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Why I Serve: Shaw aircraft armament specialist joined Air Force for education, travel

Why I Serve, presented by With These Hands Natural Gourmet Foods, is a monthly series that brings you a glimpse into the life of a different military service member stationed at Shaw Air Force Base. Name: Airman 1st Class Jwanaque … more

Clarendon 3 leads tri-county area on career readiness test

Clarendon School District 3 students based in Turbeville scored the highest in the tri-county region on a new career readiness assessment that also includes a soft skills component, according to state Department of Education test results released … more

Sumter gas station owner Hobbs 'cared about everybody,' friends say

A great friend and family man, good business man, tremendous University of South Carolina Gamecocks fan and a man who cared about everybody and loved his church are all descriptions friends used to detail the life of Van Hobbs. A longtime … more

Finding a 'community wrap around you' in Sumter: MQ-9 Reaper unit at Shaw welcomes new airmen in 1st expansion of group

Shaw Air Force Base's newest unit, which flies remotely piloted aircraft to protect Americans and their allies throughout the world, recently welcomed a new group of airmen to the East Coast. Base leaders, airmen, their families and community … more

Sumter County man charged with stealing more than $800 worth of items

A man who allegedly stole hundreds of dollars worth of items from a storage building in September was arrested and booked at Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center on Tuesday. Jehrode W. Hodge, 31, of … more

Sumter man wanted after 18-year-old injured in shooting

A teenager was injured in a shooting Monday night, and the suspect remains at large, according to Sumter County law enforcement. Warrants have been issued for Byron Deshawn Lyons, 25, whose last … more

Family Empowerment Forum set for Wednesday at USC Sumter

South Carolina continues to be ranked in the top 10 - No. 6 - for its rate of women killed by men according to the Violence Policy Center, a Washington-based organization. Using data compiled from homicides in 2016, the center's study showed 48 … more

Restaurant news: Pita Thyme opens in Sumter, specializes in Mediterranean food

There's a new restaurant open on Broad Street in Sumter. Pita Thyme, specializing in Mediterranean food, has taken the place of the now-closed Pita Pit. "This is our third day open," Greek-Lebanese owner Danny Oueini said on Friday. "We have … more

Sumter City Council to consider final reading for burn ordinance

Sumter City Council will meet at 1 p.m. today in City Council Chambers, fourth floor of Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider: - Second and final reading of an ordinance to regulate open burning and refuse burning in the city; - … more

Soft rock, jazz comes to Sumter Opera House

A band that has been popular since 1970 and another that's not quite a year old will play the Sumter Opera House this week. Ambrosia, a soft rock band with five Grammy nominations and several Gold records, appears at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and Gullah … more

Sumter police dance downtown as part of last Fourth Friday

Sumterites boogied in the streets with Sumter Police Department officers during the final Fourth Friday Concert Series on Friday. Scenes from Friday's Flash Mob will be included in a lip sync challenge video being done by the department. The video … more

A picnic full of pride and patriotism at Shaw Air Force Base

Bring together the Sumter community with about 1,000 personnel from Shaw Air Force Base, mix in 1,200 hamburgers, 1,200 hot dogs, 1,200 bags of chips, more than 3,000 cookies and more than enough beans, slaw and sunshine to go around, and what do … more

Sumter Family Health Center gets renamed Tandem Health

Effective Monday, another large health care provider in Sumter underwent a name change and rebranding. Sumter Family Health Center, a multi-site private, nonprofit community health center, has changed its name to Tandem Health. The rebranding … more

Sumter organization receives $285,000 to battle opioid crisis

Tandem Health is one of more than 1,000 health centers and other organizations in the country to receive a portion of federal funding - from a total of nearly $396 million - to combat the opioid crisis that is affecting communities across the … more

Casket or urn? Cremated or embalmed?

What happens when we die? While there are many theories of what happens to the spirit after death, there are fewer questions about what happens to a person's body. For those questions about what remains, two of Sumter's funeral directors … more

Bicycle restoration bonds generations

An old run-down, rusty bicycle sits abandoned. The neglected piece of metal may have once been a source of cherished memories, perhaps a childhood milestone, a vehicle for adventure or a tool for … more

Don't miss all the fun at the Sumter American Legion fair

Fairgoers can enjoy piping hot fries, live entertainment including a petting zoo, booths in the Sumter County Civic Center, 32 rides and 11 gaming centers at the Sumter American Legion Fair this year. Today is the last day, with the gates opening at … more

Sumter County Sheriff "strongly opposes" student who brought gun's possible return to public schools

The Lakewood High School student charged with bringing a pistol and ammunition to school on Wednesday will remain in S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice custody until his next hearing in October … more

Downtown Sumter eSTEAM festival plans to give you a boost

In an effort to follow suit with larger cities in the state that have hosted large, outdoor festivals to build awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers, local economic development officials will host a similar festival … more

Manning residents enjoy Farm to Table

MANNING - The Land, Parker and Welch courtyard was transformed into a beautiful dining venue for Tuesday's Farm to Table celebration, a part of this year's Main Street Manning's annual meeting. Brunson's Nursery converted the law firm's back … more
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