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  • By Linda Graves

  • More than 70 people attended the first Sumter County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon Exchange at Blueberry Hill NASCAR RV Resort on Feb. 9.
    The luncheon, teeming with entrepreneurs and area business representatives, is part of a two-prong Chamber strategy to increase membership, foster business connections and boost economic activity in southern areas of the county. 
    The host facility, Blueberry Hill, is an upscale RV park at 6233 County Road 609 adjacent to Walmart Supercenter near C.R. 48 in Bushnell.

  • Several youth pastors are coming together to spark a light and move a heavy presence into Lake Panasoffkee through the Lampstand Café and Coffee Shop.
    The pastors are striving for a place where youths can come after school or work for relaxation and fun, snacks and games, but most importantly prayer and worship.
    While they’re not locked into a particular location, one of the places they’re looking at and hoping for is the the former “Water’s Edge” in Lake Panasoffkee.

  • By Linda Graves

  • Walmart shoppers will again be able to help animals in need in Sumter County while doing their Valentine’s shopping at both of Sumter County’s Walmart Supercenters. The Villages’ Wal-Mart, off of C.R. 466, will host the Humane Society/SPCA’s “Fill Your Hearts and Fill the Van” Donation Drive for much needed pet supplies on Saturday, Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the store entrance. On Sunday, Feb. 13, Bushnell’s Walmart, on C.R. 48, will also be hosting this event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Dozens of supporters spent Saturday afternoon at Catfish Johnny’s – enjoying barbecue, listening to the music and taking part in raffles, all to help with the needs of Teresa Wade.
    The daughter of Lake Panasoffkee resident Patsy Kelly, Wade suffered a massive stroke and two aneurysms in recent months – all after losing her job and insurance to the slowed economy.


    2011 Sumter County Fair Family Living Youth Department

    Youth Superintendent: Sarah T. Hensley; 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent

    Adult Superintendent: Brenda Locklear; Sumter County Times

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  • Little wren speaks with a big voice


    By Jessica Basham 

  • Perfect weather and plenty of fun drew the crowds on Saturday at Bushnell’s annual Fall Festival.

    “Beautiful” said event coordinator Joann Pitts of the 2010 event and weather.

    Ironically, months after the festival was actually scrapped and removed from the city’s agenda and budget, the 2010 festival ended up drawing one of the largest crowds.

    Pitts said the crowd was even larger than last year and she’s heard nothing but positive comments from people and vendors.



    4-H  Apple and Pecan  Sale


  • Her eyes gleaming, Raquel Williams surveyed the scene at the wooded 75- by-140-foot lot on Rosewood Street near County Road 476A in Bushnell.

    A canopy of leaves from two giant oaks, limbs swaying in a gentle breeze, pierced by thousands of morning sunrays projected a dancing patchwork of sunlight against dark, freshly scraped soil.

    “I’ve never owned a home, much less a new home,” said Williams, who lives with her four children in a “run down” old rental house in Royal.

  • All right, so it may still be a bit too steamy to think in terms of cool breezes and long strolls outdoors – but some Bushnell folk are hoping you’ll do just that.

    Organizers are already planning the 2010 Bushnell Fall Festival for Oct. 16 and they have some extra work ahead of them.

    For one thing, organizers are hoping to spread the word that indeed there will be a festival this year — and it will be a big one.

    First off, they have to make up for lost ground from rumblings that last year’s festival ended the annual city-sponsored event.

  • Saturday, during the annual World War II Commemorative Day event at Dade Battlefield in Bushnell, spectators watched from bleachers as uniformed “soldiers” blasted distant tree lines with aging lethal weapons including a Jeep-mounted M-50 machine gun, an Italian assault weapon and a tripod-mounted M-60 machine gun fired from the prone position.

  • Last week, the sheriff’s office sponsored a 40-hour hands-on course designed to enhance forensic crime scene investigations including detection, excavation, collection and proper preservation of human remains and associated evidence.

    Jan Johnson, a former senior crime scene investigation (CSI) specialist and laboratory analyst from Pensacola with 40 years experience in forensics, instructed the classes and field-training exercises. Johnson’s company, Forensic Pieces, trains law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and other countries.  



    By Wendy B. Dial



    As a top predator in the world’s oceans, sharks deserve our cautious respect. However, the fear they instill among swimmers is disproportionate to the actual number of negative encounters. Sharks prefer other prey. Attacks on humans are usually a case of mistaken identity.

  • The county is considering closing the Lake Panasoffkee Community Center on County Road 527 where Mid-Florida Community Services provides daily meals for seniors. Retired and Senior Volunteer Program members also meet there and local residents gather regularly for weddings, family reunions, birthday parties, church activities and more.

    Commissioners balked at renewing a $150 per month property lease on the community center’s parking lot.