Today's News

  • Women recovering after shooting

    Two women who were allegedly shot last week by a suspect who later hung himself are expected to be released from hospitals this week.
    The women were shot about 1:43 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 29, during an altercation that happened at a home on S.W. 76th Lane, near Bushnell, according to a sheriff’s office report.
    The incident started about 1:35 p.m. when the sheriff’s office received a call that someone was trespassing at the residence, according to a sheriff’s office report.

  • Two die in U.S. 301 crash

    A head-on collision in south Sumter County earlier this week claimed the lives of a Bushnell woman and a 10-year-old Lehigh Acres girl.
    The crash happened at 6:03 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 1, near the intersection of U.S. 301 and S.W. 102nd Road near Croom-a-Coohee.
    Maria M. Vences, 52, of Lehigh Acres, was traveling northbound on U.S. 301 in a 2008 Kia Sedona, south of S.W. 102nd Road when for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed over the centerline of the roadway and into the southbound lane of U.S. 301, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

  • Bushnell sets special election

    Bushnell City Council has set a special election for April 7, 2015, for voters to choose a new city clerk.
    The council approved the election during a special meeting Nov. 17. The decision follows the Nov. 4 defeat of a charter referendum that was proposed to change the city clerk position from elected to appointed.
    While the election is some months away, individuals interested in pursuing the office will have to act soon.

  • Armed gunman sought

    Police are still looking for two armed gunman that robbed a Bushnell service station last week.
    Both of the suspects were wearing masks and fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.
    The robbery happened about 10:55 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19, according to a sheriff’s office report.
    Two men entered the Citgo service station (2192 W C.R. 48) and one of the subjects pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at the store clerk and demanded cash, the report states.
    After receiving the money,  both subjects fled from the store.

  • Driver charged with DUI manslaughter

    A Floral City man was arrested last week for DUI manslaughter and other charges following an October wreck on the interstate in Sumter County that resulted in the death of a Highland City man.
    Mitchell Lee Kinsman, 32, was arrested Friday, Nov. 21, in connection with the death of Kibbie Rewis, 88, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.
    Rewis was a passenger in a 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer, driven by Harry Rewis, 62, also of Highland City, according to the report.

  • Police report

    Tuesday, Nov. 18
    Devon Christopher Daily, 43, The Villages, arrested for property damage and burglary.
    Jeff Lee Johnston, 30, Webster, arrested for battery.
    Rene Martinez, 25, Webster, arrested on out-of-county warrant.
    Shawn Arthur Stroble, 32, Lake Panasoffkee, arrested for battery.

    Wednesday, Nov. 19
    Amanda Lynn Jefferson, 50, The Villages, arrested for larceny and six counts of fraud.
    Terry Levon Killings Jr., 27, Wildwood, arrested for driving while license suspended.

  • Church calendar

    Amplify Student Ministries
    Looking for something new and fun this fall? Amplify Student Ministries is an active youth group at Oxford Assembly of God. Youth includes grades six through twelve. Amplify meets on Sunday evenings at 5:30 in the gym. Caution: Will be habit-forming! Call Youth Pastor Daniel Hahn (352) 748-6124 for more info. Oxford Assem-bly of God is located on Hwy 301, just north of 466. No cost.
    Support Group

  • Out and About

    Chili cook-off
    Got a great chili recipe? Please come join the fun for the 5th Annual “Spice it up for Hospice” Chili Cook Off! This fun and family oriented event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the downtown Bushnell Park. This is an annual fund raiser to benefit the Lane Purcell Hospice House in Sumterville. For more information, contact Susan Bennett at Cornerstone Hospice, (888-728-6234) office, or call Susan Noell, Advisory Board member, eve-nings at 352-793-2835, or request entry forms by emailing to snoell@embarqmail.com

  • Late field goal lets Suwanee take game

    The South Sumter High football team’s season ended in heartbreak.
    With just 14 seconds left, Suwannee High kicker Trevor Ross booted a 27-yard field goal that gave the Bulldogs a thrilling 24-22 upset victory over South Sumter Friday night at Raiders Field.
    Gone in that moment was the Raiders undefeated season and ranking as the top team in Class 5A.
    South Sumter ended up 11- for the year and Suwannee is now also 11-1.
    With three minutes left, Raider senior running back ran 48 yards for a touchdown to give the Raiders a 22-21 lead.

  • So much to be thankful for

    Thanksgiving is much more than a big meal with family and friends. It’s a time to reflect on, and be thankful for, all of the good things you have. Even with all of the uncertainty and turmoil in the world, you have so much to be thankful for. It’s important to be grateful, not just on Thanksgiving, but each and every day. Rather than lamenting what you feel is lacking in your life, begin each new day by developing an attitude of gratitude. Take inventory of your blessings and you will be surprised at just how much you have to be thankful for.