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  • Webster fills season with spirit

    Christmas is in the air in Webster …  and on the streets.

    From their decades-old tradition of oversize Christmas cards to their annual lighted-night parade, the season starts early in the community.

    Things begin as the city staff puts up the oversized wooden greeting cards, wishing passersby holiday greetings.

    The wooden cards line County Road 471, from the front of Webster Elementary School north.

  • Bushnell clears way for Class 1 landfill

    During a Monday, Jan.4, public hearing, the Bushnell City Council gave unanimous approval to a proposed Comprehensive Plan change that allows plans to install a Class I landfill near Sumterville to move forward.

    The Class I landfill would be west of the existing county landfill on a 550-acre tract of property off County Road 529.

    The city of Bushnell annexed the property from the county in October, and Monday’s plan change will now be transmitted to the state Department of Community Affairs (DCA) in Tallahassee.

  • Man arrested as fake cop

    A 26-year-old Wildwood man was arrested for impersonating an officer last week, according to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

    On Sunday, Dec. 6, John R. Disilvio reportedly approached a housekeeper at the Hampton Inn and Suites in The Villages, displayed a badge and claimed to be a United States marshal, according to a report from the sheriff’s office filed by Deputy Jeremy Williams.

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  • Reenactment draws thousands

    Occasionally, a Seminole’s war-painted face flashed above foliage as most of 180 Indian warriors weaved stealthy on foot toward the soldier’s encampment through thick palmetto and underbrush. From the high ground, one could catch sporadic glimpses of horseback warriors approaching from the shadows of a distant tree line.

    Meanwhile, two hundred yards away, eight officers and 100 enlisted men of the U.S. Army, led by “Major Francis L. Dade,” fell out of formation to rest in a clearing, unaware of the pending attack.

  • Finally un frozen

    The year and the decade definitely rolled in with a bang and a shiver for Sumter County residents as they moved into 2010. Residents faced more than 11 days of cold, freez-ing and below-freezing temperatures, as well as the rare mix of rain sleet and snow on Saturday, Jan. 9.

    Precipitation was in the forecast, temperatures were dropping and sleet and snow were on the ground.

  • Police: Masked gunmen pistol-whipped victim

    Two men wearing ski masks and gloves broke into a Wildwood man’s residence last Friday afternoon and pistol-whipped him before robbing him of $2,500 in cash.

    At 1:30 p.m. last Friday, sheriff’s deputies responded to a home invasion at the Sandalwood condominium complex, east of Wildwood, and found the victim bleeding from the head.

    Deputies apprehended the assailants a short time after the home invasion.

  • Class 1 landfill plans resurface

    A new plan to put a Class I landfill in the heart of the county has reemerged, this time hosted by the city of Bushnell.

    In October, the city annexed property from the county that includes a 550-acre tract due west of the existing county landfill at 835 County Road 529.

    A.C.M.S. Inc., the same company that sought a permit from the county to convert its existing Class III solid waste landfill to a Class I dumpsite, wants to build and operate the facility.

  • Veterans Day: Hundreds brave cloudburst

    Moments after John “Jack” Kennedy of the Joint Veterans Committee introduced a popular meteorologist as master of ceremonies for the Veterans Day Ceremony, ominous clouds darkened the sky.

    Steve Jerve, WFLA Channel 8 chief meteorologist, from Tampa, began the Veterans Day event at Florida National Cemetery with a personal apology for the unsettled weather, drawing smiles and some polite laughter.

    Jerve, who has a close family member buried at Florida National Cemetery, thanked veterans for their contributions to the country.

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