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Exercise for your heart's health, too

According to the American Heart Association, approximately one out of every three deaths in the U.S. is caused by heart disease and stroke. Every year an estimated 785,000 Americans will have their first heart attack. Fortunately, we can change … more

Russian spies target aircraft contractors

WASHINGTON - Russian cyberspies pursuing the secrets of military drones and other sensitive U.S. defense technology tricked key contract workers into exposing their email to theft, an Associated Press investigation has found. What ultimately may … more

Teacher torture

Board holding special called meeting tonight

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will have a special called meeting tonight to discuss various matters, including personnel, in executive session, which is not open to the public. A district staff member distributed the agenda for the … more

Sumter School District's Hamm will be board member for Scouts

Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands has announced the election of nine new members to its 22-member board of directors serving a 22-county jurisdiction. Debbie Hamm, acting superintendent of Sumter School District, was among those … more

Sumter School District holding open enrollment period through Feb. 23

Sumter School District is again holding an open enrollment period for families to choose the school their children will attend next year as long as space is available. The district released information on the program last week, which is an effort … more

Free health screenings for eligible women

Eligible women will have an opportunity to receive free breast, cervical and cardiovascular screenings on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at North HOPE Center, 904 N. Main St. Two health screening vans from Medical University of South Carolina Hollings Cancer … more

Remember state forests at tax time

FROM STAFF REPORTS The South Carolina Forestry Commission is encouraging residents to make a charitable contribution to the S.C. State Forests Fund on their tax returns. Taxpayers have the opportunity to support the five state forests - … more

Sumter High freshman uses pageant platform to feed hungry children

A local high-schooler is using her platform as a pageant winner to bring awareness about food-insecure elementary school students in South Carolina. The goal is to decrease the number of food-insecure children in Sumter and throughout the state, … more

Sumter performing fire hydrant tests

The City of Sumter will perform fire hydrant flow tests on Frierson Road between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. today and Thursday. Water customers in the surrounding area may experience temporary discolored water. Direct any questions or concerns to the City … more

COG executive director sees similarities in new post with his 30-year military career

After serving a distinguished 30-year career in the U.S. Air Force, including the last two-plus years at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, Chris McKinney said he felt God still had a purpose for him locally and in the greater region. That … more

Sumter City Council to receive report from police department

Sumter City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in City Council Chambers, fourth floor of Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to receive the annual report from Sumter Police Department regarding its operations in 2017. Council will also consider … more

17 airmen track weather, keep Shaw safe

A troop of 17 airmen at Shaw Air Force Base ensures every Team Shaw member is aware of inclement weather, such as high winds, snow, tornadoes and hurricanes. The 20th Operations Support Squadron weather flight is responsible for providing pilots … more

Sumter's Debbie Elmore selected for Riley Institute

According to a news release from the South Carolina School Boards Association, SCSBA Director of Governmental Relations and Communications Debbie Elmore is one of 41 leaders from the Midlands and surrounding areas selected to participate in the … more

Sumter industries have 400+ openings because of economy, skill gaps

A generally healthy labor market and skills gaps explain why Sumter County has more than 400 industrial job openings, according to the chairman of the county's Economic Development Board and a state economist. Sumter Development Board Chairman … more

Cold January leads to some Sumter families running out of propane

The below-average lows of early January have increased the number of clients seeking heat-related assistance at Sumter United Ministries' Crisis Relief Ministry, according to director Kevin Howell. Howell said continued donations to the The … more

Third Army promotes new general Friday in Sumter

A distinguished leader and a special man was promoted to general status on Friday at U.S. Army Central, his commanding general said. Lt. Gen. Michael Garrett, three-star commanding general of U.S. Army Central - commonly referred to as USARCENT … more

City of Sumter will perform hydrant tests on Wednesday, Thursday

The City of Sumter will be performing fire hydrant flow tests on Frierson Road between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 7 and 8. Water customers in the surrounding area may experience … more

Missing Sumter woman, 75, found in Mississippi

Sumter County Sheriff's Office urges the community to keep eyes open for Judith A. Cole, 75, who may have last been seen at 2:15 p.m. Monday in Pickens, about 3 hours northwest of Sumter. Cole … more

Education news: Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018

Clarendon School District 2 Phoenix Charter High Visits Boeing SC Twenty-five Phoenix Charter High students visited Boeing SC on Jan. 11 and participated in the DreamLearners Education program. Temporarily transformed into Boeing teammates, … more
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