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Enjoy the Living Christmas Story, Morris College Christmas concert and more

The holiday season has begun, and here are a few events within a short drive of Sumter. To have your event included, please send your information to pressrelease@theitem.com. Join the journey at Trinity United Methodist Church, 226 W. Liberty … more

'Board unity' critical moving forward in search for next Sumter School District superintendent

"You're in a fishbowl for the next few months to establish and earn the trust in the community in your role in the governance of this school system." Those were the words expressed by Kevin Castner, lead consultant with B.W.P. and Associates - … more

Sumter attorney John Derrick elected to serve on Presbyterian College Board of Trustees

FROM STAFF REPORTS Attorney John Derrick Clark has been elected to serve on the Presbyterian College Board of Trustees, according to a news release from the college. Clark, a Sumter native, graduated from Sumter High School in 1982 and from … more

Hootie drummer to speak to Celebrate Recovery group

The perfect Christmas gift is different for each person, and for some, the best present is seeking a brighter path in life. Anyone who needs help finding his or her way should attend Celebrate Recovery's next meeting at 7 p.m. Friday at Salt and … more

Celebrate Christmas at Brick Church on Dec. 16

The congregation of Salem Black River Presbyterian Church invites the public to attend its Christmas service at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. Church organist William Scobee, who is also choir director and … more

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds to headline 2020 Shaw AFB Expo

FROM STAFF REPORTS Some of us are planners, and if you are one of them, mark your calendar for May 15-16, 2020. Shaw Air Force Base 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs has announced the United States Air Force Thunderbirds will headline the 2020 … more

Santa Claus came to town at Sunday's Sumter Christmas Parade

Despite the cloudy skies, hundreds lined the streets of downtown Sumter to celebrate the official start of the Christmas season with the annual Sumter Christmas Parade on Sunday. Local schools; dance … more

Sumter County detention officer arrested by SLED

A Sumter County detention officer was arrested by SLED Wednesday afternoon, according to Sumter County Sheriff's Office. The officer is being held at Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center, said Ken … more

White is out; Sumter's Smith in on powerful House panel

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on a shake-up in South Carolina House leadership (all times local):12:10 p.m.A lawyer and an 18-year veteran of the South Carolina House has been picked to lead … more

McLeod Health opens clinic in Sumter to treat work-related illnesses, injuries

FROM STAFF REPORTS McLeod Health has opened an on-site health clinic in McLeod Medical Park Sumter, 540 Physicians Lane. McLeod Occupational Health Sumter is designed to manage and treat employees with injuries or work-related … more

Sumter's Patriot Hall hosts 1-stop shopping on Saturday

The second-annual Christmas at Patriot Hall starts with a visit from Santa and "shopping, shopping, shopping," according to Melanie Colclough, executive director of the Sumter County Cultural Commission, which sponsors the event. The all-day … more

'A proven track record of success': Firm reveals what Sumter community said it wants in next school district superintendent

Progressing beyond a two-school district mentality, building on the strength of talented teachers and staff and having a visionary instructional leader were the major priorities identified last week in Sumter School District's search for its next … more

Sumter Fireside Fund vital for mom of sick daughters

"We are so grateful for the Fireside Fund," Sumter United Ministries Executive Director Mark Champagne said, "and I know a client we will call Gloria who would echo." Gloria is a mother separated from her husband who cares for four children, two … more

Lung cancer, heart calcium screenings available at Palmetto Health Tuomey

Palmetto Health Tuomey's Radiology team is offering two new health screenings for people 50 and over: a cardiac calcium scoring test and a low-dose lung cancer screening for early detection. "We look forward to offering these to the … more

Sumter City Council to consider amendment, recognize long-time employees today

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 an amendment to the Shaw-Sumter Buffer Property Use Guidelines to include guidelines for the newly constructed … more

Restaurant news: Food grades for Nov. 15-21

Following are the food grades for local businesses inspected by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for Nov. 15-21. A "C" grade is failing. For detailed reports, visit www.dhec.com. D&L Diner, 2210 Peach Orchard … more

VA purchase loans surge in S.C., Sumter

For the seventh-straight year, VA purchase loans increased year over year, with volume for fiscal year 2018 up 59 percent compared to five years ago, with a near 50 percent increase in Sumter, according to the annual VA loan statistics map recently … more

Sumter Evening Optimist Club wants to give 300 bikes to kids this season

The Evening Optimist Club of Sumter intends to keep tradition in its 21st year of Cycles for Christmas by giving away hundreds of bikes to local children once again. Since 1997, more than 3,500 children have taken bicycles and tricycles home for … more

Flipping the switch on at Sumter's Swan Lake for the Christmas season

It took counting backward from 10 to get to one million. Before the crowd at Swan Lake-Iris Gardens joined in for the "10, 9, 8...", it had been raining on and off all Saturday, climbing a crescendo toward pouring as tiny dancers in tutus and … more

Man sought in city death investigation arrested by Sumter County authorities for other charges

A man wanted in connection to a death investigation in the city was arrested by county authorities on Wednesday for other charges.Carter W. Strother, 70, is charged with two counts of stalking and … more
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