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Former Shaw's 20th Fighter Wing commander promoted

A former commander of the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter is likely about to become the Air Force's head of the war against terrorism in the Middle East. Maj. Gen. Joseph Guastella Jr. was nominated on Tuesday for his third … more

7 inmates killed, 17 injured in multi-housing unit riot at Lee Correctional Institution

State law enforcement is responding to a situation at Lee Correctional Institution Sunday night. Jeff Taillon, communications director for the South Carolina Department of Corrections, said the … more

Widow of Emanuel 9 pastor shares message of grace, unity at Sumter Mayor's Prayer Breakfast

"A lady of grace, humility and integrity" could be the best words to describe Jennifer Pinckney. Pinckney spoke Thursday at the Sumter Mayor's Prayer Breakfast held at Alice Drive Baptist Church. The annual event in the city is held in … more

Gas pump skimmer devices found at Sumter businesses

Criminals can be out in the open or more subtle, and the Sumter Police Department is warning residents of a device that may not be obvious that can jeopardize your finances and personal … more

Was March colder than February in Sumter?

If you're into numbers and statistics, you probably speculated it could happen. After experiencing its second-warmest February on record this year dating back to 1930 at 56.3 degrees, Sumter County saw an average daily temperature decrease of 6.3 … more

Meet your local farmers at USC Sumter's annual market

The second year of the Farmers Market at University of South Carolina Sumter started off with a bang after some vendors sold out of items because of the large crowd of customers. The market is open from 1 to 6 p.m. on Fridays and features a … more

Mayesville festival to honor Mary McLeod Bethune's legacy

The town of Mayesville may take up a small part of the map, but the ones running it are planning to take it over in a big way this weekend, and the festivities start today with a massive football star. The 2018 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy … more

Shaw airman ID'd as driver killed in Sunday crash

A 24-year-old airman stationed at Shaw Air Force Base has been identified as the driver killed in a wreck Sunday morning. Senior Airman Trevor Moheit, who was assigned to the 20th Equipment … more

BREAKING: Sumter school board votes to close two schools

In a 5-3 vote on Tuesday night, Sumter School District’s Board of Trustees passed the district administration’s revised proposal to close Mayewood Middle School and F.J. DeLaine … more

Cause of death released for 7 inmates killed in Lee Correctional Institution riot

The manner and cause of death for the seven Lee Correctional Institution inmates who were killed during the nation's largest prison riot in a quarter-century has been released. Lee County Coroner … more

Follow up: Sumter City Council's May 15 meeting

Sumter City Council approved first reading of a request regarding the development of mini-warehouse storage off Constitution Drive during its meeting on May 15. Council also approved first reading … more

Small changes can make older adults live better

Adults 50 years and older currently make up more than 30 percent of the U.S. population and will soon represent 45 percent of all Americans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that adults 50 and older have a 70 percent chance of … more

6th Annual Rust and Dust held at Sumter Cut Rate

PHOTOS PROVIDED BY TERESA OELZE / SPECIAL TO THE SUMTER ITEM The 6th Annual Rust & Dust car show was held Saturday at Sumter Cut Rate on South Main Street. Rat rods, traditional hot rods, a … more

Sumter School District to host first professional development conference

In an effort to enhance the professionalism of the district's teachers and show their appreciation to them, Sumter educational and economic development leaders will be hosting an inaugural professional development conference this summer. Jade … more

Sumter School District selects new auditor

Sumter School District is using a new auditor for the first time since it became a single school district in 2011. The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the audit firm Mauldin & Jenkins to serve as its independent auditor for the next three … more

A traveling national tribute: Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica wall coming to Camden

Known for its own military history from the Revolutionary War, Camden will host a special traveling exhibit in May honoring Americans who served and sacrificed during another war. The Wall That Heals, a half-scaled replica of the Vietnam Veterans … more

Sumter city budget passes with no tax hike

Sumter City Council approved second and final reading of the city’s 2019 fiscal year budget. Balanced at $67,218,077, this the 11th consecutive budget without a millage increase, according … more

Volunteers clean up trash in downtown Sumter, ask others to help

With growing concerns regarding litter, the city of Sumter held a community event on Saturday where residents were encouraged to come out and pick up litter downtown. Clean-up efforts were focused in the Central Business District area, bordered by … more

Former Sumter High principal remembered as top educator

An “outstanding leader” and “a man of integrity” are just a few words that friends and colleagues used to describe longtime Sumter High School educator and principal Bobby … more

Lincoln Alumni to honor activist-lawyer

The Lincoln High School Preservation Alumni Society will celebrate the life and service of the first black woman to practice law in Sumter. A special forum for Women's History Month will recognize the contributions of the late Dorothy Vermelle … more
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