http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Partnering for new local jobs http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/partnering-new-local-jobs <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/duke_energy_and_lssc.jpg" alt="Duke Energy’s donation will unite Lake Sumter State College and Duke Energy to bring additional STEM degrees and programs to Lake Sumter State College (LSSC) Sumter Campus.At the check presentation are: (left to right) Robert Matthews (Duke Energy), Amy Mangan (Duke Energy), Dr. Charles Mojock, Sen. Alan Hays and Jerry Miller (Duke Energy)." title="Duke Energy’s donation will unite Lake Sumter State College and Duke Energy to bring additional STEM degrees and programs to Lake Sumter State College (LSSC) Sumter Campus.At the check presentation are: (left to right) Robert Matthews (Duke Energy), Amy Mangan (Duke Energy), Dr. Charles Mojock, Sen. Alan Hays and Jerry Miller (Duke Energy)." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Duke Energy donated more than $85,000 towards the creation of an A.S. Engineering Technology program with a specialization in Substation and Relay Technology.<br /> This contribution will unite Lake Sumter State College and Duke Energy to bring additional STEM degrees and programs to Lake Sumter State College (LSSC) Sumter Campus.<br /> The check presentation was made at the Sumterville campus of Lake Sumter State College (LSSC) on Tuesday, Feb. 24.<br /> Phone believed to contribute to wreck http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/phone-believed-contribute-wreck <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/semi_crash_i-75_sumter_2.jpg" alt="The wreck happened about 6:20 a.m. on Friday, March 20, in the southbound lane of Interstate 75 near Wildwood." title="The wreck happened about 6:20 a.m. on Friday, March 20, in the southbound lane of Interstate 75 near Wildwood." align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> Texting or talking on a cellular telephone is believed to have contributed to an early morning accident last week on Interstate 75 in Sumter County.<br /> The wreck happened about 6:20 a.m. on Friday, March 20, in the southbound lane of Interstate 75 near Wildwood, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.<br /> An International tractor trailer was traveling southbound in the outside lane while an unknown older model Saturn was also traveling southbound in the inside lane, the report states.<br /> General Sumter's Last Stand - Big Fish Bass Tournament http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/general-sumters-last-stand-big-fish-bass-tournament <p> It&rsquo;s gills and fins this season, as the General Sumter tournament opens up for anglers and other lake fans, so bring your lawn chairs, bring your family, bring your friends.</p> <p> And if you&rsquo;re an angler&hellip; bring your boat and your fishing partner, &lsquo;cause it&rsquo;s time for the annual General Sumter&rsquo;s Last Stand Big Fish Bass Tournament on Lake Panasoffkee.</p> General Sumter's Big Bass Tournament http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/general-sumters-big-bass-tournament <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/untitled.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> Click the link below, to register -</p> <p> http://discoversumterfl.com/registration/bass-tournament/</p> Feeling early morning madness in Wildwood http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/feeling-early-morning-madness-wildwood <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/run2_2.jpg" alt="Runners of all ages took to the streets of Wildwood early Saturday morning to complete in the “Ides of March Madness 5K.” A variety of teams and individuals participated in the annual event that started at Wildwood City Hall, off Main Street. The grounds of City Hall were filled with eager runners and run enthusiasts before the race perusing a variety of booths with some patrons participating in a before-race Zumba demonstration. The event is sponsored by the Wildwood Rotary Club, the City of Wildwood and the Wildwood Athletic Club. " title="Runners of all ages took to the streets of Wildwood early Saturday morning to complete in the “Ides of March Madness 5K.” A variety of teams and individuals participated in the annual event that started at Wildwood City Hall, off Main Street. The grounds of City Hall were filled with eager runners and run enthusiasts before the race perusing a variety of booths with some patrons participating in a before-race Zumba demonstration. The event is sponsored by the Wildwood Rotary Club, the City of Wildwood and the Wildwood Athletic Club. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Hundreds of people descended on Wildwood City Hall last Saturday morning to participate in the annual Ides of March Madness 5k Run.<br /> Each year, the city draws a a crowd of people and organizations to participate in the run/walk.<br /> &ldquo;We had 369 actually come out and participate,&rdquo; said Erika Corley, Wildwood&rsquo;s Parks/Recreation and Special Events administrative specialist.<br /> At exactly 8 a.m., the runners took to the streets.<br /> Here are the winners of the event:<br /> Overall Male: Kenan Collignon (13/Astatula) Time- 19:34<br /> Sumter trail study under way http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/sumter-trail-study-under-way <p> The Florida Department of Transportation took a step closer to having a world-class trails network that stretches from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean, with the kick-off of the South Sumter Connector Trail Feasibility Study.<br /> When complete, Florida&rsquo;s Coast-to-Coast (C2C) Connector Trail will span nine counties, and be part of a network that links 250 miles of trails in the State of Florida.<br /> The Feasibility Study will evaluate a 20-mile segment of the proposed C2C Trail, primarily within Sumter County. &nbsp;<br /> Police: Suspect threatens to shoot man http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/police-suspect-threatens-shoot-man <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/lewis_james_booking_photo.jpg" alt="James Lewis" title="James Lewis" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> An altercation between two men last week resulted in one of the men being placed in jail for threatening to shoot the other.<br /> James Paul Lewis, 57, was arrested last Friday for aggravated assault, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and destroying evidence.<br /> Lewis was placed in the Sumter County Detention Center with bond set at $14,000.<br /> Outdoor plant festival set http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/outdoor-plant-festival-set <p> Plant /Garden<br /> Festival 2015<br /> The Plant and Garden Festival is Saturday.<br /> The fundraising event is held annually by the UF/IFAS Sumter County Master Gardeners.<br /> Sumter County Master Gardeners assist the horticulture agent, offer plant clinics, help with community gardens, aid in youth activities and offer presentations to the public and homeowner associations to name a few.<br /> Funds raised in the past have helped build a new community garden in 2014 and have been used to keep Sumter&rsquo;s award-winning youth garden going.<br />