Founded in Dalzell, Manchester Quail Farms is still expanding 50 years later

PHOTOS BY MICAH GREEN / THE SUMTER ITEMManchester Farms, America's oldest quail farm, started in Dalzell.
Nearing its 50th year of operation, Manchester Farms, America's oldest quail farm, continues to provide the same quality of product as it did decades ago. Since the 1970s, the farm has expanded …
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Sumter Today: We reveal the Top 20 Under 40 winners

Last night, we held a winners reveal cocktail and networking event to honor the winners of the 2018-19 Top 20 Under 40. The Sumter Item partnered with the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce and Young …

State news
South Carolina to start planning for more interstate lanes COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina is about to begin planning for more interstate highway lanes in the eastern part of the state. The Post and Courier of Charleston reported the state transportation …
Cajun Navy replaces S.C. troop's stolen gear GILBERT (AP) - A South Carolina Boy Scout troop discovered its trailer holding thousands of dollars' worth of camping gear was stolen, and the Louisiana Cajun Navy stepped in to help. WLTX-TV reported an assistant scoutmaster with Gilbert Troop …
2 people died in wreck on South Carolina interstate highway ORANGEBURG (AP) — Two people have died when their truck hit a tree off Interstate 26 in South Carolina. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Matt Southern said the wreck happened shortly after 6:30 p.m. …
Estimated 129 guns found in home of police ambush suspect Authorities found approximately 130 guns inside the South Carolina home of a man who set up his house in an upscale neighborhood to ambush police officers coming to question his son about a possible …
S.C. prisons assessing anti-cellphone tech COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina prison officials are assessing a system intended to block cellphones smuggled inside by inmates. Corrections Department Director Bryan Stirling said officials will be at Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville …
Nation/world
Florida Panhandle medical care on life support after Michael

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Already sick with strep throat and asthma, Aleeah Racette got sicker when she cleaned out a soggy, moldy home after Hurricane Michael, so she sought help at the hospital …

Missing Florida woman's body recovered amid rubble
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A family can begin to grieve after officials confirmed Friday the death of a 79-year-old Florida woman who had been missing since Hurricane Michael left her Mexico Beach …
U.S. and South Korea again call off a major military exercise
SINGAPORE (AP) — The United States and South Korea are scrapping another major military exercise this year, a Pentagon official said Friday, citing a push for diplomatic progress with North …
Fear, frustration take over in Florida after Hurricane Michael MEXICO BEACH, Fla. - Missing relatives and worries that looters are just outside the door. Dirty clothes. Hours-long lines for gasoline, insurance adjusters, food and water. No power, no air conditioning, no schools, no information and little real …
Warm winter predicted for much of the U.S.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Winter looks wet and especially mild for much of the country, thanks to a weak El Nino brewing, U.S. meteorologists said. The National Weather Service on Thursday predicted a warmer-than-normal winter for the northern and …
Obituaries
THELMA INEZ BURKE BLACK ALCOLU - Thelma Inez Burke Black, 91, widow of Jack Holt Black, died on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, at Palmetto Health Tuomey. Born on Sept. 24, 1927, in Alcolu, she was a daughter of the late …
MARQUIS RICHBURG SUMMERTON - Marquis Richburg, 21, died on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, at McLeod Health Clarendon, Manning. He was a son of the Rev. Bernard Richburg and Martha Frank Richburg. Funeral services for …
ISIAH LEE MILLER MANNING - Isiah Lee Miller, 55, died on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, at McLeod Health Clarendon, Manning. He was born on Aug. 14, 1963, a son of Paulline Miller. Funeral services for Mr. Miller will …
DIANA MARSH Diana Marsh, 56, died on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, at Palmetto Health Tuomey. Born on Dec. 19, 1961, in Sumter County, she was a daughter of Etha Bell. The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home of her aunt, Rosa Prince, 10 …
THELMA INEZ B. BLACK Thelma Inez Burke Black, 91, formerly of Alcolu, widow of Jack Holt Black, died on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, at Palmetto Health Tuomey. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Stephens Funeral Home of Manning, 304 N. …
Celebrations
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 …
Moseses celebrate 50 years Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Moses of Sumter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 27, 2018, with their children and grandchildren. A dinner was given in their honor by their three children and their spouses: Frank Jr. and Tracy Moses, …
Faith
On the front porch, shelling peas, learning life They were sitting on the front screened-in porch, shelling peas. You could buy peas in a can, but the old woman said they were nasty. Besides, why buy something you could grow yourself? They had picked the peas early that morning while the cool …
Church News: Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 ALIVE Praise & Worship Center, 342 W. Liberty St., announces: * Saturday - Open mic night for ages 18 and up at 6:30 p.m. Poetry, singing, music and spoken word. Free admission Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2571 Joseph Lemon-Dingle Road, …
God wants his will done in our hearts and on the world stage As far back as history records, there were battles when the weaker force defeated the stronger force. Why? On Oct. 10, 732, Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi led his Umayyad army of 20,000 troops into battle against Charles Martel, King of the Franks. …
Pets for adoption
Misty is affectionate, adores attention

Misty is a housebroken 1-year-old American short hair. She is great with children and other cats. Misty is an active, friendly, affectionate and sometimes lazy girl. She adores attention and would make a perfect lap buddy. The Sumter SPCA …

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Weddings
Crabbe-Furse CHARLESTON - Lisa Joy Crabbe of Charleston and John Louden Furse of Aiken were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at Second Presbyterian Church. The bride is the daughter of Dr. Mark MacGregor and Dr. Linda Swain Crabbe of …
Trammell-Reach CHARLESTON - Lauren Elizabeth Trammell of Mount Pleasant and William Daniel "Dan" Reach of Greenville were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018, at St. Luke's Chapel on the grounds of MUSC. Pastor Geoff Reppard of Seacoast Church …
Engagements
Charles-Gallishaw Leonne Charles and James E. Gallishaw, both of Sumter, announce their engagement. The bride-elect is the daughter of Ms. Dorothy Charles of Sumter and Mr. Johannes Charles Sr. of Mount Vernon, New York, and the granddaughter of the late Albertha …
Ortmann-Hart Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Chandler Ortmann of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Catherine Elizabeth Ortmann, to James Michael Hart of Columbia, son of Dr. and Mrs. Michael Wayne Hart of Tyrone, Georgia. The bride-elect is the …
King-Neisler Mr. and Mrs. Calvin King of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Brooke Denise King of Sumter, to Cameron Neisler of Norwalk, Connecticut, son of Anton Neisler of Cary, North Carolina, and Debra Neisler of Charlotte, North …
Rackley-Fernandes Mr. and Mrs. Tim Rackley of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristen Rackley of Charleston, to Roldão Bueno Fernandes Neto of Charleston, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leocarlos Fernandes of …
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Why is it fun to be frightened?

John Carpenter's iconic horror film "Halloween" celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Few horror movies have achieved similar notoriety, and it's credited with kicking off the steady stream of …

Reflections

Building bridges to the future

Reflections returns with the second installment of a two-part series about Sumter's various bridges. Many of these structures were built several years ago while others are recent additions. Photos used in preparing this article were taken from The …

Yesteryear
Bomb falls in Sumter yard; hog farmers attend classes 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 May 6 - May 12 - Thousands of Americans serving overseas are benefiting now from YMCA movements that have been developed over the years through the help of the world service program of the North American YMCAs, Carl W. …
Teen coffeehouse in the works; fumble-itis hits Gamecocks 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 April 29 - May 5 - Lt. Ashby Dick was injured in action on the Italian front on April 7, relatives here have been notified. Lt. Dick sustained a fractured hip and other injuries and is in an Army hospital. The Sumter …
Gibson returns to tennis; voters OK 2 new high schools 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Sept. 24 - Sept. 30 - Miss Pat Kelly, civil service recruiting representative for this section of South Carolina, will return to Sumter for two days - Monday and Tuesday - to take applications for positions in Washington, …