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Charleston couple found safe at home, according to Sumter Police Department

Sumter police need the communty's help in locating a Charleston couple that never returned home after leaving a house in Sumter on Wednesday.Bettye, 79, and Joe Chambers, 86, were last seen in Sumter … more

282nd Army Band to perform free in Sumter on Dec. 6

FROM STAFF REPORTS The 282nd Army Band and Fort Jackson are spreading holiday cheer with a free concert from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Patriot Hall, 135 Haynsworth St. The concert will be performed in two acts. The first titled … more

Missing from Sumter: Citizens asked to aid law enforcement in finding 4 residents

During a time when families are planning to come together, some holiday gatherings will not be the same and have not been for a few years now. The holidays can be a stressful time for some families and an even tougher time for others that would like … more

Sumter woman dies in wreck on U.S. 521 in Rembert

A 32-year-old Sumter woman died Wednesday from injuries sustained during a wreck on U.S. 521 North in Rembert.An autopsy for Raquel Cain will be performed at a later date in Newberry, according to … more

Help someone else in Sumter this Christmas season

Lend someone a helping hand this holiday season. The following are just a few of the needs in our community. If your nonprofit organization would like to be included on this list, email needs to pressrelease@theitem.com. Cram-A-Cruiser Toy … more

Get in the Christmas spirit with music by Sumter Community Concert Band

The Sumter Community Concert Band always starts its performances with the Star-Spangled Banner, but the remainder of Sunday's program will comprise Christmas music. The concert begins at 7 p.m. in Patriot Hall with longtime director and Sumter … more

Fireside Fund donations help cancer patient stay warm

Thanks to the continued support of the Fireside Fund campaign, Sumter United Ministries continues to assist residents with crisis-related heat requests, said Kevin Howell, crisis relief director. Recently, he said, a new client visited the crisis … more

Sumter School District 2-day Education and Career Ready Summit hits on all cylinders

For Bates Middle School seventh-grader Easten Jenn, Tuesday was a fun-filled day to see different careers he might want to do when he grows up. Jenn was one of about 1,500 Sumter School District seventh-graders who took part in Day 1 of the … more

Police name acquaintance they hope has information on shooting death of 31-year-old man found in creek

Officers have named a man in connection to what is now being ruled a homicide after an autopsy revealed the 31-year-old Sumter man who was found dead in a creek last week was shot to death. Sumter … more

Sumter man's death whose body was found in creek being ruled homicide

An autopsy has revealed a 31-year-old Sumter man whose body was found in a creek off Dicks Street last week was shot to death. Sumter County Coroner Robbie Baker is ruling the death of Chester … more

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
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