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Fireside Fund donations give relief to woman, her mother after move to Sumter

Sumter County residents without heat on frosty mornings are responding with gratitude for the relief provided by the Fireside Fund, said Kevin Howell, Sumter United Ministries' Crisis Relief Ministry director. The crisis relief ministry continues … more

Developing downtown Sumter: Sumter Item’s former publisher Hubert Osteen Jr. receives Gamecock City Society Award, proclamation from mayor for time on downtown board

A man whose name has been in The Sumter Item's masthead for decades had a whole day named after him in Sumter on Tuesday, a day when he also was awarded the city's highest honor. Hubert D. Osteen Jr., who began working at the newspaper when he … more

Sumter School District Board of Trustees' 1st actions result in split votes

In its first meeting involving action since the November election that welcomed five new people, the Sumter School District Board of Trustees seemed to draw more questions than answers Monday night. In separate motions, the board eliminated its … more

Downtown Sumter studio apartments by old courthouse remodeled

A crew from Palmetto Metal Designs installs the balcony railings for the new second-floor studio apartments on North Main Street across from the old courthouse. Architect and developer Scott Bell said three … more

Sumter man's shooting death 'seems so unreal'

So often when tragedy strikes, most people in the community only read the victim's name in the newspaper or hear it on TV and soon enough move onto the next headline. But those who are no longer with us are much more than a name and the … more

Santa arrives on Main Street in downtown Sumter on Sunday during parade

T he moment children and many adults have looked forward to since last Christmas will happen Sunday, when Santa Claus makes his official appearance in the Sumter Christmas Parade. The parade begins at 2 p.m. at the corner of North Main and Dubose … more

Sumter long-range transportation plan approved

A government group recently revealed what the long-term vision of transportation looks like in Sumter. The Sumter Area Transportation Study Policy Committee approved its 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan to represent the future transportation … more

Building partnerships, walking a mile: Sumter schools welcome community leaders to be principals for a day

Sumter School District's Principal for the Day program Wednesday was a day for local business and community leaders to walk a mile in the shoes of a principal and help the district further community partnerships. For David Eargle, engineering … more

Hunger gets canned with help from Sumter Police Department

Grocery lists this time of the year usually consist of turkeys, stuffing and other fixings, but Sumter Police Department is asking the community to consider adding a few extra canned foods to the shopping cart to help someone less fortunate have a … more

Survey shows what residents want for the future in Sumter

Their voices came from the historic homes of the city, from the farms of the county and everywhere in between. More than 1,200 Sumterites participated in the Sumter 2040 Comprehensive Plan community survey to tell planning officials what they do … more

'This is a family': Sumter honors locals during Veterans Day ceremony, 4th-annual parade

It was cold. Rain threatened, then it delivered. Above all, the 21-gun salute blasted into the crying sky as arms stood at attention, some in camouflage patches, others holding canes and pins.Sumter County commemorated Veterans Day on Monday, the … more

Local group The By Name Project gives back to Sumter community

The By Name Project is helping give back to the Sumter community by providing food and clothes to those who need it. "On the first and third Saturdays (of every month), for a couple hours, we have meals made, with tents set up in the park (next … more

A screaming good time tasting wine at Sumter Senior Services' Sip and Scream downtown

People were shrieking with laughter as they strolled the streets of downtown Sumter two days after Halloween for Sumter Senior Services' annual Sip and Stroll, renamed Sip and Scream this year. Wine testers ate hors d'oeuvres, mingled and toured … more

Sumter's Willow Drive students parade as favorite storybook characters

Principal Preston Spratt led Willow Drive Elementary students in the recent Storybook Character Parade. Enthusiastic students and teachers celebrated their books and characters as they paraded throughout the halls. more

Sumter law enforcement urges kids, parents to think of safety on Halloween

While Halloween is seen by most as a holiday for kids to dress as their favorite characters and parents to worry about future dental bills, local law enforcement encourages families to exercise great caution when going from house to house … more

Absentee voting deadline nearing in Sumter

After reports of some voters in Sumter not being able to vote by absentee ballot for the upcoming Nov. 6 general election, officials said the obstacles are fixable but that time is running out. The Sumter Item received several questions about … more

Sumter mixes caffeine and gasoline at annual car show for Sumter Military Museum

The seventh-annual Caffeine and Gasoline car show rolled into downtown Sumter on Saturday, bringing cars, trucks and motorcycles ranging across decades, styles and colors to the parking lot wrapping from … more

Willow Drive employee allegedly assaulted by relative of student

Sumter Police Department officers were dispatched to Willow Drive Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon after a school employee was allegedly attacked by the family of a student. The reporting officer was dispatched to the school about 2:10 p.m. … more

6 vying for at-large Sumter School Board seats discuss superintendent, safety, teacher pay at forum

The two at-large seats on Sumter School District Board of Trustees have drawn interest ever since the county's legislative delegation added the positions in the spring of 2017 after the district's financial crisis from fiscal 2016. In July 2017, … more

Next superintendent should start by July in Sumter School District

The search for Sumter School District's next superintendent will include community engagement, forums, focus groups, surveys and more with the plan to have the new leader in place by July 1, 2019. B.W.P. and Associates, the school board's search … more
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