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Bradford watermelons harvested ahead of Hurricane Florence

Like any businessman and homeowner in Sumter County this week, Nat Bradford of Bradford Family Watermelon spent Friday finishing preparations for Hurricane Florence. The farmer located northeast of … more

Sumter's Parnell pledges support to veterans

A son of a U.S. Air Force veteran who served at Shaw Air Force Base, Archie Parnell pledges to do more for veterans if he's elected to Congress. Parnell, a Sumter resident and the Democratic … more

Clyburn, Sumter native, announces bid for majority whip

FROM STAFF REPORTS While the 5th District featured two a first full-term representative and a political newcomer, the other congressional district covering Sumter has news of a longtime incumbent … more

Run for the books in 13th Forrest Ray 5K

Saturday marks the 13th year for the Forrest Ray 5K sponsored by the Friends of the Sumter County Library. Also called the Run for the Books, the race follows a course through downtown and Sumter's historic district, beginning and ending at the … more

Sumter Police Department: Finish preparations for Tropical Storm Florence, stay inside

As wind speeds continue to pick up, Sumter Police Department urges residents to wrap up last minute preparations and return to shelter before winds reach tropical-storm-force … more

Sumter school board candidates get one last shot

Before next week's election, at-large candidates vying for two seats on the nine-member Sumter School Board participated in another meet-the-candidates forum Tuesday. Five of the eight candidates took to the stage at Central Carolina Technical … more

Baker says focus will be as Sumter School Board member

Frank Baker does not think it will be awkward for the next superintendent to have him - the district's most recent former superintendent - on the Sumter School Board because he's in a "different role" now. Baker, who won the most votes Tuesday … more

Manning Police Department seeks assistance in identifying robbery suspect

MANNING — Manning Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying a man who walked into the Manning Walmart on Tuesday afternoon, grabbed a cash register drawer and fled the store in 10 … more

Sumter hardware store outfits the National Guard for Florence

The commander on duty for the Sumter operations center of the S.C. National Guard and an assistant were seen shopping in the shoe section at Simpson Hardware on Friday afternoon. Lt. Col. Adrian … more

Updated feed: Florence crawls through South Carolina toward Sumter

Stay tuned at this feed throughout the day as we continue to update it with information on Florence and her impacts in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties and the surrounding Carolinas. 3 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 16 While flash flooding and major river flooding is still expected … more

Sumter man searching for living kidney donor

Denny Stevens, a local Sumter man who is originally from Lucknow, needs your help. Stevens needs a kidney transplant and is willing to take on any possible donors. "A transplant would offer me more freedom and the ability to live a long-term … more

Sumter police arrest woman, 34, for alleged convenience store robbery

Sumter police officers arrested a woman Sunday morning in connection to two convenience store robberies in the western part of the city last week.Quanisha Latrell Burgess, 34, last known address of … 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

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

County council to consider final reading of flood ordinance

Sumter County Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in County Council Chambers, third floor of Sumter County Administration Building, 13 E. Canal St., to consider: - Third and final reading of an ordinance to amend portions of the county's flood … more

Auditions open for SLT's holiday classic show

Sumter Little Theatre is holding auditions for "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in the theater classroom. "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" is a holiday tradition in Sumter. The play follows the outrageous … more

Sheriff's office to sell barbecue plates Wednesday

Sumter County Sheriff's Office will be selling barbecue plates from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday to raise money for the local Toys for Tots. The $7 plate includes barbecue, green beans, baked beans, corn, a slice of pound cake and a slice of … more

Personal influences revealed in art exhibit

The two current Sumter Gallery of Art exhibits offer interesting observations on artistic vision and technique. Though there are many differences in the two shows, there is a common sense of commitment to pieces that reveal personal convictions and … more

School board postpones meeting until Sept. 17

Due to the impending inclement weather, Sumter School District's Board of Trustees postponed its board meeting that was scheduled for Monday night. According to a district spokeswoman, the board meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, Sept. … more

Paula Cole live at Sumter Opera House Saturday

Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Paula Cole brings her band to the Sumter Opera House on Saturday for concert of jazz, folk and pop music, including classics from several genres. Since her first hit, "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?" in 1997, … more
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