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Welcome to the 77th Sumter Iris Festival

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 26 – 28Arts & Crafts, Food Court, Marketplace, Boat rides, Live entertainment, Art and moreThursday, May 255:15 p.m. – Crowning …

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Board meeting tonight

After a delay to allow the Sumter School District''s financial consultant to prepare a report on the new Chief Financial Officer search process, the district's board of trustees' monthly work session is scheduled for 6 p.m. today, according to the …

Thompson speaks out

A respected local industrial executive who also serves as chairman of the economic development agency in Sumter County is speaking out against the quality of workers that the Sumter School District produces and its overall performance. He is calling …
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Man arrested after crashing truck into speed limit sign

CHARGES Albert E. Dennis, 30, of 4915 Davis Road, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with driving under suspension, third offense, and driving too fast for conditions after he crashed his 2008 Ford F250 into a speed limit sign in the 1100 …
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MASON B. MOORE

THREE FORKS, Mont. - Broadwater County Deputy Sheriff Mason Palmer Bethea Moore, 42, was killed in the line of duty on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Born May 8, 1975, in Manning, he was a son of Nebraska E. Moore II and MaryAnne Grayson Moore. He …

LEROY JOHNSON

MANNING - Leroy "Bird" Johnson, 88, widower of Julia Hammett Johnson, died Friday, May 19, 2017, at Brookdale Assisted Living, Sumter. He was born Sept. 6, 1928, in Manning, a son of the late Chappell and Annie Louise Stukes Johnson. Funeral …
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Frankly speaking

When he has some moments to sit back and reflect - such as his flight back from Las Vegas on Wednesday to speak at the Sumter County Gamecock Club's Spring Banquet - South Carolina men's basketball coach Frank Martin still gets caught up in his …

Almost ready to begin again

While the local teams will be playing in preseason scrimmages and tournaments, the American Legion baseball season kicks into full gear on Tuesday, May 30. The Sumter P-15's, …
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Typos are the hilarious bane of newspapers

One of the horrors of newspapering are the typographical errors or "typos" as we label them. They are also known as goof-ups or screw-ups in news stories and headlines. Stuff happens when a newsroom gets in a hurry as a deadline approaches. The …
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'We can use peace': Trump and Pope Francis meet

VATICAN CITY (AP) - President Donald Trump and Pope Francis, two leaders with contrasting styles and differing worldviews, met at the Vatican on Wednesday, setting aside their previous clashes to broadcast a tone of peace for an audience around the …
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In Carolinas, more child shooting accidents tried in Old North State

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina had one less child die in accidental shootings in the past three years than its much smaller neighbor South Carolina, but adults in the Tar Heel state more often faced prosecution for their failings connected to …
Pets for adoption

Don't pass up this handsome guy

Milo is about 8 months old. He is coming out of his shell and has a very sweet personality. He will make a wonderful pet for a family or a single person who is willing to spend time with him and help …

Ol'Girla is a great lap dog

Ol' Girla is an 8-year-old black-and-white female Chihuahua mix. She is spayed and is super with other dogs. Ol' Girla loves to be around people and enjoys love and attention. She would make a great lap dog.