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Ham radio operators have annual Field Day

When Hurricane Hugo devastated South Carolina in 1989, emergency personnel turned to ham radio operators to stay in touch with isolated communities and the outside world. It is a partnership that has lasted for decades. "Part of the reason the …

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Runoff elections will be held today

Voters can cast their ballots for three run-off elections from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at their polling places during the run-off elections. The races include Democratic Sumter County coroner candidates incumbent Harvin Bullock and Robbie Baker; …

Good Samaritans comfort others after being comforted themselves

Sumter United Ministries Executive Director Mark Champagne said as he was riding his motorcycle downtown, he decided to stop by the shelter for the first time. The shelter was not scheduled to open for a few hours, so he thought he would have a …
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Man arrested on panhandling charge

CHARGES Jonathan Welch, 34, of 17 Levi St., was arrested on charges of panhandling May 29 at 6:26 p.m. at a North Lafayette Drive business. According to a police report, Welch was asking customers for money and disrupting their shopping …
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GEORGE C. HOWELL

Retired Capt. George Chambless Howell, 82, died on June 26, 2016, at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia. He was born in Murrells Inlet and raised in Conway and Myrtle Beach. He was a son of the late Lillian Heaton Howell and Joseph Ellison …

LENWARD BRAXTON

Lenward "Joey" Braxton, age 57, died on Sunday, June 26, 2016, at his residence. Born in Sumter, he was a son of the late John Alvin Braxton and Myrtis Annette Christmas. Joey was raised in Sumter, attending Sumter schools as well as Camden …
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Raising Arizona

Cloney tosses 4-hit shutout to lift Wildcats past Chants 3-0 in Game 1 OMAHA, Neb. -- JC Cloney pitched a 4-hitter and Ryan Aguilar drove in two runs, leading Arizona to a 3-0 victory over Coastal Carolina in Game 1 of the College World Series …
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Drive carefully as you travel across our state

The State newspaper came out Sunday with a big piece about Turbeville being a speed trap. Gosh, who knew? That little Clarendon County community has been famous for nailing speeders ever since I was in high school. Greeleyville could also be …
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Justices vote 5-3 to strike down abortion clinic regulations

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court struck down Texas' widely replicated regulation of abortion clinics Monday in the court's biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter century. The justices voted 5-3 in favor of Texas clinics that had argued the …
Pets for adoption

Trixter is friendly, affectionate

Trixter, a neutered and housebroken 4-year-old creme and white American short hair, is available for adoption at the Sumter SPCA. He is great with other cats and children. Trixter loves to play with cat toys and is a friendly, gentle and …