Ring ready: Robinson Jr. holds boxing training at his Team Robinson MMA fitness facility

Jerome Robinson Jr. trains DJ Neasman at his martial arts and fitness gym, Team Robinson MMA, on West Liberty Street this week. Robinson is one of The Sumter Item’s 2018-19 Top 20 Young Professionals Under 40 winners
PHOTOS BY MICAH GREEN / THE SUMTER ITEM Above, Jerome Robinson Jr. trains DJ Neasman at his martial arts and fitness gym, Team Robinson MMA, on West Liberty Street this week. Robinson is one of The Sumter Item's 2018-19 Top 20 Young Professionals …
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Sumter Today: Community members become a principal for a day

Every year, each public school in Sumter opens its doors to a different community member as they become its principal for the day. The principals for a day tour classrooms, talk with students and …

State news
S.C. teachers complain of testing, low pay COLUMBIA (AP) - Educators in South Carolina have told state lawmakers that constant student testing is one of the biggest roadblocks they face. A Senate panel met Wednesday to get ideas on how to deal with a teacher shortage in South …
Officer arrested on DUI suspicion on way to work JAMES ISLAND (AP) - Police in South Carolina say an officer was arrested on suspicion of DUI while he was on his way to work. Folly Beach Police Chief Andrew Gilreath tells news outlets Sgt. Shane Smith was involved in a crash Wednesday night in …
S.C. panel recommends governor control of disabilities agency COLUMBIA (AP) - A legislative panel recommends that the governor be put in charge of the agency that helps South Carolinians with disabilities. The House Legislative Oversight Committee has endorsed a proposal to place the Department of …
1st female enlisted soldier, now Army Ranger, shares story EASLEY - Amanda Kelley didn't set out to become the first female enlisted soldier to pass the incredibly rigorous Army Ranger course. For Staff Sgt. Kelley, a native of Easley, that was just another step along the path toward her bigger goal - to …
Greenwood teen wins $70K in video gaming tournament GREENWOOD - Dylan Wright always knew he would end up making money playing video games though his parents might have had their doubts. Over the course of a recent weekend, the 16-year-old Greenwood High School student and a teammate won a total of …
Nation/world
Rolling in toilet paper: Sheriff buys 24K extra rolls

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Officials in an Alabama county have a financial mess to wipe up after the sheriff's department mistakenly ordered 24,000 extra rolls of toilet paper. WAFF-TV reported the Marshall County Sheriff's Office mistakenly spent …

Walmart flexes its muscle against Amazon
NEW YORK (AP) - Walmart, armed with grocery and other online services, is proving it can do battle with Amazon. The world's largest retailer delivered strong third-quarter results Thursday, extending a streak of sales growth into its 11th …
More kids get paralyzing illness; cause is unknown NEW YORK - More children have been diagnosed with a mysterious paralyzing illness in recent weeks, and U.S. health officials said Tuesday that they still aren't sure what's causing it. This year's count could surpass the tallies seen in similar …
Big studies give mixed news on fish oil, vitamin D CHICAGO - Taking fish oil or vitamin D? Big studies give long-awaited answers on who does and does not benefit from these popular nutrients. Fish oil taken by healthy people, at a dose found in many supplements, showed no clear ability to …
New exercise guidelines: Move more, sit less, start young CHICAGO - Move more, sit less and get kids active as young as age 3, say new federal guidelines that stress that any amount and any type of exercise helps health. The advice is the first update since the government's physical activity guidelines …
Obituaries
ALAN STUART HOVERMALE JR. MANNING — Alan Stuart "Al" Hovermale Jr., 40, died on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, at the Medical University of South Carolina. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Stephens Funeral …
STANLEY EARL PETERSON MANNING - Stanley Earl Peterson, 59, husband of Theresa Green Peterson, died on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. He was born on Jan. 25, 1959, in Manning, a son of Bernice Dingle Peterson and the late Charlie Peterson. Funeral services for Mr. Peterson …
CHARLOTTE GREEN WALTERS Charlotte Green Walters, 71, died on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. She was born on April 12, 1947, in Manning, a daughter of the late Lemon and Vinnie Nelson Green. Funeral services for Mrs. Walters will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Green Hill …
LOTTIE MAE LEE BRADLEY Lottie Mae Lee Bradley, widow of Robert "Bob" Bradley, entered eternal rest on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, at her residence, 415 Gum St., Bishopville. The family is receiving friends and relatives at the residence. Visitation will be held from 2 to …
MARVIN GOODMAN LYNCHBURG - Marvin Goodman, 55, widower of Jacquetta Rose Goodman, died on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. He was a son of Ineta Goodman and the late Jerry Epps. Funeral services for Mr. Goodman will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Union Hill Freewill …
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 …
Faith
WSSC breaks ground for new facility Sumter Baptist Temple, 2295 Harper St., held a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 28 for the construction of a new studio facility for WSSC 1340AM. WSSC is a non-commercial station that provides all …
Church News: Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 Berea SDA Church, 675 S. Lafayette Drive, announces: * Saturday, Nov. 24 - Homecoming 2018 "Grace will lead us home" at 11 a.m. Nationally-known speaker Dr. Larry Johnson of Raleigh, North Carolina, will speak. Bethel AME Church, 1605 S.C. …
Before the holidays, pause The holiday race is about to begin. Thanksgiving will be the warmup. We must lay in food, like people preparing for a famine. We will haul out cookbooks to prepare what we only cook once or twice a year. There will be kitchen disasters: cakes will …
Pets for adoption
Molly is playful and adores everyone she meets

Molly is a spayed and housebroken 7-month-old Labrador / hound mix. She is wonderful with other dogs, children and even cats. Molly would make an exceptional family companion and adores everyone she meets. She loves to play and is very …

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Weddings
Ortmann-Hart Catherine Elizabeth Ortmann of Sumter and James Michael Hart of Columbia were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at LinRan Farm in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Chandler Ortmann of Sumter and the …
Townes-Potter MOUNT PLEASANT - Julie Catherine Townes and John Tyler Potter were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2018, at Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Mark Townes of Sumter and the …
Self-Dolan CHARLESTON - Anna McLaurin Self and Ryan Matthew Dolan, both of Charleston, were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at The Garden at Ashley Point. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Thomas Self Jr. and the …
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 …
Engagements
Dollard-Truluck Mr. Joseph Clark Dollard and Mr. and Mrs. John William Baker Jr., all of Sumter, announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Danielle Dollard of Sumter, to Ryan Walker Truluck of Hopkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Walker Truluck of …
Windham-Walker Mr. and Mrs. Michael Emory Windham of Manning announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Michael Windham of Manning, to Thomas Kirk Walker of Sumter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Marshall Walker of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter …
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 …
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Sumter Thanksgiving tradition continues

For more than 35 years, Geraldine Singleton has been spearheading what has become a Thanksgiving tradition in Sumter. She started providing a free Thanksgiving dinner with several friends to "anyone who might not get one." This year, that dinner …

Reflections

Celebrate Veterans Day at military display

Reflections pays tribute to the Sumter veterans who have served our country. Many of their images are housed at the Veterans Display, a facility in the Clyburn Intermodal Transportation Center at 129 S. Harvin St., Suite No. 2. The residents of …

Yesteryear
Chief reminds residents of fire danger; desegregation plans approved 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 June 3 - June 9 - Tuomey Hospital has been designated by the office of Civilian Penicillin Distribution War Production Board as a depot for penicillin for this area, John W. Rankin, superintendent, was notified. The …
Women in the Air Force coming to Shaw; Sumter Business Expo should be biggest yet 75 YEARS AGO -1944 May 27 - June 2 - Two Shaw Field fliers were injured when their training plane crashed on the state farm at Hagood at about 5 o'clock. Although seriously injured, station hospital officials said that the two were coming …
DJs 'in jail' to raise money; industrial batteries dumped into Sumter pond 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 May 20 - May 26 - Lt. H. George Huettig, whose wife, the former Miss Bea Sharpton, resides in Sumter, has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism of an extraordinary nature while on aerial flight. The award …