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Charleston coroner seeks help identifying deceased man

Charleston County Coroner's Office needs the public's help to identify a young black male who was recovered by the agency in January. The man's body was recovered from the Cooper River, in the … more

Wilson Hall seventh-grader spells her way to the top

Wilson Hall seventh-grade student Maggie Norris won the S.C. Independent School Association State Spelling Bee for her grade level. She advanced to the state bee after finishing as a finalist in a regional bee hosted by Wilson Hall. There were 20 … more

Testing can reveal your risk factors for heart disease

As we close out Heart Health Month, it's important to continue focusing on strengthening your heart every day. Even someone who is the picture of health, eats right and exercises daily is not completely free from the risk of a heart attack. Often … more

Black River outage affects more than 11,000 homes, businesses

If you live outside the City of Sumter and experienced a power outage Wednesday night about 9 p.m., you were not alone. A failed piece of electrical equipment at a Black River Electric Cooperative substation caused the outage for 11,621 homes and … more

Cybersecurity workshops for seniors offered on Tuesdays in Sumter

Sumter Senior Services and the Air Force Association Swamp Fox Chapter have joined to assist senior citizens concerned about becoming victims of cybercrime. For five consecutive Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 26, the organization will present a series of … more

Attention to detail is Kenny's goal for cleaning at Kenny's Car Wash in Sumter

This series is in honor of Black History Month, where each February, as designated by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, founded by Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson, as well as The Library of Congress, an … more

Crestwood High School student, 15, dies in West Brewington Road wreck

A 15-year-old Crestwood High School student died Thursday morning after she and two school mates were involved in a single-vehicle wreck on West Brewington Road about 8:16 a.m.Za’ Mani Fulmore, … more

City of Sumter ends fiscal year with $19.8M in fund balance

A story on page 1A of The Sumter Item that ran on Tuesday, Feb. 21 incorrectly stated the City of Sumter overspent its fiscal 2018 budget and had a deficit of $15.9 million. That statement is … more

Sumter City Council approves annexation near Gateway Plaza shopping center

Sumter City Council had a quorum with four members Tuesday as members approved final reading of an ordinance to annex general commercial land next to a shopping center into the city limits and approve three resolutions. Land near shopping center … more

Black History Month class projects

Paulette Tucker's third-grade class at St. Anne & St. Jude Catholic School presented its class projects for Black History Month. The students have spent February learning about blacks who made significant contributions, in not only America, but … more

Playing through the SCISA 1A state playoffs

Clarendon Hall junior shooting guard Traveon Davis looks to get around Lowcountry Prep freshman guard Cory Appleton in the undefeated Saints' first-round win over the Marlins in the SCISA 1A state playoffs on … more

Sumter school board members yet to explain rationale for reopening Mayewood Middle

The Sumter Item is still waiting to hear from three of the six Sumter school board members about their reasons for voting on Feb. 11 to reopen Mayewood Middle School next school year. Ten months ago, the nine-member board - consisting of five … more

Ribbon cutting set for Turbeville Family Practice

TURBEVILLE — Palmetto Heath-USC Family Medicine will hold a ribbon cutting and open house for its newest family practice, Turbeville Family Practice, on Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. Remarks will begin … more

Clarendon County man arrested on child porn charges

MANNING — A 28-year-old Clarendon County man was arrested Feb. 14 on 10 counts involving the sexual exploitation of a minor. David Dwayne Womack of Olanta was arrested by investigators with the … more

Sumter police seek location of man wanted for questioning in case where body was found

Now that the body found near railroad tracks in the city has been identified, authorities are working to locate a person he was seen with before his death.Raphael Bostic, 29, of Columbia, was found … more

Today marks 3 meetings in 3 days for Sumter School Board

The consultants helping Sumter School Board with its search for its next time full superintendent said the month of February would be a busy month for the trustees, given the Jan. 30 deadline for … more

Data leads committee to ask Sumter school board to reconsider Mayewood Middle reopening

With a look at more detailed factors playing into a complex $130 million budget, the Sumter school board's advisory Finance Committee wants the board to reconsider its vote last week to reopen Mayewood Middle School. District Chief Financial … more

Sumter Fireside Fund donations help others find joy and relief

Donations given to Sumter United Ministries through The Sumter Item's annual Fireside Fund are earmarked strictly for heating requests, and the fund recently helped a 53-year-old disabled woman with her final notice bill. Kevin Howell, Crisis … more

Supreme Court to hear arguments at Patriot Hall, open to public

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Supreme Court of South Carolina will hear oral arguments at Patriot Hall on Thursday. Arguments will be heard at 9:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Case information is available at https://bit.ly/2GMprlM. The event is … more
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