Willow Drive Elementary kindergartners visit Sumter Fire Department to learn about safety

Willow Drive Elementary kindergarten class visited the Sumter Fire Department at Alice Drive on Thursday morning for Fire Prevention Week, which the department stretches into a month in order to include the maximum amount of classes.
Willow Drive Elementary kindergarten class visited the Sumter Fire Department at Alice Drive on Thursday morning for Fire Prevention Week, which the department stretches into a month in order to include the …
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Sumter Today: Top 20 Professionals under 40 event held in downtown Sumter

Last night, we held a winners reveal cocktail and networking event to honor the winners of the 2018-19 Top 20 Under 40. The Sumter Item partnered with the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce and Young …

State news
S.C. students get lifelong lessons in weeklong sail COLUMBIA (AP) - Amanda Goldman was a shy kid when she embarked on a weeklong sail from North Carolina's Cape Hatteras to Charleston two years ago. Now, the high school senior says that tall-ship journey gave her the confidence and leadership skills …
South Carolina to start planning for more interstate lanes COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina is about to begin planning for more interstate highway lanes in the eastern part of the state. The Post and Courier of Charleston reported the state transportation …
Cajun Navy replaces S.C. troop's stolen gear GILBERT (AP) - A South Carolina Boy Scout troop discovered its trailer holding thousands of dollars' worth of camping gear was stolen, and the Louisiana Cajun Navy stepped in to help. WLTX-TV reported an assistant scoutmaster with Gilbert Troop …
2 people died in wreck on South Carolina interstate highway ORANGEBURG (AP) — Two people have died when their truck hit a tree off Interstate 26 in South Carolina. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Matt Southern said the wreck happened shortly after 6:30 p.m. …
2 die while being chased by S.C. deputies CAYCE (AP) - Two people who sheriff's deputies said were driving a stolen car have died in a wreck after a chase in South Carolina. Lexington County Sheriff's Capt. Adam Myrick said in a news release that a deputy tried to stop a car Monday that …
Nation/world
Russian charged in first 2018 election meddling case

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. accused a Russian woman Friday of conspiring in a sweeping effort to sway American public opinion through social media in the first federal case alleging foreign interference in the 2018 midterm elections. The criminal …

Florida Panhandle medical care on life support after Michael
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Already sick with strep throat and asthma, Aleeah Racette got sicker when she cleaned out a soggy, moldy home after Hurricane Michael, so she sought help at the hospital …
Missing Florida woman's body recovered amid rubble
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A family can begin to grieve after officials confirmed Friday the death of a 79-year-old Florida woman who had been missing since Hurricane Michael left her Mexico Beach …
U.S. and South Korea again call off a major military exercise
SINGAPORE (AP) — The United States and South Korea are scrapping another major military exercise this year, a Pentagon official said Friday, citing a push for diplomatic progress with North …
The odds are terrible, but what if you win the $900M jackpot?
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Despite the terrible odds - one in 302.5 million for those keeping score at home - someone will eventually match all six numbers and win the Mega Millions jackpot, which now stands at $900 million. It could happen as soon as …
Obituaries
JOHN M. ROWLAND JR. TRENTON, Fla. - John Mitchell Rowland Jr., 81 widower of Filomena Pagdilao Rowland, died on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida. Born on Feb. 6, 1937, in Dodge County, Georgia, he was a son …
THELMA INEZ B. BLACK ALCOLU - Thelma Inez Burke Black, 91, widow of Jack Holt Black, died on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, at Palmetto Health Tuomey. Born on Sept. 24, 1927, in Alcolu, she was a daughter of the late George Washington Burke and Mattie Amelia Geddings …
ELLIE WINFIELD N. PALMER Funeral services for the Rev. Dr. Ellie Winfield Nathaniel Palmer will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday at Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church, 805 S. Main St., Sumter, with Dr. Marion H. Newton, senior pastor, officiating. Interment will follow at …
ISIAH LEE MILLER MANNING - Isiah Lee Miller, 55, died on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, at McLeod Health Clarendon, Manning. He was born on Aug. 14, 1963, a son of Paulline Miller. Funeral services for Mr. Miller will be held at 10 a.m. today at New Light Missionary …
JUANITA Y. BYRD-HAYGOOD Juanita Yoakum Byrd-Haygood, age 96, widow of the late Lt. Col. Herman E. Byrd and the late Col. John Calvin Haygood, died on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. She was a daughter of the late Lillian Van Bibber Yoakum and A. Greer Yoakum. Ms. Byrd-Haygood …
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 …
Moseses celebrate 50 years Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Moses of Sumter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 27, 2018, with their children and grandchildren. A dinner was given in their honor by their three children and their spouses: Frank Jr. and Tracy Moses, …
Faith
On the front porch, shelling peas, learning life They were sitting on the front screened-in porch, shelling peas. You could buy peas in a can, but the old woman said they were nasty. Besides, why buy something you could grow yourself? They had picked the peas early that morning while the cool …
Church News: Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 ALIVE Praise & Worship Center, 342 W. Liberty St., announces: * Saturday - Open mic night for ages 18 and up at 6:30 p.m. Poetry, singing, music and spoken word. Free admission Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2571 Joseph Lemon-Dingle Road, …
God wants his will done in our hearts and on the world stage As far back as history records, there were battles when the weaker force defeated the stronger force. Why? On Oct. 10, 732, Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi led his Umayyad army of 20,000 troops into battle against Charles Martel, King of the Franks. …
Pets for adoption
Meatball is a silly, playful boy

Meatball is a neutered 1-year-old basset hound mix. He is very friendly. He loves everyone he meets and is great with children. Meatball loves to play with toys and is a silly guy. He needs to be in a home without other pets. Meatball …

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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 …
Trammell-Reach CHARLESTON - Lauren Elizabeth Trammell of Mount Pleasant and William Daniel "Dan" Reach of Greenville were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018, at St. Luke's Chapel on the grounds of MUSC. Pastor Geoff Reppard of Seacoast Church …
Engagements
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 …
King-Neisler Mr. and Mrs. Calvin King of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Brooke Denise King of Sumter, to Cameron Neisler of Norwalk, Connecticut, son of Anton Neisler of Cary, North Carolina, and Debra Neisler of Charlotte, North …
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Club Digest: Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018

NU MASTER CHAPTER OF BETA SIGMA PHI Members of Nu Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi celebrated the chapter birthday by attending an ice cream social and pool party at the home of Betty Vannoy on July 12. Beginning Day, hosted by Xi Eta Chapter, …

Reflections

H. L. Scarborough: 'A man of many interests'

Reflections recalls the life and times of Henry Lee Scarborough, one of Sumter's most involved citizens. H. L. Scarborough contributed greatly to the social, economic and cultural development of Sumter. His numerous accomplishments continue to have …

Yesteryear
Air WACs celebrate 2 years; Gunsmoke '93 begins in Nevada 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 May 13 - May 19 - Impressive ceremonies marked the graduation from the Tuomey Hospital School of Nursing of eight cadet nurses. William Henry Shaw, superintendent of the city schools, was the principal speaker. Another …
Bomb falls in Sumter yard; hog farmers attend classes 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 May 6 - May 12 - Thousands of Americans serving overseas are benefiting now from YMCA movements that have been developed over the years through the help of the world service program of the North American YMCAs, Carl W. …
Teen coffeehouse in the works; fumble-itis hits Gamecocks 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 April 29 - May 5 - Lt. Ashby Dick was injured in action on the Italian front on April 7, relatives here have been notified. Lt. Dick sustained a fractured hip and other injuries and is in an Army hospital. The Sumter …