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Man caught on camera in auto dealership vehicle thefts from Sumter, Beaufort, Jasper counties

Sumter County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in identifying a man accused of stealing at least three vehicles from auto dealerships in Jasper, Sumter and Beaufort counties.  An … more

New McCrays Mill Road Arby's opens Wednesday

A new Arby's fast food restaurant will open on Wednesday on McCrays Mill Road. The Arby's - at 1954 McCrays Mill Road - will officially open at 10 a.m., according to Earl Wilson, franchisee and operator of the new eatery. Construction on the … more

Helping one father at a time in Sumter

Like most things in life, it may take more than one try to get the best results. The staff and fathers involved with the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition know that. The Fatherhood Coalition is specifically structured to assist fathers improve all … more

South Sumter Farmers Market opens

Shoppers can find fresh, locally grown produce, barbecue, fried fish sandwiches and snow cones to help cool off this summer at the South Sumter Farmers' Market. The market, 337 Manning Ave., is open … more

Clarendon coroner files lawsuit against primary winner

Primaries may be over, but one race in Clarendon County may not be as cut and dry as counting the ballots in light of a lawsuit and injunction filed against one of Tuesday's winners. Bucky Mock, the current coroner in Clarendon, filed a suit in … more

South Carolina program provides free colon cancer screenings for uninsured

One group is trying to prevent deaths in South Carolina from the second leading cause of cancer deaths for both men and women in the nation. The Center for Colon Cancer Research (CCCR) at the University of South Carolina offers free screenings … more

CCTC's nursing program ranked No. 7 in state this year

Decades of hard work and planning appear to be paying dividends for Central Carolina Technical College's nursing program. In the last decade, the college's health sciences division has opened a new, multi-million-dollar facility in downtown … more

Air Force implements new parental leave policy

WASHINGTON - In accordance with the Department of Defense Military Parental Leave Program, the Air Force announced an expansion to its parental leave policy on non-chargeable leave entitlements after the birth or adoption of a child. Previously, … more

Long journey home: Flag travels thousands of miles before flying at Sumter's new Public Safety Complex

Members of Sumter Police Department's Honor Guard raised a U.S. flag at the agency's new location on North Lafayette Drive in recognition of Flag Day on Thursday. Flag Day is celebrated on June 14 in commemoration of the adoption of the U.S. flag … more

Sumter votes align with all but 1 primary winner

After the unofficial numbers came in to show Sumter County had the sixth-lowest turnout in the state, the percentage of voters dropped even further after the certified results were tallied and approved. The drop was due to there being more … more

Sumter native Parnell regrouping for 5th District November general election

After handily winning the Democratic primary nomination Tuesday for South Carolina's 5th Congressional district, Sumter native Archie Parnell says he wants people to look him in the eye and fairly assess him for the U.S. House of Representatives … more

Sumter's Holy Comforter priest: 'God is not wringing His hands about this'

The priest of a local parish said he's not extremely worried if his congregation loses its right to property it has held for more than a century after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied a state church district's petition for a hearing on … more

Former Shaw's 20th Fighter Wing commander promoted

A former commander of the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter is likely about to become the Air Force's head of the war against terrorism in the Middle East. Maj. Gen. Joseph Guastella Jr. was nominated on Tuesday for his third … more

'Attitude is contagious': Sumter 3-day professional development conference focuses on teachers

bout 500 attendees have descended upon Lakewood High School and downtown Sumter this week for Sumter School District's first-ever professional development conference. That total consists of about 420 district teachers and administrators for whom … more

Motown tribute, face-off comes to Sumter's Patriot Hall

The Kings & Queen of Motown will bring their tribute show to Patriot Hall on Saturday night with 90 non-stop minutes featuring the best of Motown. The 7:30 p.m. performance of more than 50 years of rhythm and blues will pay tribute to such groups … more

Sumter County sheriff's advisory board tours jail

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office Community Relations Citizens' Advisory Board took a tour of Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center on Monday to understand how the facility operates during its make-up meeting. Capt. Ron Gaillard led the board … more

Walking speed can help predict functional health as you age

During the last decade, there has been increased interest and research in gait speed as a predictor of vitality and health in older adults. Research suggests that individuals with a slower walking speed have an increased risk of mortality compared … more

Wear purple for elder abuse awareness this Friday

Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments is asking the public to participate in a call to action against the abuse of older adults by wearing purple on Friday. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day asks people, organizations and communities to … more

Sumter School District's CFO resigns for another job

Given personnel confidentiality issues and other matters handled by the board behind closed doors in executive session Monday night, not a lot of information was available on Tuesday from Sumter School District's Board of Trustees' special-called … more

Fraternal Order of Police holding BBQ dinner in Sumter

The Fraternal Order of Police is holding a free barbecue dinner for all law enforcement officers and retirees on Saturday, June 30, at The Restaurant at Second Mill, 1100 W. Liberty St. The 7 p.m. dinner will serve as a chance for people to learn … more
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