Sumter County’s 911 call volume up 35 percent


The increase in Sumter County’s population has contributed to a 35 percent increase in 911 emergency calls between 2014 and 2016. Of nearly 60,000 callers last year, more than two-thirds use cell phones while smaller numbers use internet phones, land lines or texting. Ambulance responses also have risen from less than 16,000 in 2012 to […]

Wildwood Community Center about to get a major upgrade

The Wildwood Community Center

A state-of-the-art sound system will be installed at the Wildwood Community Center as part of a renovation project this spring. The center along Powell Road will be closed from May 7 through June 11 for the renovation. The sound system will include Bose speakers and professional equipment, three 70-inch television sets, two computers for presentations […]

Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization ‘on a downhill spiral and not improving’

Lake Sumter MPO

The Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization came under fire Tuesday night at a meeting of the Sumter County Board. Commissioner Don Burgess, who represents Sumter County on the MPO’s executive committee, said the organization faces continued scrutiny from the Florida Department of Transportation over submission of operating reports and quarterly updates. He said some invoices submitted […]