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  • 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.

  • Canned Food Drive


  • Grower's Market





    The Wildwood Growers' Market asks that everyone wear their favorite sports team colors and bring something for the Salvation Army's canned food drive this Saturday.

    The market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays

    at the Wildwood City Hall - 100 N Main St.

  • 7 arrested in sex sting

    A seven-county sex crimes task force last week arrested a total of 55 suspects, seven in Sumter County, believed to be involved in prostitution.

    The task force, called Operation STOP (Stop the Online Prostitution), focused on catching prostitutes who use popular Web sites to advertise their services.

    The operation started midway last week and continued through Saturday. It is the first time that multi-jurisdictions joined together to go after sex crimes at the same time. See this week's edition for more information.

  • Explosion injures man

    An explosion at a mobile home on County Road 435 sent an unidentified man to the hospital Tuesday afternoon, according to Sumter Fire Services Shift Commander Rob Hanson.

  • Berry Blue

    An estimated 400 people showed up at the West Central Florida Agricultural Education Center last week for the Blueberry Fall Seminar.

    The seminar was hosted by the Florida Blueberry Grower’s Association, according to Sumter County Extension Agent Susan Kelly.

    Slated from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the event included a “huge trade show with about 42 vendors,” she said.

    There were speakers throughout the day and lunch was catered by the Speckled Butterbean. The education center is at the Sumter County Fairgrounds, just north of Webster.

  • Growers' Market opens this month

    The City of Wildwood, in conjunction with the University of Florida, announces Oct. 24 as the opening date of the Wildwood Growers’ Market which will take place every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the City Hall Courtyard Square which includes the Gazebo, City Hall, Wonders and Oxford streets and the parking lot behind City Hall.

    Both streets will be closed to all vehicular traffic on market days.