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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

Sumter School District bus crash sends 36 to Tuomey

The driver of a dark-colored car who fled the scene after rear-ending a Sumter School District bus Monday morning on Pinewood Road is wanted by the police department in connection to the crash that sent 35 students and the bus driver to Palmetto … more

Second Mill Pond dam reconstruction adds expense

Sumter County Council approved second reading of a ordinance to amend the county's 2017-18 budget to add the purchase of automatic spillway gates for the reconstruction of the dam at Second Mill Pond. The dam was damaged during the 1,000-year … more

MLK Jr. Day in Sumter: Love is the dream

This year's Dream Walk in Sumter would have made Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. proud. Monday marked the federal holiday celebrating King's life, and Sumter held its 18th annual Dream Walk in honor of the influential American civil rights leader with … 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

Rembert fire causes $400K in damage

A Sumter County farmer's shed and equipment were destroyed after a fire Friday in Rembert causing about $400,000 in damage, according to a Sumter Fire Department report. The blaze started in a shed at 6550 TD McCloud Road in Rembert about 3:30 … more

POLICE BLOTTER: 19-year-old Sumter man charged with sexual conduct with 15-year-old

CHARGES Jordan R. Cauthen, 19, of Curtiswood Drive, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor for allegedly engaging in sexual activity with a 15-year-old female at a location on Shallowford … more

Hamm: Rezoning Sumter schools won't solve low-enrollment, other issues

In response to repeated questions about rezoning school attendance lines as a solution for three low-enrollment schools, Sumter School District administrators decided to further investigate the issue … more

Under tough personal circumstances, Sumter woman receives fund assistance

Thanks to the continued donations to help many Sumterites with emergency heating needs, Fireside Fund keeps making an impact for Sumter United Ministries' Crisis Relief Ministry, according to director Kevin Howell. Last week, Howell described the … more

Man who drove into frigid pond in Sumter is located

The driver in a New Year's Eve crash that ended in a frigid pond seemingly avoided tragedy, officials have learned. A Hyundai sedan apparently went off the roadway at East Calhoun Street and Salterstown Road some time after 9 p.m. on Dec. 31 and … more

Sumter to perform hydrant tests on Tuesday, Wednesday

The City of Sumter will be performing fire hydrant flow tests on Broad Street Extension and South Pike West between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. Water customers in the surrounding … more

Shaw MQ-9 Reaper squadron activates, appoints commander

Shaw Air Force Base's newest addition, the MQ-9 Reaper group, is activating its 50th Attack Squadron this morning and holding an assumption of command ceremony. Col. Joseph Campo, commander of the 432nd Operations Group at Creech Air Force Base … more

Palmetto Health Tuomey expands to increase accessibility

No one has time to be sick, and people don't want to spend time waiting around to see a provider when they feel bad. To help meet the need for fast care in Sumter, … more

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Schedule: Jan. 14, 2018

BANKS - All area banks and credit unions will be closed on Monday. GOVERNMENT - The following will be closed on Monday: federal government offices; state government offices; U.S. Postal Service; City of Sumter offices; Sumter County offices; … more

Morris College: Students assumed mold risk when living in dorms

In its answer to the complaint filed against it by current and former students for health issues related to mold infestation in the student dormitories, Morris College said last week the students assumed that risk while living in the campus … more

Cold temps a new record for Sumter

The first week of January 2018 in Sumter won't just be remembered for New Year's Eve parties and college football bowl games. According to the National Weather Service in Columbia, Sumter County set a new record last week with seven consecutive … more

Surveillance footage shows South Sumter Piggly Wiggly break-in

Video surveillance from a reported break-in at a Piggly Wiggly grocery store in Sumter County on late Saturday night appears to show three men using sledge hammers and crowbars to force their way inside. The three suspects reportedly broke … more

Goodbye, Chief: Funeral held for former Shaw fire chief

Family, friends, fellow Air Force officers and firefighters of all types gathered in Sumter on Saturday to pay tribute to the life and career of Chief Don Spitzer, the longest-serving fire chief in Department of Defense history. A Sumter resident … more

Clarendon senator wants option to start school earlier

If one Sumter County lawmaker has his way, public schools may start earlier next year. District 36 State Sen. Kevin Johnson introduced legislation to this year's South Carolina General Assembly that would allow school boards to choose an opening … more

2 mobile home fires displace Sumter families

Sumter Fire Department units fought two separate mobile home fires on Thursday that displaced families in each, including one family of five whose residence was destroyed. Fire was showing from outside the structure on Reedroman Road in east … more
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