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Hurricane Ian gets nasty quickly, turbocharged by warm water

Hurricane Ian is quickly gaining monstrous strength as it moves over oceans partly heated up by climate change, just like 30 other Atlantic tropical storms since 2017 that became much more powerful … more

South Carolina, Sumter, prepares for effects from Hurricane Ian

Editor's note: This article and all of The Sumter Item's hurricane coverage is free as a public service online at We believe having access to reliable, accurate and up-to-date local information before, during and after inclement … more

South Carolina among programs moving football games ahead of hurricane

Football activities across the southeast are on the move as Hurricane Ian nears. South Carolina's home game with South Carolina State has been moved from Saturday to Thursday night due to Ian's track. South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner … more

Crestwood volleyball sweeps Manning for 2nd time

The Crestwood volleyball team swept Manning High for the second time this season on Monday The first and third sets were completely dominated by Crestwood, as Manning scored a combined five points. The Lady Knights won in straight sets 25-3, … more

The Grind, Presented by Bank of Clarendon: Laurence Manning's King taking a leap 2 years after ACL tear

"I'm the guy you want." This is how Laurence Manning's Brandon King describes himself. There wasn't a cocky tone in Brandon's voice when he offered this statement, however it was definitely backed by confidence. King plays a key role on both … more

Uiagalelei, offense boost No. 5 Clemson in key ACC stretch

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - A year of criticism didn't shake DJ Uiagalelei's belief that he could lead an offense capable of putting up big numbers for Clemson. He and his teammates proved that in a shootout road win against a ranked opponent. It's a … more

Young Grizzlies still cocky, hungrier after semifinals loss

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - All-Star point guard Ja Morant, the former Crestwood High star, borrowed a professional camera for photos of his teammates, even turning the lens on reporters covering the Memphis Grizzlies' media day Monday. Ziaire Williams, … more

Haaland, Clyburn visit Summerton to honor Brown v. Board of Education national park sites, conservation efforts for civil rights history

SUMMERTON — The sun shone brightly over the premises of Summerton’s National Historical Park on Tuesday as local, state and national leaders came together to tell a more complete story of … more

Sumter's Liberty STEAM Charter dismissing early, eLearning Friday ahead of Hurricane Ian

Editor's note: This article and all of The Sumter Item's hurricane coverage is free as a public service online at We believe having access to reliable, accurate and up-to-date … more

FAFSA season starts: What you need to know for financial aid

NEW YORK (AP) — The Free Application for Federal Student Aid filing season starts Oct. 1 for the 2023-2024 school year. If you plan to attend college next year, experts say you might want to … more

South Carolina suspends some veterinary requirements to facilitate animal evacuations due to Ian

South Carolina officials have issued a temporary waiver of certain requirements for farm and companion animals being evacuated from Florida because of Hurricane Ian.The action was requested by animal … more

Over 194,000 Russians flee call-up to neighboring countries

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — It took Vsevolod four days to drive from Moscow to Russia's southern border with Georgia. He had to abandon his car at one point and continue on foot.On Tuesday, he … more

Sumter Today: A Burger Cook-off to Help Battle Cancer

The Palmetto Optimist Club hosted a burger cook-off in downtown Sumter to raise money for Children's Cancer Partners of the Carolinas. According to executive director Laura Allen, the organization … more

Kremlin announces vote, paves way to annex part of Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Kremlin paved the way Tuesday to annex more of Ukraine and escalate the war by claiming that residents of a large swath overwhelmingly supported joining with Russia in … more

Old McCaskill’s Fall Family Farm Day, other events rescheduled ahead of Hurricane Ian

Due to the probability of rain associated with Hurricane Ian, some events scheduled for Saturday have decided to reschedule. Sumter Out of the Darkness Suicide WalkOriginally scheduled for … more

Sumter's eSTEAM Festival, Oktoberfest still on tap for Saturday ahead of Hurricane Ian

With a Saturday filled with events this weekend, some have decided to still push forward at this time. ESTEAM FestivalSumter’s annual 21st Century education learning extravaganza will press … more

Sumter coroner releases name of man shot in deputy-involved shooting Monday; SLED investigating

The Sumter County Coroner’s Office released the name of the man who died in a deputy-involved shooting in Rembert Monday. Raymond Twork II, 42, of Rembert, died from an apparent gunshot … more

Sumter High slips to No. 10 in latest S.C. Prep Football Media Poll

The Sumter High football team fall to the edge of the latest South Carolina Prep Football Media Poll that was released on Tuesday.The Gamecocks fell from No. 5 in SCHSL 5A following a 28-0 loss to … more

Sumter School District schools to dismiss early Thursday ahead of Hurricane Ian; Friday will be eLearning day

Due to the probability of heavy wind and rain from Hurricane Ian, all Sumter School District schools will dismiss early on Thursday and Friday will be an eLearning day for all students. On … more

Leaks on Russian gas pipelines raise concerns about sabotage

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A series of unusual leaks on two natural gas pipelines running from Russia under the Baltic Sea to Germany triggered concerns about sabotage Tuesday, overshadowing the … more
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