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November is seven months away, which means the area has a list of some of the South Carolina state and Clarendon County elections this year. Listed are current elected officials and candidates running for the seats. 6th Congressional District, … more
It's that time of the year when residents get out their running shoes, tie up their laces and get to competing in the upcoming Striped Bass Festival 5K run. Starting bright and early at 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, at Santee Dam, 1022 Randolph's … more
Clarendon County Council has denied a funding request for a local community action group for an upcoming festival but did approve some money for the event. In March during a regular Clarendon County Council meeting, members of the Summerton … more
Clarendon County Administrator Lynden Anthony gave his last report as the interim administrator during the April council meeting and updated the public and council members on projects and recreational activities in the area. Projects Anthony … more
To make a submission to our events list, email pressrelease@theitem.com with EVENTS in the subject line. SUMTER COUNTY Sumter Farmers Market is up and running from noon to 5 p.m. Fridays through Nov. 22 at USC Sumter, 200 Miller Road. Grab … more
Every year Clarendon County recognizes April as Fair Housing Month, and this month has once again been recognized for awareness. A resolution states Clarendon County wants to encourage equal-opportunity housing and to ensure fair housing … more
Author Rhonda McKnight will be the featured special guest for Sumter County Library's Author Event on April 21. New Jersey native and South Carolina author McKnight has spent her career authoring 27 inspirational book club and Christian romance … more
It's budget season in Clarendon County, and with that comes elected officials presenting their budget requests to county council members, with one elected official requesting an assistant for a fourth time. For the upcoming fiscal year 2024-25 … more
Lt. Gen. Alex Grynkewich, Ninth Air Force (Air Forces Central) commander, completed his final flight as the AFCENT commander on Tuesday, April 9, at Shaw Air Force Base. The fini-flight is an Air … more
Load crew competitions are a far-reaching weapons tradition that promote squadron pride and strengthen the relationship between units, building a stronger, more united total force. Teams were challenged to communicate and problem solve under a time … more
Public participation and the superintendent's report are the headline topics before Sumter School District's Board of Trustees on Monday, April 15. Committee reports and recommendations also made the agenda, which was posted late this week by a … more
Calling all seafood lovers! Prepare to dive into a sea of flavor with the 22nd-annual Shrimp Feast on Thursday, April 25. Presented by Sumter Pest Management, the feast will serve up shrimp six different ways along with delicious Southern … more
Sumter School District's open enrollment process is now open for kindergarten through 12th-grade students and their families wishing to attend another district school for specific educational opportunities. Acceptance is evaluated on a … more
If you are looking for a fun event featuring local talent, why not attend the Monarch Showdown Band Gym Battle? Manning High School will hold the musical competition at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, in Manning High School Gymnasium, 2155 Paxville … more
"Dad was not complete without a legal pad." That's what Amy Ohl said about her father, Carl Marks Simpson III, who died at 82 years old on April 2. Simpson, of Simpson Hardware Co., left a lasting impact in the Sumter business and hardware … more
Dotting the Sumter area and beyond are Piggly Wiggly stores, many of which were owned by the late William R. "Billy" McLeod. McLeod died on April 2 at 93 years old. He left a lasting impact in both the business world and the community of the … more
Shaw Air Force Base's 25th Attack Group held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday celebrating the unveiling of their new facility, marking a permanent home for the Group in Sumter. One of the two new … more
Sumter continues to produce thrilling matchups and student-athletes when it comes to high school sports, and The Sumter Item will continue celebrating them with the second-annual Espy Awards-style program, The Bobbys. Inspired by ESPN's sports … more
A man was fatally shot outside a Sumter convenience store on Wednesday and police are searching to identify the shooter. After 8:50 p.m. on April 10, officers responded to a shots fired call … more
After months of searching, Clarendon County Council has named Chief Financial Officer Lynden Anthony its new county administrator. Anthony has served as the interim County Administrator and … more
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