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Stress doesn't just affect your mood - it can have long-term health impacts as well if you don't take steps to manage it constructively. For individuals who face the stressful task of caring for a family member with Alzheimer's disease or another … more
From an early age, Sumter Police Department's Lt. Tyshica Gayle knew she wanted to serve her community, to don a uniform that, while stylish, meant more than being part of a team. It means being at the forefront of protecting and preserving the … more
J. O'Gradys Hours: Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch; dinner is 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch; dinner is 4 to 9 p.m. Get a "fork and knife" burger - you will need them, given the generous … more
Missionary trips are more than just medical missions; these trips are transformative and focus on intentionality, teamwork and gratitude. Twenty-two mission team members, many from Sumter, spent a week in Guatemala seeing approximately 750 … more
1. BOARD REQUESTS TEACHER INPUT ON 50% GRADE FLOOR After a lengthy discussion at the March 25 board meeting on the merits of a quarter grade floor of 50% even when students score lower, Sumter School District's Board of Trustees said they want … more
"If they can dream it, then we can do it" was the original slogan of the GamecockGrafx. Originating in 2019, one may think the full-blown student-run graphics production company based out of Sumter High School … more
"Anything that kind of went somewhere else, whether it was boats, cars, planes" is how Capt. Taylor "FEMA" Hiester described his fascinations as a kid. "I got to the airplane phase, and I never grew out of … more
When Ivan Sanders and Paris Tindal formed the 803 United 7-on-7 football program three years ago, they wanted to find a way to highlight all of the great talent Sumter has to offer. They brought together athletes from across the county, regardless … more
It's as if you nestled your way into Crayola's 64-box of crayons. Everywhere you look, vibrant hues appear to reach out at you, drawing you in to the sights, sounds and stylistic expression of creatives across the Southeast. Welcome to … more
Imagine a community where families in need are seamlessly connected with the resources that can transform their lives, potentially preventing children from entering foster care. In Sumter, this vision is becoming a reality, thanks to the efforts of … more
Late last year, City of Sumter officials tightened the grounds under which a business license could be denied, revoked or suspended as it relates to people with past convictions. This decision sparked conversation at the county level, too, but … more
The East Red Bay Road bridge over Turkey Creek has been out of commission for a while. The South Carolina Department of Transportation deemed it unsafe, closed it and issued a detour. Ken Martin of SCDOT said during the Feb. 16 Sumter Urban … more
People living in Sumter, Clarendon, Lee or Kershaw counties may be eligible for rental assistance. These county governments are partnering with Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments to help meet the needs of locals in financial … more
My name is Stewart Rawson, and I am the new pastor at First Presbyterian Church here in Sumter. It is my privilege and honor to serve this historic church, and I will look forward to working hard to maintain its commitment to this community. It is … more
Good times are hard to come by for some cities but not for Sumter. You can almost imagine it: The constant shuffle of feet on sidewalks, leading eager eyes and ears to find out where the infectious beats are coming from. The slaps sounding off … more
When Sterling Ta'bon and his friends hosted their first Diamond-Stackz Classic basketball tournament in 2015, they were just looking for a way to celebrate their friend Erick White, who passed away not long after graduating from Sumter High … more
Our brains have a singular purpose - to keep us alive. Neural processes in our brain scan our environments for "features that are safe, dangerous and life threatening," an unconscious action psychologist and neuroscientist Stephen Porges has … more
Welcome to the second edition of The Sumter Item Impact newspaper. Our motto for this paper is "Local News for Everyone," and we mean it. We think having access to local news is not just important. It's vital. To ensuring our democratic society … more
For half a decade, springs at Thomas Sumter have been a bit light. While track and baseball have been constants in the final season of the school year, the Generals had been without varsity softball since 2019 and soccer since 2018. That all … more
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