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Education in the 21st century

Ten or 15 years ago, middle schools had hallways filled with young students learning math, science, social studies, English and language arts - just the basics. Electives for most of those schools included music, art and physical education, but …

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Liquor store fight continues

Arguments about a proposed project at the corner of South Lafayette Drive and Manning Road continued Tuesday evening at Sumter City Council's meeting, and the project's next step in due diligence was met with a vocal public hearing. The land is …
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Woman arrested in criminal domestic violence incident

CHARGES Shameka Waldon, 28, of 27 Newberry Ave., was charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature in connection with an incident Monday afternoon in the 300 block of Pinson Street, during which she reportedly cut a …

Trailer, ATV stolen from Hudson Graham Road

STOLEN PROPERTY A 4x4 trailer valued at $500 and a 2006 Sportsman Polaris ATV valued at $6,000 were reported stolen from a home in the 300 block of Hudson Graham Road about 4:15 p.m. Monday. Several items, including jewelry, electronics and a …
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GEORGE W. STRICKLAND

MANNING - George Wier Strickland, 82, husband of Jean Thomas Strickland, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at McLeod Hospice House. Born July 14, 1932, in Corinth, Mississippi, he was a son of the late Paul Tate Strickland and Mary Lou Frances …

CATHERINE LOWERY

Catherine Lowery, 47, wife of Jimmy Lowery Sr., died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at McLeod Regional Medical Center, Florence. Born in Sumter County on Dec.17, 2014, she was the daughter of Martin Vanburen Burroughs and Jessie Mae Anthony …
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Focusing on the present

The Sumter High School head football coach isn't looking forward nor is it looking back, according to head coach John Jones. The Gamecocks' focus is only on what is next and that is a trip to Myrtle Beach …
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Bears, wolves find a voice in the wilderness

WASHINGTON - If politicians preying upon your attentions this season fail to inspire, you might seek common cause with the beasts - the four-legged variety rather than those running for office. Ballot initiatives aimed at protecting bears and …
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Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings

WASHINGTON (AP) - Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an …
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U.S. will track travelers from nations with cases of Ebola

WASHINGTON (AP) - Stepping up their vigilance against Ebola, federal authorities said Wednesday that everyone traveling into the U.S. from Ebola-stricken nations will be monitored for symptoms for 21 days. That includes returning American aid …
Pets for adoption

Linus is a great lap dog

Linus, a neutered 3-year-old blond and white Chihuahua mix, is available for adoption at the Sumter SPCA. He is gentle, sweet, affectionate, playful, loving and great with other dogs. Linus adores …

Kansas is sweet-natured

Kansas, a neutered 5-month-old grey tabby American shorthair, is available for adoption at the Sumter SPCA. He is housebroken, playful, affectionate, gentle and active. He loves to be given lots of …