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School district Finance Committee members defend role in overspending

Members of Sumter School District's advisory Finance Committee said Tuesday they were not made aware in any way by administration of the district's $6.2 million in overspending before the release of the fiscal 2016 audit report in December 2016. … more

3 USC Sumter exhibits are worth viewing

Three exhibits at USC Sumter seemed to slip into the artistic arena but are worth the time to view. Two of them, Jackie Wukela's "People and Places" at the University Gallery and DJ "Doc" Hatcher's "Our World in Acrylics" at the Upstairs Gallery, … more

Sumter, Clarendon superintendents: Safety is priority in threats of violence

After various claims of impending school violence in recent days in light of the recent tragedy in Florida, two area superintendents who have had threats claimed within their school districts pledged Tuesday their commitment to all community … more

Sumter Chamber of Commerce to unveil strategic plan at annual retreat

Business, government, school and community leaders will gather in Greenville this weekend for the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce's annual planning retreat. This year, the event, scheduled today to Sunday, will bring more than 150 participants … more

Avoid desire to shove sermon down the throat of another

I love a good sermon, especially when the challenges issued in that sermon do not apply to me. It makes it easier to level judgment at another person who I think should take the message to heart. "I hope she was listening," I'll tell my husband … more

Annual gala to benefit Sumter's developmentally disabled

The fourth-annual Sumter Disabilities Benefit Gala is set. The black tie-optional event, featuring dinner, wine and beer and a silent auction, is scheduled for March 29 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at The O'Donnell House. Proceeds from the … more

Eat, mingle and help raise money at Sumter Rotary's Farm to Table event

Thinking of trying something different for dinner this week? Stop by the fifth-annual Farm to Table, presented by Sumter Rotary Club, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at Sumter County Civic Center, 700 W. Liberty St. Farm to Table was started in 2014 … more

Sumter Backyard Jamboree heralds early spring

The final Saturday of February will offer the perfect antidote for the frigid days of winter with Sumter Senior Services' 13th-annual Backyard Jamboree. And the big party will be presented at the … more

Booth remembered for his passion for Sumter

This week, many in Sumter are remembering Richard Lauren Booth, 65, known for his charitable nature and compassion for his community, who passed away on Monday. Born in Sumter, Booth was a graduate of Thomas Sumter Academy and later earned a … more

Sumter to perform hydrant tests on Tuesday, Wednesday

The City of Sumter will be performing fire hydrant flow tests on Broad Street Extension and South Pike West between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. Water customers in the surrounding … more

Palmetto Health: Children are at higher risk in extreme cold

With multiple days now of temperatures being near, at or below freezing in Sumter County and the surrounding area, a children's hospital in the community wants parents to take extra precautions to protect their little ones from harm caused by … more

Bates Middle School program bridges generational gap

What started out with a discipline referral of a student a few years ago has turned into a monthly program at Bates Middle School that bridges the gap between the older and younger generations and opens the lines of communication on important … more

Zumbathon in Sumter to raise funds for Sickle Cell foundation

A Zumbathon is a "fitness party" with a purpose, Zumba instructor Angela Burkett said. Her fifth-annual Zumbathon on Saturday will benefit the James R. Clark Sickle Cell Foundation. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the M.H. … more

N.C. woman, 58, dies in Clarendon County wreck

A 58-year-old Fayetteville, North Carolina, woman died after being involved in a single-vehicle wreck on Interstate 95 near the 105 mile marker on Thursday morning. The wreck occurred at 10:10 a.m. when the 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer - driven by … more

SCANG fighters honor hero with flyover

SUBMITTED A pair of F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets from the South Carolina Air National Guard's 169th Fighter Wing at McEntire Joint National Guard Base provided military flyover honors for Vietnam War hero retired Col. Norman P. Huggins, … more

Sumter County Council to hear update from new COG leader

Sumter County Council will receive its 2016-17 external audit report during its meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in County Council Chambers, third floor of Sumter County Administration Building, 13 E. Canal St. Later, council will consider third and … more

The latest on winter weather in Sumter, Clarendon, Lee counties

Here is the latest on winter weather and closings in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties. 1:30 p.m., Jan. 17 The varsity and junior varsity basketball games between … more

Sumter man pleads guilty to tax evasion, video poker operations

A Sumter man has pleaded guilty in federal court to tax evasion and operating a gambling business after becoming the subject of a public corruption investigation that involved the video poker … more

Sumter sees 3rd-coldest January lows

We all know January was cold in Sumter. Just how cold was it? To find out, The Sumter Item called the National Weather Service in Columbia to get the official numbers and look into the record books. According to NWS Meteorologists Doug … more

Sumter school board to hear school district update

On what will turn out to be the first day back to school for students after an extended winter holiday break, the Sumter School District Board of Trustees will also hold its first board meeting of 2018 on Monday. A district staff member sent out … more
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