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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

A return to normalcy at Shaw, nation: Government shutdown reopens after 3 days

While day-to-day operations throughout Sumter County were largely unscathed by the federal government shutting down for three days amid Congressional dysfunction on passing a spending measure, Shaw Air Force Base did see some affects … more

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Thunder, halos and aches? The Sumter Item asks weather experts about myths

Given Ol' Man Winter has been harsh to Sumter and the surrounding area so far this season with unusually cold temperatures and even one heavy snow day, many may be turning to traditional weather tales to provide the long-range forecast. Many are … more

Sumter Arts Showcase presents 'Under the Big Top'

In the spirit of the world's most famous showman, the late P.T. Barnum, Miss Libby's School of Dance and the Rising Stars will present their 21st Annual Sumter Arts Showcase at 7 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at Patriot Hall. Artistic Director … more

Woman, 75, charged with DUI after fatal Manning crash with tractor

Troopers say a 75-year-old woman was driving under the influence when she slammed into a tractor from behind, killing the driver. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. David Jones said Elaine Maggs was … more

Board holding special called meeting tonight

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will have a special called meeting tonight to discuss various matters, including personnel, in executive session, which is not open to the public. A district staff member distributed the agenda for the … more

Sumter School Board meeting tonight at SHS

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. March 12 at Sumter High School's Commons Area, 2580 McCrays Mill Road. more

New Year's Eve, first week of 2018 to see freezing nights in Sumter

The first week of 2018 is expected to be a freezing one in Sumter and across much of the United States. While temperatures are not forecasted to be as frigid as for those watching Sunday … more

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Schedule: Jan. 14, 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

Sumter School District's Hamm will be board member for Scouts

Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands has announced the election of nine new members to its 22-member board of directors serving a 22-county jurisdiction. Debbie Hamm, acting superintendent of Sumter School District, was among those … more

Two more community sessions added for Sumter school consolidation proposal

Sumter School District has added two more Community Conversation Sessions to gather additional public input on the administration's draft consolidation proposal, which was unveiled Monday night. A district spokesperson released information … more

Woman, 75, charged with DUI after fatal crash with tractor in Manning

MANNING (AP) — Troopers say a 75-year-old woman was driving under the influence when she slammed into a tractor from behind, killing the driver. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. David Jones said Elaine … more

Sumter's Robbie Baker: 'Nobody wants to see the coroner'

Though he was elected to a position dealing with Sumter residents after death, Sumter County Coroner Robbie Baker wants to assure the community that he is just another person out doing his job. Being the coroner is possibly one of the least … more

Sumter School District holding open enrollment period through Feb. 23

Sumter School District is again holding an open enrollment period for families to choose the school their children will attend next year as long as space is available. The district released information on the program last week, which is an effort … more
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