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Wofford's Ayers keynotes Touchdown Club banquet

The Sumter Touchdown Club presented by FTC held its second annual season-ending banquet on Thursday at the Central Carolina Technical College Health Science Building on South Main Street. The … more

Crime does pay? Thoughts from a crime and courts reporter about S.C. inmates getting tablets to stream movies, call home

South Carolina Department of Corrections Director Bryan Stirling announced plans for a program to provide tablets for inmates so they can call family at cheaper rates and access pre-loaded … more

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Schedule: Friday, Jan. 18, 2019

BANKS - All area banks and credit unions will be closed on Monday. GOVERNMENT - The following will be closed on Monday: federal government offices; U.S. Postal Service; state government offices; City of Sumter offices; Sumter County offices; … more

Exercise to improve mobility, sleep, overall health

We all know that exercise is necessary for good health. The benefits of exercise are endless, and it not only affects you physically, but emotionally and mentally as well. Being consistent in your exercise will allow you to see these benefits, … more

Sumter County Genealogical Society speaker compares Revolutionary War armies Monday

FROM STAFF REPORTS Attorney Glenn F. Givens will be the speaker at January's meeting of the Sumter County Genealogical Society. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Swan Lake Presbyterian Church, 912 Haynsworth St. Givens' topic … more

3-mile Dream Walk at USC Sumter will honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Special to The Sumter ItemThe theme for the 19th-annual Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Walk is "Now is the time," the phrase from King's famously inspiring "I Have a Dream" speech delivered on Aug. 28, 1963, that he used repetitively to emphasize the … more

Star wrestlers entertain Sumter crowd at Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling event

Wrestling fans enjoyed watching Buff "The Stuff" Bagwell and other wrestling stars at Sumter County Civic Center for the Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling. more

Sumter Police Department concerned about repeat drug offenders in area

Amid the national opioid crisis, a repeat drug offender was arrested earlier this week and is awaiting another court appearance after his second arrest in three months, according to Sumter Police Department. Stephon Jeleel Blanding, 24, of … more

South Carolina inmates to get tablets for movies, calling to combat illegal cellphones

COLUMBIA — South Carolina officials are hoping to combat the dangers of illegal cellphones behind bars by giving inmates a different technological device to communicate with family, obtain … more

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Schedule: Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019

BANKS - All area banks and credit unions will be closed on Monday. GOVERNMENT - The following will be closed on Monday: federal government offices; U.S. Postal Service; state government offices; City of Sumter offices; Sumter County offices; … more

Sumter City Council: Hampton's to save $45K a year with refinancing, annexed land could help expansion in T.J. Maxx shopping center

Sumter City Council approved two agenda items in favor of local businesses during its first meeting of 2019 on Tuesday. Refinanced loan to save restaurant money Reading: Resolution, only one vote is required Agenda item: A resolution to … more

Upcoming play at Sumter's Patriot Hall dramatizes 4 centuries of black life in U.S.

"From the Slave House to the White House," written by the Rev. Jeanette Collins, will have its premier performance on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Patriot Hall. Collins also directs the play that depicts the history of black life, oppression and progress … more

Lee County School District celebrates School Board Recognition Month

SUBMITTED Lee County School District joins school districts throughout the state and nation to celebrate School Board Recognition Month in January. More than 600 locally elected and appointed school board members throughout the state will be … more

Thomas Sumter Academy students help obtain hundreds of pounds of pet food

PHOTO PROVIDED The students of Thomas Sumter Academy's National Junior Honor Society fulfilled the school's motto "Acta Non Verba (Actions not Words)" during the holiday season. TSA's NJHS chapter, directed by Julie Daniel and Trever Miller, … more

State group honors Sumter's Greg Thompson as 'champion for public education'

A leading Sumter businessman received a state honor for his support to Sumter School District.The South Carolina School Boards Association honored Greg Thompson, owner of Thompson Construction Group, with its Champions for Public Education Award … more

Sumter not among area FSA offices reopening amid shutdown

Three weeks after federal funding lapsed in nine of the government's 15 departments over a political stalemate about a $5.6 billion border wall separating the United States from Central America, farmers are feeling the effects. U.S. Secretary of … more

February SNAP benefits will be issued early

FROM STAFF REPORTS South Carolina Department of Social Services will issue February Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits on Thursday for an estimated 231,000 households that received a benefit in January and are eligible for ongoing … more

Jenni's Exchange now on Wilson Hall Road in Sumter

She has not gone out of business - she has just moved. Jenni Lewis, owner of Jenni's Exchange, possibly Sumter's largest consignment store, is at a new main location at 1310 Wilson Hall Road - the former Best Lumber warehouse - after moving her … more

6th-year educator named Sumter Christian School Teacher of the Year

Tammy Adams has been selected as Teacher of the Year at Sumter Christian School for the 2018-19 school year. Adams has a bachelor's degree from the University of South Carolina. She graduated from Sumter Christian School and is one … more

Sumter School Board advisory Finance Committee to meet

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees' advisory Finance Committee will meet for the first time since late October on Wednesday morning at the district office. The committee, which consists of three board members and a few private-business … more
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