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To The Sumter Item readers: Please be patient with us through Florence

To all of our wonderful readers and subscribers, With Hurricane Florence at our doorstep, please be patient regarding your newspaper delivery over the next several days. While delivering your local news is very important to us, nothing is more … more

By the numbers: State agencies assemble for Hurricane Florence

Gov. Henry McMaster announced Wednesday the State Emergency Operations Center is fully operational, staffed by emergency personnel from various state agencies and emergency organizations, and will remain operational 24 hours a day until further … more

Red Cross, city makes final preparations as Hurricane Florence eyes Sumter, Lee, Clarendon

In a now-closed middle school, where some banners encouraging student success and photos of children here and there remained on the walls, families found the media center to be their new temporary home. A sign next to the front door of Mayewood … more

'This is no ordinary storm': Electric companies say power restoration after Hurricane Florence could take weeks

Duke Energy is expecting to have more than 20,000 people dedicated to power restoration in North Carolina and South Carolina, where 1 to 3 million customers are expected to lose power because of Hurricane Florence, according to Duke Energy. "The … more

Sumter police searching for stabbing suspect

Sumter police are searching for a man suspected in a stabbing earlier Thursday. Patrick Clifton Clark, 49, of the 200 block of Rast Street, is accused of stabbing a 25-year-old woman after an … more

Sumter School District Board of Trustees to meet Sept. 17

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees plans to have its regular monthly board meeting on Monday night after having it postponed last week. The meeting agenda for Monday is identical to the … more

Man, 79, dies in collision with train

A 79-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene Thursday morning as a result of a wreck involving a vehicle and a train in Wedgefield. Sumter County Coroner Robbie Baker identified the deceased … more

HURRICANE FLORENCE: The latest updates as first bands reach shoreline

8:45 a.m. Shaw Air Force Base is now at Hurricane Condition 2 (HURCON2), which indicates winds of 58 miles per hour or greater are possible within 24 hours. The change in HURCON follows Gov. … more

'Petticoat Affair' topic at Sumter Genealogical Society meeting

Historian and University of South Carolina Professor Emerita Patricia McNeely returns Monday to address the Sumter County Genealogical Society and guests on the topic "Andrew Jackson, John C. Calhoun and the Petticoat Affair," also the title of her … more

Promote healthy blood pressure with small changes

In 2017, the new blood pressure guidelines were released which included changes in classification categories and a reduction in what level constitutes hypertension. The guidelines classified cardiovascular disease risk factors as modifiable and … more

Sumter, Lee, Clarendon farmers readying for Hurricane Florence

Many people in the local business and industry community are taking necessary steps to prepare for a potential onslaught from Hurricane Florence, and that includes farmers. Three area farmers and a spokeswoman for the state Department of … more

Calm at Swan Lake before Hurricane Florence

Despite a lack of rain in recent weeks and the high heat of late summer, the animals and insects living at Swan Lake-Iris Gardens were still out and about and flowers were blooming recently. more

Sumter middle school sent photos of Hurricane Florence from astronaut aboard space station

Hurricanes can be scary and dangerous, but one middle school in Sumter received an awe-inspiring glimpse of the monster storm that is on its way to South Carolina. Alice Drive Middle School … more

9-year-old boy drowns at Pocalla Swamp

A Sumter family is grieving after a child drowned while playing with friends at Pocalla Swamp off Burkett Drive on Wednesday afternoon.  Reports indicate five boys, ranging in age from 7 to … more

Follow these tips for well water and food safety during Hurricane Florence

With possible flooding in the path of Hurricane Florence, Clemson Extension is advising residents who rely on well water to protect that water source, even if they plan to evacuate.Clemson Extension … more

Shaw evacuating its F-16s from Sumter ahead of Hurricane Florence

  Shaw Air Force Base is moving its fleet of F-16s away from base to avoid the path of Hurricane Florence. Col. Derek J. O’Malley, commander of the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw in … more

Run for the books in 13th Forrest Ray 5K

Saturday marks the 13th year for the Forrest Ray 5K sponsored by the Friends of the Sumter County Library. Also called the Run for the Books, the race follows a course through downtown and Sumter's historic district, beginning and ending at the … more

Statewide burning ban issued until further notice

COLUMBIA - With the approach of Hurricane Florence, the South Carolina Forestry Commission will issue a State Forester's Burning Ban for all counties, effective 7 a.m. today. A State Forester's Burning Ban prohibits all outdoor burning, including … more

Local students to perform for equestrian games

The Lemira Percussion Ensemble will present two performances on Monday as part of the 2018 World Equestrian Games being held this year in Tryon, North Carolina, at Tryon International Equestrian Center. The games take place every four years and are … more

Sumter's final Rite Aid to close next month

Sumter's third and final Rite Aid will close soon, according to store employees. The pharmacy at Rite Aid, 1077 Broad St. (in front of Sumter Mall), is set to close Oct. 3. According to an employee, the store's general merchandise area will close … more
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