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Man who drove into frigid pond in Sumter is located

The driver in a New Year's Eve crash that ended in a frigid pond seemingly avoided tragedy, officials have learned. A Hyundai sedan apparently went off the roadway at East Calhoun Street and Salterstown Road some time after 9 p.m. on Dec. 31 and … more

USC Sumter to host Dream Walk 2018 on MLK holiday

University of South Carolina Sumter will host the 18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Walk in Sumter on Jan. 15, according to a news release from the college on Wednesday. As the third Monday in January, the 15th also marks the federal … more

Miss Morris College reads to students

PHOTO PROVIDED Miss Morris College Alazia Williams strives to instill the love of reading to area youth and recently read to children in the Rubye J. Johnson Headstart program. If you are interested in having Miss Morris College read to your … more

Sumter City Council may add meter damage fees

City residents could face a fine for damaged water meters after Sumter City Council approved first reading of an ordinance to amend the city's water and sewer rates to include meter damage fees on Monday. The city has never had a way of … more

Not like 'Training Day': My New Year's Eve ride-along in Sumter County

Being nervous while approaching a check point is normal, even if you haven't done anything wrong. But if you have done something that warrants more attention at a check point, it's good to know officers are more concerned with making sure drivers … more

Weeks files letter to delay Morris mold case hearing

The attorney for Morris College has delayed an initial subpoena hearing in the case brought against the school by current and former students, according to documents filed recently with the state's Third Judicial Circuit Court. Attorney David … more

The latest on Winter Storm Grayson: Roads throughout Sumter County backed up, cars getting stuck on ice, snow

While the snow may have stopped before the sun went down Wednesday, powdery and slick conditions have caused traffic woes throughout Sumter County, and it doesn't seem it will let up before … more

WINTER STORM GRAYSON: Sumter public schools canceled Thursday, closures continue to be announced

All non-essential Sumter County government offices will close at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3 due to inclement winter weather. Decisions on Thursday work schedules will be made “late today or … more

Memoir describes how former segregationist was changed by experiences

Like many Southerners of a certain age, William E. "Bill" Dufford, 91, grew up in the Jim Crow era realizing only gradually that there was something not fair or just about segregation.His journey "from segregationist to … more

Take it slowly for lasting change this new year

It's that time of year when we are all gung-ho about making positive changes. Whether it is to be more organized, start exercising, save money, lose weight or adopt healthier habits, we all want to make it a permanent change for the better. Yet, … more

Keep on giving with Sumter's Grinding of the Greens

Though the season of giving is over, there is still another way to give back to the community and help thy neighbor by donating real Christmas trees for the annual Grinding of the Greens at Dillon Park. The event that provides free mulch for the … more

Fishing date

A great snowy egret fishes at Swan Lake-Iris Gardens in December as a nearby turtle basks in the late afternoon sunshine. MELANIE SMITH / THE SUMTER ITEM more

Pipes could freeze, burst in Sumter this week

With below-freezing temperatures staying throughout the night, locals should take care to protect their homes from unwanted water damage caused by frozen pipes. Homeowners should leave pipes dripping if the temperature will be below freezing for … more

Snow is possible today in Sumter

Dig out your snow pants and get a snowman carrot nose ready because the tri-county area could see the first snowfall of the year this afternoon through this evening. "You're going to be on the edge of this system, so I do think you're going to … more

Scott Will Toyota salesman says personal approach can pay off

He's not your stereotypical car salesman and has a unique meet-and-greet technique that helps him build a personal relationship with customers and remember most people's names. He's not flashy, but instead many consider him down to earth and … more

Fund helps temporarily out of work Sumterite

Imagine not having heat until you can save up to $400 for a propane delivery, and you will identify a common plight for some low-income residents in our area, according to Kevin Howell, Crisis Relief Ministry director at Sumter United … more

Sumter, Lee and Clarendon closings, schedule changes announced

Sumter School District will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 3, because of the extremely cold temperatures and the threat of worsening weather. The district announced in a news … more

Welcome to 2018

Sumter may add damaged meter fee to water rates

FROM STAFF REPORTS Sumter City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in City Council Chambers, Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider first reading of an ordinance to amend the city's water and sewer rates to include a fee for damaged … more

Man who tries to escape Sumter County checkpoint faces drug charges

One man in Sumter County tried to run his way out of 2017 but ended up ringing in the new year in a jail cell. Ronnie Roosevelt Franklin, 29, reportedly fled instead of stopping for a Sumter County Sheriff's Office checkpoint on Florence Highway … more
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