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Help make your community less trashy at Sumter Litter Alliance event

Keeping your own home, backyard and garden clean is not the only part of having a welcoming, enjoyable community. If the rest of the neighborhood is unkempt, no one will want to be around long enough to see your lawn. A new group in Sumter County … more

Missing Florence girl may have come to Sumter

Authorities are seeking assistance in locating Tyekiava Harvin, 16, who has been missing from Florence since Dec. 3. The teen, who may have run away, could have come to Sumter to stay with family in the area, according to Florence Police Department. … more

4 Sumter public schools will become 2

In a 5-3 split vote, Sumter School District's Board of Trustees passed the district administration's revised consolidation proposal on Tuesday night to close two low-enrollment schools and merge them into other larger schools in the same general … more

CORRECTION: lakewood arrests

In Friday's edition, a statement about the suspension and possible expulsion of the eight students involved in an after-school fight at Lakewood High School was incorrectly attributed to Shelly Galloway, spokesperson for Sumter School District. The … more

Sumter parent charged for assaulting daughter's 7-year-old classmate, two teachers over thrown pencils

A mother has been charged with assault for allegedly striking a 7-year-old girl in the face and pushing two Sumter School District teachers at her daughter's elementary school.  Cheneathia … more

Growing friends, flowers and produce in Sumter's community garden

It was a chilly, rainy Saturday morning, as if spring were trying to bloom but the tail end of winter was overstaying its invitation. That didn't stop a small but dedicated group of Master and Master-to-be Gardeners from digging in the … more

NAACP Legal Defense Fund concerned with Sumter school consolidation process

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund based in New York has expressed concern to Sumter School District officials and local and state elected leaders regarding the district administration's school consolidation proposal process. Leah Aden, senior counsel … more

Restaurant inspections for Sumter, Lee, Clarendon: Jan. 29-Feb. 11

Following are the restaurant inspections performed between Jan. 8 and 14, 2018 in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon on counties by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control … more

United Way honors Sumter legislator

A Sumter County legislator was recently honored by a nonprofit that fights for the health, education and financial stability of residents for his efforts in helping to increase access to various types of health care. State Rep. Murrell Smith, … more

The Sumter Item's Fireside Fund ends its donation season

Sumter United Ministries Executive Director Mark Champagne said having the additional resources made available through The Sumter Item's annual Fireside Fund this winter has helped the ministry make a big difference in the Sumter community. The … more

9-year-old boy honored by Sumter officials for saving neighbor’s life from under car

Angels and heroes come in all shapes and forms, and for one Sumter County resident who found himself pinned under his car and severely injured, his angel came in the form of a 9-year-old boy. Malachi Coffey was honored on Tuesday for saving the … more

Palmetto Health Tuomey's Dickerson wins award

Dr. Gene Dickerson, physician executive at Palmetto Health Tuomey, was named the recipient of this year's Lewis Blackman Award for his "diligent and relentless work" to establish measurable ways to combat … more

Annual Sumter kite flying contest set for Saturday

Chances are you won't need to go to the beach to get your kite into the air on Saturday. March has come in like a lion, as the saying goes, and local winds are certainly conducive to launching all kinds of kites into the air. Latrell Chambers of … more

Hamm strikes one merger from Sumter School District consolidation proposal

Sumter School District's interim superintendent is withdrawing for now one part of her draft consolidation proposal after obtaining information on extensive work necessary to upgrade one district middle school to accommodate elementary school … more

Sumter church to host black history celebration

First Baptist Missionary Church invites the public to attend its Black History Month Celebration at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The celebration, hosted in partnership withe Community Broadcasters, will be held at the church, 219 S. Washington … more

McLeod Health opens new orthopedic office in Sumter

According to a news release from McLeod Health, Dr. David Woodbury, MD, orthopedic surgeon with McLeod Centers for Advanced Orthopedics, has opened a new office at 540 Physicians Lane, Sumter. Woodbury is board certified and specializes in direct … more

A sunny afternoon at Poinsett

MELANIE SMITH / THE SUMTER ITEM A boy and his dog enjoy the sunshine at the lake at Poinsett State Park on a recent Saturday. more

Palmetto Health board of directors elects officers

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Palmetto Health board of directors elected the following officers: Beverly D. Chrisman, retired from South Carolina state government and self-employed political consultant, chairwoman; Paul V. Fant Sr., president, Fant … more

USC Sumter presents jazz lecture, recital

Special to The Sumter ItemShe's a classically trained pianist who has performed around the country and internationally, but Jane Luther Smith also has a longtime love for jazz. On Friday, Feb. 23, she'll present a recital and lecture on three of her … more
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