https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Burkes publishes Florida 'Flatwoods' - a collection of Richloam history https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/burkes-publishes-florida-flatwoods-collection-richloam-history <img src="https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/flatwoods_0703.jpg" alt="Descendents of Sumter County’s old families and newcomers are both likely to find some interesting bits of information in “Florida Flatwoods – The Story of Richloam” -a book compiled and written by one of the community’s most fervent supporters. The book is a personal project of Eric Burkes, owner of the iconic Richloam General store and a descendent of one of Richloam’s old families. " title="Descendents of Sumter County’s old families and newcomers are both likely to find some interesting bits of information in “Florida Flatwoods – The Story of Richloam” -a book compiled and written by one of the community’s most fervent supporters. The book is a personal project of Eric Burkes, owner of the iconic Richloam General store and a descendent of one of Richloam’s old families. " align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> Descendents of Sumter County&rsquo;s old families and newcomers are both likely to find some interesting bits of information in &ldquo;Florida Flatwoods &ndash; The Story of Richloam&rdquo; -a book compiled and written by one of the community&rsquo;s most fervent supporters.</p> Webster mayor resigns https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/webster-mayor-resigns <img src="https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/webster_mayor_resigns.jpg" alt="Kelly Williams, sworn in as mayor of Webster just a month ago, resigned on March 21. Williams is the third person to vacate the office since early 2017." title="Kelly Williams, sworn in as mayor of Webster just a month ago, resigned on March 21. Williams is the third person to vacate the office since early 2017." align="left" hspace="6" width="79" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;Webster is again in the need of a mayor, following the abrupt resignation of Kelly Williams, just a month after returning to the post.</p> Oxford Bookworks program receives $25,000 donation https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/oxford-bookworks-program-receives-25000-donation <img src="https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/mr_hanson_talking.jpg" alt="A special dedication ceremony was held at the Oxford Goodwill last week, to honor the late Adam Hanson - son of Ocala residents Stanley and Martha Hanson. Mr. Hanson is shown here, talking with the crowd at the dedication gathering. " title="A special dedication ceremony was held at the Oxford Goodwill last week, to honor the late Adam Hanson - son of Ocala residents Stanley and Martha Hanson. Mr. Hanson is shown here, talking with the crowd at the dedication gathering. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;A special dedication ceremony was held at the Oxford Goodwill last week, to honor the late Adam Hanson - son of Ocala residents Stanley and Martha Hanson.</p> Grace Notes - Thankful in the darkness https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/grace-notes-thankful-darkness <img src="https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/kennedy2c_nancy.jpg" alt="Nancy Kennedy - Grace Notes" title="Nancy Kennedy - Grace Notes" align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;Nancy Kennedy</p> Holiday Calendar https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/holiday-calendar <img src="https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cut-_1_webster_parade_2011.jpg" alt="From daytime fun to lighted night and boat parades, Christmas parades and events are being held around the county. This is a photo from the lighted night parade in Webster, from year&#039;s past. " title="From daytime fun to lighted night and boat parades, Christmas parades and events are being held around the county. This is a photo from the lighted night parade in Webster, from year&#039;s past. " align="left" hspace="6" width="120" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;Winterfest in the Courtyard</p> Florida National hosts Veteran's Day ceremony https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/florida-national-hosts-veterans-day-ceremony <img src="https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/flag_online.jpg" alt=" Little Isaachar Caruso is shown giving his great-grandfather’s headstone a hug. His grandmother, Rachel, said it was as if he knew where her father’s grave was, because he headed straight for the grave site. He and his family go to visit the grave of veteran Bill Lee regularly. They were there on Memorial Day of this year and were headed back over the Veteran&#039;s Day weekend. On Sunday, the government cemetery staff hosted an event to honor veterans and their families. " title=" Little Isaachar Caruso is shown giving his great-grandfather’s headstone a hug. His grandmother, Rachel, said it was as if he knew where her father’s grave was, because he headed straight for the grave site. He and his family go to visit the grave of veteran Bill Lee regularly. They were there on Memorial Day of this year and were headed back over the Veteran&#039;s Day weekend. On Sunday, the government cemetery staff hosted an event to honor veterans and their families. " align="left" hspace="6" width="65" height="85" /><p> Special to the Times</p> Holiday fruitcakes filled with years of tradition https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/holiday-fruitcakes-filled-years-tradition <img src="https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/20181016_093814.jpg" alt="Alice Williams and Jean Sharpe were busy smoothing down the cake to insure there were no rough edges." title="Alice Williams and Jean Sharpe were busy smoothing down the cake to insure there were no rough edges." align="left" hspace="6" width="151" height="85" /><p> Hundreds of pounds of fruitcakes - hundreds - nearly 1,700 pounds in all.</p> Critter Chatter - In search of waterfalls https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/critter-chatter-search-waterfalls <img src="https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/sites/www.sumtercountytimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1_3.jpg" alt="Linda Graves and Hanana Banana on one of their travels, this time at the Rufus Morgan Trailhead, where they ventured with friends." title="Linda Graves and Hanana Banana on one of their travels, this time at the Rufus Morgan Trailhead, where they ventured with friends." align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p>