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BOTTOM LEFT: A closer look at Champagne's award. This is the 38th award given in McElveen's 20 years as mayor.

Ministries' Champagne receives McElveen's final Gamecock City Award

This week has been a busy one for Mark Champagne. Not only did the executive director of Sumter United Ministries coordinate a Thanksgiving drive-through food drive on Tuesday, but he also received one of Sumter's highest honors: the Gamecock …

PHOTOS BY KAREEM WILSON / THE SUMTER ITEM  Military personnel distribute Thanksgiving dinner boxes on Tuesday inside families' cars at Sumter United Ministries.

Charity sends over 150 families home with Thanksgiving turkeys, trimmings

Down on Artillery Drive, people lined up in their cars Tuesday afternoon to receive food at Sumter United Ministries' Giving Thanks program ahead of Thanksgiving. The ministry's yearly Thanksgiving dinner boxes program bestows more than 150 …

Sumter running back Nathan Harris-Waynick, center, and the Gamecocks will travel to Irmo on Friday to face off against 4-time defending state champion Dutch Fork in the 5A lower state championship game beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Gamecocks to battle against 4-time defending state champ Dutch Fork

Mark Barnes knows the task facing his Sumter High School football team on Friday. The Gamecocks will travel to Irmo on Friday to take on Dutch Fork in a 5A state playoffs semifinal game beginning at 7:30 p.m. Yes, the Dutch Fork that is going for …

East Clarendon's Talaysia Cooper (10) was named one of the top eight girls basketball players in the state as the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association released its preseason awards and polls.

EC's Cooper elite player; SHS girls ranked second

East Clarendon High School's Talaysia Cooper has been selected as one of the top eight girls basketball players in the state by the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association in the release of its preseason awards, while the Sumter girls and the …

Wilson Hall sweeps in season opener

Wilson Hall's varsity boys and girls basketball teams opened their seasons on Tuesday with victories over The King's Academy at Nash Student Center. The Lady Barons rolled to a 68-29 triumph, while the boys picked up a 76-45 victory. In the …

From the Wire

Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book (12) hands off to running back Kyren Williams (23) as the Fighting Irish beat North Carolina 31-17 on Friday in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Book, defense help No. 2 Notre Dame beat No. 25 UNC 31-17

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Ian Book kept No. 2 Notre Dame's offense moving while the Fighting Irish defense locked down Sam Howell and No. 25 North Carolina's potent offense for the final three quarters on a 31-17 victory on Friday. Book threw for …

South Carolina guard Eniya Russell (2) attempts a shot during the Gamecocks' 119-38 win over Charleston on Wednesday in Columbia.

No. 1 South Carolina women rout Charleston in season opener

COLUMBIA - Zia Cooke was so excited to get to play again that she could barely sleep. She and her teammates with top-ranked South Carolina picked up where they left off in a runaway victory to start the fragile season. Victaria Saxton had 19 …

Clemson's Al-Amir Dawes (2) scored 10 points as the Tigers opened their season with a 53-42 win over Mississippi State on Wednesday.

Clemson beats Mississippi St. 53-42 in Space Coast Challenge

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) - PJ Hall had 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds to help Clemson open the season with a 53-42 win over Mississippi State in the Space Coast Challenge on Wednesday night. The tournament, originally planned …

South Carolina guard A.J. Lawson, the Gamecocks' leading scorer and 3-point shooter, returned to school for his junior season after exploring the NBA draft process.

South Carolina plans to make most of the season amid COVID

COLUMBIA - South Carolina coach Frank Martin carries a new perspective into this season with the Gamecocks. Martin caught COVID-19 during the spring when fear of the disease was spiking and few people knew how to deal with it. But Martin's time …

Former Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Charlie Morton signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday.

Braves boost rotation, sign Morton for a year at $15 million

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves were looking for more than just experience and depth when they signed two-time All-Star Charlie Morton to a $15 million, one-year deal Tuesday. As was the case when the Braves recently signed another veteran for the …

Prep Sports

Sumter girls win Zaxby's Classic

The Sumter High School varsity girls basketball team opened its season by winning the Arby's Classic with a 54-30 triumph over River Bluff on Monday at Scott's Branch High School's Jim Jones Gymnasium. The Lady Gamecocks went 2-0 in the …

Lee's Lucas Friedenberger (17) catches a touchdown pass from Josh Kirven during the Cavalier's 46-14 loss to Thomas Heyward in the SCISA 1A championship on Saturday.

Lee can’t climb out of early hole, falls to Thomas Heyward 46-14 in 1A championship

The Lee Academy football team has lived and died by the strength of its offense this season. With a defense full of newcomers, the Cavaliers leaned heavily on an offense led by senior quarterback …

Sumter wide receiver Lodaine Redwood (11) catches a touchdown pass during the Gamecocks' 25-13 win over River Bluff on Friday.

Sumter advances in 5A playoffs with 25-13 win over River Bluff

Sumter High School advanced to the semifinals of the 5A football state playoffs with a 25-13 victory over River Bluff on Friday on Sumter Memorial Stadium's Freddie Solomon Field. The Gamecocks, who improved to 8-0 on the season, will travel to …

Laurence Manning's Jackson Brown (22) avoids a Hammond tackler during LMA's 26-6 loss in the SCISA 3A state championship game.

Laurence Manning falls to Hammond 26-6 in SCISA 3A championship

NORTH CHARLESTON -- Laurence Manning Academy's varsity football team and head coach Austin Floyd were looking for a breakthrough on Friday. The Swampcats journeyed to Charleston Southern University's Buccaneer Field to face off against a familiar …

Sumter High School's Layken Cox, center, signed to play college basketball with Gardner-Webb University on Friday. Seated with Cox, from left to right, are her brother Braylon, father David, nephew Landon, mother Vanessa and cousin Amari. Standing is Sumter head coach Jeff Schaffer.

Sumter's Cox signs with Gardner-Webb

Layken Cox played on the Sumter High School varsity girls basketball team as an eighth-grader and was a starter as a freshman. Now a senior, the 6-foot-1-inch Cox has been a solid contributor each of those seasons. That steady progress has given …

CLEMSON

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney is still frustrated by the postponement of the No. 4 Tigers' game with Florida State that was originally scheduled for Saturday.

Clemson's Swinney still frustrated with Florida State postponement

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney remains frustrated about postponing the Tigers game against Florida State, a decision he sees as an insult to his program's credibility. While the Tigers' players and staff have apparently turned the page, it not quite …

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney claimed Florida State used a positive coronavirus case as an excuse not to play the No. 4 Tigers, as their game scheduled for Saturday was postponed.

FSU's Norvell: 'Right decision' to postpone Clemson game

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) - Florida State coach Mike Norvell is standing by the decision to postpone the Seminoles game Saturday against No. 4 Clemson after the Tigers reported a positive player test following their arrival on campus, adding that …

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) and the Tigers had their game against Florida State that was originally scheduled for Saturday postponed due to coronavirus concerns.

No. 4 Clemson's game at Florida State postponed

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) — The game between No. 4 Clemson and Florida State was postponed when medical personnel from both schools could not agree on playing Saturday. The Atlantic Coast …

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) said Tuesday that he's ready to return for the No. 4 Tigers' run toward another national title.

QB Lawrence returns as No. 4 Clemson resumes title chase

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is fit, confident and most importantly for the Tigers, virus-free. The junior said Tuesday he is ready for the fourth-ranked Tigers championship run down the stretch. Lawrence missed past last two games for …

Laurence Manning's Bryce Accord (7), Nolan Osteen (5) and the Swampcats will face Hammond for the SCISA 3A title for the second straight season on Friday.

SCISA championship games headline 5 Things to Watch This Week

1. SCISA CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKENDThe South Carolina Independent School Association will be holding its four football state championship games next Friday and Saturday.The 1A, 2A and 3A title games will …

USC

South Carolina forward Aliyah Boston (4) and the Gamecocks look to pick up where they left off last season after winning the South Eastern Conference.

Staley says her 'nice' Gamecocks need to prove they can win

South Carolina coach Dawn Staley had a question that kept bothering her this offseason: Can nice players win a championship? Staley, entering her 13th year with the Gamecocks, gets the chance to find out as the Gamecocks enter the year No. 1 in …

South Carolina running back Kevin Harris (20) and the Gamecocks are playing their first game since firing head coach Will Muschamp as they host Missouri on Saturday.

Missouri's Drinkwitz seeking more success against South Carolina

COLUMBIA - Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz has some good memories of playing at South Carolina. He hopes to make a few more this week. It was a year ago that Drinkwitz, then the coach at Appalachian State, brought the highly overmatched Mountaineers …

Clemson linebacker Baylon Spector (10) and the Tiger defense will look to take a step forward against Florida State on Saturday after defensive coordinator Brent Venables called the unit good, not great.

Clemson's Venables says defense is good, not great

Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables knows what great defenses look like. He hasn't seen that yet from his latest group of Tigers. "We are a good unit right now. We are not a great unit," Venables said. "We've had some great moments, but …

Former South Carolina football coach Lou Holtz confirmed on Thursday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Former USC coach Holtz tests positive for coronavirus

COLUMBIA (AP) - Lou Holtz has tested positive for the coronavirus. The 83-year-old former college football coach confirmed the test Thursday to Columbia TV station WOLO. "I don't have a lot of energy right now," Holtz told the ABC …

South Carolina defensive backs Jaycee Horn (1) and Israel Mukuamu (24) both opted out of the remainder of the 2020 season this week.

USC players opt out, others out with injuries

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina has lost another starting cornerback in Israel Mukuamu after he opted out of the season, joining his defensive backfield partner Jaycee Horn in preparing for the upcoming NFL draft. Interim coach Mike Bobo said …

Outdoors

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Part 2 in a series about Eudora Farms: Dreams and dreamers and drive-thru safaris

Imagine getting a private tour of Disneyland led by Walt Disney himself. That's how I felt as I walked the Eudora Farms property in Salley with owner and entrepreneur Mark Nisbet. I've always heard that every great dream begins with a dreamer. In …

Visitors enjoy the sights and sounds at Woods Bay State Park in Olanta.

S.C. State Parks to offer free admission Nov. 27

COLUMBIA - Admission will be free at state parks in South Carolina on Friday, Nov. 27, as the Park Service joins the national #OptOutside initiative. The promotion, sponsored by REI, encourages people to spend some time in the great outdoors the day …

Dan Geddings: A very different kind of recovery

The odor was faint and unpleasant, but a smile spread across my sweaty face. I knew that I was close. Stopping to check the wind direction, I noted a slight breeze out of the northwest. It was mid-morning, and I was on a hillside above the swamp. …