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Board OKs Warren Street bed and breakfast in Sumter

Sumter City-County Board of Zoning Appeals approved a special exception request to permit the operation of a bed and breakfast at 24 Warren St. The 5,622-square-foot Greek Revival-style mansion - also known as the Barnett house - with four … more

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

Sumter County Council approves special tax district to rebuild dam

Sumter County Council approved third and final reading of an ordinance to create a special tax district that will allow the residents of Boyle Pond to rebuild the dam after it was damaged during the 1,000-year flood in 2015. Prior to its vote, … more

Brigadier general to speak at fraternity event in Sumter

Brigadier Gen. Jonathan J. McColumn will be the keynote speaker for the second anniversary celebration of the Bishopville, Manning, Shaw Air Force Base Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity … more

Promoting tourism in Clarendon County

They aren't natives to Clarendon County, but George and Carole Summers have surely adopted the county as their home. Eat at a local restaurant, visit the library, drive around Manning, Summerton, Turbeville or Paxville, or even Google Clarendon … more

Hamm wants public's comments on Sumter schools proposal

Citing a need to get a proposal on the table for the public to comment on, Sumter School District's interim superintendent released her draft consolidation plan Monday to the school board before two independent consultants' studies are … more

900 Sumter students participate in National Walkout Day

About 900 students from Sumter School District's three high schools chose to participate in National Walkout Day on Wednesday with peaceful demonstrations at each school. The three schools have about 4,500 students enrolled. At each school, … more

Sumter School District driver charged after school bus loaded with kids goes into ditch

A Sumter School District bus driver has been charged with driving too fast for conditions after the bus - carrying 36 elementary and middle school children - went into a ditch on U.S. 378 about 3:10 p.m. on Monday. South Carolina Highway Patrol … more

Carbohydrates have 6 major functions

Some professionals blame carbohydrates for obesity and their related diseases, leading many dieters to think that carbohydrates are inherently bad for the body. However, this mindset contributes to a disordered eating pattern and may lead to poor … more

Sumter's Grace Cathedral childcare center to shut doors

After opening its doors in 2010, Grace Cathedral Child Development Center on Oswego Highway will be closing on Friday after failing to operate on its own funds for more than seven years. The reason is simply financial, said Chaste'y … more

Autopsy shows remains found in Sumter are from white male

Officials have determined the gender of the remains found in a wooded area in Sumter on Sunday. Skeletal remains discovered by children playing near Crystal Lakes Golf Course were determined to be those of a middle-aged white male through a … more

From the field to the (elementary) classroom in Sumter

Langston Moore and Preston Thorne said when they played football at University of South Carolina in the early 2000s, they set out to change the culture of the Gamecocks' program. They achieved that by turning a losing program into a winner on the … more

Mayewood, Rafting Creek, F.J. DeLaine students would go to revamped magnet schools

Saying when she started as interim superintendent on Aug. 1 that she walked into a "lingering issue," Debbie Hamm released her proposal Monday night for closing and consolidating three low-enrollment schools in Sumter School District. Hamm … more

Brookdale Sumter Senior Living to host luncheon for veterans

Brookdale Sumter Senior Living, 1180 Wilson Hall Road, is hosting a Veterans Appreciation Lunch at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday. The luncheon is free to the public, but seating is limited. For more information, call (803) 274-2500. more

'Double Down' pilot passes 1,000 combat hours

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - "Mach" received a "Double Down" congratulations from members of the 77th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, as he surpassed the 1,000 combat-hour … more

'Sinker log' recovery topic at Sumter Genealogical Society

Underwater explorer and furniture maker Alec Blalock will be the speaker at the Monday, March 19, meeting of the Sumter County Genealogical Society. He has discovered - and recovered - numerous fossils and artifacts and makes custom-designed … more

Sumter County Council to consider final vote for special tax district

Sumter County Council will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in County Council Chambers, third floor of Sumter County Administration Building, 13 E. Canal St., to consider third and final reading of an ordinance to create a special tax district where money … more

Sumter to perform water hydrant tests this week

The City of Sumter will perform fire hydrant flow tests on Moseley Drive between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Water customers in the surrounding area may experience temporary discolored water. Please direct any questions or … more

The Sumter Item's Fireside Fund ends its donation season

Sumter United Ministries Executive Director Mark Champagne said having the additional resources made available through The Sumter Item's annual Fireside Fund this winter has helped the ministry make a big difference in the Sumter community. The … more

Annual Sumter kite flying contest set for Saturday

Chances are you won't need to go to the beach to get your kite into the air on Saturday. March has come in like a lion, as the saying goes, and local winds are certainly conducive to launching all kinds of kites into the air. Latrell Chambers of … more
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