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Sumter officers seek help locating missing 30-year-old

The Sumter Police Department needs the public’s help locating a missing 30-year-old. Lorenzo Jones, of Stratton Court, was reported missing by his family members on Monday, said Tonyia … more

Census staff will begin door-to-door process Tuesday

Beginning today, U.S. Census Bureau staff will begin knocking on doors to complete the 2020 Census as part of its non-response follow-up interviews. Each person not counted in local communities means a loss of about $1,500 of federal assistance … more

Military children to receive free back packs, school supplies

As children go back to school amid the pandemic, a Hunt Military Communities nonprofit will collaborate with Operation Homefront in their annual Back-to-School Brigade initiative to deliver back packs and school supplies to military … more

Fire hydrant testing is scheduled for midweek in Sumter

The City of Sumter will perform fire hydrant flow tests on Camden Highway, North Purdy Street, Walker Avenue and Warren Street from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 12 and 13. Water customers in the surrounding area may experience … more

Local sponsors donate 672 back packs to Sumter students

Sponsor Richard Canady, insurance agent for State Farm in Manning, held a book bag drive at Millwood Elementary School on Saturday, where he, along with Fred Folston, insurance broker for Folston Insurance Group; James Munford, founder of Knowledge … more

SCISA schools prep to reopen their campuses

Preparing for a year like none other. That's the best way to describe summer preparations by area SCISA private schools for the upcoming start of the 2020-21 school year, given the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of various factors such as smaller … more

McMaster wants public reporting of cases in schools

COLUMBIA - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is calling on the state health department to report any COVID-19 cases among students and staff in public schools. The Department of Health and Environmental Control should develop a process to … more

Veteran, longtime resident is running for Sumter City Council Ward 4

Sumter City Council Ward 4 has a new candidate running for its seat in this year's election. Mark Dingle, a veteran and 30-year resident of the north side of Ward 4, said he decided to run in an effort to unite the City of Sumter. "As one … more

As S.C. tops 100,000 virus cases, officials warn of scammers

All our coronavirus coverage is free to the public. It’s the right thing to do as a public service to our community. If you find this article helpful or informative and want to support our … more

State approves Sumter School District, Clarendon 2 reopening plans

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Safety overview before Sumter School Board on Monday

A school readiness safety presentation tops the agenda for Sumter School District's Board of Trustees' regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Monday night. A district staff member posted the agenda online Friday for the media and general … more

COVID-19 mobile testing Monday at Weldon Auditorium in Manning

MANNING - MUSC Health will hold COVID-19 mobile diagnostic testing from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, at Weldon Auditorium. MUSC Health reminds the public of the following: - Individuals who have been exposed, but remain … more

Sumter residents can watch virtual All-American City Award event

For the first time, the All-America City Award Conference will be held virtually, allowing residents of city finalists to tune in to the live, three-day event. Shelley Kile, communications and tourism director for the City of Sumter, gave an … more

Local churches and Sumter United Ministries team up to roof 7 houses

Youth members of Westminster Presbyterian Church woke up bright and early on Friday morning to reroof a Harry Street residence with Sumter United Ministries as part of its annual Summer Restore Project. At 7:30 a.m., about 27 volunteers from the … more

Manning man arrested in connection to shooting death

MANNING – A 22-year-old Manning man died early Friday morning in what Clarendon County Corner Bucky Mock called an “incident.”“Javon Smith died between 3:30 a.m. and 4 … more

Is your life out of control because you are in control?

During my seminary days, I was a chaplain at University Hospital in Louisville. The chaplains rotated shifts in the emergency room overnight to minister to those brought in. The hospital was a level three trauma center, so we got every accident, … more

Standing helm watch in the Pacific

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Devin M. Langer / Special to The Sumter Item PACIFIC OCEAN - Operations Specialist 3rd Class Aman Pace, from Orangeburg, stands helm watch on Aug. 4 in the pilot house aboard the … more

For customers on the go, Take 5 Oil Change is here

A new business model for the standard oil change has arrived in Sumter with Take 5 Oil Change on Broad Street. Franchisee William Mills, who co-owns Take 5 franchises in the Greater Columbia and Charlotte areas, spoke earlier this week on the new … more

Sumter School District's plan could get state approval early next week

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Sumter City Council: Alice Drive Baptist expansion approved, Dollar General coming to Patriot Park area

Proposals for a new church, the expansion of an existing one and a new Dollar General were among the topics discussed Tuesday at a Sumter City Council meeting. While council's previous meeting was held at the Sumter Opera House to open public … more
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