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Sumter business leaders say online sales tax ruling 'levels playing field'

Local small business leaders think a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow states to charge sales taxes for online purchases will "level the playing field" for brick-and-mortar retailers to compete against e-commerce. By a 5-4 vote last … more

Sumter school board adopts $131.8M budget

After the big news earlier in the week of Sumter County Council voting down its millage increase request to help achieve some bigger-picture goals, Sumter School Board unanimously adopted its balanced $131.8 million budget Thursday night after a … more

Clarendon coroner trial to continue next week

In what seems to be turning into a chicken or the egg situation at the Clarendon County Courthouse, a merit hearing about whether the winner of the Democratic primary for coroner can remain on the … more

Sumter officials share tips for having a fun, safe July 4

Independence Day is right around the corner, and as that day is one to remember, people should take caution when lighting fireworks and cooking on the grill to make those memories good for years to come. Take the time to read the instructions for … more

Sumter's Shaw honored for his forestry work

CHARLOTTE - American Forest Management, the nation's largest land management and land sales company, exemplifies leadership in the forestry industry with recent awards presented to founder Bartow S. "Bo" Shaw Jr. of Sumter and … more

Auto shop shooting suspect returned to Sumter

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} The man suspected in last weekend’s shooting death at a … more

Lynches River County Park is perfect for a day trip

Lynches River County Park sits almost exactly in the middle of the 111-mile section of the Lynches River that is designated a "State Scenic River," beginning where it crosses Highway 15 in Lee County and ending all the way down at its confluence … more

Sumter County man charged with stealing trailer, cooler

A Sumter County man is facing two charges after he allegedly planned and followed through with the theft of a trailer and cooler in July.  Joseph M. Streath, 29, of Ithaca Drive, is charged with … more

Top S.C. court will look into coroner case

By KAYLA ROBINS kayla@theitem.com The state's top court has decided to look at the ongoing dispute between the woman who ran for and won the Clarendon County coroner race in the June Democratic primary and the incumbent whose subsequent … more

Sumter veterans group shows its appreciation to council with gift

Sumter County Council received a gift from Sumter County Veterans Association and considered first readings to facilitate the expansion of a local business on Myrtle Beach Highway and the establishment of a cemetery along Thomas Sumter Highway … more

The Sumter Item holding 1st high school football Media Day

The Sumter Item sports staff is hosting the paper's first-ever Sumter Item Media Day to showcase tri-county high school football teams ahead of their fall season. The inaugural event, presented by title sponsor Hines Furniture, will feature … more

Sumter Gears Up for Learning with annual school supplies campaign

A local nonprofit ministry organization wants to help all public school students in Sumter County start the new year on the right foot and with necessary school supplies in hand. Sumter United Ministries kicked off its annual Gear Up for Learning … more

Manning City Council trying to fill expired term of Grievance Committee member, but no terms are expired

MANNING — Manning City Council will hold a special called meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to fill an expired term on the city’s Grievance Committee, though public records appear to show none … more

Sumter City Council approves resolution, ordinance regarding debt collection

Sumter City Council approved an ordinance and resolution pertaining to how the city collects delinquent fees, such as late water and sewer fees, during its meeting on Tuesday. City makes state … more

BREAKING - Judge: Samuels-Cooper can't be Clarendon coroner, but she can be on the ballot

A ruling has been made in the lawsuit surrounding the election for Clarendon County coroner and whether the Democratic nominee can remain on the ballot based on her qualifications to be a … more

Goal: 1 million life-saving meals in 5 years

FROM STAFF REPORTS Through a partnership with the charity Feed My Starving Children, hundreds of Sumter volunteers will prepare 400,000 life-saving meals at a MobilePack event that will take place on Aug. 7 and Aug. 8 at Sumter County Civic … more

Was the Manning police chief legally fired? To be determined.

In a full-circle round of voting Monday night centering around the firing of Blair Shaffer as Manning's police chief, a 4-1 vote by Manning City Council to disband all the city's committees, … more

Sumter man, 26, killed in Lee County motorcycle crash

A 26-year-old Sumter man was killed this weekend when his motorcycle crashed in Lee County. Marquis Lee Lewis, who would have turned 27 next week, died from injuries sustained during a single-vehicle wreck on S.C. 441/Woodrow Road at the … more

Sumter, Lee, Clarendon under severe thunderstorm warning with 70-mph gusts

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for central Sumter County, southeastern Lee County and northern Clarendon County until Monday, Sept. 17 at 7:15 p.m. The National Weather … more
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