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“Sumter County’s Local News Source” Vol. 5 No. 47


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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Life in prison for Oxford man ROSE DAVIS EXECUTIVE EDITOR Paul Sermons, an Oxford man who was found guilty by a Sumter jury in June 2011 of four counts of DUI manslaughter in connection with the 2010 deaths of four motorcyclists, was sentenced to life in prison by Circuit Judge William H. Hallman on July 6 in a Sumter courtroom, felony court records show. Sermons, 45, received life for each of the four counts with all four sentences to run concurrent, court records show. He was also given credit for time served for driving with a license suspended and he was ordered to pay fines

and court costs, according to Sumter felony records. A Sumter jury took two hours on June 10, 2011 to find Sermons guilty in the deaths of the four motorcyclists stemming from a crash near Bushnell on March 13, 2010. Assistant State Attorney William Catto prosecuted the case. During closing arguments at the trial Catto told the jury that Sermons was the sole contributor to the crash. “He was in the wrong lane of travel the day of the crash. If they had not collided they (victims) would still be here today,” said Catto. Those killed in the crash were William “Bill” E. Barker, Patrice E. Poole, John W. Holmes and Patricia A. Biehayn. A Medical Ex-

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aminer testified during the trial on June 8 that all four died of blunt force trauma.

Darroll Martin – A Legend DICKIE LOVETT COLUMNIST A little over a month ago in an article, I mentioned Darroll Martin, a Wildwood/Oxford resident, and a football friend of mine, as we played against each other in 1959. If you recall the article, it was Darroll's play in the game that cost me and my teammates a chance to play in the Elks Bowl in Leesburg. We all know that Darroll is battling a serious health issue at this time. I have talked to several people that know Darroll and what he means to them and what he means to the area. I had an opportunity to sit down with Darroll for two hours last week and after our conversation it is only fitting that I recognize this man. After sitting down with this man, I find him to be a humble and emotional human being. Yes, he understands he's dealing with serious health issues but he still wanted to talk about others well being and how they are doing. Folks, Darroll is what I consider the Roy Rogers type of individual. What I mean by this, he wears the white hat, he is one of the good guys. I didn't look but I dare say there is not a black hat in his closet. Everyone I talk to has nothing but good things to say about Darroll. It is not only in the Wildwood area where he's from, it is throughout the county. In talking with Darroll, probably his best friend is Jamie Adams, a former Sheriff of Sumter County. They both love hunting and have done a lot of out of state hunting together.

A motion for a new trial in the case filed by Defense Attorney Kevin Beck was denied by Judge Hallman. The defense also objected to the statutory allowance of a life sentence in the case, court records show. Florida Highway Patrol Troopers say Sermons was passing a vehicle and struck two motorcycles, killing four people on CR 476 on March 13, 2010. Troopers also say Sermons was impaired while operating a motor vehicle and he had a suspended driver’s license. Troopers reported that Sermons was driving a 1991 GMC truck on March 13, 2010 and was passing a slower moving truck that was traveling west on CR 476 as two

State Bound Wildwood, Bushnell secure spot in Dixie Youth Majors State Tournament DICKIE LOVETT SPORTS COLUMNIST

Oxford native Darroll Martin Then there is Bobby and Derrick Hall from Bushnell who told me that Darroll was top of the line. Then there is Jimmy West and Keith Gwaltney from Wildwood who say that Darroll is one of the good ones. I could go on and on, this is what this man means to the community. Before I go any further, I would like to thank Keith Gwaltney, for after seeing the article about Darroll, he visited Darroll. Keith, I want to tell you that meant so much to Darroll, he talked about it often. It brought a smile and tears of joy to his face when he talked about

your visit. Whether it be me, and believe me there were a lot of smiles and tears of joy in the two hours I spent with Darroll, or if it is someone else that visits him – if you bring one smile to that person's face for one day it is very gratifying. Darroll was born in 1941 in a house that sits just across the pasture from where he lives now. Growing up his mama and daddy wouldn't let him play football or any sports, as after school he had to go home and work on his

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motorcycles were traveling east on CR 476. Sermons was passing and while passing his truck struck both motorcycles, ejecting both the driver and passenger on each motorcycle. The passenger from one motorcycle was ejected into the windshield of the truck that was being passed by Sermons at the time. Three of the four motorcyclists died at the crash site. The fourth motorcyclist was transported to an area hospital where she died. Beck told the jury, “This was an accident and accidents happen.”

When the Dixie Youth Majors State Baseball Tournament begins on Saturday, July 23, in East Lakeland, Sumter County will be well represented as both the Wildwood and Bushnell squads will be in action as both advanced to the tournament as a result of coming out of the District Tournament as the number 2 and 3 seeds. The District Tournament, held in Ridge Manor, was a little easier run for Bushnell. In the double elimination tournament, they won their first three games before suffering a defeat. Their tournament run went as follows: defeated Wildwood 107, San Antonio 17-6, Hernando 123. They suffered their first defeat at the hands of Spring Hill National 9-3. In a must win, they came back and defeated Hernando 3-2. Going into the final day of the tournament, July 2, and having to beat Spring Hill National twice to win the District, Bushnell fell short in the first game with an 11-0 loss. In the first two games of the tournament, Bushnell had their power hitting shoes on as they blasted a total of 7 home runs. In the first game win over Wildwood, Deontae Grant and Chandler Lake led

the assault with one each. Against San Antonio, the bats really alive as they blasted 5. Leading the was Chandler Lake and Carson Wells as they both blasted two each. Gabriel Dorsey had the other as he took one deep. The game that mattered the most for Bushnell at this stage of the tournament was the Friday night contest against Hernando. At the time of the game, in the double elimination tournament, it was a winner advance, loser go home game. It turned out to be a gem, as the outcome came down to the last at bat. Bushnell had already beaten Hernando 12-3 earlier in the tour, but Hernando came out in this game determined as they let it be known that they were not ready to go home. In a well pitched game and both teams playing good defense, the game was scoreless going into the 4th inning. Hernando came up with 2 runs in the 4th and took a 2-0 lead into the 5th inning. Wells led off the 5th inning for Bushnell and worked the pitcher for a walk and promptly stole second. Jake Adams stepped to the plate and drove a pitch back up the middle to drive in Wells with their first run. After two

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daddy's farm. Wildwood's coach at the time was Joe Piggott. He saw this kid at school, 6 ft. and weighing 175 lbs. and wanted him to play football. Darroll would be going into his junior year in 1958, so in the summer of that year Coach Piggott sat down with Darroll's mama and daddy and convinced them to let Darroll play football. Then a unique thing happened, just prior to the start of football in 1958, Coach Piggott left Wildwood and took a basketball coaching job in Orlando. So Darroll never played for Coach Piggott, but in stepped Byrd Whigham and we know the success he had as coach of Wildwood. Darroll played defensive end and full back. The first time he ever touched the ball in a game as a running back, he went 57 yards for a touchdown. Guess who it was against – the Bushnell Gators – I was a sophomore playing in that game and I told Darroll he could have left that out of the interview. We had a good laugh about that. Graduating in 1960, Darroll went to work with relatives who were building contractors. From 1960-1967 he worked with them and went through the training experience. In 1967 he went on his own as a building contractor. He also got involved in building custom built homes and in 1973 he had seven homes going on at the same time. In fact, the home he lives in now was one of the homes. Darroll, you could say started Lake Miona, and built it. There was a brother-in-law, Jack Stafford, who built part of Lake Miona, but he and Darroll weren't working together. Darroll did most of the homes. In fact, I think Jimmie Williams came on board for awhile, but I do not know in what capacity. During this time, Darroll also found time to raise cattle and also farm. He grew watermelons, cantaloupes and tomatoes yearly. But, he never got away from his passion – hunting – he tells me he got to know Jamie Adams through a little alligator incident that I won't go in to. From there, he and Jamie became good friends and big hunting buddies.

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He told me some stories about him and Jamie hunting in Alabama, Idaho and Georgia. Darroll has also hunted in Wyoming, Colorado and Minnesota. This man loves his hunting. Looking around his living room and a room he calls his office, this man is a pretty good hunter. Darroll's love is the deer he brought back from Minnesota. He has 4 does, 3 small bucks and 2 baby does that he bottle feeds. They are behind his house and they are amazing. They are nothing but pets. Darroll has two sons, Craig and Deon, with Craig being the oldest. They both assist Darroll and Craig and Darroll farmed together up until 2006. Folks, if you know, or you're a friend of, Darroll Martin give him a call or stop by and see him. In talking with him, I see he cares about other people, let's show him we care about him. I would like to thank Darroll's wife, Joyce, for allowing me to come into their home and spend 2 hours with Darroll for the interview. Darroll, you are my hero and I know you will continue to fight. Folks, please keep Darroll Martin in your prayers. Thank you. Darroll Martin A LEGEND!

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Giving Tree Music African Drumming coming to Summer Reading Program Get ready to drum at the Sumter County Library System! The last week of our children’s Summer Reading Program will feature drum circles by Giving Tree Music at the following locations and times: E. C. Rowell Public Library – Thursday, July 21st at 3:30 p.m. Panasoffkee Community Library – Friday, July 22nd at 10:30

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Christopher Houck, 29, of Wildwood was arrested for attaching tag not assigned. Kayla Jones, 26, of Wildwood was arrested on an order of commitment. Lawanda Glover, 30, of Wildwood was arrested on an order of commitment for resisting without violence. Saturday, July 2, 2011 Darrell Freeman, 25, of Bushnell was arrested for driving while license suspended habitual offender. Charlene Lea, 51, of Wildwood was arrested for DUI alcohol or drugs 2nd offense. Jeremie Franklin, 26, of Webster was arrested for violation of probation for possession of marijuana. Sunday, July 3, 2011 Jose Damian, 35, of Bushnell was arrested for operating motor vehicle without valid license. Shawn Raymond, 20, of Wildwood was arrested for possession of marijuana. Tristan Gavin, 25, of Webster was arrested for sale of cocaine within 1,000 ft. of worship place or business, distribute/deliver cocaine within 1,000 ft. of worship place or business, sale of marijuana within 1,000 ft. of worship place or business, possession of marijuana with intent to sell/manufacture/deliver within 1,000 ft. of worship place or business, public order crimes – use 2 way communication device to facilitate felony, possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine and resist officer – obstruct by disguised person.

sequent offense. Shannon Arrowsmith, 27, of Lake Panasoffkee was arrested on a Lake County warrant. Anthony Akana, 33, of Bushnell was arrested for failure to appear for petty theft 2nd offense. Megan Hutchins, 18, of Bushnell was arrested for larceny – petty theft 1st offense. Raymond Jackson, Jr., 18, of Wildwood was arrested for 4 counts resist officer – obstruct without violence and for failure to appear for resisting without violence. Wednesday, July 6, 2011 Martimiano Gonzales-Leal, 33, of Wildwood was arrested for driving while license suspended 1st offense. Kristen Whitley, 26, of Bushnell was arrested for burglary of occupied dwelling unarmed. Ryan Allen, 22, of Bushnell was arrested for driving while license suspended 2nd offense and violation of probation for worthless checks. Tracey Mitchell, 37, of Wildwood was arrested for fraud – impersonate – use/possess ID of another person without consent, larceny – petty theft 1st offense and possession/use of narcotic equipment. Robert Foster, 38, of Webster was arrested for battery – touch or strike. Clyde Edwards, Jr., 18, of Wildwood was arrested on 2 orders of commitment for reckless driving and driving while license suspended/revoked. Rose Cumbie Sanders, 48, of Lake Panasoffkee was arrested for driving with expired license for more than 4 months. Thursday, July 7, 2011

Monday, July 4, 2011 Joshua Sturgill, 20, of Wildwood was arrested for violation of probation for driving while license suspended/revoked and possession of controlled substance without prescription. James Gibson, 55, of Bushnell was arrested on an order of commitment for no vehicle registration.

Joseph Huff, 24, of Wildwood was arrested for contempt of court. Brad Keen, 30, of Lake Panasoffkee was arrested for violation of probation for resisting without violence. Dwayne Bedgood, 40, of Webster was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear for expired driver's license.

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SOAP UPDATES ALL MY CHILDREN Scott warned Marissa not to give in to JR. Kendall was pleasantly surprised to see that Griffin never left Pine Valley. Frankie suspected that Colby had a problem with narcotics. Erica felt a twinge of hope when her captor had sympathy for her. Jack walked in on the fake Erica kissing David. Cara hinted to Tad that she wanted to be more than friends. Griffin admitted to Kendall that he came back to town for her. Wait to See: David tells Angie that she's responding to treatment. THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Eric questioned Ridge about why he was in a hurry to marry Taylor -again. Stephanie ordered Thomas to keep quiet about what really happened on the island. Ridge visited Brooke and his son, RJ, one last time before the wedding. Stephanie and Thomas wrestled with their consciences as they watched the bride and groom exchange vows. Stephen was worried that something bad happened to Brooke after she ran off to be alone. Wait to See: Bill makes a decision about his love life. DAYS OF OUR LIVES Nicole was stunned to learn that there were two Rafes. Quinn ordered Phelps to find out what Carly was hiding. Taylor asked EJ point blank

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passed balls, Adams was on third base. Nathan Eastburn then drove a pitch in the gap to left field, scoring Adams with the tying run. Bushnell held Hernando in the top of the sixth and came to bat in the bottom of the inning needing a run to win. Diego Arredondo opened the inning by walking and his speed really paid off as he promptly stole second and third on consecutive pitches. Lake then hit a blooper just beyond second base that the second baseman couldn't get a handle on, allowing Arredondo to score the winning run. Against Spring Hill National on July 2, Bushnell went up against probably the best pitcher in the tournament. A tall lanky kid, that is a lefty and throws a 74+ mile an hour fast ball. With the loss, Bushnell was the District runner-up and the number 2 seed going into the state tournament. If you recall, last year Bushnell went into the state tournament as the number 2 seed and came out on top and advanced to the Dixie Youth World Series. Talking with Head Coach Mike Eastburn, he is comfortable with his bracket pairing in the state tour-

Sumter Express nament. He said he was proud of the way his kids performed during the district tournament. In the first game loss to Spring Hill National he said they just made too many errors and in the 11-0 loss they got behind the eight ball and could recover. But, he added, we will have them ready for state. Eastburn said he would like to thank his assistant coaches, Mike Tadlock, Harry Lake, Cinto Arredondo and Gabby Dorsey for their time and dedication. Also, he said the fan support has been great! Wildwood's run in the district tournament was a little different as they had lost two games in the double elimination tournament and were on the outside looking in. With Hernando stumping their toe and losing to Bushnell on Friday (giving them 2 losses) that created a play-in game on Saturday between Hernando and Wildwood. Prior to that game, Wildwood's run in the district went as follows: they lost their first game to Bushnell 107, then reeled off 3 straight wins, defeating Oak Griner 7-2, South Lake 3-1 and Spring Hill National 14-4. They then lost to Spring Hill American 8-4. Wildwood's play-in game with Hernando was quite a ball game. A do or die type of ball game. Hernando took a 3-1 lead and going

into the top half of the 4th inning had a 6-3 lead. Then for Wildwood it became the Ty St. Amant show, as he stepped to the plate with 2 runners aboard, found a pitch to his liking and blasted it over the fence for a 3-run homer tying the game. They went on to score 2 more runs and took an 8-6 lead. This brought the Wildwood crowd alive (not to say they were not in the game from the beginning) but now they were making a lot more noise. Hernando was scrappy though and came back in their half of the 4th and took a 10-8 lead. Wildwood was able to muster 2 runs in the top of the fifth inning to tie the game at 10. You could tell there was no quit in the Wildwood kids. The Wildwood pitcher handcuffed Hernando in the bottom of the fifth getting 3 consecutive outs. In the top of the sixth, Wildwood came out smoking – the first two batters reached base on hits, throw in a couple of passed balls, an error and three more hits and Wildwood had put a big 6 on the scoreboard to take a 16-10 lead. Going into the bottom of the sixth inning, Hernando's last gasp, as I like to say, the Wildwood kids had some pep in their step and Hernando went quietly and Wildwood came away winners 16-10. Thus securing them a spot in the state tournament as the number 3 seed. I

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 need to mention, in the 5th and 6th innings, Wildwood had some stellar defensive plays. I offer my apologies to the Wildwood crowd as I could not locate who had the score book and without a PA system, I was not able to get names for the article. Going to interview Head Coach Wendell Gill, I had to wait a few moments as he was overcome with emotions. He said he was so excited and proud of his team. He said getting to state means so much and he is so happy for his kids. He said he would like to thank assistant coaches Bo Skipper and Ken Hurst. They are two of the best. Coach Gill said he could not have done it without Bo and Ken as they are a big part of the team and mean so much to the team. Also, the fans, they've been with us throughout the season and through district and he would like to thank them for their support. As mentioned, the state tournament starts on Saturday, July 23, in East Lakeland. Wildwood will open in the morning session, playing at 9 am against Wewahitchka. Win or lose they will play again at 2 pm the same day. Bushnell drew a bye and will not open play until 4:30 pm on Saturday. They will play the winner of Franklin County and Paxton. Win

or lose they will play on Sunday at 4:30 pm. The state tournament, unlike the district tournament (which took Sunday off) will play consecutive days until a winner is determined. The ultimate goal is winning the tournament and advancing to the World Series. With Wildwood and Bushnell in different brackets, let's hope they meet in the finals. There will be two fundraisers for both teams. On Saturday, July 16, the teams will play an exhibition game against each other at the Kenny Dixon Sports Complex in Bushnell. They will be selling chicken and rice dinners. You have two ways to purchase – you can preorder and pick up the dinners or while attending the game you can purchase a dinner. Also, there is a 50-50 raffle for a chance to win up to $1000. Tickets are $10 per ticket. For information contact Mike Eastburn at 352-303-3108. I might mention that Wal-Mart Murphy's Oil has stepped in and become a sponsor. Very much appreciated. Go Sumter County!!


Wildwood All-Stars Major League team members are, back row: (L to R) Coaches: Bo Skipper, Head Coach: Wendell Gill, Ken Hurst. Middle Row: (L to R) Deriyon Shine, Trent Henger, Taylor Pridgen, Jarrod Hurst, Alan Greene, Ty St. Amant. Bottom Row: Jeffrey Sutton, Chance Williams, Shane Jones, Michael Steele, Tanner Martin and Noah Miller.

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Chandler Lake slams a homreun for the state-bound Bushnell Major All-Stars.

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Nathan Eastburn fires a hard pitch for his Bushnell All-Star team. Patty Wells/Photographer

Jarrod Hurst swinging hard for his Wildwood Major baseball team.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Lovett goin' back home

As a sportswriter, you never know what type of situations you're going to run into or what kind of questions you are going to be asked. When you write an article, some parts of the article are going to be opinionated (at least mine are). That is where you get the agreeables and disagreeables. You take a sportswriter that doesn't have a sports background or never played the game and his/her articles will never be opinionated. All of you know that is not the case with me. Those of you who really know me, know that sports is my life and that I played them all. Therefore, my articles are going to have parts or areas where I will be giving you my opinion. Let me say, I like The Villages. What they have done there is incredible. Personally, I do a lot of shopping in The Villages. They have everything you want, from some very fine restaurants to offering entertainment at several places every night of the week and they bring in some very good entertainers. I have met some really fine people that live in The Villages. Who knows, maybe one day I will move to the area, park my car and get me a golf cart. Now what transpired with me two weeks ago with a individual, I would like to share with you. I've thought about this over and over and wondered if I should make this into an article. Then I thought about the good ole boys and gals in Sumter County who have roots here from generation to generation and decided I would make it an article. Hopefully, you will agree with me. I spend a lot of time in the Wildwood area so I do a lot of my shopping in the Wal-Mart on CR 466 in Oxford. While shopping there recently a lady came up to me and asked was I the guy writing the sports articles for the Sumter Express. I told her I was. She said that she goes to the library in The Villages every week and gets a paper and has been reading my articles, as she is a big sports fan and stays active in sports in The Villages. Then she hit me with her statement – she said I was always mentioning Wildwood and South

DICKIE LOVETT SPORTS COLUMNIST Sumter for county braggin' rights and ash asked if I was aware that there were three high schools in the county. She let me know that she was a big supporter of the Buffalo (the mascot for The Villages Charter High School) and that she attends all their games. I said ma'am, let me explain. Wildwood and South Sumter have been playing football against each other since 1959 and if you read my article two weeks ago you know that Bushnell and Wildwood started playing each other in 1924. Also, we had Webster that started playing years ago. You have kids playing on both Wildwood and South Sumter that their great-grandfathers and uncles played for. The roots have been set and they go from generation to generation. Also, I reminded her that South Sumter and The Villages do not play each other in football. Also, the Sumter Express has no full time writers and it is hard to cover everything. After my explanation, she somewhat understood. We said have a good day and started to part, then in respect to Peter Falk (Columbo) who just passed away, I did my Columbo impersonation and said ma'am, there is one more thing. I respect and appreciate you supporting The Villages football team, as being a sports nut like I am, that makes me feel good. What I want you to do on Friday night, Sept. 2 is drive down 301 and take in the Wildwood-South Sumter game. I want you to watch and listen to both stands, filled with fans and watch the intensity of the game, then you will know what I'm talking about. She looked at me and said, “You know, you have got my curiosity up, I just might do that.”


Hopefully, after reading this article, you see where I'm coming from. I'm just one of many of the ole Sumter County boys. I remember when I was a young man, I ran Leesburg hard and the Leesburg kids referred to Sumter County boys as “Hog County boys” or “plow pushers.” I grew up in the '40s-'50s and early '60s and those of you that grew up in that era know that we looked at Leesburg as being the big city. Now, I'm going to take you on a journey. A segment I call “Goin' Back Home.” You see, living in Sumter County back in those days you didn't have the luxury that big cities had. You didn't go to the store and get a package of pre flavored Kool-Aid. No, you took a glass of water and added sugar for sweet water, that was your Kool-Aid – y'all know what I'm talkin' about. Come on, let's go back home. Oh, you had the big ole colored console TV sitting in the living room but it didn't work, you had on top of the console a 15 inch black and white TV – y'all know what I'm talkin' about – come on, let's go back home. In the winter, you had one heater in the living room to heat the whole house. You got up to go to school, you went and stood by the heater to get dressed – y'all know what I'm talkin' about – come on, let's go back home. You get home from school and you ask your mama for a sandwich, she gives you 2 slices of bread with Mayonnaise (a Mayonnaise sandwich) – y'all know what I'm talkin' about – come on, let's go back home. You didn't have an eight piece fried chicken back then, cause your mama cut the chicken back into 4 sections to give her 12 pieces on the platter – y'all know what I'm talkin' about – come on, let's go back home. Folks, I can't help it, I'm just one of them ole Hog County boys and wouldn't be anything else. Those of you that grew up here in that era and were there, y'all know what I'm talkin' about! Have a safe and enjoyable week and I will catch you on the flip-side. Stay tuned, it only gets better!

Some Things Fishy at Tracy’s Point Fishing Lodge Fishing Report, news and tournament results for week ending July 3, 2011 Report by Donna and Steve Lind Anglers on Lake Panasoffkee: 292, Anglers Bass Fishing:194, Bass caught:305, Bass Released:291, Pan Fish Caught:598 Fishing Report: Tyler Cain and Jacob Filer caught some nice Bluegill and Shellcrackers. Chris Fern (who is looking to be drafted to play major league baseball) was out fishing with some guests staying at Tracy's Point and caught some nice Shellcrackers, they are on the beds. By the way, Mr. Fern is a Pitcher and throws a 95 mph fast ball! Lemar Miller and Lodge owner Steve Lind caught some nice size Bass last Thursday in front of Big Jones Creek They were both using 10 inch June Bug worms. John & Robert Steale were out fishing for the day and caught a mess of Bluegill. They found a bed and just kept on catching them. Jim Terranoski was nice to stop on his way out of the lake and let us get a picture of him and the Bass that he caught. The fishing this past week has been incredible. I can tell you first hand that there are some major Shellcracker beds on the lake right now. Several right in the middle of the lake. On June 28, I spent the first half of the day beginning at 5:00 a.m. filming a documentary of Lake Panasoffkee which will be of National Geographic quality. The action began at the crack of dawn directly in front of Tracy’s Point when Brad Baranowski, a member of North Tampa Bassmasters, hooked up with a 3 ½ pound bass. I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve as I can’t wait to see the final edited film which, by the way, is due for presentation to the Tourist Development Council on Thursday, July 7, 2011. The company doing the filming

and documentary is Tampa based CCM, Inc. and I selected them for this project based on their broad experience and my hands on working experience with them, (in particular their CEO, Don Cayo) over a period of 25 years. Some of their clients include The Tampa Bay Lightning, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Bright house Networks, The Florida Gators (Hopefully you see my point). While it was somewhat of an overcast day, the lake was like glass and thus the water clarity was perfect for filming. After filming the bass our mission was to locate either Blue Gill or Shellcrackers. Shellcrackers it was. Within minutes we located a bed like I’ve never seen before. It had to be the size of a pickup truck full of shells and Shellcrackers. My job was to oversee Mr. Cayo and Mr. Baranowski as they were doing some underwater filming of panfish with Mr. B doing the catching and Mr. C. doing the underwater filming. If we were fishing we would have caught our limit for sure. As part of our documentary we did some filming of all of the fishing lodges on the lake starting with Idlewild Lodge, PanaVista Lodge, Tracy’s Point, Werdahecamiat and Turtleback Lodge. You’re probably wondering why I am telling you all of this. As a member of the Tourist Development council, I am proposing that the County host a bass tournament in the first quarter of next year and the documentary will be used to promote the County and the tournament and “lure” fishermen and their families into Sumter County along with their wallets. More on this later, but I hope to have some still shots of our film within the next week which I will share with you. In any event I am having a great time working on this project and hope it will be well received. I realize it is hot outside, but if you can handle the heat, head out ad catch some nice bass and pan fish – the bite is on!! Good luck and good fishin!

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H. Lucile DeFisher, 85, of Lake Panasoffkee passed away Thursday, June 30, 2011. She was a homemaker. She is survived by her son, Larry N. DeFisher of Sarasota and sister, Viola Smeatin of Palmyra, NY. Online condolences may be left at Arrangements by Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell.

Maria D. Sanchez DeRuiz, 60, of Center Hill passed away Wednesday, July 6, 2011. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Bushnell. She is survived by her husband, Celestino Ruiz of Center Hill; sons, Rosalio Ruiz of Clermont, Javier Ruiz, Gustavo Ruiz, Octavio Ruiz, all 3 of Center Hill, Gerardo Ruiz of Lake Panasoffkee; daughters, Maria Cendejas of Center Hill and Gregoria Ruiz of Mexico; 16 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren and her sister, Martina Sanchez of Groveland. Visitation will be held at the Purcell Funeral Home Chapel, Tuesday, July 12, 2011 from 2:00-6:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Bushnell, on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 10:00 am with Father Pedro Zapata presiding. Interment will follow at Center Hill Cemetery, Center Hill. Online condolences may be left at Arrangements by Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell. Rachel “Jane” Henderson, 95, longtime resident of Sumter County, passed away on Wednesday, July 6, 2011. She held many jobs in her lifetime including managing small businesses, served as a toll collector and farmed. She is survived by her daughters, Virginia Blakeley of Wildwood, Sarah JoAnn Sparks of DeLand, Betty Haynes (Jim) of Nashville, TN, Linda (Rick) Rodrick of Fruitland Park; sister, Clara Olsen of Jacksonville; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and 2 nieces. Funeral services were held July 9, 2011. Interment followed at Adamsville Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at w w w. b a n k s p a g e t h e u s . c o m . Arrangements by Banks/PageTheus Funeral Home, Wildwood. Betty Jene Locke, 75, of Leesburg passed away Sunday, July 3, 2011.

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She worked as a Legal Secretary and attended the Linden Methodist Church. She is survived by her daughter, Lori Lee Locke and her husband Lee Petrucci; her son, Tracy Royce Locke; her granddaughter; brother and sister-in-law, B.J. and Jewel Lee; 1 aunt; 1 uncle; several nieces, nephews, many cousins and several members of her extended family. Services were held July 8, 2011 with Mr. Lee Petrucci and Miss Reesa Akins presiding. Interment followed at Linden Cemetery, Linden. Online condolences may be left at Arrangements by Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell. William “Don” Rimes, 80, of Wildwood passed away Saturday, July 2, 2011. He served in the U.S. Air Force, was a retired truck driver and attended Grace Tabernacle Church. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Susie; son, Don of Simpsonville, SC; daughter, Tena Louise (Mike) Sloan of Dade City; stepson, Randy (Marie) Proctor of Jay, OK; stepdaughter, Rebecca (Danny) Danforth of Wildwood; brother, Leon Ramsey of Wildwood; sisters, Rosalyn Moberly and Bobbie Wasdin both of Dothan, AL; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held July 6, 2011. Interment followed in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Leesburg. Online condolences may be left at w w w. b a n k s p a g e - t h e u s . c o m . Arrangements by Banks/PageTheus Funeral Home, Wildwood.

Martin A. Vera, 81, of Center Hill passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2011. He was a retired nursery worker and a member of The Church of God of the First Born, Center Hill. He is survived by his wife, Mercedes Vera of Center Hill; daughters, Margarita Zapata, Emilia (Miguel) Posada, Maria Inez (Simon) Rodriguez, Celia Vera, all of Center Hill, Maria Elena (Miguel) Perez of Mascotte, Maria (Jose) Torrez of Clermont,; sons, Manuel (Elisa) Vera, Daniel (Alicia) Vera, both of Tarrytown, Martin Vera, Jr. of Center Hill; son-in-law, Juan Coronado of Center Hill; sisters, Pimenia Vera of Leon, Guanajato, Mexico, Emilia Vera of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico; 47 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and 1 great-

great-grandchild. Services were held July 8, 2011 with Pastor Simon Ledesma presiding. Interment followed at Center Hill Cemetery, Center Hill. Online condolences may be left at Arrangements by Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell. Otmer Ervin Wheatley, 89, of Lake Panasoffkee passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2011. He served in the United States Army during WWII was a Brakeman for the Railroad. He is survived by his sons, Wallace Wheatley and Kevin Wheatley, both of Inverness; daughters, Sharon Moats of Streetsboro, OH, Joy Bommarito of Maple Heights, OH, Judy Holloran of Rockledge, Toni Jarrells of Lake Panasoffkee and Kathleen Spearman of Wildwood; 36 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Troy Wheatley of Chapmanville, WV, and Beauregard Wheatley of Madison, KY; sister, Yetive Sansom of Chapmanville, WV; and many nieces and nephews. Graveside Services were held July 7, 2011 with Chaplain Mary Vanderplas presiding. Online condolences may be left at Arrangements by Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell. Shirley Alma Wright, 61, of Tampa passed away Sunday, July 3, 2011. She retired from Lykes Pasco in Dade City with 25 yrs. of service. She also worked for Century Fasteners in Tampa for 5 yrs. She is survived by her sister, Sarah Adams of Bushnell; half sister, Carolyn White of Tampa; three other half sisters of Mississippi; half brother, Howard Wright of Mississippi and many nieces and nephews. Services were held July 8, 2011 with Pastor Billy Ray presiding. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cancer Institute @ St. Joseph's Hospital, 3001 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607 or the The University of Florida, P.O. Box 14425, Gainesville, FL 32604. Online condolences may be left at Arrangements by Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell.

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White gold, that is. The saltwater Easter egg hunt is what we locals call “scalloping”. Why is it so popular? Think about it. Its good fun, a nice way to cool off, beat the summer heat and something the whole family can enjoy. And oh yes, the best part, preparing and eating em! They are some of the finest eating morsels in the sea. Which, I’ll share a recipe with ya in a minute. There are really only 3 major good areas left in the whole state of Florida for harvesting these bivalve mollusks. Port St. Joe area up in the panhandle. Steinhatchee, Keaton area in the Big Bend, and our Citrus County Scallop grounds, the Crystal River, Homosassa area. There was a time when most of Florida enjoyed Scallop harvesting. I believe one of the main reasons it doesn’t now is because of the coastal growth, development and population in other areas of the state which unfortunately brings with it, less habitat and sometimes lesser water quality. Scallops must have good water quality and grass beds to populate, grow, and thrive, and these few areas still have these features that are vital to these tasty filter feeders. The preliminary reports are very good. My clients on our trips have been getting their limits. So it should make for good collections this season. Recreational harvesters are limited to 2 gallons of whole bay scallops in the shell, or 1 pint of scallop meat per person, per day. In addition, no more than 10 gallons of whole scallops or ½ gallon of meats may be possessed aboard any vessel at any time. We don’t supply equipment just like other charter services because there’s way too many size varia-

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The Hull sisters, l-r, April, Christy, Tffany and Austin displaying some of their limit they got while scalloping with Capt. Rick Burns.

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Sumter’s Community Bulletin Board

CornerStone Hospice needs volunteers anyone interested in giving some of their time at the Lane Purcell Hospice House please call Volunteer Service Manager Lisa Gray at 352742-6806 or Kim Carter at 352-4556081. Angel food is open to all that want to save money on their food bill. If you eat you can take part in this program. We take EBT (food stamps) cards, also you can order online & pay with a credit or debit card. For info call 352-793-4205. Sumter 44 Lions Club Bingo every Fri. & Sat. at noon with 3 - $250 jackpots. We also do eyeglasses and hearing aids at the Big Yellow Bldg, Old Wire Rd in Wildwood. 748-3990. Operation Shoebox - BanksPage/Theus Funeral Home is a drop off location. If anyone would like to donate items to be sent to our troops, you may drop them any time during business hours or call 352-748-1000 to make arrangements for the funeral home to pick up the items. Wildwood Masonic Lodge No. 92 F&AM (Grand Lodge of Florida) meets at 103 Georgia St. in Wildwood (behind Tin Can Pam’s) every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 7:30PM. Master Masons are welcome. You are also invited to join us for a Pancake Breakfast on the last Saturday of each month from 8:30– 10:30AM. For info call 352-455-7083. Food Giveaway sponsored by the Lighthouse Foundation Ministries, Giveaway is now scheduled for the 3rd Sat. of every month. It is located in Webster on Hwy 471, south of

Webster Flea Market. Bushnell Kiwanis Club meets every Tues. at 7am at Herb & Peg’s in Bushnell Plaza. For info call Denis Whitacre at 568-0088. Cancer support group, if you or someone you know is dealing with cancer as a patient, caregiver or survivor a group meets in Bushnell the 2nd Mon. of each month at Odd “Cup”les Café, 117 Belt/Hwy. 48. Call 793-7704. Master Masons Bushnell Lodge No. 30 Free & Accepted Mason (F&AM) meet every month on the 1st & 3rd Tues. at 7:30pm. You are invited. For info call Gene at 793-6601 or Johnny Galvin 303-3190. Wildwood Kiwanis Club meets every Tues. at 7am at Lake Miona Country Club, 5473 County Road 122, in Wildwood. For information contact Therm Nichols at 352-2599327 or Diana Couillard at 748-5228. Free Smoking Cessation Class – Classes at Thomas E. Langley Medical Center, located in Sumterville. For a limited time, we will be offering FREE Nicotine replacement therapy. To register, contact Pam at: (352) 7935900 EXT 2971. Free Diabetic Management Class – Classes will be offered at Thomas E. Langley Medical Center, located in Sumterville. For more information, contact Nathan at: (352) 793-5900 EXT 2988. AWANA (Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed) Clubs meet every Sunday evening at 5:50 pm at the First Baptist Church of Linden for ages 2 yrs to 8th grade. The purpose of the AWANA Ministry is to reach boys and

girls with the Gospel of Christ and train them to serve Him - 2 Timothy 2:15. For more Info call Frances Upshaw @ 352-603-0257. Library on Wheels (LOW) stops in the Nobleton area at the Sumter County Fire Rescue Tri-County Station 29 on West CR 476 each Monday from 3 pm to 4:30 pm. The Refuge At Jumper Creek residents near Bushnell are in need of toilet paper, laundry detergent, bleach, diapers, large new bottles of shampoo and conditioner, trash bags, nonperishable food for food bank and resalable items for yard sale. To help call Dawn at 568-8400. The Sumter County Brain Injury Support group meets the 3rd Thurs. of each month, 2-4 pm at the Sumterville Community Bldg off 301 at 2427 CR 522. Call Margie Sovercool 793-7841. Attention Veterans, non-Veterans, men and women: The DAV is looking for volunteer drivers to transport Sumter County Veterans to the Gainesville VA Medical Center. For further info., please call Bob Klien at 352-793-5129. Joshua Masonic Lodge #678 in Wildwood, Free & Accepted Mason (F&AM) meet every 1st & 3rd Sat. at 8:00am. You are invited. Call Zack at 352-874-5455. Sumter Co. Fraternal Order of Eagle meets the 2nd & 4th Mondays each month at 1009 N. 301., in Sumterville; meetings start at 7:30pm. Ladies auxiliary meets on alternate Mondays. Social activities scheduled each week. All members of the FOE & guests are invited. Call 352- 5680127. Now Meeting.

Lake Panasoffkee Moose Lodge 1179 has Bingo every Tuesday at Noon. A free lunch is provided starting at 11:30am, followed by Bingo at Noon. Everybody is welcome to come. The Lodge is located at 1317 N CR 470. For info call 793-3966. Line Dancing Classes - Come join in on the fun - Public Welcomed. Every Monday night, 6pm-8pm at the VFW 10137 on Hwy 476B (Veterans Memorial Highway) $3 donation. Classes by auxiliary member Valerie Cole. For info call 793-8511 or 303-8511. Have A New Kid By Friday. How to Change Your Child’s Attitude, Behavior & Character in 5 days; jump in any time, ongoing classes Tuesdays from 6pm-7pm, classes are nonjudgmental and allow parents time to talk. The Church of the Fisherman, Lake Panasoffkee United Methodist, 589 N CR 470, Lake Panasoffkee, Sarah Doyle, (352)793-9998, Free Celebrate Recovery – please join us every Friday night at 6pm for prayer and a program overview you may jump in at any time, currently open Celebrate Recovery Step Study Program Tuesday nights 6pm-7pm. The Church of the Fisherman, Lake Panasoffkee United Methodist , 589 N CR 470, Lake Panasoffkee. Kinship Support Group – meets every Wednesday through July 20 from 6-8 pm. For more info, contact Helen Avery, 352-387-3536 Lake Panasoffkee Recreation Center. If you are the surrogate parent for young relatives, Kids Central can help! You are invited to join one of our FREE Sec-

ond Time Around Kinship Care Support Groups. Access Florida - Assistance with Food Stamp, Medicaid, temporary cash assistance, application/ re-certification and same day phone interview. Every Monday 9am - 12pm, The Church of the Fisherman, Lake Panasoffkee United Methodist, 589 N CR 470, Lake Panasoffkee. Pleasant Hill Baptist Church is celebrating 139 years Homecoming on Sunday, July 17 at 10:30 a.m. with the Never Fade Bluegrass Gospel Music Band. Afterward, we will have lunch. The church is located on Hwy. 48 west on 316A. Come worship with us and enjoy some good gospel music and preaching. We hope to see you there. Come and enjoy dancing in air conditioned comfort from 7:30 to 10:30 on Friday, July 22, dinner dance with sandwiches and watermelon, Bon Tempo Band, at Lake Panasoffkee Recreation Park in the blue building at 1582 CR 459 (off CR 470). Open to public, married, couples, singles, groups from churches, RV Parks, all ages welcome. No alcohol allowed, finger foods or soda welcome. Spnsored by Sumter Singles and Couples of Lake Pan. Call for more info. 352424-1688. You are invited to witness the installation of Pastor, Minister Roy W. Mitchell, Sunday, July 17, 3 pm at Mt. Olive M.B. Church, 133 NW 10th Ave., Webster. Rev. Charles McKinney will officiate. Come and share with us.

Inspirational Word Let the church manage your money

So often the comment has been made that “all the church and preachers want is my money!” It is true that churches are dependent on the faithfulness of God’s people to His word in order to accomplish the mission mandate of the Bible which is “Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15) Then we have these words in Romans 10:14, 15 “14. How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they be-

lieve in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15. And how shall they preach unless they are sent?” Consider this: Some tax analysts estimate that many taxpayers spend 32 to 40 percent of their income on taxes, either through direct or indirect taxation. We have no choice in the paying of our taxes and no promise of any real return on them and year after year they are increased for what is sup-

pose to be our better good. Now consider this: God ask His faithful people to willingly bring the tithe, 10 percent into His storehouse and in return He will open the windows of heaven and pour out blessings and He will rebuke the devour (that which destroys what you have) for your sake. In the lifetime of God’s word this percentage has never gone up no matter how much the cost of living has gone up and yet the church, God’s institution continues to do great

exploits. So when you consider your return on your willful investment and your forced investment don’t you think the church does a better job?

Bishop Daniel Kellum York Street Church of God Bushnell, Florida

Articles of 300 words or less for the Inspirational Word column can be submitted by any Sumter County Pastor. This space allows local pastors to share their thoughts and encouraging messages with the Sumter Community at no charge. Articles can be emailed to Rose Davis at or mail them to the Sumter Express at P.O. Box 944, Lake Panasoffkee, Fl 33538. All articles for this section are the opinion of the writer.

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NOTICE: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announces a PUBLIC HEARING for the Half Moon Wildlife Management Area located in Sumter County, Florida. 7:00 P.M. Thursday, July 21, 2011 at the Lake Panasoffkee Community Building, 1582 CR 459, Lake Panasoffkee, FL 33583 PURPOSE: To receive public comment regarding considerations for FWC’s ten-year Management Plan for the Half Moon Wildlife Management Area (WMA). This hearing is designed exclusively for discussion of the draft management plan. A Management Prospectus for Half Moon WMA is available upon request from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Conservation Planning Group, 620 South Meridian Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1600. Telephone: (850) 487-9588 or e-mail

Wanted - Cash Paid for Junk Cars, $200 and up, Free Pick up. Call 352-771-6191 (7/26) WE BUY USED Electronic motors and batteries call 352-793-7223 in Bushnell.

Carpet Depot & More for all your flooring needs.Call Terri 793-4003. Massage Therapy by Hollie Roush 352-303-0840 Lic.#MA46649 Cash Paid for Junk Cars, $200 and up, Free Pick up. Call 352-771-6191 (7/26) We Buy Junk Cars $250 & up. Must have title. 352-748-1150. Free Pick Up. Mention this ad. Charlie's Drain Cleaning Service From Sink Drains to Sewer Mains All stoppages handled professionally 30 yrs experience Lowest Prices Around 352-568-2296 (office) 7/19 352-457-6519 (cell)

CLEAN SINGLEWIDES: 2/1 $475 a month, 2/1½ $550 a month, 3/1½ a month + deposits 813-839-1183 Lake Panasoffkee. (7/12-7/19) 3/2 Modern DW & CarPort for rent. Spacious lot,very roomy,screen porch,clean. $625 per month,1 mo security to move in.Istachatta. Call 6/21- 7/12 352/799/3000. Motel USA – Lake Panasoffkee – Rentals daily or weekly. Starting at $175 weekly. Clean, safe and secure. Located at 227 CR 491 right off I-75. Call 352-568-8608 (7/26) Small country cabin in the woods. 3/1 secluded acres. Clean, safe, pleasant, convenient Bushnell location. Non-smoking, ideal for two adults. Partially furnished, carport, W/D hookup. $675/month + deposit, includes water. Call 352-568-2482 Lake Panasoffkee, 2 bedroom mobile home & RVs for rent. Furnished. No pets. In adult park. Call 352-793-6633


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BIG Yard Sale!! Indoor & outdoor * from infants to toddler * Christmas in July * Gently used clothes * Household items. July 9-17 – Thank you. Located at 308 N. Highland St., Bushnell.

Yard Sale and Bake Sale Saturday, July 16, 2011 7:30 A.M - 1:30 P:M At 2858 CR 238 Wildwood, Florida 34785 Huge one day only yard sale on July 16th at the blue building in Lake Panasoffkee CR 459 west of Lake Pan Library.

HELP WANTED Business in Bushnell seeking F/T or P/T sales rep. Contact 954-294-1060

THRIFT STORE Nue Beginnings Vendor Mall 745 S. U.S 301, Sumterville, Fl “Notary Service Available”

Donations Appreciated Shorts - $1.00 Other Clothing - $1.00 Gently Used Men’s Shoes $1 Large Selection of Pocket Knives from $1.00 CD’s - $2.00, DVD’s - $3.00 VHS - 3 for $2 Books - 50 cents Closed Monday


WORK WANTED Student, 18, Looking for work in Lake Panasoffkee area. Will walk your pets, wash your dogs, rake, vacuum house or car. Call Lisa at 352303-2822.

TRAVEL TRAILER 4 SALE 2000 Fleetwood travel trailder. 29 ft. Prowler, sleeps 6. Asking $4000 OBO or will trade for conversion van, camper van or Class C motorhome of equal value. No junk please, must be road worthy & look (7/5) good. Call 352-303-7294 28 ft. Coachman Catalina 5th wheel. Needs work. $2500 OBO. Call 352216-0074.


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Experienced Mechanic with tools needed. Big Orange Tire, Bushnell. Call 352-793-8552 and ask for Mo. (s 7/12)

Cash Paid for Junk Cars, $200 and up, Free Pick up. Call 352-771-6191 (7/26)

Security Officer, Must have State of Florida 'D' license. Fri, Sat, Sun 8:00pm to 6:00am. - Call Ken 813-314-9101 x1443

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John Worrell 352-568-7994 24 hr. service. Alvarez Professional Mobile Locksmith Service. Lock out, locks rekeyed, electronic lock service, dead bolts installed, keys by code, foreign and domestic auto. Call 352461-3254 (7/5-7/26) Kathy's Cleaning Service, serving Sumter County. Free Estimates. Call 352-793-4792 or 352-303-7294 (7/5-7/12) Auto repair, 30 yrs. experience, reasonable rates, motors, transmissions, (7/5-7/12) brakes. 352-346-1051 I buy cars, running or not. Call 352346-1051 (7/5-7/12) Hauling, you name it. Hay, cars, light trucks, light machinery. Call 352-3461051 (7/5-7/12)

FOR SALE Dining room table and matching lighted hutch for $100. Six drawer dresser for $30. Dining room table $25. Armoir $50. Call 352-303-6146 after 5 pm. One (1) natural gas water heater for $150. Used only a few months. (bought the wrong kind) 352-748-0625 For Sale - Riding Mowers. Now buying nice looking riding mowers. Now stocking new parts. Also, overnight ordering. Free pickup & delivery in Lake Panasoffkee. Paul's Lawn Mower Shop, CR 426F, Lake Panasoffkee. Call 352-793-5319.

BARGAINS !!! Desks $25 and up... Filing Cabinets $30 and up - 4 drawers... Chairs... $15 and up shelving and much more. Come in and make your selection. Lots to choose from at 118 W. Seminole Ave., Bushnell at (301 S. & 48 next to the rail road tracks ) 793-7223. Golf cart, 4-wheel pickup, always garaged, needs new batteries. $225. Call 352-568-2482. (7/12) 1995 gooseneck stock trailer w/cubby. $3,800.00 For more info. Call 352.427.5418 or 770.318.2163

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MOUNTAIN CAMP HOUSE – Pacific Ocean–bunk beds & furnished, kitchen. $200/week. Call COSTA RICA BILL 011-506-8979-2740 (6/21-7/12) 3/2 Double Wide with add on room, enclosed porch, double carport, Central A/C on two wooded acres at the end of a paved road 2 miles from I75 & Bushnell Wal-Mart $750 deposit and $180 per week. Call 793-7223 3/2 Riverfront on the Little Withlacoochee River near Bushnell. Stainless appliances plus washer & dryer, large screened porch overlooking river. Almost new, quality, country home. $975. 813-681-8721 (8/2) 2BR/1BA in Sumterville. $400 a month. Call 793-3924. 1 bedroom apartment, $140-$160 per week, includes garbage, electric and water in Wildwood. Call 303-0982 (7/5-7/26)

Studio apartment with kitchen, laundry room, range, refrigerator, water & trash pick up included. $385/mo, $250 security, $100 electric deposit, monthly lease, Bushnell. Call 740626-2500 (7/5-7/12) $450/mo for Furnished Room for Rent on 50 Acre Ranch. Private Entrance, Private Full Bath, Internet, Cable TV, All Utilities Included, No Deposit, Use of Kitchen & Washer/Dryer!! Call Robby at 352-6030611 7/19 Room for rent. Animals welcome. $400/month. Call 352-206-0439 (7/57/19)

3BR/2BA large doublewide with 3 porches. Call 352-568-9987 or 352636-0546 (7/5-7/12) 2/1 unfurnished house. $450 a month. Nobleton area. Call 352-457-3446 (7/12-7/19)

2/2 Mobile Home, Coleman. Large lot, fenced - $600/month. 2/1 Mobile Home on large lot, fenced, Wildwood - $550/month. Call 352-396-8874 (7/127/26)

FOR SALE BY OWNER For Sale by Owner - Possible owner financing. Two - New 3/2 homes & land packages in over 55 park, large lots & landscaped. Only 10 units on 3 acres. Cell 727-460-6400.

FOR SALE BY OWNER 2/1 HOME with lots of decking... across from the Forest on a paved road. This is a real OPPORTUNITY BUY with only $3000 down and payments of $850 mo. including taxes and insurance. You will LOVE this place....Call to see...Available Immediately 793-7223 2/1 Singlewide in Floral City $1500 dn/ $600 mo. TAMPA DUPLEX newly remodeled.....3/1 and 1/1 units $3000 Down and $850 monthly. Call for details.


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