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Sumter's own hops: Sumter Original Brewery, tasting room will open this year in downtown

Conversations about downtown are hopping for multiple reasons and are expected to get even "hoppier" with the construction of Sumter's first brewery and tasting room later this year. "I'm excited for Sumter to finally have its own beer," Gary … more

Football coaches from Sumter, Lee, Clarendon schools cast their Super Bowl predictions

Since the biggest game of the football season is today – Super Bowl LIII between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams, The Sumter Item asked local football experts – the 12 … more

Vehicle strikes, kills Sumter woman on U.S. 15 North

A Sumter woman was killed after being struck by a vehicle Saturday night on U.S. 15 North, according to local officials. Sandy Johns, 35, succumbed to her injuries at Prisma Health Richland on … more

Lee Central High School's Wallace teaches physical education, exceptionally

BISHOPVILLE - Research reveals that physical activity is 4.5 times lower for children and youth with disabilities compared to their peers. That is certainly not the case for Teriann Nash's class of … more

Chestnut Oaks Middle celebrates no longer being priority school needing improvement

Thursday was a great day at Chestnut Oaks Middle School. Students, teachers and staff of the middle school celebrated no longer being on priority status with the state Department of Education, a designation under the Every Student Succeeds Act … more

Morris College's Science in Action Week begins Tuesday

FROM STAFF REPORTS Morris College will be holding several events worth noting in February. The Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will celebrate its annual Science in Action Week beginning Tuesday evening with a Cyber Security Fair … more

Tuomey staff wears Pigtails for Peyton on Wear Red Day

BY TRACI QUINN Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital At 10 a.m. on Friday, the Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital lobby was packed. Team members stood or kneeled, holding hands, touching shoulders, sending words of strength to a beloved Tuomey family as … more

Sumter City Council will not meet Tuesday

Sumter City Council will not meet Tuesday because of the Municipal Association of South Carolina’s Hometown Legislative Action Day in Columbia. more

Sumter Sheriff's Office: Mother, infant test positive for marijuana

Mother, infant test positive for marijuanaShayla Strong, 35, was arrested on Jan. 30 and charged with unlawful neglect of a child for allegedly giving birth to a male child who tested positive for … more

Richland father accused in 5-year-old Manning boy's death

MANNING – A 5-year-old boy from Manning has been killed, and his Richland County father has been arrested in connection to the boy’s death. Michael Cornelius Gamble, 37, was arrested … 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

Liberty Seafood owner recognized by Lakewood High School JROTC

ADRIENNE SARVIS / THE SUMTER ITEM Members of Lakewood High School's JROTC program presented Randy Durham, owner of Liberty Seafood, with a plaque, school sweatshirt and a school coin Wednesday for his assistance in helping the group pay for a … more

Shiver me timbers! Kingsbury Elementary welcomes pirates

PHOTOS PROVIDED There were a lot of pirates plundering Kingsbury Elementary School on Monday as the school held its Family Reading Night encouraging families to not only make reading fun, but also to show how reading can be extended with STEAM … more

Sumter autism project co-founder given bond on conditions for pretrial

The co-founder of a Sumter-based behavioral therapy provider for children and young adults with autism who is accused of $9 million in insurance fraud has pleaded not guilty to her charges. Susan Butler, who help start Early Autism Project Inc., … more

Some Sumter school board members don't agree with grandfathering community committee members

While a vote to reopen Mayewood Middle School that the Sumter school board has since said it will readdress at a future meeting due to FOIA violations was the main headline this week, members did discuss other matters Monday. In response to new … more

Planning for downtown Sumter's future with the Downtown Master Plan

Public input, the driving force behind one of the newest projects to improve downtown Sumter, was in abundance Tuesday night during the kick-off meeting for the Downtown Sumter Master Plan. The community meeting this week was one of many that … more

Wedgefield man, 26, dies in wreck in Cane Savannah area

A 26-year-old Wedgefield man succumbed to injuries he sustained in a single-vehicle wreck in Sumter County Wednesday afternoon. William Saddler, of Alcott Drive, died at Prisma Health Richland on … more

Abandoned house burns near Sumter cemetery

Three fire stations responded to a Thursday morning abandoned house fire near the Sumter Cemetery. A call came in from a passerby about 7:15 a.m. to the structure on Charles Street at West Oakland … more

Sumter County Sheriff's Office Citizens Community Relations Advisory Board to meet Thursday

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office Citizens Community Relations Advisory Board will hold a called meeting at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Sumter County Sheriff's Office, 1281 N. Main St. more

Prisma Health sponsors free Wellfest event

FROM STAFF REPORTS Prisma Health, formerly Palmetto Health, will host Wellfest: A Heart Health Event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St., Columbia. According to a news … more
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