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$42 million in infrastructure money for Lee schools means new school, possible consolidation

On Wednesday, Lee County School District welcomed the South Carolina superintendent of education to present millions of dollars in funding for a new school to be built for students. Molly Spearman presented the school district with a check for … more

Ruth Josey Bell Performing Arts Series to feature soul, Caribbean, funk music at Bishopville Opera House

The Lee County Arts Council announced its lineup for the 2022-23 Ruth Josey Bell Performing Arts Series. Bell, a native of Lee County, was "instrumental in starting the concert series," according to Zack Medlin, chairman of the Lee County Arts … more

Lee State Park grows by more than 350 acres

Lee County's one and only state park just grew in size thanks to a land donation by multiple local and state agencies. The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism and the Congaree Land Trust hosted a ribbon cutting on Monday to … more

Child sparks idea for National Son and Daughters Day; mothers in Sumter, Clarendon honor their children

Nearly 86 years ago, a little boy gave the idea of National Son and Daughter Day to a man from Missouri, and it spread like wildfire. According to www.calendarr.com, National Son and Daughter Day can be traced to 1936 when J. Henry Dusenberry … more

Back-to-School Bash to start Lee County students off right

While students start heading back to school, many places are giving out free school supplies to help them start the school year off right. Lee County Wide is holding its Back-to-School Bash on Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chappell Park, 397 … more

Nominations open for The Sumter Item's 2022 Top 20 Under 40 contest

Nominations are now open for The Sumter Item's annual Top 20 Young Professionals Under 40 contest. The 2022 contest and associated winners celebration event is a partnership between The Item, Young Professionals of Sumter and the Greater Sumter … more

Homicides in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee in single digits midyear; majority are firearm related

Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties' law enforcement agencies reported single-digit numbers of homicides for the first half of 2022. However, while the numbers may be low, the majority of the killings were firearm related. In the most recent … more
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