Today's News

  • Picnic this Saturday

    Folks around the Linden community are getting ready for their big annual event, the Linden Cemetery Picnic, on Saturday, June 24.

    This is the estimated 120th year for the traditional fund-raising event featuring wood-fired barbecue beef, pork and chicken dinners for sale along with a batch of chicken purlieu. They’ll also offer donated home-made deserts and fresh lemonade or cold soft drinks for what is usually a somewhat warm summer day.

  • Happy Birthday America! Wildwood celebration

     Happy birthday, America!

  • Mother, teacher remembered

    Minnie Ruth (Roten) Stumborg spent decades teaching math to students at Wildwood High School - comments her students are posting on the internet are a testament to the impact she's had on lives. The service she gave to others is in the cakes she baked and the cards she sent and the love of a mother in the thoughts shared by her daughters.

    Mrs. Stumborg, 80,  of Wildwood, died early on Wednesday, June 7.  She was a graduate of Troy State University,  moving to Wildwood in 1958 from Pine Level, Ala.

  • Bushnell to end incentive

    Bushnell City Council is poised to end an incentive that was used to encourage development in the city. While the city plans to drop one incentive, city officials have proposed keeping a related one in place.


    The council on Monday, June 5, approved an ordinance that ends a moratorium on part of the fees the city charges for new construction projects to connect to municipal water and sewer service.


  • Ruskin woman honored for her volunteer work with veterans



    Kelly Kowall, founder and president of My Warrior's Place in Ruskin, was awarded the Volunteer Florida Champion of Service Award from Gov. Rick Scott's Tallahassee office. The award was presented during a  Florida Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, June 14, by Scott and Volunteer Florida Chief Executive Officer Chester Spellman. The award is give statewide volunteer recognition.

  • Governor signs state employee and law enforcement pay raise bill

     Today, Governor Rick Scott signed SB 7022 which provides pay raises for Florida’s sworn state law enforcement officers, correctional officers and state employees, according to a press release from his office.

  • Gas pipeline nears completion

    That new, 36-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline diagonally slashing through more than 30 miles of Sumter County countryside might already be in service or soon will be, according to the owners, Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC.

    In a May 11 letter to Sumter city and county officials, Sabal Trail representative Brian Fahrenthold noted that contractors were restoring pipeline right-of-way in the area and that “commissioning” – procedures preparing for regular service – would be under way.

  • Wildwood has new chief

     Veteran Wildwood Police Captain Paul Valentino is the city’s new police chief. Valentino was sworn into office Friday morning during a brief ceremony at Wildwood City Hall.

  • Homicide arrest warrants obtained in Rhea Moore murder

    Arrest warrants have been obtained in  the 2015 shooting death of Rhea Moore, according to the Sumter County Sheriff's Office. 

    On Oct. 17, 2015, at approximately 8:30 p.m., deputies were dispatched to 9688 CR 235, Wildwood (Royal Community) in reference to shots being fired. Upon arrival, deputies observed a large group of people standing in the front yard and a shooting victim, Moore, lying on her back.

  • Bushnell approves SECO buy-out

    Bushnell City Council has decided that it will expand its municipal electricity system with an almost $6.8 million buy-out of Sumter Electric Cooperative (SECO Energy) territory and customers within the annexed areas of the city.
    With a three-one vote that culminated five years of study, discussion, public relations campaigns and debate, the council during a special meeting on May 15 decided that the city will proceed with acquiring SECO’s electric service system inside the municipality.