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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

Sumter middle school student charged after Lakewood High shooting threat on Facebook

A 14-year-old middle school student has been taken into custody after the threat of a shooting at Lakewood High School in response to alleged bullying was made on social media Sunday. Sumter … 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

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

Sumter attorney John Derrick elected to serve on Presbyterian College Board of Trustees

FROM STAFF REPORTS Attorney John Derrick Clark has been elected to serve on the Presbyterian College Board of Trustees, according to a news release from the college. Clark, a Sumter native, graduated from Sumter High School in 1982 and from … more

Hootie drummer to speak to Celebrate Recovery group

The perfect Christmas gift is different for each person, and for some, the best present is seeking a brighter path in life. Anyone who needs help finding his or her way should attend Celebrate Recovery's next meeting at 7 p.m. Friday at Salt and … 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

Celebrate Christmas at Brick Church on Dec. 16

The congregation of Salem Black River Presbyterian Church invites the public to attend its Christmas service at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. Church organist William Scobee, who is also choir director and … more

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds to headline 2020 Shaw AFB Expo

FROM STAFF REPORTS Some of us are planners, and if you are one of them, mark your calendar for May 15-16, 2020. Shaw Air Force Base 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs has announced the United States Air Force Thunderbirds will headline the 2020 … 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

Sumter coroner: Pediatrician died of natural causes

The longtime employee of Sumter pediatrics P.A. who was found dead at his residence Tuesday evening died of natural causes, officials confirmed. Dr. Carl G. Whetsell died from a heart issue, an … more

Sumter County detention officer arrested by SLED

A Sumter County detention officer was arrested by SLED Wednesday afternoon, according to Sumter County Sheriff's Office. The officer is being held at Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center, said Ken … more

Sumter County EMS could move to old fire department building next door on Hampton Avenue

Sumter City Council approved first reading of a request to transfer the former fire department building to Sumter County and first reading of two ordinances that could lead to the development of a gas station and convenience store in northern Sumter … more

City of Sumter to perform hydrant tests, water main repairs

The City of Sumter will perform fire hydrant flow tests on South Pike West and Cormier Drive between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Water customers in the surrounding area may experience temporary discolored water. Repair on the … more
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