Election 2020 coverage
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at Renaissance High School in Detroit, Monday, March 9, 2020.

Biden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate

WILMINGTON, Del. — Joe Biden named California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, making history by selecting the first Black woman to compete on a major party's presidential …
DINGLE

Veteran, longtime resident is running for Sumter City Council Ward 4

Sumter City Council Ward 4 has a new candidate running for its seat in this year's election. Mark Dingle, a veteran and 30-year resident of the north side of Ward 4, said he decided to run in an effort to unite the City of Sumter. "As one …
CORLEY

Corley is the only Sumter City Council incumbent seeking re-election

Since November 2016, Sumter City Councilman Steve Corley has represented Ward 4, and he wants to do so for the next four years. Corley has lived in the area since 1980 after he was hired to teach history at Sumter High School, where he taught for …
President Donald Trump delivers remarks about American energy production during a visit to the Double Eagle Energy Oil Rig on Wednesday in Midland, Texas.

Trump floats November election delay, a virtual impossibility

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, lagging in the polls and confronted by fresh evidence of an economic collapse and an escalating public health crisis, on Thursday suggested delaying …
IVEY

Area fatherhood coalition leader running for Sumter City Council Ward 2 seat

A lifelong Sumterite thinks his career experiences in the human services field make him the right fit for the Ward 2 seat on Sumter City Council. Keith Ivey, director of programs for Midlands Fatherhood Coalition, spoke Friday on his candidacy …
NELSON

Clarendon County Election Commission upholds Manning election

MANNING - The Clarendon County Election Commission voted unanimously Friday afternoon to uphold the official results in the Manning mayor's race. In Tuesday's municipal election, incumbent Manning Mayor Julia A. Nelson soundly defeated challenger …
NELSON

Protest hearing of Manning mayoral race set for Friday

MANNING - A protest hearing will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, July 17, regarding Manning's July 14 mayoral race. The Clarendon County Office of Voter Registration made the announcement Thursday afternoon. It did not release any information on who is …
Mandie "Elayne" Brunson will be running for the Sumter City Council Ward 2 seat in this year's election.

Sumter 20 Under 40 winner will run for Sumter City Council Ward 2

There appears to be another candidate seeking the Sumter City Council Ward 2 seat in this year's election. Local entrepreneur Mandie "Elayne" Brunson has hopes to be the next Ward 2 representative after Councilwoman Ione Dwyer announced she will …

Manning Mayor Nelson retains seat, plus Summerton, Turbeville election results

Manning Mayor Julia Nelson appears to be retaining her seat as the city’s leader after Tuesday’s election. According to unofficial totals, Nelson earned 632 votes, while her …
Sabrina Belcher is seen at a demonstration for George Floyd in front of the Sumter Police Department recently.

Candidate hopes to be city of Sumter's 1st Black female mayor

Someone else is throwing a hat in the ring for the Sumter mayor's race after a woman announced she'll be running for the seat in hopes of becoming the city's first Black female mayor. Sabrina Belcher, 29, has been living in Sumter since she was 8 …
WASHINGTON

Washington ousts Sumpter for Sumter County Council seat

Sumter County Council 1 will have a new representative taking over District 1 after Carl Washington won the runoff against Councilman Chris Sumpter on Tuesday. The first-time candidate received …
BLASSINGAME

Dwyer not seeking city council re-election; Blassingame announces bid for Sumter's Ward 2 seat

After holding the Sumter City Council Ward 2 seat for three terms, Councilwoman Ione Dwyer confirmed Wednesday she will not be running for a fourth. "I think I've given my service to the community, and I've enjoyed it," said Dwyer, who was first …
Sumpter, Washington

Runoff set for Sumter County Council's District 1

Those who live in Sumter County Council's District 1 will have a second chance to choose their representative on June 23. After none of three candidates for the seat, which covers west and northwest Sumter County, including Rembert, Horatio and …
GRAHAM

Sen. Graham wins primary race; Harrison challenges him to debates

COLUMBIA - With his defeat of three little-known GOP challengers behind him, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is officially embarking on the next phase of his quest for a fourth term: a general election matchup with Democrat Jaime Harrison already on pace …
BLACKWELL

Challenger upsets Clarendon coroner for clear road to win

While one Sumter councilman is headed to a runoff, it appears Clarendon County Coroner Bucky Mock is the only tri-county incumbent to lose outright Tuesday night. Mock received only 34.2% of the vote, or 1,800 votes, on Tuesday while challenger …
Obituaries
JAMES GENERETTE JR. James Generette Jr., 74, died on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, at his home in Sumter. Born on Sept. 2, 1945, in Sumter County, he was a son of James and Judie Windom Generette. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the …
FRANKLIN GIBBS Franklin Gibbs, 59, husband of Patricia Lawson Gibbs, died on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Born on Feb. 11, 1961, in Elizabeth, New Jersey, he was a son of Leon G. and Martha J. Gibbs. The family is requesting no …
MICHAEL SINGLETON PINEWOOD - Michael Singleton, 21, died on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, at McLeod Health Clarendon, Manning. He was born on Dec. 25, 1998, in Sumter, a son of Angela Singleton. These services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of …