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The latest on Hurricane Michael: Storm is still strengthening as it heads toward FL panhandle

Here is the latest on Hurricane Michael, its forecast affecting Sumter, South Carolina, and the Southeast and related information you need to know. --- 11 a.m. Hurricane Michael quickly … more

Porching through downtown Sumter's historic homes

Sumterites took part in a sort of adult trick-or-treat event in the Sumter Historic District downtown on Thursday. The sixth-annual Porches of Sumter featured 12 homes whose residents displayed their front yards for people to stop by and taste … more

Sumter church collecting for Conway flood victims

Bible Fellowship Church, 227 Broad St., is collecting items and money to send to those in Conway affected by the flooding of Hurricane Florence. Langston Baptist Church, Conway, is coordinating several projects and has provided a list of … more

Hydrant flow tests set for Wednesday, Thursday in Sumter

The City of Sumter will perform fire hydrant flow tests on Patriot Parkway between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Water customers in the surrounding area may experience temporary discolored water. Contact the City of Sumter Public … more

Sumter Civic Dance Company presents 19th contemporary dance concert

Contemporary dance is more popular than ever, and Sumter Civic Dance Company artistic director Andrea Freed-Levenson is more enthusiastic than ever about the future of the style. The company will present its 19th-annual contemporary dance concert … more

Family to finish 100-year story of Sumter soldier with WWI Purple Heart

One-hundred years is a long time to wait. For one patient family, 100 years of waiting has led to a deeper understanding of service to country as descendants wait three more days for a patriarch to posthumously receive the Purple Heart … more

Hurricane Michael may affect Sumter area later this week

With Florence still in mind, Michael may be making an appearance this week. The continental U.S.' next threat after Hurricane Florence dumped more than two feet of rain on areas of North Carolina and caused river flooding from northeast South … more

Driver in Lee County ejected from vehicle, dies Saturday

A driver is dead after she was ejected from a vehicle while traveling on Royer Road in Lee County Saturday night, according to state law enforcement officials. Lee County Coroner Larry Logan … more

Judge denies bond for man charged with shooting Sumter teen

Bond for Byron Lyons was denied during a first appearance hearing at Sumter County Detention Center on Friday in connection with the shooting of a teen earlier this week. At the request of Sumter County investigators, Magistrate Judge Larry … more

Sumter School Board may make selection on search firm Monday

Academic achievement and programs highlight the agenda for Sumter School District's Board of Trustees' regular monthly meeting on Monday, along with the potential selection of a superintendent search consulting firm. A district spokeswoman … more

Trinity UMC presents duo pianists

Annette Matthews and Eddie Huss are well-known talented pianists, who have performed widely. In Sumter, music lovers anticipate their duo-piano concerts with enthusiasm. Trinity United Methodist Church will present the longtime friends in concert at … more

New character-based program aims to improve Sumter students' behavior

What are the characteristics of a good leader? That's a question many adults ponder each day. Now, elementary school students in five Sumter School District schools are learning those qualities as part of a new character education-based program … more

Sumter police officer knows, worked with, all seven victims shot, one fatally, in Florence

A piece of black fabric cut through the middle with a blue line was wrapped horizontally around the police officer badge. His badge placed him at Sumter Police Department, but his mind was in Florence County with six of his former co-workers and the … more

Suspect arrested for leading Sumter officers on Wednesday morning chase

One man is behind bars and facing multiple charges for allegedly stealing a vehicle and crashing it Wednesday morning. Daniel Dale Browder, 38, is accused of stealing a 2005 GMC Canyon from a … more

Bishopville man pleads guilty in cross-country wire fraud case

Six people, including a Bishopville native, entered guilty pleas regarding accusations of mail, wire and bank fraud, according to state law officials. Eric Wilson, 48, of Bishopville, pleaded guilty … more

It takes a community: Sumter police, fire departments visit neighborhoods for National Night Out

In the spirit of strengthening relationships with law enforcement, residents hung out with Sumter's first responders for an evening of communication and fun during the annual celebration of National Night Out on Tuesday. People all over the … more

Crew begins filming movie across Sumter

The film crew you may see around town this week is in the process of making "The Old Man and the Pond," a feature-length movie written and now being directed by Sumter native Jason Mac (McElveen). McElveen is also the star of the film being produced … more

Sumter alum wants parents, students to understand 'full rides are possible'

Want a solution to rising college costs? Sumter native Melinda Mihlbauer probably has an answer. A career high school guidance counselor during the day at Woodland High School in Dorchester County School District 4, Mihlbauer is sometimes … more

Man charged with attempted murder for causing wreck on Sumter County road

A Sumter County man is facing two counts of attempted murder for allegedly striking a vehicle with his own on Thursday, according to county officials. Leroy Cockerill Jr., 27, is accused of … more

Suspect in shooting of 7 Florence officers bragged about marksmanship

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — A Vietnam veteran who bragged online about maintaining his target-shooting skills was being held Thursday on charges that he shot seven law enforcement officers, killing … more
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