Cupcake Wars: Sumter Culinary Arts class holds baking competition

Sumter High School senior Mikayah Anderson places her finished cupcakes on her spring display.
Starting the clock at an hour and 45 minutes, Culinary Arts Instructor Chef Kia Smith told her students to start baking as the fifth-annual Cupcake Wars competition commenced at the Sumter Career and Technology Center on Friday. "This year we're …
Studio Sumter

Sumter Today: Fall for the Arts brings Salsa Night to Downtown Sumter

Recently we went out to La Piazza for Salsa Night, part of Sumter’s annual Fall for the Arts. There was live music, and an instructor taught salsa to the crowd.

Panorama

Fashion show lets Down syndrome models strut their stuff

NEW YORK - One model sashayed down the runway with a leather jacket and a guitar, basking in applause from the crowd. Another danced and strutted in a multicolored bomber coat. A toddler had a little help with her modeling turn, holding on to an …

Nation & World
U.S. takes step to require DNA from asylum-seekers

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is planning to collect DNA samples from asylum-seekers and other migrants detained by immigration officials and will add the information to a massive FBI database used by law enforcement hunting for …

$260 million deal averts 1st federal trial on opioid crisis CLEVELAND - The nation's three biggest drug distributors and a major drugmaker reached an 11th-hour, $260 million settlement over the toll of the opioids in two Ohio counties, averting what would have been the first federal trial over the …
Syria cease-fire off to rocky start amid reports of fighting CEYLANPINAR, Turkey - The cease-fire in northern Syria got off to a rocky start Friday, as Kurdish leaders accused Turkey of violating the accord with continued fighting at a key border town while casting doubt on provisions in the U.S.-brokered …
38 people cited for violations in Clinton email probe WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department has completed its internal investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of private email and found violations by 38 people, some of whom may face disciplinary action. The investigation, …
1st all-female spacewalking team makes history CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The world's first all-female spacewalking team made history high above Earth on Friday, working to replace a broken part of the International Space Station's power grid. As NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica …
State News
Team effort helps Woodruff athletic trainers save a life

WOODRUFF - When Jennifer Chesson raced into the stands at Varner Stadium on Sept. 13, she didn't know what she'd find. Chesson, one of Woodruff's athletic trainers, heard people screaming for help and took off. She found a man experiencing a …

Only dairy farm left in Anderson County could be lost TOWNVILLE - Megan Dobbins' entire life was based around the family dairy farm. At its peak, Pine Lane Farm, now called Four M Farm, had 300 cows. Now that she no longer sees them every day, she said …
Senators focus on interstate work COLUMBIA - With South Carolina's rapid growth during the past 20 years, a group of senators says it is vital that the state's interstate highways keep up. The Special Interstate Subcommittee met Wednesday for the first time, getting an overview …
Ex-guard charged with drug possession, sexual misconduct CHESTER (AP) - A South Carolina prison guard who was fired Sept. 27 has now been arrested on charges of drug possession and sexual misconduct with an inmate. The Herald reported 23-year-old Justin Jamar Bates has been booked into the Chester …
Warrants: Man on stage shot into crowd, killing 2, hurting 8 in Lancaster LANCASTER (AP) - A man charged with killing two people and wounding eight others at a South Carolina nightclub last month fired shots into the crowd from a stage, according to arrest warrants. Breante Stevens walked on the stage at the Ole Skool …
Obituaries
RAYMOND JEFFERSON

Raymond Jefferson, 55, husband of Carolyn Oaks Jefferson, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, at Palmetto Health Baptist Hospital, Columbia. Born Jan. 14, 1964, in Sumter County, he was the son of Abraham and Marie Keith Jefferson. The family will …

CLEO PEAGLER

Cleo Alfred Peagler, 91, widower of Leah Dorothy Benenhaley Peagler, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, at his home. Services will be announced by Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter.

ROLAND FOISEY

HARTSVILLE - Roland Foisey, 62, died on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, at Carolina Pines. Arrangements will be announced by Bullock Funeral Home.

ELIJAH POTTS

Elijah Potts, son of the late Daisy Potts Conyers and the late Willie Edward Washington, died Sunday night, Oct. 20, 2019, at his residence, 127 E. Newberry Ave., Sumter. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time but will be announced …

CAROLYN H.M. WRIGHT

Carolyn H.M. Wright, wife of Larry Wright, died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at Conway Medical Center in Conway. Funeral arrangements are incomplete but will be announced later by the staff of Sumter Funeral Service Inc. The family will receive …

Celebrations
Faith
Church News: Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 Agape Outreach Ministries, 100 E. Red Bay Road, announces: * Friday, Nov. 1, and Sunday, Nov. 3 - Celebration for the ninth pastoral anniversary and church anniversary as follows: 7 p.m. Friday, Bishop Cartrell Woods, of Salem Baptist Church, …
Share of Americans with no religious affiliation growing The portion of Americans with no religious affiliation is rising significantly, in tandem with a sharp drop in the percentage that identifies as Christians, according to new data from the Pew Research Center. Based on telephone surveys conducted …
Church News: Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 Agape Outreach Ministries, 100 E. Red Bay Road, announces: * Friday, Nov. 1, and Sunday, Nov. 3 - Celebration for the ninth pastoral anniversary and church anniversary as follows: 7 p.m. Friday, Bishop Cartrell Woods, of Salem Baptist Church, …
Disappointment at the gates of heaven I found myself standing outside a great walled city. The city sparkled, casting a million dancing prisms across the faces of those standing outside. The walls stretched beyond my sight in either direction. In front of me was an enormous pearl, …
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
Waffle is an affectionate lap cat

LEFT: Waffle is a spayed and housebroken 1-year-old American short hair. She is great with other cats and children. Waffle is very friendly and seeks out attention. She adores being scratched, hugged and given cuddles. She would be perfect for a …

Engagements
DuRant-Tompkins Ms. Debbie Bramlett DuRant of Sumter and Dr. Eddie C. Durant Jr. of Wedgefield announce the engagement of their daughter, Delta Dawn DuRant of Sumter, to Kellen Richard Tompkins of Sumter, son of Mrs. Brenda Morrison of Greenville and Mr. Richard …
Gentele-Christmas Edward Louie Jr. and Melanie Bisom Gentele announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Brook Gentele, to Clayton Lee Christmas, son of Robert Allen and Lynn Baker Christmas, all of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Donna …
Coleman-Brunson Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Coleman Sr. announce the engagement of their daughter, Alison Paige Coleman, to Taylor David Brunson, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. David Brunson, all of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. James Arthur Bradley …
Reflections

Reflections with Sammy Way - The Sumter Item: ‘The Voice of the Gamecock City’

Reflections remembers the founding of The Sumter Daily Item and the men responsible for its inception. The newspaper is celebrating 125 years of educating and informing the Sumter community. …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear with Sammy Way: Sugar rationing tightened; Crestwood groundbreaking held 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 May 11 - May 17 - Mr. and Mrs. J. Cliff Brown have been notified of the liberation of their son, Sgt. J. Cliff Brown Jr., from a German prison camp. Sgt. Brown, who was a radio gunner with the 8th Air Force, was captured by …
Yesteryear with Sammy Way: Richardson helps bring Mantle, Kubek to Sumter; 'Sumter County Jubilee' coming to 3rd-graders 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 May 4 - May 10 - There will be a memorial service at First Christian Church in honor of Clarence Well, who gave his life on Guam Island last July 21. Clarence was in the Third Marine Corps. He was 20 years of age and the …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Trinity collects money for orphanage; Carnegie building on National Register 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 April 27 - May 3 - Pfc. Henry H. Windham of Sumter and Charleston was killed in action Feb. 28 in Germany, according to his mother, who was notified by the War Department. In addition to his mother, he is survived by two …
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