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Sumter marks Memorial Day with ceremony honoring those who made ultimate sacrifice

A chair sat empty to the podium's left. Behind it, a "flag for everyone." Throughout Sumter County, 4,500 more American flags fluttered in the rain in 42 cemeteries. City, county and state officials from Sumter County joined Shaw Air Force Base, … more

Shooting group receives grant for indoor range

The Sumter County Chapter of The Well Armed Woman - an organization aimed at educating, training and empowering female gun owners - received a $3,721.85 grant from the National Rifle Association to purchase supplies that will allow its members to … more

New book tells true stories of S.C.

Like most Southern states, South Carolina has many storytellers. In their newly released anthology, Sandy Richardson and Susan Doherty Osteen have compiled and edited more than two dozen true stories, written by S.C. natives, residents and former … more

Sumter under flash flood watch for Memorial Day

Sumter County is under a flash flood watch through Memorial Day evening as heavy rains from Subtropical Storm Alberto could cause flooding across most of South Carolina. The National Weather … more

Memorial Day Schedule: May 27, 2018

BANKS - All area banks and credit unions will be closed on Monday. GOVERNMENT - The following will be closed on Monday: federal government offices; state government offices; U.S. Postal Service; City of Sumter offices; Sumter County offices; … more

Don't miss out on a fun evening with SLT's 'La Cage aux Folles'

This weekend is filled with Iris Festival events. If you are interested in fun and feel-good entertainment, Sumter Little Theatre's current production "La Cage aux Folles" very ably directed by Carmela Bryan is an excellent choice. You may have seen … more

Private sector firms donate $35K to Sumter School District

As part of a continual effort to support Sumter School District, local private investors made a contribution Thursday to support the district's upcoming teacher professional development conference.Greg Thompson, a member of the Sumter Smarter Growth … more

Legal notice says Sumter's Project Bulldog is BD

According to a required legal notice of a public hearing at an upcoming Sumter County Council meeting in today's Classified section of The Sumter Item, written by legal counsel for local manufacturer BD (Becton Dickinson and Co.), BD is the company … more

Sumter's Temple Sinai Jewish History Center to open Friday

After more than two years of planning and building, the Temple Sinai Jewish History Center will open to the public on Friday with a service in the sanctuary. Opening ceremonies will be held on Saturday. The conversion of the temple's Social Hall … more

Fish fry honors veterans at annual South Sumter event

Memorial Day is a day to honor those who served our country and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for it, but that doesn't mean a community has to make it a day of sadness. The ninth annual Memorial Day event and fish fry at South Sumter Park … more

Fire claims Branch Street home; 3 adults displaced

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS adrienne@theitem.com Sumter firefighters were called to put out a fire on Branch Street after a single-family house caught fire on Thursday afternoon. The call came in about 3:44 p.m. and firefighters started arriving on … more

Sumter doctor says screenings vital in preventing colon cancer

No one enjoys getting a colonoscopy. Dr. Kent Cunningham and a statewide group know that. They also know getting one can save lives from one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in both men and women. The South Carolina Cancer Alliance has been … more

Student makes threat to Hillcrest Middle School

Increased law enforcement at Hillcrest Middle School on Friday morning is because of a student who made an alleged threat against the school. An investigation by Sumter County Sheriff’s … more

Memorial Day Schedule: May 25, 2018

BANKS - All area banks and credit unions will be closed on Monday. GOVERNMENT - The following will be closed on Monday: federal government offices; state government offices; U.S. Postal Service; City of Sumter offices; Sumter County offices; … more

Red Cross offering $5 gift card for blood donations

With the end of school and beginning of summer vacations fast approaching, one nonprofit is calling for continued donations of blood and platelets to help save lives. The American Red Cross, which relies on volunteer donors to give blood, sees a … more

Palmetto Health, Safe Kids offer tips to keep children safe in and around water

FROM PALMETTO HEALTH Summer is a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends at the beach, lake or pool. Unfortunately, every year approximately 800 children under the age of 14 die due to drowning accidents. Palmetto Health … more

2018 Iris Festival Pageant winners

PHOTO PROVIDED The 2018 Iris Festival Pageant was held Saturday at Sumter High School auditorium. This year's winners are: Baby Miss - Davis Allen of Bennettsville; Tiny Miss - Ryleigh Windham of Sumter; Wee Miss - Tatum McAlhaney of Aiken (not … more

Sumter officials say be aware of holiday hazards

As Sumterites prepare the car or grill to celebrate Memorial Day this weekend, Sumter's first responder agencies want the public to be cautious of their actions and the actions of others. About 1.7 million Carolinians are expected to be on the … more

Follow up: Sumter City Council's May 15 meeting

Sumter City Council approved first reading of a request regarding the development of mini-warehouse storage off Constitution Drive during its meeting on May 15. Council also approved first reading … more

Recreation department announces Summer Enrichment Program

The Sumter County Recreation Department will begin accepting registration for its 2018 Summer Enrichment Program on Tuesday, May 29. Daily activities will take place at 16 sites in the city and county where the program will be held. Recreation … more
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