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Tree seedlings still available at special pricing for S.C. landowners

COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Forestry Commission is encouraging landowners to place their tree seedling orders for winter planting while they are still available. ArborGen's Taylor Nursery in Edgefield County has … more

Thanksgiving Schedule: Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018

BANKS - All area banks and credit unions will be closed Thursday. GOVERNMENT - The following will be closed Thursday and Friday: state government offices; City of Sumter offices; Sumter County offices; Clarendon County offices; City of Manning … more

Take a photo with Santa Claus at FTC in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon

FROM STAFF REPORTS Santa Claus will again visit local FTC stores for the annual FTC Santa Portrait Days. Children (and parents) are invited to visit Santa and receive a free 4-by-6 photo courtesy of FTC, according to a news release. More … more

Town hall to be held in Sumter to discourage teen tobacco use

The issue of tobacco use is not yet finished, according to Sumter Behavioral Health Services, and Sumter County can do more to prevent the growing use of tobacco among teens starting with a town hall Dec. 11. Tobacco use remains the leading cause … more

Sumter's future business leaders join forces, hold inaugural FBLA event

When Torey Shannon arrived back at his alma mater, Sumter High School, in 2013 as a business education teacher, he inherited as club adviser a Future Business Leaders of America program with one member. Five years later, Shannon has an FBLA … more

Ring ready: Robinson Jr. holds boxing training at his Team Robinson MMA fitness facility

PHOTOS BY MICAH GREEN / THE SUMTER ITEM Above, Jerome Robinson Jr. trains DJ Neasman at his martial arts and fitness gym, Team Robinson MMA, on West Liberty Street this week. Robinson is one of The Sumter Item's 2018-19 Top 20 Young Professionals … more

Former Sumter School District employee indicted for embezzlement of $10K+ in school funds

A former Sumter School District employee accused last year in at least one anonymous letter of misusing funds has been charged by the state Grand Jury that is alleging public corruption. Charges … more

Sumter police offering thousands in cash rewards for 3 men

Cash rewards are being offered for information that leads to three men either suspected or wanted for questioning in separate cases in Sumter, including an ongoing murder investigation. The Sumter … more

Holiday proof your healthy eating plan

Many challenges are ahead with the holidays upon us. It's a great time for enjoying your favorite recipes or your family's traditional holiday meals that you may only get at this time of year. Yet, with limited time, less control over foods that … more

Looking for a holiday event? Look no further

The holiday season has begun, and here are a few events within a short drive of Sumter. To have your event included, please send your information to pressrelease@theitem.com. The Jingle Bell Market will be held Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 15-18, at The … more

Sumter Little Theatre announces auditions for 'Baskerville'

Auditions for Ken Ludwig's "Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery" will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24, and Saturday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m. in the Sumter Little Theatre classroom, 14 Mood Ave. The show combines mystery, melodrama and manic action to … more

The Citadel topic at Sumter County Genealogical Society

The Citadel, South Carolina's storied military college, will be the topic at 7:30 p.m. Monday, when Julian Frasier is the guest speaker for the Sumter County Genealogical Society. The meeting, open to the public, will be held at Swan Lake … more

Start a holiday tradition: Purchase, give a Sumter Keepsake ornament

FROM STAFF REPORTS Sumter Volunteers has announced its Sumter Keepsake ornament for 2018. The nonprofit organization has for many years presented an ornament each fall that celebrates the history, development and culture of Sumter. This year, … more

'American Pickers' returning to S.C., needs leads to treasures

Do you have a collection of historical, old or unique artifacts or antiques that need a new home? Meet Mike and Frank. Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and their team are returning to South Carolina in January to film episodes of their hit History channel … more

Downtown Sumter Christmas tree lighting program canceled

The annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony and ensuing holiday program at the Sumter County Courthouse has been canceled this year due to construction in the area. In past years, Sumter County Council sponsored a ceremony that included a … more

Revving the drive for social studies education: C-SPAN bus tour stops at R.E. Davis; school’s Lowe honored

iddle-school students typically have heard of Washington, D.C., and Donald Trump, but C-SPAN ... that's usually not on their radar. That made Tuesday's visit by the official C-SPAN bus from the Washington-based public affairs news network to R.E. … more

Lee County transportation group gives thanks to supporters

Lee County Transportation Services held its annual luncheon on Nov. 8 to give back some of the support the community and supporters give local transportation on a daily basis. The event was held on Nov. 8 at the Chappelle Park Recreation Center … more

Help less fortunate in Sumter have a joyful holiday season through donations

Lend someone a helping hand this holiday season. The following are just a few of the needs in our community. If your nonprofit organization would like to be included on this list, email needs to pressrelease@theitem.com. Pursuit to End … more

No Thanksgiving break for garbage collection in Sumter

The City of Sumter will be collecting garbage and recyclables on Thanksgiving Day. Residents are asked to have their roll cart and recycling bin at the curb by 7 a.m. for collection. For additional information, call the Public Services Complex at … more

Sumter's youngest leaders learn from county council

Sumter County Council voted on one matter Tuesday and received reports about projects that will benefit local youths and the community as a whole during its regular meeting Tuesday. Rezoning could lead to metal fabrication business Reading: … more
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