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On June 12, 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed the Women's Armed Services Integration Act into law, marking a historic moment in United States military history. This legislation officially allowed women to serve as permanent members of the Army, … more
It is very often said that love is good for the soul, and it is on full display each week at Emmanuel United Methodist Church's soup kitchen. Jean Williams and her band of volunteers serve up about 50 to 60 meals to the homeless and others in … more
Thank you for reading this June/July edition of The Sumter Item Impact. It's full of stories and information that will help you better understand the community that surrounds you. From a list of things to do around the Midlands and Pee Dee to … more
Dear Rusty: My wife and I have taken a Social Security "Cut" - no 3.2% raise for us, due to something called "IRMAA," based on our income. We actually took, together, a $400 a month cut. As far as I can tell from what they told me, we are means … more
Sometimes a dream can come true, and you do not have to move for it either. That describes the story of Liberty STEAM Charter School third-grade lead teacher Michelle McDonald, who went from not knowing anything about the Sumter school one year … more
That familiar jingle of the highly anticipated ice cream truck on a summer afternoon ignites a feeling of excitement quite like no other. And while it's not exactly ice cream, Kona Ice strives to create similar memories one shaved ice at a … more
SUMTER COUNTY Splash around at the Sumter Aquatics Center. The center offers classes and activities and a free water aerobics class. You can also rent the center for parties, which includes use of the new lazy river. Usual admission for all … more
South Carolina is in the midst of its fourth season of American Legion softball. The state hosted its first season back in 2021, though the sport was not officially sanctioned by the American Legion until the following fall. Since then, the league … more
Russell Patterson is a man like few others. The 85-year-old former Negro League player known as "Crazy Legs" still has as sharp a tongue as he did when he suited up for the Indianapolis Clowns in the early 1960s. He's quick to make a joke or tell … more
The road to the Majors doesn't always go through Sumter. For some it does. From June 3 to June 9, Palmetto Tennis Center held its 16th Palmetto Pro Open women's tournament, bringing together 60 … more
Established in 1800, according to, Sumter County is dense with historically significant places. Here are a few that are recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. Sumter County Courthouse, 141 N. Main St. William … more
"The nature of the good life is a non-computable problem." - Dr. Zachary Stein When I answered to "Moonbeam," my trail name; pulled my hair back in a ponytail; and drove a white Subaru Outback, I was just 23 years old - Facebook had recently … more
Summer of 2010 was an interesting point of discovering the unique elements of the innovative television experience. For years, cinema has been the dominating force within our entertainment spectrum. What emerged from the innovative medium evolved … more
- S.C. is the 40th-largest state by land area 30,055.8 square miles - The 23rd-largest state by population 5,373,555 residents - The 10th-fastest-growing state by population growth in the last census 10.7% - Years of … more
The sunny afternoon of Friday, May 31, marked the beginning of a new chapter for the arts in South Sumter. Folks from across the county gathered at the Manning Avenue Free Art Studio for a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the expansion of the … more
Tylee Craft is a fighter. The former Sumter High wide receiver has, unfortunately, been put in a position to prove that fact endlessly since March 14, 2022. On that date, Craft was diagnosed with lung cancer. Craft went from promising receiver … more
Iron Hand, a routine exercise conducted twice a year, was held in May at North Auxiliary Airfield, South Carolina. The exercise trains Airmen on ACE concepts in an austere environment. U.S. Air … more
Late last year, Sumter's Community Based Outpatient Clinic, or CBOC, which is a part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Columbia VA Health Care System, opened its doors after a significant expansion, ushering in more opportunity for … more
I recently had the privilege of attending the Mayor's Annual Prayer Breakfast. It was held at Alice Drive Baptist Church. I have served at churches in six different states and in 10 different cities, and every city I have served has a Mayor's Prayer … more
"A traffic volume count, designed to alleviate congested traffic conditions in the downtown business areas of Sumter, was undertaken in March 1948. The count was being made by local Boy Scouts with the cooperation of City Manager J. A. Raffield and … more
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