Today's News

  • County hires new librarian

    Barbara Shiflet did a short stint in a law enforcement office, moving between Hernando and Marion counties before taking a part-time job in a library in 1982. It was those few hours weekly that launched her career.

    “After law enforcement, I knew the library was a better fit for me,” she said.

    And that’s where she stayed — returning to school to get her master’s degree in library science in 1999. She worked her way up through the ranks in Hernando County and was recently hired to manage Sumter County’s library system.

  • Woodard dies at 95

    Bushnell resident Marsha Perkins said her aunt Doris Woodward, was her idol.

    Perkins said she remembers Woodward, a registered nurse, had the “perfect look,” with her white shoes, white uniform and starched white hat.

    She looked so perfect that Perkins wanted to grow up to be a nurse just like her.

    “Then I found out what nurses have to do — yucky stuff with sick people,” she said with a laugh.

    While Perkins chose a different path, she can see that still, to some degree, she was inspired by her aunt.

  • Citizens have a responsibility to vote in local elections

    While Americans, mostly young Americans, are dying on foreign soil to secure the right for others to hold fair elections, too many do not bother to cast their votes in elections.

    Meanwhile, the economic fate of young Americans is the subject of great debate, as the federal government piles trillions of dollars in new debt atop trillions in existing debt.

    In the interim — with hundreds of thousands of troops deployed, many at war, and double-digit unemployment looming at home — the country seems politically polarized, lacking consensus or direction.

  • Craft show in December


          Crafters - set up your tables on Saturday, Dec. 5 for the annual craft show. Tables are $5 each.   Red Oaks is located off of S.R. 48, west of Bushnell, near Interstate 75.   Anyone interested is asked to call Melody at 352-793-2152.

  • Performance at Melon Patch



  • Casting for Melon Patch


  • Players needed for men's league

    A winter softball league is forming for seniors and players are needed.

    The league will be based at Kenny Dixon Sports Complex.

    For information, call Jack at 574-229-9632 or 574-286-4562.

  • Wildwood Players of the Week

    The Wildwood High School Athletic Club selects top players from each game. This week's "Players of the Week" are Desmon Solomon and Garrett Hurst.

    Solomon made seven tackles and three touchdowns during a recent game.Hurst made four pancake blocks.



  • SECO advises members to be alert


  • Migratory bird and early waterfowl hunt season dates