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'Double Down' pilot passes 1,000 combat hours

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - "Mach" received a "Double Down" congratulations from members of the 77th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, as he surpassed the 1,000 combat-hour … more

'Sinker log' recovery topic at Sumter Genealogical Society

Underwater explorer and furniture maker Alec Blalock will be the speaker at the Monday, March 19, meeting of the Sumter County Genealogical Society. He has discovered - and recovered - numerous fossils and artifacts and makes custom-designed … more

Sumter County Council to consider final vote for special tax district

Sumter County Council will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in County Council Chambers, third floor of Sumter County Administration Building, 13 E. Canal St., to consider third and final reading of an ordinance to create a special tax district where money … more

Sumter to perform water hydrant tests this week

The City of Sumter will perform fire hydrant flow tests on Moseley Drive between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Water customers in the surrounding area may experience temporary discolored water. Please direct any questions or … more

The Sumter Item's Fireside Fund ends its donation season

Sumter United Ministries Executive Director Mark Champagne said having the additional resources made available through The Sumter Item's annual Fireside Fund this winter has helped the ministry make a big difference in the Sumter community. The … more

Annual Sumter kite flying contest set for Saturday

Chances are you won't need to go to the beach to get your kite into the air on Saturday. March has come in like a lion, as the saying goes, and local winds are certainly conducive to launching all kinds of kites into the air. Latrell Chambers of … more

Restaurant inspections for Sumter, Lee, Clarendon: Feb. 26-March 11

Following are the restaurant inspections performed between Jan. 8 and 14, 2018 in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon on counties by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control … more

National Walkout Day could bring consequences for Sumter participants

Sumter School District students planning to participate in National Walkout Day on Wednesday could face disciplinary action according to the district code of conduct if they leave class. In a … more

Children find skeletal remains in Sumter woods

An autopsy to identify skeletal remains discovered in a wooded area off a dirt road near Dillon Park and Crystal Lakes Golf Course on Sunday could turn out to be related to a local missing … more

Sumter School District proposes closing three schools

Each would be consolidated into another larger nearby rural school more

Sumter School Board meeting tonight at SHS

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. March 12 at Sumter High School's Commons Area, 2580 McCrays Mill Road. more

Clemson Extension: Controlled burns benefit our forests

The weather in South Carolina in March can be characterized as crisp, cool and perfect for a controlled burn. That's why it's fitting that Gov. Henry McMaster has proclaimed March 2018 Prescribed Fire Awareness Month.Prescribed … more

This month in S.C. History

By the S.C. Historical Society On March 17, 1856, the Mount Vernon Ladies Association received its charter in large part because of Ann Pamela Cunningham (1819-1875) of Laurens District. The organization raised the large sum of money for the … more

Finney will be honored by Claflin University

Claflin University will present Frances D. Finney, class of ’56, with the 2018 Visionary Leader Award during the 12th Annual First Lady’s Hats and Gloves Scholarship Tea at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March … more

Booth remembered for his passion for Sumter

This week, many in Sumter are remembering Richard Lauren Booth, 65, known for his charitable nature and compassion for his community, who passed away on Monday. Born in Sumter, Booth was a graduate of Thomas Sumter Academy and later earned a … more

Bates Middle School program bridges generational gap

What started out with a discipline referral of a student a few years ago has turned into a monthly program at Bates Middle School that bridges the gap between the older and younger generations and opens the lines of communication on important … more

Troopers investigate 3 hit-and-runs in Rembert

South Carolina Highway Patrol is seeking information that could lead to arrests involving three fatal hit-and-runs in an 8-mile area in Rembert in 2015, 2017 and 2018. - Elizabeth Lewis, 53, was struck by a vehicle while lying in the roadway on … more

Opioid crisis is topic of LWV meeting on March 12

The League of Women Voters of Sumter County will hold a community meeting on the opioid crisis at 6 p.m. Monday, March 12, at Central Carolina Technical College, Health Science Building, 133 N. Main … more

Backyard Jamboree benefits Sumter's homebound seniors

Sumter Senior Services recently held its Backyard Jamboree fundraiser at Swan Lake-Iris Gardens Heath Pavilion. Hot dogs, barbecue and all the fixin's were prepared for attendees amid perfect weather as a way to collect money to feed home-bound … more

Continental Tire Sumter plant opens cafeteria

An industrial plant in Sumter County that employs more than 1,200 people now has a new place to eat. The Sumter plant of Continental Tire the Americas LLC, on U.S. 521 South, recently celebrated the official opening of its new cafeteria and … more
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