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Sumter woman accused of attempting to intentionally run over teenagers on multiple occasions this past weekend.  Details...
04/04/2017
Sumter woman accused of trying to run over teenagers on multiple days

Sumter woman accused of attempting to intentionally run over teenagers on multiple occasions this past weekend. Details in the post.

A 49-year-old Sumter woman who allegedly made multiple attempts on consecutive days to run over a group of teenagers with her vehicle has been charged with four counts of assault and battery of a h…

In this post, you can find a breakdown of the 86 proposed position eliminations for the Sumter School District in the co...
04/04/2017
Proposed Sumter School District position eliminations, by school

In this post, you can find a breakdown of the 86 proposed position eliminations for the Sumter School District in the coming school year by school and subject category.

The following is a school-by-school breakdown of the number of positions each school in the Sumter School District is expected to lose in the 2017-18 school year, if current proposals for the upcom…

Sumter School District expecting to cut another 86 positions from the local public schools for the coming academic year....
04/04/2017
Sumter School District proposes 86 additional employee cuts to school positions

Sumter School District expecting to cut another 86 positions from the local public schools for the coming academic year. Details in the post.

The Sumter School District is proposing to eliminate 86 more positions from schools throughout the district for the 2017-18 school year, trustees and administrative staff design the spending plan f…

Sumter Sheriff Anthony Dennis announces investigations have determined the woman killed in a fiery wreck was the victim ...
03/30/2017
Sheriff: Sumter woman killed in Tuesday wreck died from her own road rage

Sumter Sheriff Anthony Dennis announces investigations have determined the woman killed in a fiery wreck was the victim of her own road rage. Details in the post.

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday that investigators have determined that the Sumter woman who died in a Tuesday crash was the victim of her own road rage, as she was atte…

A 44-year-old Sumter man is in custody after allegedly holding live-in girlfriend at gunpoint and lighting her on fire, ...
03/30/2017
Sumter man charged with setting girlfriend on fire

A 44-year-old Sumter man is in custody after allegedly holding live-in girlfriend at gunpoint and lighting her on fire, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday. Details in the post.

A 44-year-old Sumter man is in custody after allegedly holding live-in girlfriend at gunpoint and lighting her on fire, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday. Roy Billy Hulon of Pridgen …

03/22/2017

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03/22/2017

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...And to think some other local media outlets have been using a lot of ink to say social media and non paywall journalism is a bad thing. Thank you for proving them wrong.

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03/21/2017
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Sumter Crime Tip of the Day: If you’re going to steal any kind of motorized vehicle to trade for drugs, your dealer might appreciate it if you turn off the GPS system first.

Back when the December numbers were released, there were signs of optimism in Sumter's unemployment rate report despite ...
03/15/2017
Sumter unemployment rate jumps dramatically in January

Back when the December numbers were released, there were signs of optimism in Sumter's unemployment rate report despite its slight increase. It's hard to say the same about the January numbers. Details in the report.

The Sumter County unemployment rate jumped nearly a full point in January, as various negative factors pushed the local economic figure higher. According to the South Carolina Department of Employm…

03/14/2017
Former Sumter mayor Steeve Creech lambastes Sumter School District trustees

We hope that you'll want to read our full story on the latest Sumter School District meeting (posted on our page, as well), but recognize several of you just want to see former Sumter mayor Steve Creech's comments to the board. Here ya go.

Former Sumter mayor Steve Creech addresses members of the Sumter School District Board of Trustees during their monthly board meeting on Mar. 13, 2017, sayin...

The Sumter School District met for nearly seven hours, well past midnight Tuesday morning. After hearing some confusing ...
03/14/2017
Sumter School District trustees frustrated with financial reports; public, former mayor frustrated with board

The Sumter School District met for nearly seven hours, well past midnight Tuesday morning. After hearing some confusing financial reports, some worrisome reports, and a tongue lashing from several upset members of the public, including a former mayor, little action was taken. Details of many of the issues discussed, however, including a link to video of Steve Creech's comments, included in the post.

Attempts to receive clarity in several financial reports seem to only cause more confusion and consternation among several members of the Sumter School District Board of Trustees during their meeti…

A total of TEN candidates will compete for the SC House District 70 seat in the upcoming special election, including thr...
03/13/2017
Nine Democrats, One Republican seeking SC House 70 seat

A total of TEN candidates will compete for the SC House District 70 seat in the upcoming special election, including three from Sumter County. A list of the candidates, upcoming polling dates, and a link to determine whether or not you live in the district, included in the post.

A total of 10 candidates have offered up their names to seek the South Carolina House of Representatives District 70 seat in the upcoming special election, including three candidates from Sumter Co…

A 20-year-old Sumter man is dead and his teen-aged girlfriend has been charged with murder.  Details in the post.
03/10/2017
Sumter female teenager charged with murder of boyfriend

A 20-year-old Sumter man is dead and his teen-aged girlfriend has been charged with murder. Details in the post.

A 21-year-old Sumter man is dead and he his teen-aged girlfriend has been charged with murder after his stabbing death Friday morning. Anastasia Brejean Singleton, 19, of Rolling Creek Drive in Sum…

Ongoing financial discussions will be the focus of Monday's trustees meeting for Sumter School District.  A look at the ...
03/10/2017
Financial discussions front and center for Monday’s Sumter School District board meeting

Ongoing financial discussions will be the focus of Monday's trustees meeting for Sumter School District. A look at the agenda, an overview of the issues leading to the board's discussions, the location of the meeting, and how you can participate, included in the post.

A series of updates regarding the various finances of the Sumter School District are expected to be presented to the district’s board of trustees when they meet Monday night at Mayewood Middle Scho…

Roughly two weeks after Sumter County deputies stopped a Florida man with a large amount of heroin on I-95, they stop an...
03/09/2017
Another I-95 drug bust in Sumter County yields more than $12K in cocaine

Roughly two weeks after Sumter County deputies stopped a Florida man with a large amount of heroin on I-95, they stop another Florida man with a large amount of cocaine. Details in the post.

A 35-year-old Florida man was allegedly found to have more than $12,000 in cocaine in his possession during a Wednesday traffic stop along the portion of Interstate 95 in Sumter County. The arrest …

Halfway through the filing period, and four Richland County Democrats have entered the state House District 70 special e...
03/08/2017
Four Richland Democrats have filed so far for SC House 70 race, filing closes Monday

Halfway through the filing period, and four Richland County Democrats have entered the state House District 70 special election to replace the late Joe Neal. Who the candidates are, the area they're looking to represent, and why Sumter County could have a larger-than-normal influence on the race, included in the post.

Halfway through the ten-day filing period for the upcoming special election for South Carolina State House District 70, and four Richland County area Democrats have officially declared their intent…

The state Department of Consumer Affairs has released their 2016 Scam Report, indicating March is one of the busiest mon...
03/08/2017
Reported phone scams cost South Carolinians $660K last year, with March one of the most active months

The state Department of Consumer Affairs has released their 2016 Scam Report, indicating March is one of the busiest months for phone-based fraudulent activity. Recent statistics, as well as links on how to respond, and report, this type of activity included in the link.

More than $660,000 was reported stolen from South Carolinians by scam artists over the phone last year, and the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs are advising state residents to be awar…

Tuesday night, Sumter City Council members were told the potential price of a downtown parking garage being constructed ...
03/08/2017
Downtown hotel parking garage could now cost Sumter taxpayers more than $4.8 million

Tuesday night, Sumter City Council members were told the potential price of a downtown parking garage being constructed to support a privately-held hotel could now be more than $4.8 million. Details in the post.

The cost of the public downtown garage under construction could now reach more than $4.8 million, Sumter City Council members discovered during their meeting Tuesday night. Designed specifically to…

A fundraising banquet for the Sumter County Sheriff's Office Boys & Girls Youth Conference is set for later this month. ...
03/07/2017
Fundraising banquet set for Boys to Men and Girls to Women Youth Conferences

A fundraising banquet for the Sumter County Sheriff's Office Boys & Girls Youth Conference is set for later this month. Details on how you can participate included in the post.

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Boys and Girls Youth, Incorporated has scheduled its first fundraising banquet for Friday, March 31, at 7 p.m. This event will be held at The Imperial Restaurant,…

The first day of school is always exciting, but efforts are being made to make sure next year's first day in the Sumter ...
03/07/2017
To avoid eclipse, Sumter School District to start with half day next school year

The first day of school is always exciting, but efforts are being made to make sure next year's first day in the Sumter School District isn't TOO exciting. Details in the post.

At least one potential crisis for the Sumter School District appears to have been diverted well ahead of time. In our last post of 2016, we pointed out that the sun and the moon were conspiring to …

An upcoming comic art class at the Sumter County Gallery of Art is just one of the ways Sumter has been embracing the ge...
03/06/2017
Upcoming comic art class at Sumter County Gallery just part of local interest in the genre

An upcoming comic art class at the Sumter County Gallery of Art is just one of the ways Sumter has been embracing the genre. Details on how to enroll in the class, or participate in Sumter's upcoming Comic Con, included in the link.

While comic books, and the heroes and villains living within them, have seen their popularity oscillate over the decades, there’s no question they’re in the midst of one of their most culturally in…

DROWNING UPDATE: The victim in Wednesday night's tragedy involving a chase with law enforcement has been identified.  De...
03/02/2017
DROWNING UPDATE: Victim identified, investigation continuing

DROWNING UPDATE: The victim in Wednesday night's tragedy involving a chase with law enforcement has been identified. Details, including the possible motive for why the victim fled officers, included in the post.

While the identity of the man who drowned in a man-made pond near U.S. 15 South has been made public, authorities are still trying to determine what caused the tragic events Wednesday night. Sumter…

MURDER SUSPECT UPDATE:  The man wanted in connection with the September shooting death of a Sumter teenager has been arr...
03/02/2017
MURDER SUSPECT UPDATE: McNeil arrested in Clarendon County

MURDER SUSPECT UPDATE: The man wanted in connection with the September shooting death of a Sumter teenager has been arrested. Details in the post.

Assad Jamal McNeil, the 24-year-old Rembert man wanted on murder charges in connection with the September shooting death of a Sumter teenager, was arrested Wednesday night in Clarendon County. Depu…

BREAKING NEWS: One man is dead after drowning in a pond off of Christine Drive trying to elude capture by the Sumter Cou...
03/02/2017
Man drowns in pond off of 15 South attempting to elude law enforcement

BREAKING NEWS: One man is dead after drowning in a pond off of Christine Drive trying to elude capture by the Sumter County Sheriff's Office. Details in the post.

One man is dead having drowned in a pond near U.S. 15 South after attempting to avoid Sumter County Sheriff’s Office deputies Wednesday night. Authorities have not released the identity of the dece…

03/02/2017

BREAKING NEWS| One man is dead after drowning in a pond near 15 South after fleeing from law enforcent. Details coming.

Sumter’s most famous athlete has earned another accolade.  Congratulations to Bobby Richardson for being named to the Na...
03/01/2017
Sumter’s Richardson named to National High School Hall of Fame

Sumter’s most famous athlete has earned another accolade. Congratulations to Bobby Richardson for being named to the National High School Hall of Fame! Details in the post.

Sumter native Bobby Richardson is one of only four athletes nationwide to be named to the National High School Hall of Fame Class of 2017, the National Federation of State High School Associations …

Deputies have expanded the search are for missing Sumter County resident Barbara Nave, Included in the post are how inve...
03/01/2017
Deputies expand search area for missing elderly Sumter County woman

Deputies have expanded the search are for missing Sumter County resident Barbara Nave, Included in the post are how investigators are continuing to look for Nave, now three weeks since her disappearance, as well as descriptions and contact information for how you can help if you spot her or believe you know her whereabouts.

Deputies with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office are once again conducting extensive ground searches in the general vicinity of Barbara Nave’s residence as part of their investigation into the disa…

Construction for the downtown parking garage designed to support a hotel development is underway, closing one of the cit...
03/01/2017
Downtown parking garage, hotel construction underway

Construction for the downtown parking garage designed to support a hotel development is underway, closing one of the city's parking lots. Details on the project, and alternate places to park downtown, included in the post.

Construction is underway on the publicly-financed downtown parking garage designed to support the proposed multi-floor hotel facing the Sumter Opera House. Both the parking garage and the hotel it’…

A 30-minute meeting discussing budget surpluses and potential new jobs.  Details on Sumter County Council's Tuesday meet...
03/01/2017
Sumter County Council discusses “Project Volcano” as county coffers continue to swell

A 30-minute meeting discussing budget surpluses and potential new jobs. Details on Sumter County Council's Tuesday meeting full of positive developments included in the post.

The financial picture for Sumter County government continued to improve in January, as the county’s surplus for the 2016-17 fiscal year so far grew to more than $6.7 million, members of the Sumter …

Compass Restaurant business owner charged with arson for July fire.  Details in the post.
02/28/2017
Compass Restaurant owner charged with burning down business for insurance

Compass Restaurant business owner charged with arson for July fire. Details in the post.

The owner of the former Compass Restaurant, which was consumed in a fire back in July, has been charged with intentionally setting the blaze to collect insurance money. Ronald Clifton Cantey, 57, o…

For the Sumter School District Board of Trustees meeting Monday night, there were accusations of more missing money and ...
02/28/2017
Accusations of more missing money and trustee improprieties result in chaotic Sumter School District Board meeting

For the Sumter School District Board of Trustees meeting Monday night, there were accusations of more missing money and inappropriate spending and an outburst from the crowd forcing the meeting to be temporarily placed in recess. Oh, and barnyard chickens. Details in the post.

Accusations of $4 million missing from the capital fund, discussions about chicken gifts, shouts from the crowd prompting a temporary recess, and changes to when teachers will be offered contracts …

02/28/2017
SSD Trustee Michalik comments triggers crowd outrage forcing recess

Saying she has never received any favors from Superintendent Dr. Frank Baker, other than a gift of chickens, trustee Karen Michalik attacked detractors in comments during school board meeting, prompting shouting and outrage from audience members, forcing Chairman Daryl McGhaney to call for a recess.

Sumter School District Board of Trustees Karen Michalik, defending her credibility after recent reports questioning her ties to Superintendent Dr. Frank Bake...

A Rembert man has been declared armed and dangerous and is sought on murder charges for the shooting death of a Sumter t...
02/27/2017
Murder warrant issued for Rembert man in shooting death of Sumter teen

A Rembert man has been declared armed and dangerous and is sought on murder charges for the shooting death of a Sumter teenager back in September. Details, and what to do if you spot the suspect, included in the post.

An arrest warrant for a 24-year-old Rembert man has been issued by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office for the September 2016 Wedgefield shooting death of a Sumter teenager. Assad Jamal McNeil faces…

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Many, many thanks to Sumter County utility company, they restored power to several hundred grateful people here in Dahlonega, GA, their efforts were very much appreciated. Jacque Hoffman
what updates we are in August and nothing whats going on