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Sumter Volunteers and city honor those who give their time for others

Once a year, members of churches and schools in Sumter County take baking cookies to the next level. On Thursday, they, along with other community volunteers, were honored for their efforts. The annual volunteers picnic hosted by Sumter … more

Waterline repairs, hydrant tests set for mid-week

The City of Sumter will be making repairs to the waterlines in the Mayesville East Subdivision on Wednesday. There will be service interruptions to customers during this work. The immediate area may experience some red water during this period as … more

Rotary club is holding its annual Vidalia onion sale

The Rotary Club of Sumter-Palmetto is taking pre-orders for its annual Vidalia onion sale, which is set for May 9-12 from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily and until noon on Saturday. The sale will be on Wesmark Boulevard next to Miss Libby's School of … more

Financial update, demographics report before Sumter school board

A financial update and demographics study report top the list of items coming before Sumter School District's Board of Trustees on Monday at its next meeting at the district office. A district spokesperson distributed the agenda for the upcoming … more

Soybean farmers in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon sitting on edge

There has been plenty of discussion in the last couple weeks about how tough tariff talk between the U.S. and China could greatly impact Midwestern farmers, especially after the Chinese proposed a 25 percent tariff on imports of U.S. … more

Sumter police arrest 3, seize 6,000 heroin injections worth $60,000, other drugs in months-long sting

Three men have been arrested after an investigation that lasted several months, resulting in the seizure of pills and enough heroin to supply an estimated 6,000 injections, officials said. The … more

Shaw EOD team training on Friday

Any booming noises heard this morning through the early afternoon are likely due to Air Force training. Shaw Air Force Base's Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD) team will be training at Poinsett … more

Mayesville Presbyterian Church holding hymn festival on April 29

Mayesville Presbyterian Church will continue its tradition of offering a hymn festival for the community on Sunday, April 29. The 4 p.m. festival at the church is aimed at those who enjoy singing hymns, which choir director and organist Tammy … more

Sumter Ballroom Dance Club holding open house on Sunday

When asked about dancing, a typical response from adults is, "I've got two left feet." However, members of the Sumter Ballroom Dance Club don't agree. They think most people can learn enough … more

'I'm sorry to the family': Parents of slain Crestwood High student, suspected shooter devastated at first appearance hearing

Though only one person died during a shooting on Sunday, the lives of six young people will likely be cut short, leaving multiple families grieving. The first appearance hearing for Jaelon Jackson, 21, who is accused of fatally shooting … more

Sumter School District demographics study shows 10-year enrollment decline

Describing it as confirmation of what he and the interim superintendent have been seeing, Sumter School District's chief financial officer detailed a recently completed county demographics study to the school board's Facilities Committee on … more

Bringing learning to LIFE at Alice Drive Middle School

If you go by the idiom "a picture is worth a thousand words," then the images these gadgets produce "are worth a thousand and then some." They are Alice Drive Middle School's new virtual reality and augmented reality headsets, and they are … more

12-year-old Cherryvale boy found safe after missing since Monday

A 12-year-old Furman Middle School student who had been missing since Monday afternoon has been found safe, officials confirmed. Stay tuned here for more information as it becomes available. more

Sumter County Sheriff's Office looking for missing teen

Sumter County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in locating 15-year-old Zyarriah Myers, who is thought to have run away with the young man shown in the photo. Zyarriah was last seen … more

Crestwood High School baseball coach: 'We were doing it for Josh'

It was a night of number ones for all the wrong reasons. The baseball game at Crestwood High School on Tuesday was not a bottom of the ninth, bases loaded type of situation. More like a top of the first, one on base. 11. It was the final home … more

Walk A Mile raises almost $100K for sexual violence survivors

A fundraising event for a nonprofit that provides services to sexual assault survivors in the Midlands recently raised nearly $100,000 by asking people to "walk a mile in their shoes." The ninth-annual event raised $97,124 last week in Columbia … more

Walk raised awareness of mental health, resources

Eta Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., partnering with National Alliance of Mental Illness, hosted a mental health awareness walk at Dillon Park on April 11 to raise awareness of mental illness and provide information for mental … more

Rembert family to open Old McCaskill's Farm for annual sheep shearing, demos, more

The sheep at Old McCaskill's Farm must have been hoping for spring as much as we have, because spring means they can shed their coats and enjoy warmer temperatures. At least we can shed ours at will - the sheep need help. On Saturday, they'll get … more

BREAKING: 5 charged in fatal shooting of Crestwood High School's Goodman

Update: According to a news release from Sumter Police Department, shooting suspect Jaelon Jackson is in custody after turning himself into authorities tonight without incident.   Four … more

Officers searching for missing 12-year-old Furman Middle School student

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a 12-year-old boy who went missing on Monday. Jakell Simmons, who is described as black with black hair and brown eyes, … more
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