Today's News

  • Animal Control to end pet adoptions

    With the beginning of the new year comes plans by the county to transfer animal adoption procedures from Sumter County Animal Control to a private party.
    County Administrator Bradley Arnold is hoping that the Humane Society of Sumter County will be that partner and that an agreement with the volunteer organization can be reached.

  • 2 Sumter men die in wrecks

    Two different wrecks in the county last week took the lives of two Sumter County men.
    The first wreck claimed the life of a Lake Panasoffkee man.
    The crash happened at 1:28 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10, when a 2003 Ford pickup, driven by Steven Kent Shafer, 65, was traveling west on County Road 470, east of County Road 501, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.
    For an unknown reason, Shafer’s vehicle traveled off the roadway and onto the north shoulder of C.R. 470 where it struck a barbwire fence, according to the report.

  • "Most wanted" suspect nabbed

    A tip provided to Tampa law enforcement officers led to the arrest last week of one of Sumter County’s “most wanted” suspects.
    For months now, Patrick Mobley has been a prime suspect wanted by the sheriff’s office in connection with a summer shooting spree in south Sumter County.
    Mobley, 22, Webster, was arrested in Tampa on Friday, Dec. 5, for possession of marijuana and Sumter warrants for attempted first-degree murder with a firearm and possession and conspiracy to commit murder.

  • Application filed for gas pipeline

    The company proposing to install a multi-billion dollar, 650-mile-long natural gas pipeline through portions of the state, including Sumter County, has filed an application with the federal government to move forward with the plan.
    Sabal Trail Transmission filed an application on Nov. 21 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FREC) for the project.
    The application request is called a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity.  Notice of the application will be mailed to impacted property owners and local governments.

  • Historic Baker House Christmas Tours Planned


    Historic Baker House set to

    open for Christmas Tours

    This year, the historic Baker House Christmas Tour has expanded into a four-day, two-week event.

    Tourswill be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the two Saturdays - Dec. 13 and Dec. 20. Then on the two Sundays, they will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21.

  • Women recovering after shooting

    Two women who were allegedly shot last week by a suspect who later hung himself are expected to be released from hospitals this week.
    The women were shot about 1:43 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 29, during an altercation that happened at a home on S.W. 76th Lane, near Bushnell, according to a sheriff’s office report.
    The incident started about 1:35 p.m. when the sheriff’s office received a call that someone was trespassing at the residence, according to a sheriff’s office report.

  • Lake Panasoffkee Elementary School Newsletter

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  • Lifetime fishing license on sale

     Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is offering Lifetime Sportsman’s Licenses for Florida children and young adults at a greatly reduced cost, through Dec. 31, 2014.

  • Bushnell sets special election

    Bushnell City Council has set a special election for April 7, 2015, for voters to choose a new city clerk.
    The council approved the election during a special meeting Nov. 17. The decision follows the Nov. 4 defeat of a charter referendum that was proposed to change the city clerk position from elected to appointed.
    While the election is some months away, individuals interested in pursuing the office will have to act soon.

  • Two die in U.S. 301 crash

    A head-on collision in south Sumter County earlier this week claimed the lives of a Bushnell woman and a 10-year-old Lehigh Acres girl.
    The crash happened at 6:03 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 1, near the intersection of U.S. 301 and S.W. 102nd Road near Croom-a-Coohee.
    Maria M. Vences, 52, of Lehigh Acres, was traveling northbound on U.S. 301 in a 2008 Kia Sedona, south of S.W. 102nd Road when for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed over the centerline of the roadway and into the southbound lane of U.S. 301, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.