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'Just remember Barbara': Search group of friends organizes tribute for missing Sumter woman Barbara Nave

Calling themselves Finding Barbara Nave Group, friends of Barbara Nave hope to keep interest burning about her disappearance after two years of searching with a tribute on Saturday. Maria Rodgers and Kathleen Kreklau ask that the public come … more

Sumter School District Vice Chairman Frank Baker says take community members off Finance Committee

The former superintendent under whose watch the Sumter School District overspent its budget by $6.2 million two years ago and who now serves on the school board of trustees publicly said involvement by business and community leaders on the … more

Crime reports: Feb. 6, 2019

Man charged for assault, death threatsKhyle J. Thomas, 36, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature for allegedly hitting and threatening a woman at … more

CCTC to hold health sciences career fair, welding course for women

FROM STAFF REPORTS Central Carolina Technical College will hold its Seventh-Annual Health Sciences Career Fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, in the Health Sciences Center, 133 S. Main St. This free event offers Nursing, Medical … more

Former Sumter police sergeant charged for alleged illicit act

A former Sumter Police Department officer was arrested by State Law Enforcement Division agents on Monday in connection with a 2018 illicit incident with a woman, according to state officials. Travis Haynes, 43, is charged with misconduct in … more

Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital sponsors free heart seminars in Sumter

SUBMITTED February is American Heart Month, and Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital is offering free community seminars in recognition of the importance of heart health at the Sumter Opera House City Centre, 21 N. Main St. Community members are … more

Choirs to compete at Joyful Noise: A Gospel Celebration at Patriot Hall

If you're looking to hear some good music this weekend, look no further than Joyful Noise: A Gospel Celebration at Patriot Hall, 135 Haynsworth St. This first-time event, sponsored by Community Broadcasters and McLaughlin Ford, will be held on … more

Veteran Realtor starts own agency in Sumter

Debbie Bowen says she loves Sumter, and Sumter seems like a perfect fit for her also. After working about 15 years in the local real estate market, including 10 as a broker-in-charge, Bowen stepped out and started Bowen & Associates Realty, 3219 … more

Fireside Fund heating help eases burden on Sumter couple with premature infant

As the brunt of winter temperatures is in full force, many less-fortunate neighbors in Sumter County need help to maintain critical heat. Kevin Howell, director of Sumter United Ministries Crisis Relief Ministry, said the ministry is prepared to … more

5 first responders awarded for their service to Sumter in 2018

Five first responders who answered the call to serve were called forward Monday night during American Legion Sumter Post 15's Public Safety Award Law and Order Banquet. "I'm looking forward to congratulating recipients of this year's public … more

Sumter EMS, Sumter County Sheriff's Office deputies take part in active shooter training

Members of the Sumter County EMS and Sumter County Sheriff's Office worked together during an active shooter training at the Sumter Fire Department training grounds on Tuesday afternoon. The SCEMS is … more

Sumter housing study needs public input to help create affordable options

In the midst of analyzing the downtown scene and creating future plans for Sumter, the city of Sumter is also seeking public input about something else that can affect growth in the city: affordable housing. Mayor Joe McElveen and Sumter City … more

Business executives travel to Manning, say tariffs will hurt economy

MANNING - On an invitation from the top executive of a major bicycling company that has reintroduced U.S. production of bikes right here in Clarendon County, state and national business leaders met Thursday to discuss the negative impact of tariffs … more

School board's Policy Committee meets today

Sumter School Board's Policy Committee will meet today at 5 p.m. to review four committees' charters and amendments to those proposals that were made at last week's trustees' meeting. A district spokeswoman distributed an agenda for today's … more

Sumter restaurant grades: Feb. 5, 2019

Following are the food grades for local businesses inspected by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for Jan. 24-Feb. 1. A "C" grade is failing. For detailed reports, visit www.dhec.com. Baker's Sweets, 1089-D Alice … more

Sumter family still hoping for loved one's return, seeks information

"It's tough," Martha German said about dealing with the absence of her cousin, Brandon Graves, who has been missing since 2010. Myrtle Beach's Brandon Graves, also called "Peanut" by family and close friends, was visiting his former school Morris … more

Sumter's Vision in Progress to hold 1st meeting of 2019 on Wednesday morning

Wednesday will be the first meeting of the year for Vision in Progress, which plans to kick off the year with a bang. The guest speaker will be George McGregor, Sumter City-County Planning Department director, who will … more

Sumter's Elephant Ear officially opens bookstore Thursday

Ten years ago, when the Elephant Ear first opened on Bultman Drive as a cooperative by several local artists, it was simply a gallery where art was displayed and sold. Over the years, the shop added more and more features and continued to grow. … more

Sumter High IB students learn life skills, help a good cause with Kickin' for a Cure

While it's not every day a group of high-schoolers bands together to organize a soccer tournament as a fundraiser for a good cause, it is once a year at Sumter High School. Students in Sumter's International Baccalaureate program's Creativity, … more

Sumter's own hops: Sumter Original Brewery, tasting room will open this year in downtown

Conversations about downtown are hopping for multiple reasons and are expected to get even "hoppier" with the construction of Sumter's first brewery and tasting room later this year. "I'm excited for Sumter to finally have its own beer," Gary … more
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