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Lee County School District adds to call for proviso repeal; now all tri-county districts want reversal on statewide mask mandate ban

School leaders in Lee County are joining the fight to convince state lawmakers to repeal an amendment in the state budget that prohibits mask mandates in schools. Lee County School District Board of Trustees introduced and unanimously approved a … more

Bishopville town hall meeting to discuss preserving Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden

BISHOPVILLE - A group of supporters and advocates are asking for the public to attend a town hall meeting on Tuesday focusing on the preservation of Pearl Fryar's Topiary Garden. The McKissick Museum and community supporters are looking to … more

Sumter, Lee fallen deputies Cpl. Andrew Gillette, Sgt. Mikkos Newman inducted into S.C. Law Enforcement Hall of Fame

A Sumter and a Lee County deputy will forever be featured in the South Carolina Law Enforcement Hall of Fame after their watch ended last year along with nine other officers. The South Carolina Department of Public Safety held a line-of-duty … more

Lee County Council proposes multi-county industrial park; Bishopville manufacturer may expand

A proposed cooperative industrial development project is set to generate more revenue for Lee County. Lee County Council unanimously approved the first reading for a multi-county park agreement between Lee and Kershaw counties at Tuesday's … more

Semi-truck catches on fire at Pilot Travel Center outside of Bishopville, no injuries reported

BISHOPVILLE - Firefighters responded to a semi-truck that caught on fire at Pilot Travel Center off exit 116 on Interstate 20 outside of Bishopville on Monday morning. According to Brandon Holloman, fire marshal for Lee County Fire and Rescue, … more

Where they were: Former, current Sumter, Shaw, Clarendon, Lee leaders remember Sept. 11, 2001

At work. Cursing the red lights extending yet another commute. Hitting the snooze button. Doing errands. Doing chores. Doing nothing. In school. At home. Not yet born. There are countless … more

Lee Correctional Institution to fix fire alarm system; the system has not worked since 2017

On the morning of Aug. 21, an inmate reportedly started a fire with tissue and threw it into the ventilation system at the Lee Correctional Institution. Although the fire was small and quickly put out by officers, who were made aware of the fire … more

Bishopville vaccine event participants have chance to win a TV or laptop

FROM STAFF REPORTS Only 41% of eligible Lee County residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, in comparison to 72% nationally, according to state public health data, and people who haven't gotten their shot have the chance … more

State adds 20,100 jobs in July snapshot

South Carolina had its best monthly jobs report of 2021 in July, adding 20,100 jobs, but in the ever-changing COVID-19 environment, economic indicators up one month can easily shift the next. That was a key message shared by Federal Reserve Bank … more

Bishopville man, 25, killed in Lee County fatal shooting

A 25-year-old Bishopville man was shot and killed outside a gas station on Sumter Highway in Lee County Wednesday. The incident occurred at a Shell gas station, located at 1071 Sumter Highway in Lee … more

Lee to give bonuses to county employees, submits broadband grant

Lee County Council has adopted two tentative plans to put a little extra money in the pockets of county employees and provide residents without access to good broadband with better internet connections. At Aug. 10's council meeting, council … more

Census: Tri-county region of Sumter, Clarendon, Lee counties loses population

Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties all lost population in the last decade as the urban-rural divide in South Carolina has become more protracted, according to detailed Census totals released this week. A total of 24 of the 46 counties in the … more

Bishopville's 1st African-American male police chief retires after serving 21 years

Bishopville Police Chief Calvin Collins pulls out his radio from his side and places it on the table in front of him. He turns the dial and speaks into it. His voice quavers as he gives his final sign-off after 21 years of service in the police … more

Lee Coordinating Council to host community resource fairs

People who need medical supplies and health assistance in Lee County may soon get the help they need. The Lee County Coordinating Council will host three community resource fairs throughout this fall. The first fair will be this Saturday, Aug.7, … more

Where to get a free COVID-19 vaccine, test in Sumter, Clarendon, Lee counties: July 27-Aug. 1

All South Carolinians aged 12 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and can schedule appointments. Currently, Pfizer is the only vaccine available to those aged 12-17. All three vaccines - Pfizer, Moderna and … more

Mick Mulvaney speaks to Lee County Republicans

BISHOPVILLE - Former White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney was the guest speaker at a Lee County GOP meeting in early July. Kim Parkman, an officer in the Lee County GOP, introduced Mulvaney. "I'm a dog trainer," Parkman told the assembly. … more

Where to get a free COVID-19 vaccine, test in Sumter, Clarendon, Lee counties: July 21-25

All South Carolinians aged 12 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and can schedule appointments. Currently, Pfizer is the only vaccine available to those aged 12-17. All three vaccines - Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen/J&J - are … more

Bishopville man dies in motorcycle wreck in Lee County

A 46-year-old Bishopville man died in a motorcycle wreck Thursday evening on Green Lane. David Hightower Yon was pronounced dead on scene, according to the Lee County Coroner’s … more

What your government is doing: Lee County Council -- New zoning rule paves way for wildlife facility in Bishopville; solar projects nearing final approval

A new exception to a zoning ordinance will establish legal regulations for Lee County residents wanting to keep and treat certain animals thanks to one wildlife organization's initiative. During the second reading and public hearing, Lee County … more

Where to get a free COVID-19 vaccine, test in Sumter, Clarendon, Lee counties: July 14-18

All South Carolinians aged 12 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and can schedule appointments. Currently, Pfizer is the only vaccine available to those aged 12-17. All three vaccines - Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen/J&J - are … more
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