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Where to get a free COVID-19 vaccine, test in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon counties: Sept. 28-Oct. 3

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, and it has received full authorization from the FDA for those … more

Only 2 virtual schools in South Carolina as week begins, officials say

For the first time in a while, South Carolina began this week with no fully virtual school districts and just two virtual public schools. The update comes as some state health officials think the Palmetto State is "beyond the peak" of the third … more

'A legacy worth preserving': Sumter native Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke 1st Black woman with Duke University building named for her

As soon as she stepped through the campus doors, Kenya Oliver was amazed by the many people inside the Reuben-Cooke Building exhibit. She shuffled through the hustling and bustling crowd, making her way to the front of the line. From there, she … more

Sumter's inaugural Out of Darkness Walk shines light on prevention of suicide, sharing of experiences

There is no color in the darkness. Out of it, color hangs around your neck, symbolizes your struggle, your story. The beads offered to those attending Sumter's inaugural Out of the Darkness Walk showed each wearer's connection to suicide and … more

'He never met a stranger': Remembering Sumter businessman, racing star Bob Sharp

Bob Sharp was a lot of things to a lot of people. To some, he was a boss or a business partner, known throughout Sumter as a savvy businessman. To others, a racing star who ran Sumter Speedway and saw his fair share of wins on the dirt track. … more

Sumter deputies investigate body found on Frierson Road

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after the body of a 32-year-old woman was found on Frierson Road on Sept. 19. At about 8 p.m., a deputy observed a motorist that possibly … more

Adult Education marks national awareness week with Sumter mayor

This week has been National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week in the U.S., and it is for people like Sumterites May Herron and Mary McBride. Herron and McBride are current Sumter Adult Education students, and the two women took part in the … more

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

Changing work formats because of tech, virus could put Sumter more on the map

The phrase "Sumter is in the middle of everything" might take on a new meaning as remote and hybrid work formats become increasingly popular with employers. Given ever-increasing technology and escalated by COVID-19, people are not working in the … more

AFCENT coalition partners bring Danish tradition to U.S. soil in Sumter

Strapped head to toe in uniform with weighted vests and packs as an accessory, a crowd of 150 airmen woke early to test their strength. The sun barely peeked over the horizon. These men and women of different ranks, shops and backgrounds … more

Sumter Opera House ends year with 5 concerts; light show, Motown, country-pop, 2 Christmas shows will be featured

Sumter Opera House will finish out its 2021 Main Stage Series with five varied presentations - a "light show," a tour of the Motown "revolution," a concert from a country music star and two concerts of live Christmas music. Sumter Opera House … more

Sumter school board meets Monday; will Hilton call for another mask vote?

District realignment and school report cards headline Sumter school board's agenda for Monday, but the biggest question might be whether Trustee Johnny Hilton calls for more discussion and another vote on a mask mandate. In its last three … 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

Attend drive-through dinner at Bethesda Church of God to help raise money for 2 Sumter deputies

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office is missing two of its veteran deputies since they had to medically retire. To fundraise for them, they are holding a drive-through dinner at Bethesda Church of God, 2730 Broad St., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on … more

Rep. Murrell Smith keynote speaker at Sumter-Palmetto Rotary Club

The Sumter-Palmetto Rotary Club had one of its own be the group's keynote speaker for its Thursday meeting. State Rep. Murrell Smith, R-Sumter, gave a legislative update before his fellow members and their visitors at The Restaurant at Second … more

Sumter's first Purple and Pink Masquerade Ball to bring awareness to domestic violence, breast cancer and lupus

Calling all domestic violence, breast cancer and lupus survivors and fighters. For the first time ever, a masquerade ball will be held in your honor right here in Sumter to bring awareness to your strength, the disease and to celebrate your will … more

Sumter coroner seeks help identifying man's body found in woods behind Broad Street

The body of an unidentified man was found behind a Broad Street store on Monday. The Sumter County Coroner’s Office and the Sumter Police Department are investigating after a body of an adult … more

Column by Sumter Pastor Clay Smith: Lining up hope

We talk about European explorers "discovering" new lands in the 15th and 16th centuries. Of course, they weren't really discovering anything; they simply became aware of land or oceans that were already there but they had never seen. Europeans … more

McLeod Health celebrates 1 year of primary care in Turbeville

McLeod Health Clarendon celebrated a special milestone this month. Health care professionals reflected on their time at McLeod Health Primary Care Turbeville as the facility marked its one-year anniversary since its opening in September 2020. … more

Free COVID-19 testing site opens in Manning

MANNING - A free COVID-19 testing site has opened in Manning to provide testing to individuals not only in Clarendon County, but also throughout South Carolina. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has partnered with … more
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