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'It's not what's on the outside.': Morris College holds Law Enforcement Diversity Awareness Workshop for regional agencies

A workshop held at Morris College on Monday served as a way to help law enforcement come up with strategic solutions and grow with new generations of communities in the country. The Law Enforcement Diversity Awareness Workshop was the college's … more

Take The Sumter Item's election survey online to inform our coverage

Our staff at The Sumter Item is here to help you make informed decisions. Our newsroom would like your help in informing our political coverage leading up to the final day of voting on and follow up to Election Day. Please complete a brief survey at … more

Free COVID-19 testing held Wednesdays at CCTC

FROM STAFF REPORTS Beginning today, the public can receive free and painless COVID-19 testing at a drive-through site at Central Carolina Technical College, 506 N. Guignard Drive, in Sumter. The site is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 … more

Sumter ministry prevents family's electric cutoff after $2K bill

As we emerge from the sweltering Southern summer and prepare for colder months ahead, many households are readying to suffer higher burdens to maintain their heat source without recouping financial losses from COVID-19. That's where the Fireside … more

Canty: Public needs to be about future, not the 'good ole days'; Outgoing school board chair says District 2, District 17, are 'relics of past'

In his farewell remarks Monday, the outgoing chairman of Sumter School District's Board of Trustees emphasized the greater Sumter community must let go of its past to fully embrace future opportunities for its public schools. Following his … more

Sumter Fire Department responds to blaze on Fulton Street

The Sumter Fire Department has all hands on deck at a warehouse fire on Fulton Street. After 10 p.m., the fire department and many other Sumter County first responders were on scene at the old VB … more

Sumter deputies seek help locating 15-year-old runaway

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office seeks help locating a 15-year-old runaway. Ja’Shawn Williams was last seen at his North Wise Drive residence on the evening of Oct. 22, said Deputy … more

Hydrant flow tests scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday on Corporate, Wise, Nautical and West Liberty in Sumter

FROM STAFF REPORTS The City of Sumter will perform fire hydrant flow tests on Corporate Circle, Wise Drive, Nautical Drive and West Liberty Street between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 28 and 29. Water customers in the … more

Nearly quarter of Sumter's registered voters have already voted in person

After three weeks of in-person absentee voting, Sumter County has seen tens of thousands ballots cast. A staffer at the Sumter County Voter Registration and Elections Office told The Sumter Item on Monday afternoon that there were 1,286 ballots … more

Large events in S.C. almost always OK'd as COVID-19 cases climb

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS South Carolina's business agency has approved more than 90% of the more than 800 events that planned to attract at least 250 people since the governor removed the coronavirus-related ban on the gatherings in early … more

Sumter officers search for 3 suspects involved in Saturday night shooting

The Sumter Police Department is searching for three suspects involved in a shooting last night that left three others injured on Dibert Street. Warrants were issued for Kennard Dean, 28, of Bama … more

Drivers should watch for deer on South Carolina's state roads

MANNING - Drivers throughout South Carolina, whether on back country roads or the interstates, should be more vigilant during the fall and winter months for deer crossing the roadways. While drivers should be cautious of white-tailed deer … more

'Go, driver': After 34 years, Sumter native still behind the wheel for 'my precious cargo'

The job allows for some freedom and there's some sightseeing involved, but to be good at it, one must have a love for children, plenty of patience and flexibility and behavior-management skills. It's a school bus driver, and to commemorate … more

Millwood parent worried after COVID-19 case at Sumter school

One Millwood Elementary School parent says she is in a dilemma now with virtual education after her child's classroom teacher tested positive for COVID-19 this week. Candice Cocklin, a mother of three Sumter School District students including two … more

Superintendent evaluation before Sumter School District Board

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will conduct its annual performance evaluation of Superintendent Penelope Martin-Knox at a special-called meeting Monday. A district staff member placed the meeting agenda online for the media and … more

Sumter dancers are 'Working Through It'; contemporary dance focus of Thursday concert

The title of Thursday's contemporary dance concert sums up the past few months for the Sumter Civic Dance Company. Never before have the dancers had to deal with a pandemic, but that hasn't diminished their enthusiasm, said Executive Director Andrea … more

Clarendon County Detention Center employee captures individual fleeing detention center

MANNING — The quick action of a 4-year veteran of the Clarendon County Detention Center resulted in the capture of a man who attempted to flee the facility while in the custody of a local bail … more

Shaw airman participates in Alzheimer's Association Walk for her dad in Illinois

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s will look different this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of hosting a large in-person gathering in … more

Dollar Tree coming to west side of town, 3rd in Sumter

Sumter's third Dollar Tree is under construction on the west side of town. A building inspection department official with the Sumter City-County Planning Commission distributed the permit for the current construction at 310 Pinewood Road recently … more

The Rev. Dr. Clay Smith: You can control your response to a critic

A few years ago, I was at a high school football game. Our team, the home team, was huddled on offense. They broke the huddle and came up to the line of scrimmage. The ball was hiked, and the quarterback rolled out to the right side of the field. He … more
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