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Charlotte to stick with Slye as its placekicker

CHARLOTTE (AP) - The Panthers have decided to keep Joey Slye as their kicker and release veteran Graham Gano, who missed all of last season with a knee injury. Gano took over as the team's kicker in 2012 and spent seven seasons handling field … more

MLB postpones Blue Jays-Phillies series after more positive tests

NEW YORK - Major League Baseball has postponed this weekend's scheduled series between Toronto and Philadelphia because of concerns about the coronavirus after two Phillies staffers tested positive. "Major League Baseball will coordinate with … more

Rhule stays positive in 'less than ideal' situation

CHARLOTTE - The Carolina Panthers have a new head coach, two new coordinators, a different starting quarterback and a roster with more turnover from last season than any team in the NFL. They haven't had a practice yet to begin actually … more

Sumter voters to decide on Sunday alcohol sales in November

Voters will decide in November whether grocery stores and convenience stores in Sumter County should be allowed to sell beer and wine on Sundays. The third and final reading of an ordinance to add the referendum question to voters' ballots was … more

New Dollar General blocked, gas station proposed at Sumter flea market, Merchant Ironworks gets operating rules

More than 50 people filled the seats at Patriot Hall for Sumter County Council's Tuesday meeting to address concerns about three land use rezoning requests and one ordinance amendment that each underwent a public hearing. This was the first … more

12-year-old raises money for Sumter library bookmobile

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Opinion: All of us need to help revitalize our democracy

Amid all the troubles occupying our attention, one of the more worrisome is also one of the least visible. It is the loss of public faith in the effectiveness of our representative democracy. While most state and local governments - and certain … more

Words intended to comfort only trigger man's grief

DEAR ABBY - My wife died unexpectedly two years ago, after 18 years of a happy marriage and two kids. While we are doing as well as can be expected, one thing seems to set my grief off. It's when someone refers to my life as my "new normal." I'm … more

Opinion: American 'stormtroopers' - a bright shining lie

With the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse under nightly siege from violent radicals and Portland's police hard-pressed to protect it, President Trump sent in federal agents to secure the building. The reaction from Speaker of the House … more

When cravings hit, pause and talk to Jesus

I've stood with the refrigerator door open, searching for something to satisfy my hunger. I see carrots and apples, but I'm craving something sweet. Or salty. Or fatty. What's inside is not what I am craving. I've opened the cabinet and … more

USC, Clemson won’t play football with SEC plan

If the Southeastern Conference sticks to the plan it announced for its football teams for the 2020 season Thursday, South Carolina will not be playing Clemson. The SEC announced it will play only … more

Single-vehicle wreck damages railroad crossing on Wedgefield Road

A single-vehicle wreck damaged a railroad crossing on Wedgefield Road, near Spann’s Market, on Tuesday afternoon. South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. David Jones said the driver of a blue … more

Sumter's eSTEAM festival canceled on account of COVID-19

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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 … more

Opinion: Voice activation has a long history

Technology has come a very long way. Those who are around 60 years of age and above have seen a vast amount of technological advancement. They have seen reel to reel, 45/33 plastic records, eight-track players, cassette players, DVD players, jump … more

Opinion: Is racism responsible for today's problems?

I doubt whether any American would defend the police treatment of George Floyd that led to his death. But many Americans are supporting some of the responses to Floyd's death - rioting, looting, wanton property destruction, assaults on police and … more

Presence of new girlfriend causes added pain for ex

DEAR ABBY - My boyfriend of two years, "Kevin," recently broke up with me. We've had problems in the past about me lying to him or withholding information. I didn't lie because I'm an awful person. I lied because he had high expectations of me, and … more

Letter: America has problems but is the greatest nation on Earth

The Bible teachers in 1 Corinthians 14:10 that there are many voices in the world and none of them are without signification or meaning. So, I wish to add my voice. I worked 23 years in the Air Force. Those were the best years I experienced. I went … more
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