Election 2020 coverage
Sabrina Belcher is seen at a demonstration for George Floyd in front of the Sumter Police Department recently.

Candidate hopes to be city of Sumter's 1st Black female mayor

Someone else is throwing a hat in the ring for the Sumter mayor's race after a woman announced she'll be running for the seat in hopes of becoming the city's first Black female mayor. Sabrina Belcher, 29, has been living in Sumter since she was 8 …
WASHINGTON

Washington ousts Sumpter for Sumter County Council seat

Sumter County Council 1 will have a new representative taking over District 1 after Carl Washington won the runoff against Councilman Chris Sumpter on Tuesday. The first-time candidate received …
BLASSINGAME

Dwyer not seeking city council re-election; Blassingame announces bid for Sumter's Ward 2 seat

After holding the Sumter City Council Ward 2 seat for three terms, Councilwoman Ione Dwyer confirmed Wednesday she will not be running for a fourth. "I think I've given my service to the community, and I've enjoyed it," said Dwyer, who was first …
Sumpter, Washington

Runoff set for Sumter County Council's District 1

Those who live in Sumter County Council's District 1 will have a second chance to choose their representative on June 23. After none of three candidates for the seat, which covers west and northwest Sumter County, including Rembert, Horatio and …
GRAHAM

Sen. Graham wins primary race; Harrison challenges him to debates

COLUMBIA - With his defeat of three little-known GOP challengers behind him, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is officially embarking on the next phase of his quest for a fourth term: a general election matchup with Democrat Jaime Harrison already on pace …
BLACKWELL

Challenger upsets Clarendon coroner for clear road to win

While one Sumter councilman is headed to a runoff, it appears Clarendon County Coroner Bucky Mock is the only tri-county incumbent to lose outright Tuesday night. Mock received only 34.2% of the vote, or 1,800 votes, on Tuesday while challenger …

2 Clarendon school board members will face off in November for open House seat

In a field of three, Kimberly O. Johnson won the Democratic primary outright Tuesday night for District 64 in the state House of Representatives. The open House seat, for which Rep. Robert Ridgeway, D-Manning, did not run for re-election, …
Sumpter, Washington

Washington, Sumpter headed to runoff for Sumter County Council District 1

Two candidates for the Sumter County Council District 1 seat will go head to head in a runoff June 23 after none of the three vying for the seat received enough votes to win outright. First-time candidate Carlton Washington received the most …
Sumter County saw strong turnout during the primary election, with many of the ballots coming in by absentee vote.

Sumter sees strong primary turnout

Sumter's higher-than-normal turnout for Tuesday's statewide primary election could be seen at the polls and in the absentee ballot totals. While the primaries in 2016 and 2018 churned out just over 11% and 17% overall voter turnout, Tuesday's …

Early signs point to high Sumter absentee turnout

Results of the local and statewide primary election came in too late for this edition, but a trend appeared early that Election Day voter turnout was low while absentee voting soared. State lawmakers passed a bill that Gov. Henry McMaster signed …
JOHNSON

Johnson holds steady to keep District 36 state Senate seat; other Clarendon seats near primary end

State Sen. Kevin Johnson, D-Manning, appeared to be on his way to easily winning the Democratic primary race for District 36 in the state Senate on Tuesday night. According to unofficial results with …
Baker

Baker wins re-election race for Sumter County coroner

Sumter County Coroner Robbie Baker won the race to keep his seat Tuesday night. Baker beat his challenger, Isaac Johnson, in a race and county that saw higher-than-normal turnout and absentee …
Fleming-McGhaney

Fleming-McGhaney retains District 5 seat on Sumter County Council

The race for the Sumter County Council District 5 seat remains with the incumbent, Councilwoman Vivian Fleming-McGhaney, after she defeated Kenny Rose during the primary election on …
Sumpter, Washington

Washington, Sumpter headed to primary runoff for Sumter County Council District 1

Two candidates for the Sumter County Council District 1 seat will go head-to-head in a runoff on June 23 after none of the three vying for the seat received enough votes to win …

Sen. Graham defeats 3 GOP challengers in quest for 4th term

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In the next step of a race already on pace to become the most expensive in South Carolina history, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has defeated three little-known GOP …
Obituaries
GEORGE WASHINGTON DOUGHTY JR. WILMINGTON, N.C. - George Washington Doughty Jr., 67, husband of Sarah Ann Brown Doughty, died on Thursday, July 2, 2020, at Accordius Health and Rehab, Wilmington. He was born on Aug. 18, 1952, in Manning, a son of the late George Washington …
ETHEL LEE WALLACE DINGLE On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, Ethel Lee Wallace Dingle, widow of Emperial Dingle, exchanged her rugged cross for her precious crown at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Born in Clarendon County, she was a daughter of the late Smith Sr. and Robertha …
JACQUELINE HARVIN Jacqueline Harvin, age 53, departed this life on Monday, June 29, 2020, in Shelby, North Carolina. She was born on April 29, 1967, in Sumter, to the late Henry Sr. and Emma Holiday Harvin. Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced …