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Today's News

  • Almost time for Beef and Boogie

    Get ready because this coming weekendlaunches an event that heralds next weekends arrival of the annual Beef and Boogie Festival.
     On Saturday, Nov. 1, the Miss Beef and Boogie Pageant is scheduled. Then, the following Saturday, Nov. 8, the annual Beef and Boogie Festival gets under way at the Sumter County Fairgrounds.
     Former Miss Sumter County Connie Foster has been chosen as the director of the 2014 Miss Beef and Boogie Pageant.

  • Austin resigns as Wildwood coach

    Wildwood High head football coach Beau Austin resigned as coach last week.

    Austin, in his first year as coach, said he resigned Oct. 20 due to family issues. He said that Casey Strickland is the new interim head coach at Wildwood High.

    “He had an opportunity to take another job outside of education,” said athletic director Von Moreland of Austin. “Maybe coaching at Wildwood wasn’t for him. I understand he will have an opportunity to work at home and make some more money.

  • Raiders set for playoffs

    Every football game will not be a thrilling display of machismo.
    The South Sumter High football team proved that Friday night when they hammered Weeki Wachee High 42-10.
    The Raiders led 42-3 at halftime so that they played with a running clock throughout the second half.
    But the game came one week after they had clinched the district and the Raiders now have only a game with Leesburg on Nov. 7 there. The Raiders have a bye this week and after Leesburg, they get into the playoffs.

  • Wildwood suffers another loss

    The final score was a bit misleading.
    In a district game, Pierson Taylor High’s football team beat Wildwood Friday night 50-15.
    The game left Wildwood 0-6 for the season an 0-2 in district play. The Wildcats cannot qualify for postseason play.
    “Pierson Taylor found a weakness on our defense,” said Wildwood head coach Beau Austin. “That was a really good job of coaching. They did what they needed to do to win a football game.”
    There were some good moments for the Wildcats.

  • South Sumter Raiders continue winning streak

    Well, another one bit the dust.
    The South Sumter High football team ripped Nature Coast Tech 48-15 to win the Class 5A-District 6 title.
    That gives the Raiders (8-0, 5-0) their 17th district title in 21 years.
    South Sumter rolled for 461 yards of offense in making this look easy.
    Bokeyon Rice scored two touchdowns and picked up 114 total yards. He scored on a pass from Reace Kinley and added a running touchdown.
    Isial Flowers also scored on a run.
    South Sumter had six rushing touchdowns.

  • It just won't be as spooky in Panasoffkee

    It’s going to be an unusual Halloween in Lake Panasoffkee. For decades, kids have relished the community’s celebration of the haunting holiday in the local park.
    But this Halloween is different. This year the annual Halloween in the Park has been cancelled.
    Organized each year by The Friends of the Panasoffkee Community Library, this year the group says they don’t have enough volunteers to put on the annual event.

  • Think Pink

    Bushnell resident Jaye McIntosh was 47 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1990.
    “I had breast cancer and my tumor had actually grown into my bloodstream,” she said. But McIntosh took up the battle and won. She has been cancer free ever since and notes that even during the fight, she was able to find some positive things.

  • Cities have ballot issues to decide

    Bushnell and Wildwood voters Nov. 4 will have an opportunity to make some changes to their respective city governments.
    In Bushnell, voters decide if they want to keep electing a city clerk or if they want the city council to appoint someone to the post.
    That's the option on a city charter amendment referendum question that will be available to Bushnell voters when they go to the polls for the general election.

    This is the way the question will appear on the ballot:

  • Church calendar

    Cornerstone Church

  • Sumter addresses Ebola preparedness

    The Emergency Service response agencies of Sumter County continue to address the issue of Ebola preparedness. Though the chance of encountering an infected patient within Sumter County is extremely low, these agencies joined together to review their readiness to manage a patient infected with Ebola.
    Sumter County Fire and EMS, The Villages Public Safety, and Rural Metro Ambulance (Sumter EMS) are three frontline agencies most likely to first encounter and interact with an individual infected with Ebola or any other virus or disease.