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'Dream big, but do the hard work': Prisma Health Tuomey nurse writes book about resiliency through pain, how to set and reach goals

Cynthia Richardson walked a painful path to get where she is today, but every step was worth it, she says, because now she can use her story to motivate others to push through hard times. Cynthia … more

Sumter Genealogical Society to meet, hold party on Monday

Arts and culture contributorThe Sumter Genealogical Society will hold its next membership meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at Swan Lake Presbyterian Church, 912 Haynsworth St.As is traditional, there is no formal speaker for the final meeting … more

Eating, drinking and being ugly (sweaters)

MICAH GREEN / THE SUMTER ITEM Ugly Christmas sweaters, elf costumes and more could be seen Thursday night at the inaugural Eat Drink & Be Ugly. The Young Professionals of Sumter organized the event to draw community members together while raising … more

Sumter High AVID students take on service project to provide bathrooms, drinking water to schools in developing world

For a group of Sumter High School students, it didn't take getting into the Christmas season for them to learn the important trait that "it's better to give than receive." Instead, it happened through a service-learning project with students who … more

18 men in Sumter indicted on federal drug charges

After an investigation that was conducted for more than a year and a half, 18 men have been indicted in Sumter on federal drug charges. The men, whose names and charges have not yet been released, … more

Book signing for newest Team W release Jan. 15, 2020, at Sumter County Museum

The heiress. The Resistance fighter. The widow. Three women whose fates are joined by one legendary hotel. New York Times Best-Selling Authors known as Team W will speak at a book signing at the Sumter County Museum on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, … more

Electrical fires damage 2 homes in separate blazes on Wednesday

Two separate fires damaged homes on Wednesday. The first occurred at 2:55 p.m. when an electrical failure sparked a fire from kitchen or cooking equipment at a house in the 100 block of Brent Street, according to a Sumter Fire Department incident … more

Wintertime indoor farmers market debuts today at Sumter fairgrounds

Lovers of local produce and products now have the chance to continue shopping at a Friday market. A new farmers market starts today at the Sumter American Legion's old poultry building on Artillery Drive at the Sumter County Fairgrounds. It will … more

CCTC renews free tuition program for another 5 years

Central Carolina Technical College President Michael Mikota said the biggest challenge facing South Carolina, the nation and the world today is growing and retaining a talented workforce. In that effort, Mikota - on behalf of CCTC - announced … more

Sumter School District audit shows district's reserves now at $14.3M

For the third straight year with a credentialed chief financial officer on staff, Sumter School District had no surprises with the formal release of its official audit report. Given its financial performance, the district will in likely by lifted … more

Sumter School District Board of Trustees goes 10-for-10 with unanimous votes on Monday

Ten motions, 10 unanimous votes. That was how Sumter School District's Board of Trustees voted Monday night after returning from executive session on various agenda items. That has never happened with the current school board, and members have … more

44th Lessons and Carols at First Presbyterian Church in Sumter

For the 44th year, First Presbyterian Church will present its Service of Lessons and Carols, its annual celebration of Advent and Christmas. At 10:30 a.m. Sunday, the third in Advent, the lessons - scriptural passages alternating with … more

Louisiana blues guitarist to make tour stop in Sumter

A renowned Louisiana-based blues guitarist will be taking over the stage at the Sumter Opera House this weekend. Continuing his year-long Whiskey Bayou Revue tour, Tab Benoit will be at the venue in historic downtown Sumter on Saturday at 7:30 … more

Fireside Fund donations keep heat on for working single mother of 3

The call was made for Sumter to take action, and a group of charitable individuals have already helped make it happen. We are only a few weeks into our annual Fireside Fund, where we ask our readers to donate money to the paper that we then give … more

Program warms hearts and bodies: LouVon Family Foundation in 14th year of Coats for Kids distribution

For 34 years now, the Rubye J. Johnson Head Start Learning Center on Lafayette Drive has had some sort of winter jacket drive for preschoolers. That tradition continued Monday with a Coats for Kids program put on by the LouVon Family Foundation, … more

Driver shot at by man in moving vehicle in Cherryvale

At first, she simply thought the car in front of her was fishtailing from speeding. Then she noticed the gun sticking out of the other vehicle, shooting toward the now rolling, flipping … more

'Brick Church' invites public to service on Sunday

For the sixth year, the congregation of historic Salem Black River Presbyterian Church invites the public to its Christmas service of Lessons and Carols. The service that began in the Truro Cathedral in Cornwall, England, has since spread to … more

282nd Army Band to present free concert at Sumter's Patriot Hall

FROM STAFF REPORTS The 282nd Army Band and Fort Jackson are continuing a tradition of spreading holiday cheer by providing two free concerts featuring the entire 282nd Army Band. Both concerts are free (tickets are not required) and open to … more

Sumter brings in the holidays with annual Christmas parade

PHOTOS BY KAYLA ROBINS / THE SUMTER ITEM Grayson Barr can't help but be excited by the sights and sounds at Sunday's Sumter Christmas Parade. The Evening Optimist-sponsored event featured Santa Claus, the Grinch, dancers, floats, Sumter law … more

Spend Christmas in Tuna with Sumter Little Theatre

The denizens of Tuna, Texas, are back at Sumter Little Theatre to give audiences an intimate look at the town’s daily life, especially during the Christmas season. Opening Thursday night, “A Tuna … more
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