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Music, origami, crafts and more at Sumter County Library during break from school

Don't forget to visit the three branches of the Sumter County Library this summer. Each branch is offering alot more than reading material. Numerous activities are available for children of all ages, and the programs are all free. - Performance: … more

Sumter City Council reviews use of annual block grant funding

Sumter City Council's evening of public hearings began with a breakdown of how the city used its Community Development Block Grant funds, issued by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, between April 2017 and March 2018. According to … more

Sumter music club announces scholarship winners

The Woman's Afternoon Music Club has announced the winners of its annual music scholarship competition held April 22 at First Presbyterian Church. Adjudicator was Jim Mills, a retired music educator and director of the Sumter Community Concert … more

USC Sumter adds eSports, art to summer camp choices

Special to The Sumter ItemUniversity of South Carolina Sumter is expanding summer camp options again this year for students ages 9-14 from June 11 through June 29.Due to the popularity of last year's new options, which included a mock trial camp and … more

City of Sumter Aquatics Center Opening Splash Day set for May 26

City of Sumter Aquatics Center, 1115 S. Lafayette Drive, will begin the swimming season with its free Opening Splash Day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 26. Want to learn to swim or become a lifeguard? Red Cross certified instructors are … more

Cool off in five Sumter County splash parks this summer

Sumter has five splash parks to cool off in, and all are opening Memorial Day weekend. There is no cost, so choose one of the following locations: - Crosswell Park, corner of Lafayette Drive and Yeadon Street; - North HOPE Park, 904 N. Main … more

Hot days mean more screen time for kids; implement rules

When the days of summer get hotter and hotter, kids will be more inclined to stay indoors, which means they will want more media time. Families spend more time staring at screens than ever before. Screen time can adversely affect one's ability to … more

Teach your children the love of reading over the summer

Reading is a passion for many people. But even avid readers may not know just how far back their love of reading stretches. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children who find pleasure in reading have the potential to become … more

Free activities offered at Harvin Clarendon County Library this summer

Harvin Clarendon County Library, 215 N. Brooks St., Manning, will offer special programs and activities during the months of June and July. All programs and activities are free, but seating space and craft supplies are available on a first-come, … more

Cinema Series is back at Sumter Opera House

The Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., is bringing back its Summer Cinema Series with an all new lineup of movies. Showtimes are 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Admission is $1. Concessions are also available for purchase. Please … more

Mayesville festival to honor Mary McLeod Bethune's legacy

The town of Mayesville may take up a small part of the map, but the ones running it are planning to take it over in a big way this weekend, and the festivities start today with a massive football star. The 2018 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy … more

Married couple arrested after 80 grams of meth, heroin found in pillow

A married couple was arrested in Sumter on drug charges recently after an incident that involved reports of a firearm being pointed at a neighbor led to the discovery of 80 grams of … more

Diets fail to deliver

The weight loss industry in the United States has grown to 58.6 billion annually. Yet, despite the amount of money and efforts to focus on obesity, there has not been any significant improvement in the rates of chronic disease. The focus on losing … more

Sumter-based tech startup looks to hit home with Realtors, homeowners

Two Sumter residents hope a new tech application they've created will satisfy a need in the real estate market locally and nationwide. Husband-and-wife team Anand and Aimee Vora gave a hands-on presentation Wednesday to about 15 local Realtors of … more

Opioid overdoses rise 170 percent in Sumter County

As the opioid crisis continues and more overdoses are reported in the state, representatives from Sumter, Lee, Clarendon and Kershaw counties met Wednesday to discuss ways to get ahead of the problem as a region. The strategic planning session, … more

Memorial Day weekend brings more South Carolina drivers, higher gas prices

The first true holiday of summer is fast-approaching, and agencies are already predicting more Carolinians will travel this Memorial Day weekend than last year despite the highest gas prices since 2014. An estimated 593,250 South Carolina … more

2 Sumter men plead guilty to federal drug, firearms charges

Two Sumter men were sentenced in federal court in Columbia after they pleaded guilty earlier this year to various firearm and drug charges. Chief United States District Judge Terry L. Wooten sentenced Brandon Leroid Cummings, 28, to 108 months of … more

Nonprofit gives care packages to support military spouses in Sumter

Diane Rumley knows that when a man or a woman enlists into the United States military, the person wearing the uniform is not the only one agreeing to make a sacrifice for this country. Mothers, fathers, husbands wives and their children - a lot … more

Brewington Academy's relocation still up in air

In the school district's whirlwind of activities in the recent months, one important piece of the puzzle still remains unsolved - Brewington Academy. Brewington is the district's alternative school for middle and high school children with … more

2 Sumter mothers, newborns test positive for illegal drugs

Two new mothers in their 20s have been arrested on child neglect charges after they and their newborns tested positive for illegal drugs. Both were arrested in the separate incidents on May 14 after warrants were issued on May 11, according to … more
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