Attention to detail is Kenny's goal for cleaning at Kenny's Car Wash in Sumter

Kenny Black is owner of Kenny's Car Wash at the corner of Broad and North Purdy streets where an attention to detail and friendly conversation come with every service.
This series is in honor of Black History Month, where each February, as designated by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, founded by Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson, as well as The Library of Congress, an …
Studio Sumter

Sumter Today: A historical marker is unveiled at Shaw Air Force Base

A historical marker was unveiled at Shaw Air Force Base to honor Col. James E. Randall and the 13 other Shaw airmen who filed a lawsuit in the 1960's to compel Sumter to adhere to the Brown vs. Board …

Panorama

Major exhibit by Chesley will fill entire Sumter County Gallery of Art

FROM STAFF REPORTS Works by Southern regional artist Stephen Chesley will fill both galleries at the Sumter County Gallery of Art from Thursday through April 19. The exhibition opens with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Primarily …

Nation/world
Searing testimony heard at Vatican sex abuse summit VATICAN CITY (AP) — The day began with an African woman telling an extraordinary gathering of Catholic leaders that her priestly rapist forced her to have three abortions over a dozen years after …
Feds: El Chapo's sons indicted on drug conspiracy charges WASHINGTON (AP) — Two sons of notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman have been indicted on drug conspiracy charges, the Justice Department said Thursday. Joaquin Guzman Lopez, 34, and …
Official: Smollett suspected of lying about attack CHICAGO - Chicago detectives suspect that "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett filed a false police report when he said he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack in downtown Chicago late last month, a police official said Wednesday. Police …
Feds share watchlist with 1,400 private groups FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - The federal government has acknowledged that it shares its terrorist watchlist with more than 1,400 private entities, including hospitals and universities, prompting concerns from civil libertarians that those mistakenly …
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 …
State news
South Carolina groups want offshore drilling tests to cease during their lawsuit

COLUMBIA - Conservation groups suing the Trump administration over plans to conduct offshore drilling tests asked a judge on Wednesday to halt preparatory work for the drilling until their case is heard in court. The motion filed in federal court …

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 …
Obituaries
AUDREY PACK WADFORD Audrey Pack Wadford, 85, widow of Willie C. Wadford, died on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at Dr. Ronald E. McNair Nursing Center in Lake City. Born on Oct. 19, 1933, in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late Carl Benjamin Pack and Teresa Hodge Pack. …
JACKSON L. GREEN Jackson L. Green passed on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, at the Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at the JP Holley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Elliott Pentecostal Church Cemetery in …
ELOISE MACK BISHOPVILLE - Eloise Mack, wife of Gussie Mack, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at McCoy Memorial Nursing Center. The family is receiving friends at the home, 333 Lynchburg Highway, Wisacky. Professional and courteous services will be …
LARNIA A. MCGEE Larnia A. McGee, 65, wife of Steven McGee, died on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, at her home in Sumter. Born on Sept. 4, 1953, in Sumter County, she was a daughter of Sam and Martha Wright Amos. The family will receive relatives and friends at the …
JARVIS A. MCCRAY Jarvis A. "PaPa" McCray, 39, died on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Born on Sept. 23, 1979, in Sumter County, he was a son of Sydney Jackson and Azalee McFadden. The family will receive relatives and friends at the …
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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