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Sumter inmate who died Thursday identified by Sumter County coroner

Sumter County Coroner's Office identified the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center inmate who died Thursday as 35-year-old Jeremy Antwan Garrett.Garrett was pronounced dead at Prisma Health Tuomey, … more

Superintendent search, facilities study before Sumter school board

A superintendent search update and a facilities study report highlight Sumter School District's Board of Trustees' regular monthly meeting set for Monday night at Alice Drive Elementary School. A district spokeswoman distributed a meeting agenda … more

Sumter AARP group offers free tax service

Each year, many Sumter residents pay for tax preparation. To make tax season easier for those who cannot or prefer not to pay, Sumter AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program offers free tax preparation assistance to all, with no age limit nor AARP … more

SLED investigating as 2nd inmate dies in custody at Sumter jail since December

Another investigation in Sumter has been opened after a second Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center inmate died while in custody since December. Sumter County Coroner Robbie Baker said the office picked up an inmate Thursday evening who died at … more

Sumter's Murrell Smith proposes change to Local Government Funding formula

State lawmakers, spearheaded by a Sumter representative who has recently risen the ranks to lead the powerful budget-writing committee, may have finally come up with a new, better way to disperse funding to local governments. Rep. Murrell Smith, … more

Shaw's Ninth Air Force now certified as joint task force-capable headquarters

9th Air Force Public Affairs, Shaw Air Force BaseThe exercise took place Dec. 10-14 and demonstrated Ninth Air Force has the initial operating capability (IOC) to stand up as a joint task force-capable HQ.As part of the United States Air Force's … more

Saints still undefeated after 80-25 victory over Holly Hill

SUMMERTON -- The Holly Hill Academy Raiders would probably rather take their chances opening the infamous lost Ark of the Covenant than play at Clarendon Hall again. The Saints marched all over … more

Make the right resolution - not too broad or vague

By the second week of February, 80 percent of individuals with New Year's resolutions will have given up. Research shows that failure occurs most often because of goals that are too big and too vague, such as losing weight. A perceived lack of … more

Sumter residents' complaints end in heroin trafficking arrest

A 51-year-old Sumter man faces heroin-related charges after months of investigation according to Tonyia M. McGirt, public relations officer for Sumter Police Department.The investigation was in response to residents' complaints and an ongoing effort … more

More congressmen to donate their pay during shutdown

As federal employees prepare themselves for their first missed paychecks today after lawmakers failed to reach an agreement to end a partial government shutdown on its 20th day, a growing list of congressmen have decided to join them in a show of … more

Sumter group celebrates 25 years of serving those in need

Though Sumter United Ministries' location and services have changed during the last couple decades, the mission and foundation remain the same after 25 years. "I'm amazed at how it's grown," said Katy Greenawalt, the ministry's first executive … more

Two Sumter men face drug charges after traveling salesman's fatal overdose in August

Two Sumter men are facing drug charges after an investigation indicated they reportedly provided heroin to a traveling salesman who was found dead of an overdose in August of last year.The victim, … more

Midlands Gives accepting nonprofits for fundraising challenge

Registration is open for an annual online giving challenge that has raised millions for nonprofits throughout the Midlands of South Carolina. Midlands Gives, hosted by the Central Carolina Community Foundation, is accepting entries through Jan. … more

'Junior box' retailers on the horizon for Sumter

One of the top area commercial real estate brokers says he foresees new, so-called "junior big box" retailers - or simply "junior boxes" - on the short-term horizon for Sumter, instead of a new big-box retailer, such as a Home Depot or … 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 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

Sumter United Ministries provides lasting solutions, financial aid for Sumter residents

The largest populace that benefits from The Sumter Item's Fireside Fund continues to be seniors on modest fixed incomes. Established in 1969, the Fireside Fund is an annual wintertime fundraiser where people donate money through the paper, which … more

Satisfy your board-game fix at Sumter's DragonFly

If you're into board and card games of strategy, such as Settlers of Catan, Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering, you need not drive to Columbia any longer because there's a growing "Game Room" right here in Sumter. Matt Neiswinter, … more

Man wanted for alleged theft from Sumter apartment complex laundry room

Sumter Police Department officers are looking for a man suspected of stealing money from an apartment complex laundry room on Dec. 18, 2018.James Baucom, 47, is accused of breaking into the laundry … more

Fire hydrant tests scheduled for Liberty Street

The City of Sumter will perform fire hydrant flow tests on Liberty Street. Water customers in the surrounding area may experience temporary discolored water. Work will be performed on Wednesday and Thursday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Contact … more
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