Local News

  • Third Annual "Spice it Up for Hospice" Chili Cookoff



    FEBRUARY 2, 2013

  • New Business Ribbon Cuttings

    Several new businesses in the community have hosted ribbon cuttings in the last several weeks.

    Some of those businesses are shown here.

  • Scavenger Hunt on Saturday

    Are you ready for some fun and adventure?  Come out Saturday, Jan. 19 at their Scavenger Hunt Fundraiser!

    Event Details:   Scavenger Hunt (digital camera or camera phone required)

    Where:                Beef O’Brady’s, 840 S. Main St., Wildwood, FL

  • Suspect arrested in car lot vehicle theft

    Sheriff’s investigators in Palm Beach arrested a suspect in the recent theft of at least one vehicle and computer equipment from a Bushnell car dealership.
    The thefts happened sometime before 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2, at Town and Country Select, on E. Noble Avenue, according to sheriff’s Lt. Bobby Caruthers. That’s when an employee arrived at work and discovered that someone had broken into the business by throwing a rock through the front door glass.

  • The changing face of Lake Panasoffkee

    Lake Panasoffkee is in motion and moving forward, fom the recent community events bringing residents together to the renovation of Panasoffkee Hardware, it appears that a new face is sliding into place.
    The newest plans for the communty’s future were unveiled Tuesday afternoon by  SouthVenture Properties – owners of the shopping plaza on C.R. 470 in the business area. 
    Managing partner James Sharkey spoke to a group of residents and business owners gathered at the Allen’s Stardust Collection wine shop in the center.

  • Health dept.: Get the flu shot

    All of a sudden you’re cold, you’re achy, and you have a fever.
    Chances are, you’re part of the growing number of people throughout the country suffering with the flu.
    In wake of the growing number of flu cases in the nation, the state, and locally, the Sumter County Health Department is urging residents to protect themselves and their families by getting a flu shot.
    This flu season is early and more severe than most, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • Chamber set for dinner

    The Sumter County Chamber of Commerce has announced the recipients of its Business and Industry Awards, to be presented at the chamber’s Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on Friday, Jan. 25, , 6:30 p.m., at the Wildwood Community Center, 6500 Powell Road in Wildwood.
    Award recipients are:
    •Nash Inc. as Outstanding Sumter County Large Business/ Industry of 2012
    •Connie Mahan Real Estate Group as Outstanding Sumter County Small Business/Industry of 2012

  • Flyers seek murder leads

    Law enforcement officers have officially classified the 2006 disappearance of a Temple Terrace woman with ties to Lake Panasoffkee as a murder.
    It’s been seven years since Sandra Hamby Prince, then 59, disappeared and had been deemed to be a “missing person’ by the Temple Terrace Police Department. But last week, police officials reclassified her disappearance, calling it a murder and offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of her murderer.

  • Bring on the mud!

    It created a lengthy discussion, but in the end county commissioners last week gave their nod of approval and granted a major special use permit for a proposed entertainment park that would span more than 1,000 acres northwest of Lake Panasoffkee.
    After three hours of testimony, discussion and questions last Tuesday, the board voted 4 to 1 to approve the permit request to Otsego Holdings LLC. Commissioner Don Burgess cast the lone opposing vote.

  • Exhibit your craft, food, art, wood at the Sumter County Fair

    Exhibit at the county fair

    By Brenda Locklear

    Is your cabbage growing? Are you canning your strawberries? Are you putting the finishing touches on that woodwork or the last stroke on that painting?
    Now’s the time to be finishing up the projects you plan to enter in this year’s Family Living Expo at the annual Sumter County Fair.
    There's a category for just about everything, including growing produce and raising eggs, digital photography and special collections. There’s woodworking, series work, needlework, quilting and more.