Today's News

  • Partnering for new local jobs

    Duke Energy donated more than $85,000 towards the creation of an A.S. Engineering Technology program with a specialization in Substation and Relay Technology.
    This contribution will unite Lake Sumter State College and Duke Energy to bring additional STEM degrees and programs to Lake Sumter State College (LSSC) Sumter Campus.
    The check presentation was made at the Sumterville campus of Lake Sumter State College (LSSC) on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

  • Outdoor plant festival set

    Plant /Garden
    Festival 2015
    The Plant and Garden Festival is Saturday.
    The fundraising event is held annually by the UF/IFAS Sumter County Master Gardeners.
    Sumter County Master Gardeners assist the horticulture agent, offer plant clinics, help with community gardens, aid in youth activities and offer presentations to the public and homeowner associations to name a few.
    Funds raised in the past have helped build a new community garden in 2014 and have been used to keep Sumter’s award-winning youth garden going.

  • Sumter trail study under way

    The Florida Department of Transportation took a step closer to having a world-class trails network that stretches from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean, with the kick-off of the South Sumter Connector Trail Feasibility Study.
    When complete, Florida’s Coast-to-Coast (C2C) Connector Trail will span nine counties, and be part of a network that links 250 miles of trails in the State of Florida.
    The Feasibility Study will evaluate a 20-mile segment of the proposed C2C Trail, primarily within Sumter County.  

  • Feeling early morning madness in Wildwood

    Hundreds of people descended on Wildwood City Hall last Saturday morning to participate in the annual Ides of March Madness 5k Run.
    Each year, the city draws a a crowd of people and organizations to participate in the run/walk.
    “We had 369 actually come out and participate,” said Erika Corley, Wildwood’s Parks/Recreation and Special Events administrative specialist.
    At exactly 8 a.m., the runners took to the streets.
    Here are the winners of the event:
    Overall Male: Kenan Collignon (13/Astatula) Time- 19:34

  • Police report

    Tuesday, March 10
    Elizabeth Feliciano, 29, Wildwood, arrested for larceny.
    Richard McCants III, 29, Wildwood, arrested out-of-county warrant, probation violation.
    Stephanie Ann Morris, 28, Bushnell, arrested for larceny, dangerous drugs, child neglect and two counts of sale of synthetic narcotic.
    Nathaniel Pratts, 42, Wildwood, arrested for driving while license suspended.
    Bobby Joe Smith, 28, Wildwood, arrested for failure to appear.
    Wednesday, March 11
    Tyler Coal Burdeshaw, 21, Bushnell, arrested for property damage.

  • Police: Suspect threatens to shoot man

    An altercation between two men last week resulted in one of the men being placed in jail for threatening to shoot the other.
    James Paul Lewis, 57, was arrested last Friday for aggravated assault, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and destroying evidence.
    Lewis was placed in the Sumter County Detention Center with bond set at $14,000.

  • A free service that shouldn't be overlooked

    As the baby boomers and their elders contend with all the different Medicare and health care options that are available, there is one group that can help smooth out some of the snarls  and complications along the way and help steer you to a desirable health care plan.
    The organization is called SHINE. It’s short for Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders.
    SHINE isn’t a private company. Its representatives don’t make profits on the health care decisions that they help their clients make. They gain no financial reward from your decisions.

  • Church events

    On Friday, March 20, at 5 -9 p.m. and Saturday, March 21, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., New Covenant United Methodist Church, The Villages, will have a two-day Marriage Conference featuring author and Dove Award winning Christian artist, Clay Crosse and his wife, Renee. Clay and Renee Crosse are popular speakers and authorities on the topic of marriage and good relationship skills.

  • Out and About
  • Kacer shuts down Wildwood

    It was not Wildwood High’s softball team’s night.
    Monday night, Seven Rivers Christian pitcher Tessa Kacer allowed three hits and struck out 10 as the Lecanto school (11-2) beat the Wildcats 14-1 in a “mercy rule” game at the Harley Levins Softball Complex located in Bicentennial Park.
    Jacy Greene was the starting and losing pitcher for Wildwood (0-5).