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Children's craft program offered at Lee State Park on Saturday

FROM STAFF REPORTS BISHOPVILLE - Children ages 6 and up are invited to join the park ranger at Lee State Park to make a pony bead bracelet using colors found in nature. Crafting will be held Saturday at the park's Education Center from 10 a.m. … more

Labor Day Schedule: Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018

BANKS - All area banks and credit unions will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3. GOVERNMENT - The following will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3: federal government offices; state government offices; U.S. Postal Service; City of Sumter offices; Sumter … more

LIST UPDATED THURSDAY: Closings and cancellations for Hurricane Florence in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties

Following is a list of current and upcoming closures and cancelations related to Hurricane Florence in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties and affecting South Carolina. Keep checking back here for … more

Ready for anything: Sumter heeds Hurricane Florence warnings as area misses brunt of storm

Prepare for the worst. Hope for the best. When Sumter officials preached the message to take Hurricane Florence seriously during the past week, Sumterites listened. Despite what, as of Saturday afternoon, seemed to be a flop of a storm for the … more

Sumter community health center to open operation on Pike

In response to continuous growth, one of Sumter's largest health care providers will be getting even bigger with an expansion soon to include an additional facility. Two vice presidents and another management team member with Sumter Family Health … more

Historic preservation committee to meet Thursday

Sumter Historic Preservation Design Review Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. today in City Council Chambers, fourth floor of Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider: - Review approval for the installation of a 6-foot white vinyl privacy … more

The latest on Hurricane Florence: How to help, how to prepare

The newest weather models are showing Hurricane Florence aiming for a direct hit on North Carolina Friday morning, and the Carolinas and Virginia are continuing to prepare for its impact. Sumter … more

Former Manning Police Chief Shaffer: Firing was retaliation

MANNING - Former Manning Police Chief Blair Shaffer cited personal retaliation by Manning Mayor Julia Nelson and an effort by city officials to stop him from following state law as the main reasons he was fired last month. Shaffer made those … more

Sumter County Sheriff's Office has military vehicle in case of emergencies

MICAH GREEN / THE SUMTER ITEM Sumter County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Jeff Hofer took The Sumter Item on a ride around the county in the agency's MRAP, a mine-resistant ambush protected military surplus vehicle, to get a glimpse - safely - of what … more

The story of Uncle Pete and 1 last rodeo

My Uncle Pete was an almost mythic figure among Florida cowboys, winning the Best All-Around Cowboy a record 10 times in the state. That's a feat on par with Alabama football. In the 1970s, he wrote a piece for Guideposts magazine. I want to honor … more

Sumter first responders use tiny oxygen mask on pet cat after house fire

A fire damaged a house on Perry Boulevard Monday afternoon, causing Sumter first responders to use a tiny oxygen mask on a family's pet cat. Neighbors saw smoke and flames coming from windows and … more

LIST UPDATED FRIDAY: Hurricane Florence shelters in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon for Hurricane Florence

Following is a list of shelters in the tri-county region of Sumter, Lee and Clarendon open for Hurricane Florence evacuees. CLARENDON COUNTY Three shelters will open at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. … more

USDA eases program rules for S.C. SNAP participants impacted by Hurricane Florence

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in a news release Thursday that it has granted flexibility to allow South Carolina residents to replace food purchased with SNAP benefits that was lost due to power outages and flooding caused by … more

18-wheeler crashes onto golf course on U.S. 15 in Sumter County

About four first-responder agencies have been called to U.S. 15 South after an 18-wheeler crossed multiple lanes and wrecked on Lakewood Links Golf Course Thursday afternoon. It appears the truck, … more

Shaw medic provides off-duty care to wreck victims

A husband and wife who were injured in a car wreck in Sumter County recently were lucky to find a helping hand from a trained Air Force EMT. Senior Airman Chris Aubuchon was driving home from Shaw Air Force Base after work around 11 p.m. one … more

Sumter veteran honored for service by fellow vets

Harold Reynolds, an 86-year-old retired master chief sergeant of the U.S. Air Force, was presented with awards (a pin and a quilt) for his service by members of the veterans group Rolling Thunder at The Gardens at Sumter retirement community on … more

BREC, Duke Energy work to restore power outages in counties affected by Florence

Power companies said they worked feverishly through late Friday and all day Saturday to restore power to individual homes and businesses in the region in the wake of Hurricane Florence. As of 5 … more

Make better choices for healthier kids this school year

Childhood obesity is a growing problem in the United States. For the first time in history, American children could have a shorter lifespan than their parents. The rates have tripled since 1980, making it the most common chronic childhood … more

Sumter free medical clinic wants to grow

It might be one of the better-kept secrets in Sumter. Imagine a free medical clinic with licensed local providers, nurses and a pharmacist on hand for primary health care needs for adults who are … more

Sumter, Clarendon schools to reopen Monday after Florence closures

All Sumter School District schools and offices will reopen on Monday, September 17, now that Gov. Henry McMaster has lifted the order for school closures due to Hurricane Florence, according to … more
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