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2 mobile home fires displace Sumter families

Sumter Fire Department units fought two separate mobile home fires on Thursday that displaced families in each, including one family of five whose residence was destroyed. Fire was showing from outside the structure on Reedroman Road in east … more

SCDOT pretreating bridge decks in Sumter ahead of overnight ice

State and local agencies are preparing for the likelihood of cold rain and snow in Sumter County and South Carolina Wednesday morning. After an above-freezing low Tuesday night around 37 degrees, … more

Sumter performing fire hydrant tests

The City of Sumter will perform fire hydrant flow tests on Frierson Road between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. today and Thursday. Water customers in the surrounding area may experience temporary discolored water. Direct any questions or concerns to the City … more

Sumter Shepherd's Center offers packed 2018 calendar

"By seniors for seniors" is the operating principle for classes and other activities at Shepherd's Center of Sumter, Executive Director Jeanette Roveri-Smith said Thursday. The center offers its Adventures in Learning program in three annual … more

PHOTO GALLERY: The Sumter Item reader-submitted photos of rare snowfall

The tri-county region of Sumter, Lee and Clarendon got a rare couple inches of snow Wednesday afternoon and evening, transforming yards into beautiful winter scenes but making roads treacherous. The … more

Lee County School District closed Wednesday

Due to potential hazardous road conditions resulting from snow accumulations and freezing temperatures, Lee County School District will be closed to students and staff on Wednesday, Jan. 17. All … more

COG executive director sees similarities in new post with his 30-year military career

After serving a distinguished 30-year career in the U.S. Air Force, including the last two-plus years at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, Chris McKinney said he felt God still had a purpose for him locally and in the greater region. That … more

South Carolina gubernatorial candidate talks political corruption, education at Sumter convention

Phil Noble, Democratic candidate for governor, is seeking support for his plan to reform the state government to rid it of unnecessary or corrupt practices that continue to set back South Carolina residents. South Carolina is a great state, but … more

Senior apartments project requires Sumter city, FEMA approval

The Sumter City-County Planning Commission recommended approval of a site plan for a three-story senior-living apartment on North Wise Drive amid pending requests to Federal Emergency Management Agency regarding floodplains. Evergreen Villas - … more

Shots fired at Sumter church hoops game Thursday

It seems everyone escaped injury after shots were fired during a basketball game at Berea Seventh-Day Adventist Church gym about 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, officials said. The purpose of the church's basketball ministry, pastor Michael Miller said, … more

Sumter County gets positive audit

An unmodified opinion is not the only positive result in Sumter County's 2017 audit report, which also showed a $4 million increase in the municipality's net position, or value. Webster Roger LLP, the auditing agency, reported the county ended … more

Shaw enjoys winter wonderland

The 20th Force Support Squadron hosted Frosty Fest, a family-friendly winter celebration for Team Shaw members, at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Dec. 17. The event was the first of its kind at Shaw and attracted approximately 4,500 guests … more

Clarendon senator wants option to start school earlier

If one Sumter County lawmaker has his way, public schools may start earlier next year. District 36 State Sen. Kevin Johnson introduced legislation to this year's South Carolina General Assembly that would allow school boards to choose an opening … more

1 flood and 2 years later, Second Mill Pond dam under repair

Work to repair the dam at Second Mill Pond that was damaged during the 1,000-year flood in 2015 is underway after more than two years of coordinating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and … more

Lady of silver, man of pearl: the Charleston Silver Lady sets up shop Bishopville

Bishopville's newest Main Street shop is shining silver, pearl and porcelain. The Silver Pearl has been open for business since December, but Tuesday marked a special occasion when both namesakes of the collectibles and antiques gift shop were on … more

Mathis was father, uncle to more than his own family

A longtime supporter of Sumter Fire Department and the Sumter community, Douglas Mathis, former fire chief, is remembered as a mentor to the men and women of the fire service and anyone else who crossed his path. Mathis died on Jan. 10 at the age … more

Summerton art exhibit features generational black history

The Lake Marion Artisans Art Gallery is hosting an art exhibit during Black History Month called "Generations: An Exhibit of Local African American Artists of All Ages." The exhibition will feature artistic creations from teens to seniors. … more

Carving his niche: Sumter woodworker says remote location perfect fit for business

MAYESVILLE - Tucked in a little crossroads area on Myrtle Beach Highway near Interstate 95 in eastern Sumter County is a small woodworking shop that can be easily missed by the naked eye. But the woodworker and his business inside is hard to forget, … more
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