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Former Sumter school board candidate calls out trustees for distancing public

A former Sumter school board at-large seat candidate from last year and U.S. Air Force veteran highlighted the public participation portion of last week's trustees meeting by calling out board members for currently trying to eliminate the public … more

Free trunk or treat set for Oct. 29 at Central Carolina Technical College

Central Carolina Technical College Trunk or Treat will be held 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the parking lot of Building M200 on the main campus, 506 N. Guignard Drive. The event, hosted by CCTC's Phenomenal Vibes … more

Opinion: Is Putin new king of Middle East?

"Russia Assumes Mantle of Supreme Power Broker in the Middle East," proclaimed Britain's Telegraph. The article began: "Russia's status as the undisputed power-broker in the Middle East was cemented as Vladimir Putin continued a triumphant tour … more


BISHOPVILLE - Edward Herman Culp, 73, husband of Sandy Barnes Culp, died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at his home. Born June 5, 1946, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, he was a son of the late Edward Howard Culp and the late Emma Jean Bofinger Culp. He … more


Kalip "Kal" / "Steve" Stevens Jr., 78, husband of Rita Bryant Stevens and son of the late Kalip Stevens Sr. and Maybelle Devoe Stevens-Wilson, was born on Aug. 14, 1941, in Tabor City, North Carolina. He departed this life on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, … more


Fannie McElveen Smoot, 94, widow of Charles Smoot and daughter of the late Melvin and Nellie Jordan Brooks, was born on June 25, 1925, in Florence. She departed this life on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, at Millennium Post Acute Rehabilitation in West … more


James "JB" Davis Sr., 87, husband of the late Varine Workman Davis, died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, in Sumter. Born in Sumter County, he was a son of the late Richard Davis and Mamie Echols Davis. The family will receive friends from 5 to 9 p.m. … more


Helene Lydia Dancy Mays, 85, wife of Lhoman C. "Junior" Mays Jr., died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at her home. Born March 8, 1934, in Nancy, France, she was a daughter of the late Andr Conrard and Odette Conrard. She was a member of St. Jude … more


Carolyn H.M. Wright, wife of Larry Wright, died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at Conway Medical Center in Conway. Funeral arrangements are incomplete but will be announced later by the staff of Sumter Funeral Service Inc. The family will receive … more


Elijah Potts, son of the late Daisy Potts Conyers and the late Willie Edward Washington, died Sunday night, Oct. 20, 2019, at his residence, 127 E. Newberry Ave., Sumter. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time but will be announced … more


HARTSVILLE - Roland Foisey, 62, died on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, at Carolina Pines. Arrangements will be announced by Bullock Funeral Home. more


Cleo Alfred Peagler, 91, widower of Leah Dorothy Benenhaley Peagler, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, at his home. Services will be announced by Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter. more


Raymond Jefferson, 55, husband of Carolyn Oaks Jefferson, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, at Palmetto Health Baptist Hospital, Columbia. Born Jan. 14, 1964, in Sumter County, he was the son of Abraham and Marie Keith Jefferson. The family will … more

Local author Minnie Dix to sign books Friday

Minnie Dix will hold a book signing at Books-A-Million, Sumter Mall, at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. Dix, a local author, will be signing books that she wrote as Leigh McKnight, "Satisfying the Woman in Me" and the sequel … more

Opinion: People with cellphones should be more considerate of others, turn them off

I am very upset and dismayed at the callow behavior of adults at fine performances at Patriot Hall. Before the performance, cellphones are everywhere, lighted screens all over. For example, I was at the dance on Friday night at Patriot Hall. … more

Afterschool program, Shiloh Project Lift, to hold opening celebration on Saturday

Shiloh Project Lift, an afterschool community-based program serving youth and families in the Shiloh / St. John community of Lynchburg, will hold an opening celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at 4640 Narrow … more

Opinion: Christmastime impeachment after dragging out the process

A rumor circulating around Washington is that Democrats intend to impeach President Donald Trump by Thanksgiving, with a trial in the Senate before Christmas. Based on conversations I have had with Democrats and Republicans, I suspect the timeline … more

$260 million deal averts 1st federal trial on opioid crisis

CLEVELAND - The nation's three biggest drug distributors and a major drugmaker reached an 11th-hour, $260 million settlement over the toll of the opioids in two Ohio counties, averting what would have been the first federal trial over the … more

U.S. takes step to require DNA from asylum-seekers

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is planning to collect DNA samples from asylum-seekers and other migrants detained by immigration officials and will add the information to a massive FBI database used by law enforcement hunting for … more

Want a night of laughter? Attend Sumter Little Theatre's 'Putnam County Spelling Bee'

Sumter Little Theatre tries hard to offer a variety of play genres and emotional opportunities - often challenging, provocative, lighthearted and humorous. The current play "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" goes beyond funny. It is a … more
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