http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Suspect sought in attempted bank robbery http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/suspect-sought-attempted-bank-robbery <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bank_robbery_2-24-15_a.jpg" alt="Bank camera photo of the suspect" title="Bank camera photo of the suspect" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> On Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 2:44 p.m. the Sumter County Sheriff&#39;s Office received a call from Wells Fargo security in reference to a hold up alarm at the Wells Fargo bank, located at 13707 U.S. Hwy 441, The Villages.<br /> The Sumter County Communications Center made contact with bank employees and confirmed an armed robbery attempt, according to a sheriff&rsquo;s office report.<br /> The suspect passed a note demanding money, the report states. He implied that he had a weapon however none were displayed.<br /> Coleman prison goes solar http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/coleman-prison-goes-solar <p> Constellation, a Baltimore-based company, last week announced that it has been awarded a contract by the Federal Bureau of Prisons to implement $45 million in water and energy conservation measures and install a 2-megawatt (DC) solar generation project at the Federal Correctional Complex in Coleman, (FCC Coleman).<br /> Under the terms of the energy savings performance contract, the conservation measures are guaranteed to provide approximately $79 million in cost savings to the bureau over 19 years.<br /> Wildwood girls take second in state http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/wildwood-girls-take-second-state <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/lady_cats.jpg" alt="The Wildcat girls took second place in state last week." title="The Wildcat girls took second place in state last week." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Kari Niblack&rsquo;s face told the story.<br /> The 6-foot freshman center was the picture of sadness, holding back the tears Thursday afternoon at the Lakeland Civic Center.<br /> Her Wildwood High girls basketball team lost their final game of the season in the Class 1A state championship. They lost 46-36 to Freeport High.<br /> Niblack was asked what she was feeling.<br /> &ldquo;Heartbroken,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;We fought so hard to get here. We knew it was going to be a fight. This one got away from us.&rdquo;<br /> 11 new deputies join Sumter Sheriff's Office http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/11-new-deputies-join-sumter-sheriffs-office <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/001.jpg" alt="11 new Sumter County sheriff&#039;s deputies joined the department last week during a pinning ceremony at the sheriff&#039;s department." title="11 new Sumter County sheriff&#039;s deputies joined the department last week during a pinning ceremony at the sheriff&#039;s department." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Accompanied by family members and friends, 11 new recruits last Friday joined the ranks as Sumter County sheriff&rsquo;s deputies.<br /> The new deputies, the largest amount to be hired at one time, were presented to the crowd of more than 100 people during a pinning ceremony at the sheriff&rsquo;s office in Bushnell.<br /> One by one, the new deputies received their badges as family members or friends pinned the badges to their uniforms.<br /> Bushnell I-75 bridge work starts soon http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/bushnell-i-75-bridge-work-starts-soon <p> The recently begun Interstate 75 widening project in Bushnell is now approaching the bridge demolition/bridge construction portion of the schedule.<br /> In the last week of February and tentatively on Sunday, Feb. 22, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and contractor The Middlesex Corporation plan to demolish the southbound interstate bridge over S.R.&nbsp; 48.<br /> Shortly thereafter, construction on the new bridge will begin.<br /> The contractor&rsquo;s timeline is two-to-three nights for the demolition and nine months for new bridge construction.<br /> Fresh eyes look at Webster http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/fresh-eyes-look-webster <p> Webster city officials recently kicked-off a project to help map out a plan for expanding the city&#39;s economy.<br /> The task involves community and business leaders with state assistance and adds Webster to a small group of communities in the state&#39;s Competitive Florida Partnership program.<br /> More than fifty members of the community met&nbsp; with five Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO) staff members to discuss the project.&nbsp; FDEO is the agency funding the project through a $40,000 technical assistance grant.<br /> Family Living Expo Rules http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/family-living-expo-rules <img src="http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dscn0088.jpg" alt="These images from previous years. For information, rules and entry forms, please see below. " title="These images from previous years. For information, rules and entry forms, please see below. " align="left" hspace="6" width="61" height="85" /><p> Pickles, eggs and watercolors, show them off</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> By Brenda Locklear</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Did you work on crafts with your grandchildren? Do you make a great salsa or a mean pickle? Do you bake a cake that&rsquo;s your family&rsquo;s favorite? Did you work with wood this year or build a new project?</p> SECO Earns Top Ranking from Customers http://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/seco-earns-top-ranking-customers <p> &nbsp;SECO Energy customers (its members) rated the organization an 89 in overall customer satisfaction for 2014 according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).&nbsp; The ACSI queries customers about their view of an ideal utility, meeting expectations, likelihood of choosing SECO if given a choice and overall satisfaction.&nbsp;</p>