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Parnell to address public about Shaw, veterans' services

FROM STAFF REPORTS Democratic nominee for South Carolina's Fifth Congressional District Archie Parnell will hold an address on Wednesday at 7 p.m. According to a news release, the address is focused on the importance of Shaw Air Force Base and … 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

'Tis the season for holiday events: What to do in 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. Hoping for snow for the holidays? Through Dec. 30, it snows every night … more

Community concert band opens new season Sunday

The Sumter Community Concert Band begins its 2018-19 season at 3 p.m. Sunday in Patriot Hall, with a theme and music selected by its longtime director. James H. "Jimmy" Mills will lead the band in playing music based on the theme "A Musical Tour … more

Sumter mixes caffeine and gasoline at annual car show for Sumter Military Museum

The seventh-annual Caffeine and Gasoline car show rolled into downtown Sumter on Saturday, bringing cars, trucks and motorcycles ranging across decades, styles and colors to the parking lot wrapping from … more

Clyburn keeps longtime seat in Sumter, Clarendon, Congressional District

The 6th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives was likely retained by longtime Democratic incumbent James E. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., with 70.94 percent of the vote on Tuesday at press time. Clyburn, who was born in Sumter … 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

'The community was very well-protected': Sumter 1st responders help with downed trees; residents were prepared for hurricane’s effects

If Hurricane Florence had brought more harm to Sumter during the weekend, the fire department would have been ready. Sumter Fire Department Battalion Chief Joey Duggan said there was no major flooding in the county, largely because the city and … more

Absentee ballots break the books in Sumter, across South Carolina

As voters in the Swan Lake and Folsom Park precincts waited in two separate lines to the door before and at 7 a.m. when polls opened Tuesday for Election Day, whispers and comments could be heard throughout the Willow Drive Elementary School halls … more

Proposed ordinance would allow Sumter codes enforcement officers to issue summons for shoddy work

Sumter County Council discussed giving more authority to code enforcement officers to deal with dishonest residential contractors during its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Reading: First of … more

Director of Lee Transportation Services speaks at conference

Bettye Scott, director of Lee Transportation Services of Bishopville, at the invitation of the Committee for the National Conference on Rural Public Intercity Bus Transportation Conference, was the presenter at the committee's biennial conference in … 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

McLeod Health offers free virtual doctor visits for victims of Florence, continued flooding

FROM STAFF REPORTS McLeod Health is waiving the fees for its McLeod TeleHealth service now through Sept. 27 to help those affected by Hurricane Florence and the continued impacts from the flooding taking place throughout the Carolinas, according … more

Baker, Ragin take two at-large Sumter School Board seats over appointed incumbents

Former district Superintendent Frank Baker and educator Shawn Ragin will likely be Sumter School Board's at-large board members moving forward. Baker and Ragin were the top two vote-getters Tuesday in the general midterm election with Baker … more

Tuesday's Sumter Item delivery delayed due to Hurricane Florence

The delivery driver bringing the Tuesday paper is stuck due to dramatic flooding and road closures in North Carolina. We will get your Tuesday Sumter Item to you as soon as we can. You can read … more

Why I Serve: Shaw aircraft armament specialist joined Air Force for education, travel

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: Airman 1st Class Jwanaque … more

Sumter School Board Finance Committee to meet Wednesday

Sumter School District’s Board of Trustees’ advisory Finance Committee is scheduled to hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday. A district spokeswoman distributed a meeting agenda late … more

Norman leading Parnell for 5th District; Sumter, Lee vote opposite

A few hours after polls closed and most precincts were in, U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., was well-ahead in the state's 5th Congressional District against Sumter-native and Democratic nominee Archie Parnell. According to unofficial results, … more

3 incumbents retain Clarendon 1 school board seats

Tony Junious, Keith Bowman and Cindy Risher won the three open Clarendon School Board District 1 seats Tuesday night, according to unofficial results from the South Carolina Election Commission. The district includes Calvary, Panola, Summerton 1, … 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
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