https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en County names new managers https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/county-names-new-managers <img src="https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/new_jobs_-_deborah_snyder.jpg" alt="Deborah L. Snyder " title="Deborah L. Snyder " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Sumter County recently filled two upper management positions in county government. They are bringing in an engineer and manager who has an extensive work history with the Florida Department of Transportation for the job of public works director and hiring a new assistant county administrator from among county employees.</p> County approves contract for multi-level parking facility https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/county-approves-contract-multi-level-parking-facility <img src="https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/downtown_parking.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="111" height="85" /><p> Parking at Sumter County&rsquo;s judicial complex in Bushnell, may eventually become less frustrating on busy court days. While relief is apparently more than a year away, county commissioners approved a construction contract last week, that may help alleviate some of the parking problems.</p> Community celebrates park reopening https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/community-celebrates-park-reopening <img src="https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sam_haris_park_6395.jpg" alt=" Little guy Jason Garcia had a big smile when he got his own firefighter’s hat from Sumter Firefighter/EMT Tyler Abbott. Firefighters and Sparky the Fire Dog were at Sam Harris Park in Webster." title=" Little guy Jason Garcia had a big smile when he got his own firefighter’s hat from Sumter Firefighter/EMT Tyler Abbott. Firefighters and Sparky the Fire Dog were at Sam Harris Park in Webster." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> By Martin Steele</p> Wilson returns to teach at her alma mater https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/wilson-returns-teach-her-alma-mater <img src="https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/morgan_wilson.jpg" alt="Morgan Wilson, in her first year as an educator, is teaching agriculture at South Sumter High School." title="Morgan Wilson, in her first year as an educator, is teaching agriculture at South Sumter High School." align="left" hspace="6" width="70" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;Editor&rsquo;s note - The Sumter County School District has several new teachers for the 2018-2019 school year. The Times will be publishing some background on them, introducing them to the public.</p> District welcomes Sumter students back https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/district-welcomes-sumter-students-back <img src="https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/schoolbusfrontc1010_8.jpg" alt="faculty, staff, students - district prepping for the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. Teachers are due back in class on Monday, Aug. 6, with students coming in on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018." title="faculty, staff, students - district prepping for the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. Teachers are due back in class on Monday, Aug. 6, with students coming in on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018." align="left" hspace="6" width="126" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;School days are back! School Superintendent Richard A. Shirley, on behalf of school principals and staff, the Sumter School Board and district staff, welcomes students back on August 13, 2018 for the beginning of a new school year. Parents and students are invited to attend orientations and technology days, as scheduled below, to locate classrooms, meet teachers, secure transportation and receive supply lists and dress code information. All adult family members should bring a valid photo ID to check in at schools.</p> From shucking corn to cranking ice cream, day campers stayed busy in the park https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/shucking-corn-cranking-ice-cream-day-campers-stayed-busy-park <img src="https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dade_-_n_3_0.jpg" alt="Marjorie Ruth Streetman shows off her napkin collage art. " title="Marjorie Ruth Streetman shows off her napkin collage art. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> Day campers were busy this summer at Dade Battlefield State Park, where volunteers and staff kept them busy with everything from shucking their own corn and shelling their own peas for lunch, to cranking out homemade ice cream for dessert.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The 2018 Pioneer Day Camp was held June 4-8 and took children back in time to life as pioneer Floridians lived. About a month later, it was time for an experience with nature in their Nature Days camp. That camp was held half day and was held in early July.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Church a jewel of Sumter https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/church-jewel-sumter-0 <img src="https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fp-_st_catherin_3.jpg" alt="Nestled among ancient live oaks, St. Catherine United Methodist Church is barely noticeable to the vehicles traveling down U.S. 301 south of Bushnell, but it has been a community fixture for more than a hundred years. " title="Nestled among ancient live oaks, St. Catherine United Methodist Church is barely noticeable to the vehicles traveling down U.S. 301 south of Bushnell, but it has been a community fixture for more than a hundred years. " align="left" hspace="6" width="67" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;It&rsquo;s one of those countryside icons that could easily go unnoticed by the drivers zipping down U.S. 301 south of Bushnell. But, there, nestled among ancient live oaks just a couple of miles north of the Little Withlacoochee River sits one of Sumter County&rsquo;s historical jewels &ndash; the St. Catherine United Methodist Church.</p> Human remains found in Bushnell back yard https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/human-remains-found-bushnell-back-yard <img src="https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fp_-human_remains_claudio_carvajal-hernancez.jpg" alt="Investigators found human remains behind a home in Bushnell where Claudio Carvajal-Hernandez lived. Carvajal-Hernandez was reported missing in June and investigators are currently awaiting DNA testing results to determine if the human remains are those of the missing man. To view the Sumter County Sheriff&#039;s Office press briefing video, https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/human-remains-found-bushnell " title="Investigators found human remains behind a home in Bushnell where Claudio Carvajal-Hernandez lived. Carvajal-Hernandez was reported missing in June and investigators are currently awaiting DNA testing results to determine if the human remains are those of the missing man. To view the Sumter County Sheriff&#039;s Office press briefing video, https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/human-remains-found-bushnell " align="left" hspace="6" width="75" height="85" /><p> Investigators will have to wait several days to determine whether or not human remains found behind a Bushnell home are those of Claudio Carvajal-Hernandez &mdash; a man reported missing a month ago, according to Sumter sheriff&rsquo;s Lt. Jon Galvin.</p>