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Policing 'Cocaine Lane'

The bellow of big rigs roaring across the pebble-strewn asphalt provides the backdrop for Bryan Rulong's office each day. The 9-year Sumter County Sheriff's Office veteran sits in his squad car parked in the grassy median separating the …

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Chamber honors Brabham as its Business Person of the Year

When John Brabham Jr. was named Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year on Saturday, he became the first child of a former winner to follow in his father's footsteps. John Brabham Sr. won the Chamber's highest honor in …
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Man allegedly holds knife to woman's neck

CHARGES Robert Smith, 56, of 127 Highland Ave., was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and breach of peace. Smith allegedly held a knife to a woman's neck and poked her with it as …

Pistol reported stolen from Mooneyham Road

STOLEN PROPERTY A 2006 Ford Mustang valued at $10,000 was reported stolen from a Wedgefield home in the 1300 block of Hidden Oaks Drive at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Law enforcement recovered the vehicle abandoned at a wreck that morning before the owner …
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JAMES E. NEWBERN JR.

James Edward Newbern Jr., age 76, beloved husband of 56 years to Caroline Allen Newbern, died on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. He was born in Jarvisburg, North Carolina, a son of the late James Edward Newbern Sr. and …

ROBERTA P. BROWN

Roberta "Bert" Prince Brown, 56, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at McLeod Regional Medical Center, Florence. She was born May 25, 1968, in the Lynchburg section of Sumter County, a daughter of Robert Prince and the late Janie Rose Prince. She …
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'Hawks hope to ride defense to 2nd straight championship

PHOENIX - The sideshow is over, which means Marshawn Lynch can go back to not talking and this realization can become obvious again: The Seattle Seahawks are still the best defensive team in football. And as we saw in last year's Super Bowl, …
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Another busy news week in the Gamecock City

While reviewing the past week's editions of The Sumter Item, it occurred to me that readers might appreciate one of those simple "Week in Review" columns. Summaries and lists are quite popular these days in a busy iPhone world, and our reporters …
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Roll call: Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Here's how area members of Congress voted on major issues in the week ending Jan. 30. HOUSE EXPEDITED NATURAL-GAS EXPORTS Voting 277 for and 133 against, the House on Wednesday passed a bill (HR 351) requiring prompt …

Deaths of 2 young women spur proposals on waterway safety

COLUMBIA - The parents of two young women killed in separate watercraft wrecks last year are hoping South Carolina lawmakers take steps to improve water safety and spare others their grief. Two senators have put forward proposals they say are …
Pets for adoption

Waco loves attention

Waco, a 3-month-old black and white male husky mix, is available for adoption at the Sumter SPCA. He is playful, affectionate, gentle, active and friendly. Waco loves to be held and to be given lots …

Fatty loves other cats and children

Fatty, a 3-year-old gray tabby and white spayed female American shorthair, is available for adoption at the Sumter SPCA. She is housebroken, loving, gentle, affectionate, active and playful. Fatty …