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No spring break for Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center students working toward GED

While other students enjoyed a week away from school, GED and WorkKeys students at Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center remained in the classroom to further their plans for self-improvement. Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis re-implemented the … more

Sumter native departs USS Anchorage

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandon Williams-Church / Special to The Sumter Item Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 3, Rear Admiral Cedric Pringle, a native of Sumter, returns a salute as he prepares to depart … more

Family of 4 displaced by fire near Shaw

FROM STAFF REPORTS A house fire near Oakland Primary School on Tuesday morning displaced a family of four. Sumter Fire Department and Shaw Air Force Base Fire Department personnel responded to the 1,900-square-foot home in the 5000 block of … more

All jazzed up: Lakewood High jazz, acapella choir to perform at Apollo Theater

Departing today with a special invitation to perform at this weekend's New York City Jazz Festival, it's another feather in the cap for the Lakewood High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble and choral director Herbert Johnson. Under Johnson's leadership, … more

Archaeologists use radar to survey Sumter park's grave sites

A project pushed by Sumter Historical Society, with heavy backing from Sumter County government and other local officials, the renovation of Thomas Sumter Memorial Park, created in honor of the "Gamecock General" on his former property in Stateburg, … more

Skeletal remains identified as Sumter man missing from hospital since September

The skeletal remains found off a dirt road behind Crystal Lakes Golf Course on March 11 have been identified as Michael Joseph Thomson, 55, who was reported missing after he walked out of Palmetto … more

Studies show yoga lessens cancer-related treatment symptoms

Both diagnosis and treatment of cancer bring a physical and psychological threat to an individual. Treatment regimens for cancer have serious side effects that can impact the overall functional quality of life. These treatment-related side effects … more

Learn skills at museum's living history 1-day classes

Sumter County Museum will offer a series of one-day classes to teach many of the skills that were employed - and necessary - for early settlers of the area. Beginning Saturday, the classes will be … more

Annual barbecue cook-off on Saturday to benefit Sumter Boy Scouts

Get your barbecue bibs, dancing shoes and derby cheers ready. The Henry Shelor District BBQ Cook-Off is back. The seventh-annual two-day event, which features wings, barbecue and ribs tastings amid live music and a derby race at the American … more

Forgiving and then rebuilding Sumter home

Four days after a drunken driver likely caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage to his home, Keith Schultz - a former chairman of Sumter School District board of trustees - and his wife are remaining strong in their faith as they recoup and … more

Red Cross called to more South Carolina fires this March than last

American Red Cross volunteers were called on to help more Sumterites and South Carolinians after house fires last month than last March. In the central chapter of the Palmetto South Carolina Region, 239 people from 84 families received assistance … more

Sumter man charged with attempted murder for attacking ex-girlfriend, firing shots into home

Three suspects were arrested at a motel in Sumter on Tuesday after deputies were led there in search of a man who was wanted for attempted murder for attacking his ex-girlfriend. Travis Javez … more

Water hydrant tests set for North Wise Drive

The City of Sumter will perform fire hydrant flow tests on North Wise Drive from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, April 4 and 5. Water customers in the surrounding area may experience temporary discolored water. Please direct any … more

Pinewood hydrants to be tested in April

The Pinewood Fire Department will be testing water hydrants in the town of Pinewood during April. more

Norman makes 1st visit to USARCENT at Shaw

One of Sumter County's two congressmen in the U.S. House of Representatives visited the U.S. Army Central headquarters on Friday for the first time since taking office in June. U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman, who represents South Carolina's 5th District, … more

Group holding free domestic violence seminar on April 14 in Sumter

A tri-county women's group is coming to Sumter County next week to hold a seminar and fashion show aimed to promote awareness and prevention of domestic violence. The focus of The Total Woman Teaching Series' The Total Woman Seminar and Spring … more

Part of Main Street closed through April 17

According to Sumter Police Department, a section of Main Street from Hampton Avenue to Liberty Street will be closed because of downtown construction through April 17. Public parking is available at Liberty and Harvin streets, behind the Sumter … more

Thompson Duo returns to Mayesville for concert series

Brothers Shaw Thompson and Robin Thompson return to Mayesville Presbyterian Church Sunday for a performance of sacred songs, spirituals, arias and Broadway songs, as the church continues its popular Sundays at 4:00 Concert Series. Offered as a gift … more

Sumter man pleads to distributing child porn

A 46-year-old Sumter man pleaded guilty on Monday to distributing child pornography images that were shared online between states and internationally. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement noticed that Marlin Russell Derk posted child … more

Horsing around at Camden's annual Carolina Cup

The Carolina Cup raced into Camden during the weekend, with thousands coming out to the historic Springdale Race Course to pitch a tailgate tent, find their box seats and explore vendor tents amid a schedule of races throughout the breezy, chilly … more
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