Today's News

  • Cops: Employee stole from deceased veteran

    A Florida National Cemetery employee was arrested Monday after he was charged with stealing the credit card of a deceased veteran and purchasing pizza and video gaming cards with it.

    Kevin A. Cullen, 33,  of Bushnell, was charged with two counts of fraudulent use of personal identification information of a deceased person, disturbing contents of a grave or tomb, theft of a credit card and petit theft. Cullen was released from the Sumter County Detention Center the same day on $11,000 bond.

  • Sumter schools surpass state averages

    Sumter County is among the top school districts on state exams, according to the latest wave of preliminary testing information released by the Department of Education.   

    The data shows the percent of students proficient by state, district and school.  

    These categories show how the students of Sumter performed on the tests compared to all other students in Florida who took the same test.   

  • Canine cop aids in arrest

    A Webster man was arrested early Monday afternoon, after sheriff’s K9’s tracked him to a car on C.R. 748. Felipe DeJesus Madrigal, Jr., was arrested in connection with the theft of a vehicle from Marion County, according to a Sumter sheriff’s report.

  • Company gets water permit despite objections

    An Ocala-based company last week got the okay to pump and haul away about a half million gallons of water per day from a proposed Sumterville well site.
    The Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) on June 8 issued water use Permit 20576.000 which will allow SWR Properties, LLC, to pump 496,000 gallons per day on an annual average and up to 892,800 gallons per day on a peak month average.

  • Webster man arrested after search by K9s and aviation unit

    A Webster man was arrested early Monday afternoon, after sheriff's K9's tracked him to a car on C.R. 748. Felipe DeJesus Madrigal, Jr., was arrested in connection with the theft of a vehicle from Marion County, according to a Sumter sheriff's report.

  • Head-on collision on S.R. 48

     One person was heavily entrapped and two others were ejected from their vehicle in a head-on car collison Friday morning, according to a report from Sumter County Fire and EMS.

    The crash occurred near the Wahoo curve, on S.R. 48, west of Bushnell, just after 11 a.m. Witnesses to the crash were able to pull victims away from a burning SUV before the first responders arrived, but it took just over 35 minutes to free one of the victims who was entrapped in a pick-up truck.

  • NJROTC program faces challenges

    Changes may be under way for South Sumter High School’s NJROTC unit, as they head into the 2016-2017 school year.
    While School Principal Preston Morgan was clear to say they will continue with a military program at the high school, they’re waiting to hear from the United States Navy if the structure of the program will change from a military-funded program to a program completely funded by the school district.

  • Girl recovering from dog attack


    Many kids start out the summer school break with family vacations or trips to the beach, but not Logan Daniels.  The eleven-year-old Coleman resident was instead being rushed to the emergency room at the University of Florida Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville for treatment of a vicious dog attack.

  • County Road 470 meeting scheduled

    The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will hold a public alternatives meeting to talk about the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study along County Road 470 from C.R. 527 to Florida’s Turnpike, in Sumter and Lake counties.
    The purpose of this PD&E study is to develop and evaluate alternatives that provide long-term transportation needs and accommodate future growth that is reflected into adopted local and regional plans.
    Based on the anticipated future travel demand, the existing two-lane roadway will not meet future capacity and mobility needs.

  • Dealing with a dangerous curve

    It’s sometimes a bit of an intimidating curve. Sometimes it can be down-right hazardous.

    If you drive much on west County Road 48 between Bushnell and the Withlacoochee River, you likely know it well – the “Wahoo Curve.” It’s a somewhat sharp 90-degree curve, about 4.25 miles west of Interstate 75.