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Horoscopes: Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Decisiveness will be necessary when dealing with pending legal, health or financial matters. Don't leave anything to chance, and it will make your quest a lot easier to achieve. Don't allow emotional issues to stand … more

School districts go round and round on bus plans

HARRISBURG, Pa. - School districts nationwide puzzling over how to safely educate children during a pandemic have a more immediate challenge - getting 26 million bus-riding students there in the first place. Few challenges are proving to be more … more

Deaths pile up on Texas border

RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas (AP) - When labor pains signaled that Clarissa Mu oz was at last going to be a mom, she jumped in a car and headed two hours down the Texas border into one of the nation's most dire coronavirus hot spots. She went first to … more

Sumter City Council: Alice Drive Baptist expansion approved, Dollar General coming to Patriot Park area

Proposals for a new church, the expansion of an existing one and a new Dollar General were among the topics discussed Tuesday at a Sumter City Council meeting. While council's previous meeting was held at the Sumter Opera House to open public … more

poll of the week

Will you attend a football game, go to a movie theater or attend a concert, etc., now that entertainment venues are allowed to reopen? No 49% | 188 VOTES Not until the virus is more under control 31% | 116 VOTES Yes 18% | 68 VOTES I … more

Sumter School Board Policy Committee to meet today

Sumter School District's advisory Policy Committee will have a virtual meeting today to consider adding a temporary policy for face coverings, among other items. A district spokeswoman placed a meeting agenda online Wednesday for the media and … more

Gone for good? Evidence signals many jobs aren't coming back

WASHINGTON - Stark evidence of the damage the resurgent viral outbreak has caused the U.S. economy could come Friday when the government is expected to report that the pace of hiring has slowed significantly after a brief rebound in the … more

STEAM Charter gives last call on name-change suggestions for school

The founding board of Sumter's new charter school is still seeking the public's feedback on renaming the charter to honor the former Liberty Street Elementary School. Sumter STEAM Charter School acquired the historical school property at 15 … more

SCHSL: Districts won't be penalized for no sports

School districts or schools that choose to cancel games or seasons in the upcoming fall sports season due to the coronavirus pandemic will not be penalized, according to the South Carolina High School League executive committee. In a Zoom meeting … more

On the COVID recruiting trail Part 5

High school football players across the country are fighting to be seen on the recruiting trail during a pandemic that has taken away their chances to be seen by coaches across the country. The Sumter Item met with football players from Sumter, … more

Save on back-to-school items for 3 days on tax-free weekend

It may seem a little different and will look a little different this year, but the state's annual tax-free weekend is upon us and runs Friday morning through Sunday night. State Department of Revenue spokeswoman Bonnie Swingle and local retailers … more

Virus testing in the U.S. is dropping as deaths climb

U.S. testing for the coronavirus is dropping even as infections remain high and the death toll rises to more than 1,000 a day, a worrisome trend that officials attribute largely to Americans getting discouraged over having to wait hours to get a … more

Masks, shields and spread out jurors as trials resume in S.C.

LAURENS (AP) - The first trial in a South Carolina courtroom since the COVID-19 pandemic began included spread out jurors, a glass shield around the witness stand and bailiffs reminding everyone that masks are required. The murder trial started … more

Corley is the only Sumter City Council incumbent seeking re-election

Since November 2016, Sumter City Councilman Steve Corley has represented Ward 4, and he wants to do so for the next four years. Corley has lived in the area since 1980 after he was hired to teach history at Sumter High School, where he taught for … more

Flyers beat North Central to advance in SCAL playoffs

The Sumter Flyers advanced to the second round of the South Carolina American League junior state playoffs with an 8-1 victory over North Central on Wednesday at Riley Park. Sumter, which remained … more

Sumter Flyers soar past North Central 10-1 in playoff opener

The Sumter Flyers opened the South Carolina American League playoffs against North Central on Tuesday. Like they have all season, the Flyers took control early and never let go in a 10-1 win, setting … more

Sumter P-15’s roll past Jets behind 7-run first

The Sumter P-15’s got out to a perfect start when they faced off against the Dalzell-Shaw Jets in the opening game of their first-round series in the South Carolina American League playoffs on … more

Free produce giveaway set for Saturday at First Missionary Baptist

A church in Sumter will be hosting a mobile food pantry this weekend. In partnership with Harvest Hope Food Bank, First Missionary Baptist Church will offer free fresh produce starting at 10 a.m. while supplies last. The church's Community … more

Sumter's Mayor McElveen declares Purple Heart Day on Friday

Mayor Joseph McElveen signed an official proclamation declaring Friday, Aug. 7, as Purple Heart Day in the City of Sumter on Monday. The proclamation honors military veterans who are recipients of the Purple Heart, a U.S. decoration … more

Sturgis rally expecting 250K, stirs virus concerns

By STEPHEN GROVES The Associated Press SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Sturgis is on. The message has been broadcast across social media as South Dakota, which has seen an uptick in coronavirus infections in recent weeks, braces to host hundreds of … more
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