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Auditions open for SLT's holiday classic show

Sumter Little Theatre is holding auditions for "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in the theater classroom. "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" is a holiday tradition in Sumter. The play follows the outrageous … more

Camden man faces 15 to life for Lee County firearm arrest

A 30-year-old Camden man entered a guilty plea in federal court for a firearm charge on Thursday for allegedly possessing a handgun in Lee County in 2017 despite prior felony convictions. Evidence presented at Darrin Paul George's hearing … more

The story of Uncle Pete and 1 last rodeo

My Uncle Pete was an almost mythic figure among Florida cowboys, winning the Best All-Around Cowboy a record 10 times in the state. That's a feat on par with Alabama football. In the 1970s, he wrote a piece for Guideposts magazine. I want to honor … more

USDA eases program rules for S.C. SNAP participants impacted by Hurricane Florence

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in a news release Thursday that it has granted flexibility to allow South Carolina residents to replace food purchased with SNAP benefits that was lost due to power outages and flooding caused by … more

Saturday's Oktoberfest to benefit Sumter United Ministries

Hamptons will present Sumter's largest Main Street party - Oktoberfest - for the ninth year on Saturday. All things German - costumes, dancing, food, beer and music - will be celebrated. The Happy Musicians will provide music from 5 to 9 p.m., when … more

Red Cross needs blood donations after storm

The American Red Cross is one of the fixtures of disaster response worldwide. Its volunteers have been providing food, shelter and comfort to those affected by Hurricane Florence as impacts continue to add up, but one area of the Red Cross' efforts … more

S.C. Gov. McMaster: Farmers lost $125 million in storm

The Office of the Governor has released its preliminary damage assessment caused by Hurricane Florence in South Carolina. In a letter Gov. Henry McMaster sent to South Carolina's congressional delegation requesting their continued support and as … more

Palmetto Health, Greenville Health System to reveal new parent name, logo

Tuomey will undergo another name change soon — sort of. For decades, the hospital was named Tuomey Regional Medical Center before officially changing its name to Palmetto Health Tuomey a few years ago when … more

Sumter County Councilman Chris Sumpter arrested for alleged domestic violence in front of his child

Sumter County Council's youngest member and his father were arrested Thursday following an investigation into a domestic incident involving a firearm in August.  Christopher F. Sumpter II, … more

Sumter postpones decision on proposed burn ban

Sumter City Council is asking for more time to clarify details of a proposed burn ban and discussed it at its meeting on Tuesday. Reading: Second and final Agenda item: An ordinance to be known … more

Location of schools in Sumter could expand to other zonings

Sumter City Council discussed a proposed ordinance amendment that would expand the zonings in which schools are allowed at its meeting on Tuesday. Reading: First of two Agenda item: A request … more

Sumter man claims $1M lottery ticket from Broad Street store

A Sumter man is thinking of ways to spend his $1M winnings. According to a news release from S.C. Education Lottery, the man purchased the winning tickets from the American Grocery and Liquor … more

Tame your sweet tooth for overall better health

Sugar is a commonly used food that causes weight gain, promotes premature aging and can take a devastating toll on your overall health. Recent research shows that the largest factor in chronic disease and obesity is sugar. Because sugar is very … more

Wilson Hall senior, youngest member of S.C. State Guard called to Florence response

Is he still a kid or already an adult? After just a few minutes talking with Wilson Hall senior Luke Kinney, you might wonder. Yes, he's 18 years old, still in high school, 5 feet 11.5 inches and 145 pounds - "on a good day," he says. But … more

Sumter City Council approves $25,000 for teen life skills program

Sumter City Council voted to commit $25,000 for a program that will benefit local teens and voted in favor of allowing schools in commercially zoned districts during its meeting on Tuesday. Council commits $25,000 for teen success … more

New Sumter Public Safety Complex opens doors

A few months after settling into the Public Safety Complex on North Lafayette Drive, Sumter Police Department and Sumter Fire Department personnel invited residents into their new digs on Tuesday to see how their vote on the 2014 Capital Penny Sales … more

Sumter School District official: New achievement plan helped increase test scores

Sumter School District officials attribute increased test scores last school year to a new student achievement plan put in place about a year ago and say they think more growth will follow this year because of new academic programs now in many of … more

Sumter church collecting supplies for Hurricane Florence victims

The Bethesda Church of God in Sumter is collecting supplies this week and delivering them to areas affected by Hurricane Florence. “Our choice destination is Wilmington (North Carolina), but it … more

Sumter's Schwedler named top 50 economic developer for 2018

Jay Schwedler, president and CEO of Sumter Economic Development and TheLINK, which also represents Lee County, was recently named one of the top 50 economic developers in North America for 2018. The honor was given by Consultant Connect, a … more

12th-annual Sumter Art in the Park set for Saturday

The Heart of Sumter Neighborhood Association will welcome fall with the 12th annual Art in the Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Memorial Park. More than 80 artists and crafters will display and sell their work in the largest of the events yet, … more
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