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Bishopville man dies in single-vehicle wreck Thursday

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a single-vehicle wreck that left a Bishopville man dead in Lee County Thursday. Burney Lee Jacobs, 63, was the driver and single occupant of the … more

Manning City Council votes to extend its emergency ordinance

MANNING - Amid a surge of COVID-19 cases, Manning City Council voted to extend its emergency ordinance that requires face coverings in public venues at its meeting Tuesday. Council unanimously approved, with councilmen Julius Dukes Jr. and Ervin … more

Column by the Rev. Dr. Clay Smith: Soaps ....

I often stayed with my Aunt Neta when I was little. Every afternoon all activity stopped so she could watch her soap operas. They were not quite so trashy in those days, although they were still filled with drama. People would fall in love with … more

District to hold virtual teacher recruitment fair

Sumter School District will host a virtual teacher recruitment fair on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 9 to 11 a.m. Online registration is required to attend, and candidates must be certified, eligible for certification or hold appropriate licensure to … more

Unrestrained backseat passenger killed in I-95 wreck in Manning

MANNING - An unrestrained backseat passenger in a small sedan was killed in a two-vehicle wreck on Interstate 95 near midday Thursday. The name of the deceased is being withheld until the Clarendon County Coroner's Office receives additional … more

Sumter School District earns eLearning credential for virtual instruction on inclement weather days

Making up snow days (or other bad weather days) by extending the school year or cutting into a break is never fun, and Sumter School District may have eliminated that need by earning a certification. The state's Education Oversight Committee … more

Identities released of victims shot to death, found in Sumter in 1976

The 44-year-long mystery of who the 1976 Sumter County John and Jane Does were has come to an end after the Sumter County Sheriff's Office and the DNA Doe Project announced their identities during a news conference on Thursday. On Aug. 9, 1976, … more

Unrestrained backseat passenger killed in wreck on I-95 in Manning

MANNING – An unrestrained backseat passenger in a small sedan was killed in a two-vehicle wreck on Interstate 95 near midday Thursday.The name of the deceased is being withheld until the … more

Sumter deputies search for missing 36-year-old

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing 36-year-old man. Michael McKelvey, of Moncks Corner, was last seen on Cherryvale Drive on Jan. 2 wearing a black shirt, black … more

Names of Sumter County's 1976 John, Jane Doe mystery released

The 44-year-long mystery of who the 1976 Sumter County John and Jane Does were has come to end after the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and the DNA Doe Project announced their identities during … more

2 SCISA schools, Laurence Manning Academy and Clarendon Hall, go virtual for week

The recent COVID-19 surge in the state and region has caused two private K-12 schools in Clarendon County to move to online. Laurence Manning Academy Headmaster Tripp Boykin and Clarendon Hall Head of School Kelley Wannamaker spoke Wednesday on … more

Sumter High School's Cato recognized as December's Carolina Grove Teacher of the Month

Carolina Grove co-owner Jim Mayes Jr., right, recognized Sumter High School's Troy Cato as December's Teacher of the Month on Wednesday. By earning the most votes from the public of four finalists in The Sumter Item's online contest, Cato was … more

Central Carolina Community Foundation opens scholarship application period

Recent Sumter High School graduate Anastasia Hartman knows how winning a college scholarship can help someone get over the hump and reduce student loan debt. Last summer after graduation, Hartman won the William S. and Elizabeth B. Heath … more

Sumter's 1976 John and Jane Doe remains identified, to be revealed

A 44-year-long search for answers in Sumter County’s John and Jane Doe mystery finally ended after authorities reportedly identified the man and woman who were killed in 1976. The identity … more

What's the buzz with Baker's bees? Colonies swarm in Sumter during unusual time of year

In an oddity of nature, two bee colonies maintained by Nat Bradford and Ralph Baker on Bradford Family Farm on DuBose Siding Road sent out reproductive swarms on Monday about noon. That's right. In mid-January; not in the spring, as would be … more

Sunday alcohol sales start in Sumter

Local grocery stores, gas stations and convenience stores in Sumter County can now apply for a seven-day beer and wine license as of last Friday, a first for Sumter. Sumter County voters spoke in the November election and approved a referendum … more

Lee County nonprofits need support in helping homeless, needy in area

Three nonprofits are combining efforts to help ease hunger in low-income communities in Lee County. The Front Porch, The Shared Table and Lee County Shared Hope are putting together Blessing Boxes, small homemade structures inside whose hinged … more

More advanced MRI technology comes to Prisma Health Tuomey

Patients who require imaging tests in Sumter will soon have access to more advanced MRI technology with enhanced image resolution software. Prisma Health's installation of a new MRI machine at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital represents a $2.7 … more

Fireside Fund keeps single Sumter mother's heat on after total income loss due to COVID-19

Many Americans may have received another stimulus check, but with other benefits expiring and the sustained hardship COVID-19 has caused, Kevin Howell is still seeing many left without options to sustain vital expenses. Howell, the director of … more

Neglected dog rescued by Sumter deputies makes speedy recovery for future adoption

Two weeks after being removed from a neglectful living situation, a hound named Rebel made noticeable progress in her health before a Georgia rescue organization took her in on Jan. 14.Sumter County deputies began an investigation into the … more
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