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Today's News

  • Passenger sought in deadly crash

    Authorities handed down more charges last week, including murder, for an Ocala man accused of leading police on a pursuit in Sumter County that led to the death of an Inverness woman.

    Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) on Wednesday, Aug. 23, charged 27-year-old Anthony Nepoleon Brown with second-degree murder, leaving from a crash involving death, driving with a suspended license, and providing false information to police regarding a fatal crash, according to FHP.

  • Sumter students earn industry certifications

    At a time when workforce demands for technical skills and industry certification are at an all-time high, Sumter County schools increased the number of students earning industry-relevant credentials by 31 percent with 266 industry certifications awarded this school year. 

  • Police report

    Monday, Aug. 21

    John Raymond Beach, 39, Lake Panasoffkee, arrested for driving while license suspended.

    Corey James Cassels, 34, Webster, arrested for withholding support.

    Brittany Clark, 29, Bushnell, arrested for cruelty toward a child.

    William C. Conley, 53, Bushnell, arrested on out-of-county warrant.

    Tuesday, Aug. 22

  • Police report

    Tuesday, Aug. 15

    Antonio Eugene Brutton, 30, Wildwood, arrested for sale of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver and use of a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony.

  • Job fair seeks law enforcement candidates

    Ever considered a career in law enforcement?

    If you have, this may be the time to gather your documentation and prepare to head on over to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

    Early next month, the department will be conducting a job fair in hopes of finding qualified applicants for a variety of positions with the department.

    The job fair will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7. 

  • Being a real winner

    Editor’s note:

    This year two Sumter Dixie Youth baseball teams took the state championship title and played in the World Series. One of the teams took the World Series title, the other did not.

  • Man arrested, girlfriend shot in head

    A 19-year-old Wildwood man was arrested last week on a variety of charges in connection with the shooting injury earlier this month of his 17-year-old girlfriend.

  • Governor recognizes some of the state's top teachers

     TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –  Seven outstanding Florida educators were honored on Tuesday, Aug. 17, during a meeting of the Florida Cabinet. Gov. Rick Scott recognized the seven with the Governor’s Shine Award.

    The Shine Award is presented to teachers and administrators in Florida who make significant contributions to the field of education. The educators honored are 2017 District Teachers of the Year.

  • Florida teen honored for her service to students

     During an Aug. 16, 2017 meeting of the Florida Cabinet,Gov. Rick Scott and Volunteer Florida Chief Executive Officer Chester Spellman, awarded Lynne Gassant with the Volunteer Florida Champion of Service Award - Florida’s official statewide volunteer recognition.

  • Sumter: World Series Champs

    Sumter County's Dixie Youth Majors went to Alabama as Team Florida and came home the World Series champs for 2017!

    After a six-game tournament in Oxford, Ala., the players brought home the trophy and the title.

    "They're a hard working group," said Coach Matt Morgan of the Team Florida players.

    "It’s a really good group of guys," he said, adding that both the parents and the players were dedicated.