• There is no doubt that the City of Bushnell has a great park right outside Bushnell City Hall and right in the heart of the city.

    The gazebo, the fountain, the benches and the green areas all look inviting but unfortunately, not many people got the invitation.

    On any given day, the park remains virtually empty. You don’t see kids playing or people eating lunch there. People don’t meet there. It’s a pretty view that isn’t really enjoyed by anyone.

  • October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here at the Sumter County Times, we’re supporting this special month that focuses on fighting breast cancer with this special pink edition of the newspaper.
    Not only is the paper pink a way of supporting breast cancer awareness, we’ve also filled this edition full of useful information to help join the cause.
    There are plenty of ways that you can also help support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
    If you’re looking to make a statement in the fight against breast cancer, look no further than your legs.

  • Exciting news!  

    At a time when workforce demands for technical skills and industry certification are at an all-time high, the schools in Sumter County have increased the number of students earning industry-relevant credentials by forty-one percent with 230 industry certifications awarded this school year! 

  • By Jennifer Anchors

    More than 200,000 babies were born in Florida last year.

    As a mother, I distinctly remember the indescribable feeling of holding my own children in my arms for the very first time. 

    My heart fills with joy for the new moms and dads who experienced this sense of awe for the very first time. In their arms, they held infinite possibility for the future. They held a miracle. Their miracle. 

  • With so much construction work going on or near Interstate 75 in Sumter County, it’s a good idea to keep a keen eye on the roadways, a keen and sober eye.

    The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) will concentrate its enforcement efforts on drunk driving over the next two weeks as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign that begins today and runs through Labor Day. 

  • This month, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) is reminding motorists to focus on child safety in vehicles as well as on and around Florida roads. DHSMV is partnering with the Florida Department of Children and Families, Florida Department of Education, Florida Department of Health, Florida Sheriffs Association, Florida Police Chiefs Association and the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to recognize August 2016 as Child Safety Awareness Month.

  • School begins Wednesday, Aug. 10, and Webster Elementary invites parents and students to our Open House Celebration on Aug. 9 from noon -3 p.m.  

  • The voice of the average citizen has just about been lost when it comes to local land use changes. Whether it’s a zoning or a permitting issue, it’s not as easy as it once was to have issues decided based on local concerns.

    For example, right now a group of Sumter residents are trying to fight the permitting of the Fern Spring project in Sumterville that the Southwest Florida Water Management District permitted last month.

  • Despite the many successful adoptions achieved by the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County and the Sumter County Animal Services in their mutual adoption agreement, there still is a greater number of adult cats and kittens in need of permanent loving homes than anticipated. 

  • No matter where you find yourself on the Fourth of July, you will probably see lots of food, beverages and grass-stained sneakers. Whether you’re enjoying a barbecue in the great outdoors, traveling to see family or friends, or spending time at home, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is urging everyone to take extra food safety precautions when planning their menu.

  • 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.

  • Johnny Is Absent Today
    Johnny is absent today—again. He was absent yesterday and may be tomorrow as well. Johnny has begun the slow process of disengagement that can and often does contribute to dropping out of high school.

  • Well, that didn’t take long. A few days into hurricane season and along comes Tropical Storm Colin. But along with hurricane season comes a special hotline that consumers may want to know about.

    Attorney General Pam Bondi this week activated Florida’s price gouging hotline for consumers in multiple Florida counties. 

    The opening of the hotline came as Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in 34 counties in preparation for the impact of Tropical Storm Colin. 

  • Does it really go back that far? For more than 30 years, on and off, I’ve dealt with Bobby Caruthers as the sheriff’s department liaison between their law enforcement department and our newspaper.

  • An advertisement  in the April 28 edition of this newspaper encouraged citizens to attend the May 2 Bushnell City Council meeting.
    The ad was a paid political ad by Citizens for Cooperative Power, a political action group funded by SECO.
    Well, the ad certainly got the attention of many people and they definitely turned out for that meeting.

  • Water - it is our most valuable resource.
    Industries can’t manufacture it and it’s not a renewable resource - what we have is what we have.
    It can be cleaned and filtered or it can be polluted but it cannot be mass produced.
    That means that protecting it should be of major concern to all of us.
    That’s what the County Commission recently saw when a group of citizens, mostly from The Villages, came to object to plans to let a bottled water company extract hundreds of thousands of gallons of water per day from a proposed well site in Sumterville.

  • The recent closing of Center Hill’s Central Beef Industries is not only devastating to the 214 workers who have lost their jobs, the company’s demise also has a major impact on the local community as well as the cattle industry in the southeastern part of the country.

    Central Beef  has been a historical part of Sumter’s local industries since the 1940s.

    Its closure will impact its former employees who primarily live in the southern part of the county. The closure is likely to add economic stress to many families in an area.

  • 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.