Today's News

  • Walking the walk

    The Sophisticated Gents of Florida helped lead the Royal MLK March parade on Monday, Jan. 16.

    The annual event drew an estimated 100 participants and included the morning parade, gathering and prayer, with a recitation of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have a Dream” speech.

    Hosted by the Young Performing Artists (YPAs), Inc., the community started the day with the 10 a.m. parade along C.R. 235 and rounded out the evening with a banquet at the Royal Community Center.

  • Fuller's U-pick farming

    Owner Buck Fuller started his career in the nursery business decades ago, down in St. Petersburg.

    “We had some property down there and my dad was trying to farm it,” he said, noting it was difficult. His family had about 75 acres and Fuller decided to try about 20 acres as a wholesale plant nursery.

    “Serendipity,” he said with humor of how he ended up in a wholesale nursery business. 

  • Constitutional officers take seats

    Sumter County Constitutional officers were sworn in recently, at the Sumter County Courthouse, by Judge Michelle Morley. Shown taking the oath (from left) are: Sumter County Clerk of the Court Gloria Hayward, Tax Appraiser Joey Hooten, Supervisor of Elections William “Bill” Keen, Tax Collector Randy Mask and Sheriff Bill Farmer. Shown holding the Holy Bibles for their swearing in are (from left): Hayward’s senior administrative assistant Erin Munz,  Hooten’s daughter, Delaney and Farmer’s wife, Linda.

  • Dade Park February events


    February 2,Thursday, 9 am – 2 pm.            

              A Road Back In Time 

  • Family Living Rules 2017

    Family Living Expo Rules 2017

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  • Honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King

     Young Performing Artists (YPAs), Inc. is offering a selection of activities that honor, recognize and pay tribute to the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

    On Monday, Jan.16, the community of Royal presents their annual MLK March, starting at 10 a.m. 

    The parade will begin and end at the Historic Royal Park, 9569 C.R. 235 in Wildwood (Royal). 

  • Reliving history at Dade Park

    A cold, rainy Florida morning greeted the U.S. Infantrymen and Seminole warriors who met 181 years ago among the pine trees and saw palmettos near Bushnell. It was about the same for the men and women who gathered last Saturday to reenact that fateful event.

    They came to the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park on this inclimate weekend much as they do every year to commemorate what is known as the Dade Massacre which occurred on that very site.

  • Florida students get cooking for Dairy Council Gridiron Challenge

    Fuel Up to Play 60 Initiative Calls for Recipe Submissions from Elementary and Middle School Students

    Yogurt, cheese, milk ... the options are endless when it comes to cooking with dairy products. And to prove just that, the Dairy Council of Florida is now accepting recipes for its fourth annual Gridiron Cooking Challenge, a fun-filled cooking competition for elementary and middle school students throughout Florida.


  • FWC celebrates 75 years

    FWC celebrates 75 years of wildlife management area conservation success 

  • Elections supervisor retires after 16 years

    Friday was the last day on the job for Sumter Supervisor of Elections Karen Krauss, although there was probably little left to do but share in the memories and accomplishments of her many years of service as her staff, friends, family and various officials honored her with a reception at the supervisor’s office in Bushnell.