Local News

  • County refuses to permit animal shelter

    The County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to deny a special use permit to the Humane Society of Inverness (HSI) whose operations permit was also recently withdrawn by Citrus County where the organization moved from earlier this year.

    As early as May, founder Margret Nolan began moving her HSI animal rescue shelter from Citrus County to a 17-acre parcel off County Road 48 west of Bushnell. The shelter recently became embroiled in a Sumter County zoning controversy that threatened to shut it down.

  • Fall Festival 2010

    Photos above by Larry Clifton and Bob Reichman. Photos in slide show by Brenda Locklear 




  • U.S. Air Force to honor Central Florida Hometown Heroes


  • Environmental spill, house fire and collision keep firefighters busyPhotos from the fireee


  • Future of Coleman Library in question

    The future of Coleman’s public library was thrown into doubt after city council members tabled consideration of a joint consolidation of services agreement that includes transferring operations of the city library to the county.

    Without the agreement, the county has vowed to cut funding and remove computers and other equipment currently used inside the library that are necessary to keep the library operational.

    The county is set to cut funding and haul its computers and other equipment away on Friday, Nov. 5, unless an agreement is reached.

  • National Cemetery to honor Veterans Day

    The Florida National Cemetery will have its annual Veterans Day Ceremony, sponsored by the Joint Veterans Committee (JVC), on Thursday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m.

    The guest speaker will be Lt. General Robert F. Milligan (Ret.), interim executive director, Florida Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Milligan directs a state agency responsible for assisting Florida’s more than 1.6 million veterans, their families and survivors in improving their health and economic well-being through quality benefit information, advocacy, education, and long-term health services.

  • Rapist sentenced to 998 years

    Mark Anthony Cramer, of Dade City, a 60-year-old sexual predator found guilty of raping a girl under the age of 12 multiple times between January 1996 and September 2000, was sentenced to 998 years in prison last week.

    Circuit Court Judge William Hallman presided over Cramer’s sentencing last Thursday.

  • On the lake

    Lake Panasoffkee water is clearer, eelgrass is thicker and fisheries are richer in response to the recent restoration project and effective management of lake levels, according to Southwest Florida Water Management District and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials.

  • Season Specials

    Sumter County youngsters and adults have a variety of ways to celebrate the fall season and Halloween. Below is a listing of some of the events happening throughout the county this upcoming weekend. Youngsters going door-to-door in neighborhoods are advised to begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31.

    FRIDAY, OCT. 29

    Hinton Haunted House

    The haunting begins in Webster as the traditional Hinton Haunted House opens its doors at 7:30 p.m. The house is also open on Saturday, Oct. 30.

  • Bronson seeking Woman of the Year in Agriculture nominations

    Nominations sought for top women in ag  

    Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles H. Bronson today announced that nominations are being accepted for the 2010 “Woman of the Year in Agriculture” award.  The award, now in its 26th year, recognizes women who have made outstanding contributions to Florida agriculture.