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'The Wonder of Nature' show opens

Visitors enjoy the opening reception of "The Wonder of Nature" exhibit at The Gallery Upstairs at Central Carolina Technical College featuring photographs by members of Sumter Digital Camera Club. College President Michael Mikota spoke about the … more

Preliminary fiscal '18 report before Sumter School Board

The interim superintendent's regular district update report and the preliminary June 30, 2018, financial report highlight Sumter School Board's agenda for its next meeting, Monday night. A district spokesperson distributed the agenda for the … more

Superhero Sumter boy saves great-grandmother

Superheroes come in all sizes and ages, such as the 4-year-old who ran "really really fast" to get help for his 90-year-old great-grandmother after she fell during a walk on Tuesday. Hazel Wilson fell and hit her head while she and Carson Aycock … more

'Fences' portrays '50s but speaks to today

The setting of August Wilson's "Fences" may be Pittsburg in the 1950s, the characters may be blacks and the issues may include attitudes about race; but Wilson's play projects universal themes, characters and situations still current today. The … more

Sumter students' ingenuity takes flight in tiny cubes

You could describe it as big science in little cubes, but it all equates to engaging more and more young students in the growing career opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. That was on display Friday at Bates Middle School … more

State party does not certify Clarendon candidate

It appears a new primary to determine the Democratic nomination for coroner in Clarendon County will not be held after officials from the state party announced they will not certify one of the candidates. LaNette Samuels-Cooper, who won the … more

Sumter Police need help identifying suspect in vehicle break-ins

Sumter Police Department is working to identify an individual captured on video surveillance, who could be connected to several reported break-ins of unlocked vehicles Wednesday night in the Hunters … more

Manning man charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor

MANNING – A 55-year-old Manning man was arrested on Aug. 17 on charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 11, according to Clarendon County Sheriff’s … more

A hole-in-one for a one-in-a-million Sumter man

Sumter Item archivist and Sumter historian Sammy Way got a hole-in-one recently at Sunset Country Club on No. 16. He hit his 128-yard shot with a 7 iron. more

Sumter Citadel alumni share praise for new college president

Given its military roots, proximity to Charleston and other factors, Sumter is home to more than "a few good men," who are alumni of The Citadel. According to The Citadel Alumni Society, there are currently 226 Citadel alumni who are Sumter … more

Sumter flood prevention ordinance could save money for homeowners

Sumter City Council approved first reading of an ordinance to update the city's flood damage prevention ordinance on Tuesday which could, over time, save more money for homeowners with flood insurance. Ordinance makes city safer, saves homeowners … more

Quote of the week

"I want to study dinosaurs a lot because in the future, I kinda want to be a paleontologist, but I just started thinking about other things, but I still want to be a paleontologist, but, um, if I can't get to paleontologist, I'll just grow up to be … more

Sumter planning commission in favor of increasing locations for schools

Sumter City-County Planning Commission voted to recommend approvals of requests that would benefit two property owners in their endeavors for residential and educational projects. Rezoning will open land to residential development Agenda Item: … more

Crestwood High alumnus named local St. Leo University director

A former Crestwood High School graduate is returning to Sumter for a college-level director position. In a news release Thursday, Saint Leo University announced that Terrance Gilmore has recently been named as director of the university's Shaw … more

Keeping it in the family: Shaw pilot appointed father's old F-16

An Air Force major walks down the flight line of Canon Air Force Base, New Mexico, making his way toward his F-16CJ Fighting Falcon, aircraft 90830. As he climbs into the cockpit of the jet affectionately known as the Viper, he mentally prepares … more

Historic preservation committee to meet Thursday

Sumter Historic Preservation Design Review Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. today in City Council Chambers, fourth floor of Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider: - Review approval for the installation of a 6-foot white vinyl privacy … more

Shaw medic provides off-duty care to wreck victims

A husband and wife who were injured in a car wreck in Sumter County recently were lucky to find a helping hand from a trained Air Force EMT. Senior Airman Chris Aubuchon was driving home from Shaw Air Force Base after work around 11 p.m. one … more

Make better choices for healthier kids this school year

Childhood obesity is a growing problem in the United States. For the first time in history, American children could have a shorter lifespan than their parents. The rates have tripled since 1980, making it the most common chronic childhood … more

Ousted Clarendon County coroner candidate files again

A special filing period closed Tuesday for a new primary that will be held, if necessary, for Clarendon County coroner, and it appears those involved are experiencing d j vu as the same two people who ran in June filed again. Clarendon County … more

Manning Police Department seeks assistance in identifying robbery suspect

MANNING — Manning Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying a man who walked into the Manning Walmart on Tuesday afternoon, grabbed a cash register drawer and fled the store in 10 … more
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