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A bird's-eye view of Sumter's blanket of snow

The Sumter Item reader Ken Justice Jr. shared these overhead photos of Sumter County covered in snow. more

Sumter nonprofit's rental property damaged in electrical fire

A family of six, including three children, is receiving assistance from American Red Cross after the Bagnal Drive home they rent from Santee-Lynches Affordable Housing was damaged during an electrical fire Sunday afternoon. The call came in at … more

Clemson players, coaches visit young fans at New Orleans hospital before playoff game

The Sumter Item's Micah Green is in New Orleans covering Clemson before and while they face off against Alabama on Monday night for chance to go to the national championship game next week in … more

Stay safe during Sumter's rare cold snap

Though the roads are clearing of ice and snow, freezing temperatures in Sumter are still an issue that residents should try to stay ahead of, especially at home. Temperatures in Sumter dropped below 20 degrees for six nights in a row between … more

Sumter County Council to consider budget change for spillway gates

Sumter County Council will meet at 6 p.m. today in County Council Chambers, third floor of Sumter County Administration Building, 13 E. Canal St., to consider: - Second reading of an ordinance to amend the county's 2017-18 budget to include the … more

Finance Committee recommendation before Sumter School District's Board of Trustees

A recommendation from the board's advisory Finance Committee and other committee reports headline the agenda for Sumter School District's Board of Trustees' meeting scheduled for Monday. A district staff member distributed the agenda to the media … more

Shaw remembered as 'epitome of Southern gentleman'

Athletes have their superstitions, their must-do rituals. It can be witnessed in any sport, and Flop Shaw was no different. Shaw, whose full name, Charles Lemmon Shaw, "affectionately" went unused in place of "Flop," "had a very unusual way of … more

Hydrant tests will be done on Wednesday, Thursday in Sumter

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

'Dream Team' to profile Sumter success stories on Wednesday

A community group formed with the desire to help others will showcase several "success stories" of people in Sumter and the surrounding area who have transitioned from unemployment to employment during the last two years on Wednesday at Thompson … more

Swan Lake snooze

MELANIE SMITH / THE SUMTER ITEM A visitor to Swan Lake-Iris Gardens rests on a park bench on Sunday afternoon. more

Restaurant inspections for Sumter, Lee, Clarendon: Feb. 12-25

SUMTER COUNTY Baker’s Sweets 1089-D Alive Drive, Sumter Date: 02/15/18 Type: Follow-up Score: A   Bojangles #054 1038 Broad St., Sumter Date: … more

Sumter students train to be 'connectors' for military families

Many might not think about it, but transitioning to a new city and school as a child of a military family can be difficult and filled with anxiety. The student can be adapting to a new culture, dress, attitudes, academic standards and numerous other … more

Troopers investigate 3 hit-and-runs in Rembert

South Carolina Highway Patrol is seeking information that could lead to arrests involving three fatal hit-and-runs in an 8-mile area in Rembert in 2015, 2017 and 2018. - Elizabeth Lewis, 53, was struck by a vehicle while lying in the roadway on … more

Sumter Palmetto Rotary Club holding blood drive Dec. 29

The Rotary Club of Sumter Palmetto and the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Sumter Community Arts and Letters Building, Banquet Hall, 109 Miller Road. To make an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and … more

Rembert fire causes $400K in damage

A Sumter County farmer's shed and equipment were destroyed after a fire Friday in Rembert causing about $400,000 in damage, according to a Sumter Fire Department report. The blaze started in a shed at 6550 TD McCloud Road in Rembert about 3:30 … more

Under tough personal circumstances, Sumter woman receives fund assistance

Thanks to the continued donations to help many Sumterites with emergency heating needs, Fireside Fund keeps making an impact for Sumter United Ministries' Crisis Relief Ministry, according to director Kevin Howell. Last week, Howell described the … more

From dream to reality: Sumter community leaders help people overcome barriers to find jobs

What started out nearly two years ago with two community leaders taking a drive through South Sumter and seeing young people on street corners instead of in school or at work turned into a celebration Wednesday of which all Sumterites can be … more

Russian spies target aircraft contractors

WASHINGTON - Russian cyberspies pursuing the secrets of military drones and other sensitive U.S. defense technology tricked key contract workers into exposing their email to theft, an Associated Press investigation has found. What ultimately may … more

Family argument in Sumter ends in Christmas stabbing

Not all was quiet in Sumter on Christmas after an argument that turned physical, and a 43-year-old man was left with non-fatal stab wounds. The argument occurred between two family members - the 43-year-old and a 36-year-old man - shortly after 3 … more

Shaw welcomes Reaper unit to Sumter base

By the time the Air Force announced it would be opening a new MQ-9 Reaper Group at Shaw Air Force Base, the processes were in place to welcome the new unit and begin operations almost … more
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