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Fourth of July Schedule: Friday, June 29, 2018

BANKS - All area banks and credit unions will be closed on Wednesday, July 4. GOVERNMENT - The following will be closed on Wednesday, July 4: federal government offices; state government offices; U.S. Postal Service; City of Sumter offices; … more

Fireworks in the Park returns to Sumter

Sumter will host its annual Fireworks in the Park on Saturday at Dillon Park to commemorate Independence Day. The fireworks show will begin at 9:30 p.m., according to Phil Parnell, Sumter County's Recreation and Parks director. Parnell said the … more

Sumter deputies lead massive multi-agency I-95 sweep that nets 81 pounds of pot, thousands in forged checks, cash, drugs, weapons, dogs

A multi-day, multi-agency sweep in Sumter County for illegal substances, contraband and stolen weapons netted 81 pounds of marijuana, $64,000 in forged checks, a dozen weapons, $17,670 worth of … more

Sumter man arrested on 15 child porn charges

A Sumter man has been arrested on 15 charges connected to the exploitation of a minor. The S.C. Attorney General's Office announced Thursday the arrest of Danny Eric Hope in a news … more

Don't live life off balance

Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries. However, it isn't just the older adults that need to worry about losing their balance. It can be anyone who takes prescription medications. Prescription medications … more

Military Order of the Purple Heart holds cookout for veterans

PHOTO PROVIDED The General George L. Mabry Jr. Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart conducted a cookout earlier this month to honor veterans in the Sumter area. The event was held at … more

Fourth of July Schedule: Thursday, June 28, 2018

BANKS - All area banks and credit unions will be closed on Wednesday, July 4. GOVERNMENT - The following will be closed on Wednesday, July 4: federal government offices; state government offices; U.S. Postal Service; City of Sumter offices; … more

Spots open for Extension outdoor summer camp

Do you want to learn about plants and animals native to Sumter, as well as water quality? Clemson Extension 4-H20 Camp for youth ages 9-14 will be held July 10-12 for 20 interested students. Participants will attend a fun, interactive camp from 9 … more

'Modern, fresh' Tru by Hilton to open late July in Sumter

A new mid-scale-market hotel is about to open its doors in Sumter. According to Raj Patel, operator of the soon-to-be completed Tru by Hilton on Broad Street, that hasn't happened in a long time in town. Patel said Wednesday he expects his new … more

Sumter supports McMaster, Wilson in runoff

Republicans in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties helped secure nominations for two races in November on Tuesday during statewide primary runoffs. Voters in all three counties supported the candidate who won the runoff for governor and attorney … more

Suspect makes bomb threat to Sumter DHEC, DSS

Instead of going to lunch about noon on Wednesday, employees at the Sumter branch of the Department of Health and Environmental Control and Department of Social Services in downtown Sumter sat inside First Baptist Church as police cleared their … more

Breaking down Tuesday's Sumter County Council vote to deny school millage request

Following Sumter County Council's 5-2 vote on Tuesday to deny a 5.48-millage increase for Sumter School District, equal to about $1,057,121, council members stated their reasons for voting the way they did. The school district intended to use the … more

Sumter school board members disappointed in millage denial

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees remains expected to adopt its balanced $131.8 million budget tonight after a third and final reading at its board meeting, but a bigger question Wednesday was the board's reaction to Sumter County Council … more

Police responding to suspicious incident at DHEC, DSS in downtown Sumter

Sumter police are responding to a “possible event” downtown Wednesday afternoon. What may have happened and the current situaiton is not yet clear.  Motorists and pedestrians are … more

FEMA awards more than $4M for Hurricane Irma recovery

South Carolina will receive more than $4 million in federal funding for Hurricane Irma recovery efforts. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced Monday the South Carolina Office of the Adjutant General was awarded a grant for … more

Sumter Habitat for Humanity needs veteran

A nonprofit that builds homes for low-income families and residents is planning to build its first house specifically for a veteran, and the group needs to find the future homeowner after the prospective family withdrew from the program. Sumter … more

Sumter Rotary Club names Rotarian of the Year

Shelly Lundberg, center, received The Sumter Rotary Club Rotarian of the Year Award on Monday. She is joined by club president Johnathan Zimpleman, right, and former two-time recipient Charles "Chuck" Fienning. The award is presented to those … more

Sumter's Summer of Caring 2018 kicks off this week

Sumterites are encouraged to make monetary donations to or volunteer with a local nonprofit ministry agency to truly make the next few months a "Summer of Caring." This is the fifth-straight summer The Sumter Item has partnered with Sumter United … more

Manning faces Lexington with playoff hopes on the line

With a 2-0 victory over Hartsville Post 53 on Friday, the Manning-Santee Post 68 American Legion baseball team put itself in a position to finish in the top four in League III and make the state playoffs. M-S still has plenty of work to do to … more

Building a bridge: Sumter County Sheriff's Office's youth conference connects law enforcement, community

More than a decade into operating its Boys and Girls Youth Inc. summer program, Sumter County Sheriff's Office continued to build connections with Sumter's youth this weekend during two excitement- and education-filled days. The program … more
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