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'Dream big, but do the hard work': Prisma Health Tuomey nurse writes book about resiliency through pain, how to set and reach goals

Cynthia Richardson walked a painful path to get where she is today, but every step was worth it, she says, because now she can use her story to motivate others to push through hard times. Cynthia … more

Sumter Chamber of Commerce opposed to medical marijuana

A topic Sumter business advocates are against and were told was dead may now resurface during 2020's upcoming legislative session. Medical marijuana was the surprise agenda item that took up more discussion than any topic other than education … more

Running back White announces commitment to USC

Running back ZaQuandre White (6-feet-2-inches, 205 pounds) of Iowa Western Junior College in Council Bluffs announced on his Instagram page on Thursday that he is committed to the university of South Carolina. However, there's been no corresponding … more

Sumter Genealogical Society to meet, hold party on Monday

Arts and culture contributorThe Sumter Genealogical Society will hold its next membership meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at Swan Lake Presbyterian Church, 912 Haynsworth St.As is traditional, there is no formal speaker for the final meeting … more

Experience is key as Wolverines get out to hot start

This is the year that Seneca Barron has been looking forward to since taking over as the boys basketball head coach at East Clarendon High School four years ago. His first class of players has reached its senior season and that experience is … more

Double-double by Brunson lifts Bates over Chestnut Oaks

The Bates Middle School girls basketball team defeated Chestnut Oaks 50-31 in a battle of unbeatens on Thursday at the COMS gymnasium. Dalashia Brunson had a double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Lady Bantams, who improved to 4-0 … more

Ebenezer stays unbeaten with victory over Furman

The Ebenezer Middle School boys basketball team remained undefeated with a 53-31 victory over Furman on Thursday at the FMS gymnasium. Xavier Johnson led the Tigers, who improved to 4-0 on the season, with 25 points. Azariah Yates added eight and … more

SHS assistant Marlowe new head coach at South Florence

Eleven years ago, Drew Marlowe graduated from Sumter High School on a Saturday and then began his career as a football coach at Sumter the following Monday. Now the 29-year-old will take what he's learned from his time as an assistant coach to South … more

Americans rally late, trail by only 3 in Presidents Cup

MELBOURNE, Australia - Justin Thomas delivered the biggest moment for an American team desperate for one Friday in the Presidents Cup. He holed an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, dropped his putter and looked over at his partner - U.S. … more

Sumter's Craft, Fortune, Crestwood's Thorne on inaugural SCFCA All-State football teams

Sumter High School wide receiver Tylee Craft and cornerback O'Donnell Fortune and Crestwood High School nose guard Jacson Thorne are all members of the inaugural South Carolina Football Coaches Association All-State teams. Craft and Fortune were … more

Wilson Hall's McCaffrey signs at Wofford, becomes first female soccer signee in school history

Haley Ronne McCaffrey said she began playing soccer when she "was old enough to run." She took to the sport in a big way and started playing club soccer when she "was 7 or 8 years old." She has continued to play at the club level since that time … more

Eating, drinking and being ugly (sweaters)

MICAH GREEN / THE SUMTER ITEM Ugly Christmas sweaters, elf costumes and more could be seen Thursday night at the inaugural Eat Drink & Be Ugly. The Young Professionals of Sumter organized the event to draw community members together while raising … more

Sumter High AVID students take on service project to provide bathrooms, drinking water to schools in developing world

For a group of Sumter High School students, it didn't take getting into the Christmas season for them to learn the important trait that "it's better to give than receive." Instead, it happened through a service-learning project with students who … more

Familiar face missing as playoff coaches gather in Atlanta

ATLANTA - A familiar face was missing as the coaches gathered Thursday at the College Football Hall of Fame to discuss the upcoming playoff. So was a guy who was supposed to be there. For the first time since the playoff started in 2014, Nick … more

Once rivals, Seahawks, Panthers head in different directions

CHARLOTTE - Not too long ago the Carolina Panthers viewed the Seattle Seahawks as their biggest rivals in the NFC. Now the franchises are headed in vastly different directions. While the Seahawks have posted eight straight winning seasons … more

Jackson, Ravens beat Jets to clinch AFC North title

BALTIMORE - Only minutes removed from watching his team roll to its 10th consecutive victory, coach John Harbaugh showed up to the post-game news conference wearing a white hat proclaiming Baltimore to be AFC North champions. No small … more

Army, Navy gearing up for 120th matchup

PHILADELPHIA - Army's sensational turnaround under coach Jeff Monken has been highlighted by 10-win seasons, bowl game victories and even a spot in the national rankings. But a win Saturday against Navy would mean a bit more -- the Black Knights' … more

18 men in Sumter indicted on federal drug charges

After an investigation that was conducted for more than a year and a half, 18 men have been indicted in Sumter on federal drug charges. The men, whose names and charges have not yet been released, … more


Sarah Wilson Butler, 78, widow of Eddie Lee Butler Sr., died on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Columbia. Born in Sumter County, she was a daughter of the late John Stann and Minnie Wilson. The family will receive friends from 3 to 7 p.m. daily … more


Blease Franklin Fadden, age 64, beloved husband of 37 years to Fair Jackson Fadden, died on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, at the Dorn VA Medical Center. You may go to and sign the family's guest book. The family has chosen … more
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