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Find a support group to create lasting, healthy changes

As human beings, we are frequently influenced by our surroundings and our environment. Whether it is positive or negative, that is our perception. The decision to engage in either type of behavior, that is our choice. While our chosen social … more

Army veteran to mark 1 year as business owner on Saturday

Saturday will mark one year in business downtown for retired U.S. Army combat soldier and first-time business owner Joe Davies and his Jersey Joe's Custom Apparel shop. He said Year 1 has been a wild ride with "lots of long days and nights," but … more

Sumter mayor awards 2 with highest civilian city honor

Two Sumter residents recently received the city's highest honor given to a citizen by the mayor. Mayor Joseph T. McElveen Jr. bestowed the Gamecock City Society Award to Roger Ackerman and Dr. Mary Elizabeth Blanchard accompanied with an official … more

Sumter law enforcement gives tips on driving, boating safely this weekend

Labor Day weekend, another summer holiday for people to gather and relax, is here. But, if you're not careful, you could find yourself stressed out with a ticket or behind bars. And there's nothing relaxing about that. To keep drivers on the … more

Sumter's Bradford is a 'seedsman' farmer at heart

Given the rise of mass production in commercial agriculture in the second half of the 20th century, a seedsman farmer - one who deals in seeds as a profession - has became rare, a lost art form if you will. But Nat Bradford describes himself as … more

Planning commission gives favor to Broad Street Wendy's rebuild

Sumter City-County Planning Commission voted to recommend the approval of plans to rebuild the Wendy's on Broad Street and to restrict the permitted districts for the motor vehicle use during its … more

Summer gas pump prices highest since 2011

As Labor Day often means a long weekend for vacation or visiting family for many Americans, gas prices are at the forefront of many minds as the holiday approaches. This year, motorists have seen the most expensive summer at the pump since 2014 … more

Labor Day Schedule: Thursday, Aug. 30, 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

Small business makes big impact on safety

Homeowners, school students, restaurant employees and data server managers have all seen the red tube of a fire extinguisher hanging on their wall, or the overhead sprinkler head ready to shower into the kitchen, but many also likely do not think of … more

Board takes no action at special meeting

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees took no action at Tuesday's special called meeting at the district office, 1345 Wilson Hall Road. After opening the meeting at 6 p.m., the board went into executive session behind closed doors for … more

Sumter's 22nd Gospel in the Park offers 6 hours of music

Gospel in the Park returns for its 22nd-annual afternoon of live gospel music on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. Shonda English, a gospel singer and recording artist, will again host the concert. Gospel in the Park is scheduled for noon until 6 p.m. … more

United Way receives AmeriCorps funding

The governor's lead agency on volunteerism in South Carolina announced $3.2 million in grants were allotted for AmeriCorps funding for the next year, and Sumter's group will receive a portion of that allotment. Grants secured through the … more

From 8 felonies to successful Sumter bail bondsman

This Labor Day, remember to thank your bondsman and show up to court. Though most days may not be as glamorous as what is shown on TV, the job of bail bondsman can become action-packed - knock on wood - if the defendant decides to run. Those who … more

Clarendon school leaders preparing to share services

The two small school districts in Clarendon County that must submit plans for consolidating services to the state superintendent of education by Sept. 21 are already engaged in some level of service sharing. Now, Clarendon School District 1 … more

Sumter really is enjoying more chicken than last year

Sumter's Chick-fil-A franchise owner Scott Richardson has seen an increase in revenue at both of his locations this year, and customers have seen more faces at the drive-thru window and behind the counter. Sales are up 15 to 20 percent this year … more

Labor Day Schedule: Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018

BANKS - All area banks and credit unions will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3. GOVERNMENT - The following will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3: federal government offices; state government offices; U.S. Postal Service; City of Sumter offices; Sumter … more

Sumter Ministry helps after crisis with financial help, food

Volunteers with Sumter United Ministries' food pantry do not do client interviews unless the person is only in need of food, so volunteers at The Lord's Cupboard don't know the total impact the ministry has on a family. When we bring the wagon of … more

Sumter Summer of Caring always a success for many reasons

The Sumter Item's Summer of Caring campaign is perfectly named. The summer season causes us to think about cookouts, swimming, the beach and having fun. But equally as important, this campaign shifts our focus to caring for people and provides a … more

New recruitment strategies help Sumter School District fill teacher vacancies

Newly implemented recruitment strategies and offering new academic programs helped Sumter School District significantly lower its classroom teacher vacancy total for the start of the new school year. Chief Human Resources Officer John Kuomus and … more

Manning woman dies in wreck with 17-year-old

SUMMERTON - A 32-year-old Manning woman died Tuesday morning from injuries she sustained in a two-vehicle wreck earlier in the day, according to Clarendon County Coroner Bucky Mock. "Allison Billups was transported to McLeod Clarendon by … more
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