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Clyburn recognizes Pastor Willie Wright

BRUCE MILLS / THE SUMTER ITEM New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Willie Wright, left, accepts a special recognition from U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., on Saturday at the church. New Bethel held a banquet celebration, marking Wright's 20 … more

Sumter County Council meeting canceled for Tuesday

Sumter County Council's regular meeting scheduled for Tuesday has been canceled because of a lack of agenda items, according to an announcment from the council. Questions can be directed to Sumter … more

Bond denied for Mayesville man accused of armed robbery

Bond was denied for Chauncey Antonio Wright, 23 — charged with armed robbery for allegedly taking money from The Station convenience store in Mayesville and attacking the clerk on Friday … more

Mental health walk at Dillon Park on Wednesday

Eta Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and National Alliance On Mental Illness of Sumter County will host a mental health awareness walk from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Dillon Park, 1210 Clara Louise Kellogg Drive. The walk is … more

24-hour fundraiser to support sexual violence survivors

If you've ever been told to walk a mile in someone else's shoes to understand where they're coming from or what they're experiencing, you can do so while also raising money for a sexual violence prevention nonprofit. Sexual Trauma Services of the … more

Red Cross gets check from Tom Garrity BBQ Challenge

Phyliss Clark, retired U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Sumter Combat Veterans Group, presented a check in the amount of $9,029.33 to Rebecca Jordan, executive director of the Central chapter of the American Red Cross Palmetto SC Region. The … more

Deputies need help to ID Mayesville robbery suspect

Authorities need the public's help in identifying a suspect in an armed robbery of a Mayesville store from Friday night. According to a Sumter County Sheriff's Office news release, deputies responded about 8:35 p.m. Friday to an armed robbery at … more

Sumter volunteer firefighters, EMS honored at banquet

Kids often play cops and robbers and pretend to be doctors and firemen in their back yards or during recess, but a dedicated group of kids who became adults no longer play pretend. They live it. Not all of those kids grow up to be paid … more

Former POW shares leadership concepts with Shaw airmen

A leadership expert from a similar background but with likely a different perspective on the concept spoke to about 400 airmen at Shaw Air Force Base on Friday. Retired Air Force Col. Lee Ellis, a former Vietnam prisoner of war, addressed members … more

Bars behind bars: Lee Correctional Institution inmates, Carnegie Hall musicians partner to create, perform 90-minute musical

Within walls wired with razor-sharp coils, a group of men dressed in prison tan gathered, organized, rehearsed with one goal. They would be heard. Inmates held in their hands something they chose to help get their message out. Some items were … more

Regional director to address 2018 USC Sumter graduates

The new director of a regional agency charged with improving quality of life in Sumter and surrounding counties, who previously had a distinguished military career, will be the commencement speaker for University of South … more

Yarn Explosion will cover Sumter Cultural Center grounds

Sumter has had a few "yarn bombings," lampposts or telephone poles partially covered in knitted or crocheted fabric by some anonymous person or persons. But now in progress is a yarn bombing event so … more

Safe Kids Sumter County decorate for Pinwheels for Prevention

PHOTOS PROVIDED As part of the Children's Trust of South Carolina campaign to prevent child abuse in the state, Safe Kids Sumter County has decorated "The Hill" at Palmetto Health Tuomey with colorful pinwheels. The pinwheels are a symbol of … more

It's sneezing season in Sumter, but the yellow stuff isn't what causes your spring allergies

Spring brings forth many wonderful things to people from nature with its warmer temperatures, but there is at least one unwelcome companion each year - pollen. Those who struggle with seasonal allergies suffer this time of year from symptoms such … more

No spring break for Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center students working toward GED

While other students enjoyed a week away from school, GED and WorkKeys students at Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center remained in the classroom to further their plans for self-improvement. Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis re-implemented the … more

Sumter native departs USS Anchorage

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandon Williams-Church / Special to The Sumter Item Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 3, Rear Admiral Cedric Pringle, a native of Sumter, returns a salute as he prepares to depart … more

Family of 4 displaced by fire near Shaw

FROM STAFF REPORTS A house fire near Oakland Primary School on Tuesday morning displaced a family of four. Sumter Fire Department and Shaw Air Force Base Fire Department personnel responded to the 1,900-square-foot home in the 5000 block of … more

All jazzed up: Lakewood High jazz, acapella choir to perform at Apollo Theater

Departing today with a special invitation to perform at this weekend's New York City Jazz Festival, it's another feather in the cap for the Lakewood High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble and choral director Herbert Johnson. Under Johnson's leadership, … more

Archaeologists use radar to survey Sumter park's grave sites

A project pushed by Sumter Historical Society, with heavy backing from Sumter County government and other local officials, the renovation of Thomas Sumter Memorial Park, created in honor of the "Gamecock General" on his former property in Stateburg, … more

Skeletal remains identified as Sumter man missing from hospital since September

The skeletal remains found off a dirt road behind Crystal Lakes Golf Course on March 11 have been identified as Michael Joseph Thomson, 55, who was reported missing after he walked out of Palmetto … more
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