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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

Downtown Sumter Oktoberfest raises $40K for Sumter United Ministries

Danielle Thompson presents a check to Mark Champagne of Sumter United Ministries for $40,000 from Oktoberfest held in September in downtown Sumter. The annual event was sponsored by Thompson's companies with all proceeds going to United … more

500 adoptions and counting: Judge McFaddin reaches case number milestone after 10 years of service

"Your child is my No. 500th child," Judge George McFaddin Jr. told the Mason family about 16-month-old Elizabeth after her adoption was finalized Monday afternoon. This day is about people like the Masons who give themselves and give back, he … more

Family, finally: Adoption Day introduces 24 kids to forever homes

Three days before Thanksgiving, 19 families officially welcomed in 24 children during the 10th year of Adoption Day at Sumter County Judicial Center on Monday. Since its start in 2008, more than 500 children have been adopted into their forever … more

Thanksgiving Schedule: Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018

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

Sumter law enforcement: Vehicle break-ins increase during holiday season

Thieves and burglars find Christmas comes early and more often as vehicle break-ins tend to increase during the holiday season. Rain, cold and darkness does not stop a thief for capitalizing on a … more

Bates Middle School teachers win Voya Unsung Heroes grant

Bates Middle School teachers Cindy Seckel, Jermaine White, James Crawley, Iasha Lee and Donald Amis were recently named winners of a $2,000 grant as part of the Voya Unsung Heroes awards competition. Through the Voya Unsung Heroes … more

Thanksgiving Schedule: Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018

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

Take a photo with Santa Claus at FTC in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon

FROM STAFF REPORTS Santa Claus will again visit local FTC stores for the annual FTC Santa Portrait Days. Children (and parents) are invited to visit Santa and receive a free 4-by-6 photo courtesy of FTC, according to a news release. More … more

Reflections: Celebrating 150 years of worship at Sumter's First Baptist Missionary Church

Reflections celebrates 150 years of worship with First Baptist Missionary Church on the corner of Washington and Dingle streets. According to Cassie Nicholes in Historical Sketches of Sumter County, this house of worship is often referred to as "a … more

Town hall to be held in Sumter to discourage teen tobacco use

The issue of tobacco use is not yet finished, according to Sumter Behavioral Health Services, and Sumter County can do more to prevent the growing use of tobacco among teens starting with a town hall Dec. 11. Tobacco use remains the leading cause … more

Sumter's future business leaders join forces, hold inaugural FBLA event

When Torey Shannon arrived back at his alma mater, Sumter High School, in 2013 as a business education teacher, he inherited as club adviser a Future Business Leaders of America program with one member. Five years later, Shannon has an FBLA … more

Ring ready: Robinson Jr. holds boxing training at his Team Robinson MMA fitness facility

PHOTOS BY MICAH GREEN / THE SUMTER ITEM Above, Jerome Robinson Jr. trains DJ Neasman at his martial arts and fitness gym, Team Robinson MMA, on West Liberty Street this week. Robinson is one of The Sumter Item's 2018-19 Top 20 Young Professionals … more

Former Sumter School District employee indicted for embezzlement of $10K+ in school funds

A former Sumter School District employee accused last year in at least one anonymous letter of misusing funds has been charged by the state Grand Jury that is alleging public corruption. Charges … more

Sumter police offering thousands in cash rewards for 3 men

Cash rewards are being offered for information that leads to three men either suspected or wanted for questioning in separate cases in Sumter, including an ongoing murder investigation. The Sumter … more

Holiday proof your healthy eating plan

Many challenges are ahead with the holidays upon us. It's a great time for enjoying your favorite recipes or your family's traditional holiday meals that you may only get at this time of year. Yet, with limited time, less control over foods that … more

Looking for a holiday event? Look no further

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. The Jingle Bell Market will be held Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 15-18, at The … more

Sumter Little Theatre announces auditions for 'Baskerville'

Auditions for Ken Ludwig's "Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery" will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24, and Saturday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m. in the Sumter Little Theatre classroom, 14 Mood Ave. The show combines mystery, melodrama and manic action to … more
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