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Bradford watermelons harvested ahead of Hurricane Florence

Like any businessman and homeowner in Sumter County this week, Nat Bradford of Bradford Family Watermelon spent Friday finishing preparations for Hurricane Florence. The farmer located northeast of … more

Family's donation of land to allow expansion of Birnie HOPE center

Visitors to Birnie HOPE Center will enjoy more room at the site after a family donated about half an acre on West Oakland Avenue to the city. According to plans presented during a dedication ceremony Tuesday morning, Ladson Grove - the dedicated … more

Run for the books in 13th Forrest Ray 5K

Saturday marks the 13th year for the Forrest Ray 5K sponsored by the Friends of the Sumter County Library. Also called the Run for the Books, the race follows a course through downtown and Sumter's historic district, beginning and ending at the … more

Sumter Police Department: Finish preparations for Tropical Storm Florence, stay inside

As wind speeds continue to pick up, Sumter Police Department urges residents to wrap up last minute preparations and return to shelter before winds reach tropical-storm-force … more

Manning Police Department seeks assistance in identifying robbery suspect

MANNING — Manning Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying a man who walked into the Manning Walmart on Tuesday afternoon, grabbed a cash register drawer and fled the store in 10 … more

Sumter hardware store outfits the National Guard for Florence

The commander on duty for the Sumter operations center of the S.C. National Guard and an assistant were seen shopping in the shoe section at Simpson Hardware on Friday afternoon. Lt. Col. Adrian … more

Updated feed: Florence crawls through South Carolina toward Sumter

Stay tuned at this feed throughout the day as we continue to update it with information on Florence and her impacts in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties and the surrounding Carolinas. 3 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 16 While flash flooding and major river flooding is still expected … more

Man dies after shooting at Sumter County auto repair shop

One man is dead after he was shot at an auto repair shop on South Pike East about 4:30 p.m. today.Ken Bell, public information officer for Sumter County Sheriff's Office, said he did not have … more

Business news: Sumter's new Tru by Hilton hotel is first in state

Tru by Hilton is now open for business on Broad Street next to Buffalo Wild Wings. The mid-scale hotel is the first of its brand that Hilton Worldwide has opened in South Carolina. Where: 2607 Broad St., Sumter Availability: 90 … more

Authorities identify suspect in fatal shooting at Sumter County auto shop

Sumter County Sheriff’s Office has identified a suspect in the fatal shooting of man at an auto repair shop on Saturday afternoon.Investigators think the suspect, 38-year-old Demetrius … more

Casket or urn? Cremated or embalmed?

What happens when we die? While there are many theories of what happens to the spirit after death, there are fewer questions about what happens to a person's body. For those questions about what remains, two of Sumter's funeral directors … more

New downtown Sumter buildings to open for public tours on Friday

Sumter's Economic Development Headquarters building and Hyatt Place hotel will open to the public for a drop-in and tours from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Hosted by Main Street Society, the event is part of the society's mission "to encourage the support of … more

School renovations, bond resolution on Sumter School District's agenda

After Sumter School Board members who serve on its advisory Finance Committee received a preliminary June 30, 2018, financial report on Thursday, the full board will consider other matters at its next scheduled meeting Monday. A district … more

County council to consider final reading of flood ordinance

Sumter County Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in County Council Chambers, third floor of Sumter County Administration Building, 13 E. Canal St., to consider: - Third and final reading of an ordinance to amend portions of the county's flood … more

Auditions open for SLT's holiday classic show

Sumter Little Theatre is holding auditions for "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in the theater classroom. "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" is a holiday tradition in Sumter. The play follows the outrageous … more

Sumter School Board Finance Committee to discuss year-end standing

Sumter School Board's advisory Finance Committee will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday at 7:45 a.m. at the district office, 1345 Wilson Hall Road. A district spokeswoman distributed the agenda for the meeting on Tuesday. Committee … more

Outside law enforcement agency seeks info on 'former or current' Clarendon employee

MANNING - Manning City Council's attorneys Boykin and Davis will be turning over information they gathered on a "former or current" employee to an outside law enforcement agency. In a special called council meeting at 4 p.m. Friday, Manning City … more

Personal influences revealed in art exhibit

The two current Sumter Gallery of Art exhibits offer interesting observations on artistic vision and technique. Though there are many differences in the two shows, there is a common sense of commitment to pieces that reveal personal convictions and … more

School board postpones meeting until Sept. 17

Due to the impending inclement weather, Sumter School District's Board of Trustees postponed its board meeting that was scheduled for Monday night. According to a district spokeswoman, the board meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, Sept. … more

Paula Cole live at Sumter Opera House Saturday

Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Paula Cole brings her band to the Sumter Opera House on Saturday for concert of jazz, folk and pop music, including classics from several genres. Since her first hit, "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?" in 1997, … more
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