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Visitors travel to 1800 at downtown Sumter County Museum

On Saturday, guests traveled back in time to 1800 at the Sumter County Museum downtown and played colonial games, tasted food cooked in a hearth and watched demonstrations on blacksmithing, weaving and more … more

Tassels turned: USC Sumter graduates 99 students

Patriot Hall hosted USC Sumter's graduation ceremony Wednesday, a moment that saw 99 students turn their tassels to the left to mark their commencement with either associate or bachelor's degrees. USC … more

Recently denied Sumter charter school is filing appeal

A lifelong, state-recognized public educator who was taking steps toward starting a public charter school in Sumter County says he will file an appeal in state court later this week against the state Public Charter School District for violating due … more

Sumter School District honors 2019-20 teachers of year

"Fun-filled" but "filled with obstacles," "challenging" yet "being a part of something bigger than yourself" and numerous other descriptors were used to describe the profession as many of Sumter's finest educators were honored Tuesday. At Sumter … more

A prayer and a story: Clemson's Tuttle talks at annual Sumter Mayor's Prayer Breakfast

Perry Tuttle already had fame and fortune. He will always be remembered for catching what would end up being the winning touchdown in Clemson's 22-15 win over Nebraska in the 1981 Orange Bowl that gave the Tigers their first football national … more

Derby Day returns for 6th year in downtown Sumter

Downtown Sumter will dress up in its finest gingham and seersucker for United Way's 2019 Derby Day fundraiser, a Kentucky Derby watch party on May 4 featuring the finest local food and drink, music and, of course, a live viewing of the iconic horse … more

Is new fiscal practices law for South Carolina school districts constitutional?

Did the Sumter school board have a legitimate reason to appeal the state superintendent's fiscal emergency declaration to the state Board of Education earlier this month and then possibly to a state court its denied appeal? After Monday's board … more

Sumter school board votes down motion, 6-3, to continue its appeal

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will not appeal its denied appeal of being declared into a fiscal emergency. After coming out of executive session behind closed doors about 9 p.m. … more

Army secretary visits U.S. Army Central HQ at Shaw Air Force Base

The secretary of the U.S. Army, Mark Esper, paid a visit to U.S. Army Central headquarters at Shaw Air Force Base on Friday. In his position, Esper has responsibility over 1.2 million U.S. Army active duty, National Guard and Reserve … more

Greenfield Farms in Rembert hosts 22nd Black Cowboy Festival

After a year's hiatus, the Black Cowboy Festival is back at Greenfield Farms. Owners/hosts Sandra and Mark Myers started the festival 23 years ago with the goal of debunking myths about black cowboys and soldiers in the old West. Or, as Sandra Myers … more

Raises, no tax hike in City of Sumter's draft budget

The City of Sumter took a step closer to balancing its budget for next year by continuing to work on the general fund. With an estimated $65 million in revenues for fiscal year 2020, the initial draft City Manager Deron McCormick presented to … more

All about the art: ArtFields comes to Lake City; Sumter, Clarendon, Camden artists will compete

Since its official launch in 2013, ArtFields has attracted more and more visitors each spring to the nine-day art event in tiny Lake City, South Carolina. The number of artists entering the competition has grown, too, as they vie to become one of … more

Legal fees total $26K in Sumter School District appeal

In its failed appeal attempt to the South Carolina Board of Education to reopen Mayewood Middle School, Sumter School District incurred about $26,000 in attorney fees in February through the first half of April. The Sumter Item obtained final … more

Uber safety bill is overhauled by S.C. lawmakers

COLUMBIA - After the slaying of a college student who police said mistook her killer's car for her Uber ride, lawmakers in South Carolina are tinkering with legislation that aims to improve safety for ride-sharing customers. A Senate subcommittee … more

Festival on the Avenue tradition continues in South Sumter

Festival on the Avenue returned to South Sumter this past weekend for the annual parade, performances, food and fun. The three-day event featured a living museum and a ceremony remembering the past, a golf tournament and the Taste of Soul on the … more

South Sumter community introduced to 2020 Census at Festival on the Avenue kickoff

During the 2019 Festival on the Avenue's kickoff event Thursday evening, the Rev. James Blassingame and Bonnie Disney spoke about the need to participate in the 2020 Census. Blassingame and Disney serve as co-chairs of the … more

Sumter residents wrote to support education Superintendent Spearman

In the weeks since Sumter School District's Board of Trustees voted to reopen Mayewood Middle School and the state intervened, numerous local residents have made their feelings known to the state Department of Education. A review by The Sumter … more

Sumter School District will ask for tax increase to fund teacher salary increases

Sumter School District will ask Sumter County Council for a millage rate hike equivalent to $1.5 million to fund state-mandated teacher salary increases later this spring. Andrea White, the district/trustees' attorney in its appeal hearing … more

Festival on the Avenue returns to South Sumter today

History. Culture. Tradition. Originally based on the Bimb Celebration, a West African festival of the harvest, South Sumter's Festival on the Avenue will return to the Downtown Sumter area with 10,000 visitors to showcase the community's food, arts, … more

The Sumter Item newsroom wins 13 S.C. Press Association Awards

The Sumter Item's newsroom won 13 awards at the S.C. Press Association's annual banquet Saturday night for work in 2018, with honors spanning the newsroom ranging from feature articles, photos and videos to front-page … more
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