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  • On the circuit

    As different as Clark Kent and Superman, 5th Circuit Court Judge William Hallman and “Bud” Hallman, champion steer wrestler, are two very different personas rolled up in one six-foot-four, 56-year-old frame.

    “Physical things like running and steer wrestling frees endorphins and relieves stress. Exercise keeps me focused on working out life’s problems,” says Hallman.

    The judge was recently judged Steer Wrestling Champion of the 2009 Dodge Circuit Finals Rodeo after besting much younger cowboys with a three-steer average of 16.5 seconds.

  • County hires new librarian

    Barbara Shiflet did a short stint in a law enforcement office, moving between Hernando and Marion counties before taking a part-time job in a library in 1982. It was those few hours weekly that launched her career.

    “After law enforcement, I knew the library was a better fit for me,” she said.

    And that’s where she stayed — returning to school to get her master’s degree in library science in 1999. She worked her way up through the ranks in Hernando County and was recently hired to manage Sumter County’s library system.

  • Woodard dies at 95

    Bushnell resident Marsha Perkins said her aunt Doris Woodward, was her idol.

    Perkins said she remembers Woodward, a registered nurse, had the “perfect look,” with her white shoes, white uniform and starched white hat.

    She looked so perfect that Perkins wanted to grow up to be a nurse just like her.

    “Then I found out what nurses have to do — yucky stuff with sick people,” she said with a laugh.

    While Perkins chose a different path, she can see that still, to some degree, she was inspired by her aunt.

  • SECO advises members to be alert


  • SCARC Fishing Tournament

  • Sumter preparing for possible severe weatherTornado Watch issued for Sumter until 4 a.m.ee.


    Sumter County Emergency Management is gearing up for the possibility of severe weather tonight – Wednesday, Dec. 2, according to agency director Judd Wright.

    He said there’s a possibility that severe weather could pass through Sumter County as two different weather systems approach the state. “We’re expecting two to four inches of rain,” he said, adding that rain will come in “bands like it does with hurricanes.”

  • Circus coming to Bushnell


  • county projects based on pre-recession economy

    Over the past two years, many Floridians, including residents of Sumter County, have struggled to make ends meet in a stagnant economy with high unemployment and a downsized housing industry.

    During that time, Sumter County government has spent heavily constructing new buildings and upgrading and renovating existing municipal structures.

    Much of the spending on county buildings was planned during a period of relatively robust growth and low unemployment prior to the recession. 

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  • Market event to help needy

    On Saturday, Nov. 14, The Growers Market in Wildwood will host a special nonperishable food drive for the Salvation Army.

    The Salvation Army is facing greatly increased requests for food, and other emergency assistance, and this drive could add some much needed food to their emergency food pantry.

    The Growers Market in Wildwood is at City Hall, 100 Main St., each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.