• County lifts burn ban

    The county rescinded a burn ban imposed last December that prohibited all burning and fireworks. Commissioners lifted the ban during their Feb. 8 meeting on the recommendation of Deputy Fire Chief Brad Burris. The fire chief stated in a recent letter to commissioners that recent rains and a forecast of more to come had “reduced the possibility of conditions that would cause forest fires to quickly grow to a dangerous level.”

  • Wildwood sponsors contest

    The city of Wildwood is looking to update its logo design and is sponsoring a contest awarding a cash prize to the individual who comes up with a winning design.
    The deadline for submitting logo designs is 5 p.m., April 4, and the winner will receive a $500 cash prize.
    The city’s competition guidelines stipulate that all logos must include the phrase ‘Florida’s Transportation Hub’ and can be created electronically or as hard copy artwork; multiple designs are accepted.

  • No go for golf carts

    Efforts by County Commissioner Richard Hoffman to grant unrestricted golf cart access to businesses along four-lane Buenos Aires in The Villages backfired recently when commissioners voted to rescind golf cart access in the area altogether.
    The resolution initially championed by Hoffman and approved last October allowing restricted golf cart access to businesses along the four-lane collector road was rescinded by commissioners last week in a 1-4 vote.

  • School Supt. addresses legislative delegation


    School supt. addresses state delegation


    By Larry Clifton

    Staff writer

    Sumter County School Supt. Richard “Rick” Shirley displayed his formidable debating skills while engaging state senators and representatives during the recent Sumter County Legislative Delegation meeting at the new Wildwood government complex.

  • County Commission enacts burn ban

    The Sumter County Commission on Tuesday Dec.14, enacted a resolution placing a burn ban in effect.
    This burning ban is for yard waste, bon fires, and campfires on private or county property. The ban does not apply to Division of Forestry permitted land clearing, silviculture, permitted agriculture, and campfires in state forests or outdoor cooking in barbecue grills.
    The ban is in effect due to extremely dry weather conditions throughout Central Florida. The current Keetch Byram Drought Index (KBDI) for Sumter County and surrounding areas is at an average of 580.

  • County and city meetings

    LISTEN LIVE - Audio for the weekly Sumter County Commission meetings are now accessible online.

    Meetings in Bushnell can be heard live.

    Meetings in the Villages can be listened to from archives - starting with March meetings.

  • Executive Order to assist with crop transport


    Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson has requested and received an extension of the Governor's Executive Order declaring a state of emergency in order to help farmers respond to this week's cold snap. The extension will continue the temporary suspension of weight restriction for trucks until December 31.