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Sumter coroner: Pediatrician died of natural causes

The longtime employee of Sumter pediatrics P.A. who was found dead at his residence Tuesday evening died of natural causes, officials confirmed. Dr. Carl G. Whetsell died from a heart issue, an … more

Hunger gets canned with help from Sumter Police Department

Grocery lists this time of the year usually consist of turkeys, stuffing and other fixings, but Sumter Police Department is asking the community to consider adding a few extra canned foods to the shopping cart to help someone less fortunate have a … more

Why I Serve: Family fuses with military for Shaw SCX flight chief

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. It usually runs on the first Wednesday of each … more

Sumter Item's annual Fireside Fund honors Roger Ackerman

The season of giving has returned, and as temperatures continue to drop, charitable donations could be the difference between a silent night and a sleepless night for some families. To help keep others warm this fall and winter, The Sumter Item … more

Sumter Tribe of Cheraw Indians celebrates heritage with festival

The Sumter Tribe of Cheraw Indians celebrated its heritage Saturday during its third Native American Indian Festival. There was a friendship dance with tribe members and other community members, seen above, … more

Sumter doctor found dead, coroner confirms

Dr. Carl G. Whetsell of Sumter Pediatrics P.A. was found dead at his residence Tuesday afternoon, according to Sumter County Coroner Robbie Baker. Baker did not say where on his property Whetsell … more

Sumter County Council to meet today, Nov. 13

Sumter County Council will meet at 6 p.m. today in County Council Chambers, Sumter County Administration Building, 13 E. Canal St., to consider: - Third and final reading of a request to rezone 3.91 … more

Kick off your shoes, but save the boxes for annual Sumter gift collection

Nearly 5,000 drop-off locations across the nation, including Westside Baptist Church on Pinewood Road, opened Monday to collect millions of shoeboxes filled with gifts for children across the world during Operation Christmas Child's National … more

'This is a family': Sumter honors locals during Veterans Day ceremony, 4th-annual parade

It was cold. Rain threatened, then it delivered. Above all, the 21-gun salute blasted into the crying sky as arms stood at attention, some in camouflage patches, others holding canes and pins.Sumter County commemorated Veterans Day on Monday, the … more

Sumter Thanksgiving tradition continues

For more than 35 years, Geraldine Singleton has been spearheading what has become a Thanksgiving tradition in Sumter. She started providing a free Thanksgiving dinner with several friends to "anyone who might not get one." This year, that dinner … more

Veterans Day Schedule: Sunday, Nov. 11, 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

USC Sumter Alumni Association to celebrate 'Bigger Wednesday'

The USC Sumter Alumni Association will host Bigger Wednesday on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in celebration of the USC-Clemson football game. "It's usually called Big Wednesday, but this year it's called Bigger Wednesday because it's the 25th … more

Sumter United Ministries collecting frozen turkeys for holiday dinner boxes

Sumter United Ministries will be collecting frozen turkeys from now until Nov. 16 for its Giving Thanks dinner boxes program to help those in need of a warm holiday dinner. The emergency services nonprofit will be distributing them on Nov. … more

Downtown Sumter's Veterans Day celebration is Monday

It will be a gathering for veterans from all military branches Monday when the downtown area plays host to the 20th annual Sumter County Veterans Day Celebration. Larry Huff, a U.S. Air Force veteran and chairman of the Sumter County Veterans … more

Wilder Elementary students honor local veterans in musical

Honor, gratitude, service and sacrifice for "the great U.S. of A." are all concepts that students at Wilder Elementary School have learned recently about veterans and were able to showcase Friday in a special musical. It was Wilder's Veterans Day … more

2nd suspect in shooting of Sumter teenager surrenders

A second suspect in an attempted murder from October turned himself in Saturday to authorities at the Sumter County Sheriff's Office. Aqueme Demond Randolph, 31, of 130 No More Road, surrendered without incident, according to a sheriff's office … more

2 World War II veterans share stories from Battle of the Bulge

When a wounded soldier asked for a pass to town, that meant he wanted to get a haircut because he was ready to return to combat. Vernon Brantley was ready for a haircut in early 1945. It had been at least six weeks since a mortar blew his jeep … more

Manning City Council's agenda violates FOIA

MANNING — A public hearing amending Manning’s district regulations pertaining to educational services will be held during Manning’s City Council meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. … more

Sumter City Council to meet Tuesday to certify election results

Sumter City Council will hold a special called meeting at 1 p.m. on Tuesday in City Council Chambers, Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to receive a report from Sumter County Election Commission … more

Sumter man, 46, sentenced to 151 months in federal prison for distributing child porn

A 46-year-old Sumter man will be spending more than a decade behind bars after he was found guilty of distributing child pornography.Marlin Russell Derk was sentenced to 151 months, about 12.5 years, … more
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