Today's News

  • Bushnell mourns loss of city manager

    Things were somber around Bushnell City Hall on Monday - it's when city staff and community members either learned or confirmed that City Manager Bruce Hickle, 67, died over the weekend.

    Hickle stepped into the city manager position in August 2013, after a decade as the city's utilities director. 

    "March 3 would have been his 15-year anniversary," with the city, said city Human Resources Director Kelly Marcoux.

  • One sweet business

    Some might say that Lake Panasoffkee retiree Scott Irving is “busy as a bee” these days, but, mostly, it’s the bees keeping him busy.

    For an almost 72-year-old retired automotive mechanic, Irving has gotten himself into a sometimes sticky situation – honey, thousands of pounds and dozens upon dozens of jars of honey. It’s all part of his Riverview Apiaries honey business.

  • Health department conducting second round of children's flu vaccines

      In Florida and throughout the U.S., flu activity is on the rise. In Sumter County we are currently seeing an increase in flu activity.

  • Wildlife management areas still celebrating 75 years




  • Clinics open for flu vaccination

    In Florida and throughout the United States, flu activity is on the rise and Sumter County is seeing an increase in flu activity, according to the Sumter County Health Department.

    To better protect the residents of Sumter County, the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) in Sumter County, in partnership with the Sumter County School Board and Healthy Schools LLC, is hosting vaccination clinics in all Sumter County public schools and a number of local daycares. 

  • All in black and white

    This past week, our local Humane Society/SPCA had a "Black Cat Adoption Event." In formal Black Cat attire, volunteer Gloria Litman was dressed for the occasion.

  • Buoys installed on Lake Panasoffkee, water levels holding


    Area boaters are getting a little help from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in navigating Lake Panasoffkee. In late Janauary, FWC staff installed six buoys in the lake to mark each end of the east/west trails.

  • In Focus: Mary Virga

     Just over three years ago, Mary Virga moved to Louisville Ky. from Oxford.

    She had spent decades living in Sumter County and 23 years working for the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.

    "She started out as my secretary," but pursued and obtained certification in law enforcement, said retired Sumter County Sheriff Jamie Adams.

    "She was a great lady. She was very instrumental in helping me get elected," he said.

    Virga, 81, died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017.

  • In focus: Anne Thompson

    95-year-old Anne Thompson, "wasn't really a southern belle, she was more a steel magnolia," said Judith Motter of her aunt.

    The Center Hill resident and ranch owner who was a generous contributor to local and national causes died on Jan. 9.

    According to Motter, she fit the definition - 'a woman who exemplifies both traditional femininity and uncommon fortitude.'

  • Tips in murder sought

    Sumter County Sheriff’s Office (SCS) detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect in the shooting death of a Leesburg man.

    On the evening of Nov. 5, 2017, Villages Fire Rescue personnel responded to a vehicle fire on the 8700 block of NE 102nd  Rd., Lady Lake. 

    While dealing with a burning car, they discovered a man’s body behind and some feet away from the vehicle.