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City of Sumter to perform hydrant tests, water main repairs

The City of Sumter will perform fire hydrant flow tests on South Pike West and Cormier Drive between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Water customers in the surrounding area may experience temporary discolored water. Repair on the … more

100,001 treats: Alice Drive Baptist Church hosts annual Family Fall Festival in Sumter

Hundreds of children filled their candy coffers for the season and donned their best costumes during Alice Drive Baptist Church's annual Family Fall Festival Thursday evening. Family Fall Festival started in 2011, said ADBC lead pastor Clay … more

Tour de Tech: Former Central Carolina Technical College President Hardee cycles across state to raise scholarship money

One of Sumter's former leaders made a return trip to the city Monday in an unconventional manner. Former Central Carolina Technical College President Tim Hardee, now the South Carolina Technical College System president, bicycled Monday from … more

Dalzell church will hold fall festival on Saturday afternoon

Pisgah Baptist Church, in partnership with other local churches, will host a fall festival from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The event - which will have food, hayrides, bouncy houses, an obstacle course and more - will be held at 8295 Black River … more

Midterm Election 2018: List of precincts in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon counties

SUMTER COUNTY Rembert – Rembert Fire Station, 7045 Post Office St., Rembert, SC 29128 Horatio – Horatio Fire Station, 7720 Sumter Landing Road, Horatio, SC 29062 Hillcrest … more

FLORENCE: Know what to do if a traffic signal is not working

With power out or flickering in parts of town, drivers may encounter traffic signals that aren't working correctly.According to a tweet from the S.C. Department of Public Safety, if you encounter an … more

Sumter coroner seeks help in contacting family of deceased man

Sumter County Coroner Robert Baker Jr. is asking for help locating the family of Joe Earl Goggans, who died in Sumter on Wednesday, Sept. 19. According to a release from Baker's office, Goggans is … more

State SAT scores beat national average, Clarendon 3 has highest scores in region

South Carolina public school students who graduated from high school last spring outperformed the national average on the SAT college entrance exam by 15 points, according to scores released by the College Board on Thursday. The 22,141 public … more

This is Halloween at USC Sumter's carnival

USC Sumter held a Halloween carnival the night before the holiday to bring the community together in a safe space that still allowed kids to have fun and go trick-or-treating with trunk or treat booths, activities and family fun. About 50 student … 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

Hurricane Michael making its way to Southeast as Sumter emergency management monitors storm

Hurricane Michael is expected to bring fast winds and rains to South Carolina when it makes its expected appearance Thursday, prompting Sumter County Emergency Operations Center to go on standby as it continues to monitor the storm's path. The … more

Sumter manufacturer EMS-CHEMIE celebrates family day, president Hobi's retirement

On Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, new EMS-CHEMIE President Robert Meyer zu Westram hosted a Family Day event to thank all employees for their commitment to the company and to mark the retirement of Guido Hobi, former president. Hobi was instrumental in … more

Sumter man could be on missing plane

A Sumter native is thought to be on an aircraft that went missing about 110 miles east of Charleston on Thursday. The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center notified Coast Guard 7th District watchstanders of a "civilian aircraft emergency at 11:33 … more

Children's craft program offered at Lee State Park on Saturday

FROM STAFF REPORTS BISHOPVILLE - Children ages 6 and up are invited to join the park ranger at Lee State Park to make a pony bead bracelet using colors found in nature. Crafting will be held Saturday at the park's Education Center from 10 a.m. … more

Georgia Pacific announces $4.5 million in capital improvements for Clarendon plant

A large area manufacturer is set to begin major facility upgrades and an expansion to ultimately become more high-tech. Georgia Pacific's oriented strand board (OSB) manufacturing plant, based in Alcolu, announced Thursday that it will soon begin … more

4 fires Friday in Sumter result in 1 injury

Four house fires Friday night in Sumter County resulted in damages, losses and one injury. Sumter Fire Department Battalion Chief Joey Duggan said the blazes affected two single-family homes, a mobile home and one business office. The first … more

Sumter man charged with shoplifting for allegedly stealing food from Family Dollar

Sumter County Sheriff's Office arrested a Sumter man Wednesday for allegedly stealing food from the Family Dollar on U.S. 15 South one week prior.William D. Childers, 29, of Timmerman Street, is … more

Midterm Election 2018: What to bring, how to vote in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon counties

WHAT TO BRING Polls are open in South Carolina for the General Midterm Election from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Anyone in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to … more

Ready for anything: Sumter heeds Hurricane Florence warnings as area misses brunt of storm

Prepare for the worst. Hope for the best. When Sumter officials preached the message to take Hurricane Florence seriously during the past week, Sumterites listened. Despite what, as of Saturday afternoon, seemed to be a flop of a storm for the … more

Sumter County Sheriff's Office has military vehicle in case of emergencies

MICAH GREEN / THE SUMTER ITEM Sumter County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Jeff Hofer took The Sumter Item on a ride around the county in the agency's MRAP, a mine-resistant ambush protected military surplus vehicle, to get a glimpse - safely - of what … more
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