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Investigation underway after Shaw general's death Sunday

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey L. Bannister died Sunday while on transition leave in Lake Murray according to a news release from U.S. Army Central and Third Army Public Affairs Office. The cause of his death is under … more

For pet's sake - Sumter SPCA gives tips to keep our animals safe from springtime hazards

If dogs - and cats and birds and guinea pigs - are our best friends, a nonprofit in Sumter County is asking you to treat them like one. Our furry, feathery and feline friends need help in avoiding the springtime blues and getting into the wrong … more

Thousands enjoy 78th Sumter Iris Festival

Event organizers estimated about 47,000 people attended the annual Iris Festival, which included 146 vendors selling everything from juice to plants and soap. The festival began Thursday with Taste at the Gardens, and the rain forecast for the … more

State group recognizes Thomas Sumter Academy as its 1st school certified for STEAM learning

REMBERT - As today's economy and the future job market continue to emphasize science, technology and math skills, Thomas Sumter Academy is keeping up with the times. On Thursday, the South Carolina Independent School Association recognized the … more

Sumter native departs USS Anchorage

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandon Williams-Church / Special to The Sumter Item Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 3, Rear Admiral Cedric Pringle, a native of Sumter, returns a salute as he prepares to depart … more

Sumter Gallery of Art offers 6 weeks of fun

Sumter County Gallery of Art, 421 N. Main St., will hold six weeks of Summer Art Camp from June 11-Aug. 3. Call (803) 775-0543 to register. Week 1, June 11-15 - 9 a.m. to noon - 3D Insect Art with Alison Smith (4-7 years old); Fun in the … more

Family of 4 displaced by fire near Shaw

FROM STAFF REPORTS A house fire near Oakland Primary School on Tuesday morning displaced a family of four. Sumter Fire Department and Shaw Air Force Base Fire Department personnel responded to the 1,900-square-foot home in the 5000 block of … more

Keep active, entertained at the Sumter Y this summer

Sumter Y, 510 Miller Road, has numerous activities to keep children engaged and having fun this summer. Fun Factory Fun Factory provides a safe, nurturing environment to learn, grow and thrive. Weekly activities revolve around themes that … more

Sumter County budget, Project Bulldog still going strong

Sumter County Council approved second reading of its 2019 fiscal year budget, with balanced general funds of $52,752,483 million, and furthered plans for Project Bulldog during its meeting on Tuesday. The budget ordinance also includes a request … more

Used Alcolu car dealership, church give car to deserving member

On Mother's Day, a local car dealership and church teamed up to share blessings and give a car to a member of the congregation who could offer more to her community than she already does with a new set of wheels. "God compelled me to give a car … more

Sumter County Sheriff's Office looking for missing teen

Sumter County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in locating 15-year-old Zyarriah Myers, who is thought to have run away with the young man shown in the photo. Zyarriah was last seen … more

Hillcrest Middle School hosts spring showcase

Hillcrest Middle School hosted its first Spring Showcase on Thursday. Families were invited to come grab a bite to eat and catch up with teachers, all while checking out special projects and experiments in math, science, social studies and English … more

Music, origami, crafts and more at Sumter County Library during break from school

Don't forget to visit the three branches of the Sumter County Library this summer. Each branch is offering alot more than reading material. Numerous activities are available for children of all ages, and the programs are all free. - Performance: … more

Long journey home: Flag travels thousands of miles before flying at Sumter's new Public Safety Complex

Members of Sumter Police Department's Honor Guard raised a U.S. flag at the agency's new location on North Lafayette Drive in recognition of Flag Day on Thursday. Flag Day is celebrated on June 14 in commemoration of the adoption of the U.S. flag … more

Sumter City Council reviews use of annual block grant funding

Sumter City Council's evening of public hearings began with a breakdown of how the city used its Community Development Block Grant funds, issued by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, between April 2017 and March 2018. According to … more

Beacon Cinemas shares summer kid movie lineup

GTC Beacon Cinemas will once again offer its Summer Kid Show Series at its theaters in Wesmark Plaza, 1121 Broad St. Movies will be shown on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in June and July and will start promptly at 10 a.m. Doors will open at 9:15 … more

Sumter music club announces scholarship winners

The Woman's Afternoon Music Club has announced the winners of its annual music scholarship competition held April 22 at First Presbyterian Church. Adjudicator was Jim Mills, a retired music educator and director of the Sumter Community Concert … more

USC Sumter adds eSports, art to summer camp choices

Special to The Sumter ItemUniversity of South Carolina Sumter is expanding summer camp options again this year for students ages 9-14 from June 11 through June 29.Due to the popularity of last year's new options, which included a mock trial camp and … more

Sumter Police Department Deputy Chief Holston arrested in Aiken County

Sumter Police Department's deputy chief has been placed on administrative leave after he was arrested in Aiken County on Thursday for allegedly attempting to contact a person he was advised by … more

City of Sumter Aquatics Center Opening Splash Day set for May 26

City of Sumter Aquatics Center, 1115 S. Lafayette Drive, will begin the swimming season with its free Opening Splash Day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 26. Want to learn to swim or become a lifeguard? Red Cross certified instructors are … more
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