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Today's News

  • Humane Society/SPCA given custody of 130 abandoned animals

    The Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County recently received legal custody of more than 130 abandoned animals after a recent court custody hearing.
    The animals, largely fowl and farm animals, have growing food and medical bills adding up. Currently the abandoned animals are in temporary foster homes while awaiting adoption.

  • Fire chief to retire in March

    It was announced during a County Commission meeting that Sumter County Fire Chief William “Bill” Gulbrandsen will retire on March 31.
    Gulbrandsen was hired in 2002 as the county’s first countywide fire chief to lead the newly consolidated fire service as the county’s ten volunteer fire departments unified to become Sumter County Fire Rescue (SCFR).

  • Police Report - Feb. 17, 2011

    Tuesday, Feb 8
    Michael Christopher Dipesa, 40, Lady Lake, was arrested for domestic battery. Bond was set at $1,500.
    Stephanie Anne Morris, 22, Webster, was arrested for two counts of failure to appear, one count dealing in stolen property and one count out-of-county warrant. Bond was not set.
    Richard Earl Goodman, 24, Wildwood, was arrested for domestic battery. Bond was set at $1,500.
    Brian Paul Dipesa, 36, Lady Lake, was arrested for domestic battery. Bond was set at $1,500.

  • Sumter Calendar - Feb. 17, 2011

    THURSDAY, FEB. 17
    AARP Driver Safety Class
    AARP Driver Safety Class is scheduled at The Nobleton Community Church, 29084 Sentinel Street, Nobleton. It is a two morning class from 9 a.m. to noon, Feb. 17 and 18. Fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non- AARP members.  The class is open to those 50 and older and those who complete the course may receive an auto insurance discount. Contact your agent for discount amounts and if you qualify. Call 793-5493 to register.
    SATURDAY, FEB. 19
    Dance party

  • Canine Influenza, aka Dog Flu

    By Linda Graves

  • Granville Beville chapter updates reenactment events

    On Saturday, Feb. 12, the Granville Beville 2234, Bushnell Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy held a meeting at the First Baptist Church of Bushnell.
    The meeting was attended by Carol Tomlinson, Carolyn Shaw, Jessica Hoag, Peggy Griffin, Peggy Sloan, Deborah Higginbotham, Bettye Jemison, Jewell Stansell, Kathy Black, Megan Black, Belle Phillips, Doris Sue Smith, Bonnie Tenney, Joyce White and Eloise Pitts.
    Bettye Jemison read a poem called “Ghost of Southern Past” by Dianne Drake Boren the Poet Laureate Florida Division 2010-12.

  • Privatization considered by county

    The days when working for the county meant enjoying perpetual employment with good benefits until or unless one committed a significant infraction are disappearing about as quickly as privatization is implemented by county administrators.
    Among the top “organizational goals” for County Administrator Bradley Arnold, as listed in a county report, is implementation of the privatization of certain departments within the county, for example, the Transit Department.

  • Blueberry Hill hosts Chamber luncheon

    More than 70 people attended the first Sumter County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon Exchange at Blueberry Hill NASCAR RV Resort on Feb. 9.
    The luncheon, teeming with entrepreneurs and area business representatives, is part of a two-prong Chamber strategy to increase membership, foster business connections and boost economic activity in southern areas of the county. 
    The host facility, Blueberry Hill, is an upscale RV park at 6233 County Road 609 adjacent to Walmart Supercenter near C.R. 48 in Bushnell.

  • Dates for CRP signup announced

    Tim Manning, state executive director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Florida, announced Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has set general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to begin on March 14, and continue through April 15.
    During the signup period, farmers and ranchers may offer eligible land for CRP’s competitive general signup at their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office.
    Land currently not enrolled in CRP may be offered in this signup provided all eligibility requirements are met.

  • FWC reviewing status of threatened species

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is developing management plans for 60 species considered either threatened or of special concern.
    The agency is also asking for public input about the social and economic effects that management of these species can have. The list includes mammals such as the Homosassa shrew, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, coral, mollusks and crustaceans.