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Sumter Tribe of Cheraw Indians celebrates heritage with festival

The Sumter Tribe of Cheraw Indians celebrated its heritage Saturday during its third Native American Indian Festival. There was a friendship dance with tribe members and other community members, seen above, … more

Sumter doctor found dead, coroner confirms

Dr. Carl G. Whetsell of Sumter Pediatrics P.A. was found dead at his residence Tuesday afternoon, according to Sumter County Coroner Robbie Baker. Baker did not say where on his property Whetsell … more

Sumter County Council to meet today, Nov. 13

Sumter County Council will meet at 6 p.m. today in County Council Chambers, Sumter County Administration Building, 13 E. Canal St., to consider: - Third and final reading of a request to rezone 3.91 … more

Kick off your shoes, but save the boxes for annual Sumter gift collection

Nearly 5,000 drop-off locations across the nation, including Westside Baptist Church on Pinewood Road, opened Monday to collect millions of shoeboxes filled with gifts for children across the world during Operation Christmas Child's National … more

'This is a family': Sumter honors locals during Veterans Day ceremony, 4th-annual parade

It was cold. Rain threatened, then it delivered. Above all, the 21-gun salute blasted into the crying sky as arms stood at attention, some in camouflage patches, others holding canes and pins.Sumter County commemorated Veterans Day on Monday, the … more

Sumter Thanksgiving tradition continues

For more than 35 years, Geraldine Singleton has been spearheading what has become a Thanksgiving tradition in Sumter. She started providing a free Thanksgiving dinner with several friends to "anyone who might not get one." This year, that dinner … more

Veterans Day Schedule: Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018

BANKS - All area banks and credit unions will be closed on Monday. GOVERNMENT - The following will be closed on Monday: federal government offices; state government offices; U.S. Postal Service; City of Sumter offices; Sumter County offices; … more

USC Sumter Alumni Association to celebrate 'Bigger Wednesday'

The USC Sumter Alumni Association will host Bigger Wednesday on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in celebration of the USC-Clemson football game. "It's usually called Big Wednesday, but this year it's called Bigger Wednesday because it's the 25th … more

Sumter United Ministries collecting frozen turkeys for holiday dinner boxes

Sumter United Ministries will be collecting frozen turkeys from now until Nov. 16 for its Giving Thanks dinner boxes program to help those in need of a warm holiday dinner. The emergency services nonprofit will be distributing them on Nov. … more

Downtown Sumter's Veterans Day celebration is Monday

It will be a gathering for veterans from all military branches Monday when the downtown area plays host to the 20th annual Sumter County Veterans Day Celebration. Larry Huff, a U.S. Air Force veteran and chairman of the Sumter County Veterans … more

Wilder Elementary students honor local veterans in musical

Honor, gratitude, service and sacrifice for "the great U.S. of A." are all concepts that students at Wilder Elementary School have learned recently about veterans and were able to showcase Friday in a special musical. It was Wilder's Veterans Day … more

2nd suspect in shooting of Sumter teenager surrenders

A second suspect in an attempted murder from October turned himself in Saturday to authorities at the Sumter County Sheriff's Office. Aqueme Demond Randolph, 31, of 130 No More Road, surrendered without incident, according to a sheriff's office … more

2 World War II veterans share stories from Battle of the Bulge

When a wounded soldier asked for a pass to town, that meant he wanted to get a haircut because he was ready to return to combat. Vernon Brantley was ready for a haircut in early 1945. It had been at least six weeks since a mortar blew his jeep … more

Manning City Council's agenda violates FOIA

MANNING — A public hearing amending Manning’s district regulations pertaining to educational services will be held during Manning’s City Council meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. … more

Sumter City Council to meet Tuesday to certify election results

Sumter City Council will hold a special called meeting at 1 p.m. on Tuesday in City Council Chambers, Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to receive a report from Sumter County Election Commission … more

Sumter man, 46, sentenced to 151 months in federal prison for distributing child porn

A 46-year-old Sumter man will be spending more than a decade behind bars after he was found guilty of distributing child pornography.Marlin Russell Derk was sentenced to 151 months, about 12.5 years, … more

Clyburn, Sumter native, announces bid for majority whip

FROM STAFF REPORTS While the 5th District featured two a first full-term representative and a political newcomer, the other congressional district covering Sumter has news of a longtime incumbent … more

Baker says focus will be as Sumter School Board member

Frank Baker does not think it will be awkward for the next superintendent to have him - the district's most recent former superintendent - on the Sumter School Board because he's in a "different role" now. Baker, who won the most votes Tuesday … more

Veterans Day Schedule: Friday, Nov. 9, 2018

BANKS - All area banks and credit unions will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12. GOVERNMENT - The following will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12: federal government offices; state government offices; U.S. Postal Service; City of Sumter offices; Sumter … more

Bestselling author to speak at Sumter County Museum

The Sumter County Museum continues its authors' series on Monday with a talk and book signing by New York Times bestselling writer Kristina McMorris. The 7 p.m. event is free and open to the public. McMorris is also a USA Today bestselling author … more
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