The Item

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The Item, formerly known as The Sumter Daily Item and The Daily Item, is an independent, morning newspaper published in Sumter, South Carolina five days a week, Tuesday to Friday with a "Weekend Edition" delivered on Saturday mornings, by Osteen Publishing Company. It has a circulation of approximately 20,000.[1]

The Item
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TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Osteen Publishing Co.
PublisherVince Johnson
EditorVince Johnson (editor)
FoundedOct. 15, 1894
Headquarters36 W Liberty St., Sumter, SC, United States
Circulationapproximately 20,000[1]


The paper, then called The Sumter Daily Item, was first published on October 15, 1894, by Hubert Graham Osteen.[2] It previously had been operated as The Watchman and Southron (a merger of Sumter Watchman and True Southron).[3] It was South Carolina's first small-town newspaper.[4] Osteen served as the paper's editor and publisher until his retirement in 1946.[2]

In 2008, the paper changed its Monday edition to a tabloid format before abandoning the Monday edition altogether. However, the paper's website is updated each Monday, with news and obituaries.

The paper covers Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties, with a dedicated bureau located in Manning which publishes a weekly section, "The Clarendon Sun," each Tuesday. Lakeside, magazine covering the Sumter, Clarendon, Orangeburg, Berkeley and Calhoun County areas of Lake Marion is also published six times a year.




  • News Editor Rhonda Barrick
  • Features Editor Ivy Moore
  • Sports Editor Dennis Brunson
  • Senior Staff Writer Bruce Mills
  • Staff Writer Adrienne Sarvis
  • Staff Writer Jim Hilley
  • Sports Writer Justin Driggers
  • Archivist Sammy Way
  • Newsclerk/Librarian Sandra Holbert

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b [1]
  2. ^ a b "History of The Item and Osteen Publishing Co". Osteen Publishing Co. Retrieved March 24, 2010.
  3. ^ "Library of Congress". Retrieved August 4, 2011.
  4. ^,335343?

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