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'Attitude is contagious': Sumter 3-day professional development conference focuses on teachers

bout 500 attendees have descended upon Lakewood High School and downtown Sumter this week for Sumter School District's first-ever professional development conference. That total consists of about 420 district teachers and administrators for whom … more

Motown tribute, face-off comes to Sumter's Patriot Hall

The Kings & Queen of Motown will bring their tribute show to Patriot Hall on Saturday night with 90 non-stop minutes featuring the best of Motown. The 7:30 p.m. performance of more than 50 years of rhythm and blues will pay tribute to such groups … more

Sumter County sheriff's advisory board tours jail

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office Community Relations Citizens' Advisory Board took a tour of Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center on Monday to understand how the facility operates during its make-up meeting. Capt. Ron Gaillard led the board … more

Walking speed can help predict functional health as you age

During the last decade, there has been increased interest and research in gait speed as a predictor of vitality and health in older adults. Research suggests that individuals with a slower walking speed have an increased risk of mortality compared … more

Wear purple for elder abuse awareness this Friday

Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments is asking the public to participate in a call to action against the abuse of older adults by wearing purple on Friday. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day asks people, organizations and communities to … more

Sumter School District's CFO resigns for another job

Given personnel confidentiality issues and other matters handled by the board behind closed doors in executive session Monday night, not a lot of information was available on Tuesday from Sumter School District's Board of Trustees' special-called … more

Fraternal Order of Police holding BBQ dinner in Sumter

The Fraternal Order of Police is holding a free barbecue dinner for all law enforcement officers and retirees on Saturday, June 30, at The Restaurant at Second Mill, 1100 W. Liberty St. The 7 p.m. dinner will serve as a chance for people to learn … more

Program asks for AC units for elderly, disabled in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon

Because of the overwhelming response to last year's initiative to supply the elderly and disabled with 5000 BTU air-conditioner units, Clean Slate Reentry Program, in cooperation with other area nonprofits and public agencies, … more

Do you know the U.S. flag? Take this quiz ahead of Sumter Flag Day ceremonies

Thursday is officially Flag Day in the United States. The day is typically celebrated on June 14 to commemorate the adoption of the American flag on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. At 6 p.m. Thursday, American … more

Sumter County Council holds off on school district mill increase request

Sumter County Council has more time to mull over Sumter School District's request for a 5.48-mill increase after voting unanimously to remove the item from its agenda while it still waits for the district to answer questions posed by council members … more

BD $150M investment, 125 new jobs proposal approved

Becton, Dickinson and Co. will be investing millions of dollars into its Sumter facility and creating more full-time jobs now that Sumter County Council approved final reading of an ordinance to authorize a fee in lieu of tax and incentive agreement … more

Baker beats Bubba to stay in Sumter County District 2 seat

Though the race for Sumter County District 2 was heated as polling results came in from the eight respective precincts, incumbent Artie Baker and Bubba Rabon, the two leading candidates, ended the … more

Sumter County Council chairman McCain retains seat in primary

Sumter County Council District 6 Councilman Jim McCain is all set to be a shoo-in for the general election in November after coming out on top during the primary election Tuesday … more

Sumterite Parnell gets 5th District Democratic nomination despite past abuse

Sumter native Archie Parnell's decision to stay in the race proved beneficial — at least through Tuesday. Parnell easily won the U.S. House of Representatives' District 5 Democratic primary … more

Clarendon, Sumter Rep. Ridgeway rides to win in primary

For statewide seats, incumbent state Rep. Robert Ridgeway, D-Manning, defeated Mitch Ellerby in the State House of Representatives District 64 Democratic primary race.  According to … more

ELECTION 2018: James wins school board seat by 14 votes; other Lee County primary results

Voters in Lee County turned out to the polls for primaries on Tuesday to decide who will be their party’s representatives on the ballot in November. Primary ballots in Lee featured seven … more

ELECTION 2018: Coroner Bucky Mock loses, council incumbents win; other Clarendon County primary results

Voters in Clarendon County turned out to the polls for primaries on Tuesday to decide who will be their party’s representatives on the ballot in November. Primary ballots in Clarendon … more

ELECTION 2018: Sumter County primary results

Voters in Sumter County turned out to the polls for primaries on Tuesday to decide who will be their party’s representatives on the ballot in November. Primary ballots in Sumter featured … more

Sumter County Library welcomes summer with a pop of color

Some of Sumter's youngest scholars started their summer vacation with a bang, literally, as they watched a man get into a 6-foot balloon and pop it to escape at the Sumter County Library's main building Friday morning. Jungle Jim, a balloon artist, … more

1 house destroyed, 1 damaged by Sumter kitchen fire

One house was destroyed and another sustained exterior damage after a stove fire got out of hand at a residence on Meehan Street on Sunday afternoon. Sumter Fire Department received the call at 4:45 p.m., and firefighters arrived at the residence … more
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