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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

Sumter inmates to help pick up litter in new program

Sumter County inmates are now helping curb Sumter's litter problem, and residents who also want to help will have the opportunity to hear what one group is doing to fight litter. The Sumter Litter Alliance will hold a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. … more

Rafting Creek Elementary earns $3K from math contest

FROM STAFF REPORTS Rafting Creek Elementary School took $3,000 home this weekend for placing second at a math competition. Matific held the U.S. Matific Games, where students completed activities to earn stars or points. The more activities … more

Sumter woman turns self in after commenting on article about being wanted for boy's shooting on Item's Facebook page

One of the two suspects who had warrants for their arrest in connection with the shooting of a 7-year-old Sumter boy joined a third suspect in jail. Kimberly Denise Burgess, 30, of Sandy Run Drive in Sumter, turned herself in Tuesday morning … more

For pet's sake - Sumter SPCA gives tips to keep our animals safe from springtime hazards

If dogs - and cats and birds and guinea pigs - are our best friends, a nonprofit in Sumter County is asking you to treat them like one. Our furry, feathery and feline friends need help in avoiding the springtime blues and getting into the wrong … more

To be truly poor is to lack hope

The great Clarence Jordan founded Koinonia Farms in Americus, Georgia, in the age of segregation. He dreamed of a Biblical community that was racially integrated, a common purse was shared and the only thing that mattered was being a child of God … more

Ministry helps single mother of 3 kids with $500+ electric bill

As winter reaches its halfway point, many Sumterites are struggling financially to put the severe weather of early January behind them, according to Kevin Howell, director of Sumter United Ministries' Crisis Relief Ministry. The ministry provides … more

Library to offer creative writing for teenagers

Librarian Christy Smith will conduct a series of three creative writing workshops for teens at the Sumter County Library, 111 N. Harvin St., from 6 to 7 p.m. on Mondays, March 12, 26 and April 9. … more

Sumter native departs USS Anchorage

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandon Williams-Church / Special to The Sumter Item Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 3, Rear Admiral Cedric Pringle, a native of Sumter, returns a salute as he prepares to depart … more

Sumter sees 2nd-warmest February

After bundling up next to the fireplace with near-record cold temperatures in January, Sumterites almost had to break out the shorts, sunglasses and flip-flops during February with near-record high temperatures. National Weather Service … more

Family of 4 displaced by fire near Shaw

FROM STAFF REPORTS A house fire near Oakland Primary School on Tuesday morning displaced a family of four. Sumter Fire Department and Shaw Air Force Base Fire Department personnel responded to the 1,900-square-foot home in the 5000 block of … more

Sumter group gives back after losing mothers to cancer

All the chairs look the same, save for a few differences in how worn the brown leather was where patients rest their heads. Alexis Dickerson's mother always sat in the third chair on the far wall to the right. Dickerson sat with her while tubes … more

Sumter County Sheriff's Office looking for missing teen

Sumter County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in locating 15-year-old Zyarriah Myers, who is thought to have run away with the young man shown in the photo. Zyarriah was last seen … more

Exercise for your heart's health, too

According to the American Heart Association, approximately one out of every three deaths in the U.S. is caused by heart disease and stroke. Every year an estimated 785,000 Americans will have their first heart attack. Fortunately, we can change … more

Camden man could face life in jail if deemed career criminal

A Camden man pleaded guilty on Thursday in federal court to charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Senior U.S. District Judge … more

Clarendon council to hear audit on Monday

Clarendon County Council will hold a special called meeting on Monday at 9 a.m., during which Lori Salley of McGregor & Co. LLP will present the county's Fiscal Year End 2017 audit report. The meeting will be held in Council Chambers in the … more

5 arrested at Sumter motel for trafficking cocaine

Five South Carolinians were arrested on drug charges this week after Sumter County Sheriff's Office deputies executed a search warrant on one Lynchburg motel room.Deputies entered a room at the Relax … more

SCISA Regional Spelling Bee winners

St. Anne & St. Jude Catholic School placed first in the SCISA Regional Spelling Bee held Wednesday at Wilson Hall. Three of the students will go on to the state competition on Feb. 21: E. Rodriguez, fourth grade; J. Puccinelli, … more
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