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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

Sumter School District community session No. 2 more orderly than first meeting

With discussion ground rules set in place at the beginning, Sumter School District’s second community conversation session on a school consolidation proposal had less outbursts, was more organized, … more

Sumter City Councilman's son involved in stabbing

Charges have not been filed in the investigation of a Christmas gathering that turned violent at the home of a Sumter city councilman on Antlers Drive. According to an incident report, Robert A. Galiano III, 36, - son of Sumter City Councilman … more

National Walkout Day could bring consequences for Sumter participants

Sumter School District students planning to participate in National Walkout Day on Wednesday could face disciplinary action according to the district code of conduct if they leave class. In a … more

Man pleads guilty in 2016 Sumter gun store robbery

The owner of Tony's Guns and Police Supply is relieved to know one of the suspects who broke into his business and stole $20,000 in handguns in 2016 pleaded guilty to federal charges last week. … more

Sumter reading interventionist 'fills the gap' in multiple ways

Sometimes with a job change, you can find a perfect fit. Sumter School District teacher Ureka Hilton has found that as a reading interventionist at Rafting Creek Elementary School in Rembert. A Sumter native and Morris College graduate, Hilton … more

Drug costs make cancer battle more than 1 fight for Turbeville couple

William Driggers' cancer medications are so expensive - and vital to his survival - that he and his wife may have to sell his family farm to keep affording them. Even that may only give him another year and a half of covering costs, and still even … more

Flu deaths continue to rise rapidly in South Carolina

Flu deaths across South Carolina almost doubled in one week, according to the most recent reports from state health agencies. Between Jan. 21 and 27, the seventh week of widespread flu activity, the South Carolina Department of Health and … more

SCDOT to close 1 lane of I-95 southbound

Motorists traveling to Florence from Sumter should be aware that South Carolina Department of Transportation will be closing one lane on Interstate 95 southbound at mile marker 147 over Lynches River in Florence County starting Wednesday. The … more

Sumter, Clarendon, public schools delaying start times Monday due to freezing forecast

Students will return to school throughout Sumter and Clarendon counties on Monday, Jan. 8, a week later than originally scheduled due to continued cold temperatures, but district officials are … more

A bird's-eye view of Sumter's blanket of snow

The Sumter Item reader Ken Justice Jr. shared these overhead photos of Sumter County covered in snow. more

It's been 1 year. Has anyone seen Barbara Nave?

Barbara Nave was last seen in February 2017 at her Tondaleia Drive property. She had just returned to Sumter from Savannah, Georgia, where she celebrated her 80th birthday with family. Reportedly, she last made contact with other people on Feb. 9 … more

Sumter Backyard Jamboree heralds early spring

The final Saturday of February will offer the perfect antidote for the frigid days of winter with Sumter Senior Services' 13th-annual Backyard Jamboree. And the big party will be presented at the … more

New fingerprint scanning device will help Sumter coroner ID bodies faster

Working for the Sumter County Coroner's Office is no easy task by the job description alone. And the job can be much more difficult if the deceased is without ID or unrecognizable. Though the coroner's office can't prevent that, staff will be … 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

Family, friends hold vigil for missing Lee County man

Saturday was a day for many Americans to go green and gather in fields and bars to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The crowd of about 50 gathered in a field next to Brewer's Bar & Grill, but they were not celebrating. The colors they chose were … more

High Hills Elementary expected to be open on Friday

A Sumter elementary school on Shaw Air Force Base was closed Thursday due to a power outage. After an underground electrical wire shorted and damaged a transformer that provides power to High … more

13-year-old girl threatens to 'shoot' Chestnut Oaks Middle 'down'

A 13-year-old student reportedly threatened to carry out a shooting at Chestnut Oaks Middle School in Sumter County, officials said. The girl will be petitioned to a Family Court for disturbing … more

Icy roads keep Sumter law enforcement busy

Along with bright, fluffy snow, Winter Storm Grayson brought poor road conditions to the Sumter area, resulting in more than 200 calls for service for Sumter Police Department. Sumter police responded to 44 stranded motorists and 71 motor vehicle … more

'Dream Team' to profile Sumter success stories on Wednesday

A community group formed with the desire to help others will showcase several "success stories" of people in Sumter and the surrounding area who have transitioned from unemployment to employment during the last two years on Wednesday at Thompson … more
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