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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

Help a neighbor in Sumter this holiday 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

Plastic surgeon joins Palmetto Health USC-Medical Group on Palmetto Health Tuomey campus

Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group is pleased to welcome Emily G. Clark, M.D., to the Palmetto Health Tuomey campus. Clark is a plastic surgeon who specializes in breast reconstruction and body … more

Thanksgiving Schedule: Wednesday, Nov. 21

BANKS - All area banks and credit unions will be closed Thursday. GOVERNMENT - The following will be closed Thursday and Friday: state government offices; City of Sumter offices; Sumter County offices; Clarendon County offices; City of Manning … more

Fireside Fund donations help keep elderly Sumter cancer patient warm

As the temperatures dropped recently, requests for heating assistance have already increased at the Crisis Relief Ministry of Sumter United Ministries. Kevin Howell, crisis relief director, said the ministry's season is just beginning - having … more

Morris College holds Thanksgiving parade

PHOTOS BY MICAH GREEN / THE SUMTER ITEM Main Street was lined with families and Sumterites Saturday who came out to see the annual Morris College Fall Festival and Thanksgiving parade. Beginning on Harvin and Bartlette streets downtown by Central … more

Sumter's Millwood Elementary students, staff share what they're thankful for

We asked Millwood Elementary School students and staff what they are most thankful for this year and their favorite holiday food and wanted to share their answers with our readers. Happy Thanksgiving. Paisley Osteen, kindergarten food: … more

Sumter police, family seek help in locating missing man

Family members and Sumter police need the communities help to find Chester "Rock" Stavis.Stavis, 31, was last seen Thursday leaving his home in the 100 block of Albert Spears Drive.Family members … more

Sheriff's office to sell barbecue plates Wednesday

Sumter County Sheriff's Office will be selling barbecue plates from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday to raise money for the local Toys for Tots. The $7 plate includes barbecue, green beans, baked beans, corn, a slice of pound cake and a slice of … more

City of Sumter to perform hydrant tests, water main repairs

The City of Sumter will perform fire hydrant flow tests on South Pike West and Cormier Drive between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Water customers in the surrounding area may experience temporary discolored water. Repair on the … more

Show appreciation to Shaw military members with homemade cookies

For the past 25 years, Sumter residents have been expressing their gratitude and wishing a happy Christmas to service members at Shaw Air Force Base in a sweet way. Though the program started and is still sponsored by the nonprofit Sumter … more
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