http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en SCARC program threatened http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/scarc-program-threatened <p> Some of Sumter County&rsquo;s neediest residents are facing the loss of the only educational opportunities available to them as the result of a state budget agreement forged last week by the Florida Legislature.<br /> SCARC, Inc., which serves many of Sumter&rsquo;s developmentally disabled citizens, was notified last week that the proposed budget does not include funding for the adult education program that has been an essential part of SCARC services to its clients.<br /> Sheriff seeks sixth term http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/sheriff-seeks-sixth-term <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sheriff_2.jpg" alt="Sheriff Bill Farmer" title="Sheriff Bill Farmer" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> Sumter County Sheriff Bill Farmer could be on his way next year to achieving one of the longest tenure&rsquo;s for that office in Sumter&rsquo;s history. He announced last week the he will seek a sixth term as sheriff.<br /> Farmer, 68, said his office would be involved in new building projects over the next four years as the county has plans for two new public safety complexes that will house the sheriff&rsquo;s agency, fire services and emergency medical services.<br /> Sumter outpaces state on student assessments http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/sumter-outpaces-state-student-assessments <p> According to a recent memo released by the Florida Department of Education, the students in Sumter district schools outpaced the state average in all tested areas.&nbsp; Scores were recently released for: FCAT science (grades five and eight) and end-of-course exams in biology, U.S. history and civics. The results for Sumter district schools are below. The number listed represents the percentage of students at each grade level which scored a proficient level of three or above.<br /> Chamber of Commerce gets new home http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/chamber-commerce-gets-new-home <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/chamber_ribbon_cutting.jpg" alt="Chamber of Commerce celebrates new home with ribbon cutting." title="Chamber of Commerce celebrates new home with ribbon cutting." align="left" hspace="6" width="124" height="85" /><p> The Sumter County Chamber of Commerce celebrated the grand opening of their new office location with a ribbon cutting event and a &ldquo;Stock the Racks&rdquo; party.<br /> &ldquo;We were so glad to welcome our members to our new office,&rdquo; said Executive Director Samantha Merritt. &ldquo;We have a much larger lobby area, and it was so much fun to watch our members fill our display racks with their brochures and business cards.&rdquo;<br /> The chamber office relocated three miles west of their former I-75 location, to 2031 N C.R. 470 in Lake Panasoffkee.<br /> LSSC seeks nominations for distinguished alumni http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/lssc-seeks-nominations-distinguished-alumni <p> <br /> Lake-Sumter State College, is proud of the many alumni who are achieving tremendous success in their professional fields, who are making a strong impact in their communities and who are making a significant difference for students through their service to LSSC.<br /> Wreck claims Wildwood man's life http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/wreck-claims-wildwood-mans-life <p> A weekend three-vehicle wreck in northern Sumter County claimed the life of a Wildwood man.<br /> The accident happened about 9:15 p.m. on Sunday, June 14, in the southbound lane of U.S. 301 just south of County Road 216, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.<br /> The driver of one of the three vehicles, Leo G. Mercier, 81, died at the scene of the collision, the report states.<br /> Initially, the wreck involved two other vehicles.<br /> Cops and Kids Day planned http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/cops-and-kids-day-planned <p> It&rsquo;s a day that aims to bring kids and cops face to face in an educational and enjoyable event when Cops and Kids Day comes to Center Hill.<br /> Representatives of the Sumter County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office will be at the Center Hill Community Park on Monday, June 29, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.<br /> &nbsp;All members of the Sheriff&rsquo;s Department will be in uniform, so the children can learn to become familiar with them and understand that these people are here to help them. &nbsp;<br /> Road project: 'Gateway to Bushnell' http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/road-project-gateway-bushnell <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bushnell_cr48.jpg" alt="Large cranes occupy both sides of State Road 48 at the intersection with Interstate 75 as work continues on expansion of the interstate and the state road. A second phase of construction is expected to begin late this year to expand S.R. 48 to a four-lane road from SW 18th Terrace to Main Street in Bushnell. " title="Large cranes occupy both sides of State Road 48 at the intersection with Interstate 75 as work continues on expansion of the interstate and the state road. A second phase of construction is expected to begin late this year to expand S.R. 48 to a four-lane road from SW 18th Terrace to Main Street in Bushnell. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> State Road 48 and Interstate 75 are lately undergoing a few changes in Bushnell.<br /> For several weeks, it&rsquo;s been dramatically apparent to most travelers along either of those routes that some major road work is going on.&nbsp; And, it&rsquo;s not just the I-75 interchange. &nbsp;<br /> Before the dust finally settles, drivers will see considerable changes to the approximately two miles of highway connecting Bushnell&rsquo;s Main Street with the interstate.<br />