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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

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
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