|Owner||Osteen Publishing Co.|
|Editor||Tonyia McGirt (Managing Editor)|
|Founded||Oct. 15, 1894|
|Headquarters||20 N. Magnolia St., Sumter, SC, United States|
The paper, then called The Sumter Daily Item, was first published on October 15, 1894, by Hubert Graham Osteen. It previously been operated as The Watchmen and Southron (a merger of Sumter Watchman and True Southron). Osteen served as the paper's editor and publisher until his retirement in 1946.
In 2008, the paper changed its Monday edition to a tabloid format before abandoning the Monday edition altogether. However, the paper's website is updated each Monday, with news and obituaries.
The paper currently covers Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties, with a dedicated bureau located in Manning which publishes a weekly section, "The Clarendon Sun," each Tuesday. Lakeside, magazine covering the Sumter, Clarendon, Orangeburg, Berkeley and Calhoun County areas of Lake Marion is also published six times a year.
Current writers include:
- Jade Anderson
- Robert J. Baker, Clarendon
- Braden Bunch
- Dennis Brunson
- Michael Christopher, Sports Writer
- Rob Cottingham
- Corey Davis
- Justin Driggers, Sports Writer
- Nick McCormac