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Pinewood to hold meeting on water system project Thursday

After receiving $9.6 million in federal funding last year to expand its water system, the Town of Pinewood will hold another informational meeting to update the public on the project Thursday. Pinewood Mayor Sarah Mathis distributed a news … more

SCETV lease renewed, rezoning request denied by Sumter City Council

Sumter City Council approved readings for a wastewater system project in Mayesville, a lease with SCETV and denied a rezoning request for a beauty salon on Tuesday. Rezoning for beauty salon denied in majority vote Reading: First of … more

Online sales tax ruling 'levels playing field'

Local small business leaders think a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow states to charge sales taxes for online purchases will "level the playing field" for brick-and-mortar retailers to compete against e-commerce. By a 5-4 vote last … more

The Sumter Item holding 1st high school football Media Day

The Sumter Item sports staff is hosting the paper's first-ever Sumter Item Media Day to showcase tri-county high school football teams ahead of their fall season. The inaugural event, presented by title sponsor Hines Furniture, will feature … more

New facility offers new day for mental health services for Sumter residents

Jeffrey Ham pulled from both a well-known Bible verse and a famous song in describing the new day it is now for his regional mental health service agency with the grand opening of a new $9 million facility in Sumter on Thursday night. "To … more

Clarendon coroner trial to continue next week

In what seems to be turning into a chicken or the egg situation at the Clarendon County Courthouse, a merit hearing about whether the winner of the Democratic primary for coroner can remain on the … more

18-wheeler crashes onto golf course on U.S. 15 in Sumter County

About four first-responder agencies have been called to U.S. 15 South after an 18-wheeler crossed multiple lanes and wrecked on Lakewood Links Golf Course Thursday afternoon. It appears the truck, … more

Sumter County Sheriff's Office seeks location of man accused of sexual assault of child

Sumter County Sheriff's Office is seeking information on Steven Galloway, 24, who is wanted for allegedly sexually assaulting a child on July 18.Galloway is described as a black man, with black hair, … more

South Sumter event to feature food, backpack giveaway

Children and adults are invited to a community community lunch and backpack giveaway at the Boys and Girls Club of America, 603 S. Sumter St., on Saturday, July 28. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Bishopville/Manning/Shaw Air Force Base Chapter of … more

The Sumter Item hires multimedia reporter

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Sumter Item has added a new team member to its newsroom. Danny Kelly is a multimedia reporter who covers both local sports and news and will be a vital resource for The Sumter Item's vision moving forward to continue to … more

'Dream Team' job readiness session scheduled for Tuesday

A support group designed to help steer young adults and others who are out of work to local job opportunities and employment resources will meet Tuesday at the South Sumter Resource Center, 337 Manning Ave. The group, known as the "Dream Team," … more

Raking in the cash, character: Sumter Police Department's Youth Corps program teaches work ethics, builds self-esteem

While some students are kicking their feet up this summer, about 40 local teens are earning cash and building character as they participate in Sumter Police Department's Youth Corps program. The whole experience is treated like a real job, said … more

SCDC director mourns Lee Correctional unit leader

A Sumter native who spent the second part of her professional career helping state prisoners learn from their mistakes and improve their lives behind bars passed away last week. Sandra Shivers Goodman was "instrumental" in creating and leading … more

Judge to rule in Clarendon County coroner's case today

MANNING - Clarendon County residents may be closer to finding out who will be the county's next coroner after this morning's 9:30 merit hearing at the Clarendon County Courthouse before Third Circuit Court Judge Ferrell Cothran. Today's merit … more

Bradford Watermelon Co. pre-selling favorites online

Because of a high number of initial requests to reserve its trademark watermelons for later this summer and the limited supply that will be available, Bradford Watermelon Co. is pre-selling the melons now through its website. That is the best way … more

Long-term city judge appointed at Sumter City Council meeting

Sumter City Council appointed a long-term city judge after the former municipal judge was appointed to circuit court, annexed property into the city limits and approved a bid for a sewer rehab project during its meeting on Tuesday. Appointment of … more

Zumba in the Park focuses on heart health

For the first time in Sumter, Palmetto Health held Zumba in the Park at USC Sumter on Friday, July 13. More than 150 community members came out to enjoy a free family event that emphasized being heart-healthy. PHOTOS PROVIDED more

Learn from fitness failures to deliver success

Join a gym, hire a trainer, create a meal plan, set a schedule. This seems like a recipe for success, but why doesn't it work? The fitness industry is designed to be there for you, to motivate and encourage you and to give you the tools to become … more

Optimists United Club of Sumter hosts party

BY DANNY KELLY danny@theitem.com The Optimists United Club of Sumter hosted a party for low-income families this Saturday. More than 100 children and 60 adults came out to enjoy free food, book giveaways, a bounce house and more at Hickory … more

Storm causes street flooding in Sumter

Sumter County fell victim to flooding Tuesday night because of a thunderstorm that rolled through the area. By 7 p.m., the county was experiencing 1-2 inches of flooding in some areas, with water levels rising."We certainly had a lot of rain … more
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