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Parents disapprove of boyfriend of different race

DEAR ABBY - I'm a 22-year-old woman who was adopted. I recently started dating an amazing man who happens to be of another race. My parents, whom I love very much, told me that if I stay with him, they'll disown me. They've made many horrible … more

Support Groups: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. AA, AL-ANON, ALATEEN: AA - Monday-Friday, noon and 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., 1 Warren … more

Portia is as sweet as pie

TOP: Sweet Portia is looking for a loving family of her own. She is as sweet as pie once she knows you, and she just wants attention. Portia has really come out of her shell with us and warms up to new people quickly. This cutie enjoys playing with … more

Sumter Today: We get answers to some frequently asked questions about voting

In-person absentee voting is in full swing, and there’s a lot you need to know to both be an informed voter and make the process easier for you. To help you easily access reliable, accurate … more

Sumter officers locate missing 23-year-old

The Sumter Police Department and family members seek help locating a missing 23-year-old man. Devontae Sims, of Bamburgh Way, was last seen leaving his residence Friday night in a black 2013 … more


LAKE CITY - Dawynetta McFadden Polite, 47, wife of Robert Polite, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, at Lake City Community Hospital, Lake City. She was born Sept. 24, 1973, in Sumter, a daughter of the … more

S.C. authorities break up party amid pandemic

COLUMBIA (AP) - Authorities in South Carolina broke up a party where at least 2,000 people were gathered without taking precautions to prevent spreading the coronavirus, fire officials said. The gathering occurred Saturday at an apartment complex … more

Motorcyclist dies in Friday night wreck near Shaw AFB

A 49-year-old Dalzell man died at the hospital after sustaining injuries Friday night in a motorcycle wreck. Nicholas Rocheleau was driving northbound on a 2020 Harley Davidson that struck a raised concrete median and lost control, according to … more

Sumter Elks Lodge to host Halloween party on Friday

Arts and culture contributorThe Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Sumter Lodge 855 will host a community Halloween Party from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday. Families are invited, and adults are welcome to stay past 9 p.m. There will be a DJ, a costume … more

SHS student chosen for Future Medical Leaders event

Alana Garrick, a ninth-grader at Sumter High School, is a delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders on Nov. 21-22. The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research … more

Free COVID-19 testing held in Sumter on Tuesday, Oct. 20

A free COVID-19 testing site will be set up in Sumter on Tuesday, Oct. 20. Rural and underserved communities are experiencing disparities in access to COVID-19 screening, testing, prevention and … more

Sumter man charged in mobile home fire

A Sumter man has been accused of starting a fire at a South Pike Road home earlier this month. Damon Rashad Wells, 22, of Cambridge Street, was charged with second-degree arson on Oct. 14, said Deputy Adrienne Sarvis, public information officer … more

Aging is a total-body process

You may have heard that 60 is the new 40, or maybe you know someone who has aged really well. Fit or active individuals tend to appear much younger than their chronological age, and cosmetic surgery can certainly change one's appearance, but … more

Sumter secures region's No. 1 seed; LMA sets up big game against Trinity

Sumter High School wrapped up a share of the Region VI-5A football title and most importantly the region's No. 1 seed in the state playoffs with a 50-7 victory over St. James on Friday. Laurence Manning Academy and Lee Academy came up with key … more

Pedestrian, 29, killed after being struck by vehicle

A 29-year-old pedestrian succumbed to injuries Saturday she sustained the night before when she was struck by a vehicle on U.S. 378 in Sumter. Lavari Toney died Oct. 17 at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. According to Sumter County Coroner Robbie … more

Sumter Gallery of Art presents 3 exhibitions; artists work in 3 different mediums

The Sumter County Gallery of Art will close out 2020 with three discrete, but interrelated, exhibitions, opening Thursday. Curator Cole Miller and Executive Director Karen Watson said they are "tapping into the multi-faceted, complex relationship … more

Trump goes after Fauci, tries to buck up his campaign team

PRESCOTT, Ariz. - President Donald Trump came out swinging Monday against Dr. Anthony Fauci and polls that show Trump trailing Democrat Joe Biden in key battleground states, as he tried to buck up his campaign team two weeks out from Election … more

Baserunning gets Braves again as NLCS slips away in Game 7

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Atlanta Braves made another baserunning mistake with a lead in the NL Championship Series. This one was much more costly. The Braves ruined a promising fourth inning by running into a wild double play before the bats … more

Man charged after Saturday fire destroys Bishopville Post Office

The Bishopville Police Department arrested a man in connection with a fire at the Bishopville Post Office early Saturday after surveillance footage showed a suspect attempt to set fire to the town's city hall later that morning. The Lee County … more

Man dead after shooting at Lynchburg motel

LYNCHBURG - A man from Timmonsville was shot to death Friday night at a motel off Interstate 95 near Lynchburg, officials say. The incident occurred about 9:02 p.m. Oct. 16, according to Sumter County Coroner Robbie Baker. Tyvon Dickey, 23, was … more
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