Today's Opinions

  • Lawmakers should nix proposals

    Sunshine Week is coming up in March, and for those unfamiliar with Sunshine Week, it is a nationwide effort to maintain access to public information and what it means for you and your community. 

    However, if two state lawmakers see their respective bills come to fruition, it would only serve to darken what public officials are doing. 

  • Bless your heart Ms. Mildred

    Well, bless your heart, Mildred Milligan.

    And I say that, not in a southern derogatory way. You see, in the south, it can be an endearment or it can be a smart- aleck remark, with subtle meanings - it can range from genuine concern or sincere sympathy, to casting aspersions to your intellect and ability.

    But believe me, this bless your heart for Ms. Mildred isn’t about sympathy or insult - it’s about true blessings.

  • How safe is your child's car seat

     A free care seat safety inspection is available Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast  office at 617 S. U.S. Hwy. 301, Sumterville. The inspection only takes minutes, and it might save a child from harm.

    To schedule an appointment for the free service, call 352-563-9939 ext. 235. The Child Passenger Safety Program also provides low-cost car seats to income-eligible families.

  • Drawn to downtown Bushnell

    It’s beginning to look like the type of park you’d expect to find in a larger, more metropolitan city.

    Piece by piece, bit by bit, the City of Bushnell is transforming its downtown park at Bushnell Plaza into an interesting and artistic area.

    In recent weeks, city personnel have been busy installing new sculptures in the park to help pique visual interest.

    The sculptures and new works of art are coming from a variety of sources. 

  • it's not always about the win

    To say the least, it has definitely been a challenging football season for the South Sumter High School Raiders.

    That season comes to a close this week when the Raiders face the St. Petersburg Green Devils in their final competition. It’s a home game and hopefully  the bleachers will be full of fans to support the team as the season comes to an end.

  • Sheriff warns of FEMA scam

    The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) is warning county residents to beware of criminals and scammers possibly posing as FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) representatives.

    The SCSO recently investigated what appears to be a FEMA scam. 

    About mid-afternoon on Oct. 2, two Hispanic men reportedly arrived at a woman’s residence and implied they were FEMA representatives sent to her home to survey damage following Hurricane Irma.

  • Welcome to the pink edition

    As we have done in past years, this week the Sumter County Times focuses its attention on Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

    Our goal is to provide you with valuable information,  resources and services that are available in the fight against breast cancer.

  • After the storm

    As I evacuated for Hurricane Irma, I packed up a plastic basket filled with clothes, a tub of books, including my Bible, a tub of canned foods and yes, a tub with the pretty red Kitchen Aid mixer and my Ninja food processors.

    Now I know most of you will say, “What? You’re mixer and food processors?”

    One relative said, “I’m storing my important papers (insurance, loan, etc.) in plastic and you’re packing your mixer?”