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
Why do zebras have stripes? Maybe to confuse blood-suckers LONDON (AP) - Zebra stripes are dazzling - particularly to flies. That's the conclusion of scientists from the University of Bristol and the University of California at Davis who dressed horses in black-and-white striped coats to help determine …
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 …
State news
S.C. lawmakers hear emotional testimony on prison reform bill

COLUMBIA - South Carolina lawmakers on Thursday heard emotional testimony from family members of victims and advocates as lawmakers discussed legislation set to reform the state's corrections system. Members of the Senate Corrections and Penology …

University of South Carolina apologizes for blackface yearbook photos COLUMBIA (AP) - The University of South Carolina's president is apologizing after pictures of white students wearing blackface were found in old yearbooks. USC President Harris Pastides said in a letter Tuesday that the photos were found in the …
Ex-school district worker gets 5 years for embezzling $1.2M CHARLESTON (AP) - The former chief financial officer for the school district of Berkeley County, South Carolina, has been sentenced to just more than 5 years in prison for embezzling more than $1.2 million. News outlets report 62-year-old …
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 …
Obituaries
LARNIA MCGEE Larnia McGee, 65, was born on Sept. 4, 1953, to the late Sam Eugene Amos and Martha Wright Amos. She passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, at home in Sumter County surrounded by a loving family. Larnia attended the public schools of …
VERNELL PUGH CUBIT FLORENCE - On Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, Vernell Pugh Cubit, wife of Sampson Cubit Sr., heard her master's call at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence. Born on Nov. 10, 1938, in Paxville, she was a daughter of the late Lawrence Sr. and Beulah …
LORETHA VONNE DANIELS LAKE CITY - Loretha Vonne Daniels, 24, died on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at Lake City Hospital, Lake City. She was born on Sept. 2, 1994, in Florence, a daughter of Herbert Lee McKenzie and Carrie Demetrius Daniels McKenzie. The family is …
LALLA MAE BRISBON REMBERT - Lalla Mae Brisbon, 88, of 66 Brisbon Lane, Rembert, passed on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Funeral services will be conducted at noon on Saturday at Pine Grove AME Church, Rembert. Burial will be at Springhill United Methodist Church …
LEON THAMES Leon Thames, widower of Argenell Adams-Thames, died on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 4319 Rowe Drive, Summerton. Viewing will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today at …
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
A real man . . . I grew up with people who had definite ideas about what a real man did: - A real man always unsaddled his horse after a day's work, fed the horse and brushed out the horse's coat before he went to the house for supper. Of course, all the women …
Church News: Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Sunday - Black history program at 3 p.m. Dr. W. Franklin Evans, president of Voorhees College, Denmark, will speak. Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2571 Joseph Lemon-Dingle Road, Jordan …
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 …
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Pets for adoption
Millie loves people, is super sweet

Millie is a housebroken 1-year-old American short hair. She is a super sweet, affectionate, active and playful girl. Millie loves people and is great with other cats and children. She would make a perfect family pet and lap buddy. The Sumter …

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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