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The Orangeburg Times and Democrat (1881-present) serves as a portal into Orangeburg and surrounding counties.

President Donald Trump is exaggerating the availability of coronavirus tests in the U.S. as he urges governors to consid...
04/27/2020
Fact-checking White House claims on virus tests, cures

President Donald Trump is exaggerating the availability of coronavirus tests in the U.S. as he urges governors to consider lifting stay-at-home orders and help get the economy moving again. Here's a look at the past week's rhetoric.

President Donald Trump is exaggerating the availability of coronavirus tests in the U.S. as he urges governors to consider lifting stay-at-home orders and help get the economy moving again. Here's

A 28-year-old Orangeburg man is accused of striking an 8-year-old boy with his truck and leaving the scene on Wednesday,...
04/27/2020
Orangeburg man charged in hit-and-run; 8-year-old’s arm broken

A 28-year-old Orangeburg man is accused of striking an 8-year-old boy with his truck and leaving the scene on Wednesday, according to arrest warrants.

A 28-year-old Orangeburg man is accused of striking an 8-year-old boy with his truck and leaving the scene on Wednesday, according to arrest warrants.

Artists around the globe have collaborated on an art project using windows, what students should do about a summer inter...
04/27/2020
Videos: Artists around the world collaborate on project while in lockdown, and other coronavirus stories

Artists around the globe have collaborated on an art project using windows, what students should do about a summer internship amid the pandemic, protests continue across the U.S. as some states are easing coronavirus lockdown measures, Angelina Jolie gives advice…

Artists around the globe have collaborated on an art project using windows, what students should do about a summer internship amid the pandemic, protests continue across the U.S. as some

Orangeburg’s 29115 ZIP code now has 22 confirmed coronavirus cases and 135 estimated cases, according to the Sunday repo...
04/27/2020
Virus by ZIP codes, April 27, 2020: 29115 cases up to 22; Bamberg adds one case

Orangeburg’s 29115 ZIP code now has 22 confirmed coronavirus cases and 135 estimated cases, according to the Sunday report by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Orangeburg’s 29115 ZIP code now has 22 confirmed coronavirus cases and 135 estimated cases, according to the Sunday report by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Our journalists are working to provide the information you need on the coronavirus outbreak.We've also removed our paywa...
04/27/2020

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From our coverage: 29115 and Bamberg add COVID-19 cases: https://thetandd.com/news/local/virus-by-zip-codes-april-27-2020-29115-cases-up-to-22-bamberg-adds-one/article_8091087f-3cf9-5a85-8e6d-fc89b0712e1e.html

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While driving under the influence was once the major focus of safety on the road, distracted driving of all kinds has ga...
04/27/2020
Dog on Lap While Driving: Unsafe…and Illegal?

While driving under the influence was once the major focus of safety on the road, distracted driving of all kinds has gained national attention in recent years. Texting and driving has proven to be the latest serious road hazard; it…

While driving under the influence was once the major focus of safety on the road, distracted driving of all kinds has gained national attention in recent years. Texting and driving

Maatje Benassi, a US Army reservist and mother of two, has become the target of conspiracy theorists who falsely place h...
04/27/2020
She's been falsely accused of starting the pandemic. Her life has been turned upside down.

Maatje Benassi, a US Army reservist and mother of two, has become the target of conspiracy theorists who falsely place her at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, saying she brought the disease to China.

Maatje Benassi, a US Army reservist and mother of two, has become the target of conspiracy theorists who falsely place her at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, saying she

"We (have) collected more than 15,000 bat samples, which led to the identification of around 500 new coronaviruses," sai...
04/27/2020
These virus hunters are searching bat caves to predict the next pandemic

"We (have) collected more than 15,000 bat samples, which led to the identification of around 500 new coronaviruses," said one virus hunter. And one of those, found in a cave in China in 2013, was a possible ancestor of COVID-19.

"We (have) collected more than 15,000 bat samples, which led to the identification of around 500 new coronaviruses," said one virus hunter. And one of those, found in a cave

Nations and U.S. states are charting their own course on reopening their economies during the coronavirus outbreak. More...
04/27/2020
Virus morning brief: Some nations, US states shift focus from virus to economies. Get the latest here.

Nations and U.S. states are charting their own course on reopening their economies during the coronavirus outbreak. More states will reopen some businesses this week. Get caught up on the latest pandemic developments here.

Nations and U.S. states are charting their own course on reopening their economies during the coronavirus outbreak. More states will reopen some businesses this week. Get caught up on the

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04/27/2020

These local food and drink establishments are ready to serve you and your family. Pick-up, delivery or drive-thru these businesses are here for you.

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As another week begins in a nation restricted by measures to limit the spread of the new coronavirus, President Donald T...
04/27/2020
2020 Watch: Some key questions for the week ahead — from the virus to veepstakes

As another week begins in a nation restricted by measures to limit the spread of the new coronavirus, President Donald Trump is itching to amass his vocal Republican following and Democrat Joe Biden continues to campaign from his Delaware home.

As another week begins in a nation restricted by measures to limit the spread of the new coronavirus, President Donald Trump is itching to amass his vocal Republican following and

These non-virus headlines are in the news this morning: South Korea maintains Kim Jong Un health rumors are untrue; Trum...
04/27/2020
Morning headlines: Top stories and features today that aren't about the coronavirus

These non-virus headlines are in the news this morning: South Korea maintains Kim Jong Un health rumors are untrue; Trump sticks with his base in reelection run; and a Tulane hoops star is charged with murder. Get caught up with…

These non-virus headlines are in the news this morning: South Korea maintains Kim Jong Un health rumors are untrue; Trump sticks with his base in reelection run; and a Tulane

Major events that happened around the world on this day in history.
04/27/2020
Today in history: April 27

Major events that happened around the world on this day in history.

Major events that happened around the world on this day in history.

Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Emily Rios, Jim James, John Osborne, Kate Pie...
04/27/2020
Celebrity Birthdays: April 27

Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Emily Rios, Jim James, John Osborne, Kate Pierson, Sally Hawkins and more.

Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Emily Rios, Jim James, John Osborne, Kate Pierson, Sally Hawkins and more.

Recent social media posts have touched a lot of souls with some foundational truth. “We’re all in this together.” Yes, b...
04/27/2020
COMMENTARY: Living through storms

Recent social media posts have touched a lot of souls with some foundational truth. “We’re all in this together.” Yes, but what is “this?” As one post noted, “this” is not a boat, but a storm. While we’re all in…

Recent social media posts have touched a lot of souls with some foundational truth. “We’re all in this together.” Yes, but what is “this?” As one post noted, “this” is

DENMARK -- Voorhees College recently inducted 26 new students into the Mu Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Societ...
04/27/2020
Voorhees inducts new members into Alpha Kappa Mu honor society

DENMARK -- Voorhees College recently inducted 26 new students into the Mu Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society.

DENMARK -- Voorhees College recently inducted 26 new students into the Mu Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society.

ATLANTA — Tom Glavine still remembers it vividly, that challenge he made to his teammates during the clinching game of t...
04/27/2020
Glavine, Klesko share fond memories of Braves' 1995 title

ATLANTA — Tom Glavine still remembers it vividly, that challenge he made to his teammates during the clinching game of the 1995 World Series.

ATLANTA — Tom Glavine still remembers it vividly, that challenge he made to his teammates during the clinching game of the 1995 World Series.

Gold Star mother Elaine Johnson has endured the pain of losing a child, but most recently underwent another life-changin...
04/27/2020
Gold Star mom gets new kidney, continues work in memory of son

Gold Star mother Elaine Johnson has endured the pain of losing a child, but most recently underwent another life-changing event with a kidney transplant performed on Feb. 13.

Gold Star mother Elaine Johnson has endured the pain of losing a child, but most recently underwent another life-changing event with a kidney transplant performed on Feb. 13.

Orangeburg County Council has approved the Regional Medical Center’s request to establish a $25 million line of credit a...
04/27/2020
Hospital pursing federal loan; RMC could borrow against future Medicare payments

Orangeburg County Council has approved the Regional Medical Center’s request to establish a $25 million line of credit and seek a $24 million government loan in response to COVID-19.

Orangeburg County Council has approved the Regional Medical Center’s request to establish a $25 million line of credit and seek a $24 million government loan in response to COVID-19.

South Carolina State University’s Department of Health Sciences in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies has ...
04/26/2020
SCSU Dept. of Health Sciences announces new academic concentration

South Carolina State University’s Department of Health Sciences in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies has announced the addition of the Applied Exercise Science (AES) concentration to its curriculum.

South Carolina State University’s Department of Health Sciences in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies has announced the addition of the Applied Exercise Science (AES) concentration to its curriculum.

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Sunday that the state has 237 new cases of the novel c...
04/26/2020
Orangeburg, Bamberg each add virus case; eight more die in South Carolina

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Sunday that the state has 237 new cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, including one new case each in Bamberg and Orangeburg counties.

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Sunday that the state has 237 new cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, including one new case each in Bamberg and

Although jobs are being cut due to COVID-19-related business closures, there are still clever ways to secure meaningful ...
04/26/2020
How to score an internship during the COVID-19 pandemic

Although jobs are being cut due to COVID-19-related business closures, there are still clever ways to secure meaningful work experience this summer, an internship specialist says.

Although jobs are being cut due to COVID-19-related business closures, there are still clever ways to secure meaningful work experience this summer, an internship specialist says.

Working from home presents many questions to sort out. One of the more important is: Where do you actually work? On the ...
04/26/2020
How to combat poor at-home work posture

Working from home presents many questions to sort out. One of the more important is: Where do you actually work? On the couch? At your dining room table? At the counter? In bed? The answer matters because it's important to…

Working from home presents many questions to sort out. One of the more important is: Where do you actually work?

Social distancing has forced colleges and universities to go to a virtual environment this spring, and that includes Cla...
04/26/2020
Claflin athletics working through coronavirus pandemic

Social distancing has forced colleges and universities to go to a virtual environment this spring, and that includes Claflin University.

Social distancing has forced colleges and universities to go to a virtual environment this spring, and that includes Claflin University.

Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Carol Burnett, Channing Tatum, Giancarlo Espo...
04/26/2020
Celebrity Birthdays: April 26

Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Carol Burnett, Channing Tatum, Giancarlo Esposito, Kevin James, Melania Trump, Natasha Trethewey and more.

Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Carol Burnett, Channing Tatum, Giancarlo Esposito, Kevin James, Melania Trump, Natasha Trethewey and more.

Eutawville's 29048 ZIP code has added three more coronavirus cases, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Cont...
04/26/2020
Virus by ZIP codes, April 26, 2020: Eutawville gets three more cases

Eutawville's 29048 ZIP code has added three more coronavirus cases, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Saturday.

Eutawville's 29048 ZIP code has added three more coronavirus cases, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Saturday.

04/26/2020
These local food and drink establishments are ready to serve you and your family. Pick-up, delivery or drive-thru these ...
04/26/2020

These local food and drink establishments are ready to serve you and your family. Pick-up, delivery or drive-thru these businesses are here for you.

If you would like to add your business to this ad, contact Kyla Fraser at 803-533-5542.

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A countdown of the top vote-getters in The Associated Press poll of best sports movies from a panel of 70 writers and ed...
04/26/2020
A ranking of the top 25 sports movies of all time (with the trailer for each)

A countdown of the top vote-getters in The Associated Press poll of best sports movies from a panel of 70 writers and editors. Total votes are in parentheses.

A countdown of the top vote-getters in The Associated Press poll of best sports movies from a panel of 70 writers and editors. Total votes are in parentheses.

Major events that happened around the world on this day in history.
04/26/2020
Today in history: April 26

Major events that happened around the world on this day in history.

Major events that happened around the world on this day in history.

Today’s Times and Democrat includes our annual Industry Appreciation special section. While traditional activities surro...
04/26/2020
EDITORIAL: Powerful development combination

Today’s Times and Democrat includes our annual Industry Appreciation special section. While traditional activities surrounding Industry Appreciation Week in April have either been canceled or postponed, the importance of industry in these times remains.

Today’s Times and Democrat includes our annual Industry Appreciation special section. While traditional activities surrounding Industry Appreciation Week in April have either been canceled or postponed, the importance of industry

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The Times and Democrat traces its history to the October 1881 merger of The Orangeburg Democrat and The Orangeburg Times. It also has ties to four other newspapers born in the aftermath of the American Civil War: The Southron, The Tax-Payer, The Edisto Clarion and The Orangeburg News and Times. Like most newspapers of the South during Reconstruction, the Orangeburg publications were embroiled in political doctrines. The Orangeburg News, for instance, was organized as a newspaper of the Democrats but later made the bold move of becoming a newspaper of the Republicans.

Into this milieu came James L. Sims. The Charleston, South Carolina, native learned the printing trade at The Charleston Courier and subsequently purchased an interest in The Spartanburg Herald. When his wife died, Sims sold his interest and moved to Orangeburg. In 1878, he purchased The Edisto Clarion, successor to The Tax-Payer, and changed its name again, to The Orangeburg Democrat. Sims' editor at the Democrat was Stiles R. Mellichamp, who after a short period left to start his own newspaper, The Orangeburg Times. In 1881, Sims and Mellichamp came together again to merge their newspapers into The Times and Democrat.

A close Orangeburg newspaper colleague of Sims in those early days was Hugo S. Sheridan. Some years later, Sims married Sheridan's daughter. From this marriage came four sons, three of whom were involved in the paper. James Izlar Sims, the oldest, dropped out of school at age 14 to work at The Times and Democrat.

The news content was a little different then. One of the biggest events of the year was the ginning of the first bale of cotton. Automobiles running into mules and cows usually received big coverage. Sports received little attention. Typesetting was done by hand, one letter at a time, until 1906, when The Times and Democrat purchased a new Ottmar Mergenthaler Linotype machine at a cost of $3,600. J. Izlar Sims, then 16 years old, was sent to New York City to learn how to operate the new machine that was destined to revolutionize the newspaper industry. Five years later, at the age of 21, he succeeded his father as publisher. J. Izlar Sims also founded a radio station and brought the first talking picture (movie theater) to Orangeburg, in the late 1920s. He died in 1957.

J.L. Sims' twin boys, Hugo and Henry Sims, shared the editorship of the newspaper until Henry was elected to the South Carolina State Senate in the 1930s and later became president of Winthrop College. Hugo Sims continued as editor until his death in 1951.

A weekly publication since its founding, The Times and Democrat began publishing twice a week in 1908, three times a week in 1909 and five times a week in September 1919. It returned to tri-weekly publication in May 1921 but later resumed daily publication. A Monday edition was added in the 1940s and the Sunday edition in 1953.

J.L. Sims succeeded his father as publisher in 1943. In 1951 Hugo Sims Sr. died and his son, Edward, succeeded him as editor. In the 1960s, Hugo Sims' other two sons, Hugo Jr. and Henry, served as co-editors. After J.L. Sims died in 1962 at age 47, surviving family members named Dean Livingston, 29, as publisher, a position he held until his retirement in 1999.

The Times and Democrat has continued to publish daily despite hurricanes, snowstorms and a 1972 fire that destroyed The Times and Democrat's entire physical plant. Within five days of that fire, new typesetting machines and other production equipment were flown in. Within 10 days, a new press had arrived, and within 30 days, the pressroom building had been rebuilt around it.

Cathy Hughes became The Times and Democrat's fifth publisher in 1999. The current editor is Lee Harter.

The Times and Democrat now publishes a website to complement its print edition (TheTandD.com).

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