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Only 2 days left until XLIX

When Eddie Farmer and his business partners teamed up to open Wikked Buffalo Wings in late 2012, they envisioned days like Sunday. The Sumter natives imagined a rollicking atmosphere where, among other things, fans could converge to bask in the …

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Fingerboard pyrotechnics at Opera House

BY IVY MOORE ivy@theitem.com Music by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Eagles, Kansas and even Arthur Smith's "Dueling Banjos" are among the selections offered by the gifted musicians Alex DePue on violin/fiddle and and Miguel de Hoyos on …
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Man allegedly holds knife to woman's neck

CHARGES Robert Smith, 56, of 127 Highland Ave., was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and breach of peace. Smith allegedly held a knife to a woman's neck and poked her with it as …

Pistol reported stolen from Mooneyham Road

STOLEN PROPERTY A 2006 Ford Mustang valued at $10,000 was reported stolen from a Wedgefield home in the 1300 block of Hidden Oaks Drive at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Law enforcement recovered the vehicle abandoned at a wreck that morning before the owner …
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JOHN HOWARD SR.

John Howard Sr., husband of Annette R. Howard, departed this life on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. He was born on Jan. 31, 1938, in Sumter County, a son of the late Wash Sr. and Alice Lane Howard. John leaves to …

JUANITA P. TISDALE

Juanita Peebles Tisdale, 94, widow of George Hartley Tisdale Sr., died on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at a local nursing center. Born in Sumter County, she was a daughter of the late Mason H. and Alice J. Newman Peebles. Mrs. Tisdale was a member …
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Strength in arms?

Victor Gonzalez's final outing of the 2014 season pretty much summed up his entire year in a nutshell, he said. Against Spartanburg Methodist College in the championship round of the Eastern District Tournament, Gonzalez went 6 1/3 innings with …
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Auschwitz, today

WASHINGTON - Amid the ritual expressions of regret and the pledges of "never again" on Tuesday's 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, a bitter irony was noted: Anti-Semitism has returned to Europe. With a vengeance. It has become …
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Ancient skull might document migration of people from Africa

NEW YORK - Long ago, humans left their evolutionary cradle in Africa and passed through the Middle East on their way to Europe. Now scientists have found the first fossil remains that appear to document that journey, a partial skull from an Israeli …

Deaf interpreter creates own storm

NEW YORK (AP) - They were hanging on his every word - and gesture, body movement and definitely the facial expressions. Jonathan Lamberton, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's sign language interpreter, is getting a blizzard of attention for his …
Pets for adoption

Waco loves attention

Waco, a 3-month-old black and white male husky mix, is available for adoption at the Sumter SPCA. He is playful, affectionate, gentle, active and friendly. Waco loves to be held and to be given lots …

Fatty loves other cats and children

Fatty, a 3-year-old gray tabby and white spayed female American shorthair, is available for adoption at the Sumter SPCA. She is housebroken, loving, gentle, affectionate, active and playful. Fatty …