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Keeping it in the family: Shaw pilot appointed father's old F-16

An Air Force major walks down the flight line of Canon Air Force Base, New Mexico, making his way toward his F-16CJ Fighting Falcon, aircraft 90830. As he climbs into the cockpit of the jet affectionately known as the Viper, he mentally prepares … more

Wind, rain, surge, flood: Hurricane Florence could hit hard

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — As mandatory evacuations begin for parts of three East Coast states, millions of Americans have been preparing for what could become one of the most catastrophic hurricanes … more

Getting that last little bit

Max the Labrador retriever enjoys some cool watermelon on a hot day in Sumter recently. If you are wondering if it is OK for a dog to eat watermelon, the answer is yes according to the American Kennel Club. The club suggests taking a few precautions … more

Labor Day Schedule: Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018

BANKS - All area banks and credit unions will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3. GOVERNMENT - The following will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3: federal government offices; state government offices; U.S. Postal Service; City of Sumter offices; Sumter … more

LIST UPDATED THURSDAY: Closings and cancellations for Hurricane Florence in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties

Following is a list of current and upcoming closures and cancelations related to Hurricane Florence in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties and affecting South Carolina. Keep checking back here for … 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

ARCENT warrant officers corps celebrates 100 years

A lot can happen in 100 years. A century ago, the United States was embroiled in the throes of the Great War, and it was during this conflict the Army created the rank of warrant officer. U.S. Army Central's small band of warrant officers from … more

Sumter community health center to open operation on Pike

In response to continuous growth, one of Sumter's largest health care providers will be getting even bigger with an expansion soon to include an additional facility. Two vice presidents and another management team member with Sumter Family Health … more

Historic preservation committee to meet Thursday

Sumter Historic Preservation Design Review Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. today in City Council Chambers, fourth floor of Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider: - Review approval for the installation of a 6-foot white vinyl privacy … more

The latest on Hurricane Florence: How to help, how to prepare

The newest weather models are showing Hurricane Florence aiming for a direct hit on North Carolina Friday morning, and the Carolinas and Virginia are continuing to prepare for its impact. Sumter … more

There is a real connection between the brain and gut

Has a certain situation ever given you butterflies or made you feel sick to your stomach? That is because your stomach is sensitive to emotions such as anger, fear, excitement and anxiety. The brain and the gut have a close relationship, … more

Woman grateful after beginning recovery 'journey' at Sumter shelter

Very recently, we - at Sumter United Ministries' emergency shelter - had a client we will call "Joanna." Joanna came to us after living the life of a millionaire. She was the chief operating officer of a health care administration company and … more

Former Manning Police Chief Shaffer: Firing was retaliation

MANNING - Former Manning Police Chief Blair Shaffer cited personal retaliation by Manning Mayor Julia Nelson and an effort by city officials to stop him from following state law as the main reasons he was fired last month. Shaffer made those … 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

Sumter first responders use tiny oxygen mask on pet cat after house fire

A fire damaged a house on Perry Boulevard Monday afternoon, causing Sumter first responders to use a tiny oxygen mask on a family's pet cat. Neighbors saw smoke and flames coming from windows and … more

LIST UPDATED FRIDAY: Hurricane Florence shelters in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon for Hurricane Florence

Following is a list of shelters in the tri-county region of Sumter, Lee and Clarendon open for Hurricane Florence evacuees. CLARENDON COUNTY Three shelters will open at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. … more

Fourth of July Schedule: Sunday, July 1, 2018

BANKS - All area banks and credit unions will be closed on Wednesday, July 4. GOVERNMENT - The following will be closed on Wednesday, July 4: federal government offices; state government offices; U.S. Postal Service; City of Sumter offices; … more

18-wheeler crashes onto golf course on U.S. 15 in Sumter County

About four first-responder agencies have been called to U.S. 15 South after an 18-wheeler crossed multiple lanes and wrecked on Lakewood Links Golf Course Thursday afternoon. It appears the truck, … more

Shaw medic provides off-duty care to wreck victims

A husband and wife who were injured in a car wreck in Sumter County recently were lucky to find a helping hand from a trained Air Force EMT. Senior Airman Chris Aubuchon was driving home from Shaw Air Force Base after work around 11 p.m. one … more

Sumter veteran honored for service by fellow vets

Harold Reynolds, an 86-year-old retired master chief sergeant of the U.S. Air Force, was presented with awards (a pin and a quilt) for his service by members of the veterans group Rolling Thunder at The Gardens at Sumter retirement community on … more
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