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Officers cleared

Third Judicial Circuit Solicitor Ernest "Chip" Finney III announced on Wednesday that three city police officers involved in the Dec. 10, 2016, shooting death of Waltki Cermoun Williams, 35, would not be charged. Finney held a press conference at …

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Retirement celebration

"Where there is no vision, the people perish ... " is an often-cited Biblical proverb. Many dignitaries who spoke Tuesday night during Luns Richardson's retirement celebration at Morris College portrayed him as the leader needed to provide the …

Finance committee thinks closing schools was valid

After Sumter School Board's action Monday night to vote down its recommendation to close two low-enrollment schools, private business leaders who serve on the board's finance committee had mixed reviews on the vote, but all said they think they made …
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Man charged with choking victim

CHARGES Christopher Thompson, 35, of 38B Somerset Drive, was arrested on April 15 and charged with burglary and domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature for allegedly choking the victim twice after entering her residence without consent …
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WILLIAM J. HENTGES

Retired Col. William Joseph Hentges, 75, previously of Sumter, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at home in Kennesaw, Georgia. He was born on Nov. 6, 1941, in Jefferson City, Missouri, a son of the late Leroy and Mary Leuthen …

LAWRENCE C. MORSE III

PINEWOOD - Lawrence "Larry" Columbus Morse III, 54, died on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at Palmetto Health Tuomey. Born in Sumter, he was a son of Lawrence Columbus Morse Jr. and Rosa Lee Johnson Bradley. Mr. Morse was a member of Pinewood Baptist …
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Whole new ballgame

Brooks Shumake understands that winning in the playoffs is hard - whether you're a No. 1 seed or lower. That's why the Sumter High School baseball head coach put the ball in Rylan Williamson's hands in the first round of the District VII …
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Shutdown showdown - again

WASHINGTON - As Donald Trump approaches the 100-day marker of his first year in office, he has defined himself not as the Dealmaker in Chief but as The Backdown President. What a deliciously strange irony that until Monday night he set the stage …
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UN condemns North Korean missile launch after delay

UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council threatened new sanctions against North Korea Thursday in a strongly worded condemnation of its latest missile launch after the U.S. agreed to a Russian request to include a call for "dialogue" with …
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Georgia hospital opposes burn unit in South Carolina

CHARLESTON (AP) - Plans to reopen a burn unit at the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital in Charleston are being opposed by doctors at a Georgia hospital. Doctors at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia, say they don't …
Pets for adoption

Won't you be Peyton's hero?

Meet Peyton, a young adult brindle boy. Peyton was very frightened when he came into Animal Control, but he has come out of his shell. He likes people and other dogs. He would love to have a home where he is loved and treated kindly. Peyton is a …

Bandit is affectionate, adores dogs

Bandit is a housebroken 6-month-old male American short hair. He is extremely lovable and affectionate with all people. He is not only great with other cats but absolutely adores dogs. Bandit would make the perfect buddy for any family with …