Local News

  • Melon Patch to elect board members

    The annual meeting and election of the Melon Patch Theater 2010-2011 BOARD OF DIRECTORS is slated for 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11 at the theater. Any qualified member should attend and cast their vote for the new board.  Any member of "The Melon Patch" may apply to serve.  Applications are available at the office and must be returned to the office 30 days prior to the annual meeting.  Call the theater for more information at 352-787-3013 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Mon. - Fri.

  • Bazaar planned for Saturday



    Bargains galore at Saturday Bazaar


  • SECO Annual Meeting Slated

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  • Manhunt continues UPDATE: The Florida Highway Patrol and Sumter County Sheriff’s Office issued a release searching for a person of interest ee for new information and photosee.

    Nearly 24 hours after a man reportedly shot at Florida Highway Patrol officer, a massive manhunt continues in a densely wooded area of central Sumter County.

    The pursuit has been through tall pines, thick palmetto and swampy terrain, near and through the Ventura Ranch off State Road 44, just east of County Road 470.

  • Tanker cut in half by train

    A tanker truck was cut in half and the trailer dragged nearly 500 feet by a CSX train last Thursday, when the truck driver swerved to miss another vehicle, according to a Bushnell Police report.

    Despite all the mangled and twisted pieces of metal, no one was injured in the early morning collision that happened just minutes after midnight at the E. Seminole Avenue railroad crossing in Bushnell, according to CSX spokesman Gary Sease.

    “We had both locomotive and some track damage but no injuries,” Sease said.

  • Car plows into local business

    The call came in just after 4 a.m. on Tuesday morning; “4:19 a.m.,” Joel Merritt said.

    It was a call letting Merritt know that a driver had crashed into his realty office in Lake Panasoffkee.

    Sumter Realty sits at the very front of the Economizer IGA parking lot, between the Sun Trust Bank and the Thunderbird Plaza on County Road 470.

  • Hazardous Waste Amnesty Day

    The annual electronics and hazardous waste collection day (also known as Amnesty Day) has been scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 27 at Wildwood Middle High School.'

    The address is 700 Huey Street in Wildwood.

  • Train Hits Truck

    A CSX train collided with a tractor-trailer just after midnight Thursday morning. The train was southbound from Georgia to Mulberry. The collision occurred at the East Seminole crossing in Bushnell, where the truck ended up severed, with the back portion of the truck more than 200 yards from the front..

     Photos by Larry Clifton

  • Fair closes with a successful run

    Sumter County wrapped up its 2010 fair last Saturday, March 6.

    The day included goat and dairy shows, wrestling, a diesel truck sled pull and fireworks, winding up over a week of fun, competition, concerts and events.

    And according to fair association President Jackey Jackson, even with terrible weather, residents still came out to attend.

    While final figures aren’t in yet, Jackson said that monetarily, the 2010 fair was among the top five in history.

  • County plans Panasoffkee skeet range

    The county is negotiating a land deal with Southwest Florida Water Management Dis-trict to attract skeet shooters and regional skeet-and-trap tournaments to the county.

    County Administrator Bradley Arnold said currently there is not a regional or national tournament-grade trap-and-skeet venue in this part of Florida and national tournaments would attract tourists from other areas of the country.

    The location of the proposed facility is the Lake Panasoffkee disposal area.