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. 8th-grader got perfect score on every state test CHARLESTON (AP) - Charleston eighth-grader Noah Boudolf knows that he's more than just a test score - but still, his test scores are off the charts. Noah received a standing ovation from parents and classmates during a recent award ceremony at …
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 …
Nation/world
Luxury hotel built in former China pit mine

SHANGHAI (AP) - A luxury hotel opening outside Shanghai is offering guests with deep pockets the chance of a very deep sleep. The 18-story Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland Hotel has been built into the side of a huge hole in the ground left …

With new Egypt capital being built, what becomes of Cairo? CAIRO - Billboards across Cairo advertise luxury homes with "breathtaking" views in compounds with names like "La Verde" or "Vinci" in Egypt's new capital that is under construction in the desert, miles from the Nile-side city which has been the …
Farm animals may get new features through gene editing OAKFIELD, N.Y. - Cows that can withstand hotter temperatures. Cows born without pesky horns. Pigs that never reach puberty. A company wants to alter farm animals by adding and subtracting genetic traits in a lab. It sounds like science fiction, …
Child kickboxing debated in Thailand after teen dies
BANGKOK (AP) - The death of a 13-year-old boy who was knocked out during a kickboxing match in Thailand has sparked debate over whether to ban matches involving children. The death of Anucha Tasako came after a Muay Thai - Thai boxing - match …
Experiment: Meditation helps vets with PTSD Meditation worked as well as traditional therapy for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder in a small experiment sponsored by the Department of Defense. One method preferred by the Department of Veterans Affairs is exposure …
Obituaries
MAY MCMILLAN Pastor May McMillan, of Sumter, was born on Aug. 24, 1933, in Florence County, the eldest daughter born to proud parents, the Rev. William Alexander and Eloise Owens Eaddy Burns. Over time, May - equipped with a strong entrepreneurial spirit - …
ALAN S. HOVERMALE JR. MANNING - Alan Stuart "Al" Hovermale Jr., 40, died on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, at the Medical University of South Carolina. Born on April 27, 1978, in Sumter, he was a son of Almeita Mitchum Hovermale and the late Alan Stuart Hovermale. He was a …
WINDOLN G. HASTIE Funeral services for Ms. Windoln G. "Windell" Hastie will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. from the Trinity Baptist Church, 155 Wall Street, Sumter, with the Rev. Larry C. Weston, pastor/ officiating. Interment will follow in Bradford Cemetery. A …
BETTY N. BEATY HACKETT Betty Nell Beaty Hackett, 92, widow of retired Air Force Col. Chester B. Hackett Jr., died on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia. Funeral services will be announced by Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, …
JAMES WITHERSPOON James Witherspoon, 93, husband of Lillie Mark Witherspoon, departed this life on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, at McLeod Hospice House in Florence. He was born on Aug. 3, 1925, in Mayesville, a son of the late Windson and Lela B. Witherspoon. The …
Celebrations
Felders celebrate 50 years Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Felder, of Pinewood, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 2, 2018, on Hilton Head Island. A celebration was held in their honor by their three children, Thomas Felder Jr., Reginald Felder and Melissa Felder, all …
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
Rackley-Fernandes MOUNT PLEASANT - Kristen Elizabeth Rackley and Rold o Bueno Fernandes Neto, both of Charleston, were united in marriage at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2018, at Alhambra Hall. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tim Rackley of Sumter and the …
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
Ortmann-Stuart Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Chandler Ortmann of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Anna Reid Ortmann of Columbia, to Cory Thomas Stuart of Columbia, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Alexander Stuart of San Diego, California. The bride-elect is …
Graham-White Mr. and Mrs. Tad Graham of Manning announce the engagement of their daughter, Haley Lynne Graham of Sumter, to Zachary Isaac White of Sumter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rocky White of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Billy …
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 …
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Club Digest: Nov. 18, 2018

SUMTER ART ASSOCIATION The Sumter Art Association met Oct. 16 in the parish hall of the Church of the Holy Comforter. President Patti Sosnowski welcomed members, and Rosemary Drakeford offered a devotional based on using verses from Psalm 122 as …

Reflections

Reflections: Celebrating 150 years of worship at Sumter's First Baptist Missionary Church

Reflections celebrates 150 years of worship with First Baptist Missionary Church on the corner of Washington and Dingle streets. According to Cassie Nicholes in Historical Sketches of Sumter County, this house of worship is often referred to as "a …

Yesteryear
Ration Board scrutinizes lemon prices; burning jet was test 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 June 10 - June 16 - R. L. McLeod Jr. and Richard Reese of this city have been selected as counselors for Camp Coker this season, Paul Runge, Boy Scout field executive, has announced. Camp Coker, the Pee Dee Area Council's …
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 …