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New Sumter Economic Development building opens downtown

Downtown Sumter's newest, most modern-designed building is open for business, and the people who have set up shop within its walls are hoping that means all of Sumter County will welcome more business. Sumter Economic Development, a group made up … more

Help fill The Lord's Cupboard at Sumter United Ministries

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Lord's Cupboard at Sumter United Ministries, 36 Artillery Drive, is in need of the following: - Food - dry cereal (oatmeal, grits, farina, Cream of Wheat), powdered milk and long-shelf-life milk (1 and 2 percent), … more

Hamm: Now is a good time to consider consolidating Sumter schools

Saying she thinks it's a good time now to try to work through a sensitive issue and desiring to make the job of Sumter's next superintendent as attractive as possible, Interim Superintendent Debbie Hamm is moving forward with a school closure and … more

COLD CASE: 7 months and no word from Lee County's Tommy Brailey

Seven months after he was last seen celebrating a co-worker's birthday at a Sumter bar, the family of Tommy Brailey of Lee County is still seeking answers into his abrupt disappearance. Brailey, 52, was last seen by co-workers of Continental Tire … more

Family, friends hold vigil for missing Lee County man

Saturday was a day for many Americans to go green and gather in fields and bars to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The crowd of about 50 gathered in a field next to Brewer's Bar & Grill, but they were not celebrating. The colors they chose were … more

Small crowd mostly opposes Sumter School District consolidation proposal

A relatively small but boisterous crowd of community members mostly voiced their displeasure Thursday night with a district consolidation proposal that would close three low-enrollment schools in … more

Two more community sessions added for Sumter school consolidation proposal

Sumter School District has added two more Community Conversation Sessions to gather additional public input on the administration's draft consolidation proposal, which was unveiled Monday night. A district spokesperson released information … more

Brookdale veterans honored

PHOTOS BY ADRIENNE SARVIS / THE SUMTER ITEM Buddy Hauser, maintenance employee at Brookdale Senior Living Solutions Sumter, Wilson Hall Road, presents U.S. Army veteran James Amerson and U.S. Air … more

Active threat exercise held today at Shaw AFB

The 20th Fighter Wing and Sumter community police, fire and ambulatory services are scheduled to conduct an active threat exercise at the 20th Medical Group clinic, Shaw Air Force Base, on Friday. Base patrons can expect increased traffic, … more

Spring sights at Swan Lake

Sumter native Finney running for 3rd term as solicitor

Ernest "Chip" Finney III, Third Circuit solicitor, is running for re-election after serving two consecutive terms in office. A Sumter native, Finney, 61, has been a member of the South Carolina Bar since 1981 and has practiced law in the Midlands … more

Board OKs Warren Street bed and breakfast in Sumter

Sumter City-County Board of Zoning Appeals approved a special exception request to permit the operation of a bed and breakfast at 24 Warren St. The 5,622-square-foot Greek Revival-style mansion - also known as the Barnett house - with four … more

Drug costs make cancer battle more than 1 fight for Turbeville couple

William Driggers' cancer medications are so expensive - and vital to his survival - that he and his wife may have to sell his family farm to keep affording them. Even that may only give him another year and a half of covering costs, and still even … more

Sumter County Council approves special tax district to rebuild dam

Sumter County Council approved third and final reading of an ordinance to create a special tax district that will allow the residents of Boyle Pond to rebuild the dam after it was damaged during the 1,000-year flood in 2015. Prior to its vote, … more

Brigadier general to speak at fraternity event in Sumter

Brigadier Gen. Jonathan J. McColumn will be the keynote speaker for the second anniversary celebration of the Bishopville, Manning, Shaw Air Force Base Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity … more

Promoting tourism in Clarendon County

They aren't natives to Clarendon County, but George and Carole Summers have surely adopted the county as their home. Eat at a local restaurant, visit the library, drive around Manning, Summerton, Turbeville or Paxville, or even Google Clarendon … more

Hamm wants public's comments on Sumter schools proposal

Citing a need to get a proposal on the table for the public to comment on, Sumter School District's interim superintendent released her draft consolidation plan Monday to the school board before two independent consultants' studies are … more

900 Sumter students participate in National Walkout Day

About 900 students from Sumter School District's three high schools chose to participate in National Walkout Day on Wednesday with peaceful demonstrations at each school. The three schools have about 4,500 students enrolled. At each school, … more

Sumter School District driver charged after school bus loaded with kids goes into ditch

A Sumter School District bus driver has been charged with driving too fast for conditions after the bus - carrying 36 elementary and middle school children - went into a ditch on U.S. 378 about 3:10 p.m. on Monday. South Carolina Highway Patrol … more

Carbohydrates have 6 major functions

Some professionals blame carbohydrates for obesity and their related diseases, leading many dieters to think that carbohydrates are inherently bad for the body. However, this mindset contributes to a disordered eating pattern and may lead to poor … more
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