Today's News

  • Things to do

    'Dye'ing to Run

    Athletes and supporters will be ‘dye’ing to run on Saturday, March 18, at Lake Panasoffkee Elementary School.

    No, really, dyeing to run... or dyed as they run in the Dyeing to Run 5K. Hosted by the South Sumter High School National Honor Society, the color run is a fundraiser for SCARC,Inc. and involves runners being blasted with paint along the race course.

  • Be careful at tax time

    Identity theft, especially during tax season, is a serious threat to Floridians. Attorney General Pam Bondi is releasing an Identity Theft Resource Guide that offers a wealth of information about the many forms of identity theft, ways consumers can further protect private information and steps to take if identity theft occurs.

  • Clues sought in murder

      The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) is seeking the public’s help as it investigates the killing of a Lady Lake man.

  • Man arrested for dog fighting/drugs

    A Bushnell man accused of breeding and training game fighting dogs was arrested last week after a raid of his home and property by investigators from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO).

    Patrick Wayne Riley, 65 faces multiple charges related to dog fighting and drugs as the culmination of a three-month joint investigation by the SCSO, Pasco County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), according to an SCSO report.

  • Police report

    Tuesday, Feb. 28

    Melissa Lee Casson, 46, Wildwood, arrested on out-of-county warrant.

    Billy Arnold Sizemore, 52, Webster, arrested for resisting an officer, probation violation and two counts failure to appear.

    Jamie Sue Surles, 40, Webster, arrested on out-of-county warrant.


    Wednesday, March 1

    Tanesha Chimere Butler, 36, Wildwood, arrested for battery and probation violation.

  • Land judging results

    The Sumter Soil and Water Conservation District hosted their annual land judging competition.

    The FFA members who took the top three rankings were:

    First place - Gary Bowyer - South Sumter High School

    Second -  Isabella Kinley - South Sumter High School

    Third - Tyler McAllister - South Sumter High School


  • Florida panther population update

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) have updated the estimated number of endangered Florida panthers in their breeding range south of the Caloosahatchee River.

  • News of Record posted March 2, 2017

    For the latest news of record to be posted to the Sumter County Times website, click on the links below:

  • USDA investing $103 for disaster recovery efforts



  • Melon Patch holding audtions for ucpoming play

    Audition Notice
    AUDITIONS FOR: Blithe Spirit  March 26-27 @ 7 pm
    Directed by Tad Kincade
    Assistant Director Thomas John Kline
    Stage Manager: Carly Zeuner
    Come out and join us for this hilarious comedy.  For auditions, please prepare a one minute comedic monologue.  There will be cold readings from the script after the monologues.