http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en 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 /> School bus struck in wreck http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/school-bus-struck-wreck <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/schoolbus.jpg" alt=" A Sumter County school bus was stopped on U.S. 301, north of Wildwood to offload a student, when a pickup truck reportedly rear-ended a compact car and shoved it into the school bus. None of the six students on board the bus were injured. " title=" A Sumter County school bus was stopped on U.S. 301, north of Wildwood to offload a student, when a pickup truck reportedly rear-ended a compact car and shoved it into the school bus. None of the six students on board the bus were injured. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> The last six students and bus driver were still on the school bus when a late afternoon crash occurred last Thursday, but none of the children were injured, according to Sumter School Supt. Rick Shirley.<br /> Telephone and Internet repaired http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/telephone-and-internet-repaired <p> The telephone and Internet system at the Sumter County Times office have both been repaired and are in working order. We appreciate your patience.</p> Patrols join together for I-75 safety http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/patrols-join-together-i-75-safety <p> The Florida Highway Patrol is collaborating with five other states in an effort to keep the roadways safe and fatality-free through March 30.<br /> Mock drill provides benefical training http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/mock-drill-provides-benefical-training <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/mock_crash_1.jpg" alt="This vehicle &quot;collides&quot; with packed bleachers at South Sumter High School baseball field during the mock disaster." title="This vehicle &quot;collides&quot; with packed bleachers at South Sumter High School baseball field during the mock disaster." align="left" hspace="6" width="137" height="85" /><p> Helicopters buzzed down as ambulances and fire trucks rolled to a stop in response to a scenario in Bushnell last week.<br /> Fortunately, a scenario was all that it was &hellip; a mock disaster, role played on the South Sumter High School baseball field and used as training for emergency rescue personnel, according to Emergency Management Director David Casto.<br /> The scene was a mock vehicle crash into the baseball field bleachers where they had to deal with multiple &ldquo;injury&rdquo; patients.<br /> Wildwood: Growth explosion http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/wildwood-growth-explosion <p> More than than 8,000 new residences proposed for a rural area near Sumterville could one day greatly expand Wildwood&#39;s residential areas into central Sumter County.<br /> The development, proposed several years ago by owner Landstone-Wright, LLC, moved forward a notch last month, when the Wildwood City Commission approved a utility agreement with the developer.<br /> According to Sumter County and Wildwood city documents, Landstone-Wright, Hearthstone, Inc., and Landstone Communities, LLC, all California based, are affiliated with the project.<br />