An exhibit to call their own: Alice Drive Middle School students have their art displayed at CCTC gallery

KAYLA ROBINS / THE SUMTER ITEM Julianna Valcourt, an eighth-grader at Alice Drive Middle School, poses in front of her artwork, titled "Nostalgia," featuring the sunflower to her right, as her mother, Stephanie Valcourt, captures her daughter's accomplishment at the Central Carolina Technical College Foundation Gallery of Art and Expression on Thursday.
On the second floor of a college that stresses technical training and workforce development, middle school students wandered the walls, pointing and giggling in gaggles but not over stereotypical middle school topics. They were observing art. …
Studio Sumter

Sumter Today: Students at R.E. Davis get a golden award

The Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce runs a Golden Apple Student Award program that recognizes public school students who show excellence in character traits like integrity, perseverance and …

Panorama

U.S. classrooms are starting to resemble arcades

WALLINGFORD, Conn. - It's 1 o'clock on a Wednesday afternoon in Wallingford, Connecticut, and about 20 children are watching a screen at the front of the room as they take turns navigating challenges and collecting virtual currency to unlock powers, …

Nation/world
Researchers come face to face with huge great white HALIEWA, Hawaii (AP) - Two shark researchers who came face to face with what could be one of the largest great whites ever recorded are using their encounter as an opportunity to push for legislation that would protect sharks in Hawaii. Ocean …
Unexpected email ends in invite to bachelor's party MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - An email about a bachelor party sent to the wrong person has led to an Arizona man taking a trip to a Vermont ski resort to attend the party of someone he doesn't know this weekend. William Novak of Phoenix got the email on …
Banksy mural on garage in Wales sold for $129K but will stay in place LONDON (AP) - A British art dealer says he has bought a mural stenciled by street artist Banksy on a garage wall in Wales for more than $129,000. The artwork in Port Talbot shows a child playing in falling ash from a dumpster fire, an apparent …
Study: Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before WASHINGTON (AP) - Giant rocks from space are falling from the sky more than they used to, but don't worry. For the past 290 million years, large asteroids have been crashing into Earth more than twice as often as they did in the previous 700 …
Mississippi woman hopes to overflow coffee house's cups BALDWYN, Miss. (AP) - After the busy lunch rush, Tammy Lee, owner of the Baldwyn-based coffee shop Fill My Cup, took some time to chat with the few locals who stopped in for a cup of coffee on a cold day, introducing her staff and making sure …
State news
Daughter of serial killer, rapist grieves for his victims

GREENVILLE - Growing up, Deborah Brashers-Claunch thought she knew her father. As it turns out, she only knew one side of him. "We lived with a serial killer and rapist, and I didn't know it. He was an amazing father, a father anybody would have …

Federal judge in S.C.: No new offshore drilling work during federal shutdown COLUMBIA (AP) - A federal judge in South Carolina has turned back the Trump administration's attempt to continue preparatory work for offshore drilling during the federal government's partial shutdown, issuing a ruling in a federal lawsuit …
South Carolina's unemployment rate steady at 3.3 percent COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina's unemployment rate remained unchanged in December. The Department of Employment and Workforce said in a news release Friday that the state's jobless rate remained at 3.3 percent. Nationally, unemployment …
Honda celebrates 20 years in S.C., starts new line of utility vehicles at Timmonsville plant TIMMONSVILLE (AP) - A 20-year-old Honda plant in South Carolina has started a new line of utility vehicles. Honda of South Carolina celebrated Wednesday the start of production on its new Honda Talon 1000X and 1000R. The two-passenger off-road …
McMaster spending plan: Teacher raise, tax rebate COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster wants to send taxpayers a $200 million rebate, raise teacher salaries by 5 percent and make sure a police officer is present in every school in the state thanks to an unexpected windfall of about $1 …
Obituaries
CURTIS 'BIG JIM' CONYERS MANNING -- Curtis "Big Jim" Conyers, 67, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at McLeod Health Clarendon, Manning. He was born May 25, 1951, in Manning, a son of the late Jack Conyers and Camilla Spann Conyers. The family is receiving friends at the home …
WILLIE CLARK Mr. Willie Clark passed away on Jan. 15, 2019, at Carolina Pines Medical Center. Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at St. Mark Pentecostal Church in Lamar. Internment will follow in the Plaza Memorial Gardens in Lamar. The …
TONY E. SMITH MANNING - Tony Everette Smith, 40, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at McLeod Regional Medical Center, Florence. He was born Sept. 18, 1978, in Manning, a son of the late Anthony Smith and Mildred Miller Smith. The family is receiving friends noon …
MITCHELL L. BOYKIN DALZELL - Mitchell L. Boykin entered into his peaceful rest on Jan. 15, 2019. Born in 1946, he was a son of the late Willis LeRoy Boykin and the late Vida Ree Davis Boykin. Mitchell loved the Lord and talked and prayed to Him often. He …
GERALDINE D. WEATHERS Geraldine Deloris Harris Weathers, 67, daughter of the late Frank and Fannie Mae Stavis Harris, was born on Oct. 17, 1951, in Rembert. Her earthly journey came to an end on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, at her home surrounded by family and loved ones. …
Celebrations
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 …
The Assembly The Assembly will present three debutantes on Monday, Dec. 17, at Sunset Country Club. Katherine Gilland Duffy, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Edward William Duffy Jr., will be presented by her father and escorted by Ronald Hunter Hendrix and Stephen …
Felders celebrate 50 years Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Felder, of Pinewood, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 2, 2018, on Hilton Head Island. A celebration was held in their honor by their three children, Thomas Felder Jr., Reginald Felder and Melissa Felder, all …
Faith
Church News: Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces:* Sunday - Women's Missionary Society family and friends day at 10 a.m. First Baptist Missionary Church, 219 S. Washington St., announces:* …
Pray for God to solve your problems and a whole lot more It's an occupational hazard: "Pastor, please pray for me." When I first began as a pastor, I said "OK," and went on my way. No one told me people actually expected me to pray with them. Right then. About whatever his or her need was. I was corrected …
Freed by court, Pakistani Christian woman still a prisoner ISLAMABAD (AP) - Aasia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian acquitted of blasphemy, still lives the life of a prisoner, nearly three months after her release from death row, awaiting a final ruling on her fate. She spends her days in seclusion for fear of …
Church News: Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Sunday, Jan. 20 - Women's Missionary Society family and friends day at 10 a.m. Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 182 S. Pike East, announces: * Friday, Jan. 18 - Prayer and …
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Pets for adoption
Bentley is a smart boy who knows several commands

Bentley is a neutered and housebroken 4-year-old tricolored male husky / German shepherd mix. He is great with other dogs, older children and even cats. Bentley is friendly, active and smart. He can sit, stay, lie down, roll over and shake …

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 …
Rackley-Fernandes MOUNT PLEASANT - Kristen Elizabeth Rackley and Rold o Bueno Fernandes Neto, both of Charleston, were united in marriage at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2018, at Alhambra Hall. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tim Rackley of Sumter and the …
Engagements
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 …
Ortmann-Stuart Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Chandler Ortmann of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Anna Reid Ortmann of Columbia, to Cory Thomas Stuart of Columbia, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Alexander Stuart of San Diego, California. The bride-elect is …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: Part III - Shaw football hits its stride

Because of the volume of material about the Shaw football team in the 1950s, there will now be four parts to this series about the team. The third segment of Shaw's football expose spans the years of 1955 to 1956. The team had developed into a …

Yesteryear
Sumter Boy Scouts meet salvage paper goal; ideas wanted for school names 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Aug. 12 - Aug. 18 - The following group of YMCA officials and "Y" boys will leave for the Southern YMCA Secretary Conference, to be held at Blue Ridge, North Carolina, near Black Mountain: Carl W. Link, general secretary; …
Morris students, staff X-rayed for 50 cents; height helps Wilson Hall Barons win game 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Aug. 5 - Aug. 11 - Cpl. Charles McIntosh, USMC, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. McIntosh, has been killed in action, according to a wire received by his parents from Lt. Gen. A. A. Vandegrift, commandant of the Marine Corps. The …
Residents urged to collect paper for drive; fire deaths increase 75 YEARS AGO -1944 July 29 - Aug. 4 - Pfc. William D. (Billy) Scott, USMC, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Scott, is at West Coast Hospital recovering from wounds received in fighting on Saipan Island on June 27. Overseas since last November, the …
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