Sumter Today: Downtown has a new bed and breakfast open for business

Tracey and Thomas McLaughlin put a lot of time and effort into renovating the old Barnett House so they can open a bed and breakfast behind the former Rite Aide in Sumter. We got to stop by the other …
Studio Sumter

Sumter Today: Simpsons Hardware holds a barbecue shop class with a world-famous BBQ pitmaster

Simpsons Hardware and Sporting Goods held a special Traeger Grills Shop Class for a couple days at the beginning of the week on how to smoke and make barbecue. The host was Danielle Diva Q Bennett, …

Panorama

Easter egg painting alive in Germany

LSTERHEIDE, Germany (AP) - A small Slavic minority in eastern Germany is keeping alive a long, intricate tradition of hand-painted Easter eggs that's been passed down by Sorbian families for generations. At an Easter egg market in Elsterheide …

Nation & World
Parents who tortured children get life after hearing from victims

LOS ANGELES - A California couple who inflicted years of torture and abuse on 12 of their 13 children and were only discovered when one of their daughters fled their home and pleaded for help to a 911 operator were sentenced to life in prison …

Probation for man who sent powder to Trump sons and Sabato Jr.
BOSTON (AP) - A Massachusetts man who sent threatening letters filled with white powder to President Donald Trump's sons, Antonio Sabato Jr., Sen. Debbie Stabenow and a law professor was sentenced Friday in federal court to five years of …
Central Florida cities among fastest growing in U.S.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - When it came to population growth last year, cities in central Florida grew by stadiums. Metro Orlando grew by 60,000 residents last year, almost as large as the number of people who can fit into the city's Camping World …
Columbine focuses on healing as questions loom after manhunt LITTLETON, Colo. - A Colorado community changed forever by the attack that killed 13 people at Columbine High School moved ahead Thursday with ceremonies marking the anniversary of the tragedy while awaiting more details on what led a Florida teen …
Report: Trump tried to choke Russia probe, oust Mueller
WASHINGTON - Public at last, special counsel Robert Mueller's report revealed to a waiting nation Thursday that President Donald Trump tried to seize control of the Russia probe and force Mueller's removal to stop him from investigating potential …
State News
Dead jellyfish, shrimp, crabs wash up on S.C. beach

SULLIVAN'S ISLAND (AP) - Hundreds of dead jellyfish, some shrimp and crabs have washed up across the Sullivan's Island beach. What's causing it? The Post and Courier reported it's because of summer breezes. Cannonball jellies tend to turn up …

Emotional eulogies highlight funeral of Hollings CHARLESTON (AP) - As a college student fighting for racial equality in the early 1960s, Jim Clyburn was invited to the office of then-Gov. Fritz Hollings in an attempt to assuage racial tensions bubbling on the campus of South Carolina State …
Gov. McMaster: 'Fritz' Hollings was 'among the best of us' COLUMBIA - Friends, colleagues and longtime admirers remembered Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings on Monday as a hard-working campaigner and representative who served South Carolina, in one way or another, for 50 years. More than 100 mourners filed past …
Florence coffee shop also becomes a coffee roaster FLORENCE - An above-average coffee experience; that's what Jeff Felten and Tommy Bolger set out to do when they started Batch Nine Coffee Co. "It's kind of a personal thing that we believe that your coffee doesn't have to be average," Felten …
Police: Middle schooler passed out whiskey to classmates UNION (AP) - Authorities say a 13-year-old South Carolina boy is facing charges after allegedly getting drunk at his middle school and giving whiskey to other students. WYFF-TV reports the student at Sims Middle School in Union is charged with …
Obituaries
GWENDOLYN B. FLOYD

Gwendolyn Barnes Floyd, 84, wife of David W. Floyd, died Friday, April 19, 2019, at Prisma Health-Richland. Born Nov. 16, 1934, in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late Frank J. Barnes Sr., and Lois Tisdale Barnes. In her early years, she was a …

RICHARD M. DELAHUNT

Richard Melvin Delahunt, 35, died Saturday, April 20, 2019, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Born in Gulfport, Mississippi, he was a son of Leslie Ray Delahunt and the late Diana Geddings Delahunt. Surviving are his father and stepmother, …

MICHAEL DAVINO

Michael Davino, age 57, died on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at his residence. You may go to www.bullockfuneralhome.com and sign the family's guest book. The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home for the arrangements.

J.P. WINDHAM

FLORENCE - J.P. "Jake" Windham, 85, of Lynchburg, passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow at the First Baptist Church, Lynchburg. The family will receive friends before the service at the church …

LUTHER W. YATES

Mr. Luther Wendell Yates, 87, the husband of Amy Wilson Yates, departed this life on Friday, April 19, 2019, in Sumter. He was born March 9, 1932, in Bishopville to the late Jacob and Mabell Capers Yates. Funeral services are incomplete and …

Celebrations
105 and still serving God BRUCE MILLS / THE SUMTER ITEM Mary Cunningham, left, and Kristi Downer of Trinity United Methodist Church share a laugh Friday, March 8, at Covenant Place at a party celebrating Cunningham's 105th birthday. Cunningham is still a member of Trinity …
Marie Small celebrates 102 years Marie Bacote Small, affectionately known as "Mack," celebrated her 102nd birthday on Saturday at her home with family and friends. Born on March 10, 1917, in Lee County, she is the daughter of the late Spencer and Florence Bacote. She is the …
Burgesses celebrate 50 years William and Shirley Burgess, of Sumter, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. A dinner was given in their honor by their six children, Calvin, Patrese, Derek, Michael, Crystal and Kayce.
Joneses celebrate 50 years Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bruce Jones, of Sumter, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. A party was given in their honor by their daughter and son-in-law, Angie and Ken Rosefield. The couple has one grandson, Evans …
Faith
Notre Dame, Good Friday and Easter When I was 14, our high school band, the Largo Band of Gold, went to Europe to compete in the World Music Festival (we won two gold medals with distinction). After the competition, we toured continental Europe. Our first stop was Paris. Nothing …
Church News: Friday, April 19, 2019 Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Sunday, April 28 - Women's day service at 3 p.m. The Rev. Jeanette Collins-Murray, pastor of LaGree AME Church, will speak. Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2571 Joseph Lemon-Dingle Road, …
What does a frog have in common with the church? One Easter, some friends with small children came over to the house. While the adults talked, the kids ran around the back yard and stuck their feet in the pool. Believe it or not, kids do not need something with electrons to entertain …
Church News: Friday, April 12, 2019 Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Sunday, April 28 - Women's day service at 3 p.m. The Rev. Jeanette Collins-Murray, pastor of LaGree AME Church, will speak. Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2571 Joseph Lemon-Dingle Road, …
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
Gemini is a playful girl with a loving personality

Gemini is a housebroken 2-year-old female retriever mix. She is great with other dogs. She is a friendly, active and playful girl who is very sweet with a loving personality. Gemini would make a great buddy for any family. The Sumter …

Weddings
Windham-Walker MANNING - Mary Michael Windham of Manning and Thomas Kirk Walker of Sumter were united in marriage at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Manning United Methodist Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Emory Windham of Manning …
Ortmann-Stuart Anna Reid Ortmann of Sumter and Cory Thomas Stuart of Columbia were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2019, at LinRan Farm in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Chandler Ortmann of Sumter and the granddaughter …
Graham-White MANNING - Haley Lynne Graham and Zachary Isaac White, both of Sumter, were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 30, 2019, at New Covenant Presbyterian Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tad C. Graham and the granddaughter …
Berry-Poplin SUMMERVILLE - Cathryn Denison Berry of Summerville and Felder Wayne Poplin III of Sumter were united in marriage at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at St. Paul's Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Watkins Berry Jr. of …
Engagements
Joyner-Hansen Mr. and Mrs. George Edgar "Eddie" Joyner III of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Erica Katherine Joyner of Tysons Corner, Virginia, to Bradley Austin Hansen of Tysons Corner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery Hansen. The bride-elect is …
Floyd-Douglass Mr. and Mrs. Rocky Floyd of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Nicole Floyd of Sumter, to Benjamin Jacob Douglass of Sumter, son of Mrs. Linda Douglass of Columbia and Mr. Bradley Douglass of Albany, Missouri. The …
Cannon-Holley Mr. and Mrs. David Hampton Cannon of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Victoria Hampton Cannon of Sumter, to Landon Ryan Holley of Aiken, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph D. Holley Jr. of Warrenville and Mrs. Marcellea Gilreath of …
Bamford-Schwartz Mr. and Mrs. Bruce William Bamford of Brevard, North Carolina, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Claire Bamford, to Milton Hughes Schwartz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Schwartz of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: Segalock fasteners: Making marked progress

Reflections remembers a valued post-war industry which became established in the Sumter community, Segalock Fasteners. This modern facility " had initially established itself in the Gamecock City in January of 1948 in a 6,500-foot plant located on …

Yesteryear
Letter thanks knitters for helping military; Richardson attends YMCA ceremony 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Nov. 11 - Nov. 17 - Congressman-elect John J. Riley addressed the Lions Club of Sumter on the topic "Who Are Our Neighbors?" Mr. Riley presented an interesting talk and was given a standing ovation by his audience at the …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Farmer grows record watermelon crop; Privett voted Teacher of the Year 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Nov. 4 - Nov. 10 - Capt. E. W. Moise Jr. has been reported as having died of wounds received in action in France. He was wounded on Aug. 23 and died two days later on Aug. 25 at a hospital in France, his brother, Lt. Col. …
Sammy Way's Yesteryear: Post veterinarian inspects food products; Lee landfill opens 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Oct. 28 - Nov. 3 - Military and civilian personnel of Shaw Field were extended an invitation by the Sumter Art Club to attend a lecture to be given by Dr. Archibald Rutledge at Edmunds High School in Sumter. Admission to …
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