3 Sumter sheriff's office deputies receive Medals of Valor for 2022 service

From left are Sumter County Councilman Carlton Washington, Lt. Col. Terrance Colclough, Chief Deputy Hampton Gardner, Sheriff Anthony Dennis, Deputy Joshua Kirby, Staff Sgt. Blake Weathersbee, Lt. Robert Reynolds, Maj. Randall Stewart, Capt. Kevin Lindsey and Maj. Chanae Lumpkin.
Awarded for their bravery in the line of duty, three of the Sumter County Sheriff's Office's own reflected on the honor they received last Thursday. According to the South Carolina Sheriff's Association, the Medal of Valor is awarded to officers …
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Sumter Little Theatre to debut 'God of Carnage' on Feb. 9

A Tony award-winning production is coming to the Sumter Little Theatre stage. "God of Carnage" is Sumter Little Theatre's first production of 2023, and it's bound to be a good one. The production centers on an altercation on the playground …

Nation & World
China says balloon is for research, accidently strayed

BEIJING (AP) — China's Foreign Ministry said Friday that a balloon the U.S. suspects of conducting surveillance was a civilian "airship" used for research, mainly meteorological purposes.The …

Expansive federal report on guns, crime released WASHINGTON - The most expansive federal report in more than two decades on guns and crime shows a shrinking turnaround between the time a gun was purchased and when it was recovered from a crime scene, indicating firearms bought legally are more …
Police: 'High chance' of Hollywood mass shooting prevented LOS ANGELES (AP) — A "high chance" of a mass shooting in Hollywood has been thwarted by police seizing a cache of guns and ammunition in a high-rise apartment where several rifles were pointed …
Daughter charged after mom's body found in Chicago freezer CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago woman has been accused of keeping her mother's dead body in a freezer for nearly two years while living in a nearby apartment.Eva Bratcher, 69, appeared in court …
Radioactive capsule that fell off truck found in Australia PERTH, Australia (AP) - Authorities in Western Australia on Wednesday recovered a tiny but dangerous radioactive capsule that fell off a truck while being transported along an 870-mile Outback highway last month in what an official said was like …
State News
S.C. bill shielding death penalty drugmakers advances

COLUMBIA (AP) — Republicans' quest to resume executions in South Carolina overcame another hurdle Thursday.The state Senate Corrections and Penology Committee approved a bill that would shield …

Nikki Haley planning Feb. 15 launch for her 2024 White House bid COLUMBIA - Nikki Haley is moving closer to making her presidential campaign official. On Wednesday, supporters of the former South Carolina governor got an email invitation to a Feb. 15 launch event in Charleston, at which she plans to announce …
S.C. Senate backs expanding school voucher program
COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina senators on Wednesday approved a scholarship accounts program that would vastly expand eligibility for private school tuition vouchers - making them available to middle-class families rather than just those who qualify …
South Carolina Senate backs expanding school voucher program COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina senators on Wednesday approved a scholarship accounts program that would vastly expand eligibility for private school tuition vouchers -- making them available to …
Both sides use trove of cell data at Alex Murdaugh trial A state agent testifying Wednesday in Alex Murdaugh's double murder trial meticulously reconstructed activity from his iPhone and the cellphones of his son and wife the night they were killed to try …
Obituaries
FANNIE B. CALDWELL TALFORD

Fannie B. Caldwell Talford, age 81, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, at Carlyle Senior Care in Kingstree. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. today at Dyson's Home For Funerals, Summerton. Funeral service will be held …

FRANCIS JOSEPH BAKER

Francis Joseph "Buddy" Baker, 74, widower of Barbara Harris Baker, died on Monday, Jan. 30, 2023, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Services will be announced by Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter.

LARRY JOHNSON

Larry Johnson departed this life on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, in Sumter. He was born on Sept. 9, 1951, in Sumter, to the late Sonny and Annie Jane Hickman Johnson. The family is receiving friends at the home of Jessie Johnson, 5945 Rooster …

ALTE MAE DAVIS PATTON

Alte Mae Davis Patton, widow of Robert Patton, departed this life on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, in Sumter. She was born on Dec. 17, 1933, in Sumter, to the late Solomon and Christine Richardson Davis. The family is receiving friends at 4785 …

RHONDA HALL

Rhonda Hall, 74, died on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Born on June 9, 1948, in Knoxville, Tennessee, she was a daughter of the late John D. and Billie H. Cox. She was a longtime employee of the City of Sumter and …

Faith
Church News: Friday, Feb. 3, 2023 Knitting Hearts for Christ Ministry, which meets at Bethesda Church of God, 2730 Broad St., announces: * Saturday, Feb. 11 - Knitting Hearts for Christ will meet from 10 a.m. to noon. The theme is "The Power of Your Words." Did you know your …
Sumter Pastor Joey Durham: You can be spiritually alive again Our devotion for today is, "How to be Made Spiritually Alive." My text is John 5:24-25, where we read these words, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come …
Alice Drive's Pocalla sub-campus in Sumter to have grand opening Sunday Alice Drive Baptist Church has gotten off to a good start with its official sub-campus in the Pocalla area since December, and Sunday will mark the grand-opening celebration for the new building. Interim Pocalla Campus Pastor Travis Pruden and …
Column by Sumter Pastor Clay Smith: All things come to an end The church I pastored in Louisville recently merged with another church. I say it merged. The truth is, the congregation had dwindled over the years, the neighborhood had changed, and the church was on the verge of closing its doors. A larger church …
Celebrations
Larkins celebrate 60 years Charlie and Ernestine Larkin of Sumter celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Friday, Dec. 23, 2022, with a small, intimate gathering. Their two children are Renee Larkin (Phillip) Washington and Brenda Larkin (Tracy) Chamblee of …
The Sumter Assembly The Sumter Assembly will present three debutantes on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, at Quixote Club in Sumter. Margaret Pinckney Kilpatrick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert McCord Kilpatrick, will be presented by her father and escorted by Kyle Brown …
The Lord Clarendon Cotillion MANNING - The Lord Clarendon Cotillion will present three debutantes at its annual ball on Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, at The Matrix Center in Manning. Elloise Troup Bethea, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Partridge Bethea Jr., will be presented by …
The Carolinian Camellia Ball The Carolinian Camellia Ball of Sumter will present five debutantes on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022, at Quixote Club in Sumter. Mary Kaitlynn Boyce, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Player Boyce Jr., will be presented by her father and escorted by …
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
Sumter SPCA's Farrah has a calm, loving nature

Farrah is a 10-month-old Labrador mix. She is terrific with other dogs, children and even cats. Farrah has a super sweet personality with a very calm and loving nature. She adores attention and is extremely sweet and gentle. Farrah would be …

Weddings
Hubbard-Lane CHARLESTON - Kristen Ashleigh Hubbard and Ethan Foster Lane, both of Mount Pleasant, were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022, at St. Luke's Chapel on the campus of the Medical University of South Carolina. The Rev. Joseph …
Engagements
Geddings-Trageser Mr. and Mrs. William Thomas Geddings Jr. of Manning announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Elizabeth Geddings of Charleston, to Nicholas Jay Trageser of Summerville, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Jay Trageser of Summerville. The …
Graham-Wilder Tad and Lyndy Graham announce the engagement of their daughter, Hannah Griffith Graham, to David Morris Wilder, son of Jay and Heather Wilder, all of Manning.The bride-elect is the granddaughter of …
Smith-Horton Mr. and Mrs. Eric Gant Smith announce the engagement of their daughter, Taylor Danielle Smith, to Joseph Samuel Horton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Lawrence Horton, all of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.J. "Buddy" …
Young-Mann Mr. and Mrs. William Jeffrey Young of Sumter announce the engagement of their son, Greyson Steele Young of Sumter, to Baylin Elise Mann of Pensacola, Florida, daughter of Mr. Tyler Waite Mann and Mrs. Allison Bailey Tarrant, both of …
Reflections

Dr. Alfred J. China, 'A good name is rather to be chosen than riches. We have it.'

Reflections revisits the life and times of Dr. A. J. China and recalls his numerous innovations and successes in the field of pharmacy. The data and photos used to prepare this article were obtained from The Sumter Item archives and the writings of …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Children to participate in 'Anything on Wheels' contest; teachers and students prep for 2nd Envirothon event 75 YEARS AGO - 1948 July 6 - 12 - Mom is going to like the Army that's getting her son in the draft. For example, she doesn't have to worry about his learning bad words he never heard before, from some tough sergeant. The Army doesn't let its …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Beard-growing contest added to Iris Festival events; construction company chosen to build Chestnut Oaks 75 YEARS AGO - 1948 July 1 - 6 - A.J. Hatfield of Sumter, B.M. Gibson of Greenville and T. Belk Ingram of Cheraw were installed as the 1948-52 commission members of the South Carolina Employment Security Commission. The commission consists of …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sumter teacher practices curtsy to meet queen; parent volunteer program at schools 75 YEARS AGO - 1948 June 22 - 28 - T. Doug Youngblood, general manager of radio station WFIG, was one of the two men to be named to two-year terms on the board of directors of the South Carolina Association of Broadcasters. The association, …
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