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  • County: Royal festival must move

    County commissioners voted recently to shorten the Annual Royal Homecoming Festival Weekend 2011 by one day due to cost and safety concerns.
    They also want the event moved somewhere else next year.
    Royal Park is too small and therefore an “inappropriate” site for the popular three-day annual festival, according to county officials.

  • Dealing with "Hurricane Griffin"

    Wednesday, May 25, just three days after Hurricane Griffin smashed through Sumter County leaving a wide swath of destruction in its wake, Sumter County Emergency Management was transitioning from response to recovery mode.
    Hurricane Griffin is the antagonist in this surreal and dramatic production directed by Judd Wright, the county’s emergency management director.
    The county has been preparing to conduct the mock disaster drill for weeks, said Wright.

  • A day of honor

    Attendance at the Florida National Cemetery Memorial Day ceremony was larger than usual, down slightly or about the same, depending on who you asked. Regardless of which version is correct, those in attendance at the Saturday, May 30, South Sumter event were deeply patriotic and expressed their solemn heartfelt gratitude to veterans who died defending the country.

  • County set to privatize transit

    Plans to privatize Sumter County’s transportation services rolled forward when county commissioners gave the green light for county administrators to enter negotiations with a private transportation firm to replace the county-operated Transit Department.
    The county is set to enter contract negotiations with Ride Right LLC out of St. Louis, Mo. to assume bus and van customer services as well as dispatching and vehicle maintenance for their fleet.

  • County selects Greek for top firefighter slot

    Deputy Chief Hughlett “Leland” Greek, 48, became the new Fire Rescue chief last week, replacing Bill Gulbrandsen, who oversaw the county’s transition from 10 volunteer fire stations to a united Sumter County Fire Rescue nine years ago.
    The county conducted a nationwide executive search through a private company but failed to find a more qualified candidate than Greek, of Bushnell, who has served as the department’s deputy chief since 2008.

  • DUI trial starts

    The jury trial of an Oxford man charged with four counts of vehicular homicide in the deaths of four motorcyclists west of Bushnell is set for 8:30 a.m., Monday, June 6, at the Judicial Complex in Bushnell.
    Two men and two women traveling east on County Road 476 west of Bushnell on two motorcycles were killed March 13, 2010, when Paul Sermons, 45, traveling westbound, attempted to pass a slower vehicle in his 1991 GMC pick up and struck them.

  • And off they go!

    Thousands of people were out Friday night to show their support for the hundreds of graduates at South Sumter High School and Wildwood Middle High School.
    An estimated 1,600 guest tickets were given out in Wildwood, with 2,500 distributed at South Sumter and both gymnasiums were full during the graduation ceremonies.
    “It was really a smooth graduation,” said Wildwood’s principal, Richard Hampton.
    He said the event was well attended.

  • Bushnell Summer Camp set to open

    City of Bushnell Day Camp 2011

              Please come join us for Day Camp this summer from Monday, June 13th through Friday, July 22nd.

  • Blood donors needed

    O negative Blood Supply Critical

    Donations Needed Immediately

  • Growing in north Sumter

    In addition to being a source for farm fresh produce, Wayne and Carole Bennett’s two-year-old farm, a few miles north of Wildwood, provides a respite for Villagers weary of urban sprawl, endless shopping centers and warehouse-size supermarkets. For local residents, Bennett’s Produce Market, a “you-pick” farm and retail produce stand, provides affordable produce from cauliflower to cantaloupes.