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Elderly couple helped by Fireside Fund; Biblical command 'to be openhanded' followed

In this special installment of the Fireside Fund, Sumter United Ministries' Diane Garrick shares how the money raised helps the agency to minister to those in need from a biblical perspective. … more

Sumter Education Foundation gives $10K in books to students

When the Sumter Education Foundation asked teachers what they need, they said books for their classrooms. And the foundation took heed. The members put their big brains together and thought, thought, thought. And what wonders their thinking … more

Clemson Extension: Controlled burns benefit our forests

The weather in South Carolina in March can be characterized as crisp, cool and perfect for a controlled burn. That's why it's fitting that Gov. Henry McMaster has proclaimed March 2018 Prescribed Fire Awareness Month.Prescribed … more

CEO who worked until 96 was quiet force behind 20th century Sumter

Known as an astute businessman and a citizen dedicated to serving his community, Ross Scott McKenzie Sr. will be remembered as a quiet local hero who put his family and Sumter first. McKenzie, founder and former president of Sumter Coatings with … more

Sumter native recounts Hawaii missile alert error

Valerie Barnes and her husband, who is stationed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on the Hawaiian island of O'ahu, were getting ready to go to the gym with their four kids, just like they do every Saturday. Then his phone buzzed. The next 38 … more

Family argument in Sumter ends in Christmas stabbing

Not all was quiet in Sumter on Christmas after an argument that turned physical, and a 43-year-old man was left with non-fatal stab wounds. The argument occurred between two family members - the 43-year-old and a 36-year-old man - shortly after 3 … more

Sumter native Finney running for 3rd term as solicitor

Ernest "Chip" Finney III, Third Circuit solicitor, is running for re-election after serving two consecutive terms in office. A Sumter native, Finney, 61, has been a member of the South Carolina Bar since 1981 and has practiced law in the Midlands … more

Sumter falls behind on fixing city roads

The roads once made treacherous because of snow and ice remain a hassle because of added deterioration after days of moisture and freezing temperatures. Since the snow, county public works has not been able to keep up with its maintenance of dirt … more

COLD CASE: 7 months and no word from Lee County's Tommy Brailey

Seven months after he was last seen celebrating a co-worker's birthday at a Sumter bar, the family of Tommy Brailey of Lee County is still seeking answers into his abrupt disappearance. Brailey, 52, was last seen by co-workers of Continental Tire … more

New Arby's being built on McCrays Mill Road in Sumter

Partly because of the opening of the new Walmart Neighborhood Market and other general growth in the McCrays Mill Road/Pinewood Road area of Sumter, a new Arby's fast-food restaurant is also under construction. Earl Wilson, franchisee and … more

Sumter Litter Alliance public meeting Monday

The Sumter Litter Alliance will hold a public meeting on Monday to discuss the details of the group's organization and its efforts to clean up Sumter County. The meeting will be held at Swan Lake Visitors Center, 822 W. Liberty St., at 5:30 p.m., … more

Sumter woman dies in wreck on U.S. 521

A 34-year-old Sumter woman died as a result of injuries sustained during a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. 521 North at Kelsam Road about 9:45 a.m. on Thursday. Cylest Gourley was pronounced dead on scene, according to a Sumter County Coroner's Office … more

Sumter school board to hear school district update

On what will turn out to be the first day back to school for students after an extended winter holiday break, the Sumter School District Board of Trustees will also hold its first board meeting of 2018 on Monday. A district staff member sent out … more

Sumter group gives back after losing mothers to cancer

All the chairs look the same, save for a few differences in how worn the brown leather was where patients rest their heads. Alexis Dickerson's mother always sat in the third chair on the far wall to the right. Dickerson sat with her while tubes … more

Sumter NAACP, community air concerns over possible school closures

About 55 community members in the Mayewood/R.E. Davis area of Sumter County turned out Tuesday night to voice their concerns about and opposition to a potential school closure in that area. The residents attended a community meeting organized by the … more

PHOTO GALLERY: Snow blankets Sumter, tri-county

Several inches of snow blanketed the tri-county area on Wednesday evening, creating traffic issues but also giving locals a chance to have some fun. The snow stuck around Thursday morning after … more

Family of Sumter shooting victim to speak during press conference

The family of the deceased man who was found on East Newberry Avenue with suspected gunshot wounds on Saturday is scheduled to speak during a press conference at 3 p.m. today at Sumter County Sheriff's Office. Family members, along with county … more

Welcome to the neighborhood: New Walmart opens on Pinewood Road

Pinewood and McCrays Mill area residents now have a new place to buy their groceries and fuel up, and this new store also has an option not found at the company's other locations in Sumter County. The new Walmart Neighborhood Market that opens … more

From dream to reality: Sumter community leaders help people overcome barriers to find jobs

What started out nearly two years ago with two community leaders taking a drive through South Sumter and seeing young people on street corners instead of in school or at work turned into a celebration Wednesday of which all Sumterites can be … more

Mayewood's Lowe is a finalist for S.C. Teacher of the Year

When the top education official in the state entered Zachariah Lowe's classroom on Tuesday, he became a living example of why he wanted to become a teacher and what he tries to instill in his students. Anyone can become anything if they put their … more
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