Today's News

  • UPDATE: Man arrested in Webster murder

    A 40-year-old man, recently released from prison for a Sumter County homicide in 1993, has been charged with the murder of Fannie Rose Houck - the woman whose body was found Monday, April 9 in Webster, according to a Sumter County Sheriff’s Office press release.

  • Investigators issue warrants in Curry murder

    One man was arrested and a warrant has been issued for a second man, in connection with the murder of Joel Aaron Curry, according to a Sumter County Sheriff’s Office press release.

    Sumter County investiagators were able to untilize leads and iidentify two brothers, Chauncey and Anthony Calhoun, in connection with Curry’s murder, Curry’s body was found on Nov. 5, 2017, behind a burning car near the Cherry Lake community.

    Curry, from Leesburg, was 29.

  • Death leads to murder charge

    Investigators originally thought James Phillip "Bo" Bovenzi, 31, had been shot on Wednesday, April 4, when they responded to a call in Coleman that afternoon. They later learned that he was the victim of blunt force trauma. Bovenzi died over the weekend, according to Sumter sheriff's Lt. John Galvin.

  • Churches celebrate unity


    "I have a dream that one day ... little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers - I have a dream today."  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    That was just a small part of King's speech, made in the 1960's. A leader in the Civil Rights Movement, he was assassinated on Wednesday, April 4, 1968.

    Now, in Wildwood, five decades and years of change later, two local churches are celebrating their unity as brothers and sisters in Christ.

  • Summer camps open to all youth

    Come join UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County 4-H Youth Development for their 2018 Summer Day Camps. Youth do not need to be members of 4-H in order to attend.

    Day camps are only $25 each and will be held at the Sumter County Fairgrounds, 7620 SR 471 Bushnell, FL 33513.

    This year’s Summer Day Camps include: Bike 4-Health Camp, AG Exploraton Camp, Bug Camp and Wildlife Gardener Camp.

  • Jody Young is named as Bushnell's interim manager


    Jody Young, Bushnell’s interim city manager, will continue in that post for possibly the next six months.

    Young, Bushnell’s finance director, was one of three current city staffers including Utilities Director David Mullholand and Joey Chandler, a Bushnell electric lineman, foreman that applied for the vacant city manager’s post. Young has also been serving in the dual capacity of interim city manager and finance director since an emergency meeting of the council on Feb. 12, shortly after the sudden death of City Manager Bruce Hickle.

  • Baker House fest offers trip back in time

    Florida history buffs and visitors wanting to take in a little 19th Century culture on Saturday got the opportunity for a glimpse back in time as the Historic Baker House was opened for free tours during its 4th annual Baker House Heritage Festival.


    Visitors got to tour the rooms of the stately two-story structure in Orange Home, near Wildwood. It’s been under restoration – which continues – for the past several years since the City of Wildwood acquired the property.


  • Locklear named interim editor

    Brenda Locklear has been named the interim editor of the Sumter County Times.

    Robert Reichman, the long time editor of the paper, official retired from the position last week.

    Brenda is a 32-year veteran with the Bushnell based weekly newspaper and has now assumed responsibility for the content of the paper.

    “We are delighted that Brenda will lead the paper and continue the tradition of focusing on the important news of Sumter County,” said Gerry Mulligan, publisher of Landmark papers in Florida.

  • Fest is visual treat

    Sumter County gardeners, home owners and a few folks looking for a visual treat braved a chilly Saturday morning start for what has become the local community’s premier flower and garden event – the Sumter County Master Gardeners’ Spring Garden Festival at the Wildwood Community Center.

  • Oxford mourns Ms. Wyoneen's passing

    Wyoneen Dugger was well known in Oxford - if it wasn't for her generous nature or her $400 pecan pie, it might have been for her first ride on a motorcycle at age 95.

    A little over a week ago, at 97, Ms. Wyoneen died on Sunday, March 18.

    "She was the finest Christian lady I've ever known in my life. She was  a great witness and testimony," said Oxford resident Brenda Shrewsbury, who was influenced by Wyoneen Dugger throughout her life.