Today's News

  • Out and About

    Smoking cessation/diabetes classes
    Langley Health Services, in Sumterville, offers free smoking cessation and diabetes classes that are held here on selective days. The participants do not have to be a patient of Langley’s.
    For more information on the smoking cessation program contact Pam at 569-2971 and for diabetes contact Julie at 569-2980.
    Get a pet
    The Sumter County Animal Services, at 819 C.R. 529, Lake Panasoffkee, is now open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    Fees are $75 for dogs and $40 for cats.

  • South Sumter High gets high rankings

    The Washington Post recently designated South Sumter High School as one of the nation’s most challenging high schools.
    South Sumter High School earned this prestigious designation based on the number of Advanced Placement (AP) tests given at the school each year divided by the total number of seniors who graduated.   
    A ratio of 1.0 means the school had as many tests as seniors who graduated.  South Sumter High had a ratio of 1.586 and ranked 268 in the nation.   

  • Sumter outpaces state on student assessments

    According to a recent memo released by the Florida Department of Education, the students in Sumter district schools outpaced the state average in all tested areas.  Scores were recently released for: FCAT science (grades five and eight) and end-of-course exams in biology, U.S. history and civics. The results for Sumter district schools are below. The number listed represents the percentage of students at each grade level which scored a proficient level of three or above.

  • SCARC needs state funding

    The story is not a new one. The plot remains the same. Once again, SCARC Inc., serving Sumter’s developmentally disabled citizens, is facing budget cuts from the state that threaten to damage the invaluable program headquartered in Bushnell.
    Once again, the voices of the needy are being overlooked. And once again, there is a plea from program operators and  supporters for help.
    A story appears on this week’s front page about the cuts.

  • Police report

    Tuesday, June 16
    Tammy Wiley Jacobs, 46, Bushnell, arrested on out-of-county warrant.
    Amanda Leann Ramon, 28, Lake Panasoffkee, arrested for probation violation.

    Wednesday, June 17
    Joshua Ray Leonard, 28, Webster, arrested for four counts sale of methamphetamine, trafficking in methamphetamine, three counts use of a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony, possession of methamphetamine, five counts possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, five counts keeping a shop or vehicle for drugs and sale of oxycodone.

  • Chamber of Commerce gets new home

    The Sumter County Chamber of Commerce celebrated the grand opening of their new office location with a ribbon cutting event and a “Stock the Racks” party.
    “We were so glad to welcome our members to our new office,” said Executive Director Samantha Merritt. “We have a much larger lobby area, and it was so much fun to watch our members fill our display racks with their brochures and business cards.”
    The chamber office relocated three miles west of their former I-75 location, to 2031 N C.R. 470 in Lake Panasoffkee.

  • Sheriff seeks sixth term

    Sumter County Sheriff Bill Farmer could be on his way next year to achieving one of the longest tenure’s for that office in Sumter’s history. He announced last week the he will seek a sixth term as sheriff.
    Farmer, 68, said his office would be involved in new building projects over the next four years as the county has plans for two new public safety complexes that will house the sheriff’s agency, fire services and emergency medical services.

  • SCARC program threatened

    Some of Sumter County’s neediest residents are facing the loss of the only educational opportunities available to them as the result of a state budget agreement forged last week by the Florida Legislature.
    SCARC, Inc., which serves many of Sumter’s developmentally disabled citizens, was notified last week that the proposed budget does not include funding for the adult education program that has been an essential part of SCARC services to its clients.

  • Dad's Steak Rub - grilling and cuts for Father's Day

    Special cuts and Dad's Steak Rub for Father's Day - click the link.

  • Zucchini Pesto

    Bringing Your Food Focus to Summer Freshness


     Enjoying a taste of summer extends beyond ice cream, hot dogs and barbeque. There are many ways to partake in the season’s healthiest flavors, and the best place to get nutritious inspiration is your local farmers market.