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Today's News

  • Interstate/Florida Turnpike Construction

    To increase capacity and improve traffic operations at the Interstate-75 interchanges with Florida’s Turnpike and State Road 44, a road widening and improvement project will begin soon, transportation officials announced.
    Key components are:
     Widening I-75 from four to six lanes from just north of the I-75/SR 44 interchange south through the I-75/Florida’s Turnpike interchange
     Constructing a new flyover entrance ramp from SR 44 to the southbound Turnpike
     Constructing a new flyover exit ramp from northbound I-75 to SR 44

  • Keep a keen and sober eye on roads

    With so much construction work going on or near Interstate 75 in Sumter County, it’s a good idea to keep a keen eye on the roadways, a keen and sober eye.

    The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) will concentrate its enforcement efforts on drunk driving over the next two weeks as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign that begins today and runs through Labor Day. 

  • Police report

    Tuesday, Aug. 16

    Jaquila Kassavia Kelley, 21, Wildwood, arrested for larceny.

    Thomas Anthony Spinello, 45, Wildwood, arrested for driving while license suspended.

    Wednesday, Aug. 17

    Joshua Franklin Best, 39, Wildwood, arrested on out-of-county warrant.

    Tommy Lee Green, 34, Wildwood, arrested for burglary and larceny.

  • Raiders take win in classic style

    “We’ve got our hands full,” said South Sumter Raider High School Raider Coach Ty Lawrence about Friday’s upcoming away game against the Leesburg High School Yellow Jackets.

  • Arrest in alligator shooting

    A 74-year-old Bushnell man ended up jailed briefly earlier this month in connection with the June shooting of an alligator near Bushnell.

    Reginald Blanton was arrested Aug. 4 by Sumter County Sheriff’s deputies, acting on a warrant. He was booked into the Sumter County Detention Center on a misdemeanor conservation charge of possession, sell or transport of an alligator or skin, according to detention center records. He was released later the same day under a $1,000 bond.

  • Career training opportunities expand

    Lake-Sumter State College, Lake Technical College and the Sumter County School District have come together to provide career pathways and certification programs for Sumter County residents through a shared facility and lab arrangement. 

  • News of Record

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  • Cash for classroom creativity

    Pre-kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school teachers can grow the budgets for their classrooms by teaching their students about agriculture.   

  • Police report

    Tuesday, Aug. 9

    Ian Steffen Plunkett, 18, Webster, arrested possession of liquor by a person under 21 years of age.

    Dakota S. Rogers, 20, Lake Panasoffkee, arrested for burglary and battery.

    Wednesday, Aug. 10

    Wildfred Colon, 53, Wildwood, arrested for possession of drugs and possession or use of drug equipment.

    Michael Rafaelleo Garza, 27, Wildwood, arrested possession or use of drug equipment.

  • Bygone days on the farm

    A small engine, smoking and popping a little, turns a couple of large, old-fashioned ice cream churns with wooden ice buckets. It’s a sight often seen at events in the county such as the Bushnell Fall Festival.

    The unusual, somewhat antiquated churn is something that Roger and Johanna Jones like to take out to any number of events, and while the device is part mechanical intrigue and part nostalgic wonder, it’s figuratively just the little curl on top of the cone.