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Local group The By Name Project gives back to Sumter community

The By Name Project is helping give back to the Sumter community by providing food and clothes to those who need it. "On the first and third Saturdays (of every month), for a couple hours, we have meals made, with tents set up in the park (next … more

Show appreciation to Shaw military members with homemade cookies

For the past 25 years, Sumter residents have been expressing their gratitude and wishing a happy Christmas to service members at Shaw Air Force Base in a sweet way. Though the program started and is still sponsored by the nonprofit Sumter … more

Saturday's Oktoberfest to benefit Sumter United Ministries

Hamptons will present Sumter's largest Main Street party - Oktoberfest - for the ninth year on Saturday. All things German - costumes, dancing, food, beer and music - will be celebrated. The Happy Musicians will provide music from 5 to 9 p.m., when … more

Sumter City Council to consider purchase of garbage truck, loader at today's meeting

Sumter City Council will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday in City Council Chambers, fourth floor of Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider: - Second and final reading of an ordinance to annex 11.29 acres at 1495 Camden … more

49th Festival of Choirs scheduled for Sunday

For almost a half century the Woman's Afternoon Music Club has celebrated Advent with a concert by some of Sumter's finest musicians. Sunday marks the 49th year for the highly anticipated Festival of Choirs. The club traditionally presents the … more

'A Christmas Memory' comes to USC Sumter

In the spirit of Christmas and Charles Dickens, Park Bucker will present a staged reading of Truman Capote's memoir "A Christmas Memory" at the University of South Carolina Sumter on Friday. Bucker, a USC Sumter English professor, said his … 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

Sumter American Legion Fair schedule announced through Sunday

SUMTER COUNTY FAIR SCHEDULE Today - Gates open to the public, 4 p.m. - All exhibits on display, 4-10 p.m. - Sheep and goat show, 6 p.m. - Midway closes, midnight Thursday - Gates open to the public, 4 p.m. - All exhibits on … 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

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

The latest: Sumter schools, government offices closed Thursday as Hurricane Michael heads into Georgia

Hurricane Michael is a major hurricane sitting as a Category 4 with maximum sustained winds of 145 miles per hour, the most powerful storm on record to ever strike the stretch of the Florida … 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

Man charged with attempted murder for causing wreck on Sumter County road

A Sumter County man is facing two counts of attempted murder for allegedly striking a vehicle with his own on Thursday, according to county officials. Leroy Cockerill Jr., 27, is accused of … 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

Sumter pizza delivery woman allegedly sexually assaulted during armed robbery by 19-year-old

Sumter Police Department arrested a man alleged to be responsible for a string of targeted armed robberies of pizza delivery drivers after he reportedly robbed and sexually assaulted a female driver … 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

Shaw Air Force Base evacuating F-16s ahead of Hurricane Michael

Shaw Air Force base is now operating at a Hurricane Condition 2 (HURCON 2), which indicates destructive winds are possible within 24 hours, and has evacuated its F-16 CM Fighting Falcon aircraft in … more
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