Playing through the SCISA 1A state playoffs

Clarendon Hall junior shooting guard Traveon Davis looks to get around Lowcountry Prep freshman guard Cory Appleton in the undefeated Saints' first-round win over the Marlins in the SCISA 1A state playoffs on …
Studio Sumter

Sumter Today: CCTC offers scholarships for its two-year degrees

Central Carolina Technical College has a unique opportunity to offer two years of college tuition to students right out of high school through its Central Scholars program. CCTC President Michael …

Panorama

Children from SBA churches to collect funds Saturday to help build a tiny house for Sumter United Ministries

Children from seven churches within the Santee Baptist Association will be collecting donations at five different locations in Sumter for Children's Missions Day on Saturday to raise money to build a tiny house for Sumter United Ministries. SUM …

Nation/world
Alabama woman who joined Islamic State in Syria can't return to U.S. WASHINGTON (AP) - An Alabama woman who left home to join the Islamic State group in Syria is not a U.S. citizen and will not be allowed to return to the United States, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday. In a brief statement that …
$10,000 reward offered in arrest, apprehension of suspect in murder of Virginia police officer CHARLESTON, West Virginia -- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has matched the U.S. Marshals Service’s offer of a $5,000 reward for information which leads to the arrest and …
Sanders is running for president WASHINGTON (AP) - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose insurgent 2016 presidential campaign reshaped Democratic politics, announced Tuesday that he is running for president in 2020. "Our campaign is not only about defeating Donald Trump," the …
Memorial speaks to North Korea's ties to summit host Vietnam BAC GIANG, Vietnam (AP) - In a rice field in northern Vietnam, 14 headstones are an enduring symbol of the wartime friendship of Vietnam and North Korea. They mark the original burial ground of North Korean pilots who died while secretly fighting …
Report: Flynn pushed to share nuclear tech with Saudis WASHINGTON - Senior White House officials pushed a project to share nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia despite the objections of ethics and national security officials, according to a new congressional report citing whistleblowers within the …
State news
SNAP benefits issued on March 5 to estimated 231,000 households

FROM STAFF REPORTS The South Carolina Department of Social Services will be issuing March Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits early in order to reduce the time between payments for recipients who received their February benefits …

South Carolina lawmakers suggest changes to education bill COLUMBIA — South Carolina lawmakers introduced proposed changes Wednesday to their massive education reform bill including the addition of a teacher bill of rights, eliminating a stipulation of …
Lawmaker: South Carolina medical marijuana bill sensible COLUMBIA (AP) — A state senator says legalizing marijuana for medicinal use in South Carolina would empower doctors to better serve their patients. Medical professionals, military veterans and …
S.C. ratepayers angry over no $1,000 rebate COLUMBIA - For more than 700,000 customers of a private South Carolina utility, the $1,000 rebate checks aren't in the mail. A year ago, Dominion Energy proposed writing the average South Carolina Electric & Gas customer a $1,000 one-time cash …
Bill would reform South Carolina electric co-ops
COLUMBIA (AP) - A new bill at the Statehouse would allow a state watchdog agency to review South Carolina's electric cooperatives for the first time. The bill would allow the Office of Regulatory Staff to audit a co-op and let them know if they …
Obituaries
MERRITT SWINNEY LEXINGTON - Merritt Junior Swinney, age 88, beloved husband of 43 years to the late Marlene Ann Pelletier Swinney, died on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at Oak Leaf Assisted Living Home. Born in Nebraska City, Nebraska, he was a son of the late Merritt …
LEON THAMES Leon "God Did It" Thames, 77, died on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, at Lake Marion Nursing Center in Summerton. Born in Clarendon County, he was a son of the late Janie Levy Thames and Johnnie Thames Jr. Friends and family will be received at the …
BELTON O'NEAL COMPTON JR. Belton O'Neal Compton Jr., well-known actor and director, died on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at the Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia. Born on Feb. 5, 1951, in Sumter, he was a son of the late Belton O. Compton Sr. and Dorothy Brunson Compton. A …
WILLIE WALKER JR. Willie Walker Jr., 55, husband of Essie Mae Workman, departed this life on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Sumter. He was born on May 17, 1963, in Boston, Massachusetts, a son of Fannie Gathers Walker and the late Willie Walker Sr. The family will …
BARBARA KAYE SMITH GOOSE CREEK - Barbara Kaye Smith, 68, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, at the home of her sister in Sumter, surrounded by family and friends. Born on March 16, 1950, in Augusta, Georgia, she was a daughter of the late …
Celebrations
Millses celebrate 50 years of marriage Mr. and Mrs. Woody Mills Jr., of Sumter, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. A family luncheon was given in their honor on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at Olive Garden, Columbia, by their daughters, Sandi Mills Dixon …
Willie Spann celebrates 101 years Willie Lee Spann Sr. was given a 101st birthday celebration by his niece, Terry Chatman, and other family members on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at Chapel AME Church, Paxville. Approximately 101 people were in attendance. Willie, affectionately …
Scaffes celebrate 50 years of marriage Mr. and Mrs. James Scaffe Sr. of Sumter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 24, 2018, at Sam Kendall's in Camden. Mrs. Scaffe is the former Lila Berry of Ashwood.
The McConnells announce birth of a son, Brennan Max Jay and Jennifer McConnell of Waxhaw, North Carolina, announce the birth of a son, Brennan Max McConnell, on Nov. 17, 2018, at Carolinas Medical Alliance, Charlotte, North Carolina. Brennan weighed 8 pounds and 4 ounces. He was 21 inches …
Ruth C. Franklin celebrates 101st birthday Ruth C. Franklin, widow of John "Mr. Sing" Franklin, celebrated her 101st birthday on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018. A pillar in the community of Woodrow for more than 80 years, Mrs. Franklin owned her own beauty shop for more than 40 years, which was …
Faith
He died with all a man could achieve, but he was still empty Once upon a time, there was a man who set out to be happy. First, he had to figure out what it meant to be happy. His parents told him the best way to be happy was to get ahead. "Get an education," they said. So, he went to one of the finest …
Church News: Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2571 Joseph Lemon-Dingle Road, Jordan community, Manning, announces: * Sunday, Feb. 24 - Black history celebration at 3 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Frankie D. White, of Biggers AME Church of Manning, will speak. Bethel …
Church News: Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2571 Joseph Lemon-Dingle Road, Jordan community, Manning, announces: * Sunday, Feb. 24 - Black history celebration at 3 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Frankie D. White, of Biggers AME Church of Manning, will speak. Bethel …
North Korean Christians keep faith underground amid more crackdowns SEOUL, South Korea - One North Korean defector in Seoul describes her family back home quietly singing Christian hymns every Sunday while someone stood watch for informers. A second cowered under a blanket or in the toilet when praying in the …
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
Starr is a precious girl who deserves love and attention

Precious Starr has been at animal control since the first week of December. She weighs 32 pounds and is approximately 4 years old. Starr seems to have had a rough life and was allowed to have several litters of puppies. She needs a new family …

Weddings
Rogers-Doyle Elizabeth Anne Rogers of Irmo and Nicholas Tolan Doyle of Sumter were united in marriage at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at St. Anne and St. Jude Catholic Church in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. Daniel Rogers and Mrs. Karen Rogers …
McGill-Belser KINGSTREE - Frances Louise McGill of Kingstree and Roy Edwin Belser Jr. of Summerton were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Julius McGill …
Engagements
Hyatt- Timmons Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Hyatt and Mr. and Mrs. Isadore Timmons Jr. announce the engagement of their children, respectively, Alicia Gail Hyatt and Steven Eugene Timmons, all of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Thomas Mitchum …
Smith-Kennedy Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Smith of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Nicole Elizabeth Smith of Sumter, to Robert James Kennedy of DeBary, Florida, son of Mr. Ed Kennedy and the late Mrs. Robin Kennedy of DeBary. The bride-elect is the …
Allen-Barnes Mr. and Mrs. Mark Harper Allen of Greenville announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Margaret Allen of Columbia, to Allen Jackson Barnes Jr. of Columbia, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Jackson Barnes of Sumter. The bride-elect is the …
Gentele-Crawford Edward Louie Jr. and Melanie Gentele announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashleigh Lynn Gentele, to Brandon Tyler Crawford, son of Mrs. Flori W. Anderson and the late Bruce Allan Crawford Sr., all of Sumter. The bride-elect is the …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter Item photographer Heyward Crowson won top S.C. press award

Reflections remembers a spectacular explosion which occurred at the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad yard in September 1968, and The Sumter Daily Item photographer Heyward Crowson was there to capture photos. One photo earned Crowson first place in …

Yesteryear
Sumter woman grows pineapple; library to become gallery 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Feb. 10 - Feb. 16 - J.C. Penney Co. sold a total of $85,540,036.90 during the Fifth War Loan campaign. It was announced today through the company's publication Pay Day. The Penney store in Sumter also came in for much …
Ship named in honor of Sumter; 'Renaissance' program begins 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Sept. 2 - Sept. 8 - School children who wish to help with the harvest of the county cotton crop will be released from their duties for that specific purpose, Superintendent William Henry Shaw announced, but they will be …
Scout district sponsors camporee; 'atomic veterans' seek help 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Aug. 26 - Sept. 1 - Capt. Charles Vincent (Vince) Greffett, who worked for five years at the Palmetto Pigeon Plant before entering the Army Air Corps, was one of the leaders of a bombing flight which dropped ammunition to …
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