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Cinderella Shop opens in Sumter to provide prom dresses to those unable to afford cost

For the 19th consecutive year, the Cinderella Project based at First Presbyterian Church will open its Cinderella Shop for local high school girls to find their prom outfits. Anna Moorman, who has run the project for more than five years with Ashley … 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

5 first responders awarded for their service to Sumter in 2018

Five first responders who answered the call to serve were called forward Monday night during American Legion Sumter Post 15's Public Safety Award Law and Order Banquet. "I'm looking forward to congratulating recipients of this year's public … more

Sumter County Council gives first read to budget amendment, recognizes 5 Sumter heroes

Sumter County Council recognized five of Sumter's heroes, all recipients of the 2018 American Legion Public Safety Award, during its meeting on Tuesday. Award winners include: Sumter County Deputy of the Year and American Legion Post 15 Law … more

Sumter City Council OKs alcohol sales at new downtown Inspire Festival

Beer and wine sales were approved for a new, upcoming downtown festival honoring the legacy of the late Roger Ackerman at a Sumter City Council meeting on Tuesday, where members also got a presentation from the Red Cross honoring the Sumter Fire … more

Sumter school board takes no action on F.J. DeLaine Elementary School

Sumter School District’s Board of Trustees took no action Monday night on a decision whether to reopen F.J. DeLaine Elementary School in Wedgefield. Monday night’s meeting concluded … 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

Sumter County Council to amend agreements for business prospect Tuesday

Sumter County Council will meet at 6 p.m. today in County Council Chambers, third floor of Sumter County Administration Building, 13 E. Canal St., to hear a presentation by American Red Cross. Council will also consider: - First reading of a … more

Partners focus on student progress: Central Carolina Technical College, Alice Drive Middle School start engineering course for grade 7

The scene on Wednesday morning in Alice Drive Middle School's library shows we're full tilt into the digital age. A group of seventh-graders came into the library at 9:45 a.m. for a class in of all things AutoCAD. That's computer-aided design … 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

Restaurant news: Sumter food grades for Feb. 15-22

Following are the food grades for local businesses inspected by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for Feb. 15-22. A "C" grade is failing. For detailed reports, visit www.scdhec.com. China Palace, 459 Broad St., … 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

Ribbon cutting set for Turbeville Family Practice

TURBEVILLE — Palmetto Heath-USC Family Medicine will hold a ribbon cutting and open house for its newest family practice, Turbeville Family Practice, on Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. Remarks will begin … more

Sumter EMS, Sumter County Sheriff's Office deputies take part in active shooter training

Members of the Sumter County EMS and Sumter County Sheriff's Office worked together during an active shooter training at the Sumter Fire Department training grounds on Tuesday afternoon. The SCEMS is … more

The Sumter Item holds 1st Best of Sumter nominee expo

The Sumter Item held a new event associated with its annual Best of Sumter readers' choice contest on Thursday. About 300 people passed through the Iris Room at Central Carolina Technical College's downtown campus after work to learn more about … more

Shaw Air Force Base representative on Sumter school board 'troubled' about Mayewood reopening, recent board actions

Leadership with the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base has indicated it is "troubled" by the actions of Sumter School District's Board of Trustees in recent months to revert against last … 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

Startup Weekend Sumter moves to May

Startup Weekend Sumter, a 54-hour crash course in becoming a startup entrepreneur, will now be held May 3-5, right before Small Business Week. Previously scheduled for Feb. 8-10, the event centered on action, innovation and education will be held … 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

S.C. State pact allows another 'pathway' for Central Carolina Technical College students

Central Carolina Technical College students now have an additional pathway to a bachelor's degree after the state Technical College System signed an agreement last week with South Carolina State University to streamline transfers to the four-year … more
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