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Busing, construction renovations highlight 4th Sumter school consolidation session

DALZELL - Busing concerns, having construction renovations completed on time, and what would happen to closed schools were key discussion items from community members at Thursday's public meeting on a draft school consolidation proposal held here at … more

College chairman: Canty not being considered for Morris presidency

The Rev. Ralph Canty isn't being considered any longer for the Morris College president position. The chairman of the college's board of trustees, the Rev. Mack Hines of Florence County, made the announcement last week. Canty never actually … more

Hundreds turn out for local foods

At least 650 people enjoyed locally grown produce and fresh-picked ingredients combined to make unique and classic dishes during the fifth-annual Farm to Table event on Thursday at Sumter County Civic Center. Hosted by Sumter Rotary Club, the … more

Sumter lawnmower expert offers tips to get your lawnmower ready for spring

The grass is greener - and longer - on the other side of winter. Just as any car or home appliance, it is important to follow the right steps and care guidelines when starting up a lawnmower after months of inactivity. There are a handful of tips … more

Neutrals are still trending in Sumter for kitchen paint color schemes

Spring cleaning often is synonymous with subtracting. Get rid of old clothes. Throw away. The time when winter wears off can also welcome adding a new look to your kitchen, and the simplest form of that is a new coat of paint in a new shade. … more

Sumter woman teaches DIY home hacks for organization

Forget spring cleaning. Think, instead, of spring organizing. And if you're going to think of spring organizing, you can't forget about Sandi Davis. The Sumter County resident has been professionally home organizing since 2004, and she says while … more

Planning ahead is essential for Sumter Historic District homeowners

If you are one of the fortunate few Sumterites to make your home in the heart of the shady, stately historic residential district around Memorial Park near downtown, you are probably already aware that changes to the exterior of your home may … more

Get soil tested by Sumter Cooperative Extension, ID plants before making a spring garden

As you get those shovels, gloves and seeds out from the shed for the first time this season and get ready to plant your new vegetable garden or flowers, you should know what you're digging into. January is said to the best time to test your soil … more

Help make your community less trashy at Sumter Litter Alliance event

Keeping your own home, backyard and garden clean is not the only part of having a welcoming, enjoyable community. If the rest of the neighborhood is unkempt, no one will want to be around long enough to see your lawn. A new group in Sumter County … more

Growing friends, flowers and produce in Sumter's community garden

It was a chilly, rainy Saturday morning, as if spring were trying to bloom but the tail end of winter was overstaying its invitation. That didn't stop a small but dedicated group of Master and Master-to-be Gardeners from digging in the … more

Sumter High students host hoops contest for awareness of diabetes

Sumter High School students took their shot at beating diabetes on and off the court on Wednesday, and the fundraiser and awareness event they hosted was a slam dunk. Dunks for Diabetes started four years ago as a project that some of the … more

T-Rex virtually roams Sumter school

Alice Drive Middle School is now one of a few schools nationwide that have tested Google's Pioneer Program, an augmented reality program that brings rare artifacts and far away lands directly to the classroom. Through augmented reality, students … more

Sumter historic preservation committee approves plans to renovate old courthouse

Sumter County Courthouse is set to get some much-needed attention after Sumter Historic Preservation Design Review Committee approved renovation plans during its meeting on Thursday. The purpose of the renovations is to update the building's … more

Hamptons moves to new location on Main Street

Hamptons has a new home. After a few soft openings that included serving to police officers and firefighters, the fine dining restaurant in downtown Sumter officially opened Thursday night after moving to 33 N. Main St. from around the corner on … more

Sumter Police: Hit-and-run suspect in custody

The suspect in a hit-and-run wreck with a school bus that sent dozens to a hospital on Monday has been identified. According to a news release from Sumter Police Department, 35-year-old Marcus … more

Public airs concerns about class size, bullying, abandoned facilities at meetings on proposed Sumter school consolidations

Sumter School District has now put on three public meetings for a draft school consolidation proposal at three different locations in the county, and officials are hearing many of the same questions and concerns at each. Interim Superintendent … more

Pate joins Palmetto Health-USC Family Medicine in Bishopville

BISHOPVILLE - Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will open Palmetto Health-USC Family Medicine of Bishopville this spring according to a news release from the group. The practice will be led by longtime community physician Dr. … more

Hamm: Rezoning Sumter schools won't solve low-enrollment, other issues

In response to repeated questions about rezoning school attendance lines as a solution for three low-enrollment schools, Sumter School District administrators decided to further investigate the issue … more

Sumter City Council approves $6 million bond for 3 projects

City of Sumter's plans to improve a few of its facilities and reimburse its general funds are much closer to the starting line after Sumter City Council approved final reading of an ordinance to issue a bond not to exceed $6 million during its … more

Bynum Insurance in Sumter receives 2 awards

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