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Youth Speech Contest

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 1:17 am

The Sumter County Farm Bureau announces the Youth Speech Contest to be held  September 11, 2014, 6:30 pm, at the Farm Bureau Office, 1102 N. Main Street, Wildwood. Prizes are: 1st place – $125; 2nd place – $75. The winner will compete in the District Contest for the opportunity to move on to the State Farm Bureau contest for the chance to win $500. This contest is open to all

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  • Sumter County Fairgrounds to Host WXW Wrestling Event

    Posted on September 3, 2014 at 1:07 am

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    On Saturday, September 13, The Sumter County Fairgrounds in Bushnell will host a live WXW Professional Wrestling event. Founded by WWE Hall of Famer and wrestling legend Afa “The Wild Samoan” in the late 1990s, WXW has run family-friendly live professional wrestling events throughout Central Florida. Wrestling fans have been flocking to Minneola from all over Florida since WXW first opened its doors in this state six years ago. WXW

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  • Homes In Partnership, Inc.

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 8:40 am

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    Homes In Partnership, Inc. (HIP) is a community based organization specializing in providing affordable housing for very low to moderate income families.  The mutual self-help housing program that began in Apopka, Florida has evolved into one of the premier organizations of its kind in the Southeastern United States.  Its mission is to provide safe decent affordable housing to low income families and to improve the economic condition of the communities

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Care4Kids Appreciates Dollar General Store

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 1:16 am

Ms. Pat Kelly representing Care4Kids presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Mr. Mike Barber, Manager of the Dollar General in Lake Panasoffkee. Barber says, “If we don’t help the kids, who will?” The Dollar General supports Care4Kids with clothing, toys, back to school items and much more. Ms. Kelly says, “It takes the support of our local business, clubs, churches, and individuals in order for us to continue with our

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  • PAGES Bookstore Volunteer Opportunities

    Posted on September 2, 2014 at 1:14 am


    The Friends of the Panasoffkee Community Library, Inc. (FPCL) is looking for volunteers to work in our PAGES bookstore located inside the library. Duties include writing sales slips, collecting money and assisting customers. You must be a member of the FPCL. If you would like to volunteer please send your contact information via: e-mail to Phone PAGES at 569-1948 or in person at our board meetings at 5:30 pm

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  • Send Out the Search Parties…

    Posted on August 31, 2014 at 1:12 am

    With no UFO sightings reported in Florida this year, the mystery remains as to how an extraterrestrial-like design has taken shape in a Bushnell cornfield. Bringing the maze craze to the Mickey Mouse state, the Refuge at Jumper Creek will unravel the mystery when they open the area’s first MAiZE, an intricate network of twists and turns carved into 1 ½ acres of corn, on October 5th. The Refuge at

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Boating Safety Course

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 4:35 pm

The Harris Chain Sail and Power Squadron (a unit of the United States Power Squadrons) and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Marine Unit will be holding an all day session entitled America’s Boating Course. Introduction to boating, boating law, safety equipment, safe boating, navigation, on-the-water problems, trailering, VHF radio communications, water-skiing, river boating and personal watercraft are all topics that will be included. The class will start promptly at 8:00AM

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  • Let’s Go Racing!

    Posted on August 17, 2014 at 1:06 am

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    CM Box Car Racing and the City of Groveland are teaming up to bring soap box derby racing to Lake County. We are approved to hold races on Wilson Lake Parkway. The first race will be September 27, 2014. There are three divisions: stock cars for ages 7-14; super stocks for ages of 10-21; and masters for the more experienced driver also from 10-21 years old. We are hoping to

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  • South Sumter Girls Softball Registration

    Posted on August 15, 2014 at 1:40 am


    South Sumter Girls Softball will be having Fall Ball registration on: Wed. 8-20; Fri 8-22; Mon. 8-25; Fri. 8-29; & Wed 9-3-14.  Registration will be from 5:30pm till 7:30pm, by the softball concession stand at the Kenny Dixon Sports Complex. Fall Ball fee will be $30 per player. The ages for Fall Ball are any girls 5 years old through 16 years old. For further information please email:

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Sumter County Arts Guild Meeting Changes

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 1:31 am

Effective Wednesday, August 6, 2014 through September 24, 2014 Sumter County Parks & Recreation will be renovating the Sumterville Community Building. As a result, during this period the Sumter County Arts Guild will meet at the Lake Panasoffkee Recreation Center located at 1589 CR 459 – Lake Panasoffkee. Meeting day and time remains the same:  Wednesdays between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. The members of the Sumter County Arts Guild

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  • And the “Gender Wars!” Winners Are…

    Posted on September 2, 2014 at 1:29 am

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    Good spirits and sportsmanship at the start of the summer Gender Wars! competition. June through August, Amplify Student Ministries at Oxford Assembly of God was the scene for an ongoing “war” between the guys and the girls: “Gender Wars!” Competition for points included obstacle courses, Scripture memorization, church attendance, banner contest, food contest and more. The race was very close. However, a winner emerged. At the end of the summer,

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  • Sweet Sam is Pet of the Week

    Posted on August 31, 2014 at 1:28 am


    Sam is a young male Beagle that came to us from Animal Services. Sam was found wandering the streets with a injury to his eye. After coming to the Humane Society Sam was taken to the vet and the eye unfortunately had to be removed. Sam is a good dog with a loving calm personality that would make a wonderful addition to any home. If you are interested in meeting

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A Taste of Simply Sumter

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 1:22 am

The Sumter County Chamber will host the Fourth Annual Taste of Simply Sumter on September 11, 2014 at Providence Independence in Wildwood. A Taste of Simply Sumter is an extension of the chamber’s popular Simply Sumter program that highlights independent and local restaurants and retail shops serving Sumter County. At the event guests can sample signature dishes from their favorite restaurants and browse selections from local retail stores. Tickets are

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  • Halloween In The Park Up In The Air

    Posted on September 1, 2014 at 1:24 am


    Plans are underway for the annual Halloween in the Park, (HitP) sponsored by the Friends of the Panasoffkee Community Library, Inc. (FPCL). We would like to hold the event this year on October 31st but we need more able-bodied volunteers for several jobs. It takes a great deal of effort to pull this event together and many former helpers are unable to assist us any longer. You do not need

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  • Sumter Singles and Couples Dance

    Posted on August 28, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Come and enjoy dancing in air conditioned comfort from 7:30-10:30 on Friday, September 5th. Dance to the music of Lee Ann Noel & John at the Lake Panasoffkee Recreation Park in the blue building at 1582 CR 459 (off CR 470). Ice cream and cake from 7:30-10:30. Open to the public married, couples and singles, groups from churches, RV parks – all ages welcome. No alcohol allowed. Finger foods or

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