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7 ways Sumter residents can prep for hurricane season

This past Friday marked the official beginning of the forecasted active 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, and agencies across the nation are urging preparedness and safety before, during and after any storm. Coming just months after what Clemson … more

Here is who will be on your ballot Tuesday in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties

As the primary elections for national, state and local positions draws nearer, voters have to come to a conclusion on Tuesday about who they want to represent their party on the ticket. Below is a list of candidates - including Q&A answers for … more

Children can have fun, prevent learning loss over school break

Summer vacation presents an opportunity for students to enjoy an extended break from the classroom. While this respite from routine may be a welcome change to youngsters, teachers frequently lament that valuable educational lessons seem to be … more

'Sir, I assume command.' Shaw welcomes new commander O'Malley, says goodbye to Lasica

Of all the photos and artifacts in the 20th Fighter Wing's new commander's new office, an old photo is his favorite. The photo is of his father, a former maintenance officer who was stationed at Shaw Air Force Base in the '60s, throwing Col. … more

Sumter native Parnell regrouping for 5th District November general election

After handily winning the Democratic primary nomination Tuesday for South Carolina's 5th Congressional district, Sumter native Archie Parnell says he wants people to look him in the eye and fairly assess him for the U.S. House of Representatives … more

All jazzed up: Lakewood High jazz, acapella choir to perform at Apollo Theater

Departing today with a special invitation to perform at this weekend's New York City Jazz Festival, it's another feather in the cap for the Lakewood High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble and choral director Herbert Johnson. Under Johnson's leadership, … more

Hamm: Raising achievement, teacher talent were Sumter school district's budget goals

Increasing student achievement, attracting and retaining teachers, and building a more positive culture in the district were key aspects that administration tried to address in building Sumter School District's budget for next fiscal … more

Free activities offered at Harvin Clarendon County Library this summer

Harvin Clarendon County Library, 215 N. Brooks St., Manning, will offer special programs and activities during the months of June and July. All programs and activities are free, but seating space and craft supplies are available on a first-come, … more

Lasica awarded Legion of Merit with Shaw exit

Col. Daniel T. Lasica may be on his way to Aviano Air Base in Italy, where he and his family relocated this week as he accepted a promotion to command the 31st Fighter Wing there, but Shaw Air Force Base did not have him leave without recognizing … more

Sumter's Holy Comforter priest: 'God is not wringing His hands about this'

The priest of a local parish said he's not extremely worried if his congregation loses its right to property it has held for more than a century after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied a state church district's petition for a hearing on … more

East Brewington Road bridge replacement to begin, detours set

South Carolina Department of Transportation plans to replace the structurally deficient bridge on East Brewington Road near Sumter in Sumter County. This bridge is being replaced with a new 70-foot … more

Cinema Series is back at Sumter Opera House

The Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., is bringing back its Summer Cinema Series with an all new lineup of movies. Showtimes are 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Admission is $1. Concessions are also available for purchase. Please … more

All Republican candidates for statewide office are expected at Saturday event

Every Republican candidate for statewide office will be in attendance and speaking in Camden on Saturday at Lee and Kershaw County's inaugural Old-Fashioned Stump Meeting. Lee County Republican Party Chairman Davis McClam, an event organizer, … more

Forum gives 4 Sumter students educators scholarships

Sumter School District's Teacher Forum awarded four high school seniors who desire to be future educators with college scholarship awards at its Celebration of Excellence event on Monday night at Crestwood High School. Lakewood High School's … more

Archaeologists use radar to survey Sumter park's grave sites

A project pushed by Sumter Historical Society, with heavy backing from Sumter County government and other local officials, the renovation of Thomas Sumter Memorial Park, created in honor of the "Gamecock General" on his former property in Stateburg, … more

South Sumter cleans up

PHOTO PROVIDED Volunteers hold hands and pray Saturday at 810 S. Main St. before the South Sumter Beautification Association's Trash Pick-Up Day. According to event leaders, about 100 volunteers - including some airmen from Shaw Air Force Base - … more

Sumter High School JROTC wins state drill meet

McENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE - Sumter High School took home the top prize at a statewide JROTC drill meet, and another high school represented Sumter well by coming in second. The sound of cadence calls and marching filled the air Saturday … more

Author-historian to discuss S.C. soldiers in Civil War

Author and historian Herbert "Bing" Chambers will be the guest speaker at Monday's meeting of the Sumter County Genealogical Society. During the 7:30 p.m. meeting at Swan Lake Presbyterian Church, he will discuss his three books on the Civil … more

17-year-old Crestwood High football, baseball player fatally shot near downtown Sumter

Sumter Police Department is investigating the death of a 17-year-old man after he was found with a gunshot wound outside of an apartment complex on Peach Street Sunday afternoon.Sumter County Coroner … more

Sumter nonprofits benefit from Midlands Gives

Five Sumter County nonprofits raised almost $10,000 in a 24-hour online fundraiser that supported 372 organizations throughout the Midlands on Tuesday. Sumter County Museum, Sumter Habitat for Humanity, SC Run for the Fallen, Freedom Rings Rescue … more
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