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LITTLE RIVER - Darin A. Uptagrafft, 58, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. Born in Sumter, to Doyle C. and Thelma Clayton Uptagrafft, Darin enjoyed spending his time fishing and watching NASCAR. He worked as the assistant produce manager at … more


Rose Grace Grillo Schenkel, 86, widow of Dr. John Peter Schenkel, died on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital, surrounded by her four daughters. Born on Nov. 12, 1933, in Ashtabula, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late … more


David Elijah Ballard, 71, departed this life on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, at his residence. He was born on June 29, 1949, in Sumter County, a son of the late Matthew and Addie Canty Ballard. Public viewing will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday … more

Mid-November earliest Pfizer can seek virus vaccine OK

NEW YORK (AP) - Pfizer Inc. cannot request emergency authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine before the third week of November - and that's if everything goes well, the company's CEO announced Friday. Another leading U.S. contender, Moderna Inc., … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: 2 Sumter stars will play for USC Gamecocks; 200 from county will go to Million Man March

75 YEARS AGO - 1946 April 24 - 28 - The government plans to re-enter the butter market about May 1 to buy 60,000,000 pounds to supply the armed services and military hospitals during the next 12 months. To ensure this quantity, the government … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: The 1901 Sumter exposition was declared a success

Reflections offers Part II of the Sumter Exposition featuring the railroads, education facilities, local businesses and myriad other aspects related to a developing South Carolina community. In order to prepare this article, information was secured … more

Lincoln High Alumni Association to hold teleconference

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3034 will hold an oyster roast / fish fry … more

Horoscopes: Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Be careful how you handle situations that can affect your reputation, position or status. A reserved approach to what others do or say will keep you out of trouble. Use … more

21-year-old Shaw AFB airman charged in double homicide in Myrtle Beach

An active-duty airman based at Shaw Air Force Base was charged in connection with a Myrtle Beach shooting on Monday morning that left two dead. Samuel Alexander Frye, 21, was charged with accessory after the fact of felony or murder in connection … more

Sumter School District Title I director dies

Sumter School District lost a member of its "family" earlier this week with the passing of Arthena Woods, the district's Title I director. A career educator, Woods held the position for the last six years, supervising district Title I program … more

Assistant secretary of state visits Sumter Rotary Club

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State David R. Stilwell, who oversees the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, virtually joined the Sumter Rotary Club from Washington, D.C., to discuss the affairs of China related to the U.S. on Monday. Stilwell … more

Public Agenda: Weekend, Oct. 17-19, 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.CLARENDON SCHOOL DISTRICT 1Monday, 6:30 … more

SLED's annual report shows murder rate up in South Carolina last year

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division released its 2019 crime report, showing an increase in murder and aggravated assault rates across the state compared to 2018. The state's violent crime rate increased by 0.8% to a violent crime rate of … more

Public still can't participate in meetings with Sumter School District board

On April 6 at its first meeting during the pandemic, Sumter School District's Board of Trustees voted to temporarily suspend public participation from its monthly board meetings. Six months later - still in the midst of COVID-19, with virtual … more

Get your scare on this Halloween in the Sumter area

Sumter experienced a host of event cancellations this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and many children and families are wondering whether the spooky holiday will be skipped, as well. After learning that the Sumter Police Department will not … more

Outdoors columnist Dan Geddings: My story

The woods were cloaked in darkness when I climbed into the stand. I could hear a soft tinkling sound from a small waterfall that was just below me. A gentle wind floated through the trees to the west. Daylight came slowly in the big timber. The … more

No. 1 Clemson provides measuring stick for rebuilding Tech

ATLANTA - Georgia Tech couldn't ask for a better opportunity to show how far the program has come in coach Geoff Collins' second season. The Yellow Jackets also couldn't ask for a more daunting challenge. Georgia Tech will play at home against … more

Gamecocks' improving offense set for test vs No. 15 Auburn

COLUMBIA - South Carolina quarterback Collin Hill sees his offense getting better. Hill and the Gamecocks will get the chance to show how improved they are against No. 15 Auburn. Hill is the graduate transfer who followed his former coach, … more

Sumter runs over St. James 50-7 to remain undefeated

MURRELLS INLET - Nathan Harris-Waynick scored three touchdowns in the first half and added a fourth in the second for good measure as the Sumter High School football team rolled over the St. James Sharks 50-7 on Friday. "This was the best game … more

Lakewood beats Manning 30-13 for first win

MANNING -- Manning High School's varsity football team took to the Ramsey Stadium field Friday against Lakewood looking for some respect and their first Region VI-3A win of the season. The Monarchs held a 13-9 lead early in the fourth quarter, … more
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