ARCENT at Shaw Air Force Base awards 2 Best Warriors Competition soldiers for winning title in Kuwait contest

U.S. Army Central honored two soldiers, Sgt. Brandon Brantley and Spc. Omar Dacosta, with an awards ceremony Thursday after they won the USARCENT 2021 Best Warrior Competition.
Eleven warriors competed in three-digit temperatures at Camp Buehring and Camp Arifjan in Kuwait in late June with a goal to be named the best of the best in U.S. Army Central's 2021 Best Warrior Competition. Only two of those 11 soldiers were …
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Sumter Today: An annual festival and rodeo returns to Rembert this weekend

After a year’s hiatus because of the pandemic, Greenfield Farm will this weekend host the 23rd Annual Black Cowboy Festival and Rodeo.Activities set for the two day festival happening this …

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Club digest for July 23, 2021

The Sumter Art AssociationAfter more than a year of not meeting, the Sumter Art Association met on May 18 for a very special event in the garden of Grady Locklear. President Carla Young welcomed all …

Nation & World
New CDC guidelines set off rush to reimpose mask mandates

New guidance from the federal government set off a cascade of mask rules across the nation Wednesday as cities, states, schools and businesses raced to restore mandates and others pushed back against the guidelines at a time when Americans are …

Turn off, turn on can help thwart top phone hackers RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - As a member of the secretive Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Angus King has reason to worry about hackers. At a briefing by security staff this year, he said he got some advice on how to help keep his cellphone …
Senate ready to move ahead on $1T infrastructure bill WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans reached a deal with Democrats on Wednesday over major outstanding issues in a $1 trillion infrastructure bill and said they are ready to vote to take up the bill. An evening test vote was possible. Lead GOP …
EXPLAINER: Why masks are again advised for everyone indoors NEW YORK (AP) — Wait, we're supposed to wear masks again? Even if we are vaccinated?For a large part of the U.S., that's the latest advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. …
3 tech giants report combined profits of more than $50B Three tech companies — Apple, Microsoft and Google owner Alphabet — reported combined profits of more than $50 billion in the April-June quarter, underscoring their unparalleled influence …
State News
Prosecutor: No charges in man's death in jail due to poor training

COLUMBIA - A South Carolina prosecutor decided Monday not to charge two jail employees who stunned a mentally ill Black man 10 times and kneeled on his back until he stopped breathing, calling the guards' videotaped actions "damning" but not against …

S.C. man retraces history of family's 19th-century whiskey bottle NEWBERRY - The corked brown bottle had mystified Rex Woolbright for decades. Rumor had it the Old Ingledew whiskey, which belonged to his uncle, Logan Drake, predated the Civil War and had decorated the shelves of powerful elites. It was mostly a …
80 dogs, 2 monkeys taken from home LAKE WYLIE (AP) - At least 80 dogs were taken out of a South Carolina home because they were living in very poor conditions, deputies said. Two monkeys and a bird were also removed Monday from property in Lake Wylie, the York County Sheriff's …
South Carolina says its schools can't follow CDC mask advice Despite updated federal guidelines recommending indoor mask use at schools nationwide, even for vaccinated students, South Carolina education officials said Tuesday that they won't be able to follow …
Man gets life for killing woman who mistook his car for Uber COLUMBIA (AP) — A South Carolina man was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for the 2019 abduction and murder of a 21-year-old college student who mistook his car for her Uber ride.The jury …
Obituaries
MAGGIE DAVIS LEWIS

Maggie Davis Lewis died on Monday, July 26, 2021, in Brooklyn, New York. She was born in Sumter County. In accordance with COVID-19 guidelines, the family is requesting no visitation at the home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be …

HELEN WILLIAMS

Helen Williams, 70, died on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, in Bronx, New York. Born on Dec. 2, 1950, in Sumter County, she was a daughter of John Wesley and Evelina Miller Williams. In accordance with COVID-19 guidelines, the family requests that …

WILLIE ENGLISH

On Saturday morning, July 24, 2021, Willie "Pic" English, our beloved father, passed away peacefully at his home. Willie was born on Jan. 20, 1933, in Sumter County. He was a son of the late Laura and William English Jr. of Rembert and Janie …

DAISY BELL GRANT WHEELER

Daisy Bell Grant Wheeler, 83, departed this life on Monday, July 26, 2021, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital in Sumter. She was born on Aug. 31, 1937, in Sumter County, a daughter of the late Emmic and Cornelia Holmes Grant. Funeral services …

MARGARET A. STUBBS

Margaret A. "Peggy" Stubbs, age 69, died on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Born on Oct. 30, 1951, in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late Julius Alfred Stubbs and Mildred Middleton Stubbs. Surviving are one …

Faith
U.S. churches reckon with traumatic legacy of Native schools The discoveries of hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential schools for Indigenous children in Canada have prompted renewed calls for a reckoning over the traumatic legacy of similar schools in the United States - and in particular by the …
Church News: Friday, July 23, 2021 Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 211 Alice Drive, announces: * Saturday - "Last Generation," a popular Sumter men's gospel quartet, will perform at 6:30 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. The group has been singing together for more than 30 …
Column by Sumter Pastor Clay Smith: Jesus does not fit in a box I first remember meeting Jesus in preschool Sunday School, where my Aunt Faye showed us a picture of a kind man with beautiful hair and brown eyes. She told us the most amazing stories: how he walked on water, healed a blind man and rose from the …
Column by Sumter Pastor Joey Durham: Every good, perfect gift is from God Thank you so much for spending a portion of your day with Gleanings from the Open Bible Baptist Church. I want us to consider a thought that the Lord has laid upon my heart titled "The God Who Is Still Giving." In James 1:17, we read these words …
Celebrations
Benjamins celebrate 50 years of marriage Kenneth L. and Dianne R. Benjamin of Sumter will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, July 25, 2021. A family cruise will be taken in the summer of 2022 in their honor.The couple has …
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Sumter Animal Control's Tillie is a spunky ball of cuteness

BELOW: This little fur ball of cuteness is Tillie. She is a 6-week-old female tortoiseshell kitten. Tillie is a spunky little girl and loves all kinds of kitten toys. She started out shy and a bit skittish but is now quite comfortable living the …

Weddings
Beaty-Speidel CHARLESTON - Mary Elizabeth Beaty of Sumter and Thomas Anthony Speidel of Athens, Greece, were united in marriage at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 12, 2021, at Redeemer Presbyterian Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wesley Beaty and …
Vise-Granger Rachel Vise and Brandon Granger, both of Sumter, were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Sans Souci Farms in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. Johnny Vise and Mrs. Barbara Watson Vise, both of Sumter, and the …
Engagements
Wilson-Chestnut Mr. and Mrs. John Joe Wilson Jr. of Manning announce the engagement of their daughter, Celia Burgess Wilson of Manning, to Mr. Hunter Tyson Chestnut of Conway, son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Tyson Chestnut Jr. of Conway. The bride-elect is the …
Unhoch- Maccauley Mark Katz of Sumter and Loretta Burkholder of Wytheville, Virginia, announce the engagement of their daughter, Helena Unhoch, to Stephen Maccauley of Mineral, Virginia, son of Richard Maccauley of Louisa, Virginia, and Alvena Tierney of St. …
Teseniar-Decker Mr. and Mrs. Mark Teseniar of Charleston, formerly of Sumter, announce the engagement of their daughter, Laila Teseniar of Charleston, to Dr. James Decker of Charleston, son of Dr. and Mrs. James Decker of Charleston. The bride-elect is the …
Schaller-Williams Mr. and Mrs. Phillip C. Schaller I of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Olivia Jade Schaller of Sumter, to Dakota Colt Williams of Hampton, Tennessee, son of Ms. Angela M. Williams and the late Mr. Ernest "Mike" M. Williams of …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: The establishment of Lincoln High School

Reflections revisits the organization and building of Sumter's initial Black high school. Information for this two-part article of the building of Lincoln High School was obtained from The Sumter Item archives; Mrs. Ruth Edens' The History of the …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Pro archers in Sumter for tournament; Shaw gets 18 new F-16 jets 75 YEARS AGO -1947 Dec. 31 - Jan. 6 - Dr. John M. Wells, 76, pastor emeritus of Sumter Presbyterian Church, died at the Tuomey hospital from a heart attack. He was born July 16, 1870, in Hinds County, Mississippi, and came to Sumter in 1924 as …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Daredevil driving at Sumter Speedway; chanting helps Manning team win 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 Dec. 24 - 31 - A letter to the editor: Chairman McKnight has asked for an expression of opinion whether or not the County of Sumter and the City of Sumter should give to the Federal Government Shaw Field. I think we should. …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Art Gallery demonstrates Egyptian painting technique; China natives get approval to become American citizens 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 Dec. 17 - 23 - Sumter's famous National Guard artillery unit which saw continuous service in Africa, Sicily and Italy during the recent war is now ready to reorganize. The unit here has been redesignated Battery "C" 248th …
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