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Manning teen wins spot in 2019 Disney Dreamers Academy

When Laurence Manning Academy junior Alyssa Gottheiner stumbled upon the Disney Dreamers Academy application last year, she had no idea she would be chosen to attend the all-expenses-paid education and career event later this month at Walt Disney … more

Helping fathers be Dad: Midlands Fatherhood Coalition offers various free services to Sumter fathers

It's not easy to be a father, especially if yours wasn't in the picture growing up, but a relatively new regional agency wants to help. Representatives from the Sumter site of Midlands Fatherhood Coalition spoke to about 15 fathers of infants and … more

YWCA of the Upper Lowlands afternoon tea event to spotlight women in industry

The YWCA of the Upper Lowlands will celebrate Women's History Month and bring together professional women from local industries at the first-ever High Heels in High Places afternoon tea on March … more

Penelope Martin-Knox named next Sumter School District superintendent in unanimous vote

Penelope Martin-Knox will be the next leader of the Sumter School District. In a unanimous vote at 8:38 p.m. Thursday at a called meeting, the district’s Board of Trustees passed a motion to name … more

4 dogs thrown over fence at Sumter SPCA, 2 have died

Two dogs have died after they and two others were reportedly thrown over a fence at the Sumter SPCA, authorities said. According to Sumter County Sheriff’s Office investigators, surveillance … more

Sumter Fire Department honored at city council meeting for life-saving smoke alarm installations

The Red Cross honored  the Sumter Fire Department for smoke alarm installations in recent months that have saved lives during a presentation at Sumter City Council's meeting on Tuesday … more

Prisma Health to host family resource fair Saturday at Trinity Missionary Baptist in Sumter

SUBMITTED Prisma Health will host a family resource fair in Sumter called Midlands RISE on Saturday. Families, parents and the community are invited to Trinity Missionary Baptist Church from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to get connected to a number of free … more

Newborn tests positive for pot, Sumter mother arrested

A 28-year-old Sumter woman is facing a charge of unlawful neglect of a child after her newborn son tested positive for marijuana. Heather Barrett, of Goshen Road, was arrested on March 5 after a warrant was issued the day before, according to the … more

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 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

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

Farm Bureau adds new Sumter agent

FROM STAFF REPORTS South Carolina Farm Bureau Insurance Co. recently contracted with a new agent in Sumter. McKenzie Knight will serve the Sumter area at the company's 90 W. Wesmark Blvd. location, according to a news release. The Laurence … more

Lee firefighter among 25 graduating recruits of S.C. Fire Academy

FROM STAFF REPORTS Courtney Johnson of Lee County Fire Rescue was among 25 recruits who graduated from the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation's South Carolina Fire Academy on Friday. The eight-week firefighter candidate … more

Wilson Hall takes 1st at state dance competition

PHOTO PROVIDED The delegation representing Wilson Hall in the S.C. Independent School Association State Dance Competition won first place overall for small group and first place for small group tap in the high school division. More than 80 … more

Sunday storm rolls over mobile home, storage building in Bishopville

Sunday's tornado-packed storms that killed more than 20 people in Lee County, Alabama, rolled a mobile home in Lee County, South Carolina, the occupants of which luckily extended their dinner out because of the rain. A family was getting dinner … more

Bates Middle hosts quiz bowl

PHOTO PROVIDED On Feb. 19, Bates Middle School hosted its first Midlands Academic Quiz Bowl Competition with Camden Middle School, Hillcrest Middle School and R.E. Davis College Preparatory Academy. Earlier in the year, Bates traveled to R.E. … more

Sumter music club presents Afternoon of Sacred Music

The Woman's Afternoon Music Club will present An Afternoon of Sacred Music at 3 p.m. on Sunday at First Presbyterian Church. The concert, one of two presented by the club each year, features members and guests in a variety of vocal and … more

Unable to help last year, Sumter United Ministries helps woman with bills this winter through The Item's Fireside Fund

As we enter March, a month when weather can change quickly, heat continues to be a priority for Sumter neighbors when overnight lows dip and the weight of heating a home, many without proper insulation, becomes a financial burden. The Sumter … more

Sumter School Board expected to name district superintendent Thursday

Sumter School District's board of trustees plans to name its new superintendent on Thursday. During the weekend, a district spokeswoman distributed an agenda for a called meeting on Thursday, and board Chairman the Rev. Ralph Canty confirmed … more

Sumter School District says White and Story LLC to help with fiscal emergency appeal

A Sumter School District spokeswoman announced Tuesday that Columbia-based White and Story LLC will help district administration and the school board in preparing for the board's appeal hearing later this month … more
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