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Today's News

  • Cities have ballot issues to decide

    Bushnell and Wildwood voters Nov. 4 will have an opportunity to make some changes to their respective city governments.
    In Bushnell, voters decide if they want to keep electing a city clerk or if they want the city council to appoint someone to the post.
    That's the option on a city charter amendment referendum question that will be available to Bushnell voters when they go to the polls for the general election.

    This is the way the question will appear on the ballot:

  • Think Pink

    Bushnell resident Jaye McIntosh was 47 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1990.
    “I had breast cancer and my tumor had actually grown into my bloodstream,” she said. But McIntosh took up the battle and won. She has been cancer free ever since and notes that even during the fight, she was able to find some positive things.

  • Sumter addresses Ebola preparedness

    The Emergency Service response agencies of Sumter County continue to address the issue of Ebola preparedness. Though the chance of encountering an infected patient within Sumter County is extremely low, these agencies joined together to review their readiness to manage a patient infected with Ebola.
    Sumter County Fire and EMS, The Villages Public Safety, and Rural Metro Ambulance (Sumter EMS) are three frontline agencies most likely to first encounter and interact with an individual infected with Ebola or any other virus or disease.

  • 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