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3 jazz bands share Patriot Hall stage Tuesday

The spring concert by the Sumter Community Concert Band Jazz Ensemble traditionally features the Sumter High School Jazz Ensemble, and this year's program will feature the Lakewood High School Jazz Ensemble. The concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Patriot … more

Celebrate Earth Day on Saturday in Sumter at Swan Lake

SUMTER ITEM FILE PHOTOS Looking for a family friendly activity? The City of Sumter invites the community to Swan Lake-Iris Gardens for a day of green. Celebrate Earth Day from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday with Sumter organizations, schools, … more

Sumter public safety HQ construction is almost finished

On North Lafayette Drive, crews are finishing the final steps on the construction of two new buildings that will benefit local first responders as well as Sumter residents. The $10.6 million Public Safety Complex - a 2014 Capital Penny Sales Tax … more

Byrd, Disney plan to run in Sumter school board member election

Members of the Sumter legislative delegation who authored a bill last summer to create and appoint two at-large seats to the school board defended their decision amid an announcement that both of those new board members plan to run for election in … more

Sumter man charged with two counts of sexual assault on minors

Sumter County Sheriff's Office has charged a 34-year-old Sumter man with two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor after it was reported he sexually assaulted two children under the age of … more

Fire in the hole!

As the wind steadily blew and the branches rustled, airmen assigned to Shaw Air Force Base prepared for a "fire in the hole!" Boom! Sound filled the air, a shock wave pierced through their chests, and a black cloud rose in the distance in a matter … more

Police week events to benefit Sumter law enforcement

FROM STAFF REPORTS Three upcoming events will benefit Sumter law enforcement and other related agencies for National Police Week. Golf tournament The 2018 National Police Week Golf Tournament is set for Monday, May 14, at Sunset Country … more

Palmetto Health offers free opportunities for you to get healthy

Palmetto Health's Community Health team offers numerous ways for Sumterites to live healthily. "Through free monthly mobile clinics, Take 5 health screenings at the hospital and participation in … more

4 Sumter public schools will become 2

In a 5-3 split vote, Sumter School District's Board of Trustees passed the district administration's revised consolidation proposal on Tuesday night to close two low-enrollment schools and merge them into other larger schools in the same general … more

NAACP Legal Defense Fund concerned with Sumter school consolidation process

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund based in New York has expressed concern to Sumter School District officials and local and state elected leaders regarding the district administration's school consolidation proposal process. Leah Aden, senior counsel … more

Palmetto Health Tuomey's Dickerson wins award

Dr. Gene Dickerson, physician executive at Palmetto Health Tuomey, was named the recipient of this year's Lewis Blackman Award for his "diligent and relentless work" to establish measurable ways to combat … more

Man, 37, charged with sexual assault on 8-year-old girl that spanned two years

A 37-year-old Sumter man was arrested on Wednesday on charges of criminal sexual conduct with a minor after the elementary-aged victim came forward to report the abuse that is thought to have spanned … more

Sumter police looking for man suspected of forging stolen check from daycare break-in

A 22-year-old man is being searched for in connection to a forged stolen check at a local grocery store over the weekend. Tyler Alexander Leach is accused of forging a check stolen from a North … more

Why motivation isn't enough to reach your health goals

How motivated are you today to lose weight, quit smoking or start a new diet and exercise program? If you have already started, are you as motivated now as you were yesterday, last week or even last year? Why not? What has changed? "I need to get … more

All Republican candidates for statewide office are expected at Saturday event

Every Republican candidate for statewide office will be in attendance and speaking in Camden on Saturday at Lee and Kershaw County's inaugural Old-Fashioned Stump Meeting. Lee County Republican Party Chairman Davis McClam, an event organizer, … more

South Sumter cleans up

PHOTO PROVIDED Volunteers hold hands and pray Saturday at 810 S. Main St. before the South Sumter Beautification Association's Trash Pick-Up Day. According to event leaders, about 100 volunteers - including some airmen from Shaw Air Force Base - … more

Author-historian to discuss S.C. soldiers in Civil War

Author and historian Herbert "Bing" Chambers will be the guest speaker at Monday's meeting of the Sumter County Genealogical Society. During the 7:30 p.m. meeting at Swan Lake Presbyterian Church, he will discuss his three books on the Civil … more

Was March colder than February in Sumter?

If you're into numbers and statistics, you probably speculated it could happen. After experiencing its second-warmest February on record this year dating back to 1930 at 56.3 degrees, Sumter County saw an average daily temperature decrease of 6.3 … more

Meet your local farmers at USC Sumter's annual market

The second year of the Farmers Market at University of South Carolina Sumter started off with a bang after some vendors sold out of items because of the large crowd of customers. The market is open from 1 to 6 p.m. on Fridays and features a … more

BREAKING: Sumter school board votes to close two schools

In a 5-3 vote on Tuesday night, Sumter School District’s Board of Trustees passed the district administration’s revised proposal to close Mayewood Middle School and F.J. DeLaine … more
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