Election 2020 coverage

Sumter County LWV celebrates National Voter Registration Day

The Sumter County League of Women Voters will partake in a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating America's Democracy today. Dee Woodward, president of the Sumter County LWV, said National Voter Registration Day is on the fourth Tuesday of …

Absentee voting open for special Sumter County Council primary

In-person absentee voting is now open for the Democratic primary for Sumter County Council's District 3 seat. This special primary between William "Billy" Aycock Jr. and Jason Johnson is being held on Sept. 29 after the original candidate, Ronnie …
Billy Aycock and Jason Johnson

2 men file for Democratic primary for Sumter County Council

Two men will be running for the Democratic seat in the Sumter County Council District 3 race after the original candidate, Ronnie Eldridge, died of a heart attack on Aug. 27. The primary for the Democratic nomination will be on Sept. 29. Anyone …
BELCHER

Can a candidate still run after being arrested? State law says innocent until proven guilty.

After a woman running to become Sumter's next mayor was arrested last month, people in the community have asked why she is still on the ballot and allowed to run. The answer is a foundation of our country. She is innocent until proven …

Vision 2020: What happens if the U.S. election is contested?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Is it possible the election will be up in the air and we won't have a president on Inauguration Day: Jan. 20, 2021? Even if the election is messy and contested in court, the country will have a president on Inauguration Day. The …
A voter walks past the table of "I voted" stickers at the Willow Drive precinct in June 2018.

No-excuse absentee bill is headed to governor's desk

COLUMBIA - The first day of the South Carolina Legislature's two-week special session to wrap up ends left loose by the COVID-19 pandemic was marked by two groups advocating for constitutional rights at the capitol building: One urging legislators …

Democrats try to streamline mail balloting for their voters

DENVER - Democrats are rolling out an expanded online portal that allows people to register to vote and request a mail ballot in their state and even helps digitize their signature on their paperwork. The updates to the Democratic National …
State Sen. Mike Fanning speaks against a massive education overhaul bill at the South Carolina Statehouse on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Columbia. The bill got key approval on Wednesday. (AP Photo / Jeffrey Collins)

After months of debate, education bills likely dead in SC

COLUMBIA — South Carolina lawmakers return to the Statehouse on Tuesday for a super sized two-week special session, but the bills that dominated discussion and time over the past two years will …
Former Vice President Joe Biden

Biden faces worries that Latino support slipping in Florida

MIAMI (AP) — Sen. Kamala Harris' motorcade raced past Colombian neighborhoods and made a quick stop for takeout in Doral — or "Doral-zuela" as it's known locally because of its large …
Gloria Lee and Jay Linginfelter

Sumter School District board Area 6 race includes Lee, Linginfelter

Two active community members round out the four candidates for the only opposed race to join the nine-member Sumter School District Board of Trustees. Gloria Lee and Jay Linginfelter spoke recently on their candidacy for the open Area 6 seat on …
Sabrina Belcher is seen at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in front of the Sumter Police Department.

Belcher remains in Sumter mayor's race after arrest

A Sumter mayoral candidate denies accusations she staged her own kidnapping and beating to gain sympathy votes. Sabrina Belcher, 29, of Cabelas Place, was arrested and charged with filing a false police report of a felony and conspiracy on Aug. …
Sumter residents vote absentee in-person on Friday, June 5. A bill passed by the S.C. Senate and headed to the House means residents could be able to vote absentee for any reason Nov. 3.

S.C. Senate OKs no-excuse absentee voting; rejects drop boxes

COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Senate agreed on Wednesday to allow all voters in the state to cast absentee ballots because of the COVID-19 pandemic but rejected a proposal by Democrats to allow …

Former Sumter School District appointed trustees among 4 vying to succeed Canty

Two familiar faces to Sumter School District are on the ballot for the only contested race in November to join the district's nine-member board of trustees. Of the four candidates for the seat for which board Chairman the Rev. Ralph Canty decided …
BOWEN

Sumter Realtor Bowen running for mayor for 2nd time

A Sumter Realtor announced her candidacy for the mayoral race in this year's election. Debbie Singleton Bowen, also known as "Miss Debbie," has been a longtime resident of Sumter since her father, Rick Singleton, a Sumter native, retired from the …
ELDRIDGE

Candidate for Sumter County Council dies; Eldridge was running for the District 3 seat

A Sumter County Council candidate died Thursday morning. Ronnie Eldridge died at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital, Sumter County Deputy Coroner Bryan Rogers confirmed. He was 59. Eldridge was a Realtor with ERA Wilder Realty in Sumter and served …

3 Sumter precincts changed for November election

The deadline to register to vote in the November election that will decide the nation's next president and a host of state and local positions is approaching the one-month mark. Voters must register by Oct. 3, which includes completing all change …
HARRISON

Victim's advocate running for Sumter City Council Ward 2 seat

A victim's advocate for the Third Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office in Sumter will be joining the race for the Sumter City Council Ward 2 seat. Talitha Harrison said she feels she is best fit to represent Ward 2 because she feels love and …
Obituaries
LUCRETIA SINGLETON 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 …
ANNIE MAE SIMMONS 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 …
LAVONA RUTH CLARK HYATT Lavona Ruth Clark Hyatt, age 69, died on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, at her residence. You may go to www.bullockfuneralhome.com and sign the family’s guest book. The family has chosen Bullock …