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1 flood and 2 years later, Second Mill Pond dam under repair

Work to repair the dam at Second Mill Pond that was damaged during the 1,000-year flood in 2015 is underway after more than two years of coordinating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and … more

Summerton art exhibit features generational black history

The Lake Marion Artisans Art Gallery is hosting an art exhibit during Black History Month called "Generations: An Exhibit of Local African American Artists of All Ages." The exhibition will feature artistic creations from teens to seniors. … more

3 USC Sumter exhibits are worth viewing

Three exhibits at USC Sumter seemed to slip into the artistic arena but are worth the time to view. Two of them, Jackie Wukela's "People and Places" at the University Gallery and DJ "Doc" Hatcher's "Our World in Acrylics" at the Upstairs Gallery, … more

Sumter, Clarendon superintendents: Safety is priority in threats of violence

After various claims of impending school violence in recent days in light of the recent tragedy in Florida, two area superintendents who have had threats claimed within their school districts pledged Tuesday their commitment to all community … more

Sumter Chamber of Commerce to unveil strategic plan at annual retreat

Business, government, school and community leaders will gather in Greenville this weekend for the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce's annual planning retreat. This year, the event, scheduled today to Sunday, will bring more than 150 participants … more

Annual gala to benefit Sumter's developmentally disabled

The fourth-annual Sumter Disabilities Benefit Gala is set. The black tie-optional event, featuring dinner, wine and beer and a silent auction, is scheduled for March 29 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at The O'Donnell House. Proceeds from the … more

Eat, mingle and help raise money at Sumter Rotary's Farm to Table event

Thinking of trying something different for dinner this week? Stop by the fifth-annual Farm to Table, presented by Sumter Rotary Club, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at Sumter County Civic Center, 700 W. Liberty St. Farm to Table was started in 2014 … more

Sumter Chamber of Commerce names People of the Year at annual gala

Just yards from construction cones on an old Main Street that is getting a facelift, Sumter's business leaders, community members, educators and industrial top dogs gathered to celebrate their year that was.Sumter has come a long way in the last 10, … more

Sumter Backyard Jamboree heralds early spring

The final Saturday of February will offer the perfect antidote for the frigid days of winter with Sumter Senior Services' 13th-annual Backyard Jamboree. And the big party will be presented at the … more

Booth remembered for his passion for Sumter

This week, many in Sumter are remembering Richard Lauren Booth, 65, known for his charitable nature and compassion for his community, who passed away on Monday. Born in Sumter, Booth was a graduate of Thomas Sumter Academy and later earned a … more

Sumter police use Narcan for first time to revive man from heroin overdose

A 24-year-old man was saved from a life-threatening heroin overdose because of the quick action of two residents and a Sumter Police officer equipped with an opioid overdose antidote. Officers … more

Bates Middle School program bridges generational gap

What started out with a discipline referral of a student a few years ago has turned into a monthly program at Bates Middle School that bridges the gap between the older and younger generations and opens the lines of communication on important … more

Zumbathon in Sumter to raise funds for Sickle Cell foundation

A Zumbathon is a "fitness party" with a purpose, Zumba instructor Angela Burkett said. Her fifth-annual Zumbathon on Saturday will benefit the James R. Clark Sickle Cell Foundation. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the M.H. … more

SCANG fighters honor hero with flyover

SUBMITTED A pair of F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets from the South Carolina Air National Guard's 169th Fighter Wing at McEntire Joint National Guard Base provided military flyover honors for Vietnam War hero retired Col. Norman P. Huggins, … more

Irmo man, 40, killed in crash in Rembert

An autopsy for James Lancaster, of Arbor Springs Drive, Irmo, will be scheduled for a later date in Newberry. Next of kin have been notified. South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the … more

Sumter man pleads guilty to tax evasion, video poker operations

A Sumter man has pleaded guilty in federal court to tax evasion and operating a gambling business after becoming the subject of a public corruption investigation that involved the video poker … more

Sumter sees 3rd-coldest January lows

We all know January was cold in Sumter. Just how cold was it? To find out, The Sumter Item called the National Weather Service in Columbia to get the official numbers and look into the record books. According to NWS Meteorologists Doug … more

Why motivation isn't enough to reach your health goals

How motivated are you today to lose weight, quit smoking or start a new diet and exercise program? If you have already started, are you as motivated now as you were yesterday, last week or even last year? Why not? What has changed? "I need to get … more
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