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Sumter Today: Officials review the past year in the school district

When Interim Superintendent Debbie Hamm came into her role almost two years ago, she started an event that welcomed the community to a breakfast to hear about the district and its progress in the … more

Sumter Today: Sumter's first escape rooms are ready to be solved

The escape room trend has made it to Sumter, and we stopped by one of the two new companies that are now open. Escape rooms are themed rooms where you have to solve a series of clues, puzzles and … more

Sumter Today: We learn how to help prevent package theft during the holidays

Mail and package deliveries always increase during the holiday season, but the season of giving also means more opportunities for thieves to swipe packages meant for loved ones from front porches and … more

Sumter Today: Kingsbury students hold a holiday program to showcase their work

Kingsbury Elementary School students held a holiday program that featured choirs, harpists and a special showcase from students who got a community grant to build robots and code them to play Jingle … more

Sumter Today: The Fire Department gives us safety tips for the holidays

With the holiday season in full swing, we met up with The Sumter Fire Department to get some tips to make sure the holidays stay merry, from preventing Christmas tree fires to cooking and other tips. more

Sumter Today: The Sumter Fire Department holds fire engine training

The Sumter Fire Department is constantly training to make sure they're ready for any type of call, and we stopped by yesterday to observe them going through engine training, which included practicing … more

Sumter Today: A local church's Christmas program tells its message of hope

Bethesda Church of God is getting ready to put on its annual Christmas program, which will be on Saturday and feature choirs, performances, a live nativity and more. The theme of this year's program … more

Sumter Today: Sumter ROTC visits the Sumter Military Museum

A group of Sumter High School Junior ROTC students visited the Sumter Military Museum, which is organized and run by local historian and Item archivist Sammy Way. Students got to tour the museum's … more

Sumter Today: The Fantasy of Lights kicks off the December holiday season

In Sumter, December means on million lights at Swan Lake, and Saturday's ceremony marking the beginning of the month-long Fantasy of Lights display did not disappoint. After a ceremony featuring … more

Sumter Today: The Festival of Choirs gets ready to return for the season

For almost half a century, the Woman's Afternoon Music Club has celebrated Advent with a concert by some of Sumter's finest musicians. Sunday will mark the 49th year the Festival of Choirs performs … more

Sumter Today: Swan Lake gets ready for the Fantasy of Lights

Every December, Swan Lake dazzles visitors with more than one million Christmas lights during its annual Fantasy of Lights display. City employees have been getting ready for months now leading up to … more

Sumter Today: The school district holds a career fair for middle and high schoolers

Sumter School District held the first part of its Education and Career Ready Business Summit today at the Civic Center, where businesses had the chance to showcase their organization with the goal to … more

Sumter Today: Team Robinson MMA trains for personal fitness while building self-confidence

Jerome Robinson Jr. helps people build confidence, strength, and health at his martial arts gym on West Liberty Street. He's one of our 2018-19 Top 20 Professionals Under 40 winners that we announced … more

Sumter Today: Hundreds turn out for the annual backcountry oyster roast

The Sumter County Museum held its annual oyster roast ahead of Thanksgiving, and there were plenty of steamed oysters, chili and barbecue to go around. The event is the museum's biggest fundraiser of … more

Sumter Today: Community members become a principal for a day

Every year, each public school in Sumter opens its doors to a different community member as they become its principal for the day. The principals for a day tour classrooms, talk with students and … more

Sumter Today: Operation Christmas Child kicks off its shoe box drive

Westside Baptist Church is one of nearly 5,000 drop-off locations around the nation for this year's Operation Christmas Child. This week, residents are being asked to donate shoe boxes full of gifts … more

Sumter Today: C-SPAN teaches students about government and social studies

Since 1993, C-SPAN has traveled across the nation visiting schools and community events with its interactive tools used to learn about public affairs, programming, government, and social studies. … more

Sumter Today: The community honors Veterans Day

Yesterday was the official commemoration of Veterans Day, and Sumter held a ceremony and fourth annual parade to honor our local veterans and to thank them for their service to our country. more

Sumter Today: Wilder students put on a Veterans Day musical

Wilder Elementary School students learned the values of honor, gratitude and sacrifice during a Veterans Day musical they put on for other students and some special VIP veterans in honor of the … more

Sumter Today: Willow Drive students practice teamwork during STEAM Hour

Willow Drive Elementary School held a STEAM Hour yesterday that asked each grade level to complete standards-based challenges that demonstrate values in science, technology, engineering, art and … more
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