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Medical transportation free for Sumter seniors

Sumter Senior Services is offering free medical transportation to Sumter County seniors. Eligibility requirements are: - Seniors must be at least 60 years of age; - Seniors must live within 15 miles of Harvin Street; and - The medical … more

Sumter County DOT send supplies to coastal DOT after Hurricane Florence

PHOTOs BY MICAH GREEN / THE SUMTER ITEM Members of the Sumter County Department of Transportation gathered supplies and donations this week for members of the local Department of Transportation offices along the northeast coast who were affected … more

City of Sumter burn ordinance passed

Sumter City Council approved the city's new burn ordinance at its meeting Tuesday, which now regulates open and refuse burning within city limits. Reading: Second and final Agenda item: An … more

Elementary, secondary schools now allowed in more Sumter city zonings

Elementary and secondary schools are now allowed as a conditional use permit in more zonings within city limits after the Sumter City Council passed an ordinance at its meeting Tuesday. Reading: … more

Hampton, Sumter streets approved for resurfacing in Sumter

Sumter City Council approved contracts for resurfacing projects on Hampton and Sumter streets at its meeting on Tuesday. Reading: Resolution Agenda item: A procurement resolution to enter a … more

7 officers shot in Florence County, 1 dead

FLORENCE (AP) — A police officer was killed and six of his comrades were wounded when authorities said an elderly man began shooting at deputies who came to serve a search warrant, barricading … more

Annual Porches of Sumter to feature 12 homes, local eats

Tonight brings more temperate weather, music and the aroma of delectable dishes to the sixth annual Porches of Sumter presented by FTC. The event will feature 12 homes in the downtown area of the … more

South Carolina voter registration deadline extended after Hurricane Florence

The registration deadline for South Carolina voters has been extended to Wednesday, Oct. 17 for residents in all counties, according to the South Carolina Election Commission. The 10-day extension … more

Sumter County Coroner reports fatal wreck on I-95

One person was pronounced dead after authorities responded to a single-vehicle wreck on Interstate 95 on Tuesday, according to Sumter County Coroner Robbie Baker.The identity of the deceased will be … more

Community health fair Saturday in Summerton

Clarendon District One and Lake Marion Artisans will hold a health fair for members of the Summerton community from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the gymnasium of Clarendon One Resource Center, formerly the Old Historic Scott's Branch High School … more

Community concert band opens new season Sunday

The Sumter Community Concert Band begins its 2018-19 season at 3 p.m. Sunday in Patriot Hall, with a theme and music selected by its longtime director. James H. "Jimmy" Mills will lead the band in playing music based on the theme "A Musical Tour … more

Why I Serve: Shaw aircraft armament specialist joined Air Force for education, travel

Why I Serve, presented by With These Hands Natural Gourmet Foods, is a monthly series that brings you a glimpse into the life of a different military service member stationed at Shaw Air Force Base. Name: Airman 1st Class Jwanaque … more

Clarendon 3 leads tri-county area on career readiness test

Clarendon School District 3 students based in Turbeville scored the highest in the tri-county region on a new career readiness assessment that also includes a soft skills component, according to state Department of Education test results released … more

Sumter gas station owner Hobbs 'cared about everybody,' friends say

A great friend and family man, good business man, tremendous University of South Carolina Gamecocks fan and a man who cared about everybody and loved his church are all descriptions friends used to detail the life of Van Hobbs. A longtime … more

Finding a 'community wrap around you' in Sumter: MQ-9 Reaper unit at Shaw welcomes new airmen in 1st expansion of group

Shaw Air Force Base's newest unit, which flies remotely piloted aircraft to protect Americans and their allies throughout the world, recently welcomed a new group of airmen to the East Coast. Base leaders, airmen, their families and community … more

Sumter County man charged with stealing more than $800 worth of items

A man who allegedly stole hundreds of dollars worth of items from a storage building in September was arrested and booked at Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center on Tuesday. Jehrode W. Hodge, 31, of … more

Sumter man wanted after 18-year-old injured in shooting

A teenager was injured in a shooting Monday night, and the suspect remains at large, according to Sumter County law enforcement. Warrants have been issued for Byron Deshawn Lyons, 25, whose last … more

Family Empowerment Forum set for Wednesday at USC Sumter

South Carolina continues to be ranked in the top 10 - No. 6 - for its rate of women killed by men according to the Violence Policy Center, a Washington-based organization. Using data compiled from homicides in 2016, the center's study showed 48 … more

Restaurant news: Pita Thyme opens in Sumter, specializes in Mediterranean food

There's a new restaurant open on Broad Street in Sumter. Pita Thyme, specializing in Mediterranean food, has taken the place of the now-closed Pita Pit. "This is our third day open," Greek-Lebanese owner Danny Oueini said on Friday. "We have … more

Sumter City Council to consider final reading for burn ordinance

Sumter City Council will meet at 1 p.m. today in City Council Chambers, fourth floor of Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider: - Second and final reading of an ordinance to regulate open burning and refuse burning in the city; - … more
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