Today's News

  • Police: Man shot brother in head

    A Webster man was arrested Tuesday on charges that he attempted to murder his brother.
    Mark Caines, 54, of Webster, was arrested for attempted premeditated murder.
    Caines is being held in the Sumter County Detention Center without bond.
    The incident was reported about 3:11 p.m. on Oct. 28 when the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office dispatch operations center received a call from someone saying that a man had been shot in the head, according to a sheriff’s office report.

  • Almost time for Beef and Boogie

    Get ready because this coming weekendlaunches an event that heralds next weekends arrival of the annual Beef and Boogie Festival.
     On Saturday, Nov. 1, the Miss Beef and Boogie Pageant is scheduled. Then, the following Saturday, Nov. 8, the annual Beef and Boogie Festival gets under way at the Sumter County Fairgrounds.
     Former Miss Sumter County Connie Foster has been chosen as the director of the 2014 Miss Beef and Boogie Pageant.

  • You little pigs

    There was a royal contestant, wearing a tiara that may have captivated the judges. There was another in a tutu - certainly an attention getter and hard to ignore. There was the wizard who could have easily cast a spell, all up for the winning title in the first ever pig beauty pageant at Lake Panasoffkee Elementary School.

  • 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.