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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

Trump-backed McMaster wins South Carolina governor primary

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — One of Donald Trump's earliest and strongest supporters, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, survived an unusually tough challenge from a political newcomer on Tuesday, … more

ELECTION 2018: Primary runoff election results for Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties

Here are the results for the races affect  Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties: Governor (Republican) Henry McMaster (incumbent):  51.64% | 17,567 votes John Warren: 48.36% | 16,449 … more

Sumter-based Merchant Iron Works to expand, create new jobs

A Sumter-based manufacturer is expanding and creating 27 new jobs. Merchant Iron Works, 3215 Beulah Cuttino Road, announced today its making a $2.5 million capital investment into its facility and … more

Sumter County Council to consider Sumter School District millage increase request

Sumter County Council will hold a special called meeting at 5 p.m. today in County Council Chambers, third floor of Sumter County Administration Building, 13 E. Canal St., to continue its discussion … more

Building minds and LEGOs at the Sumter County Library

PHOTOS BY ADRIENNE SARVIS / THE SUMTER ITEM As summer vacation pushes on, local children continued to use their thinking muscles as they built various structures during the Club LEGO event at Sumter County Library's main building on … more

Back to the '80s: REACH showcases Sumter School District's talented

They've explored Motown, the Beatles' era and several other themes in years past, but this summer, students in Sumter School District's Reinforcing and Expanding Artistic and Creative Horizons program have been examining the 1980s - when none of … more

Sumter School Board's Finance Committee meets Wednesday

The advisory Finance Committee of Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will meet Wednesday at 7:45 a.m. at the district office, 1345 Wilson Hall Road. A district spokeswoman distributed a meeting agenda on Monday morning. The committee … more

Working for success: Student in inaugural CCTC program gets one year free while working in industry

While many of her friends growing up in Cuba enjoyed playing with dolls inside, Yadira Viera liked wrenches and hammers and being in the garage with Dad on the weekends. He was a car mechanic by trade and operated his shop business from home. … more

'Charity starts at home': Sidewalk Cafe owner holds block party to help homeless shelters

There are many ways to make a difference in a community, and Tracy Fleming, owner of Sidewalk Cafe, is using one platform to reinforce a charitable movement. On Saturday, Sidewalk Cafe held its first block party on South Main to become familiar … more

Savage-Glover precinct changes for runoff

According to the Sumter County Voter Registration and Election Office, the Savage-Glover precinct will vote at South Sumter Resource Center, 337 Manning Ave., for the June 26 Republican primary runoff. more

Sumter Walgreens offering free HIV testing

A health care center in Sumter will provide free HIV Rapid testing at a local pharmacy next week, putting Sumter among 180 cities that will participate in National HIV Testing Day. Free, confidential testing will be available on Wednesday, June … more

Sumter officials urge you to protect yourself from the high heat

With summer in full effect, people need to take extra care when trying to beat the heat while also trying to enjoy the great outdoors. Though this time of year may be the perfect opportunity to enjoy the pool or get a nice tan, the sun can be … more

From Nuremberg to Alcolu: Daughter of lawyer who prosecuted Nazis and whom Tom Hanks played in ‘Bridge of Spies’ makes a donation to Sumter’s Jewish History Center

Mary Ellen Donovan Fuller remembers her family being picketed throughout her unusual childhood, but she did not realize it was unusual until later in life. Fuller, who lives in Alcolu in Clarendon County, made a donation on behalf of her father … more
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