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

Our small staff works tirelessly to bring you the information and stories you need and want to know about. To be the first to know what’s happening in our community, sign up for our email … more

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

Sumter Today: Santee Lynches turns selfies into masks for students

Santee Lynches Regional Council of Governments is an intergovernmental agency that works to bridge connections for the betterment of the community.They recently came up with an idea called Mask the … more

Sumter Today: A high school band adapts to the pandemic

After high school football teams were given the thumbs up to play this season, Sumter’s three band directors collaborated to create a proposal that allowed their students to march on amid the … more

Sumter Today: One of Sumter’s family farms is open for fall festivities

If you’ve only seen Dorr Farms at the USC Sumter Farmers Market on Fridays or other events in town, you’re missing out on a load of family farm fun.The farm is open to the public ahead of … more

Sumter Today: The Aldersgate pumpkin patch is open for the season

The Aldersgate United Methodist Church pumpkin patch is a fall tradition, and things are a little different, they weren’t going to let the coronavirus stop their mission. Pumpkins are … more

Sumter Today: Here are the headlines you need to know today in Sumter County.

It’s finally fall, and we’re starting to see events begin again.We have articles that have run in our paper and online now about Old McCaskills Farm, Aldersgate’s pumpkin patch, the … more

Sumter Today: A hidden park gets some new toys.

Hidden Park is named that for good reason.Almost entirely surrounded by backyards, it’s easy to miss driving in the neighborhood off Miller Road across from Central Carolina Technical … more

Mayoral Debate 2020 presented by The Sumter Item

The Sumter Item hosted a mayoral debate on Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Sumter Opera House. All six candidates were in attendance to share their platform and policy plans in the hopes of earning … more

Sumter Today: The eSTEAM Sumter Festival take their show on the road

The Link Economic Development Alliance, like so many other groups this year, had to cancel their flagship event, the eSTEAM Sumter Festival.But they didn’t want to completely let the … more

Watch Sumter's first 2020 Mayoral Debate live from the Sumter Opera House

The Sumter Item is set to host a mayoral debate on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. It will be held at the Sumter Opera House, but because of COVID-19, it is not open for the public to attend in person. … more

Sumter Today: Millwood Elementary Holds an Eat Healthy Fundraiser

This week Millwood Elementary School held a fundraiser to encourage students to eat healthy. Dorr Farms prepared vegetable and fruit farm boxes to distribute to families. We stopped by to learn … more

Sumter Today: Liberty Steam Charter School holds a family preview session

Liberty Steam Charter School held its first Family Preview Session last week for prospective parents. The session was set up to inform parents about LSC's mission, scholar expectations, core values … more

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

To be the first to know what’s happening in our community, sign up for our email newsletter or subscribe today to receive the newspaper and website access, or sign up for a cheaper all-access … more

Sumter Today: We go behind the scenes with a local Best-Of winning dog trainer

Paw-la has been training dogs since the 70s, and she uses positive reinforcement and games to mold pets into the best pups. Dog Training with Paw-la is one of our 2020 Best of Sumter winners, and we … more

Sumter Today: Sumter’s art gallery brings art to students

The Sumter County Gallery of Art does more than host art exhibitions. They usually offer camps and classes, especially over the summer, for amateur and experienced artists of all ages, but COVID-19 … more
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