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New fingerprint scanning device will help Sumter coroner ID bodies faster

Working for the Sumter County Coroner's Office is no easy task by the job description alone. And the job can be much more difficult if the deceased is without ID or unrecognizable. Though the coroner's office can't prevent that, staff will be … more

Historic Sumter structures to get revived

"Good riddance" is what Grady Locklear, chairman of the Historic Preservation Design Review Committee, said after the group approved the demolition of a building that has been an eyesore along East Canal Street for many years. On Thursday, the … more

Clemson Extension holding stormwater management conference on March 13

COLUMBIA - The Clemson Cooperative Extension Service is holding its first stormwater pond management conference in the Midlands area on March 13. Numerous neighborhood lakes and retention ponds broke during the October … more

Education News: Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018

Sumter School District Golden Apple awards continue The Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce held the Golden Apple Awards program at Alice Drive Middle School. Nominated by their teachers, guidance counselors or administrators, 12 students were … more

More than just pizza and games

Some of Sumter's elementary school students were treated to a morning of pizza and games at Chuck E. Cheese's on Thursday morning as a reward for winning Sumter Police Department's 2018 Black History Month Art and Essay Contest. The morning of fun … more

Inmate who shot deputy in face killed in Lee Correctional Institution

An inmate who was serving 45 years for shooting a sheriff's deputy in the face was killed in a Lee County prison during a fight with another inmate on Thursday, state prison officials said. Robert … more

Sumter native serves in Navy's TOPGUN program

FALLON, Nevada - In Nevada's high desert is the Navy's premiere tactical air warfare training center, home to the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development … more

Laurence Manning students inducted into Beta Club

The following students were inducted into the Laurence Manning Academy Beta Club: Evan Hunter Ardis, Christian Dennis Bachand, William T. H. Barrineau, Rollin Grace Barwick, Jadyn Rose Bell, Kinsey … more

Sumter hospital unveils coloring book to Lemira Elementary students

It really does "take a village to raise a child," if you ask Palmetto Health Tuomey. And in the spirit of the saying, the hospital extended its community partnership with Lemira Elementary School on Thursday at the school with the unveiling of a … more

Sumter legislator writes bill to ban bump stocks, assault-style weapons

Sumter County's newest state legislator said action must be taken in light of last week's deadly mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. State Rep. Wendy Brawley, D-70, who represents southern and western Sumter County and southern … more

Sumter Home Chapter honors students who won essay contest

Each year, Sumter's Home Chapter, NSDAR recognizes outstanding students at its February meeting. The chapter sponsors two essay contests - one for elementary and one for high school students. The first is the DAR American … more

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
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