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Four Sumter brothers arrested in crackdown on illegal activity

In a joint effort, Sumter law enforcement agencies have arrested seven individuals in the past week for their suspected involvement in illegal drug activity and shooting incidents reported primarily … more

Patriot Hall hosts 2nd Christmas shopping event

At Christmas at Patriot Hall on Saturday, people could shop for Christmas gifts, listen to live Christmas music and take pictures with Santa and his elves. The event was held for the second year, and Sumter High School Chamber Orchestra and choir … more

'Headed in the right direction': Sumter leaders say Interim Superintendent Hamm put system on right path at 2nd-annual State of the District

Learning and community were two key themes highlighted Wednesday at Sumter School District's second-annual Leaders for Learning Partnership Breakfast held at Sumter First Church of the Nazarene on Patriot Parkway. Interim Superintendent Debbie … more

Back to Work program teaches Sumter adults skills to remove barriers to job offers

A low unemployment rate in South Carolina also comes with the ramification that employers often find it difficult to fill current vacancies or hire new people who are ready to work in expanding opportunities. Sumter's 3.9 percent unemployment … more

Trial to continue Monday for Florence man charged in 2015 killing

A Florence native accused of killing a supposed friend in 2015 is having his time in court without a jury after requesting a bench trial at Sumter County Judicial Center, according to county authorities. George Jacob Shine, 34, faces a murder … more

Hear Handel's 'Messiah' at Sumter's Trinity United Methodist Church on Sunday

Eleven years after their first collaboration that brought a live concert of "Messiah" to Sumter, Charles Haraway and Walter S. "Chuck" Wilson are again directing the Christmas part of Georg Frideric Handel's famous oratorio. The performance will … more

Two, including 14-year-old, charged in string of Sumter vehicle break-ins, third suspect at large

Local authorities have charged two people and are searching for a third suspect as officers investigate a series of vehicle break-ins in the city and county.Currently charged are a 14-year-old male … more

Adjusting diet can help you manage Rheumatoid Arthritis

Approximately 1 percent of the American population has been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Although women are two to three times more likely to get it than men, men tend to report more severe symptoms. While anyone can get it, even … more

Get in the spirit of the season with events in, near Sumter

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. While you are out viewing the holiday lights, don't forget to add the … more

Sumter Chapter of NAACP asks for school board to redraw attendance lines

The Sumter County Branch of the NAACP is requesting school attendance lines be redrawn to accommodate low-enrollment issues at rural schools in the county and for the Sumter School District Board of Trustees to consider reopening two recently closed … more

Dive into the paranormal or stop an evil doctor as an FBI agent in Lock, Clock and Peril Escape Rooms

If you're looking for something new and fun, yet challenging, to do in Sumter, then look no further than Lock, Clock and Peril Escape Rooms. Located at 5535-A Broad St., the escape room is owned by Paul and Tanya Foster, who are husband and wife. … more

Sumter women offer mystery, challenge in physical puzzle adventure

The escape room game has become popular in larger cities across the country, and now two local women have brought the phenomenon to Sumter. Erin Weekes and Sumer Jarvis have begun offering the physical game that requires participants to use logic … more

Interest meeting for Optimist Club will also cover scholarship options

Palmetto Optimist Club will host an interest meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the auditorium at Sumter High School, 2580 McCrays Mill Road, to introduce students to different scholarship options. Saturday is a good way for parents and … more

Sumter woman pleads guilty to insurance fraud

A Sumter woman was sentenced to 18 months of probation after she pleaded guilty to inflating a medical bill in a personal injury claim for a wreck that never happened. Kayla B. Payne, 26, entered a guilty plea on Dec. 5 for one count of making a … more

Gas station armed robber's ID sought by Sumter police

Sumter Police Department needs the public's help in identifying one of four suspects in a convenience store robbery last month. According to the department, the four men were recorded on surveillance footage robbing the Speedway store on Broad … more

Wilson Hall students present annual Christmas program

Wilson Hall first-grade students Charlie Coulter, Caroline Andrews, Riley Coker and Sims Matthews sing Billingsley's "Jolly Jingle Bells" during the annual Christmas music program. Held in the Nash Student Center, the program … more

Palmetto Health shares dangerous toys report for 2018

Palmetto Health Children's Hospital, in its role to help keep children safe in the community, recently shared the U.S. Public Interest Research Group's 33rd-annual Trouble in Toyland Report.Unfortunately, according to the report, dangerous or toxic … more

Children enjoy Breakfast with Santa at Sumter County Parks and Recreation on Saturday

Kids and their families were able to enjoy a nice breakfast on Saturday morning and take pictures with Santa during Breakfast with Santa at Sumter County Parks and Recreation. more

Mayesville Presbyterian Church presents Advent service open to public

The traditional service of Lessons and Carols will be presented at Mayesville Presbyterian Church at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Offered by the congregation each year, the service tells the Christmas story through music and Scripture readings. The church … more

43rd Lessons and Carols will be Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in Sumter

First Presbyterian Church invites the community to its 43rd Service of Lessons and Carols at 10:30 a.m. on the third Sunday of Advent, Dec. 16. The service traditionally comprises alternating music selections and Scripture readings to celebrate the … more
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