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High winds expected Thursday in Sumter from Hurricane Michael

Sumterites and South Carolinians watched Hurricane Michael batter the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday as the storm made landfall as a Category 4 and threatened, yet again, the area with tropical storm-force winds. Sumter, Lee, Clarendon and most … 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

Sumter races called; Baker, Ragin win at large school board seats, Davis upsets Galiano for City Council

With 94.83 percent of precincts reporting in Tuesday’s midterm general election in Sumter County, The Sumter Item is calling races for local seats. Republican incumbent Murrell Smith has won … more

Sons of the American Revolution inducts new members at ceremony in Sumter

PHOTO BY GLENN GIVENS / SPECIAL TO THE SUMTER ITEM The Colonel Matthew Singleton Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution recently inducted five new members at a ceremony in Sumter. From left are, front row - Chapter President Frank Brown, … more

Former Lakewood, Furman principal takes Sumter School Board's District 2

In a race that came down to two former educators in Sumter School District 2, Sherril Ray defeated John Michalik and Charles M. Smith with 40.44 percent of the vote. “I’m very honored … more

Sumter's Millwood Elementary students, staff share what they're thankful for

We asked Millwood Elementary School students and staff what they are most thankful for this year and their favorite holiday food and wanted to share their answers with our readers. Happy Thanksgiving. Paisley Osteen, kindergarten food: … more

Ammunition training being conducted at Poinsett Range through Dec. 14

Residents in Sumter and who are near Poinsett Range may be hearing increased noise and ammunition training today until 2 p.m. from prepared military operations. An element of U.S. Army Special … more

Sumter's Smith handily beats first opponent since being elected to House

Though he faced his first opponent in 18 years, Rep. Murrell Smith, R-Sumter, will remain the representative of House District 67 for Sumter after receiving 82 percent of votes Tuesday. "I'm … more

Man sought in city death investigation arrested by Sumter County authorities for other charges

A man wanted in connection to a death investigation in the city was arrested by county authorities on Wednesday for other charges.Carter W. Strother, 70, is charged with two counts of stalking and … more

Pedestrian killed in Lee County collision

South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a Lee County fatality after a 62-year-old woman was struck and killed by a vehicle while walking in a roadway on Sunday evening. SCHP Lance Cpl. David Jones said the pedestrian - identified as Sheila … more

Restaurant news: Food grades in Sumter County

Following are the food grades for Sumter businesses inspected by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control in the last 10 days. A "C" grade is failing. For detailed reports, visit www.dhec.com. Burger King #1122, 1132 … more

2nd suspect in shooting of Sumter teenager surrenders

A second suspect in an attempted murder from October turned himself in Saturday to authorities at the Sumter County Sheriff's Office. Aqueme Demond Randolph, 31, of 130 No More Road, surrendered without incident, according to a sheriff's office … more

Lung cancer, heart calcium screenings available at Palmetto Health Tuomey

Palmetto Health Tuomey's Radiology team is offering two new health screenings for people 50 and over: a cardiac calcium scoring test and a low-dose lung cancer screening for early detection. "We look forward to offering these to the … more

'Petticoat Affair' topic at Sumter Genealogical Society meeting

Historian and University of South Carolina Professor Emerita Patricia McNeely returns Monday to address the Sumter County Genealogical Society and guests on the topic "Andrew Jackson, John C. Calhoun and the Petticoat Affair," also the title of her … more

Sumter City Council to consider final reading of burn ordinance

Sumter City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in City County Chambers, fourth floor of Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider: - Second and final reading of an ordinance related to the recovery of collection costs as part of … more

Sumter County coroner identifies man found in stream as 31-year-old who was reported missing

*UPDATE 2:35 p.m.: The deceased individual found in a waterway near Dicks and Rast streets Wednesday morning has been identified as Chester "Rock" Stavis who was reported missing two days … more

Brookdale residents celebrate with little visitors

Brookdale Sumter Senior Living residents hand out candy to little princesses, space explorers and other characters on Halloween at the facility. PHOTOS PROVIDED more

Sumter's youngest school board candidate wins District 1 seat

Residents in Sumter School Board's District 1 knew they would have a new neighbor representing them on the Board of Trustees after Tuesday's election, and now they know it will likely be Brian … more

Judge denies bond for man charged with shooting Sumter teen

Bond for Byron Lyons was denied during a first appearance hearing at Sumter County Detention Center on Friday in connection with the shooting of a teen earlier this week. At the request of Sumter County investigators, Magistrate Judge Larry … more

The latest: Tropical Storm Michael making its mark in Sumter (PHOTOS)

Sumter residents woke Thursday morning to rain and increasing wind as what is now Tropical Storm Michael heads into South Carolina. Here is the latest information you need to know about the storm and … more
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