One simple dot: Kingsbury Elementary activities based on popular book promote creativity, confidence

Kingsbury Elementary School kindergarten students use Dots candy and toothpicks to create something of their own during the school's celebration of International Dot Day.
A simple dot can take you anywhere. At least that's what students at Kingsbury Elementary learned on International Dot Day on Friday. Based on the popular children's book, "The Dot," by Peter H. Reynolds, the Kingsbury STEAM team and …
Studio Sumter

Sumter Today: Furman Middle School is upping its AVID program

Schools throughout Sumter School District have been putting extra focus on a variety of special programs like STEM and other learning curriculum. Furman Middle School offers AVID, which stands for …

Panorama

The bizarre social history of beds

by Brian Fagan University of California, Santa Barbara The Conversation Groucho Marx once joked, "Anything that can't be done in bed isn't worth doing at all." You might think he was referring to sleeping and sex. But humans, at one time or …

Nation & World
Bahamians look for loved ones as 1,300 missing after Dorian

MCLEAN'S TOWN, Bahamas - They scan social media, peer under rubble or try to follow the smell of death in an attempt to find family and friends. They search amid alarming reports that 1,300 people remain listed as missing nearly two weeks after …

Burned-out wreckage taken to Navy base for investigation LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal investigators identified a violation of Coast Guard regulations that could trigger criminal charges in the California dive boat disaster that killed 34 people. The National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday that …
Lead pipes that taint Newark's water are found across U.S. NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A drinking water crisis in New Jersey's biggest city is bringing new attention to an old problem: Millions of homes across the U.S. get their water through pipes made of toxic lead, which can leach out and poison children if the …
Mass shooters exploited gaps, errors in background checks Most mass shooters in the U.S. acquired the weapons they used legally because there was nothing in their backgrounds to disqualify them, according to James Alan Fox, a criminologist with Northeastern University who has studied mass shootings for …
NTSB: Entire crew was asleep when fatal boat fire started LOS ANGELES (AP) - All six crewmembers were asleep aboard a scuba diving boat off the Southern California coast when a fire broke out in the middle of the night, killing 34 people who were trapped in a bunkroom below the main deck, federal …
State News
USC student who helped Americans in Iraq may be sent back

COLUMBIA - Zaid Alibadi risked his life to help the American troops serving in his native Iraq. The U.S. government recognized the danger he faced when it admitted his mother and brother to the country as refugees who faced reprisals because of …

S.C. to consider abortion ban, but bill faces uncertain future COLUMBIA - A small group of South Carolina senators held a daylong hearing Tuesday on whether South Carolina should join about a half-dozen other states in banning nearly all abortions, but the Southern state might not be ready to follow some of its …
Some sheriffs say fixing DNA backlog will cost taxpayers more For years, every law enforcement agency in South Carolina sent DNA evidence to be tested in one place — the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division on Broad River Road in Columbia. And as …
Massive S.C. education overhaul bill faces another delay COLUMBIA — A small group of state senators had hoped to vote Monday on a massive bill overhauling South Carolina's education system, but the chairman says he needs more time to work out …
Best-selling novelist, S.C. native Dorothea Benton Frank dead at 67 NEW YORK (AP) - Novelist Dorothea Benton Frank, who set such best-sellers as "Sullivan's Island" in her native South Carolina, has died. She was 67. Frank died Monday after a brief battle with leukemia, publisher William Morrow announced. For the …
Obituaries
TRE-QUAN MALIK HICKMON

BISHOPVILLE - Tre-Quan Malik Hickmon entered eternal rest on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in Darien, Georgia. The family is receiving friends and relatives at 133-B Hansel St., Bishopville. Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the …

MARCUS TYRELL BRADLEY

Marcus Tyrell Bradley, 27, affectionately known to many as "Marc B" and "Daddy O," answered the call of our Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center, Hartsville. Marcus was born on Nov. 26, 1991, in …

BERTHA BETHUNE MCKINNEY

CAMDEN - Bertha Bethune McKinney, 96, widow of Deacon Joe Nathan McKinney, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at the residence of her daughter and son-in-law, Edith and Charles Hampton, 1296 Belton-Shade Village Road, Camden. She was born Sept. 15, …

ERICA DAVIS

Erica Davis, 45, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at her home. Born Sept. 7, 1974, in Los Angeles, California, she was a daughter of William and Debora Styles Davis. The family will receive relatives and friends at the home, 335 Bowman …

HAROLD E. NIXON

Harold E. Nixon, 70, completed his earthly mission on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at Emory Hillandale Hospital, Lithonia, Georgia. Born on April 3, 1949, in Dalzell, he was a son of the late William "Booster" Nixon Sr. and Evelyn Keith Nixon. He …

Celebrations
Knezevichs celebrate 60 years of marriage Mr. and Mrs. Bob Knezevich of Sumter celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Saturday, July 13, 2019. They were married on July 18, 1959. A party was given in their honor by their four children: Sherry Portillo, Deb Knezevich, Pam Osborne …
Majors celebrate 50 years together Mr. and Mrs. Harold Major Sr. of Rembert celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary today, June 30, 2019. Their two children are Yolanda Williams and her husband, Nathan Williams, of Charleston and Harold Major Jr. and his wife, Jonika Major, of …
Barkleys celebrate 50 years of marriage Bill and Wanda Barkley of Sumter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday, June 14, 2019. The couple has one daughter and her husband, Tiffany and Arthur Takahashi of Augusta, Georgia; and one granddaughter. Mrs. Barkley is the …
Faith
Doris didn't die Late one night my phone rang. Doris' son was on the phone. She had been found unconscious and was in the hospital in the ICU. The outlook was grim. Could I please come? You can't say "no" to that kind of request. I tried to dress quickly in the …
Church News: Friday, Sept. 13, 2019 Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2571 Joseph Lemon-Dingle Road, Jordan community, Manning, announces: * Sunday, Sept. 22 - The 12th pastoral anniversary of Pastor Sam and Meraldine Livingston will be celebrated during 10 a.m. worship. Pastor …
How far your words will go... It's an old story, but a good one. I've used it as a sermon illustration several times. A woman went to see her pastor. She confessed she had gossiped about him, telling half-truths and creating a false picture of his character. The Holy Spirit …
Church News: Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2571 Joseph Lemon-Dingle Road, Jordan community, Manning, announces: * Sunday, Sept. 22 - The pastor's aide ministry and church family will celebrate the 12th pastoral anniversary of Pastor Sam and Meraldine …
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
El is active, well socialized

El, above, is a housebroken 3-month-old American shorthair. She is active, friendly and very affectionate. El is great with other kittens and children. She adores love and attention. El has been at the SPCA since she was little and has been …

Weddings
Harrison-Evans MANNING - Allison Marie Harrison of Sumter and Carl Matthews Evans III of New Zion were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Manning United Methodist Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Sean Harrison of …
Engagements
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 …
Cromer-Gibbons Mr. and Mrs. Perron Mark Cromer of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Virginia Montague Cromer of Sumter, to Kerry Lynn Gibbons of Manning, son of the late Mr. Edward Guy Gibbons Jr. and Mrs. Lisa Liscio Gibbons of Manning. The …
Reflections

Sumter editor describes trip to White House

Reflections will reprint the second part of an article from The Sumter Item archives written by Hubert D. Osteen, editor and publisher of The Sumter Daily Item, in 1963 which pertained to his visit to the White House at the request of President John …

Yesteryear
Housewives urged to take part in paper drive; Rogers begins flowerbeds for city 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 April 6-April 12 - Donors will be able to find the collection depot of the United National Clothing Collection, for E.S. Stroman, head of the signs and placards work of the publicity committee, is planning to have a huge …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Admirers flock to see old azalea bush; nation's 1st draft begins in generation 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 March 30 - April 5 - Cpl. Robert T. Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Davis, was recently awarded the Bronze Star for heroic achievement in action. He was serving with the Fifth Army in the 178th Field Artillery battalion. …
Pony cart helps beat gas shortage; Sumter choir heads to NYC 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 March 23 - March 29 - When repairs were necessary on the city of Sumter's gasoline storage tank, gasoline trucks from Shaw Field were used to drain and store the fuel until the tank was back in service. Last Saturday the …
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