Fla.'s 'Gray Belt' a glimpse at nation's future

...will for decades yet.The others include Marion, Martin, Indian River, Highlands, Sarasota, Charlotte, and Sumter counties, the last of which is home to the largest concentration of seniors of any county in the nation thanks to the retirement...

SC man facing bigamy charges

...Pixley married a woman in Edgefield County in 1988. He also married a woman in Richland County in 2008, a woman in Sumter County in 2011 and a woman in Newberry County last November.

Man found after 6 days in SC swamp

SUMTER, S.C. - Authorities say a missing 52-year-old man has been found safe in a Sumter County swamps nearly a week after he disappeared. Sumter Police said fishermen heard Fredric Richburg yelling around 8 p.m. Sunday...

Across South Carolina

...cellSUMTER, S.C. - A 32-year-old Sumter woman has died after she was found unresponsive in her cell at the Sumter County jail.Coroner Harvin Bullock told The Sumter Item that preliminary reports show no signs of foul play but an autopsy...

For the record

...Hilario L. Anzar IV, 22, and Alexis Nicole Sandoval, 21, both of Fort GordonFILED MAY 12Willie Jones, 80, of Sumter County, Ga., and Annie James Covin, 68, of AugustaFILED APRIL 25Christopher Paul Efflandt, 31, and Melissa Jean Raasch...

Across the region

...murder in beatingSUMTER, S.C. - Authorities say a 33-year-old man beat a woman to death with a hammer in a Sumter County home and hurt her 14-year-old daughter and a disabled woman in the home.Investigators said one of the injured...

Rentals earn rich rewards in Augusta, figures show

...three-bedroom rental home and compared it to the median sales price to come up with the yield. (Bibb County, Ga., and Sumter County, S.C., are also in the top 20.) "Cash-flowing rental properties allow investors to build wealth over the...

Stealing an idea across the state

...Reagan In which Georgia county would you be most likely to become a burglary victim?Congratulations if you guessed Sumter County in southwest Georgia: home of peanuts, Americus and Jimmy Carter. Its 32.38 burglaries per 1,000 residents passes...

South Carolina Supreme Court to rule on public autopsy reports

...that question Wednesday, when it hears a lawsuit by a Sumter County newspaper against the county's coroner.The Item...by police as they searched for a carjacking suspect.Sumter County Coroner Harvin Bullock refused, saying that he was...

SC man dies trying save others in fire

...to save her 95-year-old aunt when he ran into the burning home next door around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.The Sumter County Sheriff's Office says deputies found the home engulfed in flames. They found Wessie Johnson hanging from a rear...