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Today's News

  • Couple's death ruled murder-suicide

    The last week shooting deaths of a Villages couple are being considered a murder-suicide by law enforcement investigators.
    Last Friday, Oct. 10, deputies found the bodies of Thomas Rich, 73, and his wife Noel Rich, 66, in the couple’s home on Oak Forest Drive, in The Villages, according to a Sumter sheriff’s office report.
    Deputies arrived at the home at 11:12 a.m. after friends of Mrs. Rich reported they had not seen or heard from her since Wednesday, Oct. 8, according to the sheriff’s office report.

  • Fall Festival arrives

    It’s here. Bushnell is just about set for its annual Fall Festival.
    The event is planned for Saturday, Oct. 18, with a variety of entertainment and activities throughout the day in downtown Bushnell.
    Opening ceremonies begin at 11:15 a.m. but the event launches at 10 a.m. with the annual parade down Main Street.

  • Crackers have a ball

    Dozens of supporters gathered for the 10th Annual Florida Cracker Ball, last Saturday night, looking for a night of fun and a chance to support Langley Health Services community efforts.

  • Masked gunman robs X-Mart

    On Thursday, Sept. 25, at approximately 2:37 a.m.,  the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office responded to the X-Marty Adult Supercenter, 973 E State Road 44, in reference to an armed robbery.

    Deputies made contact with the victims, according to a sheriff’s office report. A store clerk advised the subject entered the business brandishing a firearm. The clerk stated that the suspect pointed the firearm in her face and demanded money from the register.

  • Citrus County Hit and Run

    According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, a 58-year-old Homosassa man was hit and injured on U.S. 19, just after midnight Friday morning. The victim was walking northbound, north of Venable Street,  in the center of the southbound lanes of U.S.19, when the right front of a southbound vehicle, traveling the inside lane, struck him.

  • Heavy rains cause damage in Hillsborough County

    Heavy rains are the cause of flooding and erosion in Central Florida. The image attached shows the southbound, outside lane of S.R.589, between Linebaugh and Waters Avenue in Hillsborough County. The road is closed while crews work to repair erosion damage.

    In Sumter, County Administrator Bradley Arnold said they did have to deal with a couple of tree issues over the weekend, but he's not aware of any flooding issues at this time and they are continuing to monitor the situation as long as it continues to rain.

  • Pasco crash on I-75
  • Plans for gas pipeline reviewed

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FREC) is currently reviewing comments and concerns expressed by the public and other sources about a proposed multi-billion dollar,  650-mile natural gas pipeline project that would cut through Sumter County in its projected route from Alabama to Orlando.
    The Sabal Trail Project is currently under review by the FREC, the lead federal agency for conducting the environmental review of the project. The agency is currently planning to prepare an environmental impact statement about the proposed project.

  • Church events

    Coleman Homecoming celebration
    The First Baptist Church of Coleman will host a homecoming celebration at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26.
    There’ll be bluegrass music, with the gospel being preached by Pastor Keith Jones and a covered dish dinner.
    Linden church
    The Linden Church of God is celebrating its 101st anniversary homecoming at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19.
    The Southern Gospel Quartet Mark V will be singing in the morning service with dinner on the grounds on the grounds afterwards. Everyone is invited.

  • Wildwood needs a win

    There is no way to underplay the importance of Friday night’s Wildwood football game with Pierson Taylor.
    Both teams are in a three-team Class 1A district. They play at 7:30 p.m. there.
    Wildwood has lost to Crescent City.
    If Wildwood can beat Pierson Taylor, the Wildcats, now 0-5 overall, can possibly qualify for the playoffs and one more game after the season ends.
    If the Wildcats lose, the season is practically over for them.