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Sumter County EMS could move to old fire department building next door on Hampton Avenue

Sumter City Council approved first reading of a request to transfer the former fire department building to Sumter County and first reading of two ordinances that could lead to the development of a gas station and convenience store in northern Sumter … more

Dalzell church will hold fall festival on Saturday afternoon

Pisgah Baptist Church, in partnership with other local churches, will host a fall festival from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The event - which will have food, hayrides, bouncy houses, an obstacle course and more - will be held at 8295 Black River … more

Sumter manufacturer EMS-CHEMIE celebrates family day, president Hobi's retirement

On Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, new EMS-CHEMIE President Robert Meyer zu Westram hosted a Family Day event to thank all employees for their commitment to the company and to mark the retirement of Guido Hobi, former president. Hobi was instrumental in … more

Georgia Pacific announces $4.5 million in capital improvements for Clarendon plant

A large area manufacturer is set to begin major facility upgrades and an expansion to ultimately become more high-tech. Georgia Pacific's oriented strand board (OSB) manufacturing plant, based in Alcolu, announced Thursday that it will soon begin … more

Founded in Dalzell, Manchester Quail Farms is still expanding 50 years later

Nearing its 50th year of operation, Manchester Farms, America's oldest quail farm, continues to provide the same quality of product as it did decades ago. Since the 1970s, the farm has expanded … more

Walmart brand salad recalled due to possible contamination

A Walmart brand ready-to-eat salad has been recalled in South Carolina, Florida and Georgia due to possible salmonella and listeria monocytogenes contamination in the corn. About 738 pounds of … more

Sumter sharecropper receives posthumous Purple Heart

Brig. Gen. Milford H. Beagle Jr., Fort Jackson commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Jerimiah Gan, present Perry James the Purple Heart and a certificate for Sgt. Perry Loyd for wounds received during World War I. Loyd, a native of Claremont … more

Change up your workout by changing its intensity

The human body is an amazing machine, adapting quickly to the exercises and activities we choose to do. For that reason, we must be intentional in changing up our workout routines. This doesn't necessarily mean that you have to change the … more

Police seek help identifying robbery suspect

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS adrienne@theitem.com Sumter Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying a woman who could be connected to two convenience store armed robberies in the western part of the city on Sunday night. The … more

Columbia meteorologist: 'First really cool snap of fall' is here in Sumter

As you pick up the newspaper Tuesday morning or read it online, you likely can't help but notice that fall is in the air for the first time this season. National Weather Service Meteorologist … more

Celebrated Ailey II dance group visits Sumter's Patriot Hall during Fall for the Arts

The Ailey II dance group, known worldwide and a celebrated dance company across the U.S., performed for visitors to Patriot Hall on Tuesday evening as part of Sumter County Cultural Commission's Fall for … more

Airmen and families from Tyndall Air Force Base come to Shaw, Team Sumter asks for donations to help after Hurricane Michael

Sumter government and military officials, as they recognize the area escaped the worst from Hurricane Michael, are banding together to help some of those most affected in Florida and asking the community to join them. The City of Sumter, Sumter … more

Sumter native, District 5 candidate Archie Parnell pitches rural internet initiative for South Carolina

On the campaign trail Wednesday, Sumter native and 5th Congressional District Democratic nominee Archie Parnell said he wants to bring high-speed internet access - also known as broadband - to all of South Carolina. Parnell outlined his policy … more

BREAKING: South Carolina Supreme Court rules in favor of Bucky Mock in Clarendon coroner's case

After a legal dispute that began in July, and just less than three weeks ahead of the Midterm General Election, the state Supreme Court put to a final rest who will be in the Clarendon County … more

Sumter police seek help in identifying armed robbery suspect

Sumter Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying a woman who could be connected to two convenience store armed robberies in the western part of the city on Sunday night.The … more

Sons of the American Revolution inducts new members at ceremony in Sumter

PHOTO BY GLENN GIVENS / SPECIAL TO THE SUMTER ITEM The Colonel Matthew Singleton Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution recently inducted five new members at a ceremony in Sumter. From left are, front row - Chapter President Frank Brown, … more

The Sumter Item to publish section on midterm election

As the Midterm General Election is approaching, where voters will be asked to decide who will represent them at local, state and national levels, The Sumter Item is preparing a complete guide to the election for readers. Vote 2018 will run as a … more

Find unique holiday items at Sumter's Art in the House

With cooler fall temperatures comes the 11th-annual Art in the House. The large Southern home at 110 Church St. will host 16 local artists offering their work for sale Thursday through … more

Governor candidate Rep. Smith makes campaign fundraising stop in Sumter

South Carolina Rep. and Democratic gubernatorial nominee James Smith said he was taught from a young age by his parents to serve the community and leave a place better than when it was found. It is with that campaign platform, Smith said, that he … more

Trekking the AT: Retired Pocalla Springs Sumter art teacher completes entire Appalachian Trail

A Pinewood resident got to do something not a lot of people get to do in their lifetime: hike the entire Appalachian Trail. Paul Wilkinson started on March 18 at Springer Mountain, Georgia, and finished at Mount Katahdin at Baxter State Park in … more
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