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Generators, gas cans and plywood were essential supplies sold in Sumter for Hurricane Florence

It was an unusual scene on Thursday. On one side of Bultman Drive, parking lots were mostly barren as most of the usually popular strip mall stores were closed in preparation for Hurricane Florence. However, on the other side of the road, customers … more

Sunday's feed: Florence leaves her mark on the Carolinas as Sumter begins return to normalcy

Stay tuned at this feed throughout the day as we continue to update it with information on Florence and her impacts in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties and the surrounding Carolinas. 8:50 … more

FLORENCE: Know what to do if a traffic signal is not working

With power out or flickering in parts of town, drivers may encounter traffic signals that aren't working correctly.According to a tweet from the S.C. Department of Public Safety, if you encounter an … more

BREC, Duke Energy work to restore power outages in counties affected by Florence

Power companies said they worked feverishly through late Friday and all day Saturday to restore power to individual homes and businesses in the region in the wake of Hurricane Florence. As of 5 … more

Updated feed: Florence crawls through South Carolina toward Sumter

Stay tuned at this feed throughout the day as we continue to update it with information on Florence and her impacts in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties and the surrounding Carolinas. 3 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 16 While flash flooding and major river flooding is still expected … more

Sumter hardware store outfits the National Guard for Florence

The commander on duty for the Sumter operations center of the S.C. National Guard and an assistant were seen shopping in the shoe section at Simpson Hardware on Friday afternoon. Lt. Col. Adrian … more

Sumter Police Department: Finish preparations for Tropical Storm Florence, stay inside

As wind speeds continue to pick up, Sumter Police Department urges residents to wrap up last minute preparations and return to shelter before winds reach tropical-storm-force … more

PHOTO GALLERY: Sumter prepares for Hurricane Florence

Residents, volunteers and officials spent the week preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Florence. more

Bradford watermelons harvested ahead of Hurricane Florence

Like any businessman and homeowner in Sumter County this week, Nat Bradford of Bradford Family Watermelon spent Friday finishing preparations for Hurricane Florence. The farmer located northeast of … more

Sumter Piggly Wiggly rations bread and water purchases ahead of Hurricane Florence

Luther Jamison, store operator of Piggly Wiggly, 1011 Broad St., said Friday afternoon that his store has been extremely busy with Hurricane Florence preparations since Gov. Henry McMaster … more

Unique menu benefits Sumter Green

Thursday night brings the most eclectic menu available in Sumter to Nettles Building and grounds at University of South Carolina Sumter. When Sumter Green Fall Feast sets up for the one-night-only … more

Updated feed: The latest as Tropical Storm Florence, now a deadly storm, enters South Carolina

Stay tuned here for the  11 a.m. Hurricane Florence has made landfall and is just inland near Cape Fear, North Carolina. According to the National Hurricane Center’s 11 a.m. … more

City cancels trash pickup because of Florence; county closes recycling centers

All city sanitation services for residential and commercial customers have been cancelled for today as a result of Hurricane Florence, so City of Sumter residents with normal Friday trash pickup will have to wait until next Friday (Sept. 21) for … more

Look out for price gouging during, after Florence

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced on Tuesday that federal aid has been supplied to South Carolina to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts due to Hurricane Florence starting on … more

To The Sumter Item readers: Please be patient with us through Florence

To all of our wonderful readers and subscribers, With Hurricane Florence at our doorstep, please be patient regarding your newspaper delivery over the next several days. While delivering your local news is very important to us, nothing is more … more

By the numbers: State agencies assemble for Hurricane Florence

Gov. Henry McMaster announced Wednesday the State Emergency Operations Center is fully operational, staffed by emergency personnel from various state agencies and emergency organizations, and will remain operational 24 hours a day until further … more

Red Cross, city makes final preparations as Hurricane Florence eyes Sumter, Lee, Clarendon

In a now-closed middle school, where some banners encouraging student success and photos of children here and there remained on the walls, families found the media center to be their new temporary home. A sign next to the front door of Mayewood … more

'This is no ordinary storm': Electric companies say power restoration after Hurricane Florence could take weeks

Duke Energy is expecting to have more than 20,000 people dedicated to power restoration in North Carolina and South Carolina, where 1 to 3 million customers are expected to lose power because of Hurricane Florence, according to Duke Energy. "The … more

Sumter police searching for stabbing suspect

Sumter police are searching for a man suspected in a stabbing earlier Thursday. Patrick Clifton Clark, 49, of the 200 block of Rast Street, is accused of stabbing a 25-year-old woman after an … more

Sumter School District Board of Trustees to meet Sept. 17

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees plans to have its regular monthly board meeting on Monday night after having it postponed last week. The meeting agenda for Monday is identical to the … more
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