Today's News

  • Police: Victim crashes into car, escapes

     A potential victim was able to flee from two men last Saturday evening by crashing into their vehicle as they attempted to block her vehicle inside her driveway, according to a sheriff’s department report.
    The unidentified Oxford woman told sheriff’s deputies that she was followed home Saturday when she left the Cross Roads Bar in Summerfield, according to sheriff’s Lt. Bobby Caruthers. “They followed her to her home on County Road 103 and as the victim drove into her carport, the men parked behind her.”

  • Program launched at farmers market

    If you rely on an EBT card for your groceries and would love some fresh produce from the Sumter County Farmers Market, then get your tokens and get in line.
    Next month, starting Monday, Sept. 8, recipients of the state’s food assistance program will be able to buy fresh produce at the Sumter County Farmers Market in Webster through a brand new program.

  • Panasoffkee springs to get state funding

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection last week proposed spending $69 million in Florida springs projects, including one in Sumter County, leveraged by the $30 million Gov. Rick Scott secured in the “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget.”
    It brings the total invested in springs projects to more than $100 million in the last two years.
    During this year alone, DEP has developed a project plan to support nearly $70 million in springs restoration projects.
    Including in the project is a restoration plan for Lake Panasoffkee.

  • Bushnell schedules protection seminar

    The City of Bushnell is hosting a one-hour presentation about identity theft and how to not become a victim.
    The program is being presented by the National Crime Stop Program - Crimestoppers.  
    The public is invited to this free presentation on Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Bushnell City Hall.
    The City is asking all interested citizens to please sign up in advance, as space is limited.

  • Inside during school lockdown

    Kids were in their classrooms – sitting next to their new classmates, as they tugged on the nametags hanging around their necks. They had already met their new teachers. Pre-kindergarteners were wiping away the last of their tears, a last little sniffle here or there, having watched their parents walk out of the classroom and leave them behind - it was the first day of school at Lake Panasoffkee Elementary School.

  • Suspects arrested in Webster shootings

    Just as students at Lake Panasoffkee Elementary School were settling in for their first day back to school, last Thursday, not far away, law enforcement officers were arresting suspects in connection with recent multiple shootings in Webster.

  • Bushnell man arrested for video voyeurism

    A Bushnell man was arrested last Friday after he reportedly returned to a local store where he is accused of taking voyeuristic photographs more than a week earlier from under an unknowing customer’s dress.
    Juan Eudes Velasquez Morales, 38, Bushnell, was arrested for video voyeurism. He was placed in the Sumter County Detention Center with bond set at $5,000.
    Morales is accused of taking the photographs on July 27 at the Dollar General store on W. Belt Avenue, in Bushnell, according to the arrest report.

  • Scholarship in honor of Coleman

    “I am so pleased to announce that with the cooperation of the Sumter Fair Association and Kirsten Coleman, a scholarship fund has been established in the name of Joy Coleman,” notes Cheryl Cole, who created a scholarship in honor of Joy Coleman and garnered approval for the “Joy Coleman Shine Foundation” scholarship, from the Sumter Fair Association.
    Coleman, who served as director for the fair’s annual Miss Sumter County Pageant for the past three years, died last month after a battle with cancer.

  • Election 2014: Unusually quiet


  • Bushnell: Landfill odor seems to be diminishing

    The odor problems in the Lake Panasoffkee area that some residents blamed on a local landfill have apparently been somewhat subdued.
    A bout a half dozen residents of Lake Panasoffkee and Sumterville on Monday told the Bushnell City Council that they can still smell the landfill at times, but the odors are not nearly as bad they were preceding  the council meeting last month.
    And, from their accounts, the odor problems are more transient.