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HURRICANE FLORENCE: The latest updates as first bands reach shoreline

8:45 a.m. Shaw Air Force Base is now at Hurricane Condition 2 (HURCON2), which indicates winds of 58 miles per hour or greater are possible within 24 hours. The change in HURCON follows Gov. … more

'Petticoat Affair' topic at Sumter Genealogical Society meeting

Historian and University of South Carolina Professor Emerita Patricia McNeely returns Monday to address the Sumter County Genealogical Society and guests on the topic "Andrew Jackson, John C. Calhoun and the Petticoat Affair," also the title of her … more

Promote healthy blood pressure with small changes

In 2017, the new blood pressure guidelines were released which included changes in classification categories and a reduction in what level constitutes hypertension. The guidelines classified cardiovascular disease risk factors as modifiable and … more

Sumter, Lee, Clarendon farmers readying for Hurricane Florence

Many people in the local business and industry community are taking necessary steps to prepare for a potential onslaught from Hurricane Florence, and that includes farmers. Three area farmers and a spokeswoman for the state Department of … more

Calm at Swan Lake before Hurricane Florence

Despite a lack of rain in recent weeks and the high heat of late summer, the animals and insects living at Swan Lake-Iris Gardens were still out and about and flowers were blooming recently. more

Sumter middle school sent photos of Hurricane Florence from astronaut aboard space station

Hurricanes can be scary and dangerous, but one middle school in Sumter received an awe-inspiring glimpse of the monster storm that is on its way to South Carolina. Alice Drive Middle School … more

9-year-old boy drowns at Pocalla Swamp

A Sumter family is grieving after a child drowned while playing with friends at Pocalla Swamp off Burkett Drive on Wednesday afternoon.  Reports indicate five boys, ranging in age from 7 to … more

Follow these tips for well water and food safety during Hurricane Florence

With possible flooding in the path of Hurricane Florence, Clemson Extension is advising residents who rely on well water to protect that water source, even if they plan to evacuate.Clemson Extension … more

Shaw evacuating its F-16s from Sumter ahead of Hurricane Florence

  Shaw Air Force Base is moving its fleet of F-16s away from base to avoid the path of Hurricane Florence. Col. Derek J. O’Malley, commander of the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw in … more

Run for the books in 13th Forrest Ray 5K

Saturday marks the 13th year for the Forrest Ray 5K sponsored by the Friends of the Sumter County Library. Also called the Run for the Books, the race follows a course through downtown and Sumter's historic district, beginning and ending at the … more

Statewide burning ban issued until further notice

COLUMBIA - With the approach of Hurricane Florence, the South Carolina Forestry Commission will issue a State Forester's Burning Ban for all counties, effective 7 a.m. today. A State Forester's Burning Ban prohibits all outdoor burning, including … more

Local students to perform for equestrian games

The Lemira Percussion Ensemble will present two performances on Monday as part of the 2018 World Equestrian Games being held this year in Tryon, North Carolina, at Tryon International Equestrian Center. The games take place every four years and are … more

Sumter's final Rite Aid to close next month

Sumter's third and final Rite Aid will close soon, according to store employees. The pharmacy at Rite Aid, 1077 Broad St. (in front of Sumter Mall), is set to close Oct. 3. According to an employee, the store's general merchandise area will close … 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

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

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

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

LIST UPDATED FRIDAY: Hurricane Florence shelters in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon for Hurricane Florence

Following is a list of shelters in the tri-county region of Sumter, Lee and Clarendon open for Hurricane Florence evacuees. CLARENDON COUNTY Three shelters will open at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. … more

The latest on Hurricane Florence: How to help, how to prepare

The newest weather models are showing Hurricane Florence aiming for a direct hit on North Carolina Friday morning, and the Carolinas and Virginia are continuing to prepare for its impact. Sumter … more

LIST UPDATED THURSDAY: Closings and cancellations for Hurricane Florence in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties

Following is a list of current and upcoming closures and cancelations related to Hurricane Florence in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties and affecting South Carolina. Keep checking back here for … more
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