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Cold case heats up

Editor's note: This is the first in a series of four articles looking at the killing of Darrell Epps and the murder trial of London Kelley. The Sumter Item will make the previously published articles available on www.theitem.com. The newest articles …
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Bond set for defendants in child abuse case

Bond has been set for the two defendants in a child abuse case from late June. Dionna Boatwright, 18, and Chris Womack, 20, both of Sumter, were arrested June 30 in connection with the case. Boatwright, who is charged with unlawful neglect of …

Dalzell parents charged with child abuse

Two Dalzell-area parents have been arrested after allegedly making their child live in a tent about a quarter mile from their home because their daughter ate a Pop-Tart. Crystal Lynn Driggers, 36, …
Obituaries More

CAROLYN M. WEST

CAMDEN-A funeral service to celebrate the life of Carolyn Maddox West, 79, of Camden, will be held at 4 p.m. today at First Baptist Church. The Rev. Bruce Hancock will officiate. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will …

LOUISE CONYERS

Funeral services for Louise "Tillie" Conyers, 96, wife of the late Charlie Conyers Sr., will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bethel AME Church in Wedgefield with the Rev. Larry Clark officiating. Interment will follow in Bethel Church Cemetery. The …
Sports More

Confidence-boosting comeback

The Sumter P-15's will ride a wave of momentum into the American Legion baseball state playoffs this week after a stirring comeback victory over defending state champion Florence Post 1 on Friday at Riley Park. Sumter plated seven runs in the …
Opinion More

America's greatest Fourth of July

Independence Day in 1826 was awaited by the American people with a greater level of enthusiasm than those that had passed in prior years. This particular Fourth of July would mark 50 years since 56 men followed John Hancock's lead and placed their …