Local News

  • Cement plant launched

    Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll was among government dignitaries and corporate executives who attended a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the grand opening of the American Cement Company plant in Sumterville.
    The cement manufacturing facility employs state of the art technological advancements to deliver multiple high-quality cement products for distribution throughout Florida, according to Quality Control Supervisor Chris Wheeler, who added the plant employs more than 70 people, but many more are employed because of it.

  • Earth Day Celebration
  • Bushnell author releases novel

    Former police detective Ray M. Green, of Bushnell, is celebrating the recent nationwide release of his first fiction novel, Greed, Deceit, and Murder. The local author who has also written a training manual, a non-fiction self-published book and co-authored another currently works as a forensic document examiner, specializing in handwriting identification. He has testified in various judicial circuits on more than 300 occasions. 

  • Man arrested for sex crimes

    A Wildwood Police Department sex crimes investigation resulted in the arrest of a 42-year-old Webster man for performing lewd and lascivious activities against five girls between the ages of six and 11, and sexually battering a 10-year-old victim multiple times, according to a Wildwood police report.
    Police say the victims were consistent in their accounts of events both at the scene and in subsequent interviews.

  • Horsing around to help needy horses

    A Bushnell horse rescue shelter director and some friends turned a benefit into a jam session that earned every donation made on behalf of recovering horses grazing lazily in nearby pastures, and then some.
    Event entertainment included the pro-picking of electric guitarist Richard Powell, Canadian snowbird, and sultry vocals by shelter Director Stephanie Isham, originally from Clermont, who sang “Redneck Woman” to an obviously pleased audience of about 50 guests.


    Hundreds of people headed out to the Center Hill CEMEX plant last Saturday to take part in the company’s 4th Annual Earth Day Celebration.
    Each year the Sumter County Mining Association works with the local school district through the Sumter Environmental Education Center, the S.E.E.C. to plan the day. The children participate in programming at the center and are involved in a habitat restoration projects on the property as they learn about protecting and conserving natural resources.

  • Successful survivor

    Gary Long could easily have been referred to as “a golden boy” — with continued success, good health and a 2,000-acre ranch. In his teens, he was great at basketball, even recruited to play on a scholarship. By age 40, he had a successful job, travelling from place to place and meeting with top company representatives.
    “I never really lost at much,” said the Bushnell business owner.
    But about two years later, Long’s world changed.

  • Former principal celebrates 100

    By Larry Clifton and Marjorie Gatley

  • Missing boater found unharmed

    The sheriff’s department’s helicopter was utilized in a search for a missing Coleman man last week over Lake Panasoffkee.
    At 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 6, deputies responding to a missing person report arrived at the Coleman public boat ranp in reference to an airboat operator who had been due to return Tuesday.

  • Local horse rescue shelter hots benefit

    Plantation Horse Rescue, a Bushnell-based not-for-profit horse shelter that feeds and cares for starved, abused and otherwise neglected horses is hosting a benefit at the facility to raise money and attract sponsors.
    “Our horses, like people, all have unique quirks to their personalities; some that really tug at your heart,” said Stephanie Isham, shelter operator.