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Why I Serve: U.S. Army veteran continues to serve with Sumter's 1st food truck

Why I Serve is a new series in partnership with With These Hands Natural Gourmet Foods. Each month will bring you a glimpse into the life of a different military service member stationed at Shaw Air Force Base. To start the series, we're introducing … more

Local restaurant owner turns over complaint to insurance company

A local restaurant owner with a clean track record has turned over a customer's complaint about finding a dead roach in his food to his insurance company to handle with the patron. Earl Wilson, owner of KFC at 1014 Broad St., said he met with the … more

Stitches of Love Ministry, Swan Lake Quilt Guild donate quilts

Members of the Stitches of Love Ministry and Swan Lake Quilt Guild donated quilts to the Sumter County Sheriff's Office on June 14. Deputies and victim advocates give the quilts to victims such as those who lose their home in a … more

Fourth of July Closings: Tuesday, July 3, 2018

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

Sumter to test hydrants on Thursday

Freedom and fireworks: Sumter city, county put on July 4 celebration show at Dillon Park

Fireworks blasted off at Dillon Park on Saturday night to kick off early July 4 celebrations in Sumter County. Families and friends gathered at the park to see the show, which could also be viewed at nearby lots and areas. Sumter County Recreation … more

Sumter business leaders not surprised by mill denial

Local business leaders who serve on the advisory finance committee of Sumter School District Board of Trustees say they weren't surprised last week when Sumter County Council voted down the district's millage request and think the district still has … more

Summerton police officer killed in I-95 wreck Monday

NORTH SANTEE — A part-time police officer with the Town of Summerton was killed in an early Monday morning accident. Clarendon County Coroner Bucky Mock identified the victim … more

Fourth of July Schedule: Sunday, July 1, 2018

BANKS - All area banks and credit unions will be closed on Wednesday, July 4. GOVERNMENT - The following will be closed on Wednesday, July 4: federal government offices; state government offices; U.S. Postal Service; City of Sumter offices; … more

Support local artists at this year's show

A number of years ago there was a quirky western called "Support Your Local Sheriff." This is the time of year for an even more important admonition: "Support your local artists." This year's Sumter Artists' Guild Show offers a great variety of … more

Science meets the wild West at Sumter library

Children helped conduct science experiments and learned more about the world around them while listening to an engaging story about the wild West during a performance by Doug Holley with ScienceTellers … more

Sumter school board adopts $131.8M budget

After the big news earlier in the week of Sumter County Council voting down its millage increase request to help achieve some bigger-picture goals, Sumter School Board unanimously adopted its balanced $131.8 million budget Thursday night after a … more

Sumter officials share tips for having a fun, safe July 4

Independence Day is right around the corner, and as that day is one to remember, people should take caution when lighting fireworks and cooking on the grill to make those memories good for years to come. Take the time to read the instructions for … more

Political newcomer says he's running for Sumter school board Area 3

He's an outsider in the political realm, but Sumter native Josh Coleman says - given his passion for local education - he's announcing his candidacy now for the Area 3 seat on Sumter School District's Board of Trustees. He said he wants to bring … more

Sumter DHEC, DSS bomb threat suspect ID'd, charged

After a second bomb threat in three days to the same public facility on Friday morning, police arrested and charged a Sumter man late Friday. In a Saturday news release, the Sumter Police Department said it collected information leading to the … more

Church Women United holding national prayer call on Saturday

Church Women United, a national movement of Christian women, is hosting the “Let the Children Come National Prayer Call” on Saturday from 1 to 1:30 p.m. as part of its Week of Action Call … more

Why we're journalists: Thoughts after the Annapolis newspaper shooting

Our newsroom, as I’m sure newsrooms throughout the country, was a little on edge on Friday. We ran a story about another mass shooting in our paper. This one was different. It was one that … more

Sumter police respond to another bomb threat Friday at DHEC, DSS building downtown

Sumter police are responding to another threat at the building that houses the Sumter branch of the Department of Health and Environmental Control and Department of Social Services … more

Sumter Little Theatre to offer camp for elementary students

For the first time in several years, Sumter Little Theatre will offer its Summer Stages Youth Theatre Camp for elementary school-age students. The two-week program will begin on Monday, July 9, and run from 9 a.m. until noon through July 20. SLT … more

Sumter Behavorial Health Services warns of dangers of water recreation with alcohol

With summer in full swing and the Independence Day holiday being celebrated by many this weekend, it is important to remember the dangers of combining water activities and alcohol. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, … more
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