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Sumter woman dies in wreck on U.S. 521

A 34-year-old Sumter woman died as a result of injuries sustained during a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. 521 North at Kelsam Road about 9:45 a.m. on Thursday. Cylest Gourley was pronounced dead on scene, according to a Sumter County Coroner's Office … more

Boyles Pond Special Tax District closer to final approval

Sumter County Council approved second reading of an ordinance to create the Boyles Pond Special Tax District so the homeowners in the area can collect funds to repair the dam and regain their waterfront-property title. The dam was damaged during … more

South Carolina schools eligible for new healthy initiative grant

A statewide insurance company wants to help create healthier school environments and is offering a new grant open to public and private schools. Any public or private school serving South Carolina students in grades K-12 can apply for a Wellness … more

1 flood and 2 years later, Second Mill Pond dam under repair

Work to repair the dam at Second Mill Pond that was damaged during the 1,000-year flood in 2015 is underway after more than two years of coordinating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and … more

High Hills Elementary expected to be open on Friday

A Sumter elementary school on Shaw Air Force Base was closed Thursday due to a power outage. After an underground electrical wire shorted and damaged a transformer that provides power to High … more

3 charged in Sumter for multi-state burglary ring

Three South Carolina men were arrested on Interstate 95 in Sumter County in what is being described as a multi-state burglary ring when thousands of dollars in cash, stolen items and burglarizing … more

Shaw's MQ-9 airmen host open house to celebrate squadron activation

MQ-9 Reaper aircrew members hosted an open house Feb. 22 in anticipation of the 50th Attack Squadron activation at Shaw Air Force Base on Tuesday. The open house provided Team Shaw airmen the opportunity to learn about Reapers as well as the … more

Main Tuomey hospital garage to be closed this weekend for lighting update

Engineering Services will close the main parking garage at Palmetto Health Tuomey this Friday at 5 p.m. Visitors can still exit, but no vehicles will be allowed access to the garage after 5 p.m. Patients and their families, along with team members, … more

Sumter band invites public to its spring concert Sunday

Sunday afternoon offers one of few opportunities to hear music by a live concert band played by some of the area's finest musicians."It's music you can't hear on the radio," said Rick Mitchum, trumpet player and spokesman … more

Applications for Leach scholarship available to Sumter elementary school alums

Applications for an annual college scholarship fund are now available to Sumter School District seniors who are former Millwood Elementary School students. A district spokesperson distributed information on the Barry Leach Memorial Scholarship … more

No injuries after dryer vent fire damages mobile home in Dalzell

A dryer vent fire damaged a mobile home in Dalzell on Monday, resulting in the American Red Cross, Sumter Fire Department and Shaw Air Force Base Fire Department responding to the scene. An alarm was received at 8:20 a.m. for the … more

Sumter County Council discusses rats, funding and opioids

Ahead of its 2018-19 budget process, Sumter County Council continued its discussion regarding the allocation of the local government fund which members are already guessing will be less than what is needed. Members of the state Ways and Means … more

CFO: Studies will help Sumter school district's planning

Given fluctuating overall enrollment trends in recent years and the lack of a detailed facilities' analysis, Sumter School District administrators believe two consultants' studies now under way will provide valuable information for short- and … more

Ebenezer Middle students celebrate Black History Month

On the far side of the Ebenezer Middle School library on Tuesday, Barack Obama sat in a rocking chair, still, at seventh-grade sized, without a beard or silvered hair.When students rang a bell on the table that also held a poster board with photos … more

8 Lakewood High students arrested after fight

Eight Lakewood High School students have been charged with disturbing schools for allegedly taking part in a "large group fight" in the student parking lot last week. The fight, which started … more

Lose weight or build muscle - why choose?

It's an all-too-common belief that you have to lose weight first before building muscle. When specifically talking about losing weight, many programs restrict strength training or even any type of exercise altogether. The reason for this is that … more

Lee School District to hold Teacher Recruitment Fair

Lee County School District will hold its Teacher Recruitment Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 10, at Lee County School District, 310 Roland St., Bishopville. The district will be recruiting for all teacher positions and will conduct … more

Anticipated Sumter road projects getting closer to starting

Lafayette Diamond and other highly anticipated road improvement projects are getting closer to the starting line, according to Sumter City-County Planning Department Director George McGregor. The Lafayette Diamond project is a lot closer to … more

Sumter police chief speaks to school board

Sumter's police chief says the issue of school safety related to potential shootings is an emerging issue that must be dealt with proactively by local law enforcement working in association with schools. Chief Russell Roark spoke to the Sumter … more

Canning Sumter's litter problem

Seeing all the litter - everything from cigarette butts and discarded plastic bottles to shoes, tires and mattresses - in Sumter County makes Erika Williams want to cuss. Williams, the communications and strategic initiatives manager for Sumter … more
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