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McLeod Health offers free virtual doctor visits for victims of Florence, continued flooding

FROM STAFF REPORTS McLeod Health is waiving the fees for its McLeod TeleHealth service now through Sept. 27 to help those affected by Hurricane Florence and the continued impacts from the flooding taking place throughout the Carolinas, according … more

AFCENT command, control operations weather the storm

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar - As a violent force approached, the airmen dug in to repel the force. It was just like an attack, but this one came from nature. Hundreds of miles wide, the force posed a devastating threat. Undeterred, the airmen … more

Feasting for fall

PHOTOS PROVIDED Friends and families flocked to Sumter's Green's biggest fundraiser of the year, Fall Feast, at USC Sumter Thursday night. Some of Sumter's most delicious food offerings were on hand, as was live music and good company. About 30 … more

Norman says comment about Ginsburg a joke 5th District incumbent opens only debate with Parnell with sexual assault comment

The campaign trail of U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., focused at the end of the week on a statement he made that female Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg accused Abraham Lincoln of groping her. Norman later said on his campaign Facebook … more

Sumter Item's Studio Sumter named most innovative project in state

The new video operation of The Sumter Item was named Best Innovation in South Carolina, the South Carolina Press Association announced Friday. Studio Sumter, featuring commercial videos for local businesses and organizations … more

Sumter American Legion Fair going strong at 102

For the last six days of September, the night sky over western Sumter will glow with neon and flashing lights, and the scents of cotton candy, sausage dogs and the famous french fries from the Potato House will permeate the air. Excited shouts … more


SUMTER COUNTY FAIR SCHEDULE OPENING DAY Tuesday - Gates open to the public, 4 p.m. - All exhibits on display, 4-10 p.m. - Midway closes, midnight Wednesday - Gates open to the public, 4 p.m. - All exhibits on display, 4-10 … more

Every dollar spent by moviegoers Sunday at Beacon Sumter Cinemas goes to charities

Moviegoers on Sunday will be part of an annual fundraising event that will benefit nonprofits that serve Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties, and they don't even have to change their plan. They just … more

Ralph Norman says comment about Ginsburg a joke

The campaign trail of U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., focused at the end of the week on a statement he made that female Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg accused Abraham Lincoln of groping … more

Sumter City Council approves resolution, ordinance regarding debt collection

Sumter City Council approved an ordinance and resolution pertaining to how the city collects delinquent fees, such as late water and sewer fees, during its meeting on Tuesday. City makes state … more

Auditions open for SLT's holiday classic show

Sumter Little Theatre is holding auditions for "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in the theater classroom. "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" is a holiday tradition in Sumter. The play follows the outrageous … more

Camden man faces 15 to life for Lee County firearm arrest

A 30-year-old Camden man entered a guilty plea in federal court for a firearm charge on Thursday for allegedly possessing a handgun in Lee County in 2017 despite prior felony convictions. Evidence presented at Darrin Paul George's hearing … more

The story of Uncle Pete and 1 last rodeo

My Uncle Pete was an almost mythic figure among Florida cowboys, winning the Best All-Around Cowboy a record 10 times in the state. That's a feat on par with Alabama football. In the 1970s, he wrote a piece for Guideposts magazine. I want to honor … more

USDA eases program rules for S.C. SNAP participants impacted by Hurricane Florence

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in a news release Thursday that it has granted flexibility to allow South Carolina residents to replace food purchased with SNAP benefits that was lost due to power outages and flooding caused by … more

Saturday's Oktoberfest to benefit Sumter United Ministries

Hamptons will present Sumter's largest Main Street party - Oktoberfest - for the ninth year on Saturday. All things German - costumes, dancing, food, beer and music - will be celebrated. The Happy Musicians will provide music from 5 to 9 p.m., when … more

Red Cross needs blood donations after storm

The American Red Cross is one of the fixtures of disaster response worldwide. Its volunteers have been providing food, shelter and comfort to those affected by Hurricane Florence as impacts continue to add up, but one area of the Red Cross' efforts … more

S.C. Gov. McMaster: Farmers lost $125 million in storm

The Office of the Governor has released its preliminary damage assessment caused by Hurricane Florence in South Carolina. In a letter Gov. Henry McMaster sent to South Carolina's congressional delegation requesting their continued support and as … more

Palmetto Health, Greenville Health System to reveal new parent name, logo

Tuomey will undergo another name change soon — sort of. For decades, the hospital was named Tuomey Regional Medical Center before officially changing its name to Palmetto Health Tuomey a few years ago when … more

Sumter County Councilman Chris Sumpter arrested for alleged domestic violence in front of his child

Sumter County Council's youngest member and his father were arrested Thursday following an investigation into a domestic incident involving a firearm in August.  Christopher F. Sumpter II, … more

Sumter postpones decision on proposed burn ban

Sumter City Council is asking for more time to clarify details of a proposed burn ban and discussed it at its meeting on Tuesday. Reading: Second and final Agenda item: An ordinance to be known … more
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