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Extradition hearing set for sovereign citizen suspected in Sumter auto shop shooting

A fugitive man suspected of murder in connection with a Sumter auto body repair shop shooting has been found and arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service and local Jacksonville, Florida, … more

City of Sumter truck slams into old McDuffie's furniture store

West Liberty Street slowed to a crawl Thursday morning as emergency crews worked the scene of a wreck in which a City of Sumter vehicle slammed all the way into an old furniture store. At least … more

Raise your cup or glass for better health

Water intake is one of the most important factors in keeping your body healthy. Not only is your body made up of two-thirds water, but it also relies on a steady intake of water to flush out waste, hydrate cells and organs as well as transport … more

Sumter Opera House gets youth education grant from Duke Energy Foundation

An arts education program in Sumter is among 11 nonprofits throughout the state that received a grant from an area electric provider. The City of Sumter was awarded funding from the Duke Energy Foundation to provide access to the arts through 10 … more

Voting is open for The Item's first-ever 20 Under 40 contest

Voting for the 2018-19 Top 20 Young Professionals Under 40 contest is underway and will remain open until Aug. 21. Each user can vote daily for his or her favorite nominees of the 99 from Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties. The final 20 Under 40 … more

Clarendon to get $10M in solar energy farm

Clarendon County is continuing its venture into the new, high-tech, clean energy production realm with the announcement Tuesday of a major capital investment by a solar energy facilities developer, according to officials. Southern Current, based … more

Richland teachers visit Sumter, tour its history

KAYLA ROBINS / THE SUMTER ITEM More than 100 teachers traveled from Richland County District 1 to Sumter County for a day of learning and bonding. They split into groups to tour the Temple Sinai Jewish History Center on Church Street, the … more

A bug's life at Swan Lake-Iris Gardens

A variety of insects enjoyed some of the flowers in bloom on Saturday at Swan Lake-Iris Gardens. more

R.E. Davis College Preparatory Academy renovations on schedule for Monday

All major construction renovations at the former R.E. Davis Elementary School - now R.E. Davis College Preparatory Academy - are scheduled to be completed before the first day of school for students on Monday. Sumter School District Chief … more

Rallying the troops: Sumter School District teachers get together for back-to-school pep rally

"Whatever it takes." That's the theme for the new school year in Sumter School District, and it was expressed loud (really loud) and clear Wednesday at the district's annual opening meeting for teachers and staff at Sumter County Civic … more

Sumter truck business permitted to expand; spec building on the rise

Sumter County Council approved third and final reading to permit Carolina Truck & Trailer Parts to expand its storage area and gave second reading to a loan agreement that will fund the construction of a new spec building on Tuesday. Carolina … more

Suspect in fatal Sumter shooting apprehended in Florida

Fatal shooting suspect Demetrius Alexander Brown, 38, was apprehended Wednesday by authorities in Jacksonville, Florida, according to Ken Bell, public information officer for Sumter County Sheriff's … more

CCTC pins 93 during ceremonies at Sumter Opera House

Central Carolina Technical College's Health Sciences Division pinned nine massage therapists, 13 medical assistants, 10 medical record coders, 43 nurses, two patient care technicians, seven pharmacy technicians and nine surgical … more

Honorary street name recognizes Sumter civil rights activist

A sign was unveiled Monday morning to honor the late James T. McCain Sr., the father of Sumter County Council Chairman Jim McCain and a prominent civil rights activist from Sumter. South Carolina Department of Transportation named the portion of … more

Summer of Caring: Sumter emergency shelter client, 'Jane,' learns value of persistence

Rocky, the movie series, was largely inspiring because of the boxer's inner drive and desire to succeed. The way he would stay in the fight even when things looked grim struck a chord in so many people because most of us can relate to the feeling of … more

Sumter teen shot by man after intervening in argument

A 17-year-old was injured by a gunshot last week when he reportedly attempted to intervene in a physical altercation between a man and a woman. Sumter Police Department officers responded to a shooting call in the Baker Street/Burgess Court area … more

Former Sumter School District Superintendent Baker, 2 more file for school board seats

As of Tuesday, three more candidates have filed for the two at-large seats on Sumter School District Board of Trustees, and one is no stranger at all to Sumter's public schools. Former district Superintendent Frank Baker filed Tuesday afternoon … more

Business news: John Harris Body Shop now in new location in Sumter

Sumter's only chain-brand auto body shop is now operating in its new location. John Harris Body Shop opened on July 2. Where: 2945 Broad St. Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact: (803) 469-8200 Services Collision repairs and … more

Official: People trapped by N.Y. flooding OK, assessing damage

ALBANY, N.Y. - Flash floods caused by pre-dawn downpours washed out bridges, submerged vehicles, clogged yards and roads with debris and temporarily trapped dozens of people in their upstate New York homes Tuesday, causing extensive damage but … more

Midlands Fatherhood Coalition honors fathers at its 2nd graduation event

The Midlands Fatherhood Coalition in Sumter held its second-annual graduation for its participants on Thursday. The participants, one from Kershaw County, two from Clarendon County, three from Lee County and four from Sumter County, were recognized … more
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