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Veterans Day Schedule: Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018

BANKS - All area banks and credit unions will be closed on Monday. GOVERNMENT - The following will be closed on Monday: federal government offices; state government offices; U.S. Postal Service; City of Sumter offices; Sumter County offices; … more

USC Sumter Alumni Association to celebrate 'Bigger Wednesday'

The USC Sumter Alumni Association will host Bigger Wednesday on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in celebration of the USC-Clemson football game. "It's usually called Big Wednesday, but this year it's called Bigger Wednesday because it's the 25th … more

Sumter United Ministries collecting frozen turkeys for holiday dinner boxes

Sumter United Ministries will be collecting frozen turkeys from now until Nov. 16 for its Giving Thanks dinner boxes program to help those in need of a warm holiday dinner. The emergency services nonprofit will be distributing them on Nov. … more

Downtown Sumter's Veterans Day celebration is Monday

It will be a gathering for veterans from all military branches Monday when the downtown area plays host to the 20th annual Sumter County Veterans Day Celebration. Larry Huff, a U.S. Air Force veteran and chairman of the Sumter County Veterans … more

Wilder Elementary students honor local veterans in musical

Honor, gratitude, service and sacrifice for "the great U.S. of A." are all concepts that students at Wilder Elementary School have learned recently about veterans and were able to showcase Friday in a special musical. It was Wilder's Veterans Day … more

2nd suspect in shooting of Sumter teenager surrenders

A second suspect in an attempted murder from October turned himself in Saturday to authorities at the Sumter County Sheriff's Office. Aqueme Demond Randolph, 31, of 130 No More Road, surrendered without incident, according to a sheriff's office … more

2 World War II veterans share stories from Battle of the Bulge

When a wounded soldier asked for a pass to town, that meant he wanted to get a haircut because he was ready to return to combat. Vernon Brantley was ready for a haircut in early 1945. It had been at least six weeks since a mortar blew his jeep … more

Manning City Council's agenda violates FOIA

MANNING — A public hearing amending Manning’s district regulations pertaining to educational services will be held during Manning’s City Council meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. … more

Sumter City Council to meet Tuesday to certify election results

Sumter City Council will hold a special called meeting at 1 p.m. on Tuesday in City Council Chambers, Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to receive a report from Sumter County Election Commission … more

Sumter man, 46, sentenced to 151 months in federal prison for distributing child porn

A 46-year-old Sumter man will be spending more than a decade behind bars after he was found guilty of distributing child pornography.Marlin Russell Derk was sentenced to 151 months, about 12.5 years, … more

Clyburn, Sumter native, announces bid for majority whip

FROM STAFF REPORTS While the 5th District featured two a first full-term representative and a political newcomer, the other congressional district covering Sumter has news of a longtime incumbent … more

Baker says focus will be as Sumter School Board member

Frank Baker does not think it will be awkward for the next superintendent to have him - the district's most recent former superintendent - on the Sumter School Board because he's in a "different role" now. Baker, who won the most votes Tuesday … more

Veterans Day Schedule: Friday, Nov. 9, 2018

BANKS - All area banks and credit unions will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12. GOVERNMENT - The following will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12: federal government offices; state government offices; U.S. Postal Service; City of Sumter offices; Sumter … more

Bestselling author to speak at Sumter County Museum

The Sumter County Museum continues its authors' series on Monday with a talk and book signing by New York Times bestselling writer Kristina McMorris. The 7 p.m. event is free and open to the public. McMorris is also a USA Today bestselling author … more

Looking for a local holiday event or one close by? Here's a few to choose from

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 43rd Annual Craftsmen's Classics Christmas Art & Craft Festival … more

Sumter's Parnell disappointed, proud of race he ran

Archie Parnell, the Democratic nominee for the state's 5th Congressional District, said he was surprised and disappointed with Tuesday's loss to incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman given voter turnout but that he is proud of the race he … more

Veterans Day Schedule: Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018

BANKS - All area banks and credit unions will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12. GOVERNMENT - The following will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12: federal government offices; state government offices; U.S. Postal Service; City of Sumter offices; Sumter … more

Reframe thinking about diets to include more than weight loss

How many times have you heard or said, "My diet isn't working?" By the age of 45, both men and women on average will have tried more than 38 different diets in an effort to lose weight. Many dieters will jump-start their efforts with a new … more

5 takeaways of Sumter School District board election

The seemingly most anticipated election in Sumter this midterm, for six seats on the Sumter School Board, concluded Tuesday night with Frank Baker and Shawn Ragin taking the two county-wide at large seats - which were up for the public's vote for … more

ARCENT-ennial: Patton's Third Army, now U.S. Army Central with HQ at Shaw Air Force Base, marks 100 years

George Patton walked the halls of U.S. Army Central in Sumter on Wednesday. Not the actual Gen. George S. Patton Jr., the one who is considered one of the U.S. Army's and the world's greatest commanding generals, the one who led the victory in … more
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