Today's News

  • WWII: Bushnell park becomes the battlefield

    The Dade Battlefield Society once again takes a trip back in time as it sponsors the annual World War II Commemoration.
    The two-day event is set for Saturday, March 5, and Sunday, March 6, at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, in Bushnell.  
    The event marks the end of the most widespread armed conflict in history and celebrates both military and popular civilian culture in the 1939-1945 era.  

  • School district takes national honor

    The Sumter County School District is one of only 130 school districts in the United States being recognized for creating expanded educational opportunities for traditionally underrepresented students.
    The districts featured on the Honor Roll have the distinction of expanding access to higher education by providing students with rigorous academic offerings and innovative college-preparation programs.

  • School district receives United Way funding

    For 50 years, United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties has worked to increase financial stability resources for low-income families and individuals in the community.
    Recently United Way continued to invest by giving $21,978 to Sumter County School Board for the adult education program.

  • Grace Notes - Nancy Kennedy

    Grace has an eternal benefit

      If you can love someone you've only known one hour, then I love Berniece Robertson with all my heart.

    She called the newsroom early one Tuesday morning about a week ago from the hospital. She was dying, and it was her last day in our area. Her son had come from Missouri to take her to his farm to live out her remaining days.

  • Outta the Woods - Deer hunting


    Florida Deer huntin’ continues through Feb. 28 in Zone D


  • FWC approves new freshwater bass conservation measures

    At its meeting Thursday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved sweeping changes to streamline bass regulations and increase effectiveness. Commissioners meeting at the Florida Institute of Public Safety near Tallahassee, approved implementation of new black bass conservation measures, which will go into effect July 1.

  • Don't leave the scene

    The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) recognizes February 15-19, 2016 as Hit and Run Awareness Week in an effort to highlight the impacts of leaving the scene of a crash and reduce the number of hit and run crashes in Florida.
    In 2015, there were more than 92,000 hit and run crashes in Florida. The Florida Highway Patrol alone worked 23,333 of these crashes.

  • Webster charter changes

    The City of Webster may soon operate under a re-organized local government. While city officials plan to keep the offices of mayor, city council members and city clerk, there are some possible changes coming with a proposed new city charter.
    The big change would be in the city’s administration, according to Mayor Kelly Williams, the new charter’s key proponent. If the charter is approved and enacted into law, Webster, for the first time in its 160-year history, will get a council/city manager form of government.

  • Reunited: Feels so good

    Luther was a stray, running the streets of Sumter County when Sumter County Animal Services took him in earlier this year. He was suffering from a case of non-contagious mange and had some open sores, but wasn’t starving or injured, according to Claudia Labbe of the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County.

  • Gas pipeline approval continues

    The company planning to build a large natural gas pipeline through Florida got approval early this month to proceed with the project that includes about 33 miles of pipeline through Sumter County.
    The Federal Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Feb. 2, issued a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to Sable Trail Transmission, LLC, to construct and operate the Sabal Trail interstate natural gas pipeline project. This authorizes Sabal Trail to proceed, with certain conditions, with final preparations to commence construction.