Today's News

  • County landfill future uncertain

    The county is considering closing the landfill at 835 County Road 529, and that means more jobs could be lost.

    Some people would lose their jobs and others would be asked to accept positions that pay them less if the county closes its centrally located commercial landfill operation and reduces it to a downsized citizen’s drop-off point.

    It is our understanding that five employees who have worked there the longest represent 65 years of employment history with the county.

  • Church Events - Aug. 26, 2010


    Pro Life Rally, Oct. 3

    The St Vincent de Paul Catholic Parish is once again sponsoring its annual Pro Life Rally. The rally is to be held in front of the Wildwood Town Hall on Main St. (Rt. 301) on Oct. 3 and will take place between the hours of 2 and 4 p.m.

    The rally will enable those who believe that human life is sacred from conception to natural death an opportunity to express their sentiments with one another and those passing by.

    The parish welcomes all those who feel as we regardless of denomination.

  • World Series: Here they come! State Champs! Grant Zachary, Austin Legg, Joey Cilenti, Cason Adams, Chandler Lake, Matthew Tadlock, Cornelius Patterson, Brady Tucker, Debo Grant, Diego Arredondo, Nathan Eastburn, Gabriel Dorsey, Jake Adams and coaches Mi

    “I feel good, we feel great. We won the state title,” said Mike Eastburn of the Bushnell Dixie state championship win last week.

    After a full ball season, tournaments and the state win, the Sumter County team returned home to prepare for their next stop – Gonzalez, La. and the World Series in Dixie Youth Baseball.

    While it was excitement on the way to state, Eastburn said, “You know, we’re really not nervous, because we were nervous about state, but now everybody’s just happy.”

  • Police report: Aug. 19, 2010

    Tuesday, August 10

    Andrew Luiz, 44, Bushnell, was arrested for forgery and fraud. Bond was set at $3,000.

    Lillie Fowler Pelkey, 49, Webster, was arrested for violation of probation. Bond was not set.

    Jacob Lee Warthen, 29, Center Hill, was arrested for two counts sale of methamphetamines, two counts use of two-way communications device to facilitate a felony and resisting a law enforcement officer. Bond was set at $46,000.

    Wednesday, August 11


    According to Clyde “Scrammy” Hunt, the Southwest Florida Water Management District, commonly called Swiftmud, is needlessly spraying the Withlacoochee River with herbicides to control water hyacinths and water lettuce in places where the nuisance water plants aren’t growing.

    “I’ve talked to Swiftmud and they said repeatedly that they’re spraying these herbicides in and around the river to control the growth of water hyacinths and water lettuce,” said Hunt.

  • Police report: Aug. 12, 2010

    Tuesday, August 3

    James Albert Jericho, 31, Webster, was arrested for two counts of violation of probation. Bond was not set.

    Garrett John Howard Martin, 28, Webster, was arrested for grand larceny. Bond was not set.

    Wednesday, August 4

    Jason Matthew Coello, 27, Lake Panasoffkee, was arrested for battery and violation of probation. Bond was not set.

    Shawna Louise McNew, 26, Webster, was arrested for driving while license is suspended. Bond was not set.

  • Letters to the editor: Aug. 25, 2010

    River spraying

    aquatic plant harvesting

    Federal, state and local agencies spend millions of dollars each year to control aquatic weeds in Florida, with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) working as the state’s lead agency. The District operates under the direction of the FWC to keep water hyacinth under control on the Withlacoochee River, and the FWC provides the funding.

  • Bushnell trying for World in Louisiana

    The Bushnell Dixie Youth League boys are deep into their battle for the World Series title this week, vying in Gonzalez, La.

    “They had their first game last Saturday and they lost,” said proud grandparent Jamie Adams, on the road with the kids.

    But that loss was short-lived as they moved into Sunday and took North Carolina.

    “The game went 11 innings. It took them five extra innings to win,” Adams said, noting the final score was 13-7.

  • Calendar: Aug. 19, 2010

    FRIDAY, AUG. 13

    Ballroom dance

  • Villages may get second hospital

    The Villages may get a second “world class” hospital with services accessible by golf cart in the north end of Sumter County near Wildwood.

    In an Aug. 9 memo to media, Central Florida Health Alliance (CFHA) unveiled plans to construct a third hospital, the second to be located in Sumter County, to complement The Villages Health System.