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Sumter nonprofits benefit from Midlands Gives

Five Sumter County nonprofits raised almost $10,000 in a 24-hour online fundraiser that supported 372 organizations throughout the Midlands on Tuesday. Sumter County Museum, Sumter Habitat for Humanity, SC Run for the Fallen, Freedom Rings Rescue … more

Widow of Emanuel 9 pastor shares message of grace, unity at Sumter Mayor's Prayer Breakfast

"A lady of grace, humility and integrity" could be the best words to describe Jennifer Pinckney. Pinckney spoke Thursday at the Sumter Mayor's Prayer Breakfast held at Alice Drive Baptist Church. The annual event in the city is held in … more

Sumter Police Department Deputy Chief Holston arrested in Aiken County

Sumter Police Department's deputy chief has been placed on administrative leave after he was arrested in Aiken County on Thursday for allegedly attempting to contact a person he was advised by … more

Drinking water is essential for better health

As the temperatures begin to rise and you spend more time outside, staying hydrated becomes more vital for proper functioning and survival. It is reported that approximately 75 percent of Americans are dehydrated. While the human body can survive … more

Together We Sing

The Sumter Civic Chorale will present its spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, and they've invited four other special musical ensembles to join them at Patriot Hall. The title of the concert, "Together We Sing," promises an afternoon of outstanding … more

Sumter School District honors 2018-19 teachers of year

It's not easy being a teacher in these days and times, and Sumter School District paid special respect to and honored many of its finest educators Monday night at its annual Celebration of Excellence. At the ceremony - hosted at Crestwood High … more

Current art exhibits give validity to 'a picture is worth a thousand words'

Special to The Sumter ItemMost people are familiar with the adages "art for art's sake" and "a picture is worth a thousand words." The two current Sumter Gallery of Art exhibits reflect the validity of those suggestions. Although it is possible to … more

Body of Sumter man found in Lake Marion

Law enforcement from three counties are investigating what has been deemed a homicide after a 24-year-old Sumter man was found dead in Lake Marion last week. The body of Jerry Lamars Johnson was … more

Downtown opens at night for Microbrew Festival

One of spring's most popular events returns to downtown Sumter Friday, May 11, with more venues to visit, more craft beers to sample, hors d'oeuvres and a variety of music. The Downtown Sumter Microbrew Festival will be from 6 to 9 p.m. The event … more

Sheriff's office goes blue for autism awareness

PHOTOS BY ADRIENNE SARVIS Sumter County Sheriff's Office flashed their blue lights and released blue balloons in recognition of Autism Awareness Month on Monday afternoon. Deputies also listened to two mothers speak about raising a child with … more

Palmetto Health offers free seminars, screenings

May is National Stroke and Hypertension Awareness Month, and in recognition, Palmetto Health will offer free seminars and health screenings to educate the public about the dangers of stroke and hypertension. With South Carolina being in the … more

CCTC hosts welding skills competition

Central Carolina Technical College hosted the S.C. Technical System's 36th Annual Welding Skills Competition on April 19 and 20, and CCTC students showed their competitive drive against nine other colleges: Piedmont Technical College, Midlands … more

Sumter 'church family' helps one in need during Operation Inasmuch

Thanks to one local church's commitment to follow God's word in an act of service to others, a mother and daughter are being reunited after months apart. Last Christmas Eve, best of friends Cynthia Bell and her mother, Edna Bell - both of Sumter … more

Sumter's Sertoma Club feeds, supports Emmanuel UME soup kitchen

Sertoma Club of Sumter met recently at Emmanuel United Methodist Church's soup kitchen for one of its annual service projects - providing a catered lunch to the daily residents. Club President Chuck Wilson and Tyler Gibbs, president elect, presented … more

Sumter School District proposes 5.48-mill increase

Sumter School District will likely ask the county for a 5.48-mill increase next month amid a continued tight state funding environment and after being denied an increase last year by Sumter County Council. District Chief Financial Officer Chris … more

Event will showcase work at Thomas Sumter Park

Despite the recent spray paint vandalism at Thomas Sumter Memorial Park resulting in $5,000 of damage, Sumter County Historical Society members are still excited to unveil new renovations during a scheduled event on Sunday. Rangers with Poinsett … more

Sumter Police Department has located missing 46-year-old woman

Sumter Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a 46-year-old woman who was last seen on Saturday. Cynthia Frierson, of Poplar Square Apartments on Miller Road, was last … more

United Way expands baby care simulation program

Teenagers in Sumter County and the surrounding area now have the opportunity to learn what it is like to care for a child in (almost) real time. United Way of Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties recently purchased five new state-of-the-art … more

Sumter County Council to hold first budget workshop

Sumter County Council will meet at 5 p.m. today in County Council Chambers, third floor of Sumter County Administration Building, 13 E. Canal St., for its first budget workshop regarding the county's general fund for fiscal year 2018. more

Sumter artist wins at ArtFields

Victoria Hagner, a member of Sumter Artists Guild, took top prize recently as the People's Choice 3-D winner at ArtFields, a weeklong Southeastern artist festival held in Lake City. More than 400 artists from 12 … more
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