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Today's News

  • Cost snuffs water permit battle

    Sumter residents trying to stop a proposed water pumping operation in Sumterville cite potentially exorbitant legal costs for ending their quest for an administrative hearing on a water use permit issued by the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD).

  • SECO lawsuit fails

    A circuit court judge ruled late last month that Bushnell city officials had not violated Florida’s “Government in the Sunshine” or public records regulations last year as it studied the possible acquisition of part of Sumter Electric Cooperative’s (SECO Energy) service area.

  • Webster prepares for event

    Hundreds of lifetime residents gather each year for the Webster Cemetery Picnic and Webster High School Class Reunion.

    Held at the Sumter County Farmer’s Market in Webster, this year’s event will be on Saturday, Oct. 8.

    All graduates and attendees of former Webster High School are invited to attend. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. The Class of 1956 is hosting the event.

  • Hall death sentence nulled

    Convicted murderer Freddie Lee Hall no longer faces execution for the death of Karol Lea Hurst, of Wildwood, some 38 years ago.

    The Florida Supreme Court on Sept. 8 ruled that Hall’s death sentence for the 1978 murder of Hurst is vacated and remanded to a life sentence because of Hall’s  intellectual disability,” according to court documents.

  • School superintendent faces investigation

    Allegations of bullying and unprofessional actions were leveled during a School Board meeting last week against School Supt. Rick Shirley by his political challenger Preston Morgan.

    Those allegations have led to the School Board requesting an investigation by an independent investigator into Morgan’s claims.

  • Strickland to fill council seat

    Bushnell City Council didn’t have to look far to fill one of its vacant seats. Joe P. Strickland, Jr., both former long-time mayor and council member, on Sept. 8 was approved and sworn-in to Council Seat 3 that was held the last two years by Kay McCoy.

    Strickland’s appointment came during a routine council meeting that was rescheduled because of the Labor Day holiday. He was appointed just days after the sudden death of McCoy on Aug. 30.

  • Local leader dies suddenly

    The city of Bushnell has lost one of its leaders. Council Member Sandra “Kay” Woodard McCoy died suddenly on Tuesday, Aug. 30.

    McCoy, 69, had served on the council for two years after being appointed in September 2014 to Seat 3 after the sudden death of Warren Maddox. They were both members of the South Sumter High School graduating class of 1965.

  • Sumter deals with the storm

    As Hurricane Hermine was wreaking havoc last week in the state’s Big Bend area, its spin-off weather bands were mostly creating headaches and work for property owners and local governments throughout Sumter County.

    With the stormy weather lasting through Thursday night and Friday morning, the county escaped with just a slight brushing by the storm. There were unofficial reports of from four- to five-inches of rain over most of the area.

  • U.S. 301 widening plans to be discussed

    The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on Saturday, Sept. 20, will present design alternatives to widen U.S. 301 from a two-lane roadway to a four-lane roadway. 

    FDOT officials and agency consultants will hold an open house meeting from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Trinity Baptist Church – Fellowship Hall, located at 3305 E CR 468, Wildwood (just north of Coleman). 

  • Performing arts schedule for 2016-2017 season

    The Lake-Sumter State College Foundation, Inc. 2016-2017 George O. Pringle Performing Arts Series offers an unparalleled array of comedy, theater, music and dancing in Lake and Sumter counties. Arts enthusiasts will have the opportunity to enjoy the eclectic line-up of professional entertainment which will include the world famous Jimmy Dorsey, Ethan Bortnick and your favorite bands of the yesteryear that is sure to knock your socks off.