Today's News

  • Chili revs up fundraiser, supporters set for run

    If you love to run, enjoy supporting local events, if you didn’t get your chili, or if you haven’t bought your T-shirt, now’s the time.
    Several events are in the works to raise money for Special Olympics and the door’s open to the public.
    Coming next is the Special Olympics Torch Run, slated tentatively for the April 21.

  • Sumter’s Sweetheart 2011 - and the winner is …

    For the second year in a row, the tension was high waiting to see who would become “Sumter’s Sweetheart.” The standings of the top three contenders revolved endlessly till the stroke of midnight when in squeaked the last votes crowning Luigi, the three-legged miniature Sicilian donkey as the official winner for 2011.

  • Feeding the needy

    A growing number of activities are being planned in March that all have the same goal, to help feed the needy.
    Annually, a group of volunteers begin the process of planning Seeds of Hope, an annual March food drive to grow contributions for both the Wildwood Food Pantry and the Wildwood Soup Kitchen.
    This is the seventh year that about 15 volunteers have met and coordinated efforts to raise awareness, funding and food for the pantry and the soup kitchen. The group is comprised of members of 10 different religious congregations in northern Sumter County.

  • Bushnell man killed by CSX train

    A 73-year-old Bushnell man was struck and killed by a northbound CSX freight train a few miles south of Bushnell around 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 17.
    The accident occurred near County Road 720 and U.S. 301 however the train’s two engines came to a stop well north of the impact.
    “It’s my understanding the victim had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for about four years and did not hear well,” said Lt. Bobby Caruthers of the sheriff’s office.

  • Saddle up

    Comfortable weather and plenty of sunshine were just the thing nearly three dozen riders as they took part in an educational horse clinic and competition last weekend.
    The event was at the Sumter Equestrian Center and included a full day clinics, followed by a full day of show and competition, according to 4-H youth and development coordinator Sarah Hensley.
    Riders were ready to learn and show by 9 a.m. each day, either learning about or showing in four different categories: Western Showmanship, Western Horsemanship, English Equestrian and Speed, Hensley said.

  • Rider fights to save transit service

    Crippling symptoms of multiple sclerosis confine 61-year-old Bonnie Faye Cowie to a wheelchair much of the time, but thanks to the drivers and employees of the county’s Transit Department, she can count on affordable and reliable transportation to and from doctor visits and other essential errands.
    But that may not be the case if the county brings in a private company to take over the Transit Department, said Cowie.

  • Culture and history to be focus of African Dinner

    Black History Month is a time for residents to remember the culture and history of ancestors. Slated for February, there are a number of events and gatherings around the nation that showcase history.

  • Roman holiday’ fun for the crowd

    When in Rome enjoy a little romance, have a little fun, share time with friends.
    That’s exactly what the crowd did last week at the annual Valentine’s Day Dinner and Movie at the Church of the Fisherman in Lake Panasoffkee.
    More than 100 people dressed up for their sweethearts, their best friends or for themselves and settled in for a cozy dinner and romantic comedy at the church.
    There were plenty of couples attending, but for those who didn’t have a sweetheart, they enjoyed the evening with friends.

  • Bushnell festival facing big cuts

    The consensus from a recent Bushnell City Council workshop regarding the city’s 26-year-old annual Fall Festival suggests that the popular event may be significantly downsized and be closed to vendors from outside the county.
    Newly elected Mayor Bill Spaude’s suggestions included limiting food and beverages to hotdogs and cokes instead of hosting a large food court, eliminating or downsizing fireworks, shortening the festival and restricting vendor participation to those with Sumter County addresses.

  • Church Calendar - Feb. 24, 2011

    Fairway Christian Church
    The Discover Your Ministry class will be held at Fairway Christian Church on March 12 from 9 to 2 p.m. This class will help you understand your unique motivations, abilities, personalities and spiritual gifts and help you select a ministry to best use your gifts.  For additional information and registration call 259-9305. Lunch will be included.