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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

October tours will share stories of cemetery in Sumter

Dearly Departed Tours: If you're a history buff, or looking for a unique and fun hour of stories from the grave, "Dearly Departed" is well worth your time. Ms. Becca and Ms. Diana have done a wonderful job putting this event together and presenting … more

Money seems more important than safe, respectful schools

My pastor was contacted by Karen Michalik to counsel and advise me to apologize publicly, retracting my "accusations and lies" of school board meetings. She also sent him her lengthly Facebook post. Myself, along with my pastor and church … more

What will Democrats do if Republicans keep both houses in midterms?

What if ... What if the Republicans (which means Donald Trump) keep both houses after the midterms? What do the Democrats do then? Barack Obama lost more democratic seats in Congress than any … more

Public invited to hear speaker Robertson Nov. 6

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Nash Student Center, we will be hosting Sadie Robertson as our featured speaker for the ninth annual Wilson Hall Mission Series. Ms. Robertson has starred in both Duck Dynasty and on season 19 of ABC's Dancing … 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

Voters need to keep Baker far away from Sumter School District

Apparently, Frank Baker has more b---- than a bowling alley to run for an at-large seat on Sumter School District Board of Trustees. Correct me if I'm wrong - wasn't he in charge of the district when a $6.2 million shortfall took place? Now he … more

We support Disney for Sumter School Board at-large seat

Bonnie has a career dedicated to public education. She taught in our Sumter public schools for many years. Prior to that, she taught in public schools in Texas, Arizona, California and Ohio as well as DOD schools in Turkey and Japan while her … more

Thank you to Rep. Smith for help with problem after historic flooding

After three years (October 2015 - 1,000-year event, 21.3 inches of rain), two engineers, surveys, endless phone calls, meetings with state officials - when we had lost all hope, Rep. Murrell Smith took our phone call on June 7, 2018. He immediately … 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

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

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

Davis will be honest, ambitious in service to Sumter on council

Honest, integrous, loyal, reliable, ambitious, practical, considerate and genuine - these are some of the adjectives that come to mind to describe Colin Davis. I have known Colin … 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

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

Sumter is fortunate to have Rep. Smith to look out for our interests

At this time when government officials are often viewed with suspicion and derision, Sumter is fortunate to have individuals who truly place their service to our community … more

Norman helps to solve issues facing his constituents

Ralph Norman has done an exemplary job representing the Fifth District. An example is his organizing multiple opioid summits, bringing diverse interests together to solve this problem. Another is his … more

Sumter needs a dependable choice such as Davis on council

I've known Colin Davis for 20-plus years. I have found him to be honest and straightforward. Colin has been a person I can depend on. Colin has come through time and time again in our business … more

Davis is invested in Sumter, needs our support Nov. 6

I write this letter in support of Colin Davis for election to the Sumter City Council. I have known his family and him since his youth. Colin is invested in Sumter. He is an example of our best young … more
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