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Alik Samuel dunking the basketball at Crosswell Park's new basketball courts in Sumter, S.C. on July 27, 2022. Cal Cary / The Sumter Item


A three-car collision at the intersection of Rast St. and Bultman Dr. left a truck flipped on its side and two people were evacuated on stretchers on July 25, 2022. Sumter Police and Fire Department arrived on the scene after the call was made at 4:32 p.m. Cal Cary / The Sumter Item


Chestnut Oaks Middle School teacher, Thomas Slater, is one of the five finalists for South Carolina's State Teacher of the Year.
The 2022 South Carolina State Teacher of the Year banquet is held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on May 4, 2022. Cal Cary / The Sumter Item


Sumter Fire Department Division Chief, Joey Dollard, inspects the aftermath of the old VB Williams Furniture Co. fire Monday night.
The old VB Williams Furniture Co. burnt down after a large fire engulfed the building on Monday night. The Sumter County Fire department responded to the scene on Silver Street in South Sumter. Cal Cary / The Sumter Item


A Crestwood High School student cannot wait to depart from the 2022 Commencement Ceremony at the Sumter Civic Center on June 3, 2022. Cal Cary / The Sumter Item


The 25th Annual Black Cowboy Festival took place at Greenfield Farm in Rembert, SC from May 27-28, 2022.
Rodeo events took place in the main arena and surrounding entertainment included vendors, food trucks, a mechanical bull and live music. Thousands of visitors came to enjoy the show and to learn more abut Black Cowboy history. Cal Cary / The Sumter Item


Lee Brice, Country Music Artist and Sumter native, kicked off the 2022 Inspire! Festival by holding a concert with his brother Lewis Brice at Patriot Park on March 31, 2022. Over 5,000 people attended the show and Lee Brice was awarded the key to the city by Sumter Mayor David Merchant. Cal Cary / The Sumter Item


Rich Crissinger in the blacksmith's shop at Sumter Museum's Backcountry.
Sumter's seasonal Backcountry event showcases a slice of life when it came to living in South Carolina during the 1750's to 1850's on Dec. 11, 2021. All volunteers are dressed in authentic clothing and complete everyday tasks using 18th century tools. The cabins resemble that which would have been built by homesteaders at the time.


February 28, 2016. Bradley Loce, 59, talks about his favorite movie Frankenstein, 1957, directed by Terence Fisher. Bradley has always wanted to be an entertainer and will act out scenes from the movie on the street in Rochester, N.Y.
Bradley is homeless and regularly wonders around the street corner next to the Bug Jar bar.


Maria Valles Vda de Bonilla, 106-years-old, is sworn in as a US citizen in a ceremony at the USCIS office in Fairfax, VA, Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Cal Cary / The Washington Post

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