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Pinewood woman charged after man dies falling from her moving car

The death of a 36-year-old Pinewood man, whose body was found on Camp Mac Boykin Road on Oct. 5, 2019, has resulted in the arrest of 30-year-old Pinewood woman.According to Deputy Adrienne Sarvis, … more

Sumter investigators seek help identifying armed robbery suspect

Sumter County investigators are seeking the identity of a male suspect who reportedly committed armed robbery at a convenience store in the 1700 block of Pinewood Road on Feb. 16.According to an … more

Aim to eat more healthier fats for a healthier heart and body

For many decades, dietary fat was seen as the enemy, and in an effort to reduce fat intake, reduced fat and fat-free foods became the norm. Because fat is energy dense, meaning it has the highest amount of calories compared to proteins or … more

Five Below to open next week in Sumter's Gateway Plaza

One of Gateway Plaza's new tenants for this year is opening before the end of February. Five Below Store Manager Lacy Turner confirmed Tuesday that the discount chain store will open its doors to Sumterites on Friday, Feb. 28. Recently, a … more

Military couple at Shaw Air Force Base bonds through horse shows

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE - "After one look at Kay, I knew I wanted to annoy her for the rest of my life," Ryan said. "I just had to convince her to let me." Maj. Kaylee Bandy, … more

For 9th time, Central Carolina named silver level 'Military Friendly School'

Being considered a military town, Sumter is home to thousands of military men and women at Shaw Air Force Base who look to further their education beyond high school. With that in mind, Central Carolina Technical College has been designated as a … more

Camp Wonder Hands seeks volunteers, counselors, 1st-time campers

Volunteers, volunteer counselors, campers and community support are needed for Camp Wonder Hands, a six-day, five-night camp for deaf and hard-of-hearing children ages 7-15. Held at Camp Kinard, near Batesburg-Leesville, the … more

Sumter author will launch book on 14-year-old Stinney's execution

"I have never seen a case where there is so much passion on each side," author Ken Bell said of what he calls "the George Stinney saga." Through extensive research during a period of three years, he has written an extraordinary account of the events … more

Passenger recounts 'Miracle on the Hudson' at Black River Electric meeting

Elizabeth McHugh believes miracles happen every day, and why wouldn't she? She was part of one on Jan. 15, 2009. At 3:26 p.m. that day, McHugh and 154 other people on board US Airways Flight 1549 took off from New York's LaGuardia Airport bound … more

Lakewood student becomes Eagle Scout, gives back to school

To start something and stick to it for 12 years takes passion and responsibility. On Saturday, Charles Johnston, 17, celebrated receiving his Eagle Scout ranking, the highest ranking received in Boy Scouts of America, with Troop 339 in Sumter … more

Presidents Day Schedule: Weekend, Feb. 15-16, 2020

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

Donations continue to come in for The Sumter Item's Fireside Fund

Donations through Monday, Feb. 13: Bethel Baptist Mission Action Group, $25; Mayesville Presbyterian Church Women's Ministries, $150; Charlie Pitts, in honor of Diane Tidwell, $25; Beuclare Chapter 20, Order of the Eastern Star, $75; Glenn Givens, … more

Celebrating Presidents' Day

First Presbyterian Preschool and Kindergarten held its annual Presidents' Day Parade on Thursday. The threat of rain moved the event indoors, but that didn't dampen the children's patriotic spirits. They waved flags, sang songs and marched through … more

Sumter school bus transportation, finance committees to meet

A pair of Sumter school board committees have meetings on the calendar for this upcoming week. A district spokeswoman and trustees shared the information recently. Trustee Brian Alston announced at last week's board meeting that the district's … more

A REVIEW: SLT's 'A Soldier's Play' is an honest look at human behavior

Sumter Little Theatre's current production, the 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "A Soldier's Play," is a thought-provoking and honest look at human behavior and attitudes. Though much of the play's tension stems from the historical climate set … more

Sumter business leaders say shopping locally benefits entire community

Sumter business leaders have been aware many residents still spend their retail dollars in bigger cities and online, but now they have data to back that up. Implementing solutions is the next step. Educating the general public that e-commerce … more

Sumter police ask kindergartners to 'Police be My Valentine'

The Sumter Police Department visited Kingsbury, Wilder and Lemira elementary schools to ask kindergartners to "Police be their valentine" on Friday. Officers handed out Paw Patrol Valentine's Day cards to the children, and The Sumter Item took the … more

Fire in church outbuilding investigated as suspicious

By KAYLA GREEN kayla@theitem.com A fire that destroyed a church's outbuilding is being investigated as suspicious, officials say. The 500-square-foot structure was used as a meeting space for Bible study and was the original building of … more

Bond denied for Sumter man charged in home break-ins, assaults

A Sumter man suspected for three separate home break-ins and related assaults was taken into custody on Wednesday and faces multiple charges.Darious Moore, 40, of 440 Robney Drive, was charged with … more

Sumter's Turkish people topic at Monday meeting

Glen Browder, co-author of "South Carolina's Turkish People, A History and Ethnology," will be the speaker at Monday's meeting of the Sumter County Genealogical Society. His topic for the 7:30 p.m. meeting at Swan Lake Presbyterian Church, 912 … more
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