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LAKE PLACID — A Spanish Conquistador and six women dressed in period clothing from the 14th century to the early 20th century is not a scene you find everyday at the Lake Placid Memorial Library. However, that’s exactly who was present at Saturday’s historic fashion show by Alexandra Maxwell…

Wahoo is different. You’ll have to come to see for yourself.  No legalism.  No judgment.  No dress code.  Seriously, we just request you be clothed!  Will you like everyone?  Probably not.  But there are probably people in your family you don’t like either, but you still go home and go to re…

April 21, Sumter County students competed in the 2022 Sumter’s Future Entrepreneurs Live Competition, and the students put on an impressive presentation.

While it’s outdoor weather pretty much year-round in Sumter County, people tend to increase their outdoor activities in the spring and summer. That means more people are using Sumter County parks and recreation areas, many of which offer a variety of services and benefits. Many Sumter County…

“Oh, that Biden. He’s such an idiot. We have this terrible inflation and high gas prices. That man couldn’t find the bathroom door if you put his hand on the doorknob.”

Pastfinders of South Lake County Genealogical Society is offering a free virtual presentation about the popular Family Tree Maker genealogy program May 12, and anyone interested in learning more about the program is welcome to attend.

Full disclosure: the last couple of weeks have churned into the perfect storm of disappointment. 

In April, YOUR Humane Society SPCA, a Sumter County animal shelter, celebrated Kathy Kreiselman as its Volunteer of the Month –someone who has quietly but passionately served from her heart filled with love for animals.

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When you think of Gatorland, that iconic tourist attraction in Orlando, you may not think of it as a birder’s paradise, but it most definitely is, especially this time of year.

A few minutes south of Leesburg lies a hidden retreat for those who like to hike through nature, the Flat Island Preserve. It is a wooded area by wetlands near Lake Denham. The preserve is part of a 2,300-acre conservation area managed by the Lake County Water Authority (LWCA).

Yeah, we’re talking to you again.  Going to church on Resurrection Sunday, Easter, the Super Bowl for Christians, whatever you want to call it. How about a repeat! You might actually like it. And you will defi-nitely like it, if you attend Wahoo. Guaranteed!

The Sumter County School District recently announced that the FortifyFL app is live. Any student, educator, parent or member of the public can report school safety concerns directly to law enforcement and school administrators anonymously and easily through the FortifyFL app or via http://ww…

“In the paper, you wrote that ‘at one time, the core of our American democracy was the concept of majority rule.’ That is factually untrue. Our government is a constitutional Republic based on the concept of representative government.

The City of Wildwood will be celebrating Arbor Day with a special ceremony on Friday, April 29 at 10 a.m. at City Hall, 100 N. Main Street. Wildwood celebrates Arbor Day annually as part of its dedication to being a participant in Tree City USA. The Tree City USA program was established by t…

Congratulations to students Emily Clayton, Andrea Fitzgerald, Amandalesly Miranda, and Jacob Sumner, of Wildwood Middle High School’s music department, for recently receiving superior ratings at the Florida Bandmasters Association Solo and Ensemble.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, House Speaker Chris Sprowls and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran scrutinized university professors, made claims about profs indoctrinating students and criticized the long-standing tenet of Florida’s traditional tenure system during an April 19 news conference.

We know your circumstances may change after you apply – or become eligible – for benefits. If you, or a family member, receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), certain life changes could increase your benefit amount.

April 16, members of Dade’s Youth, a teen volunteer group through the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, joined in the fun at the park’s annual Eggs in the Park event, helping to make the springtime event memorable for children and adults alike.

We are taking appointments Monday–Saturday from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. YOUR Humane Society SPCA is located on 994 CR 529A in Lake Panasoffkee. For more information, email adoptionmanager@hsspca.org or call 352-793-9117. 

Back in the 90s, I was a professional worry wart. If there was a concern to be had, yours truly would toil away at it to my heart’s content. 

South Sumter High School FFA members and advisors have earned the prestigious state SAE award.

April 30, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will provide the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.  

“Polk County is having growing pains, as listed in your column. Yet, this county is set upon a swamp. This Chain of 100 Lakes is a wetland. You fail to bring this issue into your discussion. Your discussion fails to talk about stormwater issues regarding all of Polk county’s roads and freeways.

Did you know story time is offered weekly at two Sumter County library locations? The children’s programming is one of many regular programs and presentations offered by the library system.

Each year, United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties designates a Hometown Hero for each county. April 29, two Sumter County and two Lake County local heroes will be named – and celebrated – at the Hometown Hero Hoedown at Far Reach Ranch in Tavares, 5–8 p.m.

If you’re looking for a good read, some fun tunes or a movie, the Friends of The Villages Library is holding a book, CD and DVD sale April 23 and April 23 at the Pinellas Branch of the Villages Library, 7375 Powell Road, in Wildwood. 

Florida businesses and residents affected by the tornado in Central Florida on March 12 may apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBA disaster declaration issued includes Marion County and the adjacent counties of Alachua, Citrus, Lake, Levy, …

Special care must be taken in landscape areas that are wetter than average. They may be low areas that accumulate rainwater or areas near lakefronts. Each area requires different management strategies. 

Sumter News Sun was thrilled to join the Wildwood Vineyard and Events grand opening celebration on Saturday, April 9. “It’s such a beautiful venue situated on 10 acres at 1945 E. CR 462 in Wildwood,” said sales rep Jody Wilson. For more information about weekly winery events or to reserve yo…

Congratulations to South Sumter Middle School HOSA advisor Kailee Upshaw for receiving the Outstanding Chapter Advisor of the Year award in the middle school division at the April 9–12 Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Leadership Conference in Orlando. In addition, students…

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We are taking appointments Monday–Saturday from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. YOUR Humane Society SPCA is located on 994 CR 529A in Lake Panasoffkee. For more information, email adoptionmanager@hsspca.org or call 352-793-9117. 

So often we pull around the coffin of the past, periodically peeking inside the grave box, reliving yesteryear. As a result, yesteryear resurrects in the present, knocking on the door of hearts to repeat our personal histories, to take over like cancerous ivy slipping over our lives, squeezi…

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If you like your day trips and travel adventures to include sturdy shoes, bug spray, nature ID guides and potential wildlife encounters, the nature trails of the Split Oak Forest Wildlife and Environmental Area could be for you. 

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Twenty-three teams from Lake and Sumter county high schools competed in the 35th Annual “Mathlympics” competition hosted at Lake-Sumter State College’s Leesburg campus on April 8 – and South Sumter High School’s team, with help from their advisor, Charlie Breen, ranked in the top 10.

SSMS students had some learning fun when representatives from the Orlando Science Center recently visited and worked on labs with the eighth grade science students in Shelly Paulinyce and Samantha Herolds’ classes. 

The Friends of The Villages Library will hold a book sale April 23 and April 25 at the Pinellas Branch of the Villages Library, 7375 Powell Road, in Wildwood. 

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