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Canty new chair of Sumter school board; Baker vice chair

The Rev. Ralph Canty is the new chairman of Sumter School District’s Board of Trustees and former Superintendent Frank Baker is the new vice chairman. That’s how the votes stacked up Monday … more

49th Festival of Choirs scheduled for Sunday

For almost a half century the Woman's Afternoon Music Club has celebrated Advent with a concert by some of Sumter's finest musicians. Sunday marks the 49th year for the highly anticipated Festival of Choirs. The club traditionally presents the … more

'A Christmas Memory' comes to USC Sumter

In the spirit of Christmas and Charles Dickens, Park Bucker will present a staged reading of Truman Capote's memoir "A Christmas Memory" at the University of South Carolina Sumter on Friday. Bucker, a USC Sumter English professor, said his … more

Lost in a sea of orange

MICAH GREEN / THE SUMTER ITEM The Clemson Tigers took on the University of South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday night in Tiger Town. The No. 2-ranked team in the nation finished their regular season perfect, advancing to 12-0 with a 56-35 final … more

Shaw AFB Falcons get facelift

Upon entering a room lined with panels and LED lights, described solely as something out of a science fiction movie, people in polar white suits are ready to re-skin a new beast. The work center, which is comprised of numerous airmen working … more

Sumter middle school student charged after Lakewood High shooting threat on Facebook

A 14-year-old middle school student has been taken into custody after the threat of a shooting at Lakewood High School in response to alleged bullying was made on social media Sunday. Sumter … more

Interval training has numerous benefits

Interval training has been used by athletes for over a century as a means of improving performance. Today it is considered to be the most efficient way to condition oneself for health purposes. It is being studied more closely for its impact on … more

Brookdale residents give thanks, share smiles

PHOTOS PROVIDED Residents and their families enjoyed a hot meal during Brookdale Sumter Senior Living's Holiday Thanksgiving Drop-In on Nov. 15. There were tons of food, good music and wonderful smiles from families enjoying their loved ones, … more

The worst kids take over: Sumter Little Theatre presents 'Best Christmas Pageant Ever'

"The worst kids in the whole history of the world" return to the Sumter Little Theatre stage on Thursday, Nov. 29, to perform their own version of the biblical Christmas story in "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." And it's not only quite different … more

Santa Claus eats more than just cookies

With one holiday down and another right around the corner, Sumter County Recreation and Parks Department invites local children to have Breakfast with Santa from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 155 Haynsworth St. This will be an opportunity … more

Firm in Sumter to gather input on superintendent search this week

What are the strengths of Sumter School District's schools, challenges of the schools and district, and the desired qualities and characteristics in the next superintendent? Those are the three main questions that the consulting group hired by … more

Finding the finest Fraser: Expert Christmas tree resellers weigh in on the popular variety and what to look for when buying a tree that doesn't come in a box

It's the weekend after Thanksgiving. Is activity centered on transforming the house into Christmas-land? For many, that's the case. Between now and the time Saint Nick comes to town, most of those trees that get topped in living rooms across … more

Thanksgiving Schedule: Friday, Nov. 23, 2018

GOVERNMENT - The following are closed today: state government offices; City of Sumter offices; Sumter County offices; Clarendon County offices; City of Manning offices; Lee County offices; and City of Bishopville offices. SCHOOLS - The following … more

'Tis the season for holiday events: What to do in Sumter

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. Hoping for snow for the holidays? Through Dec. 30, it snows every night … more

City of Sumter wants to grant a Christmas wish

If you could make a wish for a deserving friend or family, what would it be? Well, this holiday season the city of Sumter wants to make that wish come true. Do you know a family that could use a little help this holiday season or a child who … more

10,008 gift shoeboxes donated in Sumter to children in need

MICAH GREEN / THE SUMTER ITEM Debbie Johnson, left, and Brittany Rooks pack Operation Christmas Child gift shoeboxes recently at Westside Baptist Church. Westside served as the four-county … more

Good deeds and a good meal: Volunteers serve Thanksgiving lunch to Sumter residents in need

She sat Sunday as volunteers served hundreds of people an early Thanksgiving lunch and dinner, hundreds who may not otherwise have had a turkey dinner this year. While she suffered back problems this year that prevented her from being quite as … more

Sumter United Ministries collects more than 300 turkeys for boxes

It was a day full of fun, fellowship, thankfulness, turkeys and all the "fixins" at Sumter United Ministries. After collecting more than 300 turkeys in the past few weeks in its annual "Operation: Giving Thanks" program, United Ministries … more

Revamped Sumter school board to select officers

After the election news has cleared the air and candidate signs have been removed from seemingly every street corner, Sumter School District's revamped Board of Trustees will have its first meeting Monday. The five newly elected trustees on the … more

Sumter County coroner identifies man found in stream as 31-year-old who was reported missing

*UPDATE 2:35 p.m.: The deceased individual found in a waterway near Dicks and Rast streets Wednesday morning has been identified as Chester "Rock" Stavis who was reported missing two days … more
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