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Taking aim at State

Kaitlyn Atkins, 9, and John Berry, 11, check each others’ scores after hitting bighorn sheep at the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources National Archery in the Schools Program State Bullseye Tournament held Tuesday at Sumter County Civic Center. Elementary students competed Wednesday followed by middle schools today and high schools tomorrow.

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County to sell spec building

During its regular meeting on Tuesday, Sumter County Council approved third reading of an ordinance to authorize the option and sale of the county spec building on North Wise Drive to Sumter Easy …
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Man charged with driving under suspension, 8th offense

CHARGES Shikeem D. Williams, 18, of 11 H St., was arrested on Saturday and charged with driving without a license, reckless driving and failure to stop for blue lights after he allegedly attempted to evade officers at a checkpoint at North Purdy …
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Earl V. Cook, age 81, beloved husband of the late Frances G. Cook, died on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at Palmetto Health Tuomey. Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, he was a son of the late Raymond Ross Cook and Evelyn Elizabeth Ritchie Cook. Earl …


Deacon Herbert B. Boykin Sr., 91, widower of Sallie Council Boykin, died on March 25, 2017, at his home in Sumter. He was born in Camden, a son of the late Richard and Marie Boykin. Deacon Boykin received his early education in Kershaw County …
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Hanging tough

When the varsity boys soccer teams from Sumter and Socastee high schools met the first time this season, Socastee set the tone early and ran away with a 7-0 victory - the Gamecocks’ only Region VI-5A loss heading into Tuesday night’s rematch.
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Educational sabotage

Nationally, black junior high and high school students are suspended at a rate more than three times as often as their white peers, twice as often as their Latino peers and more than 10 times as …
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Group says the U.S.-led coalition is failing to protect Mosul civilians

BAGHDAD - A recent spike in civilian casualties in Mosul suggests the U.S.-led coalition is not taking adequate precautions to prevent civilian deaths as it battles the Islamic State militants alongside Iraqi ground forces, Amnesty International …
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State chamber backs erasing more minor crimes from records

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina legislation expanding the crimes ex-cons can have erased from their criminal records has a seemingly unlikely backer - the state Chamber of Commerce. Because criminal records can prevent job seekers from being …
Pets for adoption

Coleman is calm, smart, would make the ideal pet

Coleman is such a good boy. It's a mystery why his owners are not searching for him, but someone has to see the beauty and smarts of such a young guy. He likes other dogs. Coleman looks up at you attentively as if to say "Ok, what's next?" From what …