Local News

  • 'Jingle Bars' nabs 26

     A recent drug sweep deemed significant and successful by Sheriff Bill Farmer led to the arrest of 26 persons on narcotics and weapons charges. 

    Farmer conducted a press conference Monday to announce the results of the 10-day drug operation dubbed “Jingle Bars” that included the seizure of five firearms, including Glock handguns and magazines of ammo.

    The DEA and U.S. Marshall Services assisted the sheriff’s office in executing the operation that targeted suppliers of illegal narcotics and weapons, according to Farmer.

  • Boy dies; driver unidentified

    Thirteen-year-old Zachary Howard used to walk over to his grandparents’ house almost every day – they live on the same property, but just down the street from each other.
    Last Friday, Zachary’s walk to their house turned tragic when he was killed by a hit-and-run driver on the quiet country road in Webster.
    Authorities have recovered the car, but have not made any confirmation about the driver.
    The families live on County Road 721.

  • A two-wheel salute to veterans

    The roar of motorcycles from various Florida clubs filled the air as one by one lead riders stopped and legged their bikes backwards onto the grass along streets in the Florida National Cemetery complex, a scene repeated until approximately 600 bikes formed neat rows.
    The U.S. Military Vets Motorcycle Club hosted the event last weekend to honor veterans of all branches of U.S. armed forces and Club President Jack Sellers was the master of ceremonies.

  • Wildwood set for Winter Wonderland

    Wildwood sets the stage this weekend for three days of holiday fun.

    The Wildwood Winter Wonderland event is filled with activities for Friday, Dec. 3, through Sunday, Dec. 5.

    There will be free live entertainment, a beer garden, dunk tank and much more. The event kicks off on Friday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Wildwood Community Center grounds with the Dan Story concert at 6:30 p.m. following opening ceremonies and a tree lighting event.

  • Bushnell but better

    Construction on a Bushnell town square park that includes a 35-foot gazebo and decorative fountain that serves as the hub for miles of new sidewalks and bicycle paths is scheduled to begin by July 1, 2011.  

    Development of the central element of the multi-modal transportation project on a parcel adjacent to City Hall has been in the planning stage for years, according to City Manager Vince Ruano. The project that includes storm drainage upgrades and additional parking was initiated by the city and is funded by the state Department of Transportation (DOT).

  • Holiday home tour, Dec. 4

    The GFWC Wildwood Women’s Club is sponsoring its annual Christmas Tour of Homes on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. The Tea House, which is an annual favorite, opens at 2:30 p.m. where home baked goodies and treats will be served to all.

  • Coleman library closes

    The county removed its computers and equipment from the Coleman Library after Coleman City Council voted 3-to-1 to end discussions on a proposed joint agreement designed to fund the library, consolidate services, redirect city boundaries and coordinate future infrastructure projects.

    City Council members voted to table discussions on the agreement that would upgrade and fund the city’s only library Oct. 27. The city closed Coleman Library Nov. 4, one day before the county removed its computers and other materials.

  • Election time nears

    With the 2010 general elections complete, voters in Sumter’s cities will return to the polls Tuesday, Dec. 7, to elect city leaders and vote on election consolidation referendums that would consolidate city elections into the general election ballot by 2012 if approved.

    City elections are conducted at designated precincts within city jurisdictions.


    Polls open at 7 a.m. Dec 7 at City Hall, 117 E. Virginia Avenue, in Bushnell.

    Bill Spaude is challenging incumbent Mayor Joe P. Strickland, Jr. for the office.

  • Animal shelter’s fate rests with county

    The future of many animals rescued from various conditions of cruelty, abuse and neglect hangs in the balance as a request for more time to adhere to code violations and an appeal for permit variance made by Humane Society of Florida (HSF) are set to be discussed during a Zoning Board meeting Thursday, Nov. 18.


    Day two of the Ride 2 Recover (R2R) cycling event that benefits wounded veterans brought over 200 riders through Bushnell Tuesday, basically in three waves.

    Expert cycling team members like U.S. Military Cycling Team Coach Bill Jacobs and his team were among the first wave to reach Bushnell from Weeki Wachee around 11 a.m. Thursday.

    Hundreds of riders followed on the second leg of the six-day event scheduled to culminate at Bay Port Naval Base in Jacksonville next week.