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Wind, rain, surge, flood: Hurricane Florence could hit hard

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — As mandatory evacuations begin for parts of three East Coast states, millions of Americans have been preparing for what could become one of the most catastrophic hurricanes … more

County council to consider final reading of flood ordinance

Sumter County Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in County Council Chambers, third floor of Sumter County Administration Building, 13 E. Canal St., to consider: - Third and final reading of an ordinance to amend portions of the county's flood … more

Personal influences revealed in art exhibit

The two current Sumter Gallery of Art exhibits offer interesting observations on artistic vision and technique. Though there are many differences in the two shows, there is a common sense of commitment to pieces that reveal personal convictions and … more

School board postpones meeting until Sept. 17

Due to the impending inclement weather, Sumter School District's Board of Trustees postponed its board meeting that was scheduled for Monday night. According to a district spokeswoman, the board meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, Sept. … more

Keep an eye on Florence: Schools, state government to close as storm barrels toward Carolinas

While the exact intensity and amount of wind, rain and other effects are not yet clear, it seems likely that Hurricane Florence will impact Sumter County later this week. Florence was upgraded to a Category 4-strength hurricane Monday, which is … more

Sumter businessman finds gem in his work

John Copeland said he has always been a businessman and found his niche with jewelry almost four decades ago. Copeland, owner/operator of Jewelry Wholesale, started his Sumter jewelry store in 1980 in a small shop on Broad Street. The business … more

Sumter, Lee, Clarendon schools closed indefinitely starting Tuesday ahead of Hurricane Florence

Schools in the following counties, including Sumter, Lee and Clarendon, will be closed starting Tuesday, Sept. 11 until further notice in preparation of Hurricane Florence, which is expected to make … more

HURRICANE FLORENCE: The latest on school closures, mandatory evacuations, safety info

As Hurricane Florence continues to eye the Carolinas and East Coast of the United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has upgraded the storm to a category four … more

Sumter's Democratic HQ opens Sept. 14

The grand opening of the Sumter Democratic Party Headquarters will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at 540 Bultman Drive, Suite 3. Several candidates will be stopping by to meet and greet attendees and answer a few questions. For … more

Sumter's National Anthem Project CANCELED

Jets from Shaw Air Force Base fly over Furman Middle School almost every afternoon. Music teacher Linda Beck often tells her students the roar of the planes is the sound of freedom. In 2005 when she learned that barely a third of Americans knew … more

Tri-county schools, galleries, studios receive funding

From schools to art galleries to dance studios, organizations in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties were among those selected to receive a portion of nearly $4 million in grants from the South Carolina Arts Commission. Throughout 40 counties, 332 … more

Test scores before Sumter School Board

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will hear a review of student achievement results from last spring's state standardized testing and an update on happenings across the district Monday at its regular monthly board meeting. A district … more

City preps for wastewater connection in Mayesville

Sumter City Council approved agenda items that will benefit multiple residents in the future and approved a rezoning request for the development of a North Main Street salon during its meeting on Tuesday. Mayesville residents to be compensated … more

No deaths, 100-plus tickets on Labor Day weekend Police department arrests 15-year-old driver after chase

Marking the end of the "100 Deadly Days of Summer," Labor Day weekend in Sumter County wrapped up with no traffic fatalities but more than 100 citations and tickets. This period during the summer is said to be the most deadly time for travel on … more

Attorney: Hamm, Kuomus immune Man representing school district in suit by former employee gives response

The attorney representing Sumter School District, Interim Superintendent Debbie Hamm and Chief Human Resources Officer John Kuomus in a lawsuit by a former district employee says Hamm and Kuomus should be dismissed from the case, and he denies … more

Sumter County Sheriff's Office adds new member to K-9 Unit

There's a new deputy sheriff in town. His name is Spike, and he's two years old. Though he may still have quite a bit of puppy in his system, the Belgian Malinois is marking his territory as a member of Sumter County Sheriff's Office's K-9 … more

Sumter County Council to consider land transfer to BD

Sumter County Council will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in County Council Chambers, third floor of Sumter County Administration Building, 13 E. Canal St., to consider:• Third and final reading of … more

Gov. McMaster declares state of emergency ahead of storm's arrival

South Carolina declares emergency ahead of FlorenceAssociated PressMIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Florence is becoming a "better organized" weather system that will likely strengthen into a … more

Volunteers needed for litter cleanup at Pack's Landing Sept. 15

FROM STAFF REPORTS Join Keep Sumter Beautiful for the 2018 River Sweep / Beach Sweep at Pack's Landing, 9890 Pack's Landing Road, Pinewood, on Lake Marion at 9 a.m. on Sept. 15. According to Clemson Cooperative Extension, Beach Sweep / River … more

Poets Ray McManus, Ed Madden join forces at Columbia Museum of Art

SUBMITTED The Columbia Museum of Art announces The Write Around Series with Ed Madden and Ray McManus, the latest initiative in its new Writer-in-Residence program. On Sunday, Sept. 16, at 3 p.m., award-winning poets Madden and McManus launch the … more
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