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My Community and Me begins 23rd year

More than two decades ago, a fourth-grade teacher at Willow Drive Elementary School saw a gap in her students' educational opportunities and sought a way to fill it. Rosanne DuRant saw that state and national history were included in the public … more

Sumter's Manning Avenue project to alter traffic

Sumter City Council approved first reading of an ordinance that would make specifications regarding controlled burns in the city and approved a contract for a sewer line project that will temporarily alter the flow of traffic on Manning Avenue … more

State, Sumter test scores improve slightly

Sumter and South Carolina students performed overall slightly better in English and math on standardized testing in 2018 compared to 2017, but most students are still not meeting grade-level expectations. The state Department of Education … more

No charges in pedestrian fatality in Rembert

The driver involved in a collision with a pedestrian in Rembert that resulted in a fatality on Tuesday will not be charged, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol. At 9:20 p.m., the driver of … more

Sumter mayor proclaims Constitution Week Sept. 17-23

On Aug. 31, the Junior American Citizens, headmaster and the JAC lead teacher, all from Thomas Sumter Academy, along with Children of the American Revolution and Daughters of the American Revolution, met with Mayor Joe McElveen as he signed the … more

Sumter gallery presents 2 contemporary artists

Sumter County Gallery of Art will present exhibitions by two new artists with very different subject matter and process beginning with an opening reception Thursday evening. The public is invited to attend the 5:30-to-7:30 p.m. event at which … more

Holy Cross opens doors for Welcome Sunday

The history of Church of the Holy Cross in Stateburg can be seen in its cemetery where headstones honoring soldiers of the American Revolution have been preserved through the centuries and inside the sanctuary which features striking historical … more

Sumter's Summer of Caring fundraiser ends with $6K donated

The fifth-consecutive Summer of Caring ended the 2018 collection period with nearly $6,500 in donations. Money donated to the initiative, begun as a partnership between The Sumter Item and Sumter United Ministries, was delivered to the ministry, … more

Volunteers clean veterans' gravesites in Sumter during Decorate the Decorated event

Shaw Air Force Base 20th Fighter Wing airman Khiry Loyd cleans the headstone of veteran Samuel M. Dinkins on Saturday at the Decorate the Decorated event at Sumter Cemetery. Shaw personnel, Girl Scouts and other … more

Why I Serve: Shaw airman aims to make Air Force a better place for the future

The men and women of any military branch choose to serve their country for a range of reasons, and one airman in Sumter is already thinking about how others after him will experience the Air Force. Staff Sgt. Zachary Martin has been stationed at … more

Summerton man charged with financial fraud in Sumter County

Sumter County Sheriff’s Office charged a Summerton man, 25, with financial theft and fraud on Aut. 29 for allegedly withdrawing money using a stolen debit card earlier that month. Brian … more

Campus Corner: Sept. 4, 2018

The Citadel CHARLESTON - The Citadel awarded gold stars to the following local cadets and students who achieved a 3.7 grade-point average or higher during the 2018 spring semester. The following area students were awarded gold stars: - Sumter … more

CCTC president to serve as a moderator at conference

Central Carolina Technical College President Michael Mikota has been selected as a panel session moderator for an upcoming annual statewide workforce development conference. Mikota will moderate a session titled Building the Pipeline by Changing … more

Sumter City Council to consider contract for Manning Avenue project

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 rezone .30 acres at 702 N. Main St. from residential-6 to … more

Community health center seeks to expand in Sumter

Another Sumter health care provider is seeking to expand its local operations, but this one has hit a snag along the way. Similar to Sumter Family Health Center, 1278 N. Lafayette Drive, Sandhills Medical Foundation, at 425 N. Salem Ave., is a … more

'To that call we will always answer': Community Broadcasters holds 2nd-annual Sumter first responder appreciation night

Their arms displayed different colors, but they were at University of South Carolina Sumter's Nettles Auditorium on Thursday for the same reason. Black and yellow, red and yellow, camouflage green, gray and black, navy and light blue, blue and … more

Sumter health officials: Get your flu shot now

The start of the new school year for many parents means it's time, again, to get them and their children vaccinated against the flu and for teachers to keep vats of hand sanitizer close by. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … more

Labor Day Schedule: Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018

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

Tickets on sale for CWU annual salad luncheon

Meet new friends, see old friends and enjoy numerous salads at Church Women United Annual Salad Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at St. James Lutheran Church, 1137 Alice Drive. All proceeds from the luncheon benefit local charities such … more

Top S.C. court will look into coroner case

By KAYLA ROBINS kayla@theitem.com The state's top court has decided to look at the ongoing dispute between the woman who ran for and won the Clarendon County coroner race in the June Democratic primary and the incumbent whose subsequent … more
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