Today's News

  • Pine/cypress seedlings available

    Winter 2015-2016 Tree Planting Season


  • PAGES to be at Luau

    Lake Panasoffkee Elementary students are invited by PAGES, the Panasoffkee Advocacy Group for Enrichment and Service, to stop by their table with an adult for free school supplies during the Back-to-School Luau to be held Saturday, Aug. 8 at the school. The event is set to take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone interested in helping provide school supplies for children may send donations to P.O. Box 4, Lake Panasoffkee, 33538.

  • Police report

    Tuesday, July 21
    Eula Chervon Brooks, 42, Wildwood, arrested for driving with suspended license.
    Wednesday, July 22
    Antonio Acosta, 38, Wildwood, arrested for probation violation.
    Diana Marie Ayala, 30, Webster, arrested on out-of-county warrant.
    Wardell Dennis III, 25, Wildwood, arrested on out-of-county warrant.
    Theresa Annette Harvey, 41, Webster, arrested for probation violation and conditional release violation.
    Charles William Smith, Jr., 39, Webster, arrested for failure to appear.
    Thursday, July 23

  • Wildwood police dog evaluated after biting girl

    A specialist is evaluating Wildwood Police Department’s (WPD) sole K-9 officer in the wake of a Fruitland Park incident that resulted in a bite injury to the neck of a seven-year-old girl on July 19.
    While the child recovers from her injuries, the police dog “Doki” is kenneled and suspended from service, according to Lt. Gerard Olbek, law enforcement operations commander for WPD.

  • Virus warning issued

    The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) is urging Floridians and visitors to protect themselves against West Nile Virus. The FDOH last week confirmed the first case of West Nile virus illness in Florida for 2015 in an adult female resident of Walton County. West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne virus that causes mild to severe illness and there have been 38 other states with confirmed cases in 2015.

  • Start date proposed for pipeline

    Developers of the proposed Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline are expecting federal certification for the project late this year or early next year and getting started on construction by May or June of 2016.
    Based on plans developed by Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC, the project will result in the installation of a 36-inch, underground pipeline through more than 36 miles of Sumter County. May 1, 2017, is the target date for the pipeline to be in service.

  • Preparation set for school days

    The Sumter School District welcomes students on Monday, Aug. 10, for the beginning of a new school year.
    But before the first day of school rolls around. Here’s some information to help guide parents, guardians and students through the beginning of the new school year.
    Parents and students are invited to attend orientation, as scheduled below, to locate classrooms, meet teachers, secure transportation, and receive supply lists and dress code information.

  • LSSC seeking nominations for distinguished alumni

    Lake Sumter State College is seeking nominations for the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award and LSSC Hall of Fame Awards.

    Readers are urged to nominate Lake-Sumter graduates are making a a positive impact in their community or career.

    The LSSC Foundation, Inc. is accepting nominations through July 16 and the Distinguished Alumni and LSSC Hall of Fame Awards event is set to begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24 at the Mission Inn.

  • College book lending grant

    The Lake-Sumter State College Foundation, Inc. recently received a $4,250 grant from the Dorothy Crooker Steves Charitable Trust, managed by SunTrust. The grant was donated to create a textbook lending library for students enrolled in the Baccalaureate in
    Organizational Management (BAS-OM) program. This new program which began in 2013, provides access to a baccalaureate degree that is affordable and available within Lake and Sumter counties.
    Students spend approximately $1,200 each year on books and supplies. There has been an 82-percent increase in the cost of

  • Sumter man arrested for sex with girl

    A Sumter County sheriff’s detective’s investigation into a Webster man’s suspected sexual activity with an under-age girl has led to an arrest last week of Harold Erick Gainey, 49.
    Gainey was booked into the Sumter County Detention Center last Tuesday with bond set at $20,000. He is charged with four counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor.