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SAFE employee oversees electronic services

SAFE Federal Credit Union announced in a news release the naming of Mandy Baibak as assistant vice president of electronic services. Baibak, who has worked for SAFE for almost 14 years, will oversee all electronic services ranging from debit and … more

Scholarship, college fair set for Saturday at Sumter High

On behalf of the Professional Assistance for College-Prep Excellence Academy, the statewide OnePalmetto Scholarship and College Fair will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sumter High School, 2580 McCrays Mill Road. This free event is … more

Crestwood High student specifies teachers, student to kill in anonymous note

Yet another school in Sumter County has been on the receiving end of a rumor, prank or threat of potential violence since a deadly mass shooting at a high school in Florida.An anonymous note was … more

Sumter Arts Showcase presents 'Under the Big Top'

In the spirit of the world's most famous showman, the late P.T. Barnum, Miss Libby's School of Dance and the Rising Stars will present their 21st Annual Sumter Arts Showcase at 7 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at Patriot Hall. Artistic Director … more

Sumter approves alcohol sales at annual events in city

Sumter City Council approved first reading on Tuesday to accept the proposed 2018 Community Development Block Grant that would allocate $291,838 among six city programs. If approved after a third reading, the grant, appropriated to the city by … more

SCAL encourages Sumterites to join Memorial Park Walk

FROM STAFF REPORTS Sumter County Active Lifestyles, a local nonprofit organization, is recognizing February as National Heart Month and encouraging the public to get out and walk. SCAL, whose mission is to "Enhance and Enrich the Sumter area … more

Pancake Day marks 56th year of helping children in Sumter

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Kiwanis Club of Sumter will flip pancakes for its 56th year on Saturday, March 3, at Alice Drive Middle School, 40 Miller Road. Sumter Kiwanians will raise funds for Sumter children in two shifts, from 7 to 10:30 a.m. and … more

Company to launch solar projects in Lee County at $100M

Lee County is entering the new, high-tech, clean energy production realm with the announcement Wednesday of a major capital investment by a solar energy facilities developer, according to officials. Southern Current, based out of Charleston, will … more

Zoning appeals board member to run for Sumter City Council

A member of the Sumter City-County Board of Zoning Appeals wants to continue his efforts to improve the local quality of life and business environment in his hometown by running for office on a larger stage. Colin Davis recently announced he is … more

Billy, Bobby and the Gospel: Legendary Yankees 2nd baseman from Sumter remembers his friend, famous evangelist

Bobby Richardson recently visited Billy Graham for the last time with his wife and granddaughter. Graham could barely see. He could not hear well, but the friend of the Sumterite and former New York … more

Florence man, 63, arrested for attacking girlfriend over incident from decades ago

A Florence County man, 63, was arrested by Sumter County deputies after he allegedly attacked his live-in girlfriend over an issue that happened decades earlier while on their way home from Columbia on Friday. John W. DeWitt Jr. is charged with … more

Sumter historic committee to consider demolition of downtown building

Sumter City-County Historic Preservation Design Review Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in City Council Chambers, fourth floor of Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider approval for:- The demolition of a structure, formerly a … more

Chamber recognizes 12 Alice Drive Middle students for 'excellence in character traits'

Kindness. Hard worker. Leader. Middle school student. Respectful. Thoughtful. Eager. Engaged. Polite. Appreciative. Conscientious. Tries to do her best every day. These words describe the 12 Alice Drive Middle School students who were recently … more

South Carolina gubernatorial candidate talks political corruption, education at Sumter convention

Phil Noble, Democratic candidate for governor, is seeking support for his plan to reform the state government to rid it of unnecessary or corrupt practices that continue to set back South Carolina residents. South Carolina is a great state, but … more

Sumter, Clarendon superintendents: Safety is priority in threats of violence

After various claims of impending school violence in recent days in light of the recent tragedy in Florida, two area superintendents who have had threats claimed within their school districts pledged Tuesday their commitment to all community … more

Art gallery opens 3 exhibitions Thursday

The Sumter County Gallery of Art will present exhibitions by three artists with very different perspectives on what it means to be a visual artist in the South and how these differences are expressed … more

Maintaining a healthy weight helps fight inflammation

Within the past few decades scientists have concluded that many conditions including heart disease, diabetes and long-lasting respiratory problems such as asthma share one common element- chronic inflammation. Many factors contribute to chronic … more

Two Manning High School students call in threats of violence

Manning High School received calls on Friday threatening potential violence from two students, it was announced Tuesday morning, officials said. The calls were rumors, conversation that went too … more

Future Sumter voters celebrate Presidents Day with parade

Children at First Presbyterian Church celebrated Presidents Day by attending an annual parade on West Calhoun Street. Children made paper hats and "future voter" buttons and interacted with Sumter … more
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