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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

Restaurant news: Pita Thyme opens in Sumter, specializes in Mediterranean food

There's a new restaurant open on Broad Street in Sumter. Pita Thyme, specializing in Mediterranean food, has taken the place of the now-closed Pita Pit. "This is our third day open," Greek-Lebanese owner Danny Oueini said on Friday. "We have … more

Sumter City Council to consider final reading for burn ordinance

Sumter City Council will meet at 1 p.m. today in City Council Chambers, fourth floor of Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider: - Second and final reading of an ordinance to regulate open burning and refuse burning in the city; - … more

SERVPRO offering free tickets for first responders to new bowl game

In honor of the brave men and women who are the first line of defense in communities across the country when the unexpected or the unthinkable happens, SERVPRO is sponsoring a new college football bowl game at the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium on … more

Weeklong Fall for the Arts continues Tuesday in Sumter

As Sumter County falls for the arts this week, some local dancers and art appreciators will be leaping with joy as they watch a performance by Ailey II, one of the most celebrated dance companies in the country. This is the second time Ailey II … more

Sumter RC Raceway, Toys for Tots to hold racing event to collect toys

Sumter RC Raceway will be hosting a Toys for Tots off-road and oval track race this Saturday. The track will open at 7:30 a.m., a drivers' meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m., and racing starts at 11 a.m. Race classes include novice, 2WD buggy, … more

Sumter School District Board of Trustees' 1st actions result in split votes

In its first meeting involving action since the November election that welcomed five new people, the Sumter School District Board of Trustees seemed to draw more questions than answers Monday night. In separate motions, the board eliminated its … more
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