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Sumter Community Band seeking new musicians

The Sumter Community Concert Band doesn't begin its 2018-19 performance season until Oct. 7, but rehearsals start Thursday, and spokesman Rick Mitchum said musicians with experience in high school or other bands are invited to join the band at its … more

Preparing for impact: Hurricane Florence takes a more westward track as McMaster lifts some mandatory evacuations, closings

With slight variations in the forecast on the exact bullseye and arrival time, Hurricane Florence continues to head straight toward to Carolinas. A westward shift in the National Weather Service … more

Local effort, worldwide effects: Sumter chapter of Feed My Starving Children packs 400K meals for kids in developing countries

eed My Starving Children MobilePack made meals at Sumter County Civic Center to feed starving children in the developing world. The event occurred on Tuesday and Wednesday, with more than 2,000 volunteers helping the cause both days. "Our goal … more

A Sumter teacher with all the right moves: Smith now math coach at High Hills after being named district teacher of year

Her principal says she's a perfect fit for High Hills Elementary School. She's a military spouse and teaches at the Sumter School District school on Shaw Air Force, where most of the school's students come from. Also, she has a passion for … more

As Florence approaches, Sumterites have not forgotten Hugo and other past hurricanes

As Hurricane Florence bears down on South and North Carolina, Sumterites and area residents, whether they've been here for decades or only in the past few years, are no stranger to the destructive … more

Sumter truck retailer 1 reading from permitted expansion

On Tuesday, Sumter County Council approved second reading of a request that will allow Carolina Truck & Trailer Parts to expand its storage area after the business began storing its inventory on … more

Saving lives for free: Fire department installs smoke alarms from Red Cross in Sumter neighborhood where family of 5 caught in house fire

Stuffed animals still sit on the front step of the Bowman Drive house that recently became engulfed in flames as a family slept inside. Weathered by rain and heat, the gifts bring a heartbreaking color to the boarded-up brick home that is marred by … more

Tickets on sale for CWU annual salad luncheon

Meet new friends, see old friends and enjoy numerous salads at Church Women United Annual Salad Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at St. James Lutheran Church, 1137 Alice Drive. All proceeds from the luncheon benefit local charities such … more

Climbing toward a better Sumter: 4th Battle Buddies promotes fitness, positive relationships between kids, law enforcement

Though the sun was blazing on Saturday, children enjoyed a few runs through the Battle Buddies obstacle course at Sumter County Fairgrounds. The fourth Battle Buddies event was hosted by the Palmetto Optimist Club. One of the basic programs of … more

Rafters in downtown Sumter now serving brick oven pizza

Rafters is now serving wood-fired brick-oven pizza on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The cocktail bar above Hamptons — they share the kitchen and talents of Chef Raffaele Dall’Erta — … more

Sumter Camera Club works to go on exhibit

Flamingos, squirrels, Swan Lake-Iris Gardens. These are all part of "The Wonder of Nature," and they'll be on display beginning Thursday, Aug. 23, in Sumter.Sumter Digital Camera Club was invited by Central Carolina Technical College to display … more

Simpson employee in Sumter warns generator safety is crucial for Hurricane Florence

Portable generators are becoming increasingly popular to supply backup power during natural disasters such as hurricanes, but experts say there are a few important safety issues that must be considered. The main aspect to generator safety is to … more

From summer days to school days

PHOTOS BY ADRIENNE SARVIS / THE SUMTER ITEM Members of the Gamma Iota chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity gave away approximately $1,000 worth of school supplies during the final Sumter Family Fun Days event on Thursday. This past week marked the … more

Bishopville man pleads guilty in cross-country wire fraud case

Six people, including a Bishopville native, entered guilty pleas regarding accusations of mail, wire and bank fraud, according to state law officials. Eric Wilson, 48, of Bishopville, pleaded guilty … more

Suspect arrested for leading Sumter officers on Wednesday morning chase

One man is behind bars and facing multiple charges for allegedly stealing a vehicle and crashing it Wednesday morning. Daniel Dale Browder, 38, is accused of stealing a 2005 GMC Canyon from a … more

Pinewood to hold meeting on water system project Thursday

After receiving $9.6 million in federal funding last year to expand its water system, the Town of Pinewood will hold another informational meeting to update the public on the project Thursday. Pinewood Mayor Sarah Mathis distributed a news … more

Lee County back-to-school bashes will be Aug. 4, Aug. 9

Lee County students can attend two back-to-school bashes in August.Lee County School District will hold its bash from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 4, at Lee Central Middle School Gymnasium, 41 … more

Family Empowerment Forum set for Wednesday at USC Sumter

South Carolina continues to be ranked in the top 10 - No. 6 - for its rate of women killed by men according to the Violence Policy Center, a Washington-based organization. Using data compiled from homicides in 2016, the center's study showed 48 … more

SCETV lease renewed, rezoning request denied by Sumter City Council

Sumter City Council approved readings for a wastewater system project in Mayesville, a lease with SCETV and denied a rezoning request for a beauty salon on Tuesday. Rezoning for beauty salon denied in majority vote Reading: First of … more

Don’t miss J.D. and the Breeze this Friday in Sumter

Bring out your lawn chair and high spirits at 6:30 p.m. this evening for the third show in the city of Sumter’s Fourth Friday Concert Series. Today’s featured band is J.D. and the Breeze … more
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