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City performing hydrant tests on White Tail Circle

The City of Sumter will perform fire hydrant flow tests on White Tail Circle between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Water customers in the surrounding area may experience temporary discolored water. Please direct any questions or … more

Families celebrate Earth Day at Swan Lake

In the spirit of starting anew with the spring, Sumterites celebrated the eighth-annual Earth Day event, recognizing the importance of protecting Mother Earth, at Swan Lake-Iris Gardens on Saturday. "We've got to protect our Earth," said Lynn … more

Nonprofit holding free probate law workshop in Sumter

The Network Organization of Women Inc. will be hosting a free probate law workshop for Sumter County residents on Monday, April 30, at Sumter County Library, 111 N. Harvin St., from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The event, which is being put on by the … more

Lee Correctional Institution riot is deadliest in nation in 25 years

After three simultaneous, deadly fights in separate dorms at Lee Correctional Institution on Sunday left seven inmates dead and 17 injured, a familiar call for the FCC to block cellphone signals … more

Calm after the storm: Sumter gas station roof damaged on Sunday

BRUCE MILLS / THE SUMTER ITEM A portion of the canopy at the Exxon station at Persimmon Hill lies on ground Monday afternoon after heavy winds and rain blew it off on Sunday. The station is at the … more

Gas pump skimmer devices found at Sumter businesses

Criminals can be out in the open or more subtle, and the Sumter Police Department is warning residents of a device that may not be obvious that can jeopardize your finances and personal … more

7 inmates killed, 17 injured in multi-housing unit riot at Lee Correctional Institution

State law enforcement is responding to a situation at Lee Correctional Institution Sunday night. Jeff Taillon, communications director for the South Carolina Department of Corrections, said the … more

17-year-old Crestwood High football, baseball player fatally shot near downtown Sumter

Sumter Police Department is investigating the death of a 17-year-old man after he was found with a gunshot wound outside of an apartment complex on Peach Street Sunday afternoon.Sumter County Coroner … more

Sumter Chamber of Commerce names People of the Year at annual gala

Just yards from construction cones on an old Main Street that is getting a facelift, Sumter's business leaders, community members, educators and industrial top dogs gathered to celebrate their year that was.Sumter has come a long way in the last 10, … more

How much do you know about guns?

For some people - especially law enforcement and military personnel - firearms are necessary equipment for the job. And though many public servants, and even civilians, have been around firearms since the birth of our nation, you will still see … more

Sumter employers spark students' interest in industrial careers at expo

Area economic development partners and employers put their best foot forward Friday in trying to spark interest in local manufacturing and technology-related jobs with their second-annual Manufacturers and Technology Expo. In the morning, about … more

Irmo man, 40, killed in crash in Rembert

An autopsy for James Lancaster, of Arbor Springs Drive, Irmo, will be scheduled for a later date in Newberry. Next of kin have been notified. South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the … more

Sumter man charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor

A 47-year-old Sumter man was arrested on Thursday and charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. According to Ken Bell, public information officer with Sumter County Sheriff's … more

3 jazz bands share Patriot Hall stage Tuesday

The spring concert by the Sumter Community Concert Band Jazz Ensemble traditionally features the Sumter High School Jazz Ensemble, and this year's program will feature the Lakewood High School Jazz Ensemble. The concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Patriot … more

Celebrate Earth Day on Saturday in Sumter at Swan Lake

SUMTER ITEM FILE PHOTOS Looking for a family friendly activity? The City of Sumter invites the community to Swan Lake-Iris Gardens for a day of green. Celebrate Earth Day from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday with Sumter organizations, schools, … more

Sumter public safety HQ construction is almost finished

On North Lafayette Drive, crews are finishing the final steps on the construction of two new buildings that will benefit local first responders as well as Sumter residents. The $10.6 million Public Safety Complex - a 2014 Capital Penny Sales Tax … more

Byrd, Disney plan to run in Sumter school board member election

Members of the Sumter legislative delegation who authored a bill last summer to create and appoint two at-large seats to the school board defended their decision amid an announcement that both of those new board members plan to run for election in … more

Sumter man charged with two counts of sexual assault on minors

Sumter County Sheriff's Office has charged a 34-year-old Sumter man with two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor after it was reported he sexually assaulted two children under the age of … more

Fire in the hole!

As the wind steadily blew and the branches rustled, airmen assigned to Shaw Air Force Base prepared for a "fire in the hole!" Boom! Sound filled the air, a shock wave pierced through their chests, and a black cloud rose in the distance in a matter … more

Police week events to benefit Sumter law enforcement

FROM STAFF REPORTS Three upcoming events will benefit Sumter law enforcement and other related agencies for National Police Week. Golf tournament The 2018 National Police Week Golf Tournament is set for Monday, May 14, at Sunset Country … more
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