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Southeast needs to lead, move forward

When I was a young sailor, my friends made fun of where I was from. I would say Sumter, and they would say Something, South Carolina. When we visited Naples, Italy, as we walked around, I looked down and … more

McConnell needs to do his job

After several days of the craziness over the government shutdown and the $193,000-per-year salary Mitch McConnell receives for not doing his job, yes McConnell is the real reason the shutdown is … more

God loves you; there's nothing you can do about it

That common respect for each other in the way we interact or speak to each other is out the window. Our leaders are seen by the world as big rude kids with the name calling. That if you prey on the fears of others you can get them to go along with … more

Thank you to Gail, staff of diner for support in 2018

Happy New Year! The members of the Dalzell Volunteer Firehouse would like to publicly thank Gail Turk and the kind staff of D&L diner on Peach Orchard Road for their kind support in 2018. These great folks have provided the meals for our … more

No new political third party will solve all problems

This is a response to the letter from Mr. Damm concerning a third political party. There is a third party. And a fourth, fifth and sixth. I identify with one of these, but I can also tell you that none of them will solve the problems you listed. Let … more

Shutdown over border control is stupidity, but we will rebound

To avoid any repercussions, I will use "idiocy" to describe my view of what is going on in Washington at this time with our elected officials, whom we elect to serve us (at least … more

A third major political party is needed

Let's call it the American Party or the Peoples Party. The reason is that neither the Republican or the Democratic Parties represent voters/taxpayers. For example, (1) immigration and border security cannot … more

Veterans stand proud after serving their country and would do so again

2018 - The year of the veteran - the year is almost gone. But so are many of the veterans. What has happened to all the strong, young men and women who fought the battles of World War II, Korea and Vietnam? I saw a lot of them today. I went to … more

Coverage helped bring others out to hear testimony

I wanted to say "thank you" to reporter Adrienne Sarvis and The Sumter Item for your article on Jim Sonefeld (Hootie and the Blowfish) and his visit to our meeting at Celebrate Recovery this past Friday night. Because of the article, we had … more

Thank you to Hines for help, going above and beyond

My family and I would very much like to thank Hines Furniture Company for their gracious help. Recently, we needed to get a La-Z-Boy lift chair for my husband. We have been customers at Hines here in Sumter for many years, but this store did not … more

Operating private business differs from governing a public entity

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees must utilize good judgment and clear thinking in the reconstruction and reorganization processes they will be undertaking. Sumter School District and its Board of Trustees must be cognizant of the fact … more

Bush will be missed, and it was a pleasure to work under him

I, Marion Richburg, retired U.S. Air Force technical sergeant, had the great privilege of meeting George H.W. Bush when he was the director of the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency). I was assigned to the SR-71 Blackbird Reconnaissance Group USAF, … more

Thank you to cookie bakers for sweetening holidays for Shaw friends

Thanks community cookie bakers! You "Showered Shaw" with 3,696 dozen cookies in our 26th endeavor to sweeten up the holidays for our friends at Shaw. That's 44,252 cookies from a caring Sumter community. More than 3,000 cards accompanied the sweet … more

Thank you to God for opportunity to travel to South Africa

Thank you to God for opportunity to travel to South Africa To whom it may concern the story of Prophetess Stephanie Mathis, a local pastor of Triumph Ministries here in Sumter. As the call came to seek after prophetess to be the guest infuser … more

Making important school district decisions in hurried way is dangerous, unwise

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees heard a preliminary report from a group of superintendent search consultants Monday, Dec. 3. This specially called … more

Legislators should reauthorize national conservation fund

For more than 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has protected national treasures like the Great Smoky Mountains as well as places closer to home like the park at Crosswell Elementary School or ballfields and tennis courts at Palmetto … more

Knowing Brewer as mentor, friend was an honor

A tribute to Billy Brewer, my friend, my coach, my fishing teacher, my hunting teacher, my Sunday school teacher, my second Dad, my insurance man, my mentor, and many, many more. What an honor it was to know him and have him as my friend so many … more

Thank you Sumter for support during campaign

I would like to thank the citizens of Sumter for their support and encouragement during this recent election season. Nearly 1,000 people trusted me with their votes; and despite the fact that I did not tally the most votes, I feel confident in … more

This Thanksgiving, dig deep and find what you're thankful for

When I first learned of this month's topic of "Thankfulness" for the Facebook group blog I contribute to, I thought, "well, yeah, that makes sense because it's the month of … more

Discipline must be enforced in Sumter schools for the good of everyone

If you want to make a change in public schools, then the Sumter School District Board of Trustees and the interim superintendent need to allow discipline to be handled in a … more
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