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The Sumter Item is hosting its 1st-ever Best of Sumter nominee expo

Best of Sumter 2019 is well underway, with a record number of votes already having been cast, and the public will soon have the chance to meet some of the nominees and the services they provide. A nominee showcase expo is set for Thursday at … more

The Sumter Item's sales department welcomes 2 new members

The Sumter Item has added to its sales department, hiring two new sales representatives to serve the needs of advertisers and continue to grow The Item's reach in Sumter and the surrounding community. Publisher Vince Johnson announced the … more

5 arrested in California-to-Sumter marijuana-trafficking ring responsible for 500 pounds shipped through mail

After a several-months-long investigation, the Sumter Police Department and federal officials have arrested a drug-trafficking ring responsible for bringing at least 500 pounds of marijuana into … more

East Clarendon girls run away from North Charleston to 55-41 win

TURBEVILLE – The East Clarendon High School varsity girls basketball team outscored North Charleston 23-7 in the first quarter and never looked back as it went on to a 55-41 win in the second … more

Sumter City Council to recognize hometown heroes, receive update from city police chief

Sumter City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Council Chambers, fourth floor of Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to recognize the 2018 American Legion Post 15 Firefighter of the Year … 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

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

Presidents Day Schedule: Friday, Feb. 15, 2019

BANKS - All area banks and credit unions will be closed on Monday, Feb. 18. GOVERNMENT - The following will be closed on Monday, Feb. 18: federal government offices; U.S. Postal Service; state government offices; City of Sumter offices; Sumter … more

Congressional internships open in Sen. Scott's office

A U.S. senator who represents South Carolina is accepting congressional internship applications for positions in his Washington, D.C., North Charleston, Columbia and Greenville offices for this summer. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., is offering … more

WH's Segars honored by WACH, Grow Financial

PHOTO PROVIDED Wilson Hall senior Liza Segars was recognized as the WACH/Grow Financial Scholar Athlete of the Year during half-time of a recent basketball game in the Nash Student Center. In addition to a plaque, she was presented a scholarship … more

S.C. education department is 'very concerned' about Mayewood Middle School reopening

The state education department's leader wrote a letter to Sumter School District's leaders expressing concerns about the school board's vote Monday night to reopen Mayewood Middle School given the district's recent financial and other … more

Punching up the confidence meter: Sumter mixed martial arts gym owner uses training to boost self-defense, fitness in kids, adults

This series is in honor of Black History Month, where each February, as designated by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, founded by Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson, as well as The Library of Congress, an … 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

Children from SBA churches to collect funds Saturday to help build a tiny house for Sumter United Ministries

Children from seven churches within the Santee Baptist Association will be collecting donations at five different locations in Sumter for Children's Missions Day on Saturday to raise money to build a tiny house for Sumter United Ministries. SUM … more

See Columbia City Ballet's 'Sleeping Beauty' on Saturday

FROM STAFF REPORTS If you love a good story with a happy ending, make sure to mark your calendar for 3 p.m. on Saturday. Columbia City Ballet will be performing the time-honored masterpiece "The Sleeping Beauty" at Patriot Hall. The … more

Crime reports: Feb. 14

Man accused of kicking, hitting woman after argumentJoseph Jackson, 38, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with second degree, domestic violence for allegedly pulling a woman's hair and dragging her … more

Sumter man facing multiple counts of voyeurism for allegedly taking photos, videos under women's clothing

A Sumter man is facing more than a dozen counts of voyeurism after he was linked to multiple incidents where inappropriate images were taken of women in public. Floyd Carlton Bryant, 39, is accused … more

USC Sumter brings French-language films back to campus with series

SUBMITTED The USC Sumter Division of Arts and Letters announces the return of the annual Tourn es Festival Film Series to the USC Sumter campus Monday nights from Feb. 18 through April 1 at 5:30 p.m. in USC Sumter Nettles Auditorium. USC … more

Presidents Day Schedule: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

BANKS - All area banks and credit unions will be closed on Monday, Feb. 18. GOVERNMENT - The following will be closed on Monday, Feb. 18: federal government offices; U.S. Postal Service; state government offices; City of Sumter offices; Sumter … more

7 house fires reported in 10 days in Sumter, Lee area

Thirty-four people have reportedly been displaced from their homes after seven house fires caused nearly $420,000 in damage in 10 days in Sumter and Lee counties. Two cases of minor injuries were reported, and a pet was killed in these fires, but … more
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