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New Arby's opens on McCrays Mill Road in Sumter

Arby's shift manager Dalexus Dingle, left, hands customer Boyce Hodge his food order Wednesday during the new restaurant's first day of business at 1954 McCrays Mill Road. Stay tuned for more … more

Officials optimistic on 'Opportunity Zone' program

In a business environment where every dollar counts, Sumter and Lee County officials are hopeful a new federal tax incentive program will help spur industrial and commercial development in their communities by companies. Created in part by U.S. … more

Booms heard near Shaw Thursday were from EOD training

If you heard or felt any loud booms near Shaw Air Force Base this morning, do not worry. The explosive ordinance disposal team was conducting detonation training between 9:15 and 10 a.m. with an … more

Sumter pianist receives highest rating in division

PHOTO PROVIDED Sumter pianist Leann Pomichalek, 14, received the highest rating of One Plus, as well as Honorable Mention, for the entire Region II Midlands Division of the S.C. Piano Festival Association Competition held March 17 at the … more

Sumter dads, students, gardeners help beautify Willow Drive Elementary

A few of Sumter's most knowledgeable gardeners along with local fathers and students started another phase of upgrading Willow Drive Elementary School's atrium during the Dads' Spring Workday on Saturday. The workday was a partnership between the … more

Manning manufacturer to invest $5.2M, add 31 jobs

A manufacturer in Clarendon County is expanding.  Meritor, a global supplier of drivetrain and braking systems, is investing $5.2 million in machinery and equipment and adding 31 jobs at its … more

Memorial Day Schedule: May 25, 2018

BANKS - All area banks and credit unions will be closed on Monday. GOVERNMENT - The following will be closed on Monday: federal government offices; state government offices; U.S. Postal Service; City of Sumter offices; Sumter County offices; … more

Lee County School District names director of personnel

Tiniece Javis has been named director of personnel for Lee County School District effective March 19. Javis most recently served as dean of Richland One Middle College in Columbia. According to a news release from Lee County School District, the … more

Behind bars but building a future: GED, other programs at Sumter jail aim to reduce recidivism

Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center is partnering with local agencies and businesses to offer GED, Work- Keys, carpentry and other programs to inmates in an attempt to reduce … more

Red Cross offering $5 gift card for blood donations

With the end of school and beginning of summer vacations fast approaching, one nonprofit is calling for continued donations of blood and platelets to help save lives. The American Red Cross, which relies on volunteer donors to give blood, sees a … more

Staggers to become president of Morris College

Morris College’s interim president can remove the word “interim” from his title. A media alert from the college Friday said Morris’ Board of Trustees named Interim … more

A transition made easier: CCTC program helps vets move to civilian life

It's a bittersweet time for Central Carolina Technical College students Margaret Nelson and Rachael Wallace. Both have had success in the classroom at the college in pursuit of health care … more

Palmetto Health, Safe Kids offer tips to keep children safe in and around water

FROM PALMETTO HEALTH Summer is a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends at the beach, lake or pool. Unfortunately, every year approximately 800 children under the age of 14 die due to drowning accidents. Palmetto Health … more

Rembert community is opposed to Sumter School District proposal

REMBERT - Same proposal. Same questions and concerns. Just larger audience and more vocal. That about summed up Sumter School District's sixth and last in a series of public meetings, for now, on a school consolidation proposal here Sunday night … more

Agencies offer safety tips ahead of predicted ‘above normal’ hurricane season

As the threat of heavy rains and the potential for flooding streams into South Carolina this week, one nonprofit is urging residents to stay what they call weather aware.It is important for everyone … more

Sumter officials optimistic on 'Opportunity Zone' program

In a business environment where every dollar counts, Sumter and Lee County officials are hopeful a new federal tax incentive program will help spur industrial and commercial development in their … more

Suspect takes deputies on lengthy high speed chase behind Sumter High School

Seizing multiple grams of drugs and chasing suspects for miles are just a few of the things law enforcement officers in Sumter demonstrated is in their job description this week. As National … more

2018 Iris Festival Pageant winners

PHOTO PROVIDED The 2018 Iris Festival Pageant was held Saturday at Sumter High School auditorium. This year's winners are: Baby Miss - Davis Allen of Bennettsville; Tiny Miss - Ryleigh Windham of Sumter; Wee Miss - Tatum McAlhaney of Aiken (not … more

Sumter police looking for man suspected of forging stolen check from daycare break-in

A 22-year-old man is being searched for in connection to a forged stolen check at a local grocery store over the weekend. Tyler Alexander Leach is accused of forging a check stolen from a North … more
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