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Sumter Mall to perform hydrant flow tests on Tuesday

The Sumter Mall will perform fire hydrant flow tests on the hydrants at the Sumter Mall between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 18. Water customers in the surrounding area may experience temporary discolored water. more

$51.9M Sumter County budget passes without tax hike

Sumter County Council passed its $51.9 million budget Tuesday balanced with no tax increase for the third year in a row. The county's $2.8 million capital outlay bond that will fund projects spanning equipment for firefighters to a new ambulance … more

E3 returns with professional development for Sumter teachers

About 500 people descended upon Crestwood High School and downtown Sumter this week for Sumter School District's second-annual professional development conference. Learning topics at E3 for teachers and administrators ranged from STEM (science, … more

Sumter School District says goodbye to Hamm, Williams

Sumter School District Interim Superintendent Debbie Hamm received a surprise Tuesday during the district's second-annual E3 professional development conference. Hamm is finishing her second and final year in her role at the end of the month. … more

A Sumter father and a '55 Chevy Bel Air

In his youth in the 1950s, Harold Hodge thought it was the "worst place in the world," but now he looks back on Crosswell Home for Children as charting the course for his life. About two years after his father's death, his mother placed Harold, … more

27 pit bulls rescued from dog fighting operation in Sumter examined by vet

More than two dozen dogs that were rescued from a home dog-fighting operation on Thursday are continuing to be treated, officials say. A veterinarian had examined all 27 dogs, which appeared to … more

Elder Abuse Awareness Walk to take place at Dillon Park on Saturday

Respecting your elders should be second nature to everyone, but that isn't the case for some people. That's why Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments is having an Elder Abuse Awareness Walk on Saturday at Dillon Park, 1210 Clara Louise … more

Exercise can be an effective intervention for neuropathy

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes, more than 20 million people in the United States are reported to have some form of peripheral neuropathy. While there are more than 100 different forms of neuropathy, all … more

Monroe to present talk at Sumter County Museum 'The Summer Guests' latest by bestselling author

Mary Alice Monroe will present an evening talk and book signing Monday, as the Sumter County Museum continues its series of programs that bring bestselling writers to Sumter. Monroe is a New York Times bestselling author whose latest book, "The … more

9th Air Force turns the page

Thirty-three years and more than 2,500 flying hours later, his military career culminated with a flag handed off, a salute and many thanks. A change of command ceremony Thursday morning at Shaw Air Force Base marked Maj. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist's … more

BREAKING: Sumter County man arrested for dog fighting operation, 27 dogs found chained at home

Deputies discovered what appears to be a dog-fighting operation in Sumter County after finding 27 pit bulls and pit bull mixes, many emaciated or injured, chained among a fighting, equipment and … more

Beto O'Rourke to talk at Sidewalk Cafe in Sumter on Saturday

One of the candidates in the crowded field vying for the Democratic presidential nomination will visit Sumter this weekend. Beto O'Rourke will host a town hall at Sidewalk Cafe at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at 154 S. Main St. This three-day trip to … more

Beach, Boogie & BBQ event in Sumter to raise money for YES Scholarship Fund

If you like music and helping kids out, then you may want to consider attending Beach, Boogie and BBQ at La Piazza in Downtown Sumter at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 15. For just a $5 donation, patrons can come see The Footnotes, a Sumter original band, … more

Bystanders help pull teenager from car fire on East Red Bay Road

Smoke billowed into the tree line, past the broken power pole and over the vehicles with flashing lights, the puffs turning from black to white as the water diluted the flames. Witnesses said they were thankful the crash didn't end in more … more

Navy admiral travels home to Sumter

He may sail the world and command an expeditionary strike group, but the U.S. Navy admiral returned home this week to revisit his humble beginnings. Rear Adm. Cedric Pringle stopped through Sumter on Monday during an executive outreach trip to … more

Sumter school board member Alston says county council holding district ‘hostage’

A Sumter school board member said Sumter County Council is holding the school district "hostage" and holding onto a past deficit as rationale to not approve its tax increase request. While reviewing next year's budget and possible millage rate … more

2 Sumter School District administrators leaving for other jobs

Hamm's term almost finished; Martin-Knox on deck Monday's board meeting was the next-to-last one for Hamm as she concludes her two-year term as interim superintendent on June 30. The meeting … more

Sumter man charged with attempted murder in alleged stabbing

A 50-year-old Sumter man has been charged with attempted murder after he reportedly stabbed a woman for intervening in an argument in the presence of children. The woman Herman George Coubarous is accused of attacking was transported to Prisma … more

Brewington Academy will stay at Mayewood Middle in Sumter another year

Sumter School District's alternative program, Brewington Academy, will remain at the former Mayewood Middle School for at least another year. After Interim Superintendent Debbie Hamm, who is finishing her second and final year at the end of the … more

Sumter United Ministries helps woman with leak from flood

With the first week of The Sumter Item's sixth-annual Summer of Caring fundraiser to benefit Sumter United Ministries in the books, unfortunately no money came in to mark in the books. Every penny of the drive goes to the nonprofit, which … more
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