Local News

  • Holiday wreath-laying to honor veterans

  • Calling all chili cooks

    On Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, this year’s cookoff will be held at the Kenny Dixon Sports Complex at the picnic pavilions.
    Tasting will being at 11 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m. Cash prizes and awards will be presented to the winners.
    All proceeds will benefit the Lane Purcell Hospice House and support patient care. Armbands are $5 and includes a drink and a taste of all the chili, plus a vote for your favorite!
    There will also be a contest and prizes for the best decorated booth.

  • Commissioner critical of extension agreement

    The County Commission has agreed to foster a working relationship with Pasco County to enhance agricultural opportunities between both counties, but it wasn’t without some concerns expressed by one commissioner.
    At the Nov. 22 meeting, commissioners agreed in a 4-to-1 vote to approve a “memorandum of understanding” between the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida Board of Trustee and the County Commissions of both Pasco and Sumter County.

  • Judge to decide fate of convicted killer

    The fate of convicted killer Bill Marquardt will be determined by a Sumter County judge in February.
    Marquardt, 35, will face Circuit Judge William Hallman at a death penalty hearing on Feb. 1 in a Sumter County courtroom. The judge will decide whether Marquardt will spend his life in prison or be put to death for the brutal 2000 murders of Margarita Ruiz, 72, and her daughter Esperanza Wells, 42.
    The women were in Ruiz’s Tarrytown home caring for a toddler-age family member when they were murdered.

  • Panasoffkee land issue troubles community

    It’s not exactly your typical land use request.
    While the County Commission is the applicant for a controversial land use request in Lake Panasoffkee, it will also be the board that decides whether the request is approved or not.
    The property, already owned by the county, includes almost 600 acres at the end of County Road 482S, off County Road 489 in Lake Panasoffkee. It abuts Interstate 75. The current zoning is agricultural and the land is used, in part, as a dredge spoil site from the recent restoration work in Lake Panasoffkee.


  • Vickers party set at medical center

    Last year, more than 1,000 youngsters turned out for a very special Christmas party in Sumterville.
    This year is expected to be no different as children of all ages flock to the 8th annual Laura Vickers Christmas for Kids Party on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Thomas E. Langley Medical Center, on U.S. 301.
    The event is scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. with plenty of entertainment, games, free food, bounce houses and bicycle drawings – to name a few.
    Youngsters can also expect a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus during the festivities.

  • Suspect in Mobley murder finally faces jury

    Twenty five years after the brutal murder of 27–year-old Adrian Mobley, jury selection is under way and the man charged with killing him is going to trial.
    On July 15, 1987, Mobley’s body was found face down and tied up with a bed sheet, in a wooded area off County Road 475, near Lake Panasoffkee. It was just after sunrise, but authorities believe Mobley was killed before 1 a.m. that morning. He died from blunt force trauma to the head.
    Mobley, who lived in Lake Panasoffkee, worked as the electronics manager for the Bushnell Walmart.

  • Bushnell helping needy kids at Christmas

    If you’re close to Bushnell, there’s an easy way to help a needy child this holiday season.
    The City of Bushnell is sponsoring the Grant A Wish 2011 program aimed at providing holiday presents to Sumter County youngsters who may not otherwise receive Christmas presents.
    This is the sixth year the city has participated in the program, launched by the Children’s Home Society of Florida, a group that works with the Florida Department of Children Families.

  • Panasoffkee seeks helpers for Christmas festivities

    Following a successful Halloween event, a variety of groups are coming together again later this month to enhance the annual Lake Panasoffkee Christmas parade and party – but they could use some help.
    About 600 youngsters are expected to turn out for the Dec. 10 holiday festivities, that’s about 100 more than last year, and volunteers and donations are being sought to help ensure a memorable and successful festival.