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Sumter County Gallery of Art opens new exhibit for Reames, Chateauvert with reception on Thursday

Two artists who work in very different mediums are featured in the Sumter County Gallery of Art's next exhibition, opening with a reception Thursday. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., visitors to the gallery can view works by Sumter … more

Palmetto Health recruiting members for Patient and Family Advisory Council

Palmeto HealthPalmetto Health Patient and Family Advisory Council now is accepting applications. The council is a partnership among health care practitioners, patients and families that will lead to the best outcomes and enhance the quality of care … more

Clyburn keeps longtime seat in Sumter, Clarendon, Congressional District

The 6th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives was likely retained by longtime Democratic incumbent James E. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., with 70.94 percent of the vote on Tuesday at press time. Clyburn, who was born in Sumter … more

Absentee ballots break the books in Sumter, across South Carolina

As voters in the Swan Lake and Folsom Park precincts waited in two separate lines to the door before and at 7 a.m. when polls opened Tuesday for Election Day, whispers and comments could be heard throughout the Willow Drive Elementary School halls … more

Baker, Ragin take two at-large Sumter School Board seats over appointed incumbents

Former district Superintendent Frank Baker and educator Shawn Ragin will likely be Sumter School Board's at-large board members moving forward. Baker and Ragin were the top two vote-getters Tuesday in the general midterm election with Baker … more

Norman leading Parnell for 5th District; Sumter, Lee vote opposite

A few hours after polls closed and most precincts were in, U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., was well-ahead in the state's 5th Congressional District against Sumter-native and Democratic nominee Archie Parnell. According to unofficial results, … more

3 incumbents retain Clarendon 1 school board seats

Tony Junious, Keith Bowman and Cindy Risher won the three open Clarendon School Board District 1 seats Tuesday night, according to unofficial results from the South Carolina Election Commission. The district includes Calvary, Panola, Summerton 1, … more

Davis upsets Galiano for Sumter City Council Ward 5 seat

Bob Galiano, longtime incumbent of Sumter City Council Ward 5, will be passing on his seat to Colin Davis after the newcomer drew in more than 400 more votes than his seasoned opponent. Currently … more

Thomas Sumter teacher Matthew Mac McLeod secures Sumter School Board District 3 seat

A former Sumter School District 2 board member for five years before district consolidation in 2011, Matthew “Mac” McLeod took the District 3 seat by a wide margin. With all precincts … more

Sumter's youngest school board candidate wins District 1 seat

Residents in Sumter School Board's District 1 knew they would have a new neighbor representing them on the Board of Trustees after Tuesday's election, and now they know it will likely be Brian … more

Sumter's Smith handily beats first opponent since being elected to House

Though he faced his first opponent in 18 years, Rep. Murrell Smith, R-Sumter, will remain the representative of House District 67 for Sumter after receiving 82 percent of votes Tuesday. "I'm … more

Former Lakewood, Furman principal takes Sumter School Board's District 2

In a race that came down to two former educators in Sumter School District 2, Sherril Ray defeated John Michalik and Charles M. Smith with 40.44 percent of the vote. “I’m very honored … more

Sumter races called; Baker, Ragin win at large school board seats, Davis upsets Galiano for City Council

With 94.83 percent of precincts reporting in Tuesday’s midterm general election in Sumter County, The Sumter Item is calling races for local seats. Republican incumbent Murrell Smith has won … more

ELECTION RESULTS: Midterm races affecting Sumter, Lee, Clarendon counties

U.S. House of Representatives, District 5 Michael Chandler (Constitution) Ralph W. Norman (R) Archie Parnell (D) U.S. House of Representatives, District 6 James E. Jim Clyburn … more

The latest on Election Day in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon counties with updated feeds

Here is the latest information on Election Day in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties, as well as issues that affect or may be of interest to readers taking place across the nation. Stay tuned here … more

WHAT TO WATCH: After turbulent campaign, it's up to voters

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tweetstorms and a trade war. Kanye in the Oval Office. Kavanaugh in the hearing room. President Donald Trump's presidency has been a wild, turbulent, two-year ride. Now … more

In Texas, Ted Cruz squares off with rising star O'Rourke

EL PASO, Texas — Beto O'Rourke has already used his once-longshot Texas Senate run to become a national Democratic phenomenon, shatter fundraising records and set off whispers that he could be … more

Trump-backed McMaster, Democrat Smith vie for SC governor

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The time has come for South Carolina voters to decide if they will give Gov. Henry McMaster a full term in the office he's held for nearly two years, as he goes head-to-head … more

Local group The By Name Project gives back to Sumter community

The By Name Project is helping give back to the Sumter community by providing food and clothes to those who need it. "On the first and third Saturdays (of every month), for a couple hours, we have meals made, with tents set up in the park (next … more

Sumter City Council to consider purchase of garbage truck, loader at today's meeting

Sumter City Council will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday in City Council Chambers, fourth floor of Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider: - Second and final reading of an ordinance to annex 11.29 acres at 1495 Camden … more
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