Today's News

  • Free Women’s and Adult Saltwater Fishing Clinics coming up in Panama City Beach!


    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting a Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic in Panama City Beach on July 22 and an Adult Saltwater Fishing Clinic for both women and men 18 years or older on July 23.

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  • Fiance' honors Laura


    Laura Billingsley was just 23 years old. A teller at Suncoast Schools Credit Union in Dade City, she lived in Webster and was a 2012 graduate of South Sumter High School.

    Laura began working at the Bushnell branch and was pursuing a career as a mortgage lender.

    She was on her way home from a friend's house on Tuesday morning, when she was killed in a car crash, according to her fiance' Glen Youngblood.

  • Two Tampa men arrested in connection with a Friday afternoon burglary in Bushnell

    A manhunt along C.R. 575 resulted in the arrest of two Tampa men, charged in connection with a burglary on C.R. 663 on Friday afternoon. The arrests took place after a nearly hour-long manhunt in the area of C.R. 575, according to the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.

  • FWC Job Opening


    Requisition No: 13926 

    Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

    Working Title: OPS-F & W BS III TNSM - 77904004

    Position Number: 77904004 

    Salary:  $18.21 an hour 

    Posting Closing Date: 07/19/2017 

  • Harold Vaughn - Focus 1998

    Harold Vaughn retired from the Florida Highway Patrol in 1998, after serving Sumter and surrounding counties for more than a decade. A resident of Sumter County, Vaughn died last week. There is a current story in the July 6, 2017 edition of the Sumter County Times, as well as this copy of a 1998 Sumter County Times Focus story on Vaughn, written soon after he retired. 

    Click the links to view the images and read the story.

  • Retired FHP officer dies

    It's been just over 20 years since Harold Ray Vaughn retired from the Florida Highway Patrol. Vaughn was one of the state troopers that worked the Sumter County area - of his 26 years as a state trooper, he spent 12 working the Sumter County area.

    Vaughn, who turned 70 this year, died on Thursday, June 22, after dealing with various health issues, according to his son, Richard.

    Vaughn was born January 12, 1947 to Herschel and Ruth Vaughn in Jamestown, Tenn. and was a U.S. Army veteran who served in Vietnam. 

  • Police Report - July 6, 2017 postings

    Sunday, June 25

    Mildred Ann Cook, 55, Webster, arrested for larceny.

    Brenda Lee Cooper, 55, Lake Panasoffkee, arrested for probation violation, resisting an officer and two counts larceny.

    Terry Anthony Leonard, 29, Bushnell, arrested for possession of drugs, possession of marijuana and possession or use of drug equipment.

    Sid Lavar McCook, 29, Lake Panasoffkee, arrested for DUI and driving while license suspended.

    Jazz Lashawn McKinney, 25, Wildwood, arrested for driving while license suspended.

  • Planning set for S.R. 50

    The future of State Road 50 through Sumter County will be the subject of public workshops next week in Lake and Hernando Counties.

    The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has planned the workshops for 5:30-7:30 p.m. each day, Tuesday, July 11, in Mascotte, and Thursday, July 13, in Ridge Manor.

    FDOT with its consulting engineers are holding these public information workshops to show alternatives being considered for improvements to an approximately 20-mile-long section of the highway from U.S. 301 in Ridge Manor to County Road 33 in Mascotte.

  • Police Report June 29, 2017 posting

    Sunday, June 18

    Scott Joseph Kelly, 44, Bushnell, arrested for two counts sex offender violation.

    Ernest Scott McGill, 43, Bushnell, arrested for two counts failure to appear.

    Glenn Ladale Thompson, 39, Wildwood, arrested for two counts cocaine possession.

    Lakiesha Renee Wilson, 29, Lake Panasoffkee, arrested for possession of drug without prescription, possession of methamphetamine, possession of cocaine, possession or use of drug equipment and trespassing.

    Monday, June 19