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    Esha Cummings was only 4 years old when she followed along with her mother to attend a crusade in Guyana. The family began attending the little missionary church founded by Jerry Davidson and the Wildwood Church of Christ.
    Esha took part in the annual Vacation Bible School programs every year and as she grew into an adult, began serving in the church.
    Today Esha is 24 and a mother herself.  Her love for her son Simeon sparking a trip to America.
    Simeon, 11 months old, was born with a cleft palate, his tiny little lip growing from the inside out.

  • Sumter schools pull A rating
  • Big Fix Free Spay/Neuter event

    The Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County will hold a “Big Fix Free Spay/Neuter” event at the Croom Fire Department (12042 C.R. 684 Webster, FL 33597) on Saturday, January 21.
    . Space is limited to 40 pre-registered pets of low income Sumter County residents at this event. Spaces will fill up fast.
    All dogs and cats must be pre-registered for $10 each (deposit is refunded when pet is picked up after surgery). Animals that have not been pre-registered will not be neutered that day.

  • Retired cops come out shooting

    More than 300 retired law enforcement officers will be taking aim and shooting later this month when they descend on Sumterville.
    The officers will be participating in Sheriff Bill Farmer’s annual retired officers’ firearm qualifications scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 26, and Friday, Jan. 27, at the agency’s Firearms Training Facility at 999 County Road 529A, in Sumterville.

  • Battle Days

    Dozens of soldiers – some representing the U.S. military, some representing the Seminole nation, prepared for battle last weekend. It’s been that way for years as reenactors make their way to Dade Park for the annual recreation of the 1838 battle between Major Francis Dade, his men and more than 200 Seminoles.

  • Stealing from the needy

    Donations comprise a substantial portion of the funding for the Sumter County Youth Center in Bushnell, but there’s a problem.
    Inside the center’s thrift store, on east County Road 48, shelves and racks are filled with donated items that are resold to help support youth activities provided by the center. There are dozens of shoes, a wide assortment of clothing, toys, pots and pans and just about every item imaginable that can be resold.

  • Bushnell is plowing ahead

    Bulldozers and tree cutters are an indication in front of Bushnell City Hall that work has started on a new town square park that includes a 35-foot gazebo and a decorative fountain on land directly in front of the city building.
    On Tuesday, demolition started on the old School Board building on Florida Street. The site will become the home for the new gazebo.
    When it is completed, the construction contract is for 365 days, the area will become a park with additional parking for downtown, said City Manager Vince Ruano.

  • Search continues for armed robbery suspect

    No arrests have been made in an attempted armed robbery at the Villages Hospital last week.
    The incident happened at 8:48 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, in the north parking lot of the hospital, according to a sheriff’s office report.
    A woman told law enforcement authorities that she had just left her vehicle and was walking across the parking lot when a car pulled along side her, according to the report. The driver, and only occupant of the vehicle, told her to give him her purse while brandishing what appeared to be a semiautomatic handgun.

  • Kansas homicide suspect arrested in Center Hill

    A Kansas homicide suspect has been arrested by Sumter County deputies after responding to a 911 hang up call at a Center Hill residence.
    On Dec. 31, 2011, at approximately 11:43 a.m., Sumter County Deputy Sheriff Peter Glim responded to a 911 hang up call at a residence in the 100 block of Orange Street in Center Hill.
    During the call, Sumter County dispatchers attempted to speak with a crying female but were unable to communicate due to a language barrier.

  • Benefit chili event nears

    Get your best chili recipe ready.
    Chili connoisseurs will have an opportunity to not only taste a sampling of a variety of chili recipes but also help benefit a worthy cause.
    From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, the second annual Spice It Up for Hospice Chili Cookoff is set for the Kenny Dixon Sports Complex, on State Road 48, in Bushnell.
    The competition will be at the picnic pavilions inside the park.