Local News

  • School pigs attacked, student arrested

    A 19-year-old South Sumter High School (SSHS) senior was arrested on school grounds Thursday, Jan. 20, for three counts of cruelty to animals and one count of trespassing on school property after three agricultural pigs were discovered bleeding from cuts with bruises over much of their bodies two days earlier, according to a sheriff’s report.

  • Planting in Panasoffkee

    Southwest Florida Water Management District (Swiftmud) employees and community volunteers celebrated Florida Arbor Day last week by planting more than 450 trees on the district’s Lake Panasoffkee property.
    Participants in the Friday, Jan. 21, Arbor Day tree restoration project planted long-leaf pines, sand oaks, live oaks and a hybrid oak species within the camping area of the approximately 9,900-acre Withlacoochee forest tract that borders the eastern shore of Lake Panasoffkkee.

  • Body of missing man found

    Nine days after his disappearance, the body of a Wildwood man was discovered last week in woods near Royal.
    Sheriff’s investigators are not revealing much information about the death of Richard W. Len, 41. Sheriff’s Lt. Kevin Hoffecker would only confirm that the case is being investigated as a homicide.
    Len’s body was discovered last Thursday afternoon, Jan. 20, during a search by sheriff’s deputies in woods near County Road 228 in Royal.

  • LSCC installs new board members


  • Chili cooks needed

       There will be a chili cookoff in downtown Bushnell on Sat., Jan. 29th to benefit the Lane Purcell Hospice House.  Chili Cooks Needed!!  Entry fee is only $25.00 for chili cooks.  Lucrative cash prizes - Best Booth display award is $50.00. 

    Judge's "Perky's Choice" award is $200.00.  First prize $100, Second prize $50,

  • Barbecue set to help woman's daughter

    She helped raise funds for the funeral of 3-year-old who died recently, coordinated a military fundraiser hosted by the Tracy’s Point Community Club several years ago and the Share Our Strength fundraiser by coordinating a Great American Bake Sale.
    She’s organized fundraisers to help feed needy children and worked to have a Santa visit those kids for the past two years.
    There’s an invite going around to a fundraiser in Lake Panasoffkee — it’s a barbecue at Catfish Johnny’s.

  • Dade Battlefield Park could be history

    Dade Historical Battlefield Park in Bushnell is on a list of 53 state parks the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has proposed closing, according to DEP spokesperson Kristin Lock.
    In their legislative budget requests for fiscal year 2011-2012, all state agencies were asked to reduce their annual operating costs by 15 percent, which amounts to $52 million for the DEP. Officials within that agency decided $11.3 million in budget cuts could be obtained by closing public access to Dade Battlefield Historic Park and 52 other state parks.

  • Missing Wildwood man found dead

    The sheriff’s office is investigating a homicide involving a Wildwood man last seen alive by his wife early Jan. 11 when he said goodbye to her and left for work, according to Lt. Kevin Hoffecker of the sheriff's office.
    Richard W. Len, 41, reportedly called his wife later and told her he “owed somebody $200 and they had a gun.”

    Len's body was discovered Thursday afternoon, Jan. 20, in a wooded area near County Road 228 in the Royal area.

  • Agritunity this month



    Name of Event: AGRItunity 2011 Conference and Trade Show Date of Event: 01/29/2011 Time of Event:

    Location: West Central Florida Ag Center - Sumter County Fairgrounds Additional Information:

  • Manatee art contest open to youth

    High school students: Time to enter manatee art contest