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3rd suspect arrested in shooting of Sumter 7-year-old

The third of three suspects wanted in connection with what is now being described as a drive-by shooting of a 7-year-old Sumter boy has been arrested. An anonymous tipster told authorities where Rodney Jermaine Burgess, 33, was hiding after … more

Sumter parent charged for assaulting daughter's 7-year-old classmate, two teachers over thrown pencils

A mother has been charged with assault for allegedly striking a 7-year-old girl in the face and pushing two Sumter School District teachers at her daughter's elementary school.  Cheneathia … more

Consolidation proposal to be presented by Sumter School District Superintendent Hamm

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees has changed its meeting location for Monday's regularly scheduled monthly board meeting to Sumter High School's Commons Area. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. The board meeting was originally scheduled … more

Sumter City Council gives 1st reading of bond to fund 3 city projects

On Tuesday, Sumter City Council approved first reading of an ordinance to issue a bond not to exceed $6 million to fund at least three city projects. General obligation bonds are a way for municipalities to borrow money to fund projects, Eric … more

Woman's Afternoon Music Club to present free concert in Sumter

The Woman's Afternoon Music Club will present An Afternoon of Sacred Music at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Church of the Holy Comforter. The concert is one of two presented by the club annually, each featuring members and guests in a variety of vocal and … more

Secretary of State honors Osteen Publishing for 124 years of business

The Sumter Item has come a long way since Hubert Graham Osteen first published what was then The Sumter Daily Item in 1894 and even longer since Noah Graham Osteen started working at the paper as a printer's apprentice when he was 12 years old in … more

Mayewood's Lowe is a finalist for S.C. Teacher of the Year

When the top education official in the state entered Zachariah Lowe's classroom on Tuesday, he became a living example of why he wanted to become a teacher and what he tries to instill in his students. Anyone can become anything if they put their … more

Giving Sumter County history a facelift, restoration

After years of a society's campaigning, Thomas Sumter Memorial Park, named in honor of the "Gamecock General" and Sumter County's namesake, will receive some much-needed improvements during the next few months. Located in Stateburg - Sumter's … more

3 wanted in Sunday shooting in Sumter

Sumter Police Department needs the public’s help in locating three of four suspects involved in a shooting this past weekend that left one man injured. One suspect, Willie Terrel Peeples, … more

Annual gala to benefit Sumter's developmentally disabled

The fourth-annual Sumter Disabilities Benefit Gala is set. The black tie-optional event, featuring dinner, wine and beer and a silent auction, is scheduled for March 29 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at The O'Donnell House. Proceeds from the … more

SCANG fighters honor hero with flyover

SUBMITTED A pair of F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets from the South Carolina Air National Guard's 169th Fighter Wing at McEntire Joint National Guard Base provided military flyover honors for Vietnam War hero retired Col. Norman P. Huggins, … more

Rafting Creek Elementary earns $3K from math contest

FROM STAFF REPORTS Rafting Creek Elementary School took $3,000 home this weekend for placing second at a math competition. Matific held the U.S. Matific Games, where students completed activities to earn stars or points. The more activities … more

Sumter woman turns self in after commenting on article about being wanted for boy's shooting on Item's Facebook page

One of the two suspects who had warrants for their arrest in connection with the shooting of a 7-year-old Sumter boy joined a third suspect in jail. Kimberly Denise Burgess, 30, of Sandy Run Drive in Sumter, turned herself in Tuesday morning … more

Library to offer creative writing for teenagers

Librarian Christy Smith will conduct a series of three creative writing workshops for teens at the Sumter County Library, 111 N. Harvin St., from 6 to 7 p.m. on Mondays, March 12, 26 and April 9. … more

Sumter sees 2nd-warmest February

After bundling up next to the fireplace with near-record cold temperatures in January, Sumterites almost had to break out the shorts, sunglasses and flip-flops during February with near-record high temperatures. National Weather Service … more

Sumter group gives back after losing mothers to cancer

All the chairs look the same, save for a few differences in how worn the brown leather was where patients rest their heads. Alexis Dickerson's mother always sat in the third chair on the far wall to the right. Dickerson sat with her while tubes … more

Elks celebrate 150 years

Sumter Elks Lodge 855 has joined with more than 2,000 lodges nationwide in celebrating the 150th anniversary of the BPOE - Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. While the original Elks lodge was founded in 1868 in New York City, the Sumter lodge … more

Sumter City Council to consider $6 million bond

Sumter City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in City Council Chambers, fourth floor of the Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider first reading of an ordinance to issue a bond not to … more

Sumter Community Concert Bank proves its worth to the community

Hopefully, I will never be too old to find awe in the "Star Spangled Banner," the opening number of the Sumter Community Concert Band's Spring Concert, along with the presentation of colors by the … more
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