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Public airs concerns about class size, bullying, abandoned facilities at meetings on proposed Sumter school consolidations

Sumter School District has now put on three public meetings for a draft school consolidation proposal at three different locations in the county, and officials are hearing many of the same questions and concerns at each. Interim Superintendent … more

Pate joins Palmetto Health-USC Family Medicine in Bishopville

BISHOPVILLE - Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will open Palmetto Health-USC Family Medicine of Bishopville this spring according to a news release from the group. The practice will be led by longtime community physician Dr. … more

CCTC honors local heroes in 1st forum

What started out as a conversation with a history instructor to get some memorabilia for the college's veterans resource area turned into a creative way to honor local heroes with a two-hour veterans forum. Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Heather … more

Easter Bunny returns to Swan Lake for egg hunt

Spring is here, and with it comes the Easter Bunny. He has once again accepted Sumter Recreation Department's request to hide eggs for the community's children ages 2 to 12. He'll be hiding eggs and greeting children from 10 a.m. until around noon … more

No sit ups required for a stronger core

Sit-ups were once the king of exercises for stronger abs and a trim waistline. But now, plank exercises are the gold standard for strengthening the abdominals as well as the core. Rather than just strengthening one set of muscles, core exercises … more

Eat, mingle and help raise money at Sumter Rotary's Farm to Table event

Thinking of trying something different for dinner this week? Stop by the fifth-annual Farm to Table, presented by Sumter Rotary Club, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at Sumter County Civic Center, 700 W. Liberty St. Farm to Table was started in 2014 … more

Zumbathon in Sumter to raise funds for Sickle Cell foundation

A Zumbathon is a "fitness party" with a purpose, Zumba instructor Angela Burkett said. Her fifth-annual Zumbathon on Saturday will benefit the James R. Clark Sickle Cell Foundation. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the M.H. … more

For pet's sake - Sumter SPCA gives tips to keep our animals safe from springtime hazards

If dogs - and cats and birds and guinea pigs - are our best friends, a nonprofit in Sumter County is asking you to treat them like one. Our furry, feathery and feline friends need help in avoiding the springtime blues and getting into the wrong … more

Sumter School District community session No. 2 more orderly than first meeting

With discussion ground rules set in place at the beginning, Sumter School District’s second community conversation session on a school consolidation proposal had less outbursts, was more organized, … more

Moon Mouse brings out-of-this-world fun at Sumter Opera House

The moon shined neon bright on Thursday at the Sumter Opera House, eclipsed only by a yellow rocket ship transporting a mouse with glasses, a buzzing, bright alarm clock that will, in the end, prove to be mouse's best friend and the excited shrieks … more

Adult education director: Sumter needs magnet schools

Sumter County's longtime adult education director thinks the school district should move forward with a proposal to introduce magnet schools to increase opportunities available to students and improve the local workforce for business and … more

Shaw Air Force Base airman shot at event

A 22-year-old airman stationed at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter was one of three people who were shot in Columbia's Five Points early Sunday. Airman 1st Class Anfernee Kirkland, an armament technician assigned to the 20th Equipment Maintenance … more

Sumter School District bus crash sends 36 to Tuomey

The driver of a dark-colored car who fled the scene after rear-ending a Sumter School District bus Monday morning on Pinewood Road is wanted by the police department in connection to the crash that sent 35 students and the bus driver to Palmetto … more

Committee to consider old Sumter courthouse plans

The Sumter Historic Preservation Design Review Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday in Sumter City Council Chambers, fourth floor of the Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider approval for: - Renovations and additions to Sumter … more

CCTC to host veterans forum tonight in Sumter

Central Carolina Technical College will host a veterans forum tonight from 6-8 p.m. at its main campus, 506 N. Guignard Drive, Room M401. The first-time event for the college, called "The Veteran Forum: Honoring Our Local Heroes," will include a … more

Sumter City Council to consider $6M bond for projects

Sumter City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in City Council Chambers, fourth floor of the Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider: - Second and final reading of an ordinance to issue a general obligation bond not to exceed $6 million … more

Red Cross still low on blood, platelet donations

Though many throughout Sumter County and South Carolina are soaking in the first day of spring today, the American Red Cross blood supply is still recovering from severe winter storms in March. Donors of all blood types are urged to roll up a … more

City testing hydrants on Broad Street

The City of Sumter will perform fire hydrant flow tests on Broad Street between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Water customers in the area may experience temporarily discolored water. For questions or concerns, call the City of Sumter … more

Sumter County Sheriff's Office now assisting in Rembert hit-and-run cases

Sumter County Sheriff's Office is assisting South Carolina Highway Patrol in the investigation of three fatal hit-and-runs in Rembert, the oldest having occurred in 2015, and officials are asking the public to provide any information they may have … more

New Sumter Economic Development building opens downtown

Downtown Sumter's newest, most modern-designed building is open for business, and the people who have set up shop within its walls are hoping that means all of Sumter County will welcome more business. Sumter Economic Development, a group made up … more
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