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Sumter museum presents 2019's 1st author luncheon

The Sumter County Museum presents its first author luncheon of 2019 with the Monday appearance of Marie Benedict, whose latest novel, “The Only Woman in the Room,” was released Tuesday. Her … more

Downtown Sumter Oktoberfest raises $40K for Sumter United Ministries

Danielle Thompson presents a check to Mark Champagne of Sumter United Ministries for $40,000 from Oktoberfest held in September in downtown Sumter. The annual event was sponsored by Thompson's companies with all proceeds going to United … more

K-9s sniff out crime and interact with Sumter community

Sumter Police Department officers gave a snapshot of the operations for its four-legged officers who use their noses to help solve crimes during a training session on Monday. The … more

Sumter’s Kmart to close in March

Sumter’s Kmart will be one of 80 Sears and Kmart stores closing in March, Sears Holdings Corp. announced Thursday. Liquidation sales at the stores are expected to begin in the second week of … more

Sumter police arrest three suspects in reported convenience store armed robbery

Sumter Police Department arrested three men in connection with an armed robbery at the Speedway convenience store on Broad Street in November.Davnus Toney, 26; Curtis Channing Pearson, 27; and … more

Sumter County Sheriff's Office is seeking whereabouts of attempted murder suspect

Sumter County Sheriff's Office is seeking the whereabouts of 21-year-old D’Aundree Dy’Quan Wilson, who is wanted in connection with a Christmas Day shooting incident at the El Cheapo convenience … more

Lee County transportation group gives thanks to supporters

Lee County Transportation Services held its annual luncheon on Nov. 8 to give back some of the support the community and supporters give local transportation on a daily basis. The event was held on Nov. 8 at the Chappelle Park Recreation Center … more

Wilder Elementary School classes thank Sumter's firefighters

After a successful fire prevention month in October, Sumter Fire Department has started sharing posters created by local students on its Facebook page. This poster was created by first-grade students at Wilder Elementary School in … more

Recycle your tree with Sumter's Grinding of the Greens

Sumter County and the City of Sumter are giving residents an opportunity to recycle their Christmas trees at the annual "Grinding of the Greens" where the donated trees will be turned into mulch. Only live Christmas trees cleared of all … more

Next superintendent should start by July in Sumter School District

The search for Sumter School District's next superintendent will include community engagement, forums, focus groups, surveys and more with the plan to have the new leader in place by July 1, 2019. B.W.P. and Associates, the school board's search … more

Sumter tribe will celebrate heritage at Saturday festival

The Sumter Tribe of Cheraw Indians will celebrate and share its heritage Saturday with the third of its Native American Indian Festivals. From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. members of the tribe invite the public to learn about their culture and heritage … more

Help less fortunate in Sumter have a joyful holiday season through donations

Lend someone a helping hand this holiday season. The following are just a few of the needs in our community. If your nonprofit organization would like to be included on this list, email needs to pressrelease@theitem.com. Pursuit to End … more

Gallery exhibits are magical, emotionally charged

The cold weather encourages strains of "Winter Wonderland," but the two current exhibits at the Sumter Gallery of Art celebrate water wonderlands, creativity and a measure of warmth. Jocelyn Ch teauvert's "Paper Wrangler" and Sumter native Mary Ann … more

Brookdale Sumter seniors, children and Christmas

Judy Fleming, a retired child development educator and resident at Brookdale Sumter Senior Living, reads holiday stories to Club House Day Care Children on Wednesday. Residents and staff made Christmas cookies, and the children … more

2 co-workers, co-defendant charged in armed robbery of Little Caesars employee

Three teens are facing charges for allegedly taking an undisclosed amount of cash from a Little Caesars employee at gunpoint in a bank parking lot on Friday. Two of the suspects were also employees … more

No Thanksgiving break for garbage collection in Sumter

The City of Sumter will be collecting garbage and recyclables on Thanksgiving Day. Residents are asked to have their roll cart and recycling bin at the curb by 7 a.m. for collection. For additional information, call the Public Services Complex at … more

Finding the right fit: 2 Central Carolina Technical College grads get flexibility, opportunity at Kaydon

Two people, a generation apart and coming from vastly different backgrounds, are now friends working on the same team at a local company and earning great incomes - mostly just because they both share the power of determination. Kodie Bird, 27, … more

Sumter tiny house retail plans on hold

Jim McCain and Jimmy Byrd remained chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of Sumter County Council after an election of officers for the 2019-20 term during council's first meeting of the year on Jan. 8. Plans for tiny house project … more

Clarendon bike plant BCA will add 65 jobs with expansion

A leading Clarendon County manufacturer has outgrown its Manning facility and will expand to add 65 jobs in Summerton. Bicycle Corporation of America, a maker of bicycle product lines for Walmart, Target and other retail outlets, based in … more

Leukemia cancer benefit set for Saturday at Johnson's Bootcamp

A leukemia cancer benefit for Jarama Johnson will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. Saturday at Johnson's Bootcamp & Personal Training of Sumter, 1150 Old W. Liberty St. The benefit will feature a drop-in style workout, where participants can come and go as … more
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