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Hot Pursuit 5K high five

ADRIENNE SARVIS / THE SUMTER ITEM Mandy Hice gives Howie Austin, a detective with Sumter Police Department, a high five as she runs toward the finish line during the 2017 Hot Pursuit 5K on Saturday morning. One-hundred-forty-nine people …

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1st group of high school students graduate with their associate's degree

When 13 Sumter School District seniors graduate in less than two weeks, they will be walking away with both a high school diploma and an associate degree. The students - 12 from Crestwood High School and one from Sumter High School - are the first …

Blood drive exceeds its goal of 65 units

This is the seventh year the Chuck Nesbitt Blood Drive has been held in Nesbitt's memory, and the goal is to make sure it continues, said Joyce Nesbitt, widow of Cpl. Nesbitt. "And we want it to get larger every year," she said. Every year …
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Man facing multiple charges, including possession with intent to distribute cocaine

CHARGES Javon L. Hylton, 26, of South Main Street, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with domestic violence first offense, unlawful carry of a pistol, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of marijuana and possession with intent …
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Susie Williams, 90, widow of Hammie Williams, died Monday, May 22, 2017, at her home. Born Nov. 6, 1926, in Lee County, she was the daughter of William and Lucie Wells Herrington. The family is receiving family and friends at the family home, …


Mr. George Silas Sr., 94, widow of the late Mrs. Elloree Silas, died on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Palmetto Tuomey Hospital of Sumter. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Sumter Funeral Service Inc.
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Top 'Dog

John Patrick Sears' tremendous season with The Citadel has garnered him a major award. Sears, the standout left-handed pitcher from Sumter who played at Wilson Hall, was named the Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year on Monday. Sears, who …

Almost ready to begin again

While the local teams will be playing in preseason scrimmages and tournaments, the American Legion baseball season kicks into full gear on Tuesday, May 30. The Sumter P-15's, …
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Gas tax hike a 'grand slam' for our highways

The S.C. General Assembly stepped up to the plate when it overrode our pinch-hitting Gov. Henry McMaster's flaccid veto and drove home a fuel-tax hike for fixing all 41,000 miles of the state's crappy highways. It was a grand slam, so to speak, …

Food stamps, Medicaid on chopping block in budget

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Trump will unveil a proposed budget this week that would drive millions of people off food stamps and cut Medicaid, targeting the social safety-net programs for the poor in a new wave of spending cuts. Trump's …

Effingham couple to carry baby with fatal condition to term

EFFINGHAM - Michael and Brandi Rogers were shocked to learn that Brandi was pregnant only seven months after giving birth to their daughter, Haigan. With Haigan and their 3-year-old son, Lawson, at home, Brandi and Michael knew they would have …
Pets for adoption

Ol'Girla is a great lap dog

Ol' Girla is an 8-year-old black-and-white female Chihuahua mix. She is spayed and is super with other dogs. Ol' Girla loves to be around people and enjoys love and attention. She would make a great lap dog.

Olaf's deafness doesn't slow him down

Olaf is a 1-year-old white male American shorthair. He is neutered and housebroken and is extremely sweet, gentle, affectionate and friendly. He is an active boy who is also deaf, but that doesn't slow him down a bit.