Today's News

  • Webster: Sheriff's office takes over

    Webster’s ages-old police department came to a somewhat sudden end last month as city leaders struggled to deal with the challenges of balancing their budget.  Sumter County Sheriff’s deputies are now patrolling the city.

  • Semi rollover on I-75
  • Police report

    Tuesday, Sept. 20

    Troy Lee Hembree, 21, Wildwood, arrested for two counts probation violation.

    Jennifer Michelle Langford, 33, Webster, arrested for larceny and marijuana possession.

    Christopher Steven Lehew, 37, Lake Panasoffkee, arrested for burglary and larceny.

    Courtney Marie Scritchfield-Pearson, 28, Lake Panasoffkee, arrested for burglary, larceny and resisting an officer.



    Wednesday, Sept. 21

  • Groundbreaking for public safety centers

    On Tuesday, Sept. 20, the Sumter County Sheriff's Office along with the County Commission broke ground on the new Sumter County Public Safety centers.  

    The northern headquarters will be in The Villages (Wildwood), it will be approximately 45,811 square feet and two stories tall.  The center will house the Sumter County Sheriff's Office, Emergency Operations Center, fire, ambulance, EMS and the joint dispatch and emergency call centers.

  • Three days of culture

    The pounding drums, the swirls of color and the steady steps of Native American dancers were there for visitors to experience last weekend at the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park in Bushnell.

    The dancers, drummers, singers and story tellers were all part of the Inter-Tribal Native American Holiday Powwow, the annual three-day cultural celebration organized by the Sumter County-based Pan-O-Kee Native American Tribe of Central Florida.

  • Road proposal creates concerns

    It was apparent last week  from the multiple, simultaneous conversations all over the room in Coleman that the residents and property owners who were looking over preliminary plans for widening U.S. 301 shared dismay, relief or apprehension.

    An estimated 90 - 100 of them on Sept. 20, attended another of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) public meetings to discuss proposals for improvements to the roadway from the Florida Turnpike to County Road 470.

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  • FWD: As autumn approaches, bears across Florida become more active

  • Students earning more certifications

    Exciting news!  

    At a time when workforce demands for technical skills and industry certification are at an all-time high, the schools in Sumter County have increased the number of students earning industry-relevant credentials by forty-one percent with 230 industry certifications awarded this school year! 

  • Police report

    Tuesday, Sept. 13

    Antonio Acosta, 19, Wildwood, arrested for driving while license suspended.

    Matthew William Crucigier, 21, Wildwood, arrested for probation violation.

    Emiliano Perez, 22, Center Hill, arrested for driving while license suspended.

    William Alan Pitts, 44, Lake Panasoffkee, arrested for driving while license suspended, possession of marijuana and possession or use of drug equipment.

    Veyonna Lynn Saltzmann, 42, Webster, arrested for larceny.