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Sumter’s 2nd Annual Tagged Fish Contest Begins

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 1:35 am

Sumter County’s annual “Catch General Sumter” tagged fish contest began at midnight, July 7th. The top prize is $10,000. The contest is hosted by the Sumter County Board of County Commissioners and the Sumter County Tourism Development Council and administered by a local multimedia production and promotion company, Tangent Media. The contest, which runs through April 30, 2015, takes place on Lake Panasoffkee and seeks to bring tourism dollars to

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Business Highlight

  • Come Celebrate Over 50 Years with Sharkys Vac n Sew

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 1:40 am

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    Owner, AL Lawson, is celebrating over 50 years in the sewing machine and vacuum cleaner business. And he invites you to celebrate with him during the month of August. Stop by and pick up your “Store Shopping Bucks” coupons before August 1st and save BIG! Savings like a vacuum cleaner tune-up for only $9.99, a sewing machine tune-up for only $24.99, vacuum cleaner bags- buy one and get second  one

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  • The Excitement is Building at Miss Carol’s

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 1:38 am

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    It is an exciting time at Miss Carol’s Quilts, Crafts, Gifts, & More. Previously we announced our partnership with A & M StitchCraft. Miss Carol’s will still be offering all of our wonderful handmade crafts items, quilts, blankets, and more as well as on-site embroidery, long-arm quilting, meeting space, classes, quilt fabric, sewing notions and supplies, craft supplies, and yarn. We will listen to what our customers’ needs are so

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Local News

Sumter County Arts Guild Meeting Change

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 8:54 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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  • Korean Service Veterans Sought for Recognition at August 2 Ceremony

    Posted on July 26, 2014 at 8:52 am

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    Korean Service Veterans, those nearly two-million American GI’s who have served silently in Korea since the signing of the armistice on July 27, 1953, will be recognized in a special 61st Anniversary ceremony on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial at Fountain Park, Leesburg. The program is sponsored by the Korean War and Korean Service Veterans Association of Lake County, Chapter 169, a group of

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  • Have A Heart For Companion Animals, Inc.

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 8:49 am

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    Have A Heart for Companion Animals, Inc. is bringing its Johnny Mello Singers to the Spruce Creek Pasta-Fest on Sunday, August 10, 2014. The event will be held in the Spruce Creek Community Center, S.E.176th off Hwy 441 in Summerfield. The doors will open for dinner at 5 p. m. Showtime is 6-8 p.m. Performers include: Johnny Mello, Sultry Lady, Doo Wop Mama, David Max Baldwin, T-Man, Eulakay Green, and

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Come Get Swamped! At the New Beginnings Celebrity Softball Game

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 9:09 am

New Beginnings of Central Florida is excited to announce The Discovery Channel’s own “The Swamp Brothers” will be attending the 3rd Annual Celebrity Softball Game to benefit local homeless families. The game, featuring a variety of players from the police, sheriff, fire departments and political figures will be played on Friday, August 22nd at NTC Legends Way Ball Field. The gates will open at 5:00pm with an exhibition game, and

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  • Local Team is Heading to World Series!

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 9:14 am

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    2014 State Champions! Ryan Monaghan, Max Kurtz, Jacob Kerns, Brett Kelly, Johnny Ball, Justin Grecco, Hunter Andrews, Jayce Thompson, Maveric Ferguson, AJ Shaver, Hunter Daniels, Jayson Brackmon. Coaches: Tony Shaver, Jeremy Thompson, Thom Kobylarczk The South Lake Dixie Youth 12U All Star team just returned from winning the State Tournament in Freeport, FL. Our team will now represent the State of Florida in the Dixie Youth World Series! This is

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  • Sumter’s 2nd Annual Tagged Fish Contest Begins

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 8:37 am

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    Sumter County’s annual “Catch General Sumter” tagged fish contest began at midnight, July 7th. The top prize is $10,000. The contest is hosted by the Sumter County Board of County Commissioners and the Sumter County Tourism Development Council and administered by a local multimedia production and promotion company, Tangent Media. The contest, which runs through April 30, 2015, takes place on Lake Panasoffkee and seeks to bring tourism dollars to

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Lifestyles

Program on Mosquito Borne Diseases

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 9:01 am

Recently, there were two cases of Chikungunya (transmitted by mosquitoes) reported from Florida in people who did NOT travel to areas where outbreaks are on-going. This means that Florida mosquitoes transmitted the virus to the people who became sick. Prior to this news, there were about 80 cases of IMPORTED Chikungunya reported in Florida. There are major outbreaks of Chikungunya in the Caribbean this summer, with over 300,000 cases reported

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  • Sew Wild Sewing Club

    Posted on July 27, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Sew Wild of Central Florida is a chapter of the statewide Florida Sewing Sew-ciety known as FSS. FSS is a non-profit sewing organization. Our dues are $20 per year. Sew Wild meets at 9 a.m. every second Wednesday of the month at the Wildwood Masonic Lodge No 92 located at 103 Georgia Street, Wildwood. On August 13, 2014 we will host our open house. We would like to invite all

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  • Pet of the Week is Emma!

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 8:59 am

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    Emma is a two-year-old Golden Retriever/ Basset Hound mix.  Emma is good with most dogs, crate trained, and walks well on a leash.  Somewhat overweight Emma could use some exercise and to be on weight maintenance food.  Spayed, current on vaccines, and micro chipped Emma is ready for her new home.  If you are interested in Emma you can visit her and all the other great pets at the Humane

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Entertainment

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USA Dance Ballroom Summer Schedule

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 9:18 am

Ballroom dancing is what we do. Whether learning, practicing or just dancing, we’ve planned the summer for you. USA Dance 6106 Lake-Sumter Counties chapter invites you to join us in Leesburg. Thursday, August 21, Beach Ball, DJ  and Instructor Ray Gardner Thursday, September 4 – Sock Hop, DJ The Keichers Jr. (Gayle & Alan) Thursday, September 18 Day of Dance annual free end of summer event honoring National Ballroom Dance

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  • Outside the Box Presents “The Dixie Swim Club”

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 9:15 am

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     Outside The Box (OTB) has lined up a terrific cast for its season opener, The Dixie Swim Club by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, & Jamie Wooten. Angel Allen, Juli Goldstone, Catherine Goodison,  Cynthia Ros McClendon, and Jolene Sheets will all be making their OTB debuts on August 8, in Montverde. Directed by Wm Andre Provencher, with assistance from Nicole E. Durbin, The Dixie Swim Club is the story of five

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  • Program at Bayview Theater

    Posted on July 15, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Bayview Theater proudly presents “First Ladies, Ladies First” Thursday, July 24th and Saturday July 26th at 2:30 p.m. in the main dining room. Performances are free and open to the public. Bayview Center is located at 301 S. Bay Street, Eustis. For more information call 352.483.8695.

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