Helping one father at a time in Sumter

Like most things in life, it may take more than one try to get the best results. The staff and fathers involved with the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition know that. The Fatherhood Coalition is specifically structured to assist fathers improve all …

Sumter Today: American Legion Post 15 marks Flag Day with old flag disposal ceremony

For today's show, in celebration of Flag Day we headed over to Sumter Legion Post 15 to mark the day. Old flags that are unfit to fly are disposed of honorably, which usually means burning …

State news
Officials: Prison cellphone jamming test a success COLUMBIA - Federal officials say they conducted a successful test earlier this year of a jamming technology some hope will help combat the threat posed by inmates with smuggled cellphones. A report obtained Friday by The Associated Press details …
Warren gets backing from Templeton, Bryant in governor's race COLUMBIA - Greenville businessman John Warren got a major boost Thursday in his Republican runoff campaign against Gov. Henry McMaster by forming a united front with his former rivals. In the first of several stops Thursday to capitalize on their …
Editorial roundup: June 15, 2018 Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Post and Courier June 13 Love, goodwill don't require a court order What is a church? Is it a group of like-minded people? A set of common beliefs? A tradition? A building? For so …
McMaster, Warren to have runoff debate COLUMBIA - South Carolina's gubernatorial field is nearly set, with one debate remaining before voters decide if Gov. Henry McMaster or Greenville businessman John Warren will be the Republican nominee in November. The Post and Courier of …
In S.C., ardent Trump backer defeats Rep. Sanford COLUMBIA - President Donald Trump is crediting his Election Day tweet in part for the defeat of a South Carolina Republican congressman who has been critical of his administration. Trump tweeted Wednesday that his advisers didn't want him to get …
Nation/world
Bernie Sanders declining to help son in race fits pattern

MONTPELIER, Vt. - An endorsement by Bernie Sanders is one of the most coveted gifts in Democratic politics. But the Vermont senator and liberal darling is notoriously reluctant to back many politicians, including, it turns out, his own …

New Yellowstone boss named following predecessor's ouster By MATTHEW BROWN The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. - A new superintendent was named Wednesday to Yellowstone National Park, one of the crown jewels of the U.S. park system, after his predecessor said he was being forced out by the Trump …
Many animals becoming more active at night to avoid people By EMILIANO RODRIGUEZ MEGA The Associated Press NEW YORK - Lions and tigers and bears are increasingly becoming night owls because of us, a new study says. Scientists have long known that human activity disrupts nature. Besides becoming …
GOP lawmakers decry family separations as WH defends policy WASHINGTON - Congressional Republicans distanced themselves Thursday from the Trump administration's aggressive policy of separating children from their parents at the southern border even as the White House cited the Bible in defending its "zero …
Obituaries
JERRY W. JONES ELM CITY, N.C. -- Jerry W. Jones, 70, of Elm City, North Carolina, husband of Jenny M. Jones, entered eternal peace on Friday, June 15, 2018, at the Kitty Askins Hospice Center in Goldsboro, North Carolina. A memorial funeral service will be …
LONNIE SABB MANNING -- On Saturday, June 16, 2018, Lonnie Sabb, husband of Daisy Marie Burgess Sabb, departed this life at McLeod Health Clarendon. Born on May 12, 1951, in Davis Station, he was a son of the late Tommie and Maggie Benbow Sabb. The family …
TYSHE L. MCKNIGHT Tyshe Lynica McKnight, 20, was born Nov. 14, 1997, in Sumter. She entered eternal rest on Thursday, June 14, 2018. She received her education in the public schools of Sumter County. She graduated from Sumter High School with honors in 2016. Tyshe …
MARY DAVIS MANNING -- Mary Davis, 66, died Saturday, June 16, 2018, at MUSC in Charleston. She was born Oct. 29, 1951, in Clarendon County, South Carolina, a daughter of the late Thomas Johnson and Evelyn Johnson. The family is receiving friends at her …
SARAHKAY E. HEIKELL COLUMBIA, MD -- Sarahkay Elizabeth Heikell, 33, wife of Mark Allen Heikell Jr., died on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at Howard County General Hospital. Plans will be announced by Bullock Funeral Home.
Celebrations
Wilkies celebrate 63 years Mr. and Mrs. Joe T. Wilkie Sr. of Sumter celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on June 2, 2018. Their three children and their spouses are Joe T. Jr. and Diana Wilkie of Barno, Paul and Amy Wilkie of Sumter and the late Mathew Wilkie. The …
Nesbitts celebrate 50 years Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Nesbitt Sr. of Sumter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 15, 2018, with a casual dinner at their home. Their two children and their spouses are Christopher and Susan Nesbitt and Joyce and the late Charles …
Hudsons celebrate 60 years Mr. and Mrs. Roy B. Hudson Sr. of Sumter celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 31, 2018, with their three children and their spouses: Pat and Tony Buddin of Sumter, Roy B. Jr. and Michele Hudson of Blairwood, and Candace Hudson of …
Culbreaths celebrate 60 years of marriage Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Culbreath of Sumter celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 26, 2018. A casual dinner celebration was held in their honor by their two children and their spouses: Sabrina and John Budden and Gino and Gwendolyn …
Benbow family Five generations of the Benbow family are shown clockwise from left, standing: Joan Franklin, great-grandmother; Caroline Morton, grandmother; Cherrell Morton, mother; Arianna Riley, child; and seated, Rever Benbow, great-great-grandmother.
Faith
Church News: Friday, June 15, 2018 Agape Outreach Ministries, 100 E. Red Bay Road, announces: * Saturday, June 23 - Prayer brunch at 11 a.m. Marian Anderson will speak. Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Saturday - Father's Day cookout, sponsored by the …
2 Sumter churches among 28 in S.C. that may have to vacate property after Supreme Court denies request After the U.S. Supreme Court denied a state church district's petition for a hearing Monday, it is unknown what the future may hold for two local congregations' properties. The Rev. Marcus Kaiser, rector of Church of the Holy Comforter, 213 N. …
Church News: Friday, June 8, 2018 Agape Outreach Ministries, 100 E. Red Bay Road, announces: * Saturday, June 23 - Prayer brunch at 11 a.m. Marian Anderson will speak. Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Saturday, June 16 - Father's Day cookout from 10 …
No regrets; it was totally worth the price It's the standard joke among fathers of the bride: For your daughter's wedding you have two roles - first, when asked "Who gives this woman to be married to this man?," you respond, "Her mother and I." Second, open your wallet and surrender all your …
Pets for adoption
Durango would be a great new buddy

Durango, a 7-month-old shepherd / doberman mix, is friendly, active, sweet and affectionate. He loves attention and enjoys giving and receiving hugs and kisses. Durango would make a great new buddy. The Sumter SPCA is located at 1140 S. …

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Weddings
Munn-White Taylor Marie Munn and Thomas McConnell White, both of Sumter, were united in marriage at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Rhett Munn Jr. of Sumter and …
Griffin-Beard MONCKS CORNER - Lindsay Kate Griffin and William Rhett Beard were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Old Santee Canal Park. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Donald Griffin of Sumter and the granddaughter of …
Reynolds-Robertson AUGUSTA, Georgia - Blythe Elizabeth Reynolds of Augusta, Georgia, and Zachary Tyler Robertson of Sumter were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 5, 2018, at Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and …
Hughes-Brunson ALCOLU - Kelsey Hughes and Joey Brunson, both of Manning, were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Clarendon Baptist Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Mark Hughes of Manning and the granddaughter of Mr. …
Smith-Lander GLENVILLE, North Carolina - Hannah Elizabeth Smith and William Foster Lander, both of Raleigh, North Carolina, were united in marriage at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2, 2018, at Sawyer Family Farmstead. The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. …
Engagements
Townes-Potter Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Mark Townes of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Julie Catherine Townes of Charleston, to John Tyler Potter of Charleston, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Dwight Potter of Charleston.The bride-elect is the …
Schwechlen-Anderson Dr. and Mrs. Jay Anderson of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, formerly of Sumter, announce the engagement of their son, Gabriel James Anderson of Basel, Switzerland, to Caroline Schwechlen of Saint Louis, Alsace, France, daughter of Fernand Schwechlen …
Thompson-Daylami Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Allan Thompson of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Lee Thompson of Columbia, to Taylor Francis Daylami of Columbia, son of Mr. and Mrs. Benny Daylami of Summerville. The bride-elect is the …
Williams-Morris Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Williams of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Courtney Elizabeth Williams of Charlotte, North Carolina, to Nathan William Morris of Charlotte, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Morris of Charlotte. The …
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How does your garden grow? With drones, phones to make things easier, more efficient

New technology is easing the way we garden, store equipment, monitor watering and re-shape landscapes. And some of those tasks can be done remotely, using phones or tablets. The innovations extend well beyond downloading a few apps. New to the …

Reflections

Looking back down Sumter's North Main Street

Reflections returns to the origin of the town of Sumter and remembers one of its first streets, North Main. According to information obtained from an article which appeared in an issue of The Item, when "the town of Sumter was laid out in the early …

Yesteryear
Mortuary ambulance service discontinued; 117-year-old dies in Clarendon hospital 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Jan. 8 - Jan. 14 - Sumter High School's basketball team opened the 1944 season but was pushed to win from the 454th Squadron five from Shaw Field. The final score was 20 to 16. Trailing 11-14 at intermission, the Gamecocks …
Bootery store manager named; Covenant Place ground broken 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Jan. 1 - Jan. 7 - Bagging a Focke-Wulf 190 on a recent raid over enemy territory, First Lt. John H. Truluck, Thunderbolt pilot from Lynchburg, increased his number of enemy aircraft destroyed to four. Lt. Truluck had …
Lowery receives Purple Heart; Shaw will lose 36 jets 75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Dec. 25 - Dec. 31 - Mrs. J. D. Harrelson received word from the War Department that her husband, Lt. "Jimmy" Harrelson, is missing in action in the Italian theater of war. He is a pilot and has been overseas for some time. …