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  • Haunted Hayrides at Dade Park

  • Haunted Hayrides at Dade Park
  • Night Walk into History at Dade Park

  • Bushnell approves policing contract with sheriff

    The Bushnell City Council Monday night approved a five-year contract with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services.
    City Manager Vince Runao said “everybody finally agreed to the terms and we crossed all the T’s and dotted all the I’s.”
    The City Council had been considering the proposal which eliminates the city police department and instead contracts with the sheriff’s office for law endorcement services.

  • Pow-wow planned for next weekend

    Native crafts, demonstrations, song and dance, story telling and all in a “family friendly” atmosphere. Hundreds of people are expected to roll into Dade Park next weekend, from across the state, as they gather to participate in the First Annual Inter-Tribal Native American Holiday Pow-wow.
    Set for for Friday, Sept. 28 through Sunday, Sept. 30, the three-day event will be held at Dade Park in Bushnell with tribes from around the state participating, according to Howard Oxendine.

  • New city park almost completed

    With the annual Bushnell Fall Festival only a month away, workers are scrambling to put the finishing touches on the downtown park project in front of city hall.
    Recently, the newly installed water fountain became operational and workers installed large ligustrum trees and are in the process of placing sod and finishing the remaining walkway pavers.
    After a final inspection is conducted by the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT), the state department that provided grant funding for the project, the park will be open to the public.

  • Manhunt on for sex suspect

    Law enforcement officers continue to search for a man who reportedly abducted a 14-year-old girl at knife point last week and took her to a remote location in north Sumter County and sexually assaulted her.
    Officers armed with flyers containing a composite sketch of the suspect and a description of his vehicle are blanketing the northern part of the county in search of a suspect.
    The were scheduled yesterday, Sept. 19, one week after the incident, to return to the scene of the abduction in hopes of finding answers.

  • Bushnell policing remains undecided

    What had been expected to be a done deal last week for Bushnell city law enforcement will not be decided until next week.
    Last Wednesday night, the Bushnell City Council was set to consider an agreement with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office that would have the sheriff’s department become responsible for law enforcement within the city limits.
    However, some details still need to be worked out between the sheriff’s office and city officials before the agreement is considered for approval by the board, according to City Manager Vince Ruano.

  • Water quality meeting planned

    The Florida Farm Bureau and the UF/IFAS Sumter County Extension Office is partnering in an important workshop for the public concerning the water resources in Sumter County.
    The meeting will be Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the West Central Florida Agricultural Education Center, 7620 S.R. 471 Suite 2, Bushnell.
    The importance of water quality and the role that agriculture plays in achieving water quality goals will be discussed.

  • Center Hill prepares for market

    It’s in its fledgling days, but organizers are hoping that by the time October rolls around, the city of Center Hill will be flourishing with a new farmers’ market in the heart of the city.
    The concept for the market was created by a group of volunteers working throughout southern portions of the county to help beautify communities like Coleman, Webster and Center Hill by creating flowering and blooming planted areas, according to Holly Tuxbury, market manager.