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Palmetto Health Tuomey leaders eyeing future

COLUMBIA - In the constantly changing health care services industry with ever-increasing costs to do business, it was a move for the better. That's the way Palmetto Health Tuomey Chief Operating Officer Dr. Michelle Logan-Owens described the … more

1 Sumter Historic District home destroyed, 1 damaged in double house fires

One house was extremely damaged and another destroyed after a fire broke out on a residential property in Sumter Historic District on Friday afternoon. A neighbor on McQueen Street and Hampton … more

The Sumter Item launches website redesign

The Sumter Item launched a new website design this week as part of its continuous effort to give readers a better experience and more ways to consume local news. By going to the same URL, www.theitem.com, readers will see expanded listings of … more

Sumter cold case: 'I don't want her to be forgotten'

A Sumter mother is asking the public to look past her daughter's flaws as she and her family continue to search for Stacy Renee Lester, who has been missing for eight years. Stacy lived a high-risk lifestyle, but she was more than her addiction, … more

Regional, Sumter eye doctor's surgery offers life without 'readers'

Want to get rid of those reading glasses? There's a new surgery that's offered by a regional eye doctor, or ophthalmologist, that restores near vision and reduces the frustrations of using those "readers." Dr. Howard Greene of Carolinas … more

Sumter chicken plant employees strike over reported racial slur

Employees of Pilgrim's Pride in Sumter are protesting this morning in response to a reported slur made by a manager. Numerous employees are refusing to clock in. Check back for additional … more

Historic Sumter structures to get revived

"Good riddance" is what Grady Locklear, chairman of the Historic Preservation Design Review Committee, said after the group approved the demolition of a building that has been an eyesore along East Canal Street for many years. On Thursday, the … more

More than a call of duty for Sumter police officer

"It all started with Mason," said Kaela Fleming, the adoptive mother of two young children. "He tested positive for five different drugs when he was born." Kaela, an officer with Sumter Police Department, did not hesitate after receiving the … more

Woman, 68, found on porch with wheelchair in fatal Sumter house fire

A 68-year-old woman died and a 71-year-old man sustained burns to more than 90 percent of his body during an early morning house fire on Franklin Street Thursday morning. Eva Harvin was found on … more

Residents say Sumter school zoning is unequal

WEDGEFIELD - Equity in school zoning and attendance lines was a major item of concern expressed by community members Thursday night at an NAACP community meeting regarding a potential closure of F.J. DeLaine Elementary School. The community … more

Sumter, Lee and Clarendon closings, schedule changes announced

Sumter School District will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 3, because of the extremely cold temperatures and the threat of worsening weather. The district announced in a news … more

SLED responds to incident at Turbeville Correctional Center

According to tweets by South Carolina Department of Corrections, law enforcement including SLED responded to an isolated incident at Turbeville Correctional Center earlier today. The tweet stated the … 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

Troopers investigate 3 hit-and-runs in Rembert

South Carolina Highway Patrol is seeking information that could lead to arrests involving three fatal hit-and-runs in an 8-mile area in Rembert in 2015, 2017 and 2018. - Elizabeth Lewis, 53, was struck by a vehicle while lying in the roadway on … more

Sumter police chief speaks to school board

Sumter's police chief says the issue of school safety related to potential shootings is an emerging issue that must be dealt with proactively by local law enforcement working in association with schools. Chief Russell Roark spoke to the Sumter … more

Vote daily throughout February for Best of Sumter contest

Voting for Best of Sumter 2018, The Sumter Item's annual reader's choice contest, opens today, offering readers the chance to pick their favorite business, teacher, restaurant and doctor from more than 200 categories. More than 3,000 nominations … more

3 charged in Sumter for multi-state burglary ring

Three South Carolina men were arrested on Interstate 95 in Sumter County in what is being described as a multi-state burglary ring when thousands of dollars in cash, stolen items and burglarizing … more

Children find skeletal remains in Sumter woods

An autopsy to identify skeletal remains discovered in a wooded area off a dirt road near Dillon Park and Crystal Lakes Golf Course on Sunday could turn out to be related to a local missing … more

Bates Middle School program bridges generational gap

What started out with a discipline referral of a student a few years ago has turned into a monthly program at Bates Middle School that bridges the gap between the older and younger generations and opens the lines of communication on important … more

SAFE employee oversees electronic services

SAFE Federal Credit Union announced in a news release the naming of Mandy Baibak as assistant vice president of electronic services. Baibak, who has worked for SAFE for almost 14 years, will oversee all electronic services ranging from debit and … more
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