http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/todaysnews/rss.xml/todaysnews/rss.xml en Cost snuffs water permit battle http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/cost-snuffs-water-permit-battle <div id="cke_pastebin"> Sumter residents trying to stop a proposed water pumping operation in Sumterville cite potentially exorbitant legal costs for ending their quest for an administrative hearing on a water use permit issued by the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD).</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> SECO lawsuit fails http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/seco-lawsuit-fails <p> A circuit court judge ruled late last month that Bushnell city officials had not violated Florida&rsquo;s &ldquo;Government in the Sunshine&rdquo; or public records regulations last year as it studied the possible acquisition of part of Sumter Electric Cooperative&rsquo;s (SECO Energy) service area.</p> Webster prepares for event http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/webster-prepares-event <div id="cke_pastebin"> Hundreds of lifetime residents gather each year for the Webster Cemetery Picnic and Webster High School Class Reunion.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Held at the Sumter County Farmer&rsquo;s Market in Webster, this year&rsquo;s event will be on Saturday, Oct. 8.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> All graduates and attendees of former Webster High School are invited to attend. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. The Class of 1956 is hosting the event.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Hall death sentence nulled http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/hall-death-sentence-nulled <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/freddie_lee_hall.jpg" alt="Freddie Lee Hall" title="Freddie Lee Hall" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> Convicted murderer Freddie Lee Hall no longer faces execution for the death of Karol Lea Hurst, of Wildwood, some 38 years ago.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The Florida Supreme Court on Sept. 8 ruled that Hall&rsquo;s death sentence for the 1978 murder of Hurst is vacated and remanded to a life sentence because of Hall&rsquo;s &nbsp;intellectual disability,&rdquo; according to court documents.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> School superintendent faces investigation http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/school-superintendent-faces-investigation <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/rick_shirley.jpg" alt="Rick Shirley" title="Rick Shirley" align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> Allegations of bullying and unprofessional actions were leveled during a School Board meeting last week against School Supt. Rick Shirley by his political challenger Preston Morgan.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Those allegations have led to the School Board requesting an investigation by an independent investigator into Morgan&rsquo;s claims.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Strickland to fill council seat http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/strickland-fill-council-seat <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/joe_strickland.jpg" alt="Joe Strickland" title="Joe Strickland" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> Bushnell City Council didn&rsquo;t have to look far to fill one of its vacant seats. Joe P. Strickland, Jr., both former long-time mayor and council member, on Sept. 8 was approved and sworn-in to Council Seat 3 that was held the last two years by Kay McCoy.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Strickland&rsquo;s appointment came during a routine council meeting that was rescheduled because of the Labor Day holiday. He was appointed just days after the sudden death of McCoy on Aug. 30.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Local leader dies suddenly http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/local-leader-dies-suddenly <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/kay.jpg" alt="Kay McCoy" title="Kay McCoy" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> The city of Bushnell has lost one of its leaders. Council Member Sandra &ldquo;Kay&rdquo; Woodard McCoy died suddenly on Tuesday, Aug. 30.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> McCoy, 69, had served on the council for two years after being appointed in September 2014 to Seat 3 after the sudden death of Warren Maddox. They were both members of the South Sumter High School graduating class of 1965.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Sumter deals with the storm http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/sumter-deals-storm <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/hurricane_-_road_-_1.jpg" alt=" Sumter County Public Works had crews working all through Thursday night and Friday to get roads cleared of trees, limbs and debris during and in the wake of Hurricane Hermine. Often, they were working in the rain to get the tasks completed, as was the situation last Friday morning with this tree across C.R. 729 near Webster." title=" Sumter County Public Works had crews working all through Thursday night and Friday to get roads cleared of trees, limbs and debris during and in the wake of Hurricane Hermine. Often, they were working in the rain to get the tasks completed, as was the situation last Friday morning with this tree across C.R. 729 near Webster." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> As Hurricane Hermine was wreaking havoc last week in the state&rsquo;s Big Bend area, its spin-off weather bands were mostly creating headaches and work for property owners and local governments throughout Sumter County.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> With the stormy weather lasting through Thursday night and Friday morning, the county escaped with just a slight brushing by the storm. There were unofficial reports of from four- to five-inches of rain over most of the area.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin">