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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

1 Sumter man charged, 1 injured in shooting

A Sumter man was arrested after an argument apparently led to shots being fired toward a house during the weekend. Elizah Jerel Daniels, 31, of Highland Avenue, was charged with discharging a weapon into a dwelling and two counts of attempted … more

Beware the bloodsuckers: State records 1st case of West Nile Virus this season

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control confirmed the first case of West Nile Virus in the state earlier this month, urging extra caution with dealing with the mosquitoes and ticks this time of year. While every mosquito … more

Back to the park for Sumter Police Department's annual Back-to-School Bash

Hundreds of people braved the summer sun on Tuesday to attend Sumter Police Department's annual Back-to-School Bash at Crosswell Park. The bash is held every year to introduce students and parents to … more

Sumter County Council to discuss dam project

Sumter County Public Works/Solid Waste Committee will meet at 4:30 p.m. today in County Council Conference Room to receive an update on the Second Mill Dam project; and to receive information about abandoning maintenance duties for Ohana Circle, … more

Sumter churches show appreciation for first responders

PHOTOS BY ADRIENNE SARVIS / The Sumter Item Members of Long Branch Baptist Church on Peach Orchard Road, along with members of neighboring churches, provided lunch and treats for Sumter County's first responders on Saturday. The congregations … more

3 Sumter residents plead guilty to insurance fraud, ordered to pay restitution

FROM STAFF REPORTS Sumter residents Tykeem Ra Hsan Jomal Sumpter, 23, Raekwon Rasheen Reyes Owens, 22, and Khalil Jabraun Hilton, 19, entered guilty pleas on Aug. 9 on insurance fraud charges according to a news release from South Carolina … more
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