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Sumter middle school student charged after Lakewood High shooting threat on Facebook

A 14-year-old middle school student has been taken into custody after the threat of a shooting at Lakewood High School in response to alleged bullying was made on social media Sunday. Sumter … more

Former owner puts the Lane back in Sumter's pizza

Billy Lane "just can't stop eating pizza." Fortunately, the former, longtime owner of Pizza Lane is again finding himself surrounded by myriad varieties of pizzas - and by happy customers glad to see him back at the Broad Street pizzeria after … more

Sumter residents asked to share vision of downtown

Do you have ideas on how to make downtown Sumter an even more desirable place to visit or proposals on how to encourage more businesses to locate to the center of the city? If you do, the city of Sumter would like to hear those ideas to continue … more

Sumter housing study needs public input to help create affordable options

In the midst of analyzing the downtown scene and creating future plans for Sumter, the city of Sumter is also seeking public input about something else that can affect growth in the city: affordable housing. Mayor Joe McElveen and Sumter City … more

Police be my valentine

PHOTOS BY ADRIENNE SARVIS / THE SUMTER ITEM Sumter Police Department officers handed out Valentine's Day cards to kindergarten students at Alice Drive, Willow Drive and Millwood elementary schools Thursday. Each card featured Chase from the … more

A country of Claus: U.S. features cities across country with Christmas-themed names

Christmas and the holidays are a time to gather and celebrate with family and friends, gift giving, reflection and thanks. To commemorate this time of year, The Sumter Item - with help from the U.S. Census Bureau - reviewed non-fictional cities, … more

Business executives travel to Manning, say tariffs will hurt economy

MANNING - On an invitation from the top executive of a major bicycling company that has reintroduced U.S. production of bikes right here in Clarendon County, state and national business leaders met Thursday to discuss the negative impact of tariffs … more

You can take a drive down Christmas Lane in South Carolina. Literally.

South Carolina may not have many Christmas-themed town names, but getting down to streets and roads may be a different story. The website OnlyInYourState.com, which touts that it allows you to discover what's in your backyard, in 2015 posted a … more

Sumter School Board adds discussion of personnel matter to Monday’s meeting

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees made yet another change to its agenda for tonight's meeting on Sunday afternoon by adding the discussion of a personnel matter in executive session and then … more

The Sumter Item expands Best Of contest to Clarendon County

With the excitement surrounding and success in participation of The Sumter Item's annual Best of Sumter reader's choice contest, we are expanding the community celebration contest to Clarendon County. Nominations for Best of Clarendon 2019 are … more

Sumter attorney John Derrick elected to serve on Presbyterian College Board of Trustees

FROM STAFF REPORTS Attorney John Derrick Clark has been elected to serve on the Presbyterian College Board of Trustees, according to a news release from the college. Clark, a Sumter native, graduated from Sumter High School in 1982 and from … more

Hootie drummer to speak to Celebrate Recovery group

The perfect Christmas gift is different for each person, and for some, the best present is seeking a brighter path in life. Anyone who needs help finding his or her way should attend Celebrate Recovery's next meeting at 7 p.m. Friday at Salt and … more

Sumter United Ministries offers help to kerosene users

Kerosene requests at a Sumter emergency relief services nonprofit have been surging in recent days as the winter's low temperatures are dipping. Sumter United Ministries Crisis Relief Ministry Director Kevin Howell said kerosene heaters are … more

Sheriff's office to sell barbecue plates Wednesday

Sumter County Sheriff's Office will be selling barbecue plates from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday to raise money for the local Toys for Tots. The $7 plate includes barbecue, green beans, baked beans, corn, a slice of pound cake and a slice of … more

Celebrate Christmas at Brick Church on Dec. 16

The congregation of Salem Black River Presbyterian Church invites the public to attend its Christmas service at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. Church organist William Scobee, who is also choir director and … more

Sumter United Ministries to celebrate 25 years, supporters with Jan. 12 event

An organization recognized by its community involvement, Sumter United Ministries wants to celebrate 25 years of fellowship and charity with everyone who has made the ministry what it is today. Staff came up with the idea to hold this event - … more

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds to headline 2020 Shaw AFB Expo

FROM STAFF REPORTS Some of us are planners, and if you are one of them, mark your calendar for May 15-16, 2020. Shaw Air Force Base 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs has announced the United States Air Force Thunderbirds will headline the 2020 … more

Crime does pay? Thoughts from a crime and courts reporter about S.C. inmates getting tablets to stream movies, call home

South Carolina Department of Corrections Director Bryan Stirling announced plans for a program to provide tablets for inmates so they can call family at cheaper rates and access pre-loaded … more

Sumter County detention officer arrested by SLED

A Sumter County detention officer was arrested by SLED Wednesday afternoon, according to Sumter County Sheriff's Office. The officer is being held at Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center, said Ken … more
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