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Clients gain long-term perspective of hope from Sumter Crisis Relief Ministry

As the brunt of August's high temperatures makes you feel like you could fry an egg on the sidewalk and sends people running for shade, it's easy to equate the financial assistance we provide toward electric bills during the summer as simply … more

Train together to fight together: Exercise Steppe Eagle builds bonds, armies between USARCENT and coalition forces

By the time the five different national anthems finished playing in a gym at the South Carolina Army National Guard's McCrady Training Center at Fort Jackson, the soldiers had gained more than military operations training. They had gained knowledge … more

Morningside of Sumter celebrates 2 centenarians with birthdays on same day

Eleanor Matthews and Anne Kate Womack have seen a lot in the past century. Born in different states and leading different lives through the Great Depression, World War II and decades leading up to … more

Sumter woman wants to start support group for LGBTIQ individuals

Allyson Pierce feels fortunate in many ways. Although she faces some backlash since her transition from male to female, Pierce - not her real name - has seen much support. A professional in the field of technology, she said her employers and … more

Pulitzer Prize winner opens Sumter Little Theatre season

For Brianna Gray, directing an August Wilson play at Sumter Little Theatre is both a challenge and the fulfillment of a long-held dream. On Thursday, that dream will culminate in the premiere of … more

Sumter City Council to consider sale of 5 properties

Sumter City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in City Council Chambers, fourth floor of Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider: - Final reading of an ordinance to authorize the future sale of five city-owned properties - 9 S. Main … more

Alice Drive flow tests scheduled for Thursday

The City of Sumter Fire Department will flow a hydrant in the Palmetto Point Apartments on Alice Drive for fire flow testing, and the City of Sumter will perform fire hydrant flow tests on Alice Drive between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday. Water … more

Trio of young men, pastor will run for Sumter school board

Three young men and a pastor were among several candidates who signed on during the final week of the filing period for nonpartisan, Sumter School Board seats up for election in November. Filing closed on Wednesday. Shawn Ragin, Caleb Kershaw … more

Restaurant news: Broad Street Wendy's in Sumter to be rebuilt

Visitors of the Broad Street Wendy's will see the restaurant brought into the current decade if proposed plans to rebuild the structure are approved at Sumter Planning Commission's meeting on Wednesday. David Ayers, a director for Carolina … more

2 Sumter attempted murder suspects denied bond

Sumter County Sheriff's Office has charged Donald Ray Richburg, 27, with multiple counts of attempted murder after he was arrested on Friday following a search. According to a news release, Richburg, of Gold Court, and a co-defendant reportedly … more

Suspect in fatal shooting at Sumter auto body shop faces forgery charges

Additional charges have been filed against a sovereign citizen with past addresses in Sumter who is accused of murder in the shooting death of a 34-year-old at an auto body shop. Demetrius Alexander Brown, 38, had already been charged with … more

Another year of learning begins at Sumter School District

PHOTOS BY MICAH GREEN / THE SUMTER ITEM Students at Willow Drive Elementary School are cheered on as they walk into the school for their first day on Monday. Most students in Sumter School District headed back to classes on Monday, and … more

Stronger Sober or Slammer! campaign in place before Labor Day

South Carolina Department of Public Safety kicked off its annual Sober or Slammer! campaign on Wednesday with a more direct message about the possible results of impaired driving - "Drink. Drive. Die" - ahead of heavy Labor Day travel. The … more

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

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

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

Linran Farm offers plenty for all occasions as new Sumter event venue

In 2010, Randy and Linda Stokes' niece decided she wanted to have her wedding on the front lawn outside her aunt and uncle's white, two-story, scenic, small plantation-style home on S.C. 76, just outside the city limits of Sumter. The Stokes' … more

Men to greet students at Sumter schools through United Way program

By DANNY KELLY danny@theitem.com The United Way Diamonds Men's Day Wednesday program has teamed up with Sumter School District to help welcome children back to school with a project called Men2School, in which men will greet children when they … more

City of Sumter sued by family injured from truck hitting McCrays Mill house

Though no one has been charged after a City of Sumter vehicle crashed through a house off McCrays Mill Road in November, the homeowners are waiting the outcome of another case after filing a lawsuit against the city and other entities for … 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
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