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It takes a community: Sumter police, fire departments visit neighborhoods for National Night Out

In the spirit of strengthening relationships with law enforcement, residents hung out with Sumter's first responders for an evening of communication and fun during the annual celebration of National Night Out on Tuesday. People all over the … more

Crew begins filming movie across Sumter

The film crew you may see around town this week is in the process of making "The Old Man and the Pond," a feature-length movie written and now being directed by Sumter native Jason Mac (McElveen). McElveen is also the star of the film being produced … more

Sumter alum wants parents, students to understand 'full rides are possible'

Want a solution to rising college costs? Sumter native Melinda Mihlbauer probably has an answer. A career high school guidance counselor during the day at Woodland High School in Dorchester County School District 4, Mihlbauer is sometimes … more

Man charged with attempted murder for causing wreck on Sumter County road

A Sumter County man is facing two counts of attempted murder for allegedly striking a vehicle with his own on Thursday, according to county officials. Leroy Cockerill Jr., 27, is accused of … more

Suspect in shooting of 7 Florence officers bragged about marksmanship

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — A Vietnam veteran who bragged online about maintaining his target-shooting skills was being held Thursday on charges that he shot seven law enforcement officers, killing … more

Bicyclist killed in collision in Sumter County identified

The bicyclist killed in a collision with a tractor trailer on Wednesday night has been identified as a Pennsylvania man by Sumter County officials. Coroner Robbie Baker said the deceased — Seth … more

South Carolina holds disabled vet in shooting of 7 officers

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — A police officer was killed and six of his comrades were wounded when authorities said an elderly man began shooting at deputies who came to serve a search warrant, … more

Sumter man wanted in shooting surrenders, faces two charges

Byron Deshawn Lyons of Sumter, 25, who law enforcement has been searching for in connection with the alleged shooting of a teenager on Monday night, has turned himself in according to Ken Bell, … more

Palmetto Health Tuomey offering free screening mammograms

One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Many of those will be in Sumter, a community that ranks 14th out of 45 counties in the state for breast cancer cases, according to the … more

Exercise plays important role in lowering risk of breast cancer

October is breast cancer awareness month. According to research, one in eight women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. There are currently more than 2.8 million women with a history of breast cancer in America. If … more

Family farm near Rembert invites public to fall festival activities, fun

Old McCaskill's Farm near Rembert presents Fall Family Farm Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The event offers visitors the chance to see the activities of a family farm, an opportunity not readily available these days, unless you know the … more

'Artist rendering': 21-year-old takes artistic love, turns it into engineering design career at City of Sumter

Ever wonder about what goes into supplying water for your home, what kind of flow is necessary for your sewer line or what factors are involved in paving sidewalks and roads around town? Kristen Nygaard, a Kershaw County native, has found a niche … more

South Carolina voter registration deadline extended due to Hurricane Florence impacts

The registration deadline for South Carolina voters has been extended to Wednesday, Oct. 17, for residents in all counties, according to the South Carolina Election Commission. The 10-day extension was necessary to protect the voting rights of … more

Contract approved for Sumter community center

There is a new burn ordinance for the City of Sumter after the Sumter City Council approved its final reading at its meeting on Tuesday, where it also approved resolutions for a community center on Salem Avenue and resurfacing project for Hampton … more

Medical transportation free for Sumter seniors

Sumter Senior Services is offering free medical transportation to Sumter County seniors. Eligibility requirements are: - Seniors must be at least 60 years of age; - Seniors must live within 15 miles of Harvin Street; and - The medical … more

Sumter County DOT send supplies to coastal DOT after Hurricane Florence

PHOTOs BY MICAH GREEN / THE SUMTER ITEM Members of the Sumter County Department of Transportation gathered supplies and donations this week for members of the local Department of Transportation offices along the northeast coast who were affected … more

City of Sumter burn ordinance passed

Sumter City Council approved the city's new burn ordinance at its meeting Tuesday, which now regulates open and refuse burning within city limits. Reading: Second and final Agenda item: An … more

Elementary, secondary schools now allowed in more Sumter city zonings

Elementary and secondary schools are now allowed as a conditional use permit in more zonings within city limits after the Sumter City Council passed an ordinance at its meeting Tuesday. Reading: … more

Hampton, Sumter streets approved for resurfacing in Sumter

Sumter City Council approved contracts for resurfacing projects on Hampton and Sumter streets at its meeting on Tuesday. Reading: Resolution Agenda item: A procurement resolution to enter a … more

7 officers shot in Florence County, 1 dead

FLORENCE (AP) — A police officer was killed and six of his comrades were wounded when authorities said an elderly man began shooting at deputies who came to serve a search warrant, barricading … more
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