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Bates Middle School holds STEM Night

The goal of Bates Middle School's NASA Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Parents Night on Thursday was to teach students more about subjects such as physics and engineering to help them understand why they are important. "I'm … more

Sumter coroner seeks help in contacting family of deceased man

Sumter County Coroner Robert Baker Jr. is asking for help locating the family of Joe Earl Goggans, who died in Sumter on Wednesday, Sept. 19. According to a release from Baker's office, Goggans is … more

Tuomey to be renamed Prisma Health Tuomey

Sumter's Tuomey just got a makeover. Palmetto Health and Greenville Health System announced their merger late last year and announced on Tuesday their new official brand, Prisma Health, which the … more

Wedgefield home destroyed by fire

A home was destroyed in a fire Monday morning, displacing three adults and one child in Wedgefield. The Sumter Fire Department responded to a property on S.C. 261 South just before 7 a.m., where a single-wide mobile home was burning, according to … more

Shaw members pay tribute to POW/MIAs

BY SENIOR AIRMAN CHRISTOPHER MALDONADO 20TH Fighter Wing Public Affairs Special to The Sumter Item Team Shaw members honored the legacy of prisoners of war, those still missing in action and those who paid the ultimate price during POW/MIA … more

Blood plasma donation center to open on South Pike in Sumter

Sumter will reap the benefits of the growing biotech industry early next year with the planned opening of a blood plasma donation facility that will employ about 35 people and compensate donors. Jerome Parnell, president and CEO of ImmunoTek Bio … more

Walk with hope: Sumter parents gather for annual Day of Remembrance

"I pray that none of you ever have to stand where I stand today," Patricia Holiday said to a small crowd at the front entrance to Central Carolina Technical College's Main Street campus on Thursday. Holiday was one of two mothers who shared the … more

Annual Sumter County Fair back in town

The Sumter County Fair is taking place this week at the Sumter County Fairgrounds at the corner of West Liberty Street and Artillery Drive. SCHEDULE Wednesday, Sept. 26 - Gates open to the public, 4 p.m. - All exhibits on display, 4-10 … more

Sumter County Council to consider allowing elementary, secondary schools in commercial districts

Sumter County Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in County Council Chambers, Sumter County Administration Building, 13 E. Canal St., to consider:• Second reading, of three, for a request to … more

McLeod Health offers free virtual doctor visits for victims of Florence, continued flooding

FROM STAFF REPORTS McLeod Health is waiving the fees for its McLeod TeleHealth service now through Sept. 27 to help those affected by Hurricane Florence and the continued impacts from the flooding taking place throughout the Carolinas, according … more

AFCENT command, control operations weather Hurricane Florence

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar - As a violent force approached, the airmen dug in to repel the force. It was just like an attack, but this one came from nature. Hundreds of miles wide, the force posed a devastating threat. Undeterred, the airmen … more

Community turns out for Sumter Green's Fall Feast

PHOTOS PROVIDED Friends and families flocked to Sumter's Green's biggest fundraiser of the year, Fall Feast, at USC Sumter Thursday night. Some of Sumter's most delicious food offerings were on hand, as was live music and good company. About 30 … more

Sumter Item's Studio Sumter named most innovative project in state

The new video operation of The Sumter Item was named Best Innovation in South Carolina, the South Carolina Press Association announced Friday. Studio Sumter, featuring commercial videos for local businesses and organizations … more

Sumter American Legion Fair going strong at 102

For the last six days of September, the night sky over western Sumter will glow with neon and flashing lights, and the scents of cotton candy, sausage dogs and the famous french fries from the Potato House will permeate the air. Excited shouts … more

Every dollar spent by moviegoers Sunday at Beacon Sumter Cinemas goes to charities

Moviegoers on Sunday will be part of an annual fundraising event that will benefit nonprofits that serve Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties, and they don't even have to change their plan. They just … more

Ralph Norman says comment about Ginsburg a joke

The campaign trail of U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., focused at the end of the week on a statement he made that female Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg accused Abraham Lincoln of groping … more

Sumter City Council approves resolution, ordinance regarding debt collection

Sumter City Council approved an ordinance and resolution pertaining to how the city collects delinquent fees, such as late water and sewer fees, during its meeting on Tuesday. City makes state … more

Auditions open for SLT's holiday classic show

Sumter Little Theatre is holding auditions for "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in the theater classroom. "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" is a holiday tradition in Sumter. The play follows the outrageous … more

Camden man faces 15 to life for Lee County firearm arrest

A 30-year-old Camden man entered a guilty plea in federal court for a firearm charge on Thursday for allegedly possessing a handgun in Lee County in 2017 despite prior felony convictions. Evidence presented at Darrin Paul George's hearing … more

The story of Uncle Pete and 1 last rodeo

My Uncle Pete was an almost mythic figure among Florida cowboys, winning the Best All-Around Cowboy a record 10 times in the state. That's a feat on par with Alabama football. In the 1970s, he wrote a piece for Guideposts magazine. I want to honor … more
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