Today's News

  • Trying to solve Royal problem

    The County Commission will next week begin the process of trying to assist Royal organizers of the annual Royal Homecoming Festival with finding a way to continue with the event and alleviate some of the problems that have plagued it in recent years.
    Last year, commissioners were critical of the festival because of the problems it created with traffic issues and clean up after the event was over.
    Commissioners said it was too costly to provide necessary clean up at the festival site in Royal Park.

  • Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

    By Beverly Steele
    After the annual MLK March around the Community of Royal, the Royal Library Association was pumped and began the preparations for, what turned out to be, one of the largest MLK Day banquets within this historic community.
    Monday, Jan. 16, is the day that this entire country recognizes as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. There were many outstanding activities, in Sumter County, to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy. The Royal Annual Dr. MLK Day Banquet at the Royal Community Center proved to be one of those events with a lasting impression.

  • Church calendar

    Flea market
    St. Lawrence Church will have a flea market, crafts and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4. There will also be sloppy Joe’s, hotdogs and drinks. The church is at 320 Dade Ave., in Bushnell. For reservations call Mrs. Petty at 793-7773.
    A revival

  • Five making music at Lickity Splits

    Looking for some weekend entertainment and a sweet treat?
    If Gospel and western are sounds you enjoy, you might want to check out The Musical Five at Lickity Splits on the first and third Saturday of each month.
    Band members Bristo McGregor, Dick McLeod, Ron Thomas, Skipp Huribut and Bob Dawson are on twice a month offering their Second Annual Winter Fest.
    McGregor does vocals and plays guitar, Huriburt plays lead guitar, McLeod plays mandolin, Dawson does vocals and is on the dobro or drums and Thomas plays bass guitar.

  • SECO wins two awards for community service

    Sumter Electric Cooperative (SECO) has won two distinct international “Communitas Awards” for the co-op’s lead role in the Camp Boggy Creek Project in Lake County and for SECO’s overall Commitment to Community. SECO won in the Company Sponsored Volunteer Project category and won in the most prestigious category in the competition, which was the Leadership in Community Service & Corporate Social Responsibility category.

  • Chamber honors businesses and individuals

    The Sumter County Chamber of Commerce held its annual business and industry awards and installation dinner on Friday night, honoring seven outstanding businesses, citizens and volunteers.
    The event began at 6:30 p.m. on Friday Jan. 20 at the clubhouse at Lakeside Landings in Oxford.

  • Bust results in donation

    More than $55,000 worth of items was donated to the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches earlier this month that had been seized from a drug bust by the sheriff’s office last year.
    Since the December 2010 bust, the equipment has been in storage and now becomes items for the youth ranch to sell or use.
    Recently, deputies helped load several large air conditioning units, copper wiring, a chain saw, and an assortment of other items into a truck to be hauled to the ranch in Live Oak.

  • Girl, 7, dies in ATV accident

    Sumter County sheriff’s detectives are investigating the death of a 7-year-old Webster girl who was involved in an ATV crash that occurred in the 10000 block of C.R. 707 east of Webster last week.
    Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene at approximately 12:49 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17, after receiving a 911 call reporting the crash.
    The girl, Natasha Aponte, was a passenger on a four-wheeler operated by Joel Rivera, 30, of Webster, when the crash occurred.

  • SUMTER SCHOOLS: In state top 10

    Sumter County school system has earned substantial bragging rights.
    The Florida Department of Education (DOE) recently released the top 10 ranked school districts in Florida and Sumter made the list, outscoring 57 of the 67 school districts in the state. 

  • Police report

    Tuesday, Jan. 17
    Kory Blake Gregory, 19, Oxford, was arrested for domestic battery. Bond set at $3,500.
    William F. James, 75, Lake Panasoffkee, was arrested for domestic battery. Bond set at $2,000.
    Michael Keith James, 53, Lake Panasoffkee, was arrested for domestic battery and possession of marijuana. No bond set.
    Carl Leon Croney, 34, Webster, was arrested for withholding support. Bond set at $470.
    Larry Donnell Shealey, 33, Oxford, was arrested for larceny. Bond set at $2,000.