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Palmetto Optimist Club to host Battle Buddies on Saturday

FROM STAFF REPORTS Palmetto Optimist Club will host its annual Battle Buddies children's obstacle course from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Sumter County Fairgrounds, 30 S. Artillery Drive. Battle Buddies is a free event where children enjoy a … more

'Charity starts at home': Sidewalk Cafe owner holds block party to help homeless shelters

There are many ways to make a difference in a community, and Tracy Fleming, owner of Sidewalk Cafe, is using one platform to reinforce a charitable movement. On Saturday, Sidewalk Cafe held its first block party on South Main to become familiar … more

Brookdale Senior Living, Agape Hospice, to host hydration seminar for Sumter's seniors

It’s essential to drink plenty of water during the summer as dehydration is one of the most common hazards of hot and humid weather for seniors. To help the older members of society stay … more

Sumter County woman, 33, charged with falsely collecting payment for rental property

Sumter County Sheriff's Office arrested a 33-year-old woman Monday for allegedly falsely collecting payment for property she claimed to own. Meredith Sloan West, of Allen Drive, is accused of taking … more

Sumter Community Band seeking new musicians

The Sumter Community Concert Band doesn't begin its 2018-19 performance season until Oct. 7, but rehearsals start Thursday, and spokesman Rick Mitchum said musicians with experience in high school or other bands are invited to join the band at its … more

Preparing for impact: Hurricane Florence takes a more westward track as McMaster lifts some mandatory evacuations, closings

With slight variations in the forecast on the exact bullseye and arrival time, Hurricane Florence continues to head straight toward to Carolinas. A westward shift in the National Weather Service … more

Spartanburg man, 32, charged for assaulting woman in Sumter County

Sumter County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Spartanburg man on Monday after he allegedly threatened a woman with a weapon and physically assaulted her. According to warrants issued on June 28, … more

Local effort, worldwide effects: Sumter chapter of Feed My Starving Children packs 400K meals for kids in developing countries

eed My Starving Children MobilePack made meals at Sumter County Civic Center to feed starving children in the developing world. The event occurred on Tuesday and Wednesday, with more than 2,000 volunteers helping the cause both days. "Our goal … more

A Sumter teacher with all the right moves: Smith now math coach at High Hills after being named district teacher of year

Her principal says she's a perfect fit for High Hills Elementary School. She's a military spouse and teaches at the Sumter School District school on Shaw Air Force, where most of the school's students come from. Also, she has a passion for … more

As Florence approaches, Sumterites have not forgotten Hugo and other past hurricanes

As Hurricane Florence bears down on South and North Carolina, Sumterites and area residents, whether they've been here for decades or only in the past few years, are no stranger to the destructive … more

Sumter County Sheriff's Office charges Rembert man for March burglary

A 39-year-old Rembert man was arrested on Saturday for allegedly breaking into a house and attempting to harm two people inside in March. A news release from Sumter County Sheriff’s Office … more

Sumter truck retailer 1 reading from permitted expansion

On Tuesday, Sumter County Council approved second reading of a request that will allow Carolina Truck & Trailer Parts to expand its storage area after the business began storing its inventory on … more

Saving lives for free: Fire department installs smoke alarms from Red Cross in Sumter neighborhood where family of 5 caught in house fire

Stuffed animals still sit on the front step of the Bowman Drive house that recently became engulfed in flames as a family slept inside. Weathered by rain and heat, the gifts bring a heartbreaking color to the boarded-up brick home that is marred by … more

Tickets on sale for CWU annual salad luncheon

Meet new friends, see old friends and enjoy numerous salads at Church Women United Annual Salad Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at St. James Lutheran Church, 1137 Alice Drive. All proceeds from the luncheon benefit local charities such … more

Climbing toward a better Sumter: 4th Battle Buddies promotes fitness, positive relationships between kids, law enforcement

Though the sun was blazing on Saturday, children enjoyed a few runs through the Battle Buddies obstacle course at Sumter County Fairgrounds. The fourth Battle Buddies event was hosted by the Palmetto Optimist Club. One of the basic programs of … more

Sumter County Council to consider Sumter School District millage increase request

Sumter County Council will hold a special called meeting at 5 p.m. today in County Council Chambers, third floor of Sumter County Administration Building, 13 E. Canal St., to continue its discussion … more

Rafters in downtown Sumter now serving brick oven pizza

Rafters is now serving wood-fired brick-oven pizza on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The cocktail bar above Hamptons — they share the kitchen and talents of Chef Raffaele Dall’Erta — … more

Sumter Camera Club works to go on exhibit

Flamingos, squirrels, Swan Lake-Iris Gardens. These are all part of "The Wonder of Nature," and they'll be on display beginning Thursday, Aug. 23, in Sumter.Sumter Digital Camera Club was invited by Central Carolina Technical College to display … more

Simpson employee in Sumter warns generator safety is crucial for Hurricane Florence

Portable generators are becoming increasingly popular to supply backup power during natural disasters such as hurricanes, but experts say there are a few important safety issues that must be considered. The main aspect to generator safety is to … more

Sumter-based Merchant Iron Works to expand, create new jobs

A Sumter-based manufacturer is expanding and creating 27 new jobs. Merchant Iron Works, 3215 Beulah Cuttino Road, announced today its making a $2.5 million capital investment into its facility and … more
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