Local News

  • A growing concern

    County officials recently sat down with a group of local agricultural leaders to discuss issues affecting that industry.
    Commissioners and Bradley Arnold, county administrator, mostly listened as board members from Sumter County Agricultural Alliance, Extension Director Susan Kelly, board members of the Cattleman’s Association, members of the Farm Bureau and others discussed agricultural economic development and general issues that affect the agricultural community.

  • Remembering

    People from all over the county, including classes from Webster Elementary School, recently came together to honor the country’s military heritage in Webster.
    The Armed Forces Day event, conducted in acreage at the corner of County Road 471 and C.R. 478A across from Webster Elementary School, included a Civil War re-enactment, story tellers who focused on events including Buffalo Soldiers and the Second Seminole War, a World War II weapons demonstration and a remote-control air show.

  • Royal man shot, suspects get $35

    A Royal man is in stable condition in a Citrus County hospital after two masked men approached him in his backyard, shot him several times in the leg, and took $35 from him.
    The victim, Marvin Lee Kelley, 42, County Road 235A, told officers he was in his yard on Saturday, May 14, when two black males wearing dark clothing and white T-shirts covering their faces approached him, according to a sheriff’s office report.

  • Sheriff launches child protection plan

    Sheriff Bill Farmer announces phase two of his initiative to protect children from online dangers and internet predators. In mid-March of this year the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office conducted project
    S.T.A.R.C.O.P. (Searching, Targeting and Reacting to Catch Online Predators). Undercover detectives posed on the internet as minors, adults made online contact with the intention of meeting with the juvenile and engaging in unlawful sexual contact with minors.

  • Local fire threat at high level

    The current local weather conditions of low rain fall and dry, windy afternoons are creating a high potential for the increased occurrences of wildland fires that may display more rapid spread rates and increased fire intensities. The Florida Division of Forestry and county fire agencies will appreciate your help in preventing wildfires and protecting your communities by practicing the following “firewise” actions.

  • County Commission opens new park

    The county has a new park that includes a boat ramp, shelter, table and grill for visitor’s convenience. Shady Brook Greenway Park is at 230 County Road 470 on the east side of Lake Panasoffkee between Interstate 75 and the railroad tracks.

  • Woman killed by train

    A 29-year-old St. Catherine woman was struck and killed by a southbound CSX train last Thursday morning in what police believe was a suicide.
    The woman, who lived with her parents about a half mile from the railroad tracks, was  killed in the incident, according to Lt. Bobby Caruthers of the sheriff’s office.
    The train was traveling south between 50 and 60 miles per hour in the area of U.S. 301 and County Road 738A around 9 p.m., May 5, when the operator sounded the train’s horn as it approached C.R. 738A.

  • Sumter soars in FCAT Writes

    Sumter County schools are proud to announce the 2011 FCAT Writing test scores. Sumter’s 10th graders were tied for the highest ranked mean prompt writing scores in the state.
    Eighty-two percent of tenth grade students scored 4.0 or above on the 2011 administration of FCAT Writes. Ninety-two percent of eighth grade students scored 4.0 or above and were tied for 3rd in the state. Fourth grade students were ranked second in the state with 87 percent of students scoring level 4.0 or higher.


    Local residents met out the Sumter County Courthouse in Bushnell last Thursday, looking for a blessing.
    Dozens of residents, pastors and community leaders took time out to pray for the nation, the state, the county, the community and even the families in homes.
    It was all part of National Prayer Day and the annual gathering of Christians as they come together to worship and fellowship.

  • Redistricting: 2 commissioners displaced

    When County Commission elections roll around next year, neither current commissioners Randy Mask (District 5) or Dick Hoffman (District 1) will be eligible to seek re-election in their current district.
    Because of dramatic restructuring of district boundaries for county commissioners, neither commissioner now lives within the newly configured districts. Florida law requires that commissioners must reside in the districts they represent.