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Clarendon School Districts 1, 3 may consolidate services

A new state law is requiring 13 small school districts, including two in Clarendon County, to consolidate services in some fashion if they aren't doing so already with neighboring districts. Becky Bean with the South Carolina School Boards … more

FEMA awards more than $4M for Hurricane Irma recovery

South Carolina will receive more than $4 million in federal funding for Hurricane Irma recovery efforts. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced Monday the South Carolina Office of the Adjutant General was awarded a grant for … more

Sumter DHEC, DSS bomb threat suspect ID'd, charged

After a second bomb threat in three days to the same public facility on Friday morning, police arrested and charged a Sumter man late Friday. In a Saturday news release, the Sumter Police Department said it collected information leading to the … more

Sumter deputies write e-tickets during traffic campaign

Sumter County Sheriff's Office, along with other local, neighboring and state law enforcement agencies, issued approximately $40,000 in fines during the second Saturday traffic violation saturation campaign to correct poor driving habits and crack … more

Sumter Habitat for Humanity needs veteran

A nonprofit that builds homes for low-income families and residents is planning to build its first house specifically for a veteran, and the group needs to find the future homeowner after the prospective family withdrew from the program. Sumter … more

From space to Sumter: Students learn chemical mix can help plants grow in space

"It did. It really did," said Alice Drive Middle School student Alana Garrick. "Yay," said fellow rising seventh-grader Mary Brooke Mooneyham. That's after the two learned on Friday in a special ceremony at the school that sodium polyacrylate … more

Sumter really is enjoying more chicken than last year

Sumter's Chick-fil-A franchise owner Scott Richardson has seen an increase in revenue at both of his locations this year, and customers have seen more faces at the drive-thru window and behind the counter. Sales are up 15 to 20 percent this year … more

Records show Sumter deputy chief's suspensions, positive marks

The personnel file of Sumter Police Department's deputy chief Alvin Holston, who was arrested in May, shows a record of celebrated work and a few disciplinary reports. The Sumter Item obtained Holston's personnel file from the City of Sumter … more

Men to greet students at Sumter schools through United Way program

By DANNY KELLY danny@theitem.com The United Way Diamonds Men's Day Wednesday program has teamed up with Sumter School District to help welcome children back to school with a project called Men2School, in which men will greet children when they … more

Former Clarendon sheriff was friend to many, had a servant’s heart

MANNING - Loving husband and father, devoted brother, true friend, selfless servant, peacemaker and "a cop's cop" were just a few of the monikers those close to former Clarendon County Sheriff Randy … more

Why I Serve: Senior airman was 1st female to serve in her military-centered family

Why I Serve, presented by With These Hands Natural Gourmet Foods, is a monthly series that brings you a glimpse into the life of a different military service member stationed at Shaw Air Force Base. Name: Senior Airman Cassidy … more

Sumter Rotary Club names Rotarian of the Year

Shelly Lundberg, center, received The Sumter Rotary Club Rotarian of the Year Award on Monday. She is joined by club president Johnathan Zimpleman, right, and former two-time recipient Charles "Chuck" Fienning. The award is presented to those … more

Third Army honors 30K fallen soldiers with wreath-laying ceremony at Shaw Air Force Base

Tens of thousands of American men and women have given the ultimate sacrifice to ensure their nation remains free, and on Friday, every one of them was honored. U.S. Army Central/Third Army, which is headquartered at Shaw Air Force Base, held a … more

Guastella assumes command of AFCENT in historic ceremony 1st change of command held at command's forward headquarters in Qatar

By U.S. Air Forces Central Command Public Affairs AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar - Lt. Gen. Joseph T. Guastella Jr. assumed command of U.S. Air Forces Central Command from Lt. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian during a ceremony on Aug. 30. U.S. Army Gen. … more

Shaw evacuating its F-16s from Sumter ahead of Hurricane Florence

  Shaw Air Force Base is moving its fleet of F-16s away from base to avoid the path of Hurricane Florence. Col. Derek J. O’Malley, commander of the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw in … more

Board to hold special called meeting about Sumter superintendent search

Sumter School District’s Board of Trustees will have a special called meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at the district office, 1345 Wilson Hall Road. A district spokeswoman distributed an agenda … more

Former Sumter resident met McCain as POW in Vietnam War

By DANNY KELLY danny@theitem.com Many are mourning the death of the late Sen. John McCain after he died of brain cancer on Aug. 25, including one former Sumterite who knew him personally as they were prisoners of war together. McCain may be … more

Follow these tips for well water and food safety during Hurricane Florence

With possible flooding in the path of Hurricane Florence, Clemson Extension is advising residents who rely on well water to protect that water source, even if they plan to evacuate.Clemson Extension … more

ELECTION 2018: Primary runoff election results for Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties

Here are the results for the races affect  Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties: Governor (Republican) Henry McMaster (incumbent):  51.64% | 17,567 votes John Warren: 48.36% | 16,449 … more

Trump-backed McMaster wins South Carolina governor primary

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — One of Donald Trump's earliest and strongest supporters, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, survived an unusually tough challenge from a political newcomer on Tuesday, … more
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