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Sumter County Council to discuss dam project

Sumter County Public Works/Solid Waste Committee will meet at 4:30 p.m. today in County Council Conference Room to receive an update on the Second Mill Dam project; and to receive information about abandoning maintenance duties for Ohana Circle, … more

Poets Ray McManus, Ed Madden join forces at Columbia Museum of Art

SUBMITTED The Columbia Museum of Art announces The Write Around Series with Ed Madden and Ray McManus, the latest initiative in its new Writer-in-Residence program. On Sunday, Sept. 16, at 3 p.m., award-winning poets Madden and McManus launch the … more

Sumter mayor declares Purple Heart Day

PHOTO PROVIDED Sumter Mayor Joe McElveen recently signed an official proclamation declaring Tuesday, Aug. 7, as Purple Heart Day in the City of Sumter. The proclamation honors military veterans who are recipients of the Purple Heart, a U.S. … more

Sumter churches show appreciation for first responders

PHOTOS BY ADRIENNE SARVIS / The Sumter Item Members of Long Branch Baptist Church on Peach Orchard Road, along with members of neighboring churches, provided lunch and treats for Sumter County's first responders on Saturday. The congregations … more

Sumter BI-LO to host Military Appreciation Month

The Sumter BI-LO, 2055 Wedgefield Road, is saluting military personnel with a special discount and celebration according to a news release. For the entire month, the Sumter BI-LO will offer active … more

Lowe’s gives Sumter's Lemira a new look

After Thursday, close to 30 volunteers associated with Lowe’s in Sumter would certainly agree with the old adage “helping others helps yourself.”For two days this week, 25 … more

Sumter Chamber to launch new program aimed at entrepreneurs

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce is launching a new program targeting entrepreneurs in the Sumter area interested in learning the four keys to starting a successful business. According to a news release from the Chamber, … more

3 Sumter residents plead guilty to insurance fraud, ordered to pay restitution

FROM STAFF REPORTS Sumter residents Tykeem Ra Hsan Jomal Sumpter, 23, Raekwon Rasheen Reyes Owens, 22, and Khalil Jabraun Hilton, 19, entered guilty pleas on Aug. 9 on insurance fraud charges according to a news release from South Carolina … more

Statewide burning ban issued until further notice

COLUMBIA - With the approach of Hurricane Florence, the South Carolina Forestry Commission will issue a State Forester's Burning Ban for all counties, effective 7 a.m. today. A State Forester's Burning Ban prohibits all outdoor burning, including … more

Diamond Rio to play Sunday at Sumter Opera House

Grammy-award- winning Diamond Rio will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St. In addition to a Grammy, the vocalists have won Group of the Year four times from the Country Music Association and two Top Vocal Group awards … more

Sumter United Ministries still in need of school supplies

Sumter United Ministries is still in need of school supplies to meet its Gear Up for Learning goal this year.Mark Champagne, executive director of the organization, said there is still a great need … more

Local students to perform for equestrian games

The Lemira Percussion Ensemble will present two performances on Monday as part of the 2018 World Equestrian Games being held this year in Tryon, North Carolina, at Tryon International Equestrian Center. The games take place every four years and are … more

Sumter School District will change its career fairs to 2 days

Sumter School District is changing the format of its middle- and high school career fairs this upcoming year. "It's basically a district-wide career fair," said Mark Gillard, the district's work-based learning coordinator, on Wednesday when … more

Sumter's final Rite Aid to close next month

Sumter's third and final Rite Aid will close soon, according to store employees. The pharmacy at Rite Aid, 1077 Broad St. (in front of Sumter Mall), is set to close Oct. 3. According to an employee, the store's general merchandise area will close … more

Sumter schools welcoming 173 new teachers this year

Newness, excitement, joy and some jitters filled the air Wednesday at Sumter School District's New Teacher Orientation at Crestwood High School. This year, the district has 173 new certified classroom teachers in Sumter County, according to … more

Stronger Sober or Slammer! campaign in place before Labor Day

South Carolina Department of Public Safety kicked off its annual Sober or Slammer! campaign on Wednesday with a more direct message about the possible results of impaired driving - "Drink. Drive. Die" - ahead of heavy Labor Day travel. The … more

Palmetto Optimist Club to host Battle Buddies on Saturday

FROM STAFF REPORTS Palmetto Optimist Club will host its annual Battle Buddies children's obstacle course from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Sumter County Fairgrounds, 30 S. Artillery Drive. Battle Buddies is a free event where children enjoy a … more

Brookdale Senior Living, Agape Hospice, to host hydration seminar for Sumter's seniors

It’s essential to drink plenty of water during the summer as dehydration is one of the most common hazards of hot and humid weather for seniors. To help the older members of society stay … more

Sumter County woman, 33, charged with falsely collecting payment for rental property

Sumter County Sheriff's Office arrested a 33-year-old woman Monday for allegedly falsely collecting payment for property she claimed to own. Meredith Sloan West, of Allen Drive, is accused of taking … more

Sumter Community Band seeking new musicians

The Sumter Community Concert Band doesn't begin its 2018-19 performance season until Oct. 7, but rehearsals start Thursday, and spokesman Rick Mitchum said musicians with experience in high school or other bands are invited to join the band at its … more
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