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Flying high at Sumter fair

KEITH GEDAMKE / THE SUMTER ITEM Members of the High Flying Pages soar through the air Wednesday night during their performance at Sumter County Fair.

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Helicopter rides newest attraction for county fairgoers

Something new at this year’s Sumter County Fair is helicopter rides. For $20 passengers get a 4-minute ride and for $40 an 8-minute ride. The helicopter has room for a pilot and three passengers.
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Woman arrested for first degree assault and battery

CHARGES Jasmine Monet Greene, 25, of 350 Harmony Court Apt. 4, was arrested on Tuesday after she allegedly threw cans of food at victims, attempted to hit the victims with her vehicle and yelled profanities at the victims while repeatedly driving …
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COLUMBIA - Funeral services for Emanuel Irving will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Jerusalem Baptist Church, 1051 Clarkson Road, Hopkins. Interment will follow in Rock Hill AME Church cemetery. He will be placed in the church at noon for …


SUMMERTON - Earlin Keith Bennett, son of the late Bishop John Arthur and Joeneatha Nelson Bennett, entered into eternal rest on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Mt. Calvary Holiness Church …
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Ready for another run

Sumter begins defense of region title by hosting South Florence As Sumter High School prepared to open its Region VI-4A football schedule last season, it was in search of its first region crown since the 2009 campaign. The Gamecocks opened …
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The anti-police, anti-black bandwagon in Charlotte

On Tuesday, a "suspicious package" forced the evacuation of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. The abundance of caution was not unwarranted. Charlotte is recovering from multiple days of anti-police rioting, following the officer-involved …
Pets for adoption

Angel loves to be silly and play

Angel, a housebroken and spayed 1-year-old rat terrier mix, is available for adoption at the Sumter SPCA. She loves to be silly and play. Angel is great with other dogs and children. She would make a great new family companion. The Sumter SPCA is …