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North Pole, Alaska: where the seasons are 'winter' and 'preparing for winter'

North Pole, Alaska, is not unlike what many people may imagine. It has a Santa Claus House, which is a big tourist attraction, according to Mayor Mike Welch, that offers exclusive North Pole apparel, collectibles and a selection of unique … more

Holiday crackdown a success in Sumter

While many people celebrated the new year at a party or with family, local law enforcement officers spent the hours leading up to and after the year change keeping Sumter's roads safe from those who partied a little too hard. During a three-day … more

From Sumter to the North Pole: Small Alaskan city’s mayor recalls his time stationed at Shaw

The small city of North Pole, Alaska, was busy just before Christmas. We at The Sumter Item wanted to learn more about this actual town (population: 2,101) for a feature story on cities with Christmas-themed names that ran just before Dec. 25, … more

2 Tuomey nurses earn DAISY Award for compassionate care

SUBMITTED Two more nurses at Palmetto Health Tuomey have earned the DAISY Award, an honor that spotlights compassionate and extraordinary nursing care. Sharon Drayton and Mallory Smith are the fourth pair of Sumter nurses to be recognized … more

Kent eyes future with expansion

Question: What do the growing cost of labor in China and electronic-mobility bikes have in common? Answer: They both will play a part in area economic development success in 2019. Arnold Kamler, chairman and chief executive officer of major … more

SUM uses donations to give resident best heating option

Sumter United Ministries Crisis Relief Ministry takes an active role in both fielding requests for heating assistance and assessing what is the best step for the client, said Kevin Howell, crisis relief ministry director. Often, he said, it is … more

Former teacher, county council chairman served Sumter, helped it grow

By DANNY KELLY danny@theitem.com On Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, Sumter lost a man who was vital to both its growth and success - former educator and former Sumter County Council Chairman James "Jim" Campbell, who passed away at the age of … more

New Year's Holiday Schedule: Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018

BANKS - Wells Fargo will close at 4 p.m. on Monday and will reopen on Wednesday. All other area banks and credit unions will be closed on Tuesday. GOVERNMENT - The following will be closed on Tuesday: federal government offices, South Carolina … 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

Celebrate New Year's, but S.C. troopers want you to live to see 2019

"I'm OK to drive drunk." "I only live a few miles down the road." "I can handle my alcohol." "I only have a little buzz." "I'm not that drunk." These are a few of the excuses state … more

Start 2019 off with a hike or a ride at Sumter, Lee parks

A multi-park coordinated hiking program will take place first thing this next new year, providing a chance to get outside for those who want to jump start their New Year's resolutions or simply get outside. More than 30 state parks in South … more

Sumter's Kmart will close in March

In a sign of the times for brick-and-mortar retail department stores, Sumter's Kmart will be one of 80 Sears and Kmart stores closing by the end of March, Sears Holding Corp. announced Thursday. A management-level employee with Sumter's Kmart - … more

Part II: What were Sumter's top 10 news stories of 2018 online?

Another year is in the books. The year that was 2018 was not short in the headline department. From worldwide and national news to local happenings, from controversy to heartwarming stories, from the voting booth to the … 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

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

A healthy mind can help you have a healthy body

The way we think about something can positively or negatively affect how healthy our body is. Also, how we treat our physical body, including what we eat and how much we exercise, can affect how we think. Research shows that there is a complex … more

New Year's Holiday Schedule: Friday, Dec. 28, 2018

BANKS - Wells Fargo will close at 4 p.m. on Monday and will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. All other area banks and credit unions will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. GOVERNMENT - The following will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019: … more

Lakewood High student suspected in Sumter Christmas Day shooting incident given $50,000 bond, curfew

Release conditions for one suspect in a nonfatal Christmas Day shooting at a Broad Street convenience store include a $50,000 surety bond, ankle monitor and curfew, according to a magistrate judge. Faquanta Benjamin, 17, was joined in the … more

Experts: Best after-Christmas sales include winter gear, video games and more

Christmas may be over, but with gift cards ever growing in popularity as a gift item across the U.S., many consumers say the week between Christmas and New Year's is "the time to shop for me." What products have the best buys this week that … more

We revisit top 10 most-read online articles about Sumter community in 2018

Another year is in the books. The year that was 2018 was not short in the headline department. From worldwide and national news to local happenings, from controversy to heartwarming stories, from the voting booth to the classroom, you have tuned in … more
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