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Parade prep: Applications now open for Sumter's Iris Festival parade

From Sumter natives to newcomers, from regional residents to far-away, time-and-again travelers, the Iris Festival cannot be separated from Sumter, and what better way to celebrate any event than a parade? The 13th-annual Shrine Day Parade is set … more

Sumter County Council honors boy who saved neighbor's life

Though he acted in selflessness, Sumter County Council decided to commend Malachi Coffey, the 9-year-old who rescued a neighbor who was pinned underneath a car on March 10, by giving him his own day in the county. The Mustang convertible fell on … more

Wanted Sumter man found hiding in attic after fleeing traffic stop

A Sumter man who was wanted by the South Carolina Probation, Parole and Pardon Service was arrested on Monday when he was found hiding in his attic after fleeing from a traffic stop. Demetrius Johnson, 32, faces charges of failure to stop for … more

Sumter architect 'modeled loving what's most important'

Friends described Charles McCreight as more than just an accomplished architect. A registered practicing architect for more than 60 years in Sumter, McCreight was known more as a devoted family man and friend, a loving example to his church and a … more

Video footage shows suspects stealing truck in Sumter County

Two suspects are being sought in connection with video surveillance footage that shows a vehicle being broken into and stolen in northern Sumter County early Monday morning. Sumter County … more

Road closure required for Deep Creek bridge work

According to a news release from Republic Contracting Corp. of Columbia, work will soon begin replacing the bridge over Deep Creek on U.S. 521, Greeleyville Highway. The road will be closed completely at the bridge site, which is near 5308 … more

Millwood Elementary students raise $13,000 in pledges

PHOTOS PROVIDED Millwood Elementary School students participated in their first Fun Run. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade attempted to run 35 laps around a small track to raise money to purchase new stage curtains and a portable PA … more

Palmetto Health Tuomey: Clean out your medicine cabinet

SUBMITTED Spring cleaning - it's a rite of passage as temperatures begin to heat up and the season starts to change. Palmetto Health Tuomey would like to remind community members to add your medicine cabinet, kitchen cupboard or whereever you … more

Missing Florence girl may have come to Sumter

Authorities are seeking assistance in locating Tyekiava Harvin, 16, who has been missing from Florence since Dec. 3. The teen, who may have run away, could have come to Sumter to stay with family in the area, according to Florence Police Department. … more

9-year-old boy honored by Sumter officials for saving neighbor’s life from under car

Angels and heroes come in all shapes and forms, and for one Sumter County resident who found himself pinned under his car and severely injured, his angel came in the form of a 9-year-old boy. Malachi Coffey was honored on Tuesday for saving the … more

Hamm strikes one merger from Sumter School District consolidation proposal

Sumter School District's interim superintendent is withdrawing for now one part of her draft consolidation proposal after obtaining information on extensive work necessary to upgrade one district middle school to accommodate elementary school … more

700 men flock to First Baptist Sumter's Wild Game Night for food, faith

After a year of collecting wild game and planning and 12 hours of cooking, roasting, smoking, grilling, frying and simmering, about 700 plates were piled high with food for about 700 men within 30 minutes. First Baptist Church Sumter held its … more

Sumter School District board chairman wants to slow down consolidation process

After community members said they were opposed to a district consolidation proposal and brought up other issues - such as bus transportation challenges - currently facing schools, the chairman of … more

Rafting Creek-Hillcrest consolidation withdrawn from proposal

After obtaining information on extensive work necessary to upgrade one district middle school to accommodate elementary school students, Sumter School District’s interim superintendent is … more

Volunteers clean up trash in downtown Sumter, ask others to help

With growing concerns regarding litter, the city of Sumter held a community event on Saturday where residents were encouraged to come out and pick up litter downtown. Clean-up efforts were focused in the Central Business District area, bordered by … more

Lincoln Alumni to honor activist-lawyer

The Lincoln High School Preservation Alumni Society will celebrate the life and service of the first black woman to practice law in Sumter. A special forum for Women's History Month will recognize the contributions of the late Dorothy Vermelle … more

Sumter pianist receives highest rating in division

PHOTO PROVIDED Sumter pianist Leann Pomichalek, 14, received the highest rating of One Plus, as well as Honorable Mention, for the entire Region II Midlands Division of the S.C. Piano Festival Association Competition held March 17 at the … more

Sumter dads, students, gardeners help beautify Willow Drive Elementary

A few of Sumter's most knowledgeable gardeners along with local fathers and students started another phase of upgrading Willow Drive Elementary School's atrium during the Dads' Spring Workday on Saturday. The workday was a partnership between the … more

Lee County School District names director of personnel

Tiniece Javis has been named director of personnel for Lee County School District effective March 19. Javis most recently served as dean of Richland One Middle College in Columbia. According to a news release from Lee County School District, the … more
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