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Today's News

  • Give holiday stealing a harsher penalty

    It’s difficult to watch those news videos during the holiday season when they show someone caught in the act of stealing gifts or money that are meant for the needy.
    It’s depressing to know that people do that, especially at a time of year when so many families need a helping hand through the season and that others can be generous enough to help. But, there it is, right on camera. People stealing money cans filled with donations; people stealing Christmas gifts accumulating in collection boxes.

  • Police Report - January 12, 2012

    Tuesday, Jan. 3
    Edwin Earl Davis, 36, Bushnell, was arrested for driving while license suspended. Bond set at $500.
    Travis Ryan Collier, 24, Oxford, was arrested for possession of narcotic equipment. Bond set at $500.
    Holly M. Kelmar, 19, The Villages, was arrested on a Lake County warrant. No bond set.
    Johnathon Daniel Lindsay, 19, Wildwood, was arrested for two counts of burglary, two counts of larceny and trespassing. Bond set at $16,250.

  • 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.

  • What will this new year bring for animals

    By Linda Graves

  • Some things fishy

    Weekly fishing report and news from Tracy’s Point fishing Lodge, week ending Jan. 1
    By Donna and
     Steve Lind
    Anglers on Lake Panasoffkee — 221
    Anglers Bass Fishing — 203

  • Church events

    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Camp meeting
    The Abundant Life Church, 8777 U.S. 301 N., in Wildwood, will host a camp meeting Jan. 13 to Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. The guest minister is Bishop Raymond Cornish of the Church of God in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The public is invited. For information call Pastor Lavon Harkins at 748-2922.
           The Great Debaters

  • Calendar of Events - January 5, 2012

    FRIDAY, JAN. 6
    Singles and couples dance
    From 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Lake Panasoffkee Recreation Park, 1582 County Road 459. with the Lee Ann Noel Band. Open to the public. No alcohol allowed. Finger foods or soda welcome. Dances are every first and third Friday. Call 424-1688 for more information.

    SATURDAY, JAN. 7 and
    SUNDAY, JAN. 8
    Dade’s Battle relived