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SAFE names Bishopville branch manager

SAFE Federal Credit Union has named a new branch manager at its Bishopville location. Ashley Reddick will lead a staff of seven at the credit union's 596 Sumter Highway location. Reddick has worked at SAFE since 2012, serving most of that time … more

Secretary of State honors Osteen Publishing for 124 years of business

The Sumter Item has come a long way since Hubert Graham Osteen first published what was then The Sumter Daily Item in 1894 and even longer since Noah Graham Osteen started working at the paper as a printer's apprentice when he was 12 years old in … more

Billy, Bobby and the Gospel: Legendary Yankees 2nd baseman from Sumter remembers his friend, famous evangelist

Bobby Richardson recently visited Billy Graham for the last time with his wife and granddaughter. Graham could barely see. He could not hear well, but the friend of the Sumterite and former New York … more

Teenager in Sumter Fire Department program charged with arson

A member of Sumter Fire Department’s Explorers program is charged with second-degree arson for allegedly damaging his family's mobile home on Pantego Drive on Monday. Thomas Carson Euten, 17, … more

Sumter School District focuses on teacher recruitment

Sumter School District is pursuing several initiatives to fill classroom positions, according to district staff, in light of the teacher shortage in the district and across the state. In the fall, acting Superintendent Debbie Hamm said the … more

Sumter inmates to help pick up litter in new program

Sumter County inmates are now helping curb Sumter's litter problem, and residents who also want to help will have the opportunity to hear what one group is doing to fight litter. The Sumter Litter Alliance will hold a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. … more

The latest on winter weather in Sumter, Clarendon, Lee counties

Here is the latest on winter weather and closings in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties. 1:30 p.m., Jan. 17 The varsity and junior varsity basketball games between … more

Missing Sumter woman, 75, found in Mississippi

Sumter County Sheriff's Office urges the community to keep eyes open for Judith A. Cole, 75, who may have last been seen at 2:15 p.m. Monday in Pickens, about 3 hours northwest of Sumter. Cole … more

SHS Orchestra to perform for prestigious conference

Special to The Sumter ItemThe Sumter High School Honors Orchestra directed by Erik Hines will be one of only two ensembles to perform at the South Carolina Music Educators Association Conference in Columbia on Feb. 17. Hines said the orchestra was … more

It's not rocket science at Alice Drive Middle

It was both "one small step for man" and "one giant leap for mankind" for an all-girl team Wednesday at Alice Drive Middle School - to borrow from astronaut Neil Armstrong's famous one-liner when he first walked on the moon. In front of an … more

A Sumter success story below the clouds

At times, we all need a little help to get over life's hurdles. That was the case for Garfield Williams when he moved to Sumter in late 2016 from his native Jamaica. Williams, his wife, Althia, and their two children moved here permanently … more

School safety, online reporting system before Sumter school board

After at least three reported threats or pranks of impending violence in the district's schools in the last week, Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will discuss school safety, among other topics, at Monday's regularly scheduled … more

Sumter school board's Finance Committee to meet Monday

The advisory Finance Committee of Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will hold its monthly meeting on Monday at the district office, 1345 Wilson Hall Road. As is normally the case at … more

Facebook wants you to see less of us. Here's how to keep The Sumter Item in your feed.

Facebook is about to shift focus away from what’s going on in your community by letting less local news stories on you News Feed. We think local news is important. And necessary. So, … more

Finance Committee recommendation before Sumter School District's Board of Trustees

A recommendation from the board's advisory Finance Committee and other committee reports headline the agenda for Sumter School District's Board of Trustees' meeting scheduled for Monday. A district staff member distributed the agenda to the media … more

Palmetto Health Tuomey in Sumter initiates visitor restrictions after flu claims 17 in state last week

Palmetto Health has initiated visitor restrictions for its facilities, including at Palmetto Health Tuomey in Sumter, in response to a continuing increase in flu activity. As of Jan. 20, 46 people in South Carolina have died from the flu, … more

Sumter City Council to consider $6 million bond

Sumter City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in City Council Chambers, fourth floor of the Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider first reading of an ordinance to issue a bond not to … more

The latest on Winter Storm Grayson: Sumter School District closed Friday

Sumter School District will remain closed Friday, Jan. 5, rounding out a whole extra week of winter break for students after Winter Storm Grayson dumped almost four inches of snow Wednesday … more

Board OKs Warren Street bed and breakfast in Sumter

Sumter City-County Board of Zoning Appeals approved a special exception request to permit the operation of a bed and breakfast at 24 Warren St. The 5,622-square-foot Greek Revival-style mansion - also known as the Barnett house - with four … more

The Sumter Item's Reader's Choice nominations open

Nominations are open until Jan. 30 for The Sumter Item's annual Reader's Choice contest, and this year features some key changes and advances in reader and winner experience. Now called Best of Sumter, the contest boasts more than 200 categories. more
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