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Big turnout

Nearly 75,000 attendees from all over the nation were expected to come out to the 75th Annual Iris Festival held at the Swan Lake Gardens Friday, Saturday and Sunday. "We have people from as far away as New York state and Alabama come out for the …

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Tax break for retired military

A bill making its way through the state legislature that would reduce taxes on retired military personnel has passed the House of Representatives and is in the Senate Finance Committee. The bill, which was introduced in mid-January, was approved …
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Sheriff's Office nabs shooting, home invasion suspect

Sumter County Sheriff's Office arrested and charged Dawayne Akeem Wells on Friday with multiple violent crimes for his alleged involvement in a home invasion and shooting incident that left two men seriously wounded. The incident occurred earlier …

ATM stolen from SAFE

Police are looking for a pickup seen on surveillance video after a stand-alone ATM was stolen from its location on Wesmark Boulevard early Thursday morning. Officers with Sumter Police Department were responding to an alarm call at about 4:15 …
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JUANITA A. ALSBROOK

Juanita "Nita" Avinger Alsbrook, age 99, beloved wife of the late James "Milton" Alsbrook, died on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at her residence. Born in Anderson, she was the daughter of the late Harvey …

ALICE J.L. LOCHER

Alice June Laing Locher, age 63, beloved wife of 41 years to Clyde D. Locher, Jr., died on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at her residence. Born in Cuyahoga, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late …
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Dodge City ends USCS' run in JUCO World Series

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The University of South Carolina Sumter baseball team bowed out of the Junior College World Series on Sunday, falling 23-11 to Dodge City (Kan.) in an elimination game at Suplizio Field. The Fire Ants (43-21) finished 0-and-2 in their first trip to Grand Junction, Colo., after losing to Iowa Western 8-0 on Saturday.
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We're all going to miss Dr. Charles Propst

The Sumter Item archives are filled with stories about Dr. Charles "Pap" Propst. In 1939, for example, he was awarded the James A. Francis memorial swimming trophy as Sumter's outstanding swimmer of 1938. The caption of the accompanying …