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Sumter Today: USC Sumter renovates its science labs

After decades of use, the science labs at USC Sumter needed some updating. That of course takes funding, and the Sumter County legislative delegation has worked to make enough available to do some … more

Sumter Today: Carolita Cantrell shows her work at the Sumter County Gallery of Art

Carolita Cantrell has been making art since she was three and was allowed to draw instead of taking a nap. Now, her work is on display at the Sumter County Gallery of Art through mid-January under … more

Sumter Today: Bates Middle School earns national STEM certification

Bates Middle School has been working toward one goal for four years and they recently reached it. They were just nationally certified with a STEM accreditation, a prestigious recognition that only … more

Sumter Today: Simpson Hardware and Sports hosts Ladies' Night to kickoff holiday shopping

Each year, Simpson Hardware and Sports holds Ladies Night to kick off the holiday shopping season. Customers lined up outside in the cold to get their shot at special deals throughout the store and … more

Sumter Today: Sumter County celebrates Veterans Day

Hundreds lined Main Street Monday for the county’s annual Veterans Day parade and ceremony downtown at the old courthouse. Officials said this was the biggest parade they’ve put on in the … more

Sumter Today: The Opera House hosts a hillbilly science fair

What do you get when you take a dash of science, a blob of humor and throw in a hillbilly? You get the explosive good time of the Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular Comedy Show. Doctor Cletus Beaker … more

Sumter Today: We tag along with Sumter County EMS

Sumter County Emergency Medical Services paramedics and first responders spend their days and nights helping us. They help us usually when we need it most, and they have to be trained to handle a … more

Sumter Today: The art gallery holds a watercolor painting class

The Sumter County Gallery of Art is offering a weekly much-requested class exploring watercolor painting. Sumter Artists’ Guild Best in Show winner Josh Hatfield helps students learn techniques … more

Sumter Today: The Sumter airport puts on a show

Sumter Cruisers and Swamp Fox Sport Flyers hosted Wheels and Wings this weekend at the Sumter Airport. Owners and club members gathered to showcase classic cars and vintage aircraft and to answer … more

Sumter Today: Businesses open their doors for a good cause at the annual Sip and Stroll

Wine lovers strolled around downtown Sumter on Friday for the annual Sip and Stroll benefitting Sumter Senior Services. Participating businesses in the historic downtown district hosted booths that … more

Sumter Today: Trunk or Treat 2019

On today's show, the Sumter Police Department hosted its annual Trunk-or-Treat on Halloween night last night, and they didn't let the rain dampen their spirits. The event was held at Crosswell Drive … more

Sumter Today: the rain brings a win to Manning Junior High football Monarchs.

Manning Junior High’s football team won its third consecutive Sumter Middle School Conference championship last night, defeating Bates Middle School. The 14-6 final was played in an almost … more

Sumter Today: We stop by the Sumter School District’s State of the District

Sumter School District superintendent Penelope Martin-Knox addressed nearly 200 school and community leaders for the first time in her role at the third annual State of the District on Tuesday. The … more

Sumter Today: We reveal the top 20 Under 40 winners

Last Thursday we held a winner’s reveal cocktail and networking event to honor the winners of the 2019-2020 Top 20 professionals under 40. The Sumter Item partnered with the Greater Sumter … more

Sumter Today: Lemira Elementary School celebrates National School Lunch Week.

Last Friday Lemira Elementary School hosted a lunch party for students to get them excited about eating school lunch. Faculty dressed up as their favorite 90’s Hip Hop artists and performed … more

Sumter Today: We get a cooking lesson from the Hamptons chef in their kitchen

Chef Rafaele Dall-Erta has made his way to downtown Sumter from the Inn at Little Washington by way of Milan, Italy. Now, he cooks up regional American cuisine with an Italian accent for weekday … more

Sumter Today: Students from Wilder Elementary get a special tour from the Sumter Fire Department

Kindergarteners from Wilder Elementary walked to the Sumter Fire Department's Manning Road Station to learn about what firefighters do and to get a tour of the station. The students were quizzed on … more

Sumter Today: Sumter Culinary Arts class holds a baking competition.

Last Friday the Sumter Career and Technology Center held its fifth-annual Cupcake Wars competition. Each student presented nine cupcakes to the judges, one of each flavor for each judge. more

Sumter Today: Hillcrest Middle School gets recognized as a Palmetto Silver Award winner

Earlier this month, Hillcrest Middle School was recognized as a Palmetto Silver Award winner for its report card ratings’ performance last school year. We stopped by last week to celebrate with … more

Sumter Today: We travel back in time at the Sumter County Museum

This past weekend we went out to the Sumter County Museum for the annual Carolina Backcountry Harvest. The event was free to the public, and included Blacksmithing, Cooking, Spinning and Weaving and … more
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