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Absentee ballots break the books in Sumter, across South Carolina

As voters in the Swan Lake and Folsom Park precincts waited in two separate lines to the door before and at 7 a.m. when polls opened Tuesday for Election Day, whispers and comments could be heard throughout the Willow Drive Elementary School halls … more

Norman leading Parnell for 5th District; Sumter, Lee vote opposite

A few hours after polls closed and most precincts were in, U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., was well-ahead in the state's 5th Congressional District against Sumter-native and Democratic nominee Archie Parnell. According to unofficial results, … more

Davis upsets Galiano for Sumter City Council Ward 5 seat

Bob Galiano, longtime incumbent of Sumter City Council Ward 5, will be passing on his seat to Colin Davis after the newcomer drew in more than 400 more votes than his seasoned opponent. Currently … more

Sumter's Smith handily beats first opponent since being elected to House

Though he faced his first opponent in 18 years, Rep. Murrell Smith, R-Sumter, will remain the representative of House District 67 for Sumter after receiving 82 percent of votes Tuesday. "I'm … more

Sumter races called; Baker, Ragin win at large school board seats, Davis upsets Galiano for City Council

With 94.83 percent of precincts reporting in Tuesday’s midterm general election in Sumter County, The Sumter Item is calling races for local seats. Republican incumbent Murrell Smith has won … more

ELECTION RESULTS: Midterm races affecting Sumter, Lee, Clarendon counties

U.S. House of Representatives, District 5 Michael Chandler (Constitution) Ralph W. Norman (R) Archie Parnell (D) U.S. House of Representatives, District 6 James E. Jim Clyburn … more

The latest on Election Day in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon counties with updated feeds

Here is the latest information on Election Day in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties, as well as issues that affect or may be of interest to readers taking place across the nation. Stay tuned here … more

WHAT TO WATCH: After turbulent campaign, it's up to voters

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tweetstorms and a trade war. Kanye in the Oval Office. Kavanaugh in the hearing room. President Donald Trump's presidency has been a wild, turbulent, two-year ride. Now … more

In Texas, Ted Cruz squares off with rising star O'Rourke

EL PASO, Texas — Beto O'Rourke has already used his once-longshot Texas Senate run to become a national Democratic phenomenon, shatter fundraising records and set off whispers that he could be … more

Trump-backed McMaster, Democrat Smith vie for SC governor

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The time has come for South Carolina voters to decide if they will give Gov. Henry McMaster a full term in the office he's held for nearly two years, as he goes head-to-head … more

Sumter City Council to consider purchase of garbage truck, loader at today's meeting

Sumter City Council will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday in City Council Chambers, fourth floor of Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider: - Second and final reading of an ordinance to annex 11.29 acres at 1495 Camden … more

Midterm Election 2018: What to bring, how to vote in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon counties

WHAT TO BRING Polls are open in South Carolina for the General Midterm Election from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Anyone in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to … more

Midterm Election 2018: List of precincts in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon counties

SUMTER COUNTY Rembert – Rembert Fire Station, 7045 Post Office St., Rembert, SC 29128 Horatio – Horatio Fire Station, 7720 Sumter Landing Road, Horatio, SC 29062 Hillcrest … more

Clyburn reverses on Parnell Monday night fish fry in Sumter

After initially planning to appear at the final campaign event tonight in Sumter of Archie Parnell, Rep. Jim Clyburn will not be in attendance. A news release from the Parnell team last week said … more

SUATS to consider transportation plans Monday

Sumter Urban Area Transportation Study Policy Committee will meet at 3 p.m. Monday in Sumter County Council Chambers, third floor of Sumter County Administration Building, 13 E. Canal St., to consider approval of an update to Sumter's long-range … more

Norman vs. Parnell, round 2

The race for the state's 5th Congressional District has become somewhat of a typical Congressional battle in South Carolina - an incumbent Republican battling a Democrat who pledges to work across the aisle. To continue the state's steady course … more

Sumter school board candidate apologizes for using gay slur at opponent

A Sumter School District Board of Trustees candidate is being asked by state Democratic officials to apologize after a recording revealed her calling a fellow candidate a gay slur. Barbara Bowman, who is seeking the Area 1 Sumter School District … more

Absentee voting deadline nearing in Sumter

After reports of some voters in Sumter not being able to vote by absentee ballot for the upcoming Nov. 6 general election, officials said the obstacles are fixable but that time is running out. The Sumter Item received several questions about … more

Sumter County Council approves funding for Turkey Creek demo project

Sumter County Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution that will supply funding to demolish dilapidated houses in the Turkey Creek area, located behind the Markette on U.S. 15 South, during its meeting on Tuesday. Turkey Creek area gets … more

Commander's Breakfast

PHOTO PROVIDED BY SUMTER COUNTY GOVERNMENT Col. Derek O'Malley, 20th Fighter Wing commander at Shaw Air Force Base, was the keynote speaker for the annual Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce Commander's Breakfast on Wednesday at The O'Donnell … more
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