Today's News

  • Outta' the Woods - Easy Guide

    Easy Guide to Fall Hunting Seasons


    With one of the longest deer seasons in the nation and nearly six million acres of public hunting lands, Florida offers hunters many opportunities to get out and enjoy November's cooler weather.

  • Red snapper season extended


    The recreational red snapper season in Gulf state waters will remain open for seven additional days this November, including Nov. 5 and 6; Nov. 11 and 12, which is Veteran’s Day holiday; and Nov. 25, 26 and 27, which is Thanksgiving weekend. The Nov. 26 date is also a saltwater license-free fishing day.


  • Sideris named president of Duke Energy
  • Police report

    Tuesday, Oct. 25

    Corey Anson Ford, 28, Wildwood, arrested for seven counts probation violation.

    Bruce W. Smith, 74, The Villages, arrested for battery.

    Wednesday, Oct. 26

    James Tyrone Eadie, 58, Wildwood, arrested for criminal mischief.

    Zandy McCue, 34, Lake Panasoffkee, arrested for failure to appear.

    Gary Clinton McKinnis, 50, Webster, arrested for driving with expired license.

    Charles Francis Murnaghan, 43, Wildwood, arrested for failure to appear.

    Thursday, Oct. 27

  • Raiders take district title

    The South Sumter Raiders were jumping for joy Friday night. The Raiders travelled to Mount Dora High School searching for victory, and they certainly found it. The 42-0 win against the Mount Dora Hurricanes means that they are the district champions. It also means that they are in the playoffs for state.

  • Sumter prepares for election Day

    Just a few days are left before the 2016 political races enter the annals of history. 

    On Tuesday, Nov. 8, Sumter voters will have an opportunity to make their choices known for our country’s president and a mere handful of other races.

    There will also be choices for voters in some city races, but there is only one contested seat for a county-level office and that race pits incumbent School Supt.  Rick Shirley against challenger Preston Morgan.

  • Police report

    Tuesday, Oct. 18

    Cecil Creech, 24, Webster, arrested for dumping litter over 500 pounds.

    Robert Stanley Gould, 32, arrested for possession of weapon or ammunition by convicted felon and possession or use of drug equipment.

    Edward Keith Mitchell, 42, Bushnell, arrested for trespassing.

    Christopher Bahadur Singh, 30, Wildwood, arrested for driving while license suspended.

    Wednesday, Oct. 19

  • A great start for new coach

    It has to be a nail-biting football season for South Sumter Raider Head Coach Ty Lawrence.

    First off, it’s his first year of leading the Raiders following the retirement of the school’s much beloved head coach, Inman Sherman. 

    Sherman’s is a local legend that would never be easy to replace. He’s known for transporting the Raiders to numerous winning football seasons during his multi-decade stint at the school.

  • Raiders on to district challenge

    Friday night’s game against the Dunnellon High Tigers was a war, but in the end it was the South Sumter Raiders that emerged victorious. 

    “It was a total team effort. Every single player had a part in it,” said South Sumter Raider Head Coach Ty Lawrence.

  • Bully Busters at Bushnell school

    Bushnell’s fifth grade Safety Patrol members are quick to point out that bullying is bad and may stem from the bully not feeling too good about his or herself.

     As the students work their way through National Bullying Prevention Month  (October) at school, they’re gaining a bit of knowledge and a solid stand against the subject.

    Recently, they had a “stomp out” bully creative time, drawing shoes with goodbye bullying adages on them.