Today's News

  • Webb selected as Rays' bat girl

    What could be better than spending Mother’s Day afternoon at a Tampa Bay Rays’ game? How about being named Honorary Bat Girl for 2014 and tossing out the first ball of the game, with Evan Longoria as your catcher?
    If you know local resident Connie Webb, you know that’s exactly how she spent last Sunday.
    A big Ray’s fan, Connie’s daughter Katrina nominated her for the honor, which earned her a collection of goodies, including a hug from player Evan Longoria and a chance to throw out the first ball during the Mother’s Day game.

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  • Ocala Outdoor Camp

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  • Get Fishing

    From fishing clinics to license-free fishing days, FWC offers plenty of ways to get fishing


  • Church calendar

    Spaghetti Supper

  • Dedicated to ending the war on cancer

    As the event chair of this year’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life committee, I would like to thank residents of Sumter County for their generosity and support.
    Fifteen of the 19 registered teams participated in this year’s event, with all teams raising more than $38,877 for the American Cancer Society’s research, education, and service programs.

  • Living the Relay for Life

    By Shari Bare
    Relay Chair 2014
    This weekend’s annual American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Sumter County raised $38,877.58 for cancer research and Sumter County patient services, leaving countless volunteers exhausted after being up for 15 hours at the Sumter County Fairgrounds.
    “Sumter County residents really showed their spirit this weekend,” said Shari Bare, volunteer event chair for the 2014 American Cancer Society Relay For Life.

  • County offices may move north

    The County Commission gave its tentative nod of approval recently to launch plans to move current governmental departments in Bushnell north to the Wildwood area.
    County Administrator Bradley Arnold told the board at a workshop meeting late last month that the county is approaching the time when it will have to decide whether or not to continue leasing governmental space in the South Sumter Shopping Plaza from owner Bil Spaude.

  • Drug sweep: Dozens of suspects arrested

    Last week, a three-month undercover sting operation ended in Sumter County with the arrest of dozens of suspects on narcotic-related charges.
    Throughout Sumter County, undercover officers arrested the suspects on various charges ranging from probation violations to sale of heroin.
    Called Operation Spring Sting, the Sumter County Sheriff's Special Investigation Squad made undercover purchases of cocaine, methamphetamine, crack, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and marijuana and other narcotics in the drug round-up.

  • Police report

    Thursday, May 1
    Lyndon Antwan Ford, 25, Wildwood, arrested for failure to appear.
    James Julian Green, 22, Wildwood, arrested for driving while license suspended.
    Julie B. Summerlin, 50, Webster, arrested on two counts of neglect of elderly or disabled adult.
    Billie Jo Taylor, 34, Center Hill, arrested for trespassing.
    Mary Therese Thompson-Verbick, 59, The Villages, arrested for probation violation and disorderly intoxication.
    Bryon Adam Ware, 22, Lake Panasoffkee, arrested on three counts of probation violation.