Curating cosplay at Patriot Hall at Sumter's Swan Con

Emma Ketchum, as Jubilation Lee, celebrates after being named a winner during Swan Con's cosplay event on Saturday.
The Flash, Green Lantern, Glimmer, Lady Loki, Hermione Granger and a host of other comic book, TV show and movie characters descended upon Patriot Hall on Saturday for a first-ever cosplay contest during Swan Con, a two-day comic book fan event put …
Studio Sumter

Sumter Today: Farm to Table celebrates local grown and locally owned food and restaurants

The Sumter Rotary Club held its sixth-annual Farm to Table event at the Civic Center, bringing in locally owned restaurants and locally grown food products, with everything from meat to vegetables to …

Panorama

Learn photography, Sumter history during Sumter Shepherd's Center tours

Two local tours offered through Sumter Shepherd's Center will expand understanding of Sumter for 30 senior citizens while teaching photographic skills. Local historian Sammy Way will lead the May 1 and 2 trips, the first focusing on downtown Sumter, …

Nation/world

President Donald Trump waves after speaking with the media after stepping off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on Sunday in Washington.   The Justice Department said Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation did not find evidence that President Donald Trump's campaign "conspired or coordinated" with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Mueller finds no Trump collusion

WASHINGTON - Special counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence President Donald Trump's campaign "conspired or coordinated" with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election but reached no conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice. That …

'Extreme stalker' has Utah family's home under siege

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah family has become the victim of extreme stalking involving unwanted service providers repeatedly being sent to their home, according to the homeowner and police. Walt Gilmore's family in suburban Salt Lake City has …

AP FILE PHOTOThe first load of nuclear waste arrives in this March 26, 1999 file photo, at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) site in Carlsbad, New Mexico, from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

1st-of-its-kind U.S. nuclear waste dump marks 20 years

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - In a remote stretch of New Mexico desert, the U.S. government put in motion an experiment aimed at proving to the world that radioactive waste could be safely disposed of deep underground, rendering it less of a threat to …

THE ASSOCIATED PRESSTewolde Gebremariam, Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, poses for a photograph after speaking to The Associated Press at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Saturday, March 23, 2019. The chief of Ethiopian Airlines says the warning and training requirements set for the now-grounded 737 Max aircraft may not have been enough following the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash that killed 157 people.

Ethiopian Airlines says pilots got appropriate training

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) - Ethiopian Airlines' CEO says the pilots who flew the plane that crashed on March 10 had trained on "all appropriate simulators," rejecting reports that they had not been adequately prepared to handle the new …

Lori Loughlin

Prison for college schemers? Expert opinions differ

BOSTON (AP) - Could Aunt Becky be headed to prison? It could go either way, experts say. Some of the wealthy parents accused of paying bribes to get their kids into top universities may get short stints behind bars, if convicted, to send a …

State news

Senate President Harvey Peeler: It's time to collect bids, sell state-owned utility

COLUMBIA (AP) - The leader of the South Carolina Senate said lawmakers have studied whether to sell state-owned Santee Cooper enough and it is time to start collecting bids and making a decision on the utility's future. The bill introduced …

SCDC Director Bryan Stirling

Official: Unclear court orders confuse S.C. prison workers, cause errors

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina prison officials say unclear court orders and ambiguous directions have left prison workers confused about how much time offenders should serve. The division director of classification and inmate records at the …

2 arrested in S.C. shooting death of man found in pickup Sunday

GREENVILLE (AP) - Two people have been arrested in the shooting death of a man found in a pickup truck in South Carolina. The Greenville County Sheriff's Department said 22-year-old Adam Thomas Byrum and 21-year-old Corina Veronica Castro have …

I

Faith leaders voice support for S.C. medical marijuana bill

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina faith leaders voiced their support Wednesday for legalizing medical marijuana, saying it is a necessary step toward improving the quality of life for seriously ill people. The diverse group of clergy held a news …

South Carolina lawmakers mull fetal heartbeat abortion bill

COLUMBIA (AP) — Members of a South Carolina House subcommittee considered legislation on Thursday that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, about six weeks into pregnancy. The …

Obituaries
JOHN H. EPPS

ELMONT, N.Y. - John H. Epps, 94, died on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Mayfair Care Center, Hemstead, New York. He was born on Oct. 27, 1924, in Alcolu, a son of the late Louise Epps. Arrangements are incomplete. These services have been …

DONNA JEAN D. BLANDING

NORTH CHARLESTON - On Friday, March 22, 2019, Donna Jean Duckworth Blanding, wife of Arnold Blanding, heard her master's call at Ashley Rivers Tower Hospital in Charleston. Born on May 5, 1963, in Danville, Illinois, she was a daughter of Vertina …

CORINE NICKENS YATES GRANT

Corine Nickens Yates Grant, 71, widow of Tallies Yates Jr. and then Willie Houston Grant, died on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at her home. Born on Dec. 26, 1947, in Sumter County, she was a daughter of the Rev. Bowen and Rebecca Davis …

AMEN'RA ALLAH LILES

BISHOPVILLE - Amen'ra Allah Liles, 20, passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2019. The family is receiving friends at 721 Frierson St., Bishopville. Professional and courteous services will be announced later by JP Holley Funeral Home, …

MURDOCK ALLEN WHITE

MANNING - Murdock Allen White, 96, died on Sunday, March 24, 2019, at Magnolias of Santee. He was born on March 12, 1923, in Manning, a son of the late Wilford G. White Sr. and Rovena Scott White. The family is receiving at the home of his …

Celebrations
105 and still serving God BRUCE MILLS / THE SUMTER ITEM Mary Cunningham, left, and Kristi Downer of Trinity United Methodist Church share a laugh Friday, March 8, at Covenant Place at a party celebrating Cunningham's 105th birthday. Cunningham is still a member of Trinity …
Marie Small celebrates 102 years Marie Bacote Small, affectionately known as "Mack," celebrated her 102nd birthday on Saturday at her home with family and friends. Born on March 10, 1917, in Lee County, she is the daughter of the late Spencer and Florence Bacote. She is the …
Burgesses celebrate 50 years William and Shirley Burgess, of Sumter, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. A dinner was given in their honor by their six children, Calvin, Patrese, Derek, Michael, Crystal and Kayce.
Joneses celebrate 50 years Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bruce Jones, of Sumter, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. A party was given in their honor by their daughter and son-in-law, Angie and Ken Rosefield. The couple has one grandson, Evans …
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 …
Faith
Church News: Friday, March 22, 2019 Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2371 Joseph Lemon-Dingle Road, Jordan community, Manning, announces: * Saturday, April 6 - Youth conference will be held beginning at 10 a.m. The theme for the conference is "Love." Conference will include …
Speeding, tickets and grace I was traveling to Charleston for a wedding rehearsal. Traffic was heavy on the interstate, which slowed no one down. I was going faster than the speed limit, mostly to keep from being run over by the Friday afternoon traffic, but also because I was …
Church News: Friday, March 15, 2019 Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2371 Joseph Lemon-Dingle Road, Jordan community, Manning, announces: * Sunday - Gospel singing at 4 p.m. featuring the mass choir. * Saturday, April 6 - Youth conference will be held beginning at 10 a.m. The …
Things you think you really know Everyone knows that Adam and Eve ate the apple and got thrown out of the garden - right? Actually, nowhere in the Bible is a specific fruit named. John Milton in 1644 said it was an apple after French and German artists had depicted apples on the …
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
Brutus is a big baby just looking for a forever family

Brutus is a 1-year-old Labrador / pit mix. He is great with children and other dogs but doesn't care much for cats. Brutus is very friendly, affectionate and playful. He loves everyone he meets. Brutus is a big baby who is looking for a family …

Weddings
Berry-Poplin SUMMERVILLE - Cathryn Denison Berry of Summerville and Felder Wayne Poplin III of Sumter were united in marriage at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at St. Paul's Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Watkins Berry Jr. of …
Allen-Barnes GREENVILLE - Sarah Margaret Allen and Allen Jackson Barnes Jr., both of Columbia, were united in marriage at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at the Charles E. Daniel Memorial Chapel, Furman University. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and …
Briggs-Macchio LAKE CITY - Jessica Hope Briggs of Sumter and Anthony Michael Macchio of Florence were united in marriage at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at The Bean Market. The bride is the daughter of Ms. Norma Briggs of Sumter. She graduated from Sumter …
Engagements
Cannon-Holley Mr. and Mrs. David Hampton Cannon of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Victoria Hampton Cannon of Sumter, to Landon Ryan Holley of Aiken, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph D. Holley Jr. of Warrenville and Mrs. Marcellea Gilreath of …
Bamford-Schwartz Mr. and Mrs. Bruce William Bamford of Brevard, North Carolina, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Claire Bamford, to Milton Hughes Schwartz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Schwartz of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of …
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 …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter football gets new home

Reflections looks back at the movement of a Sumter public school's football program to the upscale stadium at the fairgrounds during the World War II era. The first football games were first played on the "old race track just beyond Judge Green's …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sumter WASP killed in plane crash; speedway gets facelift 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Oct. 14 - Oct. 20 - Lt. Col. Frank K. Clarke, 40, well-known Sumter attorney, was one of five officers aboard a missing transport plane for which Third Air Force headquarters at Tampa, Florida, was making a widespread …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: DAV Sumter chapter organized; Shaw holds mock disaster 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Sept. 7 - Oct. 13 - Capt. William A. Berrian Jr., of the Columbia chapter of Disabled American Veterans, will be in Sumter when the local chapter of DAV is reorganized. A meeting will be held in the courthouse. All veterans …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Hi-Y club sponsors drive for allies; Sumter organizes SPCA 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Sept. 30 - Oct. 6 - We do not have to be old to remember when a bale of cotton to the acre was an exceptional yield, even on a pet patch. County Agent S. W. Epps of Dillon said, "I believe this county will average a bale to …
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