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Today's News

  • Police report

    Tuesday, July 8
    Freddie Lee Bailey, 36, Wildwood, arrested on out-of-county warrant.
    James Dean Hamilton, 28, Webster, arrested for failure to appear.
    Raheem Donte Smith, 21, Wildwood, arrested on out-of-county warrant.
    Julie Bush Summerlin, 50, Webster, arrested for failure to appear.
    George Teddy Williams, 40, Bushnell, arrested for probation violation.
    Wednesday, July 9
    Kurtis Ray Martin, 39, Bushnell, arrested for possession of methamphetamine and drug equipment.
    Thursday, July 10

  • Plans to improve I-75 continue

    Plans begin soon for the design of a $77 million improvement project for portions of Interstate 75 in Sumter County.
    The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) plans to widen about 13 miles of the interstate from the Hernando County line north into Sumter to the C.R. 470 exit, near Lake Panasoffkee.
    Plans also include reconstructing the S.R. 48 interchange, near Bushnell, and reconstruction of the ramp at the C.R. 476B and County Road 673 interchange south of Bushnell.

  • What's that odor?

    Something's been creating a big stink in  Lake Panasoffkee and Sumterville neighborhoods and irate residents are blaming a local landfill operation.
    About a dozen area residents spoke out about foul odor problems last Monday during the monthly Bushnell City Council meeting. The target of their anger is the Heart of Florida Environmental land fill that borders the CSX railroad and County Road 475 south of County Road 470. It began operation in May, 2013.

  • Beloved city employee dies

    Joy Coleman was crowned Miss Sumter County back in 1981.
    According to her daughter Kirsten, Coleman was “selfless” with strength and determination, as she always looked for the best in others; strangers said she was “kind” and “wonderful.”
    Her boss said she was a “Disney worker” with strong convictions. And her co-worker said she was honest, a friend and a sister.

  • Hike in fire assessments fees proposed

    Many Sumter County residents will find an $18 increase in their fire assessment fees for the upcoming fiscal year if the County Commissions gives its nod of approval to the rate hike.
    If approved, the increase would impact owners of parcels with improved property.
    The fee will be considered during a public hearing set by the County Commission for 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 29. The proposal will be presented at the board meeting at the Colony Cottage Regional Recreation Center, 510 Colony Blvd., The Villages.

  • Church events

    Rutland VBS
    Mark the time and date: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 26 – that’s when the First Baptist Church of Rutland is holding registration for their Vacation Bible School program.
    The Bible school will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m., July 30 through Aug. 1. The summer fun will be for children ages three years through sixth grade and will include games and refreshments.
    The church is  at 6674 County Rd. 249. For more information, email redada66@yahoo.com or call 352-697-3781.
    Wahoo Baptist

  • Sumter offers over 100 enrichment courses

    Sumter Adult Education has a program that makes it easy for you to take high-quality, affordable online courses and online career enhancement courses. Through a partnership with ed2go|GES, you can develop new skills and knowledge in order to stand out in today’s competitive job market.
    This program allows you to enhance your personal and professional skills and prepares you to launch a new career or advance in an existing one, no matter where you’re located.

  • Police report

    Tuesday, July 1
    Doreen Carol Brown, 54, The Villages, arrested for DUI.
    James Russell Eley, 65, Center Hill, arrested for possession of methamphetamine and drug equipment.
    Dwayne C. Fogle, 37, Webster, arrested for driving while license suspended.
    Jack Orbia Hatcher II, 51, Wildwood, arrested for DUI.
    Mark Raymond Hawkins, 26, Webster, arrested for DUI and probation violation.
    Lynn Bedgood Jain, 35, Wildwood, arrested for probation violation.

  • Churches work to feed 10,000

    Marguerite Matthews was dressed in a lime green tie-dye shirt with deep purple accents, a paper hair net scooped her shoulder-length hair up and on her hands, she wore slick, plastic gloves. Folks are far more used to seeing her in a formal robe with a stole, or at the very least, dress clothes. The image of her behind the pulpit or walking down the aisle in the sanctuary is common. But today, she was seated at the table with them, weighing rice and vegetables and minerals, packaging food to feed 10,000 hungry people.

  • Team seeks help for World Series

    Playing 12 games in a little less than a week leads to the World Series, when you’re the Bushnell Mini Minors All Star team.
    Coach Mike Zapata said the team went after their bid for the state title, taking second, just behind Sebring.
    The boys played three games on their first Saturday at state.
    At the end of the day, “They were exhausted,” Zapata said.
    “We started off kind of slow,” he said, noting they Sebring beat them 11-1 in their first game of the tournament.
    “After that, we kind of woke up.”