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Beacon Cinemas shares summer kid movie lineup

GTC Beacon Cinemas will once again offer its Summer Kid Show Series at its theaters in Wesmark Plaza, 1121 Broad St. Movies will be shown on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in June and July and will start promptly at 10 a.m. Doors will open at 9:15 … more

Sumter music club announces scholarship winners

The Woman's Afternoon Music Club has announced the winners of its annual music scholarship competition held April 22 at First Presbyterian Church. Adjudicator was Jim Mills, a retired music educator and director of the Sumter Community Concert … more

USC Sumter adds eSports, art to summer camp choices

Special to The Sumter ItemUniversity of South Carolina Sumter is expanding summer camp options again this year for students ages 9-14 from June 11 through June 29.Due to the popularity of last year's new options, which included a mock trial camp and … more

Sumter Police Department Deputy Chief Holston arrested in Aiken County

Sumter Police Department's deputy chief has been placed on administrative leave after he was arrested in Aiken County on Thursday for allegedly attempting to contact a person he was advised by … more

City of Sumter Aquatics Center Opening Splash Day set for May 26

City of Sumter Aquatics Center, 1115 S. Lafayette Drive, will begin the swimming season with its free Opening Splash Day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 26. Want to learn to swim or become a lifeguard? Red Cross certified instructors are … more

'Pirates!' take over Kingsbury Elementary for spring musical

Kingsbury Elementary School saved the best PTA meeting for last. This year's spring musical titled "Pirates!" was a show-stopper. The set was designed by art teacher Sylvester Hickmon and featured an enormous pirate ship that engulfed the entire … more

Cool off in five Sumter County splash parks this summer

Sumter has five splash parks to cool off in, and all are opening Memorial Day weekend. There is no cost, so choose one of the following locations: - Crosswell Park, corner of Lafayette Drive and Yeadon Street; - North HOPE Park, 904 N. Main … more

Downtown Sumter Rite Aid will close soon, official says

The Rite Aid store on Washington Street in downtown Sumter will be closing soon. Mega-retailer Walgreens officially began purchasing about 2,000 Rite Aids across the U.S. last fall and it said at the time it would be closing some Rite Aids to … more

Front Porch Junkies will come to downtown Sumter

Heading into its second week, city of Sumter's Fourth Friday Concert Series will feature local band Front Porch Junkies, which will perform its original songs for a crowd of familiar faces as the event returns to Main Street this year. The band, … more

Sumter School District to conduct 'swap' again

Sumter School District will again perform a "millage rate swap" this year to the benefit of all taxpayers in the county and also its own general fund balance. At its regular board meeting last week, the district's board of trustees unanimously … more

Sumter Police Week Prayer Breakfast set for Tuesday

The 2018 Police Week Prayer Breakfast, hosted by Sumter County Sheriff's Office and Sumter Police Department, will be held at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at Church of the Holy Comforter, 213 N. Main … more

Sumter private-business owners back tax increase for school district

Local private-business owners who serve on Sumter School District's advisory Finance Committee say they are fully behind the district's proposed budget for next year and mill increase request it plans to ask Sumter County Council for next … more

2 Shaw airmen honored for saving 88 lives

In an hours-long firefight in Afghanistan where two American soldiers were killed in the offset, the remaining 88 American and coalition troops credit their lives to two Shaw Air Force Base F-16 fighter pilots. Capts. John J. Nygard and Salvador … more

Tuomey Fellows graduate

CHRIS M. MOORE, PALMETTO HEALTH TUOMEY / SPECIAL TO THE SUMTER ITEM Last Friday, The Tuomey Foundation held its annual Tuomey Fellows graduation at Neverdun Farms. Since 2001, the Tuomey Fellows program has given business and volunteer leaders … more

Sumter County Republican Party hears from candidates

Members of the Sumter County Republican Party were given an idea of who they could support during the primary and general elections this year during the group's regular meeting Thursday. That evening, party members heard from Gov. Henry McMaster, … more

Hot days mean more screen time for kids; implement rules

When the days of summer get hotter and hotter, kids will be more inclined to stay indoors, which means they will want more media time. Families spend more time staring at screens than ever before. Screen time can adversely affect one's ability to … more

Here's your 78th Sumter Iris Festival schedule and map

Blooming flowers, increasing heat and longer, brighter days are the signal in Sumter of the city's most well-known event. It's Sumter's oldest and largest festival. It brings thousands of people from … more

'A light unto the world': Artist tells story behind drawings of young Holocaust victims at Sumter's Jewish History Center

Mary Burkett thinks she is "as far from an artist as you can possibly get." Despite that claim, the Columbia native and creator of the "Beloved: Children of the Holocaust" exhibit has been giving a lesson in humanity at multiple museums and … more

New deputy commander welcomed to, promoted at U.S. Army Central

U.S. Army Central's new deputy commanding general has more than a new home and base to get used to. He also has a new title and rank attached to his name. A ceremony on Thursday morning at USARCENT's Patton Hall on Shaw Air Force Base both … more

Sumter votes align with all but 1 primary winner

After the unofficial numbers came in to show Sumter County had the sixth-lowest turnout in the state, the percentage of voters dropped even further after the certified results were tallied and approved. The drop was due to there being more … more
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