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Sumter children celebrate a couple months off school

Children kick off their first afternoon of summer vacation by splashing in the spray park at North HOPE Park on Thursday afternoon. PHOTOS BY ADRIENNE SARVIS / THE SUMTER ITEM more

Lee prison nurse arrested after contraband found

South Carolina Department of Corrections Police Services has charged another corrections facility employee, this time at Lee Correctional Institution, for allegedly bringing contraband into the state prison on Tuesday. Patricia M. Montgomery, … more

The Sumter Item holds first-ever Best of Sumter winners celebration

The Sumter Item held its first-ever Best of Sumter winners celebration on Tuesday at La Piazza in downtown Sumter. Businesses, professionals, educators, restaurants, medical providers and community … more

Beware of mystery shopper scammers

Though some retailers actually hire "secret" or "mystery" shoppers, scammers are also known to use this term. According to Emma Fletcher with the Division of Consumer and Business Education, Federal Trade Commission, this old scam is making a … more

Lasting changes require work

According to recent research, only 20 percent of individuals are prepared to make improvements in their health behaviors. Making lasting changes requires a lot of work. A habit is something we do automatically. Forming and breaking habits can take … more

Sumter City Council OKs 1st budget reading

Sumter City Council approved first reading of the city's proposed 2019 budget, which is balanced at $67,218,077 million with revenues and expenditures each totaling $39,365,543 in the general fund on Tuesday after completing a series of budget … more

Missing Sumter man found safe

Rufus Kistler McCoy, 61, who was earlier reported missing, has been found safe in Columbia. more

Friday is deadline to apply for absentee by mail ballot

The deadline to apply for an absentee by mail ballot for the June 12 primary is on Friday. Sumter County Voter Registration and Elections office is now open for absentee voting from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday in Room 114, first floor of … more

Sumter native Lewis Brice to perform at Carolina Country Music Fest on Saturday

Lewis Brice is in Nashville this week, attending the CMA (Country Music Awards) Fest, but he'll take a brief break from the festival to perform Saturday at the Carolina Country Music Fest in Myrtle Beach at the Burroughs and Chapin Pavilion Place, … more

Sumter PD will serve the public from new facility

Sumter Police Department is ready to serve the community from a new location after moving into its new facility on North Lafayette Drive earlier this week. Monday was the department's last day in the old building at 107 E. Hampton Ave., the … more

74 years later, world marks D-Day

On June 6, 1944, U.S. and Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, to liberate northwestern Europe from Nazi Germany and ultimately help win World War II. More than 9,000 Allied … more

Stephen King TV series finale will be filmed in Manning

Season 2 of Mr. Mercedes is filming its season finale in Manning, and the producers of the AT&T Original series, based on a Stephen King novel, want you in the picture. Tona B. Dahlquist Casting, out of Charleston, where much of Mr. Mercedes has … more

Shaw airman ID'd as driver killed in Sunday crash

A 24-year-old airman stationed at Shaw Air Force Base has been identified as the driver killed in a wreck Sunday morning. Senior Airman Trevor Moheit, who was assigned to the 20th Equipment … more

Celebrate Carolina Day

On June 28, 1776, British ships sailed into Charleston harbor and opened fire on a tiny fort on Sullivan's Island. The infamous "shots heard 'round the world" had been fired a little over a year … more

'A light unto the world': Artist tells story behind drawings of young Holocaust victims at Sumter's Jewish History Center

Mary Burkett thinks she is "as far from an artist as you can possibly get." Despite that claim, the Columbia native and creator of the "Beloved: Children of the Holocaust" exhibit has been giving a lesson in humanity at multiple museums and … more

2 killed in weekend wrecks in Sumter

Two people were killed in separate wrecks in Sumter County during the weekend. A 28-year-old woman from Pinewood was pronounced dead on scene after her car struck a utility pole early Saturday morning on Bethel Church Road. Jessica Dubose was … more

7 ways Sumter residents can prep for hurricane season

This past Friday marked the official beginning of the forecasted active 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, and agencies across the nation are urging preparedness and safety before, during and after any storm. Coming just months after what Clemson … more

Help needed in locating 15-year-old Sumter runaway

Sumter County Sheriff's Office is asking for help from the public in locating 15-year-old Akasha Wilson-El. Akasha was last seen at her Lois Lane home in Sumter about 10:30 p.m. Friday. It is … more

Sumter man calm after winning $25K a year for life

A Sumter man who recently won $25,000 a year for life remained calm when he found out he bought a winning ticket. The ticket sold at Mozingos Grocery on North Main Street matched the first five numbers in Monday's Lucky for Life drawing. They … more

Best of Sumter celebration banquet will be Tuesday

The Sumter Item's first-ever Best of Sumter red carpet event is fast approaching, and there are a limited number of tickets available to the public. The red-carpet-style event will start at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at La Piazza in downtown Sumter. An … more
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