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Sumter's National Anthem Project CANCELED

Jets from Shaw Air Force Base fly over Furman Middle School almost every afternoon. Music teacher Linda Beck often tells her students the roar of the planes is the sound of freedom. In 2005 when she learned that barely a third of Americans knew … more

Tri-county schools, galleries, studios receive funding

From schools to art galleries to dance studios, organizations in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties were among those selected to receive a portion of nearly $4 million in grants from the South Carolina Arts Commission. Throughout 40 counties, 332 … more

Test scores before Sumter School Board

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will hear a review of student achievement results from last spring's state standardized testing and an update on happenings across the district Monday at its regular monthly board meeting. A district … more

City preps for wastewater connection in Mayesville

Sumter City Council approved agenda items that will benefit multiple residents in the future and approved a rezoning request for the development of a North Main Street salon during its meeting on Tuesday. Mayesville residents to be compensated … more

No deaths, 100-plus tickets on Labor Day weekend Police department arrests 15-year-old driver after chase

Marking the end of the "100 Deadly Days of Summer," Labor Day weekend in Sumter County wrapped up with no traffic fatalities but more than 100 citations and tickets. This period during the summer is said to be the most deadly time for travel on … more

Attorney: Hamm, Kuomus immune Man representing school district in suit by former employee gives response

The attorney representing Sumter School District, Interim Superintendent Debbie Hamm and Chief Human Resources Officer John Kuomus in a lawsuit by a former district employee says Hamm and Kuomus should be dismissed from the case, and he denies … more

Sumter County Sheriff's Office adds new member to K-9 Unit

There's a new deputy sheriff in town. His name is Spike, and he's two years old. Though he may still have quite a bit of puppy in his system, the Belgian Malinois is marking his territory as a member of Sumter County Sheriff's Office's K-9 … more

Sumter County Council to consider land transfer to BD

Sumter County Council will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in County Council Chambers, third floor of Sumter County Administration Building, 13 E. Canal St., to consider:• Third and final reading of … more

Gov. McMaster declares state of emergency ahead of storm's arrival

South Carolina declares emergency ahead of FlorenceAssociated PressMIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Florence is becoming a "better organized" weather system that will likely strengthen into a … more

Volunteers needed for litter cleanup at Pack's Landing Sept. 15

FROM STAFF REPORTS Join Keep Sumter Beautiful for the 2018 River Sweep / Beach Sweep at Pack's Landing, 9890 Pack's Landing Road, Pinewood, on Lake Marion at 9 a.m. on Sept. 15. According to Clemson Cooperative Extension, Beach Sweep / River … more

Poets Ray McManus, Ed Madden join forces at Columbia Museum of Art

SUBMITTED The Columbia Museum of Art announces The Write Around Series with Ed Madden and Ray McManus, the latest initiative in its new Writer-in-Residence program. On Sunday, Sept. 16, at 3 p.m., award-winning poets Madden and McManus launch the … more

Palmetto Optimist Club to host Battle Buddies on Saturday

FROM STAFF REPORTS Palmetto Optimist Club will host its annual Battle Buddies children's obstacle course from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Sumter County Fairgrounds, 30 S. Artillery Drive. Battle Buddies is a free event where children enjoy a … more

A Sumter teacher with all the right moves: Smith now math coach at High Hills after being named district teacher of year

Her principal says she's a perfect fit for High Hills Elementary School. She's a military spouse and teaches at the Sumter School District school on Shaw Air Force, where most of the school's students come from. Also, she has a passion for … more

Saving lives for free: Fire department installs smoke alarms from Red Cross in Sumter neighborhood where family of 5 caught in house fire

Stuffed animals still sit on the front step of the Bowman Drive house that recently became engulfed in flames as a family slept inside. Weathered by rain and heat, the gifts bring a heartbreaking color to the boarded-up brick home that is marred by … more

Overcome old habits to have a healthier lifestyle

Some of us are old enough to remember spending time preparing each meal of the day from scratch. Snack foods weren't as easy to come by, convenience stores and restaurants weren't open 24 hours, and the portion sizes were much … more

My Community and Me begins 23rd year

More than two decades ago, a fourth-grade teacher at Willow Drive Elementary School saw a gap in her students' educational opportunities and sought a way to fill it. Rosanne DuRant saw that state and national history were included in the public … more

Sumter's Manning Avenue project to alter traffic

Sumter City Council approved first reading of an ordinance that would make specifications regarding controlled burns in the city and approved a contract for a sewer line project that will temporarily alter the flow of traffic on Manning Avenue … more

State, Sumter test scores improve slightly

Sumter and South Carolina students performed overall slightly better in English and math on standardized testing in 2018 compared to 2017, but most students are still not meeting grade-level expectations. The state Department of Education … more

No charges in pedestrian fatality in Rembert

The driver involved in a collision with a pedestrian in Rembert that resulted in a fatality on Tuesday will not be charged, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol. At 9:20 p.m., the driver of … more

Sumter mayor proclaims Constitution Week Sept. 17-23

On Aug. 31, the Junior American Citizens, headmaster and the JAC lead teacher, all from Thomas Sumter Academy, along with Children of the American Revolution and Daughters of the American Revolution, met with Mayor Joe McElveen as he signed the … more
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