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Inmate stabbed in Turbeville Correctional Institution

An inmate was stabbed during a fight in Turbeville Correctional Institution Tuesday afternoon, officials said. The man was stabbed by another inmate during an "altercation," according to South … more

Sumter City Council to consider $6 million bond

Sumter City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in City Council Chambers, fourth floor of the Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider first reading of an ordinance to issue a bond not to … more

Free health screenings for eligible women

Eligible women will have an opportunity to receive free breast, cervical and cardiovascular screenings on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at North HOPE Center, 904 N. Main St. Two health screening vans from Medical University of South Carolina Hollings Cancer … more

No sit ups required for a stronger core

Sit-ups were once the king of exercises for stronger abs and a trim waistline. But now, plank exercises are the gold standard for strengthening the abdominals as well as the core. Rather than just strengthening one set of muscles, core exercises … more

Remember state forests at tax time

FROM STAFF REPORTS The South Carolina Forestry Commission is encouraging residents to make a charitable contribution to the S.C. State Forests Fund on their tax returns. Taxpayers have the opportunity to support the five state forests - … more

Sumter High freshman uses pageant platform to feed hungry children

A local high-schooler is using her platform as a pageant winner to bring awareness about food-insecure elementary school students in South Carolina. The goal is to decrease the number of food-insecure children in Sumter and throughout the state, … more

School safety, online reporting system before Sumter school board

After at least three reported threats or pranks of impending violence in the district's schools in the last week, Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will discuss school safety, among other topics, at Monday's regularly scheduled … more

Clemson Extension: Controlled burns benefit our forests

The weather in South Carolina in March can be characterized as crisp, cool and perfect for a controlled burn. That's why it's fitting that Gov. Henry McMaster has proclaimed March 2018 Prescribed Fire Awareness Month.Prescribed … more

Sumter Litter Alliance public meeting Monday

The Sumter Litter Alliance will hold a public meeting on Monday to discuss the details of the group's organization and its efforts to clean up Sumter County. The meeting will be held at Swan Lake Visitors Center, 822 W. Liberty St., at 5:30 p.m., … more

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Schedule: Jan. 12, 2018

BANKS - All area banks and credit unions will be closed on Monday, Jan. 15. GOVERNMENT - The following will be closed on Monday, Jan. 15: federal government offices; state government offices; U.S. Postal Service; City of Sumter offices; Sumter … more

Bishopville man, 61, arrested for arson of Lee County woods

A 61-year-old Bishopville man was arrested on Jan. 25 on a charges of arson for reportedly setting fire to forestland in Lee County. An eyewitness told a Lee County Fire Department firefighter she … more

Opioid crisis is topic of LWV meeting on March 12

The League of Women Voters of Sumter County will hold a community meeting on the opioid crisis at 6 p.m. Monday, March 12, at Central Carolina Technical College, Health Science Building, 133 N. Main … more

Dalzell man, 82, killed in crash on Hwy. 378 in Sumter

An 82-year-old Dalzell man was killed in a single-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 378 on Thursday, officials said. Reginald Bouyea was driving west on Hwy. 378 near U.S. Hwy. 527 about 4:45 p.m. on … more

High Hills Elementary expected to be open on Friday

A Sumter elementary school on Shaw Air Force Base was closed Thursday due to a power outage. After an underground electrical wire shorted and damaged a transformer that provides power to High … more

Sumter city, county law enforcement will be watching for drunk drivers New Year's Eve

Traveling on New Year's Eve, one of the deadliest holidays involving drunken driving, can dramatically change the start of 2018 if the proper precautions are not taken. At a time when a safe ride home is just a few taps away by cellphone, many … more

Celebrate comic books, fantasy and science fiction Saturday in Camden

Cosplayers will converge on Camden this weekend for a Comic Con festival that passersby won't have to croon their necks to see. Camden Comic Con will be held at Camden Shrine Club, 1381 Kershaw Highway, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Comic … more

Sumter AARP offers free tax assistance

Lula King, Fran Broadway, Larry Bock and Paula Martin train on tax preparation software at the Historic Lincoln Center on Tuesday. The group is part of the Sumter … more

New S.C. driver's licenses now available

South Carolina residents can now get new driver's licenses and identification cards they will eventually need to meet federal ID requirements for boarding a commercial plane or visiting a military base. Gov. Henry McMaster and South Carolina … more

The Sumter Item's Sumter Meets Santa photo submissions

During December leading up to Christmas, we asked our readers to submit their photos of their children, friends and families meeting Santa Claus. We got a lot of great photos. Here are some featured … more

Space heater burns Sumter house down; 3 adults, 1 child displaced

A fire that destroyed a house this weekend has displaced a family in south Sumter. The blaze began just after 3 a.m. on Sunday on Perkins Avenue according to a Sumter Fire Department incident report. Firefighters arrived to a fully involved … more
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