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Trump becomes 45th president

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pledging emphatically to empower America's "forgotten men and women," Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking command of a riven nation facing an unpredictable era under his assertive but …

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Item photographer dies

Keith Gedamke, longtime award-winning photographer of The Sumter Item, died Saturday afternoon after a battle with lung cancer. Family and close friends were present when he died at Palmetto Health Tuomey Hospital. Hubert Osteen, …
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More charges in shooting

On Friday, Sumter County Sheriff's Office announced more charges against Thomas David Secor Jr., charged with murder for fatally shooting another man on Jan. 4. According to a news release from the sheriff's office, 35-year-old Secor, of 4040 …
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JUANITA MCLEOD

Juanita McLeod, affectionately known as "Geraldine," entered into eternal life on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at her residence in Sumter. Born July 1, 1944, in Sumter County, she was the daughter of the late Algie and Hattie Bell Speech McLeod and a …

CARRIE SCOTT

Carrie Mae Smith Scott, 94, widow of George Pinkney Scott Sr., died Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, at McLeod Regional Medical Center. Born July 23, 1922, in Bishopville, she was a daughter of the late Jessie David and the late Sallie Stokes Smith. She …
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Lexington letdown

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky's latest claim to Southeastern Conference supremacy involved overcoming an injury to its catalyst and uneven stretches that absence created. The fifth-ranked Wildcats steadily put the pieces together against No. 24 South …
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Obama's revealing, shocking final acts

WASHINGTON - Barack Obama did not go out quietly. His unquiet final acts were, in part, overshadowed by a successor who refused to come in quietly and, in part, by Obama's own endless, sentimental farewell tour. But there was nothing nostalgic or …
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Jax is affectionate, loves to play

Jax is a male 6-month-old shar-pei / lab mix. He is affectionate and friendly and lives for attention. Jax would make an excellent addition to any home with children as he loves to play and be active. The Sumter SPCA is located at 1140 S. …