Finding the right fit: 2 Central Carolina Technical College grads get flexibility, opportunity at Kaydon

Robert Burgess, left, and Kodie Bird look over the operation of a machine at Kaydon/SKF last week. Both took classes in the Central Carolina Technical College Engineering Design Technology program, many of the classes together, and now work together at the manufacturer in Live Oak Industrial Park.
Two people, a generation apart and coming from vastly different backgrounds, are now friends working on the same team at a local company and earning great incomes - mostly just because they both share the power of determination. Kodie Bird, 27, …
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Sumter Today: The Fire Department gives us safety tips for the holidays

With the holiday season in full swing, we met up with The Sumter Fire Department to get some tips to make sure the holidays stay merry, from preventing Christmas tree fires to cooking and other tips.

State news
Woman sent to prison after heroin found under child's seat GREENVILLE (AP) - Authorities say a 25-year-old woman from Texas has been sentenced to 32 years in prison after police found nearly $7 million in heroin in a hidden compartment under her child's seat after a South Carolina traffic stop. Solicitor …
Columbia school's historical re-enactment causes shooting scare COLUMBIA (AP) — Dozens of police offices rushed to a South Carolina elementary school Tuesday after 911 dispatchers heard gunshots and someone pulled an alarm reporting a shooting on campus. But it …
Carrie Pollitzer worked to improve education, advance women's rights FROM THE S.C. HISTORICAL SOCIETY Throughout her life, Carrie Teller Pollitzer worked to improve education and to advance the rights of women in South Carolina. The first daughter of Gustave Moritz Pullitzer and his wife, Clara, Carrie was born in …
Officials: Inmates ran $560K dating extortion scheme with cellphones COLUMBIA - Five inmates in the Carolinas extorted more than half a million dollars from military personnel throughout the country, using illegal cellphones to pose as underage women on dating sites, authorities said Wednesday. Standing in front …
Outgoing ambassador Nikki Haley says she brought 'Carolina values' to UN CHARLOTTE (AP) - America's outgoing ambassador to the United Nations and former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley says she brought "Carolina values" to the U.N. News outlets report the 46-year-old Haley spoke in Charlotte on Tuesday while …
Nation/world
Wintry storm ices roads across much of U.S. Southeast

CHARLOTTE (AP) — A lingering storm kept dumping immobilizing snow, sleet or freezing rain across five southern states, leaving dangerously icy roads and hundreds of thousands of people without …

Billionaires eyeing White House visit early primary states CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in Iowa on Tuesday that he would do everything he can to make climate change the defining issue of the 2020 Democratic presidential nominating campaign, despite resistance in …
Democratic 2020 campaign revving up quickly NEW YORK - Democrats are hitting fast forward. The first major presidential campaign announcements could come before year's end. The Democratic National Committee plans to announce a debate framework by then featuring 15 to 20 candidates. The …
Bone-strewn cemetery leads to caretaker's arrest A fuller picture of a cemetery in ghastly disarray emerged Thursday as the longtime caretaker of a graveyard in Connecticut's largest city was arrested and officials described in new detail shocking discoveries that included human bones and casket …
Trump names state spokeswoman Nauert for UN ambassador WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump announced Friday he's nominating State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. "Heather Nauert will be nominated," Trump said Friday before departing the …
Obituaries
JANIE HODGE MANNING - Janie Earline McGrady Hodge, 78, widow of Allen Furman Hodge, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at home. Born in Columbia, she was a daughter of the late Jerome H. McGrady and Elease Miller McGrady. Mrs. Hodge was a member of Manning …
MILDRED ELMORE BISHOPVILLE - Mrs. Mildred Eletha Truesdale Elmore, 94, passed away on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at Heritage Home of Florence. Born on Aug. 14, 1924 in Bishopville, she was the daughter of the late Luther and Eletha Brown Truesdale. For many years, …
CAROLYN WADE SHORTER Carolyn Wade Shorter, 73, wife of Billy N. Shorter, Sr., died Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at Palmetto Health Baptist. Born Dec. 14, 1944, in Marion, Kentucky, she was a daughter of the late Leroy Wade and the late Christine Farley Wade. She was a …
ARNOLD BERNARD SCOTT Arnold Bernard Scott, 65, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, at his residence in Sumter. Born Sept. 23, 1953, in San Bernadino, California, he was the son of the late John Henry and Daisy Mae Harrison Scott. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will …
DAVIS WHITE LYNCHBURG - Funeral service for Mr. Davis White will be 11 a.m. Monday in St. John United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Chandler Cemetery directed by Bacote-Eaddy Funeral Home. He died Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. He was born in Sumter County, a …
Celebrations
Ruth C. Franklin celebrates 101st birthday Ruth C. Franklin, widow of John "Mr. Sing" Franklin, celebrated her 101st birthday on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018. A pillar in the community of Woodrow for more than 80 years, Mrs. Franklin owned her own beauty shop for more than 40 years, which was …
The Assembly The Assembly will present three debutantes on Monday, Dec. 17, at Sunset Country Club. Katherine Gilland Duffy, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Edward William Duffy Jr., will be presented by her father and escorted by Ronald Hunter Hendrix and Stephen …
Felders celebrate 50 years Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Felder, of Pinewood, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 2, 2018, on Hilton Head Island. A celebration was held in their honor by their three children, Thomas Felder Jr., Reginald Felder and Melissa Felder, all …
Mathewses celebrate 55 years Mr. and Mrs. Ralston C. Mathews of Sumter celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. Their three children are Patrice Mathews, Ritchie Mathews and Ralston Mathews. The couple has four grandchildren. Mrs. Mathews is …
Faith
Church News: Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2571 Joseph Lemon-Dingle Road, Jordan community, Manning, announces: * Sunday - The Antioch Mass Choir's anniversary will be celebrated at 10 a.m. * Sunday, Dec. 16 - The youth ministry will celebrate their …
President Bush in Heaven President George H. W. Bush passed away last week. Tributes have been pouring in. When he was president, we may not have agreed with all his actions, but in hindsight, we see his wisdom, his decency and his character. President Bush was an …
Before the Big Bang, there was Christmas Confused? Stay with me. This will be soul yoga, a stretching of your mind. A kindergartener once asked me, "Who made God?" Her simple question betrays our limitations: On this earth, we only know created things. We assume everything that exists …
Pets for adoption
Stacy is affectionate, enjoys being cuddled

Stacy is a housebroken 6-month-old American short hair. She is great with other cats and children. Stacy is a friendly girl who likes to play with cat toys and be active. She is very affectionate and enjoys being held and cuddled. The …

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Weddings
McGill-Belser KINGSTREE - Frances Louise McGill of Kingstree and Roy Edwin Belser Jr. of Summerton were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Julius McGill …
Rackley-Fernandes MOUNT PLEASANT - Kristen Elizabeth Rackley and Rold o Bueno Fernandes Neto, both of Charleston, were united in marriage at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2018, at Alhambra Hall. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tim Rackley of Sumter and the …
Self-Dolan CHARLESTON - Anna McLaurin Self and Ryan Matthew Dolan, both of Charleston, were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at The Garden at Ashley Point. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Thomas Self Jr. and the …
Townes-Potter MOUNT PLEASANT - Julie Catherine Townes and John Tyler Potter were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2018, at Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Mark Townes of Sumter and the …
Ortmann-Hart Catherine Elizabeth Ortmann of Sumter and James Michael Hart of Columbia were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at LinRan Farm in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Chandler Ortmann of Sumter and the …
Engagements
Gentele-Crawford Edward Louie Jr. and Melanie Gentele announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashleigh Lynn Gentele, to Brandon Tyler Crawford, son of Mrs. Flori W. Anderson and the late Bruce Allan Crawford Sr., all of Sumter. The bride-elect is the …
Graham-White Mr. and Mrs. Tad Graham of Manning announce the engagement of their daughter, Haley Lynne Graham of Sumter, to Zachary Isaac White of Sumter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rocky White of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Billy …
Ortmann-Stuart Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Chandler Ortmann of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Anna Reid Ortmann of Columbia, to Cory Thomas Stuart of Columbia, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Alexander Stuart of San Diego, California. The bride-elect is …
Dollard-Truluck Mr. Joseph Clark Dollard and Mr. and Mrs. John William Baker Jr., all of Sumter, announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Danielle Dollard of Sumter, to Ryan Walker Truluck of Hopkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Walker Truluck of …
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24th year of Sumter's Jingle with the Arts begins Friday, Dec. 14

Jingle with the Arts, the Christmas extravaganza now in its 24th year, will fill Patriot Hall with dance, music and the spirit of the season with three performances on Friday and Saturday. The popular show again features performances by the Sumter …

Reflections

Blanding served the Sumter community

The ensuing issue of Reflections provides a brief sketch of the life of Col. James D. Blanding. According to a publication titled "Men of the Times," Blanding was one of Sumter's most respected law professionals, and he died more than a century ago; …

Yesteryear
Shaw Field celebrating July 4; 2 new horses on patrol 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 July 1 - July 7 - All hostesses, guests and service men are invited July 3 to an interesting quiz program, contest and group sing; Professor Martin of Lincoln High School and instructor at Morris College will conduct the …
Sumter soldiers filmed for movie; Simpson opens new store 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 June 24 - June 30 - Mrs. John D. Pace reported to The Item today she had received a letter from her husband, written from the battlefields of France. It was the first notification The Item has received of a communication …
Teen praised for victory garden; outstanding airmen named 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 June 17 - June 23 - Harold Carraway, 17, a 4-H Club member for six years, has succeeded in developing a victory garden which has won the praise of everyone who has seen it. Assistant County Agent Roland Alston said that …