Election 2020 coverage

Election 2020 -- Candidate Q&A: Lee County School Board District 7

This year's race for Lee County School Board District 7 features two Democratic candidates: challengers Marcia Henry and Lucretia Mack. The incumbent is not running. There is no opposition in November. District 7 represents the western portion …
BLACKWELL

Candidate Q&A - Clarendon County coroner

This year’s race for coroner of Clarendon County features two people in the Democratic primary: incumbent Coroner Bucky Mock and challenger Jacqueline Blackwell. All registered voters who …
SHAW

Businessman, former mayor's nephew announces Sumter City Council bid

A life-long Sumterite and businessman says he hopes it's his personal growth in race relations and love for community that will move people to vote him onto a presumably open Sumter City Council seat. Gifford Shaw spoke earlier this week on his …

Election 2020: Candidate Q&A, Lee County School Board District 3

This year's race for Lee County School Board District 3 features two Democratic candidates: incumbent Queenie Boyd and challenger Joshua Caughman. There is no opposition in November. District 3 is mainly the Bishopville area. Anyone who lives in …

Election 2020: Candidate Q&A -- Sumter County Council District 1

This year's race for the Sumter County Council District 1 seat features three people: incumbent Councilman Chris Sumpter and challengers Caleb Mack Kershaw Jr. and Carlton B. Washington. District 1 is in the west/northwest region of Sumter …

S.C. Legislature passes resolution to let state keep spending

COLUMBIA - The South Carolina General Assembly finally passed a resolution Tuesday to allow state government to keep spending after the fiscal year ends as lawmakers try to get a handle on the damage to the economy done by the …

Election 2020 -- Candidate Q&A: State Senate District 29

This year's primary race for the District 29 seat in the state Senate features two people: Republicans J.D. Chaplin and Ronald Reese Page. District 29 in the state Senate covers much of Darlington, Lee and Marlboro counties and some of …

Via video hearing, S.C. court mulls absentee voting expansion

COLUMBIA (AP) - At its first-ever oral argument via teleconference, the South Carolina Supreme Court heard concerns about potential difficulties of voting in this year's elections due to the coronavirus outbreak, as social distancing recommendations …
Voters stand in line at the Sumter Voter Registration Office on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, the last day of in-person absentee voting in South Carolina during that election. Absentee voting for South Carolina's June 9 primaries began Monday.

Absentee voting begins in Sumter for June primaries

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Election 2020: Candidate Q&A -- U.S. House of Representatives District 5

This year's race for the U.S. House of Representatives District 5 seat features two people: Moe Brown, a former wide receiver for the University of South Carolina, and Sidney Moore, a retired businessman and customer service representative. The …

Election 2020 -- Candidate Q&A: Sumter County Council District 5

This year's race for the Sumter County Council District 5 seat features two people: the incumbent, Councilwoman Vivian Fleming-McGhaney, and the challenger, Kenny Rose, a former educator and active …

June 9 primaries to be held as scheduled

CLARENDON COUNTY - The South Carolina Election Commission announced on Wednesday the June 9 primaries will be held as scheduled. The commission also urges qualified voters to vote absentee. Absentee balloting opens Monday, and there are a …

Election 2020 -- Candidate Q&A: Sumter County Coroner

With an increase in homicides last year and this year's numbers already approaching last year's total, the Sumter County Coroner's Office has been busy. This year's race features two people on the Democratic ticket, incumbent Coroner Robbie …
SANDERS

Sanders drops 2020 bid, leaving Biden as likely nominee

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders, who saw his once strong lead in the Democratic primary evaporate as the party's establishment lined swiftly up behind rival Joe Biden, ended his …

Filing opens Monday for 2020 election and ends March 30

The field of prospective candidates running for a host of local, state and national seats affecting Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties will begin to look clearer starting Monday. Filing opens at noon on March 16 for political offices ranging from …
Obituaries
EDWARD HOLMES LAWS Edward Holmes Laws, 79, died on Thursday, May 28, 2020, at the home of his sister, Shirley Johnson, 619 Boulevard Road. He was a son of the late William Holmes II and Marie Laws Rush. The family will receive friends at the residence, 619 …
SANDY WILSON Sandy Wilson, 82, husband of Charlie Brye Wilson, died on Friday, May 29, 2020, at National Health Care of Sumter. Born on Sept. 25, 1937, in Sumter, he was a son of the late Frank and Lugina Dais Wilson. The family is requesting no visitors …
LEOTA PACK Leota Pack died on Friday, May 29, 2020, at her residence. Arrangements will be announced by Bullock Funeral Home.