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Sumter, Clarendon schools to reopen Monday after Florence closures

All Sumter School District schools and offices will reopen on Monday, September 17, now that Gov. Henry McMaster has lifted the order for school closures due to Hurricane Florence, according to … more

Ready for anything: Sumter heeds Hurricane Florence warnings as area misses brunt of storm

Prepare for the worst. Hope for the best. When Sumter officials preached the message to take Hurricane Florence seriously during the past week, Sumterites listened. Despite what, as of Saturday afternoon, seemed to be a flop of a storm for the … more

Sumter County Sheriff's Office has military vehicle in case of emergencies

MICAH GREEN / THE SUMTER ITEM Sumter County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Jeff Hofer took The Sumter Item on a ride around the county in the agency's MRAP, a mine-resistant ambush protected military surplus vehicle, to get a glimpse - safely - of what … more

Florence damaged my home. Now what?

Once Hurricane Florence passes, homeowners may be dealing with the next steps of assessing and fixing damage incurred from the storm. Any residents in the city or county of Sumter who experienced damage to any structure is asked to call the … more

Sumterites heed warnings to prepare, even those who weren't here for Hugo

As Hurricane Florence prepared to hit the Carolinas, Sumterites were preparing for whatever the impact may have been. People around downtown Sumter were getting ready on Thursday for the storm to arrive, which was at a Category 2 as it brought … more

Sumter nonprofit opens new home for adults with disabilities

A house is not necessarily a home, but a nonprofit that serves more than 500 Sumterites with intellectual disabilities is trying to give adults with special needs somewhere to call just that. The Sumter County Disabilities and Special Needs Board … more

Generators, gas cans and plywood were essential supplies sold in Sumter for Hurricane Florence

It was an unusual scene on Thursday. On one side of Bultman Drive, parking lots were mostly barren as most of the usually popular strip mall stores were closed in preparation for Hurricane Florence. However, on the other side of the road, customers … more

Sunday's feed: Florence leaves her mark on the Carolinas as Sumter begins return to normalcy

Stay tuned at this feed throughout the day as we continue to update it with information on Florence and her impacts in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties and the surrounding Carolinas. 8:50 … more

FLORENCE: Know what to do if a traffic signal is not working

With power out or flickering in parts of town, drivers may encounter traffic signals that aren't working correctly.According to a tweet from the S.C. Department of Public Safety, if you encounter an … more

BREC, Duke Energy work to restore power outages in counties affected by Florence

Power companies said they worked feverishly through late Friday and all day Saturday to restore power to individual homes and businesses in the region in the wake of Hurricane Florence. As of 5 … more

Updated feed: Florence crawls through South Carolina toward Sumter

Stay tuned at this feed throughout the day as we continue to update it with information on Florence and her impacts in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties and the surrounding Carolinas. 3 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 16 While flash flooding and major river flooding is still expected … more

Sumter hardware store outfits the National Guard for Florence

The commander on duty for the Sumter operations center of the S.C. National Guard and an assistant were seen shopping in the shoe section at Simpson Hardware on Friday afternoon. Lt. Col. Adrian … more

Sumter Police Department: Finish preparations for Tropical Storm Florence, stay inside

As wind speeds continue to pick up, Sumter Police Department urges residents to wrap up last minute preparations and return to shelter before winds reach tropical-storm-force … more

PHOTO GALLERY: Sumter prepares for Hurricane Florence

Residents, volunteers and officials spent the week preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Florence. more

Bradford watermelons harvested ahead of Hurricane Florence

Like any businessman and homeowner in Sumter County this week, Nat Bradford of Bradford Family Watermelon spent Friday finishing preparations for Hurricane Florence. The farmer located northeast of … more

Sumter Piggly Wiggly rations bread and water purchases ahead of Hurricane Florence

Luther Jamison, store operator of Piggly Wiggly, 1011 Broad St., said Friday afternoon that his store has been extremely busy with Hurricane Florence preparations since Gov. Henry McMaster … more

Unique menu benefits Sumter Green

Thursday night brings the most eclectic menu available in Sumter to Nettles Building and grounds at University of South Carolina Sumter. When Sumter Green Fall Feast sets up for the one-night-only … more

Updated feed: The latest as Tropical Storm Florence, now a deadly storm, enters South Carolina

Stay tuned here for the  11 a.m. Hurricane Florence has made landfall and is just inland near Cape Fear, North Carolina. According to the National Hurricane Center’s 11 a.m. … more

City cancels trash pickup because of Florence; county closes recycling centers

All city sanitation services for residential and commercial customers have been cancelled for today as a result of Hurricane Florence, so City of Sumter residents with normal Friday trash pickup will have to wait until next Friday (Sept. 21) for … more

Look out for price gouging during, after Florence

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced on Tuesday that federal aid has been supplied to South Carolina to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts due to Hurricane Florence starting on … more
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