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Public schools in Sumter will begin their school year this fall how last school year ended. At home. Sumter School District’s Board of Trustees unanimously agreed on Monday night to approve … more

Sumter School District to begin year online; still no start date for athletics

Due to COVID-19, Sumter School District will begin the new school year next month in a virtual, online capacity and there is still no start date for when athletics can begin. On Monday night, the … more

Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms contracts COVID-19

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Monday that she had tested positive for COVID-19.The 50-year-old Democrat is among the women named as a potential vice-presidential … more

As COVID numbers rise in S.C., hospitals eye bed space

COLUMBIA (AP) — If South Carolina's coronavirus infection and hospitalization numbers continue rising at their current rates, hospitals will likely have to implement a medical surge plan to add … more

100+ coronavirus cases reported at South Carolina prison

COLUMBIA (AP) — More than 100 inmates have been infected with COVID-19 in a South Carolina prison where one inmate has already died from the disease caused by the coronavirus.According to … more

'Lift Every Voice and Sing' hymn ignites hope; NFL will reportedly play the song before each game during Week 1

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Black national anthem was born more than a century ago, but the popular hymn within the African American community called "Lift Every Voice and Sing" has resurrected a … more

Trump lashes out at NASCAR, Wallace

WASHINGTON (AP) — NASCAR's layered relationship with President Donald Trump took a sharp turn Monday when Trump blasted the racing organization for banning the Confederate flag and wrongly … more

2 Sumter women wanted for exploitation of a vulnerable adult

Two Sumter woman are reportedly wanted for taking items from the home of an Alzheimer’s patient and withdrawing money from his bank account. Melissa Godwin Feagin, 43, and her … more

Uber buys Postmates, ups delivery game in $2.65 billion deal

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Uber has widened its reach in the fiercely competitive delivery market by acquiring Postmates in a $2.65 billion all-stock deal, the company said Monday.The … more

Woman charged after racist Central Park confrontation

NEW YORK (AP) — A white woman who called the police during a videotaped dispute with a Black man over walking her dog without a leash in Central Park was charged Monday with filing a false … more

Miami-Dade County imposing restrictions after cases spike

MIAMI (AP) — Hospitals were fast approaching capacity in Florida and Texas, and the Miami area closed restaurants again Monday because of the surging coronavirus, as the U.S. emerged from a … more

Chicago's July Fourth weekend ends with 17 dead, 70 wounded

CHICAGO (AP) — One of Chicago's bloodiest holiday weekends in memory ended with 17 people fatally shot, including a 7-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, and 70 more wounded, despite a … more

Japan floods leave up to 34 dead, many at nursing homes

TOKYO (AP) — Deep floodwaters and the risk of more mudslides that left at least 34 people confirmed or presumed dead hampered search and rescue operations Sunday in southern Japan, including at … more

N.Y. count: 6,300 virus patients were sent to nursing homes

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York hospitals released more than 6,300 recovering coronavirus patients into nursing homes during the height of the pandemic under a controversial, now-scrapped policy, … more

Manning City Council to decide on mandatory face coverings on Tuesday

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 LYNCHBURG — Melvin Toney Jr., age 20, died on Saturday, July 4, 2020. The family is receiving friends at the home of his mother, 3110 Lynchburg Highway (S.C. 341), … more


Mary Wilson Martin, 72, departed this life on Saturday, July 4, 2020, at Prisma Health Richland Hospital, Columbia. She was born on Aug. 8, 1947, in Lee County, a daughter of the late John Corner … more


Joan Baker Brown,  68, was born on Sept. 27, 1951, in Sumter, a daughter of the late Sam Sr. and Lucille Muldrow Baker. She departed this life on Monday, June 29, 2020, at The Regional … more


Renard Dinkins, 65, departed this life on Friday, July 3, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. He was born on June 19, 1955, in Sumter, a son of the late Sidney Sr. and Ella Mae Duffie … more


Betty Carolyn Fraiser, 51, affectionately known as Carolyn, transitioned on Monday, June 29, 2020, to be with her Lord and Savior at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital.  Carolyn was born on June … more
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