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Opinion

  • Get your running shoes ready.

    There’s a great fundraising event coming up in March that deserves as much attention and support as it can possibly get.

    We’re letting you know early and we’ll be reminding you often in hopes that supporters and participants will be plentiful for this unusual run.

    The colorful event is called the Dyeing to Run 5K and it’s planned for Saturday, March 18, at the Lake Panasoffkee Elementary School.

  • Florida governor Rick Scott apparently doesn’t get it. He keeps trying to monetize the state’s parks and keeps running into barriers. These barriers - also known as Florida’s citizens - have stopped his various attempts to turn state park land into RV camps or timbering areas or hunting preserves or grazing lands. 

  • The Ocala-based non-profit school Crossroads Academy is having a huge benefit at The Villages Polo Club to create awareness for special needs students and raise some much needed funds for their organization.

    The Second Annual Winterfest Arts and Crafts Faire will be held on Saturday, February11th from 10am to 4pm, and will include over 65 arts and crafts vendors from all over Florida and beyond. Like last year, admission is free, parking is free and all are welcome to attend. 

  • The City of Bushnell would like to thank everyone who participated in the Santa in the Park community event held on Saturday, December 10th.  

    The City provided the movie, “The Polar Express”, but because of the generosity of area businesses, the kids were treated to an evening filled with the holiday spirit!  Area businesses and organizations really came together to bring the community a fun filled evening in Bushnell’s downtown park.  

  • There’s a value in small towns that works out to be a treasure for there residents. Actually, there are several, but this particular treasure is right there on Main Street ( U.S. 301) or Bushnell Plaza and Noble.

    “Downtown” can really be more like a spot on the street where everybody gathers to visit with their neighbors.

    It can be a place to share your latest big news.

  • During the holiday season, most of us spend time with family, celebrate traditions and reflect. 

    One of my family traditions is going to look at all the delightful Christmas lights in our community. Recently, we were visiting New York City. 

    Along our travels we got to see Rockefeller Center, known for their ice rink and home of New York City’s famous Christmas tree. Growing up in New York, it is a tradition to watch the lighting of the beautifully adorned tree.  

  • The holidays are a great time of year but unfortunately scammers seem to see the season as an advantageous time to run their scams.

    Please be careful this holiday season. If you have concerns that a telephone caller or visitor at the front door may be attempting to obtain too much personal information and be too quick to sell you a service, it’s always best to slow down before giving too much information or sharing a credit card.

  • Starting with the 100th project of Rescue Rebuild/GreaterGood.org in January and continuing with the addition of the pole barn in late spring, 2016 was a year of tremendous growth for the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County. And here we grow again!

     On Saturday, Dec.3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the organization will be celebrating the grand opening of its newest facilities, a renovation/expansion of the Kitty Quarantine area and a brand new kennel holding area for dogs.

  • 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.

  • There is no doubt that the City of Bushnell has a great park right outside Bushnell City Hall and right in the heart of the city.

    The gazebo, the fountain, the benches and the green areas all look inviting but unfortunately, not many people got the invitation.

    On any given day, the park remains virtually empty. You don’t see kids playing or people eating lunch there. People don’t meet there. It’s a pretty view that isn’t really enjoyed by anyone.

  • October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here at the Sumter County Times, we’re supporting this special month that focuses on fighting breast cancer with this special pink edition of the newspaper.
    Not only is the paper pink a way of supporting breast cancer awareness, we’ve also filled this edition full of useful information to help join the cause.
    There are plenty of ways that you can also help support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
    If you’re looking to make a statement in the fight against breast cancer, look no further than your legs.

  • Exciting news!  

    At a time when workforce demands for technical skills and industry certification are at an all-time high, the schools in Sumter County have increased the number of students earning industry-relevant credentials by forty-one percent with 230 industry certifications awarded this school year! 

  • By Jennifer Anchors

    More than 200,000 babies were born in Florida last year.

    As a mother, I distinctly remember the indescribable feeling of holding my own children in my arms for the very first time. 

    My heart fills with joy for the new moms and dads who experienced this sense of awe for the very first time. In their arms, they held infinite possibility for the future. They held a miracle. Their miracle. 

  • With so much construction work going on or near Interstate 75 in Sumter County, it’s a good idea to keep a keen eye on the roadways, a keen and sober eye.

    The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) will concentrate its enforcement efforts on drunk driving over the next two weeks as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign that begins today and runs through Labor Day. 

  • This month, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) is reminding motorists to focus on child safety in vehicles as well as on and around Florida roads. DHSMV is partnering with the Florida Department of Children and Families, Florida Department of Education, Florida Department of Health, Florida Sheriffs Association, Florida Police Chiefs Association and the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to recognize August 2016 as Child Safety Awareness Month.

  • School begins Wednesday, Aug. 10, and Webster Elementary invites parents and students to our Open House Celebration on Aug. 9 from noon -3 p.m.  

  • The voice of the average citizen has just about been lost when it comes to local land use changes. Whether it’s a zoning or a permitting issue, it’s not as easy as it once was to have issues decided based on local concerns.

    For example, right now a group of Sumter residents are trying to fight the permitting of the Fern Spring project in Sumterville that the Southwest Florida Water Management District permitted last month.

  • Despite the many successful adoptions achieved by the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County and the Sumter County Animal Services in their mutual adoption agreement, there still is a greater number of adult cats and kittens in need of permanent loving homes than anticipated.