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A Week on the Gridiron with the Sumter Gamecocks : Preview

Presented by Hines Furniture and Ace Parker Tires, Studio Sumter is going behind the scenes as the Sumter Gamecocks battle the county-rival Lakewood Gators. Catch three new episodes September 18-20 at TheItem.com. more

Sumter Today: Kingbury students celebrate International Dot Day

Students at Kingsbury Elementary School celebrated International Dot Day on Friday. Based on the popular children’s book, The Dot, the school’s STEAM team and administration challenged … more

Sumter Today: Furman Middle School is upping its AVID program

Schools throughout Sumter School District have been putting extra focus on a variety of special programs like STEM and other learning curriculum. Furman Middle School offers AVID, which stands for … more

Sumter Today: Sumter’s first responders commemorate Patriot Day

Today marks the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and to commemorate the day, first responders from the Sumter Fire Department, police department and sheriff’s office gathered at … more

Sumter Today: A historical building in Sumter opens for public use

The Meeting House is Sumter’s newest event venue, and it’s historical past was celebrated recently at its grand opening. The home of the family of General Thomas Sumter, the American … more

Sumter Today: We ride along with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office during Hurricane Dorian

No matter how big or small the impact ends up being, local law enforcement and emergency responders have to prepare for the worst case scenario with any hurricane or natural disaster. We rode along … more

Sumter Today: We get ready for Hurricane Dorian

As everything starts to shut down to stay safe during Hurricane Dorian, we stopped by Weldon Auditorium in Manning to see what state and local agencies are doing to prepare for the storm. more

Sumter Today: The 23rd annual Gospel in the Park returns for Labor Day

It may be raining today, but it was bright and sunny over Labor Day for the 23rd annual Gospel in the Park. The day long event at Memorial Park was filled with gospel music, dancing, food and a long … more

Sumter Today: Thompson Construction gives back to its young community

The Thompson Family of Companies recently held a pool party to reward and motivate students at Crosswell Drive Elementary School by throwing 40 fourth and fifth graders who met or exceeded standards … more

Sumter Today: We talk under water training with the Sumter Fire Department

For the Sumter Fire Department, training is just another part of the job. While one shift is manning the station and waiting for calls, the out at the fire department training grounds keeping their … more

Sumter Today: We step on the pitch with USC Sumter Fire Ants Soccer

USC Sumter’s soccer program took a 5-year hiatus before coming back as an official sport in 2017. After a difficult 3-11 season in their first season back, Skottowe Fox took over as head coach … more

Sumter Today: We sit down with Sumter’s only Teaching Fellow

Katey Roberson is a teaching fellow at Cherryvale Elementary School and the only one in Sumter School District. The state Teaching Fellows Program that that General Assembly began funding in 1999 has … more

Sumter Today: The Sumter Item gets ready for a new photography exhibit at Patriot Hall

The Sumter Item started a partnership with Patriot Hall this year to show different sets of photos through our city and county’s history. Curated by Sumter historian and our archivist, Sammy … more

Sumter Today: Alice Drive Elementary School hold a teddy bear parade

Parades are usually fun, but one at Alice Drive Elementary School this week was especially adorable. Students participated in the school’s annual teddy bear parade, which teachers and … more

Sumter Today: Duke Energy holds a storm school for emergency management leaders

With hurricane season in full swing but no major storms to hit the East Coast yet, Duke Energy hosted emergency management leaders from the Sumter area this morning at CCTC for their annual storm … more

Sumter Today: A gymnastics and dance studio brings ninja warriors to Sumter

Miss Libby’s School of Dance and Gymnastics holds a variety of classes, including a competition series called Sumter Ninja Warrior. Based off the hit NBC show American Ninja Warrior, they built … more

Sumter Today: Sumter School District holds a pep rally for teachers before their first day

Sumter School District held its annual opening meeting for teachers, administrators and staff ahead of students’ first day of school, so we went over to the Sumter County Civic Center to catch … more

Sumter Today: The football jamboree gets soaked

The 38th annual Sumter Sertoma Football Jamboree kicked off on Friday at Memorial Stadium, but it was called short due to lightning and a heavy thunderstorm. We were planning to give you a full recap … more

Sumter Today: The Wilson Hall volleyball team is winning on and off the court

The Wilson Hall varsity volleyball team is not only getting points on the court, they’re also being recognized for their grade point averages in the classroom. The 2018 team was named an … more

Sumter Today: The Sumter County celebrates its namesake’s 285th birthday

General Thomas Sumter had a birthday this week. He turned 285 years old. County officials, historians and even descendants of the American Revolutionary War general gathered at his statue in front of … more
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