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Judge nixes witness signature requirement on absentee ballots

COLUMBIA - A federal judge in South Carolina has struck down a rule requiring mail-in absentee ballots to be signed by witnesses for the upcoming November election, citing the severity of the coronavirus pandemic. In a ruling Friday, U.S. District … more

Sumter grandma duo pitches in with virtual school

Since mid-March, Gwen Burk has had the routine down. Her daughter-in-law, Laquetta Burk, arrives about 7:15 a.m. at her home in the Twin Lakes subdivision with the two granddaughters in tow for … more

If searching for work, transportation industry has 'lifeboats'

With the Federal Reserve Bank forecasting last week that it will take at least a few years for a full economic recovery, the state's top employment agency continues to showcase industries with current opportunities. On Wednesday, the state … more

Sumter Today: Sumter’s art gallery brings art to students

The Sumter County Gallery of Art does more than host art exhibitions. They usually offer camps and classes, especially over the summer, for amateur and experienced artists of all ages, but COVID-19 … more


Lucretia Singleton, 85, died on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Connecticut. Born  on Sept. 6, 1935, in Clarendon County, she was a daughter of the late Harry and … more


Annie Mae Simmons, 87, died on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, at McLeod Health Clarendon, Manning. Born on April 1, 1933, in Clarendon County, she was a daughter of the late  Cleveland and Mary … more


Lavona Ruth Clark Hyatt, age 69, died on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, at her residence. You may go to and sign the family’s guest book. The family has chosen Bullock … more

Sumter Today: USC Sumter showcases its softball program

USC Sumter is proud of its softball program and facilities, and they held a training camp and open house over the weekend to try to entice recruits. After going through the camp, attendees were … more

School board’s Facilities Committee to meet Monday on sanitization issues, Crosswell Drive facility update

Sumter school board’s Facilities Committee will meet Monday night to get an update on building and classroom sanitization and air quality issues from the district’s maintenance staff.A … more

Sumter County benefited most from $44 million in 'hidden' funds in S.C. budget

Sumter County benefited more than any other S.C. county from secret earmarks tucked inside last year's state budget. Unbeknownst to the vast majority of state taxpayers and even most lawmakers who approved the budget, at least $7.3 million … more

U.S. bans WeChat, TikTok from app stores

The U.S. Commerce Department said Friday it will ban Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat from U.S. app stores on Sunday and will saddle the apps with technical restrictions that could seriously limit their functionality in the U.S. The order, which … more

Running out of storm names, Atlantic season goes Greek

The Atlantic's record-breaking "crazy" hurricane season got a bizarre European remake Friday as forecasters ran out of traditional names and trotted out the Greek alphabet for subtropical storm Alpha. And it was misplaced geographically, bearing … more

Wilson Hall gets behind early in 47-7 loss to Hammond

COLUMBIA - The fast start enjoyed by the Wilson Hall football team came to a screeching halt on Friday. The Barons, who had opened the season with two straight convincing victories, went up against 3-time defending SCISA 3A state champion Hammond … more

Bobo: Consistency earned Hill starting Gamecocks QB job

COLUMBIA - Collin Hill has never backed away from a challenge, especially if it meant getting back on the field at his home state university. Hill overcame rehabbing from a third ACL tear this spring and bonding with new teammates as a graduate … more

Laurence Manning defense shines again in 14-0 win over Ben Lippen

MANNING -- In what will likely be one of the most watched SCISA football games of the week, Laurence Manning Academy put up a touchdown in each half and the defense made those scores stand for a 14-0 win over Ben Lippen on Friday at Billy Chitwood … more

East Clarendon bonds over football as season approaches

The coronavirus pandemic has made 2020 difficult for almost everyone and has shut down the world in an unprecedented way. However, many people have been fortunate not to be directly affected by it. The football players at East Clarendon High … more

Reed takes the lead as the real U.S. Open gets started

MAMARONECK, N.Y. - This was the Winged Foot everyone has heard about. This is the U.S. Open everyone expected. Patrick Reed answered the first big test Friday when the wind arrived out of the north, bringing a little chill and a lot of trouble. … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sumter boxer is Denver star; Boykin's Mill products chosen by QVC

75 YEARS AGO - 1946 April 4 - 8 - Announcement is made today of the retirement of S.B. Green as general manager of the South Carolina Continental Telephone Co. and Sumter Telephone Co. after 18 years' service with these and other independent … more

SCDNR: Regulation bans use of natural lures, attractants for deer hunters

COLUMBIA - S.C. deer hunters are reminded that the following regulation was put in place last year, affecting the use of natural deer lures and attractants in South Carolina."No person shall for the purposes of taking or attempting to take, … more

Horoscopes: Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Your emotions will take over if you aren't careful. Stop before you do or say something you'll regret. Take a deep breath, and consider alternative ways to resolve the issues you have with someone you love. TAURUS … more
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