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Candidates for office shouldn't be seeking to become richer

I am writing to inform I attended the Sumter County Democratic Party Breakfast on May 26 on Broad Street, Sumter. This was an opportunity for me to listen and meet those who are … more

Trump should modify tariffs to avoid chaos worldwide

Dear President Trump, I have a suggestion for you. I request you modify the 25 percent tariff on steel and the 10 percent tariff on aluminum. The threat of a worldwide trade war with … more

Sumter residents are fortunate to live here

Aren't we fortunate to live in such a good, caring town? The articles in The Sumter Item recently remind me of this. Sheriff Dennis and his team working with the summer Boys & Girls Club to help them … more

Thank you to Robert Jones for treating customers like family

On Tuesday, May 1, my almost 70-year-old sister with two young grandchildren in her car ran over the sharp edge of a curb and got a flat tire. She pulled into a parking lot off Pinewood Road and called me in a panic for help. I was in Savannah on … more

Baker has worked hard to serve his district

On June 12, Sumter County voters go to vote for various candidates for office. I would encourage you to consider voting for our son, Artie Baker. He is running for re-election for what would be his 20th … more

Sumter School district needs mill increase to improve our schools

Education is the key to economic success, and a good education does not come without the support of the entire community. I have made it my priority to do all I can to support and improve Sumter … more

Codes enforcement goes a long way to keeping a city beautiful

I recently returned from a trip to my hometown of Delray Beach, Florida. While there, I decided to drive around some of the old areas in the hood where I hung out as a teenager. To my surprise, I … more

Washington needs to stop tearing country apart, keep its promises

Our country is embroiled in many horrible situations, and our paid congressmen and representatives continue to spend valuable time on the "Russian collusion" in our elections. Where is the good we … more

Story reached those who could benefit from group

Thank you so much for your story from this past Friday on our recovery group, Celebrate Recovery. The Sumter Item can reach people that would not normally be aware of this group. By doing the … more

McCain has stellar record of public service, leadership

On Election Day, June 12, Sumter County will affirm or replace incumbents. I am convinced that a stellar record of public service outweighs political promises and platitudes. In the race for … more

People shouldn't be fined by Code Enforcement for others' littering

Upon my return home from another one of my out-of-state trips, I was informed by my husband that the Code Enforcement officers had visited my home to charge me a $500 fine or … more

Public invited to Thomas Sumter Day celebration

On behalf of the Sumter County Historical Society and our President Jack Fudger, I would like to extend an invitation to everyone from Sumter County and throughout the area to the Thomas Sumter Day … more

Thank you to those who made 1912 Bed and Breakfast event a success

On behalf of the Sumter Main Street Society, thank you to all the people who attended our Open House at the new 1912 Bed and Breakfast on Friday, May 18. Additional thanks go to … more

Church has asked for paved road too long

Church has asked for paved road too long For the past 25+ years we the members of Triumph Church at 1285 Pearson Road have been pleading with Clarendon County to pave this muddy road. The county always has given many excuses why they were not … more

DNR should restock lake and be ashamed to charge for fishing licenses

Santee Lake Marion is dead! I just got back from a few days at my lake house on Polly's Creek. I fished around the piers and trees with crickets and never got a bite. One … more

Democratic party has stooped to bullying Republicans

We now have a member of the U.S. Congress openly calling for the harassment and stalking of the president and anyone else that might be associated with him. We have Democrats not only … more

School district is in state of discombobulation

Dear Sumter County Council members: Mr. Chris Griner, Sumter School District's former chief financial officer, reported in the district's April 30, 2018, Spring Bond Projects an extensive list … more

Baker helped save Sumter restaurant

As the June Republican primary election for the Sumter County Council District 2 seat is just around the corner, I thought of a story I wanted to share. My father, retired Air Force, has been in the … more

Is there a 2nd connection between Tuskegee Airmen and Shaw?

The artist rendition for Veterans Park depicted in this year's Memorial Day Celebration Program shows a P-47 "Razorback" painted in the colors of the famous Tuskegee Airmen … more

Citizen questions qualifications of candidate for coroner

As a concerned citizen of Clarendon County, I don't understand why the Clarendon County Democratic Party continues to keep an unqualified candidate on the ballot for coroner. I went online to check the candidate's affidavit that was filled out … more
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