Today's News

  • Bushnell Majors vying for district title

    Cinto Arredondo is coaching another one of those teams – you know, they’ve been playing together for years, they play travel and league ball and they’re good … really good!
    The last Sumter team that met all that criteria, went all the way to World Series and won.
    This team is so good that they’ve already been to state once, had a possible record hit and Arredondo has difficulty putting a line-up together.
    “As a team, we are real strong,” the coach said, noting they have a lot of good pitching going on.

  • Church calendar

    Center Hill Bible Study
    The First Baptist Church of Center Hill will start a Bible study of the Old Testament on Wednesday nights starting July 2. Itt will be a group-participation study starting with Genesis and go through Malachi. the study will begin at 6 p.m. and finish about 7 p.m. each Wednesday. The church is at 175 S. Virginia Ave., Center Hill. Contact phone, 352-461-6089. Regular Bible study is Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 6 pm. All Bible stud-ies will be held in the fellowship hall. Everyone is welcome.
    Healing service

  • Looking for LSCC alumni

    The Lake-Sumter State College Alumni Association needs your help in making its alumni network  stronger.
    If you have completed a course or graduated from LSSC the college needs you.
    “We are looking for lost alumni. If you or someone you know attended LSSC and would like to receive information about our programs, special events, or volunteer opportunities please email your contact information to the Alumni office at Morrisc@lssc.edu to start receiving information about all of our exciting news and events.”

  • Sunday wreck closes I-75

    A wreck Sunday night on Interstate 75 near the boundaries of Sumter and Hernando counties didn’t result in major injuries but it did result in a tractor-trailer explosion that left a portion of the interstate closed for about seven hours.
    The wreck happened shortly after 9 p.m. on June 22 when Dominique Cimon Benjamin, 19, of Land O ‘Lakes, was driving a Ford Focus north in the inside lane of the interstate, near the boundary of the two counties, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. Benjamin had two passengers with her, 5- and 6-year-old boys.

  • Panasoffkee man arrested for child abuse

    A Lake Panasoffkee man remains in jail this week for allegedly physically abusing his 15-month-old son and attempting to cover the bruises on the child’s face with food coloring.
    Dustin Arthur Ragan, 22, was arrested on Friday, June 9, according to a sheriff’s office arrest report. He was charged with cruelty toward a child - a first-degree felony, and probation violation.
    Ragan was arrested after investigators were notified that the child had significant bruises on his body.

  • Cabins burn, Panasoffkee camp still open

    A little piece of Sumter history was damaged, but not lost, when cabin number five caught on fire at Tracy’s Point Fish Camp last Friday.
    The fire, in a building near the shore of Lake Panasoffkee, destroyed three of eight cabins at the camp. It was “wind-driven” and “difficult” to fight because of the construction characteristics of the building and the heavy wind off the lake, according to Sumter Fire Services Chief Leland Greek.

  • Man's third arrest for indecent exposure

    For the third time in less than a year, a Bushnell man has been arrested for indecent exposure.
    John Allan Pace, 51, was arrested Sunday evening for exposing his sexual organs while he was introducing himself to a female neighbor, according to a sheriff’s office report.
    The arrest comes less than a year after Pace was charged with two similar  crimes at different locations. Last November, he was arrested after reportedly exposing himself to a woman at the Bushnell Public Library.

  • Police: Grandson kills grandma, 82, with knife

    Police are no closer to knowing why a 21-year-old Bushnell man reportedly stabbed his 82-year-old grandmother to death last week before heading off to spend a weekend at the beach.
    James Giles has been arrested for homicide in connection with the stabbing death of his grandmother, Rosa Maresma.
    Giles, along with his mother, lived with Maresma at her home in the 6000 block of County Road 630, south of Bushnell.

  • Kudos to City of Coleman

    It often goes unnoticed and draws little attention at times but the City of Coleman is about to hit the map.
    For Sumter County’s smallest city, Coleman is embarking on a progressive project that is likely to have many heads turning throughout the state, and perhaps even throughout the country.
    On Monday, the city held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the recent expansion of the Coleman 70-kilowatt solar-powered water system.

  • Woman arrested, repeated calls to 911

    A Webster woman ended up in jail last week for allegedly calling 911 repeatedly for non-emergency reasons.
    Maggie S. Bowen, 61, was arrested for misusing the 911 emergency system, according to a Sumter County deputy’s report. She was placed in the Sumter County Detention Center with bond set at $1,000.
    Bowen is accused of calling sheriff’s office 911 dispatchers on five separate occasions on Friday, June 13, according to the report. She reportedly called requesting an ambulance for a broken leg as well as for a family member.