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State agency: 'Lifeboat jobs' available in manufacturing

If someone is unemployed from the COVID-19-induced economic downturn, the manufacturing industry could provide an ideal opportunity at this time. In reviewing a recent agency news release on Monday, state Department of Employment and Workforce … more

Sumter's 1st jury trial since reopening postponed

The Sumter County Judicial Third Circuit Court was set to hold its first jury trial for a murder case at the end of this month, but its plans were changed because of a possible case of COVID-19. According to a person with knowledge of the … more

City of Sumter giving 6K COVID-19 care kits to households

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The Sumter Item wins 21 SCPA awards for journalism

The Sumter Item's newsroom won 21 awards this year from the South Carolina Press Association's annual news contest. Content for the 2020 contest was for work done in 2019, and the paper's recognitions included eight first-place awards spanning … more

Sumter sheriff's office seeks help finding woman

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office is seeking information about a woman who was last seen more than a week ago. Shannon Gould, 37, was last seen between Sept. 17 and Sept. 18 at a family member's … more

Thomas Sumter falls to Williamsburg 14-0 in weather-shortened game

DALZELL — Thomas Sumter Academy suffered its third straight loss of the football season with a 14-0 loss to Williamsburg Academy on Friday at General Field in a game stopped at halftime due to … more

Pee Dee beats Lee 24-8 in rain-shortened game

MULLINS – The Lee Academy varsity football team saw its 2-game winning streak come to an end with a 24-8 loss to Pee Dee Academy on Friday at McCutchen Field in a game that was stopped in the … more

LMA falls in tight battle with Hammond 28-7

MANNING – Laurence Manning Academy fell to Hammond 28-7 on Friday at Billy Chitwood Field in a rematch of the SCISA 3A state championship football game.LMA saw a 2-game winning streak snapped … more

Clarendon Hall falls to Holly Hill 28-26

SUMMERTON – The Clarendon Hall varsity football team suffered a 28-26 loss to Holly Hill on Friday at L.A. Robinson Field. The Saints fell to 1-3 on the season and 1-1 in SCISA 8-man Region … more

No. 16 Tennessee wins seventh straight 31-27 over Gamecocks

COLUMBIA — Jarrett Guarantano threw a tie-breaking touchdown to Josh Palmer with 9:35 left and No. 16 Tennessee won its seventh straight game with a 31-27 victory at South Carolina on … more

Manning blows lead late, loses top rusher in 21-14 loss to Marlboro

The final two minutes of Manning’s season opener against Marlboro went just about as bad as it could have. The Monarchs pushed their season opener back to Saturday and held onto a 14-13 lead … more

Late first-half scores spark Lake City to 38-24 win over Crestwood

DALZELL -- It's rare that a football game is decided in less than 15 seconds, but that's essentially what happened on Saturday as a scoreless tie heading into the final seconds of the first half … more

Wilson Hall tops Cardinal Newman 16-6

COLUMBIA – Wilson Hall got back on the winning track on Friday with a 16-6 football victory over Cardinal Newman at St. Sebastian Field. The Barons were coming off of their first loss of the … more

Wildfire threatens marijuana-growing area

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's largest wildfire is threatening a marijuana-growing enclave, and authorities said many of the locals have refused to evacuate and abandon their maturing crops even as weather forecasters predict more hot, dry … more

OPINION: Recent statements might make some rest easy

Those of you that have been concerned that Donald Trump might not be a fascist can rest easy. Mr. Trump's recent statements that he may not submit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the upcoming elections should help you rest at night and … more

Queen Elizabeth II to trim costs as coronavirus pandemic hits income

LONDON (AP) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her family are facing a $45 million hit from the coronavirus pandemic, partly due to a shortage of tourists, the monarch's money manager said Friday. Releasing the royal household's annual accounts, … more

Teenager charged in Kenosha shootings fights extradition

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) - The 17-year-old charged in the shooting deaths of two protesters in Wisconsin is fighting his extradition from Illinois, but his attorneys didn't outline their strategy during a brief hearing on Friday and legal experts say … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Road construction in Sumter County

Reflections reports on the construction of paved roads emanating from the city of Sumter to surrounding townships. The research focuses on new innovations in road building and those concerned residents helping to make this necessary improvement … more

China aims to make 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses a year

BEIJING - A Chinese health official said Friday that the country's annual production capacity for coronavirus vaccines will top 1 billion doses next year, following an aggressive government support program for construction of new … more
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