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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

CCTC honors local heroes at Sumter forum

What started out as a conversation with a history instructor to get some memorabilia for the college's veterans resource area turned into a creative way to honor local heroes with a two-hour veterans forum. Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Heather … more

Easter Bunny returns to Swan Lake for egg hunt

Spring is here, and with it comes the Easter Bunny. He has once again accepted Sumter Recreation Department's request to hide eggs for the community's children ages 2 to 12. He'll be hiding eggs and greeting children from 10 a.m. until around noon … more

No sit ups required for a stronger core

Sit-ups were once the king of exercises for stronger abs and a trim waistline. But now, plank exercises are the gold standard for strengthening the abdominals as well as the core. Rather than just strengthening one set of muscles, core exercises … more

Eat, mingle and help raise money at Sumter Rotary's Farm to Table event

Thinking of trying something different for dinner this week? Stop by the fifth-annual Farm to Table, presented by Sumter Rotary Club, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at Sumter County Civic Center, 700 W. Liberty St. Farm to Table was started in 2014 … more

Zumbathon in Sumter to raise funds for Sickle Cell foundation

A Zumbathon is a "fitness party" with a purpose, Zumba instructor Angela Burkett said. Her fifth-annual Zumbathon on Saturday will benefit the James R. Clark Sickle Cell Foundation. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the M.H. … more

For pet's sake - Sumter SPCA gives tips to keep our animals safe from springtime hazards

If dogs - and cats and birds and guinea pigs - are our best friends, a nonprofit in Sumter County is asking you to treat them like one. Our furry, feathery and feline friends need help in avoiding the springtime blues and getting into the wrong … more

Sumter School District community session No. 2 more orderly than first meeting

With discussion ground rules set in place at the beginning, Sumter School District’s second community conversation session on a school consolidation proposal had less outbursts, was more organized, … more

Moon Mouse brings out-of-this-world fun at Sumter Opera House

The moon shined neon bright on Thursday at the Sumter Opera House, eclipsed only by a yellow rocket ship transporting a mouse with glasses, a buzzing, bright alarm clock that will, in the end, prove to be mouse's best friend and the excited shrieks … more

Adult education director: Sumter needs magnet schools

Sumter County's longtime adult education director thinks the school district should move forward with a proposal to introduce magnet schools to increase opportunities available to students and improve the local workforce for business and … more

Shaw Air Force Base airman shot at event

A 22-year-old airman stationed at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter was one of three people who were shot in Columbia's Five Points early Sunday. Airman 1st Class Anfernee Kirkland, an armament technician assigned to the 20th Equipment Maintenance … more

Sumter School District bus crash sends 36 to Tuomey

The driver of a dark-colored car who fled the scene after rear-ending a Sumter School District bus Monday morning on Pinewood Road is wanted by the police department in connection to the crash that sent 35 students and the bus driver to Palmetto … more

Committee to consider old Sumter courthouse plans

The Sumter Historic Preservation Design Review Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday in Sumter City Council Chambers, fourth floor of the Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider approval for: - Renovations and additions to Sumter … more

CCTC to host veterans forum tonight in Sumter

Central Carolina Technical College will host a veterans forum tonight from 6-8 p.m. at its main campus, 506 N. Guignard Drive, Room M401. The first-time event for the college, called "The Veteran Forum: Honoring Our Local Heroes," will include a … more
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