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Sumter Today: Sumter United Ministries gives thanks this holiday season.

Sumter United Ministries helps those in need year-round, but they go above and beyond for the holidays. The faith-based emergency services nonprofit held its annual Giving Thanks program this week … more

Sumter Today: Alice Drive Middle School marks another STEM milestone

Alice Drive Middle School made waves when it became nationally STEM certified in 2015.Then, they had five STEM-specific elective classes focusing on science, technology, engineering and math … more

Sumter Today: We sit down with Mayor-Elect David Merchant

Sumter elected a new mayor on Tuesday after the general election triggered a runoff when none of the six original candidates got more than 50% of the vote. David Merchant, a current city … more

Sumter Today: Here are the headlines you need to know today impacting our Sumter community.

Polls are open until 7 p.m. for two runoff races in the City of Sumter. Voters are deciding between Calvin Hastie and David Merchant in the race for mayor, and between James Blassingame and … more

Sumter Today: The farmers markets transforms for the holidays

The American Legion Farmers Market is at the fairgrounds on Fridays and Saturdays year-round, but this weekend was a special set up. While they usually allow vendors to only sell handmade or grown … more

Sumter Today: We get a tour of the Sumter County Military Display.

Yesterday may have been Veterans Day, but here in Sumter we are known for our uncommon patriotism and our year-long celebration of our military and veterans.We even have a museum dedicated to those … more

Sumter Today: We get a sneak peak into this week’s upcoming Homegrown concert

Sounds of Grace was formed in 2012 as a simple ministry with a simple mission: to provide peace and healing through music.Their upcoming Homegrown concert on Thursday will feature local musicians and … more

Sumter Today: Here are the headlines you need to know today impacting the Sumter community.

The general election for Sumter’s next mayor and city council member representing Ward 2 did not have any one candidate secure more than 50% of the vote, so the candidates with the two most … more

Sumter Today: We hold a drive-through Best Of winners celebration.

When the pandemic started impacting our daily lives in the spring, businesses and events had to shut down or get canceled.Our Best of Sumter and Best of Clarendon red carpet winners celebrations were … more

Sumter Today: Alice Drive Baptist Church breaks ground on a new sub campus.

Alice Drive Baptist Church has been growing out into the Pocalla community for some years now, and their goal has been to create their own church community there.After sharing space with an area … more

Sumter Today: Lights on After School shows its support for local students

Lights on After School is an event that promotes just that.HYPE After School Program joined with other after-school programs across the nation to celebrate the event, this year as a drive up format … more

Sumter Today: We take a look at the election results as they stand on Wednesday.

For more election coverage, follow The Sumter Item across all print and online platforms.Sign up for our free email newsletter at live in Sumter. Your news should, too. … more

Sumter Today: Liberty STEAM Charter celebrates Halloween.

Liberty STEAM Charter has been holding family preview sessions and other open houses to spread the news about the county’s first public charter school that is set to open next fall.They set up … more

Sumter Today: Manchester Elementary School adjusts to school during a pandemic

Education and the classrooms look very different now than they did last year, and students and teachers alike are still trying to navigate the coronavirus pandemic. To continue on our mission to … more

Sumter Today: Here are the headlines you need to know today impacting the Sumter community

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Sumter Today: A school event brings out the fall festivities

Willow Drive Elementary School is, like every other school, business and family, adapting to the coronavirus pandemic to try to ensure safety while still connecting with the community.Much of that … more

Sumter Today: A new park honors Sumter’s relationship with the military

It has been 75 years since Sumter became home to Shaw Air Force Base, and local officials honored the service of their neighbors and the U.S. military by opening a new park dedicated to our … more

Sumter Today: We commemorate National School Bus Safety Week

To commemorate National School Bus Safety Week this week we sat down with one of Sumter School District’s finest and longest-serving drivers, Thomasini Agim.  A Sumter native, Agim has … more

Sumter Today: We get answers to some frequently asked questions about voting

In-person absentee voting is in full swing, and there’s a lot you need to know to both be an informed voter and make the process easier for you. To help you easily access reliable, accurate … more

Sumter Today: Sumter High School’s youngest students get a different kind of freshmen welcome.

With COVID-19 protocol, students started going back to campus in phases.While that has been deemed the safest route by school and district leaders, it means freshmen didn’t get the traditional … more
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