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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

New fingerprint scanning device will help Sumter coroner ID bodies faster

Working for the Sumter County Coroner's Office is no easy task by the job description alone. And the job can be much more difficult if the deceased is without ID or unrecognizable. Though the coroner's office can't prevent that, staff will be … more

Sumter woman dies in wreck on U.S. 521

A 34-year-old Sumter woman died as a result of injuries sustained during a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. 521 North at Kelsam Road about 9:45 a.m. on Thursday. Cylest Gourley was pronounced dead on scene, according to a Sumter County Coroner's Office … more

Use a healthy approach to changing habits

Many of us have already surrendered to the calorie-loaded treats and special holiday coffees and milkshakes. With the New Year just around the corner, we vow to get back to better habits. Maybe some of us are already making plans about what we will … more

Grants available for Sumter arts programs

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Sumter County Cultural Commission still has sub-grants available for the 2017-18 fiscal year, Executive Director Melanie Colclough announced this week. The commission itself was awarded a grant for the year from the South … more

Memorial for Richardson set for Friday at Sumter's Morris College

Memorial services for Luns C. Richardson, president emeritus of Morris College, will be held on Friday and Saturday in Sumter and Hartsville, respectively. Richardson, 89, died on Saturday, Jan. 13, in his hometown of Hartsville. Services for … more

Driver still hospitalized after wreck at Alice Drive Elementary

An Audi sedan crashed into the front of Alice Drive Elementary School Sunday morning. more

CCTC names new director at F.E. DuBose center director

BY BRUCE MILLS bruce@theitem.com The interim director of Central Carolina Technical College's Clarendon County subcampus has been selected as its new director. The Sumter-based college distributed a news release Thursday announcing Lisa … more

McLeod Hospice expands to Sumter, Clarendon

McLeod Hospice is has announced its expansion of hospice care to patients and families living in Clarendon and Sumter counties. The McLeod Hospice team is led by Associate Medical Director Robert Eagerton. The doctor has more than 10 years of … more

Fire takes life of 65-year-old Gable man

GABLE - An early morning fire Wednesday claimed the life of a 65-year-old Gable man. Clarendon County Deputy Coroner Bucky Mock identified the deceased as Lawrence Wilson, who lived in the … more

Warehouse in Sumter reignites on Monday afternoon

Rubble and debris from the warehouse that burned to the ground in Sumter on Friday is on fire again. The structure on Hauser Street at the Lafayette Bridge, owned by Hodge Distribution & … more

Florence man, 63, arrested for attacking girlfriend over incident from decades ago

A Florence County man, 63, was arrested by Sumter County deputies after he allegedly attacked his live-in girlfriend over an issue that happened decades earlier while on their way home from Columbia on Friday. John W. DeWitt Jr. is charged with … more

Boyles Pond Special Tax District closer to final approval

Sumter County Council approved second reading of an ordinance to create the Boyles Pond Special Tax District so the homeowners in the area can collect funds to repair the dam and regain their waterfront-property title. The dam was damaged during … more

This month in S.C. History

By the S.C. Historical Society On March 17, 1856, the Mount Vernon Ladies Association received its charter in large part because of Ann Pamela Cunningham (1819-1875) of Laurens District. The organization raised the large sum of money for the … more

Furman Middle School to perform Annie Jr.

Lakewood Center for the Performing Arts will host a stage full of musical comedy's most beloved orphans for five performances of Annie Jr. On Jan. 11 through 13, more than two dozen of Furman Middle … more

Sumter flood victim has mixed emotions about new home she qualified for

In November and December, Sumter resident Barbara Harris was upset. Earlier this week, she was beyond upset. A flood-damage victim from the historic 1,000-year flood in October 2015, Harris had finally signed a contract with a nonprofit agency … more

Sumter historic committee to consider demolition of downtown building

Sumter City-County Historic Preservation Design Review Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in City Council Chambers, fourth floor of Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider approval for:- The demolition of a structure, formerly a … more

Historic Sumter structures to get revived

"Good riddance" is what Grady Locklear, chairman of the Historic Preservation Design Review Committee, said after the group approved the demolition of a building that has been an eyesore along East Canal Street for many years. On Thursday, the … more

South Carolina schools eligible for new healthy initiative grant

A statewide insurance company wants to help create healthier school environments and is offering a new grant open to public and private schools. Any public or private school serving South Carolina students in grades K-12 can apply for a Wellness … more

Missy Corrigan column: Intensity does matter

We all want to get the most out of our efforts regardless of the activity we choose to do. Whether you are working too hard or not hard enough, you could be cheating yourself of all the potential health benefits. It has been said that going for a … more
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