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Former Lakewood, Furman principal takes Sumter School Board's District 2

In a race that came down to two former educators in Sumter School District 2, Sherril Ray defeated John Michalik and Charles M. Smith with 40.44 percent of the vote. “I’m very honored … more

Sumter races called; Baker, Ragin win at large school board seats, Davis upsets Galiano for City Council

With 94.83 percent of precincts reporting in Tuesday’s midterm general election in Sumter County, The Sumter Item is calling races for local seats. Republican incumbent Murrell Smith has won … more

ELECTION RESULTS: Midterm races affecting Sumter, Lee, Clarendon counties

U.S. House of Representatives, District 5 Michael Chandler (Constitution) Ralph W. Norman (R) Archie Parnell (D) U.S. House of Representatives, District 6 James E. Jim Clyburn … more

The latest on Election Day in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon counties with updated feeds

Here is the latest information on Election Day in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties, as well as issues that affect or may be of interest to readers taking place across the nation. Stay tuned here … more

WHAT TO WATCH: After turbulent campaign, it's up to voters

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tweetstorms and a trade war. Kanye in the Oval Office. Kavanaugh in the hearing room. President Donald Trump's presidency has been a wild, turbulent, two-year ride. Now … more

In Texas, Ted Cruz squares off with rising star O'Rourke

EL PASO, Texas — Beto O'Rourke has already used his once-longshot Texas Senate run to become a national Democratic phenomenon, shatter fundraising records and set off whispers that he could be … more

Trump-backed McMaster, Democrat Smith vie for SC governor

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The time has come for South Carolina voters to decide if they will give Gov. Henry McMaster a full term in the office he's held for nearly two years, as he goes head-to-head … more

Local group The By Name Project gives back to Sumter community

The By Name Project is helping give back to the Sumter community by providing food and clothes to those who need it. "On the first and third Saturdays (of every month), for a couple hours, we have meals made, with tents set up in the park (next … more

Sumter City Council to consider purchase of garbage truck, loader at today's meeting

Sumter City Council will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday in City Council Chambers, fourth floor of Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider: - Second and final reading of an ordinance to annex 11.29 acres at 1495 Camden … more

Sumter tribe will celebrate heritage at Saturday festival

The Sumter Tribe of Cheraw Indians will celebrate and share its heritage Saturday with the third of its Native American Indian Festivals. From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. members of the tribe invite the public to learn about their culture and heritage … more

A screaming good time tasting wine at Sumter Senior Services' Sip and Scream downtown

People were shrieking with laughter as they strolled the streets of downtown Sumter two days after Halloween for Sumter Senior Services' annual Sip and Stroll, renamed Sip and Scream this year. Wine testers ate hors d'oeuvres, mingled and toured … more

Brothers, who grew up in Sumter, gather for World Series Game 2 at Fenway

When the Los Angeles Dodgers won the National League Championship Series to punch their tickets to the World Series, Justin Cappelmann texted his younger brothers, Tripp and Tyler, to offer congratulations. You see, Justin, who is 42 years old, … more

Midterm election turnout numbers turning up across Sumter

Amid the busy final day of absentee voting on Monday, Sumter County's top elections official offered pointers for voters to avoid lengthy lines at precincts in today's General Midterm Election. Pat Jefferson, director of Sumter County Voter … more

Midterm Election 2018: What to bring, how to vote in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon counties

WHAT TO BRING Polls are open in South Carolina for the General Midterm Election from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Anyone in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to … more

Midterm Election 2018: List of precincts in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon counties

SUMTER COUNTY Rembert – Rembert Fire Station, 7045 Post Office St., Rembert, SC 29128 Horatio – Horatio Fire Station, 7720 Sumter Landing Road, Horatio, SC 29062 Hillcrest … more

Clyburn reverses on Parnell Monday night fish fry in Sumter

After initially planning to appear at the final campaign event tonight in Sumter of Archie Parnell, Rep. Jim Clyburn will not be in attendance. A news release from the Parnell team last week said … more

Palmetto Health opens new surgical trauma unit

Palmetto Health has opened its new Raymond P.H. Bynoe, M.D. Surgical Trauma Unit. The new unit, named after prominent trauma surgeon Raymond P.H. Bynoe, M.D., who led the Trauma Team at Palmetto … more

Palmetto Health Tuomey named Power Partner

"Connection is why we're here. Connection is the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard and valued and when they derive strength from the relationship." - Bren Brown, writer / … more

SC Blue Mobile Retail Center rolls into Sumter Nov. 5-10 for insurance enrollment

FROM STAFF REPORTS With this year's enrollment period for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act ending Dec. 15, BlueCross Blue Shield of South Carolina will have its SC Blue Mobile Retail Center in Sumter from Nov. 5 to 10, from 9 a.m. … more

Staggers to speak at Vision in Progress meeting on Wednesday

The Sumter community is asked to join Vision in Progress as it wraps up its 2018 year with a meeting that will feature guest speaker Leroy Staggers, president of Morris College. VIP will meet at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the James E. Clyburn … more
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