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  • Train collides with truck

    A CSX train collided with a trailer hooked to a semi-tractor on Wednesday night, just before 7 p.m., according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

    The semi was traveling west on C.R. 104 and  crossing the railroad tracks at U.S. 301, when the landing gear on the trailer, loaded with watermelon, became disabled.

    The locomotive was towing 130 rail cars and travelling south. While the conductor saw the obstruction on the tracks and declared an emergency through their dispatch, but they were not able to avoid the collision.

  • A special meal to help a friend

    With widespread support, organizers and patrons came together last Thursday afternoon to participate in a fundraiser to benefit Bushnell City Clerk Joy Coleman as she battles melanoma cancer.
    City employees, family members and friends joined together to provide lunch meals with donations going toward helping to pay the medical bills for Coleman’s treatment.
    The concept for the fundraiser was created by her coworkers at Bushnell City Hall.

  • All part of training drill

    If a tornado were to touch down in Sumter County, emergency workers are a little better prepared to deal with the emergency.
    That’s because last week, for two days - May 20 and May 21 - Sumter County Emergency Management hosted a Multi-Casualty Incident (MCI) drill designed to exercise the county’s recently revised plan to deal with those types of emergencies and provide responders with “real-life” training to better prepare for an MCI.

  • Very deep roots

    If ever a paving project drew attention in Sumter County, it’s the one under way on County Road 121.
    With more than 1,600 members, a Facebook site called Save These Trees is growing not only in numbers but also in comments.
    At issue is the county’s plan to resurface the road. The road project has created a clash between some local residents who want it stopped and county administration that wants the project continued as planned.

  • Memorial Day celebrated

    The Florida National Cemetery Joint Veterans Committee (JVC) sponsored the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Florida National Cemetery on Monday, May 26.
     Major General Michael T. Plehn, principal director for Middle East Policy was the guest speaker for the event.
    Steve Jerve of WFLA TV News Channel 8 (Tampa) acted as the master of ceremonies   
    Joseph Harrin lead the Hernando High School Band as they play patriotic music prior to and during the ceremony. Linda Burnett performed patriotic songs during the ceremony.  

  • Community steps out to support Rosa family

    Hundreds of people came out last Saturday to support local resident Mike Rosa and his family, as Rosa battles cancer.
    The fundraiser was designed to help Rosa and his family with expenses as he undergoes treatment, according to Patrick Grady, who served as emcee for the event.
    A builder and contractor, Rosa has been a community supporter for years, especially with the Pop Warner football and Little League ball.

  • Man arrested in stabbing incident

    A Coleman man was arrested early Saturday morning after he reportedly stabbed a man in the back after entering a Coleman residence with a shotgun and threatening the occupants inside.
    Jesse Artrell Sumner, 23, was arrested for aggravated battery, battery and four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was transported from the scene to a local hospital by law enforcement officers for further evaluation, according to a sheriff’s office report. He was later placed in the Sumter County Detention Center with bond set at $9,000.

  • Cemetery sets Memorial Day Ceremony

    The Florida National Cemetery Joint Veterans Committee (JVC) will sponsor the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Florida National Cemetery on Monday, May 26, at 11 a.m. Major General Michael T. Plehn, principal director for Middle East policy will be the keynote speaker.
    Steve Jerve of WFLA TV News Channel 8 (Tampa) will be the master of ceremonies. Joseph Harrin will lead the Hernando High School Band as they play patriotic music prior to and during the ceremony.

  • Remembering Brian Gibson

    Brian Gibson was only 30 years old, but he had already lived and done more in those three decades than some people manage at twice his age.
    He led his classmates on ventures;  he worked on community projects that would benefit and entertain residents;  and he taught programs that were designed to keep the public safe.
    Gibson died earlier this month, on May 10, having already served eight years in public safety and six in fire services. He was working for emergency management in Marion County, after years with Sumter.

  • Petition aims at saving trees

    While some local residents are working to save some ancients oaks near the center of County Road 121, near Lake Miona, the county is moving forward with plans to remove the sprawling trees.
    At least several large trees in or along the roadway are set to be removed as part of the County Commission plan to resurface the road.