• 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. 

  • No matter where you find yourself on the Fourth of July, you will probably see lots of food, beverages and grass-stained sneakers. Whether you’re enjoying a barbecue in the great outdoors, traveling to see family or friends, or spending time at home, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is urging everyone to take extra food safety precautions when planning their menu.

  • Another terrible accident has happened on County Road 48 near the Wahoo Curve in Bushnell.

    This time, a head-on collision last Friday morning sent three people to the hospital in critical condition, one of the victims had to be rescued from the mangled debris that entrapped her. Two more victims were thrown out of their vehicle.

  • Johnny Is Absent Today
    Johnny is absent today—again. He was absent yesterday and may be tomorrow as well. Johnny has begun the slow process of disengagement that can and often does contribute to dropping out of high school.

  • Well, that didn’t take long. A few days into hurricane season and along comes Tropical Storm Colin. But along with hurricane season comes a special hotline that consumers may want to know about.

    Attorney General Pam Bondi this week activated Florida’s price gouging hotline for consumers in multiple Florida counties. 

    The opening of the hotline came as Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in 34 counties in preparation for the impact of Tropical Storm Colin. 

  • Does it really go back that far? For more than 30 years, on and off, I’ve dealt with Bobby Caruthers as the sheriff’s department liaison between their law enforcement department and our newspaper.