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USC Sumter students celebrate graduation

USC Sumter saw a record 114 students walk across the stage Wednesday morning at Patriot Hall during its 2018 commencement ceremony. Chris McKinney, executive director of Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments, addressed the graduates, their … more

Sumter's Summer of Caring 2018 kicks off this week

Sumterites are encouraged to make monetary donations to or volunteer with a local nonprofit ministry agency to truly make the next few months a "Summer of Caring." This is the fifth-straight summer The Sumter Item has partnered with Sumter United … more

Stitches of Love Ministry, Swan Lake Quilt Guild donate quilts

Members of the Stitches of Love Ministry and Swan Lake Quilt Guild donated quilts to the Sumter County Sheriff's Office on June 14. Deputies and victim advocates give the quilts to victims such as those who lose their home in a … more

Sumter School District demographics study shows 10-year enrollment decline

Describing it as confirmation of what he and the interim superintendent have been seeing, Sumter School District's chief financial officer detailed a recently completed county demographics study to the school board's Facilities Committee on … more

Sumter family shares story of son's death from amoeba following lake trip

Though summer is the time to relax and let go of a few of life's stresses, people should not let their guard down when at the lake, or even in their backyard, when warm freshwater is around. Naegleria fowleri, an amoeba that is commonly found in … more

Bringing learning to LIFE at Alice Drive Middle School

If you go by the idiom "a picture is worth a thousand words," then the images these gadgets produce "are worth a thousand and then some." They are Alice Drive Middle School's new virtual reality and augmented reality headsets, and they are … more

Not everyone dislikes the heat: Children enjoy Sumter Aquatics Center

PHOTOS BY RHONDA BARRICK / THE SUMTER ITEM Families continue to enjoy the Fourth of July holiday on Thursday at the City of Sumter Aquatics Center, 1115 S. Lafayette Drive. The center, complete with an open sliding tube and wade pool, is the … more

Clarendon coroner files lawsuit against primary winner

Primaries may be over, but one race in Clarendon County may not be as cut and dry as counting the ballots in light of a lawsuit and injunction filed against one of Tuesday's winners. Bucky Mock, the current coroner in Clarendon, filed a suit in … more

USC Sumter professor earns an innovation teaching grant

A University of South Carolina Sumter instructor has been awarded an innovative teaching grant by the USC system for continuous quality improvement in coursework. The USC Center for Teaching Excellence awarded a total of 14 such grants to system … more

Michalik not running for re-election to Sumter School District Board

With a relatively light agenda, the biggest news from Sumter School District's Board of Trustees' meeting Monday might actually have been afterward when Vice Chairwoman Karen Michalik said she would not be seeking re-election in … more

Sumter PD will serve the public from new facility

Sumter Police Department is ready to serve the community from a new location after moving into its new facility on North Lafayette Drive earlier this week. Monday was the department's last day in the old building at 107 E. Hampton Ave., the … more

South Carolina program provides free colon cancer screenings for uninsured

One group is trying to prevent deaths in South Carolina from the second leading cause of cancer deaths for both men and women in the nation. The Center for Colon Cancer Research (CCCR) at the University of South Carolina offers free screenings … more

Indoor gun range coming to Sumter

What started out about four years ago as a small group's dream for an indoor firearms range in Sumter is now coming to reality. Husband-and-wife team Robert and Megan Richards on Friday discussed the construction process for opening Ricochet … more

Widow of Sumter fire chief honored for husband's service

Easterseals South Carolina presented Debbie Mathis, center, a plaque honoring the memory of her late husband, Chief Doug Mathis, for his 42 years of dedication, leadership and loyalty to the Sumter Fire Department and Easterseals on Wednesday … more

74 years later, world marks D-Day

On June 6, 1944, U.S. and Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, to liberate northwestern Europe from Nazi Germany and ultimately help win World War II. More than 9,000 Allied … more

Stephen King TV series finale will be filmed in Manning

Season 2 of Mr. Mercedes is filming its season finale in Manning, and the producers of the AT&T Original series, based on a Stephen King novel, want you in the picture. Tona B. Dahlquist Casting, out of Charleston, where much of Mr. Mercedes has … more

Free Zumba in the Park event will be held Friday night at USC Sumter

Have fun while focusing on your health with friends and neighbors during Zumba in the Park, hosted by Palmetto Health and University of South Carolina Sumter. The free event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday at USC Sumter, 200 Miller Road, … more

Free transportation available for Teen Health Summit

SUBMITTED "Explicit Truth: Leaving Nothing Merely Behind" is the theme of the 2018 Teen Health Summit being offered by Palmetto Health. Teens and parents are both invited to the free event from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, June 8, at Dreher … more

Joy Prom in Sumter gives big night to those with disabilities

People from all walks of the Sumter community came together on Friday to host the annual Joy Prom for students and adults with disabilities. The event, which was held at The O'Donnell House in downtown Sumter, is a partnership between a handful … more
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