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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

Fourth of July Schedule: Friday, June 29, 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

Fireworks in the Park returns to Sumter

Sumter will host its annual Fireworks in the Park on Saturday at Dillon Park to commemorate Independence Day. The fireworks show will begin at 9:30 p.m., according to Phil Parnell, Sumter County's Recreation and Parks director. Parnell said the … more

Sumter deputies lead massive multi-agency I-95 sweep that nets 81 pounds of pot, thousands in forged checks, cash, drugs, weapons, dogs

A multi-day, multi-agency sweep in Sumter County for illegal substances, contraband and stolen weapons netted 81 pounds of marijuana, $64,000 in forged checks, a dozen weapons, $17,670 worth of … more

Sumter man arrested on 15 child porn charges

A Sumter man has been arrested on 15 charges connected to the exploitation of a minor. The S.C. Attorney General's Office announced Thursday the arrest of Danny Eric Hope in a news … more

Don't live life off balance

Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries. However, it isn't just the older adults that need to worry about losing their balance. It can be anyone who takes prescription medications. Prescription medications … more

Military Order of the Purple Heart holds cookout for veterans

PHOTO PROVIDED The General George L. Mabry Jr. Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart conducted a cookout earlier this month to honor veterans in the Sumter area. The event was held at … more

Fourth of July Schedule: Thursday, June 28, 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

Spots open for Extension outdoor summer camp

Do you want to learn about plants and animals native to Sumter, as well as water quality? Clemson Extension 4-H20 Camp for youth ages 9-14 will be held July 10-12 for 20 interested students. Participants will attend a fun, interactive camp from 9 … more

'Modern, fresh' Tru by Hilton to open late July in Sumter

A new mid-scale-market hotel is about to open its doors in Sumter. According to Raj Patel, operator of the soon-to-be completed Tru by Hilton on Broad Street, that hasn't happened in a long time in town. Patel said Wednesday he expects his new … more

Sumter supports McMaster, Wilson in runoff

Republicans in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties helped secure nominations for two races in November on Tuesday during statewide primary runoffs. Voters in all three counties supported the candidate who won the runoff for governor and attorney … more

Suspect makes bomb threat to Sumter DHEC, DSS

Instead of going to lunch about noon on Wednesday, employees at the Sumter branch of the Department of Health and Environmental Control and Department of Social Services in downtown Sumter sat inside First Baptist Church as police cleared their … more

Breaking down Tuesday's Sumter County Council vote to deny school millage request

Following Sumter County Council's 5-2 vote on Tuesday to deny a 5.48-millage increase for Sumter School District, equal to about $1,057,121, council members stated their reasons for voting the way they did. The school district intended to use the … more

Sumter school board members disappointed in millage denial

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees remains expected to adopt its balanced $131.8 million budget tonight after a third and final reading at its board meeting, but a bigger question Wednesday was the board's reaction to Sumter County Council … more

Police responding to suspicious incident at DHEC, DSS in downtown Sumter

Sumter police are responding to a “possible event” downtown Wednesday afternoon. What may have happened and the current situaiton is not yet clear.  Motorists and pedestrians are … more
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