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96 applications in 2.5 weeks for Sumter's Liberty STEAM Charter School

It's 96 applications and counting 18 days into the initial enrollment period for Sumter's first public charter school, which is set to open its doors to students next school year. Liberty STEAM Charter School Founding Chief of Staff Trevor Ivey … more

Hybrid teaching in Sumter School District: 'A day-to-day thing'

PINEWOOD - Inspiring young minds has always been considered hard and noble work, but for virtual/hybrid learning in the COVID-19 realm, the challenge has reached new heights. A pair of elementary school teachers and the principal at Manchester … more

'American Masters' recalls Walter Winchell

By Kevin McDonough "American Masters" (9 p.m., PBS, TV-PG, check local listings) profiles Walter Winchell, a media innovator whose story is simply too big to condense into a one-hour documentary. Largely forgotten now, Winchell pretty much … more

Public Agenda: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some of the following meetings/events may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. SUMTER CITY COUNCIL Today, 5:30 p.m., Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St. CLARENDON … more

Are you interested in coin collecting?

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. The Carolina Coin Club will meet at 7 p.m. today at Mount Vernon Inn, 2 Broad St. The club meets on the third Tuesday of each … more

Horoscopes: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020

ARIES (March 21-April 19): You'll face opposition if you question what someone is doing. Concentrate on what will help you get ahead. Discuss what you want to happen with someone who can help you reach your objective. Don't let a sensitive issue … more

Careless son-in-law leaves trail of chaos in his wake

DEAR ABBY - My son-in-law "Kirk" has issues with closing doors, kitchen cabinets and refrigerator doors. Three times my daughter has had to throw out food because it spoiled. He doesn't close cereal boxes, bags of candy or chips, either. My … more

Are you interested in joining the Coast Guard Auxiliary?

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 12-1 meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at the Summerton Fire … more

Letter: Women with political experience is a must for Sumter Cty Council

We must vote for Elayne Brunson for Sumter City Council Ward 2 now! Simply put, out of all the female candidates, Elayne Brunson is the only female candidate for office with political experience. In a time when we need better representation when it … more

Letter: Bowen has the qualities we need in a mayor to move us forward

I call Sumter home for a variety of reasons, none more important than the folks in "OUR" city. I use the word OUR because a city reflects the attributes of the citizens residing, working in the same ... good and, yes, even not so! Some live and … more


Kenneth "Kent" Oscar Mims Jr., 72, beloved husband of 50 years to Brenda Prescott Mims, died on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Born on May 11, 1948, in Sumter, he was the son of the late Kenneth Oscar Mims Sr. and Evelyn … more


Mary Alice Junious, 54, daughter of Mamie Morris Lloyd and the late Bobby Lloyd, was born on Oct. 23, 1965, in Columbia. She departed this life on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, at Prisma Health Richland in Columbia. Mary leaves to cherish precious … more


Joseph "Tootsie" Marible Waynick Jr., 90, widower of Thelma A. "Pete" Waynick, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital Born in Clarksville, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Joseph Waynick Sr. and Marian Mable Brunson … more


Dennis Hammond, husband of Shirley Hammond, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. The family will receive friends from 3 to 6 p.m. daily at the home of his daughter Jannette Haynesworth, 750 N. Main St., James Village Apt. … more


Lolita Nicole Rich, 38, wife of Robert Sanders and daughter of Roosevelt Harvin and the late Gloria Rich Grant, was born on Jan. 1, 1982, in Sumter. She departed this life on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, at her residence. Family will receive friends at … more


Johnnie L. Davis Sr., 94, husband of Della Coleman Davis and son of the late Richard and Willie Bell Dennis Sumpter, was born on March 29, 1926, in Sumter. He departed this life on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, at the Sumter Health & Rehab … more


MANNING - Neller Conyers Jr., 53, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, at his residence, 1948 Paddock Road, Manning. He was born May 12, 1967, in Manning, a son of the late Neller Conyers Sr. and Josie Anna King Conyers. The family is receiving friends at … more


Esther Elise Sjogren Paulsen, 91, widow of Alf Paulsen, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, at her home. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was a daughter of the late Erik Sjogren and Esther Nordell Sjogren. Mrs. Paulsen attended Bethesda Church of God. … more


Mrs. Albertha N. Ragin, 90, widow of James W. Ragin, died on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital, Sumter. Born Feb. 16, 1930, in Clarendon County, she was the daughter of the late Murray and Mary A. Nelson. The family will … more
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