en Animal Control to end pet adoptions With the beginning of the new year comes plans by the county to transfer animal adoption procedures from Sumter County Animal Control to a private party. County Administrator Bradley Arnold is hoping that the Humane Society of Sumter County will be that partner and that an agreement with the volunteer organization can be reached. 2 Sumter men die in wrecks Two different wrecks in the county last week took the lives of two Sumter County men. The first wreck claimed the life of a Lake Panasoffkee man. The crash happened at 1:28 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10, when a 2003 Ford pickup, driven by Steven Kent Shafer, 65, was traveling west on County Road 470, east of County Road 501, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. For an unknown reason, Shafer’s vehicle traveled off the roadway and onto the north shoulder of C.R. 470 where it struck a barbwire fence, according to the report. "Most wanted" suspect nabbed <img src="" alt="Patrick Mobley" title="Patrick Mobley" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> A tip provided to Tampa law enforcement officers led to the arrest last week of one of Sumter County&rsquo;s &ldquo;most wanted&rdquo; suspects.<br /> For months now, Patrick Mobley has been a prime suspect wanted by the sheriff&rsquo;s office in connection with a summer shooting spree in south Sumter County.<br /> Mobley, 22, Webster, was arrested in Tampa on Friday, Dec. 5, for possession of marijuana and Sumter warrants for attempted first-degree murder with a firearm and possession and conspiracy to commit murder.<br /> Application filed for gas pipeline <p> The company proposing to install a multi-billion dollar, 650-mile-long natural gas pipeline through portions of the state, including Sumter County, has filed an application with the federal government to move forward with the plan.<br /> Sabal Trail Transmission filed an application on Nov. 21 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FREC) for the project.<br /> The application request is called a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity.&nbsp; Notice of the application will be mailed to impacted property owners and local governments.<br /> Historic Baker House Christmas Tours Planned <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Historic Baker House set to</p> <p> open for Christmas Tours</p> <p> This year, the historic Baker House Christmas Tour has expanded into a four-day, two-week event.</p> <p> Tourswill be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the two Saturdays - Dec. 13 and Dec. 20. Then on the two Sundays, they will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21.</p> Women recovering after shooting <img src="" alt="Michael Brown" title="Michael Brown" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> <br /> Two women who were allegedly shot last week by a suspect who later hung himself are expected to be released from hospitals this week.<br /> The women were shot about 1:43 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 29, during an altercation that happened at a home on S.W. 76th Lane, near Bushnell, according to a sheriff&rsquo;s office report.<br /> The incident started about 1:35 p.m. when the sheriff&rsquo;s office received a call that someone was trespassing at the residence, according to a sheriff&rsquo;s office report.<br /> Lake Panasoffkee Elementary School Newsletter <p> Click the link to open the newsletter...</p> Lifetime fishing license on sale <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"> <font face="Arial"><font size="3">&nbsp;Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is offering Lifetime Sportsman&rsquo;s Licenses for Florida children and young adults at a greatly reduced cost, through Dec. 31, 2014.</font></font></p>