Today's News

  • 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.

  • Baby safely recovered during drug bust

    When law enforcement officers arrested three adults on drug charges last week, they also found a one-year-old child inside the suspects’ vehicle.
    The suspects were arrested about 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Wendy’s restaurant on County Road 48 in Bushnell, according to a sheriff’s office report.
    The arrests were made by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Special Investigation Squad during an undercover drug operation that resulted in the three arrests.

  • Oxford Fall Festival

    The Pine Level Cemetery Association will host its annual fall festival on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Oxford. Patrons can dine in,  or take out the barbecue pork or chicken dinner. The meal includes baked beans, coleslaw, dessert and tea for a $7.50 donation. There will be a cakewalk, cake auction, silent auction, haunted hayrides, giant slide, rock wall, dunk tank and lots of midway style games for all ages. For more information or advanced dinner tickets, call 461-4600 or 307-9559.

  • Mosquito Control
  • Local business, college form training partnership

    A fuel tank manufacturer moving to the Bushnell area will be getting some specialized training from Lake-Sumter State College for the company's employees to use in production of above-ground fuel storage tanks at a new facility near Bushnell.
    MEMCO Envirosafe owner Michael Evans and LSCC President Charles Mojock were joined last Wednesday by other college representatives, Sumter County officials and Envirosafe personnel for the ceremonial signing of the agreement for the college to provide the training.

  • Drug sweep may lead to help

    Just as the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office concluded a three-month drug investigation throughout the county last month that culminated in the arrest of dozens of local suspects on drug-related charges, the Health Department was gearing up to celebrate the month of September as Recovery Month.
    The recent drug bust and the substantial amount of suspects arrested drives home the Health Department’s attempt to honor Recovery Month by providing assistance to those who may need it.

  • Judge race continues to Nov.

    One local candidate from the recent primary election will be back in November to challenge an opponent in the general election.
    While Bushnell lawyer Mary Hatcher, 53, of Wildwood, claimed the majority of the votes in her race for a six-year term as Circuit Judge Group 3, she did not obtain a high enough percentage to defeat all the candidates in the race. A candidate must obtain 51 percent of the vote to win election.

  • Big ideas, little land

    You’ll never believe what you can do on just a half an acre of Florida land – hundreds of species of plants and dozens of animals and insects.
    If you don’t believe it, drop by the demonstration garden at the Sumter County Extension Office – located on the west side of the West Central Florida Agricultural Education Center at Beville’s Corner.
    The garden is about half an acre of land, filled with native species – from trees, birds and pollinators to vegetables and herbs.