Today's Opinions

  • Prepare for an unexpected emergency

    September is National Preparedness Month. It’s time to prepare yourself and those in your care for an unexpected emergency, according to Sumter County Fire and EMS.
    In less than 30 seconds, a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for a house to fill with thick black smoke and become engulfed in flames. By preparing for a fire emergency, you can greatly reduce your chances of becoming afire casualty.
    • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home. For extra safety, install smoke alarms

  • Letters to the editor

    Knights Of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary give school supplies
    It was a day like any other day here in Bushnell, Florida except for one detail that was very important to the Ladies Auxiliary of St. Lawrence Catholic Church who had been busy collecting much needed school supplies for our back to school students here in Sumter County.

  • Be involved in new committee for Panasoffkee

    There’s something just beginning that residents of Lake Panasoffkee should find interesting. What started out as a request from a Lake Panasoffkee resident seeking some improvements in the community is growing into something much more than that.
    The request resulted in a recent “Listening Session” with County Commissioner Doug Gilpin and other county representatives and members of the community coming together to talk about community issues.

  • Letters to the editor

    The myth
    The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, but the myth,

  • Volunteers needed to help youngsters

    Hundreds of children are removed from their homes every year in Marion, Hernando, Lake, Sumter and Citrus counties, due to alleged abuse, neglect or abandonment. They are now part of the dependency court proceedings and they need someone who will speak up for them.
    It’s a situation that continually requires compassionate volunteers to step in and help a child through a difficult experience.

  • Letters to the editor

    Dear Supporters of Dade Battlefield Historic State Park:
    Dade Battlefield Society would like to thank those individuals who recently made our first Pioneer Day Camp a huge success. Without the assistance of local individuals, businesses and incredible volunteers, we never would have been able to achieve so many goals. We were able to award eleven scholarships to day campers thanks to Judge Mike Johnson, Kry Insurance, Brad Bradley, Caren Curtiss, and Richard Sutherland.

  • Twilight Gatherings definitely a success

    You missed it … but fortunately, there’s another one coming in the fall. If you have any interest in farming, whether it’s a little family plot or a larger farm, you really might want to consider attending the next Farmer2Farmer coordinated by the Sumter County Extension Office.
    What a great opportunity for the agriculture community and those with a taste for it.
    Even if you know all there is to know on a subject, there are people to meet, connections to make and networking to do.

  • Letters to the editor

    We also grieve
    For three years the Tri County(Lake, Marion and Sumter) Interfaith Alliance has been meeting monthly to educate the public on the many religions in this country. The goal is to understand and accept that there are many faiths in this country and to respect others’ faiths, so that we can reduce prejudice, fear and ignorance, thereby learning to live together in harmony.
    It is with sadness that we learn that a faithful people have been attacked in Wisconsin, and we grieve with those who have lost family members.