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Memorial Day weekend brings more South Carolina drivers, higher gas prices

The first true holiday of summer is fast-approaching, and agencies are already predicting more Carolinians will travel this Memorial Day weekend than last year despite the highest gas prices since 2014. An estimated 593,250 South Carolina … more

2 Sumter men plead guilty to federal drug, firearms charges

Two Sumter men were sentenced in federal court in Columbia after they pleaded guilty earlier this year to various firearm and drug charges. Chief United States District Judge Terry L. Wooten sentenced Brandon Leroid Cummings, 28, to 108 months of … more

Nonprofit gives care packages to support military spouses in Sumter

Diane Rumley knows that when a man or a woman enlists into the United States military, the person wearing the uniform is not the only one agreeing to make a sacrifice for this country. Mothers, fathers, husbands wives and their children - a lot … more

Brewington Academy's relocation still up in air

In the school district's whirlwind of activities in the recent months, one important piece of the puzzle still remains unsolved - Brewington Academy. Brewington is the district's alternative school for middle and high school children with … more

2 Sumter mothers, newborns test positive for illegal drugs

Two new mothers in their 20s have been arrested on child neglect charges after they and their newborns tested positive for illegal drugs. Both were arrested in the separate incidents on May 14 after warrants were issued on May 11, according to … more

Sen. Johnson at Sumter Police Week prayer breakfast: We owe law enforcement a 'debt of gratitude'

Sumter's law enforcement officers from various agencies spent Tuesday morning in fellowship during the 2018 Police Week Prayer Breakfast at Church of the Holy Comforter. Attendees listened to prayers from officers and a speech from Sen. Kevin … more

Historic Barnett House to become 1912 Bed & Breakfast

Many a person has driven or walked past the stately Greek revival home at 24 Warren St. wishing they could see the interior. From 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, thanks to the owners and the Main Street Society, that option will be available to the public for … more

Dingle's Mill battle to be topic at Monday meeting

"Heroics at Manning the Day Before Lee Surrendered" is the topic for the Monday, May 21, meeting of the Sumter County Genealogical Society, its last until September. Sumter native Bobby Thigpen will be the guest speaker at the 7:30 p.m. meeting … more

Sumter School District budget nears final approval

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees gave unanimous approval of the second reading Monday to the district's balanced budget for next school year and a 5.48-mill increase request it plans to ask Sumter County Council for later this … more

Affordable senior housing complex coming to Sumter in '19

One local residential builder thinks a new courtyard-style, affordable housing apartment complex for seniors on Wise Drive next to ALDI grocery store will be a win for Sumter. Evergreen Villas, which will consist of 49 two-bedroom units at 101 N. … more

Sumter first responder, law enforcement snaps photo, helps out at right place, right time

A Sumter County Sheriff's Office deputy is surprised by the attention he has received for a random good deed he thinks is no big deal. The deputy, Lt. Trevor Brown with Sumter County Sheriff's Office, was photographed helping Lorenzo Lynch, … more

Sumter County Job Fair aims to grow workforce

Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments, in coordination with SC Works and other business partners, will host a Sumter County Job Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, at Sumter County Civic Center, 700 W. Liberty St. From 9 to … more

Double SNAP dollars with Healthy Bucks program

The incentive program that allows SC SNAP recipients to double their SNAP dollars to purchase more fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets or from participating farmers returns this summer to 20 counties including Sumter and … more

Joy Prom in Sumter gives big night to those with disabilities

People from all walks of the Sumter community came together on Friday to host the annual Joy Prom for students and adults with disabilities. The event, which was held at The O'Donnell House in downtown Sumter, is a partnership between a handful … more

'From which I came': U.S. Congressman, civil rights activist James Clyburn honored with portrait in Mayesville

A photo of Mary McLeod Bethune sits higher on the wall than any other frame in U.S. Congressman James Clyburn's office in Washington D.C. It's there to remind the U.S. representative for South Carolina's 6th District of where he came from and how … more

Barbecue for a good cause: First-ever cook-off and car show benefits Sumter County Sheriff's Office

Smokey barbecue smothered the hot summer air at the Sumter County Fairgrounds on Saturday as bite-sized cups of meat were handed out to be judged all day. A total of 26 cookers made 3,000 pounds of Boston butt for the first-ever Hot Pursuit BBQ … more

Sumter Police Week Prayer Breakfast set for Tuesday

The 2018 Police Week Prayer Breakfast, hosted by Sumter County Sheriff's Office and Sumter Police Department, will be held at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at Church of the Holy Comforter, 213 N. Main … more

Sumter City Council to meet Tuesday

Sumter City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers, Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider first reading of an ordinance to annex 8.21 acres of land at 1501 Camden Highway … more

Hyatt already proving to be a draw to downtown Sumter

The pieces started being envisioned 13 years ago, and while each is needed to complete the puzzle, the one that was placed Thursday afternoon in downtown Sumter may be the most connected one yet. With the cut of a ribbon in front of 18 N. Main … more

POLICE BLOTTER: 19-year-olds arrested in fanny pack, $800 theft

CHARGES Marcus Hakeem Battles, 19, of Camden Road, and Jerime Shyheed Tindal, 19, of Brohum Camp Road in Wedgefield, were arrested on Thursday and charged with strong armed robbery for allegedly taking a fanny pack containing $800 and an S.C. … more
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