged Paige Nicole Linn Wingate, 21, Ft. McCoy, and Jordan D’Vante Shaw, 23, Ocala, in connection with the incident. Shaw is charged with unarmed burglary of an occupied dwelling and grand theft. He was booked into the Sumter County Detention Center with bond set at $7,500.

  • Outta the Woods

    That coon dog’ll hunt

  • Out and About


    Quit smoking

    Registration for the free Quit Smoking Now Program is now open at Clark Clinic in Bushnell. Classes will begin at 10 a.m. on select Tuesdays and run for 5weeks beginning in January 2016. Free nicotine therapy is available while supplies last. Call 793-2441 and register today!

    Smoking cessation/diabetes classes

  • Police report

    Tuesday, Dec. 29

    Christopher David Albright, 36, Lake Panasoffkee, arrested for probation violation.

    Anne Christie Aldrin, 32, The Villages, arrested for possession of drugs and drug equipment, two counts of larceny.

    Gonzales Franklin Norris, 21, Wildwood, arrested for trespassing, possession of marijuana and contributing to delinquency of a minor.

    Matthew Chadwick Padgett, 21, Bushnell, arrested for trespassing.

    Michael Wayne Tevyaw, 32, Wildwood, arrested for battery.

    Wednesday, Dec. 30

  • Welcome to 2016

    Along with the new year comes new challenges to community newspapers like the Sumter County Times.
    One of those challenges is to provide quality news and event coverage with a limited staff. There’s lot of news and events going on in Sumter County and only a few of us here to provide that news coverage.
    Here’s where the good news comes in.
    We’ve got a recommendation for the new year that can help your club or organization, your church or your school, look like publicity champs in the Sumter County Times.

  • Back to the battle

    U.S. troops last weekend encountered a large force of Seminole warriors in the pines and palmettos near Bushnell and, once again, the outcome was tragic for the government forces.
    For the 35th year of re-enactments of what is often referred to as the Dade Massacre, black powder smoke from rifle, musket and cannon fire filled the air Saturday at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park.

  • In search of a new home

    Carey Corwin and her family waited almost a year to find a rural home they could rent and have a place for their two horses. But, in a single day, it was gone.

    A mid-day fire on Dec. 19 gutted the concrete block dwelling west of Webster, destroying almost all of their possessions.

  • Support Project Grad now

    Sponsors are needed for a worthy non-profit organization that helps to keep graduating students safe.  
    Project Graduation is a group of parents who work independently to provide for an all-night post-graduation celebration for the high school graduating seniors in our community.  
    With family, friends and community support, volunteers hope to make this year’s fundraising efforts successful, to encourage full participation with great incentives.  Their goal is to provide safety awareness that benefits both our young adults and our community.

  • Police report

    Wednesday, Dec. 23

    Dameon Chance Knowles, 33, Lake Panasoffkee, arrested for battery.

    Kenneth Alan Krajewski, 44, The Villages, arrested for battery.

    Melissa Ann Moore, 34, Bushnell, arrested for traffic violation.

    Dontel Lappel Williams, 27, Wildwood, arrested on an out-of-county warrant.

    Thursday, Dec. 24

    Kimberley Marie Hembree, 43,Wildwood, arrested three counts of battery.

    Quentin Katrel Miller, 27, Wildwood, arrested for two counts probation violation.