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Lee County School District names director of personnel

Tiniece Javis has been named director of personnel for Lee County School District effective March 19. Javis most recently served as dean of Richland One Middle College in Columbia. According to a news release from Lee County School District, the … more

Rembert community is opposed to Sumter School District proposal

REMBERT - Same proposal. Same questions and concerns. Just larger audience and more vocal. That about summed up Sumter School District's sixth and last in a series of public meetings, for now, on a school consolidation proposal here Sunday night … more

Rabon files for Sumter District 2 county council seat

For the first time since 2010, there will be a June Republican primary this year for the District 2 seat on Sumter County Council. That's confirmed after Bubba Rabon filed recently with Sumter County Election Commission to contest incumbent Artie … more

New Sumter facility at Patriot Park to benefit students, public

Anyone visiting Patriot Park in the past few months may have noticed the construction of a new facility that will benefit local students and residents who want to learn from or just enjoy the nature Sumter has to offer.The construction of Patriot … more

20th SFS honors retiring MWDs

Standing on a stage in front of their wingmen at Shaw Air Force Base, two 20th Security Forces Squadron Airmen received recognition for dedicated service to the United States Air Force, totaling nearly 90 percent of their lives, or 154 years - dog … more

Busing, construction renovations highlight 4th Sumter school consolidation session

DALZELL - Busing concerns, having construction renovations completed on time, and what would happen to closed schools were key discussion items from community members at Thursday's public meeting on a draft school consolidation proposal held here at … more

College chairman: Canty not being considered for Morris presidency

The Rev. Ralph Canty isn't being considered any longer for the Morris College president position. The chairman of the college's board of trustees, the Rev. Mack Hines of Florence County, made the announcement last week. Canty never actually … more

Hundreds turn out for local foods

At least 650 people enjoyed locally grown produce and fresh-picked ingredients combined to make unique and classic dishes during the fifth-annual Farm to Table event on Thursday at Sumter County Civic Center. Hosted by Sumter Rotary Club, the … more

Sumter lawnmower expert offers tips to get your lawnmower ready for spring

The grass is greener - and longer - on the other side of winter. Just as any car or home appliance, it is important to follow the right steps and care guidelines when starting up a lawnmower after months of inactivity. There are a handful of tips … more

Neutrals are still trending in Sumter for kitchen paint color schemes

Spring cleaning often is synonymous with subtracting. Get rid of old clothes. Throw away. The time when winter wears off can also welcome adding a new look to your kitchen, and the simplest form of that is a new coat of paint in a new shade. … more

Sumter woman teaches DIY home hacks for organization

Forget spring cleaning. Think, instead, of spring organizing. And if you're going to think of spring organizing, you can't forget about Sandi Davis. The Sumter County resident has been professionally home organizing since 2004, and she says while … more

Planning ahead is essential for Sumter Historic District homeowners

If you are one of the fortunate few Sumterites to make your home in the heart of the shady, stately historic residential district around Memorial Park near downtown, you are probably already aware that changes to the exterior of your home may … more

Get soil tested by Sumter Cooperative Extension, ID plants before making a spring garden

As you get those shovels, gloves and seeds out from the shed for the first time this season and get ready to plant your new vegetable garden or flowers, you should know what you're digging into. January is said to the best time to test your soil … more

Help make your community less trashy at Sumter Litter Alliance event

Keeping your own home, backyard and garden clean is not the only part of having a welcoming, enjoyable community. If the rest of the neighborhood is unkempt, no one will want to be around long enough to see your lawn. A new group in Sumter County … more

Growing friends, flowers and produce in Sumter's community garden

It was a chilly, rainy Saturday morning, as if spring were trying to bloom but the tail end of winter was overstaying its invitation. That didn't stop a small but dedicated group of Master and Master-to-be Gardeners from digging in the … more

Sumter High students host hoops contest for awareness of diabetes

Sumter High School students took their shot at beating diabetes on and off the court on Wednesday, and the fundraiser and awareness event they hosted was a slam dunk. Dunks for Diabetes started four years ago as a project that some of the … more

T-Rex virtually roams Sumter school

Alice Drive Middle School is now one of a few schools nationwide that have tested Google's Pioneer Program, an augmented reality program that brings rare artifacts and far away lands directly to the classroom. Through augmented reality, students … more

Sumter historic preservation committee approves plans to renovate old courthouse

Sumter County Courthouse is set to get some much-needed attention after Sumter Historic Preservation Design Review Committee approved renovation plans during its meeting on Thursday. The purpose of the renovations is to update the building's … more

Hamptons moves to new location on Main Street

Hamptons has a new home. After a few soft openings that included serving to police officers and firefighters, the fine dining restaurant in downtown Sumter officially opened Thursday night after moving to 33 N. Main St. from around the corner on … more
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