http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Bushnell Vice Mayor Maddox dies http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/bushnell-vice-mayor-maddox-dies <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/warren_maddox.jpg" alt="Warren Maddox" title="Warren Maddox" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> Warren Maddox served in the United States Air Force, served with the state health department for nearly three decades and has spent the last 14 years serving residents in his hometown as a council member.<br /> Bushnell&rsquo;s vice mayor, Maddox died Sunday, Aug. 24<br /> He retired from his state job in 2000, but served on the City Council for years, serving his community and traveling with his wife Barbara.<br /> &ldquo;He was very pro city,&rdquo; and a good councilman, said Bushnell City Manager Bruce Hickle of Maddox.<br /> Drug sweep nets local arrests http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/drug-sweep-nets-local-arrests <p> In his continuing commitment to reduce drug-related crimes in Sumter County, Sheriff Bill Farmer again launched a drug sweep through the county last week resulting in the arrest of more than 20 suspects.</p> <p> Called Operation Pressure Point, the three-month investigation has resulted in the arrest of more than two dozen people.</p> 100-plus jobs available locally http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/100-plus-jobs-available-locally <p> Looking for a job?</p> <p> Well, if you&rsquo;ve got the right skills, more than 130 construction-related positions are becoming available soon for qualified Sumter County residents.</p> <p> The jobs are being offered by Middlesex Corp. and include positions for heavy equipment operators, fleet mechanics, pipe layers, carpenters and pavers. The positions are located in Lake and Sumter counties and workers can earn up to $25 an hour.</p> Police: Victim crashes into car, escapes http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/police-victim-crashes-car-escapes <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/callaway_keijuan_jamal.jpg" alt="Keijuan Jamal Callaway" title="Keijuan Jamal Callaway" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;A potential victim was able to flee from two men last Saturday evening by crashing into their vehicle as they attempted to block her vehicle inside her driveway, according to a sheriff&rsquo;s department report.<br /> The unidentified Oxford woman told sheriff&rsquo;s deputies that she was followed home Saturday when she left the Cross Roads Bar in Summerfield, according to sheriff&rsquo;s Lt. Bobby Caruthers. &ldquo;They followed her to her home on County Road 103 and as the victim drove into her carport, the men parked behind her.&rdquo;<br /> Program launched at farmers market http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/program-launched-farmers-market <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ebt_food_1.jpg" alt="Starting Sept. 8, EBT cardholders can purchase fresh produce at the Sumter County Farmer’s Market, using their cards. Frankie Bullock, Bud Fussell and Martha Maddox are shown with a scale full of produce at the Sumter County Farmer’s Market. " title="Starting Sept. 8, EBT cardholders can purchase fresh produce at the Sumter County Farmer’s Market, using their cards. Frankie Bullock, Bud Fussell and Martha Maddox are shown with a scale full of produce at the Sumter County Farmer’s Market. " align="left" hspace="6" width="114" height="85" /><p> If you rely on an EBT card for your groceries and would love some fresh produce from the Sumter County Farmers Market, then get your tokens and get in line.<br /> Next month, starting Monday, Sept. 8, recipients of the state&rsquo;s food assistance program will be able to buy fresh produce at the Sumter County Farmers Market in Webster through a brand new program.<br /> Panasoffkee springs to get state funding http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/panasoffkee-springs-get-state-funding <p> The Florida Department of Environmental Protection last week proposed spending $69 million in Florida springs projects, including one in Sumter County, leveraged by the $30 million Gov. Rick Scott secured in the &ldquo;It&rsquo;s Your Money Tax Cut Budget.&rdquo;<br /> It brings the total invested in springs projects to more than $100 million in the last two years.<br /> During this year alone, DEP has developed a project plan to support nearly $70 million in springs restoration projects.<br /> Including in the project is a restoration plan for Lake Panasoffkee.<br /> Bushnell schedules protection seminar http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/bushnell-schedules-protection-seminar <p> The City of Bushnell is hosting a one-hour presentation about identity theft and how to not become a victim.<br /> The program is being presented by the National Crime Stop Program - Crimestoppers. &nbsp;<br /> The public is invited to this free presentation on Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Bushnell City Hall.<br /> The City is asking all interested citizens to please sign up in advance, as space is limited.<br /> Inside during school lockdown http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/inside-during-school-lockdown <p> Kids were in their classrooms &ndash; sitting next to their new classmates, as they tugged on the nametags hanging around their necks. They had already met their new teachers. Pre-kindergarteners were wiping away the last of their tears, a last little sniffle here or there, having watched their parents walk out of the classroom and leave them behind - it was the first day of school at Lake Panasoffkee Elementary School.<br />