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Sumter AARP offers free tax assistance

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, celebrating its 50th year, is the nation's largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Since its inception, the program has served more than 50 million taxpayers. Beginning Feb. 5 and continuing through April … more

Shots fired at Sumter church hoops game Thursday

It seems everyone escaped injury after shots were fired during a basketball game at Berea Seventh-Day Adventist Church gym about 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, officials said. The purpose of the church's basketball ministry, pastor Michael Miller said, … more

2017: The Sumter Item's year in review

The year that was 2017 is about to wrap up with a bang of confetti Sunday, and while there is much to look ahead to in 2018, The Sumter Item is taking a look back at the top 10 most-read stories we ran this year, based on what you clicked on at … more

Group petitions Morris College to consider Canty for its president

A local grassroots campaign last fall to get a Sumter leader to be considered as a candidate for the Morris College presidency is now taking its efforts to the next level. Sumter County resident Carlton Washington, leader of a petition campaign … more

Brewery will open in downtown Sumter in 2018

Belly up, beer lovers of Sumter. Get your New Year's resolutions out of the way early because, starting sometime in 2018, a brewery is scheduled to open downtown. The city cannot yet disclose the name or owner of the brewery, Downtown Development … more

Christmas Schedule: Dec. 21, 2017

BANKS - All area banks and credit unions will be closed on Monday, Dec. 25. SAFE Federal Credit Union and First Citizens will also be closed on Saturday, Dec. 23. GOVERNMENT - The following will be closed Friday-Tuesday, Dec. 22-26: state … more

School district Finance Committee members defend role in overspending

Members of Sumter School District's advisory Finance Committee said Tuesday they were not made aware in any way by administration of the district's $6.2 million in overspending before the release of the fiscal 2016 audit report in December 2016. … more

New S.C. driver's licenses now available

South Carolina residents can now get new driver's licenses and identification cards they will eventually need to meet federal ID requirements for boarding a commercial plane or visiting a military base. Gov. Henry McMaster and South Carolina … 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 public school schedules will change on some days

Sumter School District is making some changes to school scheduling starting next week with the goal of improving student achievement. After previously designated teacher professional development days were replaced with three weather makeup days … more

Lee County School District delays Tuesday start for students

Lee County School District will operate on a delayed schedule for students on Tuesday, Jan. 2. Students are asked to report at 10:15 a.m. All teachers are staff are expected to report at their … more

Sumter approves alcohol sales at annual events in city

Sumter City Council approved first reading on Tuesday to accept the proposed 2018 Community Development Block Grant that would allocate $291,838 among six city programs. If approved after a third reading, the grant, appropriated to the city by … more

Moon Mouse brings out-of-this-world fun at Sumter Opera House

The moon shined neon bright on Thursday at the Sumter Opera House, eclipsed only by a yellow rocket ship transporting a mouse with glasses, a buzzing, bright alarm clock that will, in the end, prove to be mouse's best friend and the excited shrieks … more

Pipes could freeze, burst in Sumter this week

With below-freezing temperatures staying throughout the night, locals should take care to protect their homes from unwanted water damage caused by frozen pipes. Homeowners should leave pipes dripping if the temperature will be below freezing for … more

Sumter School District consolidation proposal to be aired

Sumter School District's interim superintendent is expected to ask the Board of Trustees Monday for approval to present a draft school consolidation proposal to the community in a series of public meetings. Those community meetings would occur … more

Sumter School District to make up only 3 weather days

Sumter School District will move forward with three weather makeup days already built into its calendar for this school year and not add a fourth makeup day, the district's Board of Trustees ruled Monday. After missing one day in September for … more

Lady of silver, man of pearl: the Charleston Silver Lady sets up shop Bishopville

Bishopville's newest Main Street shop is shining silver, pearl and porcelain. The Silver Pearl has been open for business since December, but Tuesday marked a special occasion when both namesakes of the collectibles and antiques gift shop were on … more

Sumter pastor: 'Unite with us to find who did this'

Sumter County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with Sumter Crime Stoppers, is offering a $5,000 reward in the investigation of the killing of Jarvis Omar Rush, who was found dead on Saturday morning. The agency made the announcement on Thursday … more

Anticipated Sumter road projects getting closer to starting

Lafayette Diamond and other highly anticipated road improvement projects are getting closer to the starting line, according to Sumter City-County Planning Department Director George McGregor. The Lafayette Diamond project is a lot closer to … more

Thunder, halos and aches? The Sumter Item asks weather experts about myths

Given Ol' Man Winter has been harsh to Sumter and the surrounding area so far this season with unusually cold temperatures and even one heavy snow day, many may be turning to traditional weather tales to provide the long-range forecast. Many are … more
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