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It's time for a jamboree!

The 10th Annual Backyard Jamboree comes a little earlier this year, and host Sumter Senior Services is already offering tickets to the Sept. 12 event that grows bigger each year. "It's one of our biggest fundraisers," said SSS director Shirley …

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Summer fruit crisp cooked in the most summery way

BY ELIZABETH KARMEL Associated Press Writer When we think "hot off the grill," we usually think about something meaty. But this time of year I also like to grill desserts! In late summer, I make this grilled fruit crisp every week. It is …

Faith More

GriefShare provides help, Christ focus for mourners

GriefShare is a ministry to heal the broken-hearted, said Delany McDonald, grief support group facilitator for Bethesda Church of God. "You feel like life should stop when you're grieving, but life keeps going on," she said. "It's like after the …
Weddings More

Blakeslee-Thrash

WEST COLUMBIA - Carolina Louise Blakeslee and John Edward Thrash III, both of Columbia, were united in marriage on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at Stone River. The Rev. J. Fletcher Montgomery performed the 5 p.m. ceremony. The bride is the daughter of …
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Harrisons celebrate 60 years

Alfred Frank and Carolyn S. Harrison of North Charleston celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 27, 2014, with a family dinner. Their children are Lynn Christian of Summerville, Susan Harrison of West Palm Beach, Florida, and Patricia …
Dear Abby More

Husband who relives past should focus on present

DEAR ABBY - I'm married to the love of my life. I can't imagine loving a man more than I love "Wayne," and I know he feels the same about me. The problem is, he's always telling stories about things he has done, including past relationships, in …
Panorama More

Character actor William Schallert always in demand

Even casual couch potatoes will concede that throughout years of television viewing, there's no avoiding William Schallert! His distinctive, mellow voice and comfortingly familiar face have appeared on series since the 1950s, ranging from "Father …
Engagements More

Early wedding/engagement deadline for Sept. 7

The deadline for engagements and weddings to publish in the Sept. 7 edition of The Sumter Item is noon on Aug. 29.Engagement and wedding announcements of local interest are published on Sundays. The …
Yesteryear More

Sumter police catch fugitive; 1st B&B opens on Park Avenue

75 YEARS AGO - 1940 Jan. 8-14 Johnnie, of the Phillip Morris radio program, was a visitor to Sumter this morning. He arrived about 11 o'clock in a low, streamlined English car and he was accompanied by two men of the cigarette company. This …
Reflections More

Sumter Y sports teams just couldn't be beaten

Over the next three weeks, Reflections will examine three significant events from 1939-1940 and how they affected the city of Sumter. The first of the episodes highlights the exceptional achievements of the sports teams sponsored by the local YMCA; …