http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/todaysnews/rss.xml/todaysnews/rss.xml en Police: International burglary scheme busted http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/police-international-burglary-scheme-busted <p> <strong>Villages residents recently complaining of two suspicious men in their neighborhood has led to the arrest of two men believed to be involved in an international burglary scheme targeting various communities in Florida and other states.</strong></p> <p> <strong>It is believed that this is part of a ring of &ldquo;travelers&rdquo; who have been committing similar type crimes throughout the state, according to sheriff&rsquo;s Lt. Bobby Caruthers.</strong></p> Just having a ball http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/just-having-ball <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/lee-jackson_-3.jpg" alt="Joyce White, Ellen Didion, Peggy Griffin, Barbara Eason, Irish Wolf, Jo Crafton, Tammy Moore and Cindi Hinkle are members of the Granville Beville Chapter 2234 United Daughters of the Confederacy who attended the Lee-Jackson Ball." title="Joyce White, Ellen Didion, Peggy Griffin, Barbara Eason, Irish Wolf, Jo Crafton, Tammy Moore and Cindi Hinkle are members of the Granville Beville Chapter 2234 United Daughters of the Confederacy who attended the Lee-Jackson Ball." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Dressed in 1860s ball gowns and Conderate uniforms local residents recently took a step back in time.<br /> The 22nd Annual Lee-Jackson Ball was held Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Tavares Civic Center .<br /> The event was sponsored by the Private William Riley Milton Camp 741, Sons of Confederate Veterans.<br /> The following members of the Granville Beville 2234 United Daughters of the Confederacy attended the ball: Barbara Eason, Jo Crafton, Irish Wolf, Joyce White, Ellen Didion, Cindi Hinkle, Tammy Moore, and Peggy Griffin.<br /> Man shoots himself in hospital http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/man-shoots-himself-hospital <p> <strong>A Webster man died last Tuesday after he reportedly shot himself in the emergency room of a Hernando County hospital.</strong></p> <p> <strong>William Stark Adams, 64, a resident of the Royal Oaks subdivision in south Sumter County, was at the hospital about 6:25 p.m., waiting for treatment for injuries received in a vehicle accident a short time earlier.</strong></p> Sumter's 1st Soul Food Fest planned http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/sumters-1st-soul-food-fest-planned <p> <strong>Young Performing Artists (YPAs), Inc., is hosting Sumter County&rsquo;s first Soul Food Fest entitled &ldquo;Motown Sound&rdquo;, on Saturday, Feb. 27, at Wildwood Country Resort, 5604 Heritage Boulevard (SR 44), Wildwood.. </strong></p> <p> <strong>You&rsquo;re invited to enjoy vocalist Ben Simmons live in a Motown Review Concert, Dee&rsquo;s Delicious Catering&rsquo;s soul food menu and dancing to Motown sounds by DJ Lawrence Parker. Spoken Word artist LaToya &lsquo;Kindling&rsquo; James will be performing, </strong></p> Digging in to a chili challenge http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/digging-chili-challenge <p> <strong>The cooks were busy Saturday in Bushnell&rsquo;s downtown park ladling up samples of some of Sumter County&rsquo;s finest chili recipes for visitors to the &ldquo;Spice it up for Hospice Chili Cook Off.&rdquo;</strong></p> <p> <strong>The friendly rivalry between community groups, businesses and local government agencies has become an annual tradition that benefits Cornerstone Hospice.</strong></p> Man's death being investigated http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/mans-death-being-investigated <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/banks.jpg" alt="Robert K. Banks" title="Robert K. Banks" align="left" hspace="6" width="72" height="85" /><p> Sheriff&rsquo;s deputies are still investigating the death of a Polk County man whose body was discovered last week in remote woods in southeastern Sumter County.<br /> Little information has been released by the sheriff&rsquo;s office about the death of Robert K. Banks, 31, of Lakeland, as investigators continue to interview people and look for clues.<br /> His body was discovered about 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 15, on a dirt trail in the Richloam Management Area, south of the Richloam Fish Hatchery, off State Road 471.<br /> GRACE NOTES - Nancy Kennedy http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/grace-notes-nancy-kennedy <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/nancy_kennedy_rack_card.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="66" height="85" /><div> &nbsp; &nbsp; GRACE NOTES</div> <div> &nbsp; &nbsp; Although I&#39;m not big on making New Year&#39;s resolutions, mostly because I never keep them, this year I&#39;m making an exception. This year I&#39;m resolving to go &quot;over the hill&quot; and to see a pig fly.</div> <div> &nbsp; &nbsp; But first, let me tell you about my friend Charlie, the raving optimist. Even though I write books about prayer, Charlie actually prays. Not only that, he believes God can and will answer his prayers. If he prays for rain, he brings an umbrella.</div> <div> Retired officers take to the gun range http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/retired-officers-take-gun-range <p> More than 60 retired law enforcement officers last Thursday gathered at the Sumter County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office training range at Lake Panasoffkee for their annual firearms qualification exercise.<br /> This round of qualifying marks the eleventh year that Sheriff Bill Farmer has provided the instruction and testing session for the retired law enforcement and corrections officers.<br />