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  • Bucci receives Young Entrepreneur Award

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –Today, during a meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Florida Gov. Rick Scott recognized Jon Bucci, 23, with the Governor’s Young Entrepreneur Award. Bucci is the founder and CEO of Apex Property Restoration, a carpentry, repair and assembly service company operating in Southwest Florida. Apex Property Restoration was founded in 2012 and currently employs 13 Floridians. Bucci is also co-founder of Inari Industries, a technology startup company and soon to be opening Bucci studios, a health and day spa.

  • Governor cites Florida job growth

     Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent in April, the lowest since September 2007, according to Florida Gov. Rick Scott's office.

    A press release from the governor's office notes that Florida businesses also created 15,000 private-sector jobs in April, bringing the total number of new jobs added since December 2010 to 1,355,700. For more than five consecutive years, Florida’s annual private-sector job growth rate, which is 2.9 percent, has exceeded the nation’s rate, which is 1.7 percent. 

  • Miami man honored as young entrepeneur

    Andres Cardona, of Miami, was awarded the Young Entrepeneur Award in 2017, by Florida Gov. Rick Scott. Cardona was honored for founding  the Elite Basketball Academy, a youth basketball camp, in 2011. The academy lists it's goal as to "instill everlasting principles in the youths of our community, using basketball as our tool." The camp provides two weekly practices and one weekly indoor game, for $70 each month. The camp is for youth age six to 18 years. Cardona

  • Governor's press release annoucnes 200,000 new jobs at Florida seaports since 2012

    Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida’s seaports have created 200,000 new jobs across the state since 2012, according to a new report from the Florida Ports Council. Florida’s 15 seaports are also responsible for $117.6 billion in economic activity, supporting nearly 900,000 jobs, $40 billion in personal income and $4.3 billion in state and local tax revenue.

  • Soaring high - again

    Just over a month ago, Dale Whitaker faced-off with three alligators in a battle over an American bald eagle. Whitaker was trying to save the bird, the gators appeared to be looking for lunch.
    “She (the eagle) was waterlogged, because she was swimming,” said Diana Flynt, rehabilitation coordinator at the Audobon Center for Birds of Prey. Her right wing tip had a “luxation” or dislocation, according to Flynt.
    Last week, thanks to Whitaker and folks at the rehab centers, she was returned to the lake and released near Idlewild Lodge.

  • Ribbon cutting

    The Sumter County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting event in celebration of the one year anniversary of Visiting Nurse Services of Central Florida. Visiting Nurse Services of Central Florida is located in Wildwood and provides services such as home health care, skilled nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapies, CAN services and more. They are a CHOP accredited, Medicare Provider and they also do private duty care. For more information about Visiting Nurse Services of Central Florida call 352-748-1867.

  • Bushnell Bed and Breakfast earns award


    Bushnell Bed and Breakfast Receives Awards


    The Bushnell Bed and Breakfast, located in western Sumter County, announced that it has again received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments worldwide that consistently receive outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.

  • Webb selected as Rays' bat girl

    What could be better than spending Mother’s Day afternoon at a Tampa Bay Rays’ game? How about being named Honorary Bat Girl for 2014 and tossing out the first ball of the game, with Evan Longoria as your catcher?
    If you know local resident Connie Webb, you know that’s exactly how she spent last Sunday.
    A big Ray’s fan, Connie’s daughter Katrina nominated her for the honor, which earned her a collection of goodies, including a hug from player Evan Longoria and a chance to throw out the first ball during the Mother’s Day game.

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