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Sumter city budget passes with no tax hike

Sumter City Council approved second and final reading of the city’s 2019 fiscal year budget. Balanced at $67,218,077, this the 11th consecutive budget without a millage increase, according … more

Former Sumter High principal remembered as top educator

An “outstanding leader” and “a man of integrity” are just a few words that friends and colleagues used to describe longtime Sumter High School educator and principal Bobby … more

Sumter City Council to receive 2017 audit report on Thursday

Sumter City Council will hold a special called meeting at noon Thursday in City Council Chambers, Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to receive an audit report for the 2016-17 fiscal year. more

2 arrested for gunfire incidents in south Sumter

Two men were arrested Wednesday morning in connection to a series of incidents involving gunfire in the Cedar Avenue, Webb Street and Flamingo Road areas, according to officials. Quintez Latroy … more

Sumter native now counselor at camp for kids with cancer after attending as child

When Sarah Grace Jarecki was just 7 years old, she began feeling sick while attending a basketball camp. Her mother expected it was a virus and took Sarah Grace to her pediatrician. The family quickly was referred to the Children's Center for … more

Absentee voting opens today; last day is Monday

In-house, electronic absentee voting for the primary runoffs will open at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. today in Sumter County Voter Registration and Election office, Room 114, first floor of the historic Sumter County Courthouse, 141 N. Main … more

Lakewood High School alumna participating in cross-country air race

Thousands of students wrapped up another school year after spending hundreds of hours in the classroom across the country. This summer, one Sumter native will finish her secondary education after racking up hundreds of air miles while competing … more

Don't let the sun go down on me ...

The sun sets over the baseball and softball fields at Patriot Park on Monday evening. CHRIS MOORE / SPECIAL TO THE SUMTER ITEM more

Sumter School District names new CFO, principals at Lakewood, Willow Drive

Sumter School District has two new school principals and a new chief financial officer, and a couple of them have Sumter connections. District spokeswoman Shelly Galloway released the administrative personnel information late Monday after it took … more

Lee County coatings business will add 20 jobs

A metal-finish coatings business in Lee County is growing and expanding its operations. Carolina Metal Finishing, a leader in powder and custom metal finishing for industrial sprinkler heads and other fire protection service fixtures, will be … more

Palmetto Heart opens clinic in Sumter

Sumter residents and those in surrounding communities now have a new avenue for skilled cardiac care. Palmetto Heart opened its Advanced Heart Health Center on Monday. Located at 115 N. Sumter St., Suite 410, in Medical Office Building One on the … more

Summer shaping: Sumter County Gallery of Art holds youth pottery class

Children ages 8 and up have already been taking advantage of the Sumter County Gallery of Art's summer art camp, where scenes from its daily pottery class are shown here from Tuesday. The art camp includes a range of classes in the morning and … more

Sumter man with previous felonies sentenced to 20 years for drugs, firearms

A Sumter man has been sentenced to almost 20 years for firearms and drug convictions. Leandre “Bubba” Budden, 35, faces 235 months of incarceration because of his conviction for … more

South Sumter Park site of Family Fun Days on Thursdays

The community is invited to participate in Sumter Family Fun Days from 5:30 to 7 p.m. every Thursday in South Sumter Park, 630 S. Sumter St., where people of all ages can enjoy an evening of activities such as tennis, softball, track and field, and … more

Sumter City Council to give final vote on budget

Sumter City Council will meet today at 5:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers, fourth floor of Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider second and final reading of the city's balanced 2018-19 fiscal year budget of $67,218,077.Other agenda items … more

Celebrate summer with music at Patriot Hall

Patriot Hall will be the site of a Summer Soiree from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. The event featuring the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet is presented by the Sumter County Cultural Commission and the Heart of Sumter Neighborhood … more

Continental Tire the Americas to perform hydrant flow tests

Continental Tire the Americas will perform fire hydrant flow tests at their facility on U.S. 521 South on Wednesday and Thursday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Water customers in the surrounding area may experience temporary discolored water. Please … more

Jumping for teamwork, fun: Sumter plays host again to American Double Dutch League World Championship

Don't tell these kids and adults that their game and activity isn't a real sport. That was the attitude of participants and coaches at last week's American Double Dutch League World Championship at Sumter County Civic Center. The three-day … more

Man caught on camera in auto dealership vehicle thefts from Sumter, Beaufort, Jasper counties

Sumter County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in identifying a man accused of stealing at least three vehicles from auto dealerships in Jasper, Sumter and Beaufort counties.  An … more

New McCrays Mill Road Arby's opens Wednesday

A new Arby's fast food restaurant will open on Wednesday on McCrays Mill Road. The Arby's - at 1954 McCrays Mill Road - will officially open at 10 a.m., according to Earl Wilson, franchisee and operator of the new eatery. Construction on the … more
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