Today's News

  • Lemonade and Linden

    They come out of tradition, out of respect for their late family members and to support one of Sumter County’s oldest community events – the Annual Linden Cemetery Picnic.
    Saturday, hundreds of residents from around Linden, Tarrytown, Mabel, Webster and other rural communities braved the heat and humidity for the fund-raising event. Some noted that there seemed to be a good size crowd this year and hinted that a few more might be present due to it being an election year.
    It’s one of those events where local office holders or seekers will almost surely turn up

  • Update: Gator bites local man

    A Bushnell man on Friday was still hospitalized following a June 21 alligator attack that left him with gashes in his upper right thigh and lower right calf, according to a Sumter County Sheriff’s Office report.
    Jackie Eugene Hildreth , 58, was reportedly bitten after approaching a large alligator that had been shot by his father shortly before the attack in a pasture off County Road 311 in Bushnell.

  • Plans for gas pipeline continue

    The start of construction on a large natural gas pipeline through Sumter County is still on track for this summer, but, so far, there is no apparent sign of activity in the areas mapped for the massive project.
    “We are still targeting a summer 2016 construction start date,” wrote Andrea Grover in an email last week. She is the project spokesperson for Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC, the joint partnership company building the pipeline.

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  • FWC law enforcement to participate in Operation Dry Water

    Operation Dry Water -  national crackdown on boating under the influence


  • FWC moving forward with statewide conservation effort

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is moving forward with a significant effort to conserve Florida’s most vulnerable wildlife throughout the state. At its June meeting, the Commission recommended staff move forward with efforts to establish a suite of new Critical Wildlife Areas and modify five existing CWAs.



  • The curve must be fixed

    Another terrible accident has happened on County Road 48 near the Wahoo Curve in Bushnell.

    This time, a head-on collision last Friday morning sent three people to the hospital in critical condition, one of the victims had to be rescued from the mangled debris that entrapped her. Two more victims were thrown out of their vehicle.

  • Canine cop aids in arrest

    A Webster man was arrested early Monday afternoon, after sheriff’s K9’s tracked him to a car on C.R. 748. Felipe DeJesus Madrigal, Jr., was arrested in connection with the theft of a vehicle from Marion County, according to a Sumter sheriff’s report.

  • Sumter schools surpass state averages

    Sumter County is among the top school districts on state exams, according to the latest wave of preliminary testing information released by the Department of Education.   

    The data shows the percent of students proficient by state, district and school.  

    These categories show how the students of Sumter performed on the tests compared to all other students in Florida who took the same test.   

  • Cops: Employee stole from deceased veteran

    A Florida National Cemetery employee was arrested Monday after he was charged with stealing the credit card of a deceased veteran and purchasing pizza and video gaming cards with it.

    Kevin A. Cullen, 33,  of Bushnell, was charged with two counts of fraudulent use of personal identification information of a deceased person, disturbing contents of a grave or tomb, theft of a credit card and petit theft. Cullen was released from the Sumter County Detention Center the same day on $11,000 bond.