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High winds expected Thursday in Sumter from Hurricane Michael

Sumterites and South Carolinians watched Hurricane Michael batter the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday as the storm made landfall as a Category 4 and threatened, yet again, the area with tropical storm-force winds. Sumter, Lee, Clarendon and most … more

Shelters opening in Sumter, Lee to safeguard against Hurricane Michael (UPDATED THURSDAY)

Emergency shelters are continuing to open throughout Wednesday across the Palmetto S.C. Region of the American Red Cross’s service area in anticipation of Hurricane Michael, including one in … more

List of Hurricane Michael closures and cancellations for Sumter, Lee, Clarendon counties

Following is a list, which is being updated as new information comes in, of all closures and cancellations related to Hurricane Michael in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties. If you have a closure or … more

Shaw Air Force Base evacuating F-16s ahead of Hurricane Michael

Shaw Air Force base is now operating at a Hurricane Condition 2 (HURCON 2), which indicates destructive winds are possible within 24 hours, and has evacuated its F-16 CM Fighting Falcon aircraft in … more

Sumter pizza delivery woman allegedly sexually assaulted during armed robbery by 19-year-old

Sumter Police Department arrested a man alleged to be responsible for a string of targeted armed robberies of pizza delivery drivers after he reportedly robbed and sexually assaulted a female driver … more

The latest: Sumter schools, government offices closed Thursday as Hurricane Michael heads into Georgia

Hurricane Michael is a major hurricane sitting as a Category 4 with maximum sustained winds of 145 miles per hour, the most powerful storm on record to ever strike the stretch of the Florida … more

New downtown Sumter buildings to open for public tours on Friday

Sumter's Economic Development Headquarters building and Hyatt Place hotel will open to the public for a drop-in and tours from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Hosted by Main Street Society, the event is part of the society's mission "to encourage the support of … more

Tour de Tech: Former Central Carolina Technical College President Hardee cycles across state to raise scholarship money

One of Sumter's former leaders made a return trip to the city Monday in an unconventional manner. Former Central Carolina Technical College President Tim Hardee, now the South Carolina Technical College System president, bicycled Monday from … more

Hurricane Michael making its way to Southeast as Sumter emergency management monitors storm

Hurricane Michael is expected to bring fast winds and rains to South Carolina when it makes its expected appearance Thursday, prompting Sumter County Emergency Operations Center to go on standby as it continues to monitor the storm's path. The … more

Children's craft program offered at Lee State Park on Saturday

FROM STAFF REPORTS BISHOPVILLE - Children ages 6 and up are invited to join the park ranger at Lee State Park to make a pony bead bracelet using colors found in nature. Crafting will be held Saturday at the park's Education Center from 10 a.m. … more

Sumter County Council to consider final vote to transfer land to BD

Sumter County Council will meet at 6 p.m. today in County Council Chambers, Sumter County Administration Building, 13 E. Canal St., to consider:- Third and final reading of a request to amend the … more

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
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