Summer shaping: Sumter County Gallery of Art holds youth pottery class

Children ages 8 and up have already been taking advantage of the Sumter County Gallery of Art's summer art camp, where scenes from its daily pottery class are shown here from Tuesday. The art camp includes a range of classes in the morning and …

Sumter Today: Sumter County Civic Center hosts double Dutch world championships

For today's show, we headed to the Sumter County Civic Center, which hosted the world championships in double dutch jump roping this weekend. Teams descended upon Sumter from all over the world to …

State news
New S.C. law opens birth records to adult adoptees COLUMBIA (AP) - Marie Anderson wishes the kind of law South Carolina just enacted had been in place when she decided to look for her biological parents in the early 1990s. "I went to foster parents when I was 5 days old," said Anderson, now 82 …
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 …
Nation/world
New GOP plan: Hold kids longer at border but with their parents

WASHINGTON - Republicans on Capitol Hill anxiously searched on Tuesday for a way to end the Trump administration's policy of separating families after illegal border crossings, with the focus shifting to a new plan to keep children in detention …

Halting S. Korea-U.S. drills risks weakening N. Korea deterrence SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - U.S. and South Korean defense officials formally suspended a major joint military exercise in hopes of advancing nuclear negotiations with North Korea. It's a bold gamble that could trigger a serious security crisis if the …
Lower costs, fewer benefits in new health insurance option WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration Tuesday rolled out a health insurance option for small businesses and self-employed people that could lead to lower premiums but may also cover fewer benefits than current plans. Labor Secretary Alex …
Allergies, glaciers and pikas: climate change in action WASHINGTON (AP) - You don't just feel the heat of global warming, you can see it in action all around. Some examples of where climate change's effects have been measured: - Glaciers across the globe are melting and retreating, with 279 billion …
Obituaries
ELLEN "IDA LEE" LEE BRUNSON Ellen "Ida Lee" Lee Brunson, 71, departed this journey of life from multiple medical conditions on the evening of Wednesday, June 13, 2018. She was born on March 25, 1947, in Lee County, the fourth of 12 children of the late Ella Louise Williams and …
SHIRLEY A. SIMMONS Shirley A. Simmons, 69, wife of Elder Robert Simmons, entered into eternal rest Saturday, June 16, 2018, at Palmetto Heart Hospital in Columbia. Born in Richland County on May 18, 1949, she was the daughter of the late Wesley and Rosa …
ROVENA B. WATSON On Wednesday, June 13, 2018, Rovena Brunson Watson, widow of the late Otis Watson, exchanged her rugged cross for her precious crown at Palmetto Health Tuomey. Born on May 26, 1925, in Manning, she was a daughter of the late Willis and Mary …
COLUR T. STERLING Colur Nadine Tindal Sterling, 99, died on Thursday, June 14, 2018, in Cambridge, Maryland. She was born in Sumter to the late Sarah and William Henry Tindal. She will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. This …
THERESA R. HUGHES FLORENCE - Theresa Rush Hughes, 86, widow of David Hughes, died Friday, June 15, 2018, at Carolinas Hospital Systems. She was born Nov. 28, 1931, a daughter of the late Hillard Rush and Elvira Rush. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. …
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
Sumter's Holy Comforter priest: 'God is not wringing His hands about this' The priest of a local parish said he's not extremely worried if his congregation loses its right to property it has held for more than a century after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied a state church district's petition for a hearing on …
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. …
US Supreme Court won't hear South Carolina Episcopal church case CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The nation's highest court has refused to hear a case from South Carolina churches upset with The Episcopal Church over a decision concerning ownership of …
Pets for adoption
Honey is a smart girl, who is as sweet as her name

Honey is as sweet as her name. This medium-sized 1- to 2-year-old mixed breed girl is gentle, friendly with other dogs and people, and well behaved on a leash. She is an easy-going young lady who could fit into any home. Her green eyes sparkle …

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Weddings
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. …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Panorama

How far away was that lightning?

You probably do it. It might be ingrained from when you were a kid, and now it's almost automatic. You see the flash of lightning - and you immediately start counting the seconds till it thunders. But does counting really get you a good estimate …

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. …