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Adjusting diet can help you manage Rheumatoid Arthritis

Approximately 1 percent of the American population has been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Although women are two to three times more likely to get it than men, men tend to report more severe symptoms. While anyone can get it, even … more

Get in the spirit of the season with events in, near Sumter

The holiday season has begun, and here are a few events within a short drive of Sumter. To have your event included, please send your information to pressrelease@theitem.com. While you are out viewing the holiday lights, don't forget to add the … more

Sumter Chapter of NAACP asks for school board to redraw attendance lines

The Sumter County Branch of the NAACP is requesting school attendance lines be redrawn to accommodate low-enrollment issues at rural schools in the county and for the Sumter School District Board of Trustees to consider reopening two recently closed … more

Dive into the paranormal or stop an evil doctor as an FBI agent in Lock, Clock and Peril Escape Rooms

If you're looking for something new and fun, yet challenging, to do in Sumter, then look no further than Lock, Clock and Peril Escape Rooms. Located at 5535-A Broad St., the escape room is owned by Paul and Tanya Foster, who are husband and wife. … more

Sumter women offer mystery, challenge in physical puzzle adventure

The escape room game has become popular in larger cities across the country, and now two local women have brought the phenomenon to Sumter. Erin Weekes and Sumer Jarvis have begun offering the physical game that requires participants to use logic … more

Interest meeting for Optimist Club will also cover scholarship options

Palmetto Optimist Club will host an interest meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the auditorium at Sumter High School, 2580 McCrays Mill Road, to introduce students to different scholarship options. Saturday is a good way for parents and … more

Sumter woman pleads guilty to insurance fraud

A Sumter woman was sentenced to 18 months of probation after she pleaded guilty to inflating a medical bill in a personal injury claim for a wreck that never happened. Kayla B. Payne, 26, entered a guilty plea on Dec. 5 for one count of making a … more

Wilson Hall students present annual Christmas program

Wilson Hall first-grade students Charlie Coulter, Caroline Andrews, Riley Coker and Sims Matthews sing Billingsley's "Jolly Jingle Bells" during the annual Christmas music program. Held in the Nash Student Center, the program … more

Hospital shares dangerous toys report for 2018

Palmetto Health Children's Hospital, in its role to help keep children safe in the community, recently shared the U.S. Public Interest Research Group's 33rd-annual Trouble in Toyland Report.Unfortunately, according to the report, dangerous or toxic … more

Children enjoy Breakfast with Santa at Sumter County Parks and Recreation on Saturday

Kids and their families were able to enjoy a nice breakfast on Saturday morning and take pictures with Santa during Breakfast with Santa at Sumter County Parks and Recreation. more

Mayesville Presbyterian Church presents Advent service open to public

The traditional service of Lessons and Carols will be presented at Mayesville Presbyterian Church at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Offered by the congregation each year, the service tells the Christmas story through music and Scripture readings. The church … more

43rd Lessons and Carols will be Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in Sumter

First Presbyterian Church invites the community to its 43rd Service of Lessons and Carols at 10:30 a.m. on the third Sunday of Advent, Dec. 16. The service traditionally comprises alternating music selections and Scripture readings to celebrate the … more

Help someone in need in Sumter this holiday season

Lend someone a helping hand this holiday season. The following are just a few of the needs in our community. If your nonprofit organization would like to be included on this list, email needs to pressrelease@theitem.com. Cram-A-Cruiser Toy … more

Fireside Fund donations give relief to woman, her mother after move to Sumter

Sumter County residents without heat on frosty mornings are responding with gratitude for the relief provided by the Fireside Fund, said Kevin Howell, Sumter United Ministries' Crisis Relief Ministry director. The crisis relief ministry continues … more

Mailing a Christmas card or gift? Ship by these dates.

Online shopping for holiday gifts is a benefit to people who wish to avoid lines and crowds or who may not be able to find certain items on shelves near home, but those preparing to mail gifts to loved ones should know by when they need to do … more

SERVPRO offering free tickets for first responders to new bowl game

In honor of the brave men and women who are the first line of defense in communities across the country when the unexpected or the unthinkable happens, SERVPRO is sponsoring a new college football bowl game at the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium on … more

Sumter School District Board of Trustees' 1st actions result in split votes

In its first meeting involving action since the November election that welcomed five new people, the Sumter School District Board of Trustees seemed to draw more questions than answers Monday night. In separate motions, the board eliminated its … more

Downtown Sumter studio apartments by old courthouse remodeled

A crew from Palmetto Metal Designs installs the balcony railings for the new second-floor studio apartments on North Main Street across from the old courthouse. Architect and developer Scott Bell said three … more

Sumter man's shooting death 'seems so unreal'

So often when tragedy strikes, most people in the community only read the victim's name in the newspaper or hear it on TV and soon enough move onto the next headline. But those who are no longer with us are much more than a name and the … more

Wilder Elementary School classes thank Sumter's firefighters

After a successful fire prevention month in October, Sumter Fire Department has started sharing posters created by local students on its Facebook page. This poster was created by first-grade students at Wilder Elementary School in … more
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