Local News

  • Bushnell Bank Robbery

    A Bushnell bank was robbed Tuesday afternoon. The suspect authorites are searching for is shown in the video clip below.

  • Bushnell bank robber sought

    K-9 teams covered the ground, the Sumter sheriff’s Air 1 helicopter hovered overhead and three local schools went on lockdown Tuesday afternoon as authorities searched for the man who robbed Center State Bank in Bushnell.
    The suspect reportedly fled north of the bank on foot, escaping with an undisclosed amount of money, according to Sumter sheriff’s Lt. Bobby Caruthers.

  • Special dog, special circumstances

    Meet Merit.
    He was worth saving according to the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County Kennel Manager Carol Legrand.
    “Helping an animal in need is what we are all about” she commented. “They all merit a chance at happiness. Not many animals come to us perfect but once they receive care and kindness, there aren’t many that can’t become someone’s treasured companion.
    “When we have the capacity to help, we do our best to offer it.”

  • Water line could bring development

    While the recent completion of water lines between Lake Panasoffkee and Sumterville will be an asset to existing businesses along County Road 470, it also is likely to spark more development interest in the area.
    The County Commission and Sumter County Economic Development have announced the completion of a more than three-mile-long water line extension on C.R. 470 that extends from Interstate 75 to U.S. 301.
    The county also has transferred the line to the City of Bushnell.

  • Donations needed for SCARC yard sale

    Have items to donate? The annual SCARC yard sale is planned for November. Norman Adams Home Builders will be hosting the sale and donations would be greatly appreciated and all proceeds will go to SCARC, Inc.

    Please call Laura at 352-793-7511 or 352-303-3821 to arrange drop-off of items at the Norman Adams office on S.R. 48 in Bushnell.

  • Century Farms Sumter County

    The Century Pioneer Family Farm Program honors families who have maintained their family farms for at least 100 continuous years.

    Created in 1985 by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the program is designed to acknowledge family farms and ranches and the benefit they provide to the state.

    Four Sumter County families were recently named to the program and more recently honored by the Sumter County Farm Bureau at their annual meeting. The organization commissioned a video on the families and agriculture in Sumter County.

  • Cooks take the chicken challenge

    The Community Of Royal, Inc. (COR)  is planning its first fundraiser to support the fledgling organization and celebrate the season.
    COR is hosting the first Perlo Rice Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the corner of the Royal Park at C.R. 462 andC.R. 235.
    The festival will feature several cooks vying for the title of Best Perlo Rice Cook.
    The festival begins at 9 a.m. with a parade throughout the community ending at the event site.
     At 10 a.m., cooks will make their rice on site.

  • Deadline nears for Miss Fall Festival

    Not only does Bushnell come alive with fun and activities at the annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 19, it also the home of the annual Miss Fall Festival Pageant.
    For those considering participating, in this second-year event, the pre-registration deadline for the contest is Monday, Oct. 14.
    The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, under the Main Entertainment Tent. It is sponsored by the Sumter Fair Association. Check in is between 10:30 and 11 a.m. that morning.

  • City set for Fall Festival

    .It started almost three decades ago, when city leaders were trying to figure out a way to honor the City of Bushnell on its 100th birthday.
    What they agreed to was an old fashioned fall celebration. Some 28 years later, the event is still growing strong and drawing the crowds.
    Bushnell becomes the home of the 28th annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 19.
    City leaders have scheduled a full day of events and activities that start with a parade down Main Street at 10 a.m.

  • Contestants needed for Bushnell's Got Talent

    sign up for the 4th Annual Bushnell’s Got Talent! Slated for Saturday Oct. 19, contestants ages five years and up can compete by singing, dancing, spoken-word poetry or musical instrument acts. The winner(s) will be selected by a panel of music industry professionals, including members of NARAS (The GRAMMYs), producers, casting agents and recording artists.