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Teens escape murder
charges in plea deals

BISHOPVILLE - Five of the seven suspects charged with murder in connection with a pair of Lee County shooting deaths last year entered pleas to lesser charges Thursday during a hearing at Lee County Courthouse in Bishopville. The teen suspects' …

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USC Sumter could soon add new state-of-the-art science lab equipment

University of South Carolina Sumter has begun making plans to renovate its science building with state-of-the-art equipment that would keep students' educations in line with current science, technology, engineering and mathematics (or STEM) …
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Armed felon leads police on high-speed chase

A Dalzell man was apprehended after leading police on a high-speed chase through Sumter early Thursday morning. Roger Fuller, 40, of 3215 Sarah Glen Drive, was charged with failure to stop for a blue light, unlawful carrying of a pistol and a …

Rembert man charged with sex crime

A Rembert man was arrested Wednesday amid allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor several years ago. Lowery Williams, 35, of 7315 Zulyne Lane, was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with …
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HARTSVILLE - Edward Saleeby Jr., 61, died on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at The Shepherd's Center in Atlanta. Arrangements will be announced by Young & Young Funeral Home of Hartsville.


Virgil Wayne Ray, age 71, passed away on March 26, 2015. Funeral plans will be announced by Norton Funeral Home, Bishopville.
Home & Garden 2015

Secrets for growing plants from bulbs

It's digging season again in the Midlands, which means the pride of area gardeners will soon be in full bloom. Spring fever is in the air, and that means plants are in blossom mode. Many gardeners will spend the next few weeks trying to sow roots …

Here's what you need to know about raised beds

There are many benefits to making a raised bed. You don't have to have acres of land, and you can still feed your family with the fruits and vegetables that the garden provides. Or you may just want to have fresh flowers during spring time. You may …
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TSA takes charge

DALZELL - As the temperature continued to dip on Friday, Thomas Sumter Academy softball pitcher Emily DeMonte was just getting warmed up. As she took the mound to start the seventh inning, DeMonte …
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GOP racing form: The first edition

WASHINGTON - With Ted Cruz announcing and Rand Paul and Marco Rubio soon to follow, it's time to start handicapping the horses and making enemies. No point in wasting time on the Democratic field. There is none. The only thing that can stop …