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Finance Committee recommendation before Sumter School District's Board of Trustees

A recommendation from the board's advisory Finance Committee and other committee reports headline the agenda for Sumter School District's Board of Trustees' meeting scheduled for Monday. A district staff member distributed the agenda to the media … more

Hydrant tests will be done on Wednesday, Thursday in Sumter

The City of Sumter will perform fire hydrant flow tests on South Pike West and South Harvin Street between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Water customers in the surrounding area may experience temporary discolored water. Contact the … more

'Dream Team' to profile Sumter success stories on Wednesday

A community group formed with the desire to help others will showcase several "success stories" of people in Sumter and the surrounding area who have transitioned from unemployment to employment during the last two years on Wednesday at Thompson … more

Swan Lake snooze

MELANIE SMITH / THE SUMTER ITEM A visitor to Swan Lake-Iris Gardens rests on a park bench on Sunday afternoon. more

Restaurant inspections for Sumter, Lee, Clarendon: Feb. 12-25

SUMTER COUNTY Baker’s Sweets 1089-D Alive Drive, Sumter Date: 02/15/18 Type: Follow-up Score: A   Bojangles #054 1038 Broad St., Sumter Date: … more

Sumter students train to be 'connectors' for military families

Many might not think about it, but transitioning to a new city and school as a child of a military family can be difficult and filled with anxiety. The student can be adapting to a new culture, dress, attitudes, academic standards and numerous other … more

Troopers investigate 3 hit-and-runs in Rembert

South Carolina Highway Patrol is seeking information that could lead to arrests involving three fatal hit-and-runs in an 8-mile area in Rembert in 2015, 2017 and 2018. - Elizabeth Lewis, 53, was struck by a vehicle while lying in the roadway on … more

Under tough personal circumstances, Sumter woman receives fund assistance

Thanks to the continued donations to help many Sumterites with emergency heating needs, Fireside Fund keeps making an impact for Sumter United Ministries' Crisis Relief Ministry, according to director Kevin Howell. Last week, Howell described the … more

All jazzed up: Lakewood High jazz, acapella choir to perform at Apollo Theater

Departing today with a special invitation to perform at this weekend's New York City Jazz Festival, it's another feather in the cap for the Lakewood High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble and choral director Herbert Johnson. Under Johnson's leadership, … more

From dream to reality: Sumter community leaders help people overcome barriers to find jobs

What started out nearly two years ago with two community leaders taking a drive through South Sumter and seeing young people on street corners instead of in school or at work turned into a celebration Wednesday of which all Sumterites can be … more

Russian spies target aircraft contractors

WASHINGTON - Russian cyberspies pursuing the secrets of military drones and other sensitive U.S. defense technology tricked key contract workers into exposing their email to theft, an Associated Press investigation has found. What ultimately may … more

East Brewington Road bridge replacement to begin, detours set

South Carolina Department of Transportation plans to replace the structurally deficient bridge on East Brewington Road near Sumter in Sumter County. This bridge is being replaced with a new 70-foot … more

Shaw welcomes Reaper unit to Sumter base

By the time the Air Force announced it would be opening a new MQ-9 Reaper Group at Shaw Air Force Base, the processes were in place to welcome the new unit and begin operations almost … more

All Republican candidates for statewide office are expected at Saturday event

Every Republican candidate for statewide office will be in attendance and speaking in Camden on Saturday at Lee and Kershaw County's inaugural Old-Fashioned Stump Meeting. Lee County Republican Party Chairman Davis McClam, an event organizer, … more

A return to normalcy at Shaw, nation: Government shutdown reopens after 3 days

While day-to-day operations throughout Sumter County were largely unscathed by the federal government shutting down for three days amid Congressional dysfunction on passing a spending measure, Shaw Air Force Base did see some affects … more

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Archaeologists use radar to survey Sumter park's grave sites

A project pushed by Sumter Historical Society, with heavy backing from Sumter County government and other local officials, the renovation of Thomas Sumter Memorial Park, created in honor of the "Gamecock General" on his former property in Stateburg, … more

Thunder, halos and aches? The Sumter Item asks weather experts about myths

Given Ol' Man Winter has been harsh to Sumter and the surrounding area so far this season with unusually cold temperatures and even one heavy snow day, many may be turning to traditional weather tales to provide the long-range forecast. Many are … more

Sumter Arts Showcase presents 'Under the Big Top'

In the spirit of the world's most famous showman, the late P.T. Barnum, Miss Libby's School of Dance and the Rising Stars will present their 21st Annual Sumter Arts Showcase at 7 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at Patriot Hall. Artistic Director … more

South Sumter cleans up

PHOTO PROVIDED Volunteers hold hands and pray Saturday at 810 S. Main St. before the South Sumter Beautification Association's Trash Pick-Up Day. According to event leaders, about 100 volunteers - including some airmen from Shaw Air Force Base - … more
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