http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Gun reportedly found on student http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/gun-reportedly-found-student <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/gun_ssms.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> A South Sumter Middle School student was arrested Wednesday morning, when authorities reportedly found a 9-mm semi-automatic handgun in his waistband. The school resource officer and the school principal approached the youth, after getting information from the Sumter County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office regarding a handgun that had been reported stolen from a Lake Panasoffkee resident. The teen was reportedly named as a suspect.</p> Students' business is going to the dogs http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/students-business-going-dogs <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dog_1_a.jpg" alt="Trenton Sanders, Kayden Wade, Jillian Furlong and Abigail Nave were busy rolling out the dough for a new batch of biscuits. For the photo page and story, see the May 14 edition of the Sumter County Times, or access your online subscription." title="Trenton Sanders, Kayden Wade, Jillian Furlong and Abigail Nave were busy rolling out the dough for a new batch of biscuits. For the photo page and story, see the May 14 edition of the Sumter County Times, or access your online subscription." align="left" hspace="6" width="134" height="85" /><p> With all the biscuits and baking and broth, you might think you were in a home economics class when you enter Brittany Vann&rsquo;s class at Bushnell Elementary School.</p> <p> But maybe not, because Tiffany Ward&rsquo;s students seem to be working on reading, writing and art. Then there&rsquo;s a group scooping fresh-baked dog biscuits from a pan and bagging them up, while others sitting with a pile of money, bank books and ink pens.</p> Bike trail idea hits resistance http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/bike-trail-idea-hits-resistance <p> Local residents, cyclists, horse riders and property owners last Thursday packed a Webster meeting room to hear and discuss some of the preliminary ideas state planners are considering for Sumter County&rsquo;s portion of a proposed cross-state bicycle/pedestrian trail.<br /> Apparently, a considerable number of the property owners have concerns about how the possible trail path would effect their homes and properties. Several property owners voiced adamant objections to having the trail run through or by their property.<br /> Business http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/business <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1_2.jpg" alt="The Sumter County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting event to celebrate the opening of a new business in Sumter County. BJ’s Airboat Adventures offers airboat rides, swamp boat rides, entertainment and attractions. They are located at 8271 W CR 48 in Bushnell. For more information about BJ’s Airboat Adventures, call 352-988-7590. The photo was also published in the April 2 print edition of the Sumter County Times." title="The Sumter County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting event to celebrate the opening of a new business in Sumter County. BJ’s Airboat Adventures offers airboat rides, swamp boat rides, entertainment and attractions. They are located at 8271 W CR 48 in Bushnell. For more information about BJ’s Airboat Adventures, call 352-988-7590. The photo was also published in the April 2 print edition of the Sumter County Times." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> <span style="font-size:36px;">RIBBON CUTTINGS<br /> </span></p> A weekend of Relay http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/weekend-relay <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/relay_1.jpg" alt="When the event theme is “Wonderful World of a Cure,” and Disney, even “Frozen” dreams can come true. Leila Hooten (left) pays a visit to the Mad Hatter’s tea house with Princess Elsa, aka Miss Sumter County, Kristin Ray." title="When the event theme is “Wonderful World of a Cure,” and Disney, even “Frozen” dreams can come true. Leila Hooten (left) pays a visit to the Mad Hatter’s tea house with Princess Elsa, aka Miss Sumter County, Kristin Ray." align="left" hspace="6" width="95" height="85" /><p> The Mad Hatter invited the crowd over for iced cupcakes on lighted stands, while Elsa, the &ldquo;Frozen&rdquo; snow queen, placed medals on survivors and visited with children. In the corner, Capt. Jack Sparrow took time out for photo ops amid the dried bones of ship mates and gold-packed treasure chests on the sand. And on the back stretch of the walking track, Woody and Buzz waited for the crowd to pass by.<br /> Last Friday night, it was the Disney-themed Wonderful World of a Cure Relay for Life.<br /> Two rescued http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/two-rescued <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/wreck.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="151" height="85" /><p> Trucks with plenty of pizazz http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/trucks-plenty-pizazz <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/truck_001.jpg" alt=" An abundance of polished metal and bright paint designs created eye-catching displays for visitors last Saturday at the 75 Chrome Shop&#039;s annual truck show in Wildwood. This entry – with a color coordinated cargo – got the attention of many show visitors." title=" An abundance of polished metal and bright paint designs created eye-catching displays for visitors last Saturday at the 75 Chrome Shop&#039;s annual truck show in Wildwood. This entry – with a color coordinated cargo – got the attention of many show visitors." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> The distant rumble of big-rigs massing near Wildwood in the spring can mean only one thing &ndash; it&rsquo;s the weekend of the 75 Chrome Shop&rsquo;s annual truck show.<br /> The sometimes elaborately decorated highway behemoths on Friday began rolling into the parking lot of the 75 Chrome Shop on State Road 44, just west of Interstate 75 for the shop&rsquo;s seventeenth show.<br /> Family Sing http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/family-sing <p> On Saturday, May 16, 2015, the annual King-Teamer Memorial Scholarship Concert is scheduled &ndash; an event that has successfully provided scholarships to 24 Sumter County students, since 2011.</p> <p> Set to begin at 5p.m., it will be held at God&rsquo;s Glory Ministries, 206 N. Main Street, Wildwood and the funds raised from the event will be used to fund four scholarships for Wildwood Middle High School graduates.</p>