http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Remembering the victims http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/remembering-victims <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/victim5.jpg" alt="Candles flicker and glow during the National Victim&#039;s Rights Week ceremony last Wednesday in the Historic Sumter County Courthouse in Bushnell. The annual event, sponsored by the Sumter County Sheriff&#039;s Office and the Sumter County State Attorney&#039;s office, is held to honor the memory of those who have been lost as the result of violent crime." title="Candles flicker and glow during the National Victim&#039;s Rights Week ceremony last Wednesday in the Historic Sumter County Courthouse in Bushnell. The annual event, sponsored by the Sumter County Sheriff&#039;s Office and the Sumter County State Attorney&#039;s office, is held to honor the memory of those who have been lost as the result of violent crime." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> They gathered in the Historic Sumter County Courthouse last Wednesday so their loved ones would not be forgotten.<br /> Victims, surviving loved ones of victims and criminal justice personnel filled the courtroom for &quot;A Day of Remembrance,&quot; the annual commemoration of National Victims&#39; Rights Week. The event was sponsored by the Sumter County State Attorney&#39;s Office and the Sumter County Sheriff&#39;s Office.<br /> Sheriff's Office seeks input http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/sheriffs-office-seeks-input <p> How is the Sumter County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office doing?<br /> A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation want to know what you think. They arrived in Sumter last Wednesday and part of their mission is to find out how the general public feels about the sheriff&rsquo;s office.<br /> It&rsquo;s part of the commission&rsquo;s mission determining if Sumter law enforcement complies with about 260 standards in order to receive accredited status from the state agency.<br /> The non-ending financial battle http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/non-ending-financial-battle <p> SCARC, Inc. is battling for money &hellip; again.<br /> In the decades that Executive Director Marsha Perkins has worked to meet the corporation&rsquo;s annual budget, it&rsquo;s always been a battle. Year after year, funding to the agency, headquartered in Bushnell, has been cut, making it difficult to provide the many services that the association provides to the county&rsquo;s developmentally disabled citizens.<br /> &ldquo;If you look at it on paper, SCARC shouldn&rsquo;t exist at all,&rdquo; Perkins said of their financial struggles.<br /> Webster: From red to black http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/webster-red-black <p> It has taken more than a decade, but Webster city representatives are breathing a sigh of relief these days. The city is no longer considered to be in a state of financial emergency.<br /> That&rsquo;s the summation of the results of the city&rsquo;s most recent financial audit (for fiscal year 2011-12) that ends spending the past 12 years in the emergency category.<br /> Persons interested in hearing a review of that audit should attend the next Webster City Council meeting set for 6 p.m. tonight (Thursday, April 17).<br /> What is Relay for Life http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/what-relay-life <p> <br /> First off, don&rsquo;t run, walk&hellip; or ride &hellip; or visit &ndash; but participate. The Relay for Life is not a running marathon, or even a walking marathon. Participants don&rsquo;t have to take the first step around the lap track, if they choose not to. The Relay for Life is an organized, overnight community fundraising event.<br /> Wildwood crash claims life http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/wildwood-crash-claims-life <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/2wreck.jpg" alt="This 2002 Buick LaSabre crashed into a tree on County Road 229 in Wildwood last Friday. The lone occupant of the vehicle, James Traskal, 51, of The Villages, died at the scene." title="This 2002 Buick LaSabre crashed into a tree on County Road 229 in Wildwood last Friday. The lone occupant of the vehicle, James Traskal, 51, of The Villages, died at the scene." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> A single vehicle wreck in Wildwood claimed the life of a Villages man last week.<br /> James Christopher Traskal, 51, died at the scene when he reportedly&nbsp; lost control of the 2002 Buick LaSabre he was driving. He was the lone occupant of the vehicle, according to reports.<br /> Traskal was traveling northbound on County Road 229, south of E. 90th Avenue when for unknown reasons he lost control of the vehicle, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.<br /> Program remembers crime victims http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/program-remembers-crime-victims <p> It is a time of remembrance for victims and survivors of violent crimes.<br /> On Wednesday, April 16, the State Attorney&rsquo;s Office and the Sumter County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office join together to provide a special program aimed at remembering and showing support for the victims and the survivors of crime.<br /> The program is planned for noon on the second floor of the Sumter County Historic Courthouse, 215 E. McCollum Ave., in Bushnell.<br /> Tobacco: Target for health department http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/tobacco-target-health-department <p> The Florida Department of Health in Sumter County recognizes the value in measuring health outcomes and this week acknowledged the 5th annual County Health Rankings &amp; Roadmaps tool released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.<br /> This study highlights the many community factors that influence health and uses established data, much of which is available from the Department at www.floridacharts.com.<br />