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Nonprofit gets $10K donation for Sumter, Clarendon youth violence prevention

A nonprofit that serves sexual assault and abuse victims throughout Sumter, Clarendon and the Midlands wants to take South Carolina out of the top ranks for women being killed by men, and a recent anonymous donation will help its effort. Sexual … more

F.J. DeLaine students, Covenant Place residents in Sumter share what love means to them

Candy and flowers topped the list of things students at F.J. DeLaine Elementary School would like to give or receive this Valentine's Day while some of the students' vast imaginations resulted in more out-of-the-box responses. However, despite their … more

The Sumter Item launches website redesign

The Sumter Item launched a new website design this week as part of its continuous effort to give readers a better experience and more ways to consume local news. By going to the same URL, www.theitem.com, readers will see expanded listings of … more

Sumter school board approves consultants for population, facilities studies

Two independent consultants were approved Monday to conduct studies that could impact the future of smaller, low-enrollment schools in the district. After returning from executive session at its … more

3 USC Sumter exhibits are worth viewing

Three exhibits at USC Sumter seemed to slip into the artistic arena but are worth the time to view. Two of them, Jackie Wukela's "People and Places" at the University Gallery and DJ "Doc" Hatcher's "Our World in Acrylics" at the Upstairs Gallery, … more

Sumter sees 3rd-coldest January lows

We all know January was cold in Sumter. Just how cold was it? To find out, The Sumter Item called the National Weather Service in Columbia to get the official numbers and look into the record books. According to NWS Meteorologists Doug … more

Ministry helps single mother of 3 kids with $500+ electric bill

As winter reaches its halfway point, many Sumterites are struggling financially to put the severe weather of early January behind them, according to Kevin Howell, director of Sumter United Ministries' Crisis Relief Ministry. The ministry provides … more

Sumter Ball presents 2 debutantes

The Sumter Ball presented two debutantes at Sunset Country Club on Dec. 18. From left: front row, debutantes Miss Patricia Elizabeth DuBose and Miss Madeline Rebecca Crawford; back row, escorts Mr. James Edgar Mayes III, Cadet Talmadge Alsey … more

SHS Orchestra to perform for prestigious conference

Special to The Sumter ItemThe Sumter High School Honors Orchestra directed by Erik Hines will be one of only two ensembles to perform at the South Carolina Music Educators Association Conference in Columbia on Feb. 17. Hines said the orchestra was … more

'Five Guys Named Moe' is non-stop energy, fun

Special to The Sumter ItemDo not be surprised if you come away from the Sumter Little Theatre's musical "Five Guys Named Moe" with a tired left toe - from all the toe tappin'! Although opening night the first scene got off to a slow beginning, once … more

Shaw awarded $3.5M for groundwater cleanup

A group that aims to keep dialogue open with the community about environmental remediation actions connected to Shaw Air Force Base announced at its annual meeting this week the base has received additional funding. At the 20th Fighter Wing's … more

Fire destroys home, displaces 1 in Sumter

A house in southern Sumter County was destroyed in a fire this week, displacing one person. A double-wide mobile home was 100 percent involved when the Sumter Fire Department arrived to the residence in the 200 block of Pioneer Drive, which is … more

Professional services contract goes before Sumter school board

After taking no action following a two-hour executive session at a special-called meeting Thursday, Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will meet again Monday for its regular monthly board meeting. A district staff member distributed the … more

South Carolina sees first child die from flu this season

A child who has died in the Midlands from complications associated with the flu is the first pediatric fatality reported to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control this flu season. Health information privacy laws shield hospitals … more

A perfect day for PIZZA: Deals in Sumter for National Pizza Day

Today marks what may be one of the most popular and most celebrated national holidays 'round the United States - National Pizza Day. Like any other made-up "official" national holiday, it's an excuse to grab a slice (or four), ask your boss to … more

Skip takeout and create your own pizza

ushrooms. Bell peppers. Onions. Grilled chicken pieces and pineapple (OK, that last one's for my onion-hating husband). When I have a pizza craving, I want it now - and I want to feel a little healthier with my choices than always getting … more

Group petitions Morris College to consider Canty for its president

A local grassroots campaign last fall to get a Sumter leader to be considered as a candidate for the Morris College presidency is now taking its efforts to the next level. Sumter County resident Carlton Washington, leader of a petition campaign … more

Exercise for your heart's health, too

According to the American Heart Association, approximately one out of every three deaths in the U.S. is caused by heart disease and stroke. Every year an estimated 785,000 Americans will have their first heart attack. Fortunately, we can change … more

Russian spies target aircraft contractors

WASHINGTON - Russian cyberspies pursuing the secrets of military drones and other sensitive U.S. defense technology tricked key contract workers into exposing their email to theft, an Associated Press investigation has found. What ultimately may … more
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