Today's News

  • Florida Highway Patrol Honor Guard participates in national ceremony

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Highway Patrol Colonel David Brierton and members of the Florida Highway Patrol traveled to Washington, D.C. last week to attend the National Police Week ceremonies.  The annual event, now in its 34th year, honored the men and women of law enforcement who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the name of public safety. 

  • Memorial Day at Florida National

    Florida National Cemetery hosted a Memorial Day celebration on Monday, May 25. Images and videos from the event are shown here. For more on the ceremony, see the May 28 edition of the Sumter County Times.


    The Florida National Cemetery Joint Veterans Committee (JVC) sponsored the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Florida National Cemetery on Monday, May 25, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.  Carey Baker, (Ret) FLNG, Lake County Property Appraiser was the guest speaker for the event.

  • Dade Historic State Park Events

    June and early July schedule

  • Cops: Student, 14, brought gun to school

    A 14-year-old South Sumter Middle School student faces multiple charges involving the theft of a firearm and possession of it on school grounds, according to a Sumter County Sheriff’s Office report.
    Sheriff’s investigators last week arrested the teen after the sheriff’s office resource officer at the school found the youth with a gun tucked into his waistband, according to a sheriff’s office report.

  • A day of honor

    It was a day for grieving, for remembering and celebration as thousands gathered Monday at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, for the annual Memorial Day observance.
    In a ceremony steeped in ritual and tradition, the friends and family members of the many veterans who now are at rest in that cemetery came together to honor those that have served and sacrificed for their country. Veterans were honored with the remarks of state leaders, an assortment of patriotic music and Ye Mystic Air Krewe provided a flyover.

  • Summer Camps

    Two summer camps for youth, set to take place at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park. The fun includes a week learning how the pioneers lived and/or a week learning about nature. To view the brochures, with specific information on each camp, click the links below.




  • Gun reportedly found on student

    A South Sumter Middle School student was arrested Wednesday morning, when authorities reportedly found a 9-mm semi-automatic handgun in his waistband. The school resource officer and the school principal approached the youth, after getting information from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office regarding a handgun that had been reported stolen from a Lake Panasoffkee resident. The teen was reportedly named as a suspect.

  • Business


  • Students' business is going to the dogs

    With all the biscuits and baking and broth, you might think you were in a home economics class when you enter Brittany Vann’s class at Bushnell Elementary School.

    But maybe not, because Tiffany Ward’s students seem to be working on reading, writing and art. Then there’s a group scooping fresh-baked dog biscuits from a pan and bagging them up, while others sitting with a pile of money, bank books and ink pens.

  • Bike trail idea hits resistance

    Local residents, cyclists, horse riders and property owners last Thursday packed a Webster meeting room to hear and discuss some of the preliminary ideas state planners are considering for Sumter County’s portion of a proposed cross-state bicycle/pedestrian trail.
    Apparently, a considerable number of the property owners have concerns about how the possible trail path would effect their homes and properties. Several property owners voiced adamant objections to having the trail run through or by their property.