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Sumter County benefited most from $44 million in 'hidden' funds in S.C. budget

Sumter County benefited more than any other S.C. county from secret earmarks tucked inside last year's state budget. Unbeknownst to the vast majority of state taxpayers and even most lawmakers who approved the budget, at least $7.3 million … more

U.S. bans WeChat, TikTok from app stores

The U.S. Commerce Department said Friday it will ban Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat from U.S. app stores on Sunday and will saddle the apps with technical restrictions that could seriously limit their functionality in the U.S. The order, which … more

Running out of storm names, Atlantic season goes Greek

The Atlantic's record-breaking "crazy" hurricane season got a bizarre European remake Friday as forecasters ran out of traditional names and trotted out the Greek alphabet for subtropical storm Alpha. And it was misplaced geographically, bearing … more

Wilson Hall gets behind early in 47-7 loss to Hammond

COLUMBIA - The fast start enjoyed by the Wilson Hall football team came to a screeching halt on Friday. The Barons, who had opened the season with two straight convincing victories, went up against 3-time defending SCISA 3A state champion Hammond … more

Bobo: Consistency earned Hill starting Gamecocks QB job

COLUMBIA - Collin Hill has never backed away from a challenge, especially if it meant getting back on the field at his home state university. Hill overcame rehabbing from a third ACL tear this spring and bonding with new teammates as a graduate … more

Laurence Manning defense shines again in 14-0 win over Ben Lippen

MANNING -- In what will likely be one of the most watched SCISA football games of the week, Laurence Manning Academy put up a touchdown in each half and the defense made those scores stand for a 14-0 win over Ben Lippen on Friday at Billy Chitwood … more

East Clarendon bonds over football as season approaches

The coronavirus pandemic has made 2020 difficult for almost everyone and has shut down the world in an unprecedented way. However, many people have been fortunate not to be directly affected by it. The football players at East Clarendon High … more

Reed takes the lead as the real U.S. Open gets started

MAMARONECK, N.Y. - This was the Winged Foot everyone has heard about. This is the U.S. Open everyone expected. Patrick Reed answered the first big test Friday when the wind arrived out of the north, bringing a little chill and a lot of trouble. … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sumter boxer is Denver star; Boykin's Mill products chosen by QVC

75 YEARS AGO - 1946 April 4 - 8 - Announcement is made today of the retirement of S.B. Green as general manager of the South Carolina Continental Telephone Co. and Sumter Telephone Co. after 18 years' service with these and other independent … more

SCDNR: Regulation bans use of natural lures, attractants for deer hunters

COLUMBIA - S.C. deer hunters are reminded that the following regulation was put in place last year, affecting the use of natural deer lures and attractants in South Carolina."No person shall for the purposes of taking or attempting to take, … more

Horoscopes: Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Your emotions will take over if you aren't careful. Stop before you do or say something you'll regret. Take a deep breath, and consider alternative ways to resolve the issues you have with someone you love. TAURUS … more

Some deer sounds

A deer started blowing back in the pines, and I hadn't even sat down yet. It was dark, and the soft wind was in my face. I had climbed the stand slowly and carefully and had not made a sound. Yet this deer had detected my presence somehow. All I … more

South Carolina editorial roundup: Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Times and Democrat Sept. 16 Speeding during pandemic has made highways deadlier With fewer people on the roads during the coronavirus pandemic, it seems nearly all states are … more

Public Agenda: Weekend, Sept. 19-20, 202

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some meetings/events may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. CLARENDON COUNTY CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL DISTRICT 4 Monday, 6 p.m., Clarendon Three Board Room, public can … more

3 ways to make your yard a safe haven for birds

Without a few measures in place, your home and garden could be hazardous to birds. Here are some great ways to create a safe haven for beautiful flying visitors. - Garden organically: Conventional pesticides can be toxic to … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Gliders played an important role in Normandy Invasion

Reflections looks back at an important segment of the U.S. military joined by numerous soldiers from the Sumter community. The Glider Infantry program proved an integral part of the armed forces and played an important role in the Normandy Invasion, … more

'God-fearing, kind' man celebrates 100th birthday with drive-by parade in Sumter

A man got the surprise of his life Tuesday with a drive-by parade celebration for his 100th birthday. The Rev. Verner D. Spencer made it to the big one-zero-zero, and to not celebrate it amid the coronavirus pandemic was not an option for his … more


Robert "Bob" George Gibbs, 89, husband of Barbara Jane Jarrard Gibbs, died on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at Grand Strand Hospital in Myrtle Beach. Born in Franklin, New Jersey, he was a son of the late Clifford and Marion Walker Gibbs. Bob was a … more


BISHOPVILLE - Zaki Lovely, 18, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. A private funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today at JP Holley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Thomastown Cemetery. Professional and courteous services … more


Ever meet a stranger? Fran didn't. After a courageous battle with cancer, Frances "Fran" Roberts Burwell passed away on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. She was born on Feb. 20, 1946, in Sanford, Florida. She proudly called Asheville, North Carolina, home … more
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