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Holiday proof your healthy eating plan

Many challenges are ahead with the holidays upon us. It's a great time for enjoying your favorite recipes or your family's traditional holiday meals that you may only get at this time of year. Yet, with limited time, less control over foods that … more

Sumter police, family seek help in locating missing man

Family members and Sumter police need the communities help to find Chester "Rock" Stavis.Stavis, 31, was last seen Thursday leaving his home in the 100 block of Albert Spears Drive.Family members … more

Children enjoy Breakfast with Santa at Sumter County Parks and Recreation on Saturday

Kids and their families were able to enjoy a nice breakfast on Saturday morning and take pictures with Santa during Breakfast with Santa at Sumter County Parks and Recreation. more

Probiotics: Risk or benefit?

The market for promoting probiotics has exploded over the years. In fact, it has grown at such a fast rate that science hasn't been able to keep up. Although there is a gap between what we have been told and what experts are finding out, scientists … more

Mayesville Presbyterian Church presents Advent service open to public

The traditional service of Lessons and Carols will be presented at Mayesville Presbyterian Church at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Offered by the congregation each year, the service tells the Christmas story through music and Scripture readings. The church … more

Sumter Thanksgiving tradition continues

For more than 35 years, Geraldine Singleton has been spearheading what has become a Thanksgiving tradition in Sumter. She started providing a free Thanksgiving dinner with several friends to "anyone who might not get one." This year, that dinner … more

43rd Lessons and Carols will be Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in Sumter

First Presbyterian Church invites the community to its 43rd Service of Lessons and Carols at 10:30 a.m. on the third Sunday of Advent, Dec. 16. The service traditionally comprises alternating music selections and Scripture readings to celebrate the … more

Help someone in need in Sumter this holiday season

Lend someone a helping hand this holiday season. The following are just a few of the needs in our community. If your nonprofit organization would like to be included on this list, email needs to pressrelease@theitem.com. Cram-A-Cruiser Toy … more

Canty new chair of Sumter school board; Baker vice chair

The Rev. Ralph Canty is the new chairman of Sumter School District’s Board of Trustees and former Superintendent Frank Baker is the new vice chairman. That’s how the votes stacked up Monday … more

Singers needed for 'Messiah'

FROM STAFF REPORTS Singers are needed to participate in the chorus for Handel's Classic "Messiah" to be performed at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16, at Trinity United Methodist Church. Directors Charles Haraway and Walter "Chuck" Wilson will … more

Fireside Fund donations give relief to woman, her mother after move to Sumter

Sumter County residents without heat on frosty mornings are responding with gratitude for the relief provided by the Fireside Fund, said Kevin Howell, Sumter United Ministries' Crisis Relief Ministry director. The crisis relief ministry continues … more

Help a neighbor in Sumter this holiday season

Lend someone a helping hand this holiday season. The following are just a few of the needs in our community. If your nonprofit organization would like to be included on this list, email needs to pressrelease@theitem.com. Cram-A-Cruiser Toy … more

Sumter man's death whose body was found in creek being ruled homicide

An autopsy has revealed a 31-year-old Sumter man whose body was found in a creek off Dicks Street last week was shot to death. Sumter County Coroner Robbie Baker is ruling the death of Chester … more

Bishopville man pleads guilty in cross-country wire fraud case

Six people, including a Bishopville native, entered guilty pleas regarding accusations of mail, wire and bank fraud, according to state law officials. Eric Wilson, 48, of Bishopville, pleaded guilty … more

Plastic surgeon joins Palmetto Health USC-Medical Group on Palmetto Health Tuomey campus

Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group is pleased to welcome Emily G. Clark, M.D., to the Palmetto Health Tuomey campus. Clark is a plastic surgeon who specializes in breast reconstruction and body … more

Mailing a Christmas card or gift? Ship by these dates.

Online shopping for holiday gifts is a benefit to people who wish to avoid lines and crowds or who may not be able to find certain items on shelves near home, but those preparing to mail gifts to loved ones should know by when they need to do … more

Veterans Day Schedule: Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018

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

Suspect arrested for leading Sumter officers on Wednesday morning chase

One man is behind bars and facing multiple charges for allegedly stealing a vehicle and crashing it Wednesday morning. Daniel Dale Browder, 38, is accused of stealing a 2005 GMC Canyon from a … more

Thanksgiving Schedule: Wednesday, Nov. 21

BANKS - All area banks and credit unions will be closed Thursday. GOVERNMENT - The following will be closed Thursday and Friday: state government offices; City of Sumter offices; Sumter County offices; Clarendon County offices; City of Manning … more

Family Empowerment Forum set for Wednesday at USC Sumter

South Carolina continues to be ranked in the top 10 - No. 6 - for its rate of women killed by men according to the Violence Policy Center, a Washington-based organization. Using data compiled from homicides in 2016, the center's study showed 48 … more
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