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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

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

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

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

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

Dalzell's Knight knighted: Ja Morant receives key to Sumter, visits alma mater Crestwood High School

Sumter County Council proclaimed Monday as Ja Morant Day in Sumter. Morant did a dunk demonstration with about 500 people in attendance at Crestwood High School, his alma mater. Morant recently declared for the NBA draft and is expected to be one of … more

Expansion of Sumter's Gateway Plaza gets approval

Sumter City-County Planning Commission gave unanimous approval Wednesday to a site plan for the expansion and renovation of Gateway Plaza, 1300 Broad St. Jay Davis, a top area commercial real estate broker, who manages Gateway Plaza, and Jeff … more

Sumter EMS marks completion of rural Frierson Road station in Dalzell

A new building in rural Dalzell will help both those who need emergency medical services and those who are answering the call. Sumter County EMS celebrated the grand opening of its new station on Frierson Road off Thomas Sumter Highway/U.S. 521 … more

Sumter's Project Batch is Florence Concrete Products

A half-century-old Florence-headquartered manufacturing company that has a plant in Sumter is set to expand and become part of the Sumter-Lee Industrial Park. The Sumter County Council gave two final approvals at its regular monthly meeting … more

Sumter school board votes down personnel report 6-2

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees unanimously approved a $16 million spring bond resolution on Monday, but the district's personnel report was voted down at the regular work session. The annual bond resolution, which is routine, will be … more

Up to the highest height at Sumter's Patriot Park

Sumter County Recreation and Parks held its annual kite-flying contest on Saturday at Patriot Park, celebrating a sunny spring day as families brought out their colorful and tail-detailed kites. Contest categories ranged from shortest and longest … more

A different kind of signing day for Sumter students

Friday was "Signing Day" for nine high school seniors in Sumter School District. These soon-to-be graduates won't be lacing up their shoes for your favorite college football or basketball team. Instead, they are signing on as apprentices with Sumter … more

Sumter's First Presbyterian Preschool celebrates St. Patrick's Day

First Presbyterian preschoolers went on a hunt for a pot of gold on Thursday in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. Students, all dressed in green (some even with green hair), found leprechaun footprints along the way. more

Shannontown demo of abandoned homes to begin soon

Demolition work on the Shannontown project may soon begin to take down dilapidated, abandoned homes; the Sumter County Sheriff's Office may get a new outdoor pistol, rifle or skeet shooting range; and a local property owner asked to rezone his land … more
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