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Lakewood High School alumna participating in cross-country air race

Thousands of students wrapped up another school year after spending hundreds of hours in the classroom across the country. This summer, one Sumter native will finish her secondary education after racking up hundreds of air miles while competing … more

Don't let the sun go down on me ...

The sun sets over the baseball and softball fields at Patriot Park on Monday evening. CHRIS MOORE / SPECIAL TO THE SUMTER ITEM more

Sumter School District names new CFO, principals at Lakewood, Willow Drive

Sumter School District has two new school principals and a new chief financial officer, and a couple of them have Sumter connections. District spokeswoman Shelly Galloway released the administrative personnel information late Monday after it took … more

Lee County coatings business will add 20 jobs

A metal-finish coatings business in Lee County is growing and expanding its operations. Carolina Metal Finishing, a leader in powder and custom metal finishing for industrial sprinkler heads and other fire protection service fixtures, will be … more

Palmetto Heart opens clinic in Sumter

Sumter residents and those in surrounding communities now have a new avenue for skilled cardiac care. Palmetto Heart opened its Advanced Heart Health Center on Monday. Located at 115 N. Sumter St., Suite 410, in Medical Office Building One on the … more

Summer shaping: Sumter County Gallery of Art holds youth pottery class

Children ages 8 and up have already been taking advantage of the Sumter County Gallery of Art's summer art camp, where scenes from its daily pottery class are shown here from Tuesday. The art camp includes a range of classes in the morning and … more

Sumter man with previous felonies sentenced to 20 years for drugs, firearms

A Sumter man has been sentenced to almost 20 years for firearms and drug convictions. Leandre “Bubba” Budden, 35, faces 235 months of incarceration because of his conviction for … more

South Sumter Park site of Family Fun Days on Thursdays

The community is invited to participate in Sumter Family Fun Days from 5:30 to 7 p.m. every Thursday in South Sumter Park, 630 S. Sumter St., where people of all ages can enjoy an evening of activities such as tennis, softball, track and field, and … more

Sumter City Council to give final vote on budget

Sumter City Council will meet today at 5:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers, fourth floor of Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider second and final reading of the city's balanced 2018-19 fiscal year budget of $67,218,077.Other agenda items … more

Celebrate summer with music at Patriot Hall

Patriot Hall will be the site of a Summer Soiree from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. The event featuring the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet is presented by the Sumter County Cultural Commission and the Heart of Sumter Neighborhood … more

Continental Tire the Americas to perform hydrant flow tests

Continental Tire the Americas will perform fire hydrant flow tests at their facility on U.S. 521 South on Wednesday and Thursday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Water customers in the surrounding area may experience temporary discolored water. Please … more

Jumping for teamwork, fun: Sumter plays host again to American Double Dutch League World Championship

Don't tell these kids and adults that their game and activity isn't a real sport. That was the attitude of participants and coaches at last week's American Double Dutch League World Championship at Sumter County Civic Center. The three-day … more

Man caught on camera in auto dealership vehicle thefts from Sumter, Beaufort, Jasper counties

Sumter County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in identifying a man accused of stealing at least three vehicles from auto dealerships in Jasper, Sumter and Beaufort counties.  An … more

New McCrays Mill Road Arby's opens Wednesday

A new Arby's fast food restaurant will open on Wednesday on McCrays Mill Road. The Arby's - at 1954 McCrays Mill Road - will officially open at 10 a.m., according to Earl Wilson, franchisee and operator of the new eatery. Construction on the … more

Helping one father at a time in Sumter

Like most things in life, it may take more than one try to get the best results. The staff and fathers involved with the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition know that. The Fatherhood Coalition is specifically structured to assist fathers improve all … more

South Sumter Farmers Market opens

Shoppers can find fresh, locally grown produce, barbecue, fried fish sandwiches and snow cones to help cool off this summer at the South Sumter Farmers' Market. The market, 337 Manning Ave., is open … more

Clarendon coroner files lawsuit against primary winner

Primaries may be over, but one race in Clarendon County may not be as cut and dry as counting the ballots in light of a lawsuit and injunction filed against one of Tuesday's winners. Bucky Mock, the current coroner in Clarendon, filed a suit in … more

South Carolina program provides free colon cancer screenings for uninsured

One group is trying to prevent deaths in South Carolina from the second leading cause of cancer deaths for both men and women in the nation. The Center for Colon Cancer Research (CCCR) at the University of South Carolina offers free screenings … more

CCTC's nursing program ranked No. 7 in state this year

Decades of hard work and planning appear to be paying dividends for Central Carolina Technical College's nursing program. In the last decade, the college's health sciences division has opened a new, multi-million-dollar facility in downtown … more

Air Force implements new parental leave policy

WASHINGTON - In accordance with the Department of Defense Military Parental Leave Program, the Air Force announced an expansion to its parental leave policy on non-chargeable leave entitlements after the birth or adoption of a child. Previously, … more
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