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Drug costs make cancer battle more than 1 fight for Turbeville couple

William Driggers' cancer medications are so expensive - and vital to his survival - that he and his wife may have to sell his family farm to keep affording them. Even that may only give him another year and a half of covering costs, and still even … more

Billy, Bobby and the Gospel: Legendary Yankees 2nd baseman from Sumter remembers his friend, famous evangelist

Bobby Richardson recently visited Billy Graham for the last time with his wife and granddaughter. Graham could barely see. He could not hear well, but the friend of the Sumterite and former New York … more

Volunteers clean up trash in downtown Sumter, ask others to help

With growing concerns regarding litter, the city of Sumter held a community event on Saturday where residents were encouraged to come out and pick up litter downtown. Clean-up efforts were focused in the Central Business District area, bordered by … more

Stretching exercises can help you stay independent

Many of us worry about losing our independence as we age. Naturally, as we age, we lose muscle mass. At the age of 70, about 25 percent of your muscle mass is gone, increasing your risk for injury and inability to fully recover, which eventually … more

Lincoln Alumni to honor activist-lawyer

The Lincoln High School Preservation Alumni Society will celebrate the life and service of the first black woman to practice law in Sumter. A special forum for Women's History Month will recognize the contributions of the late Dorothy Vermelle … more

Sumter United Ministries in 'urgent need' of food

Sumter United Ministries food pantry, The Lord's Cupboard, is in urgent need of food items. All donations help Sumter County residents in need. Please drop off all donations at 36 S. Artillery Drive between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. If you … more

Calm after the storm: Sumter gas station roof damaged on Sunday

BRUCE MILLS / THE SUMTER ITEM A portion of the canopy at the Exxon station at Persimmon Hill lies on ground Monday afternoon after heavy winds and rain blew it off on Sunday. The station is at the … more

Lee Correctional Institution riot is deadliest in nation in 25 years

After three simultaneous, deadly fights in separate dorms at Lee Correctional Institution on Sunday left seven inmates dead and 17 injured, a familiar call for the FCC to block cellphone signals … more

Public invited to 5th-annual dinner theater at Lakewood High School

When the Lakewood High School Chamber Choir presents its 5th Annual Madrigal Dinner Theater on Friday evening, music and drama will take those attending back to the Renaissance when the madrigal form was at its height. The … more

Sumter approves alcohol sales at annual events in city

Sumter City Council approved first reading on Tuesday to accept the proposed 2018 Community Development Block Grant that would allocate $291,838 among six city programs. If approved after a third reading, the grant, appropriated to the city by … more

Officials optimistic on 'Opportunity Zone' program

In a business environment where every dollar counts, Sumter and Lee County officials are hopeful a new federal tax incentive program will help spur industrial and commercial development in their communities by companies. Created in part by U.S. … more

SCAL encourages Sumterites to join Memorial Park Walk

FROM STAFF REPORTS Sumter County Active Lifestyles, a local nonprofit organization, is recognizing February as National Heart Month and encouraging the public to get out and walk. SCAL, whose mission is to "Enhance and Enrich the Sumter area … more

Pancake Day marks 56th year of helping children in Sumter

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Kiwanis Club of Sumter will flip pancakes for its 56th year on Saturday, March 3, at Alice Drive Middle School, 40 Miller Road. Sumter Kiwanians will raise funds for Sumter children in two shifts, from 7 to 10:30 a.m. and … more

Sumter pianist receives highest rating in division

PHOTO PROVIDED Sumter pianist Leann Pomichalek, 14, received the highest rating of One Plus, as well as Honorable Mention, for the entire Region II Midlands Division of the S.C. Piano Festival Association Competition held March 17 at the … more

Company to launch solar projects in Lee County at $100M

Lee County is entering the new, high-tech, clean energy production realm with the announcement Wednesday of a major capital investment by a solar energy facilities developer, according to officials. Southern Current, based out of Charleston, will … more

Sumter dads, students, gardeners help beautify Willow Drive Elementary

A few of Sumter's most knowledgeable gardeners along with local fathers and students started another phase of upgrading Willow Drive Elementary School's atrium during the Dads' Spring Workday on Saturday. The workday was a partnership between the … more

World Day of Prayer service planned by Sumter women's group

Church Women United of the Sumter Area is inviting the public to observe World Day of Prayer on Thursday at St. James United Methodist Church. The service, themed "all God's creation is very good," will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the church at 720 … more

Lee County School District names director of personnel

Tiniece Javis has been named director of personnel for Lee County School District effective March 19. Javis most recently served as dean of Richland One Middle College in Columbia. According to a news release from Lee County School District, the … more

Zoning appeals board member to run for Sumter City Council

A member of the Sumter City-County Board of Zoning Appeals wants to continue his efforts to improve the local quality of life and business environment in his hometown by running for office on a larger stage. Colin Davis recently announced he is … more

Shaw MQ-9 Reaper squadron activates, appoints commander

Shaw Air Force Base's newest addition, the MQ-9 Reaper group, is activating its 50th Attack Squadron this morning and holding an assumption of command ceremony. Col. Joseph Campo, commander of the 432nd Operations Group at Creech Air Force Base … more
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