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Michael Harolyn Kirby, 64, widower of Dorothy Sluss Kirby, died on Thursday, July 2, 2020. Born in Sumter, he was a son of Mildred Dority Kirby and the late William Kirby. Mr. Kirby was employed … more


ALCOLU — Clifford Jermaine "CJ" Joe, 44, died on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. He was born on Sept. 8, 1975, in Williamsburg County, a son of Effie Dell Rogers Hilton and the late John Joe … more

Public Agenda: Weekend, July 4-5, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some of the following meetings/events may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. SANTEE-LYNCHES REGIONAL COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS BOARD OF DIRECTORS Monday, noon, … more

S.C. students continue learning via farm work during pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools statewide to shutter, hundreds of schools were forced to transition entirely to remote learning. But when the … more

A new tool

I had not been on one in nearly 30 years. The rapid acceleration surprised me, and the deceleration was equally rapid. But I knew it would be like riding a bicycle; once you learn, it stays with you. I knew that all it would take was a little … more

S.C. state parks advise campers to leave firewood at home, purchase locally

State parks in South Carolina are asking visitors and campers to mitigate the spread of invasive insects by purchasing firewood locally near parks. The recent discovery in Charleston County of the … more

AP answers: Does wearing a mask pose any health risks?

By The Associated Press Does wearing a mask pose any health risks? No, not for most people. Babies and toddlers should not wear masks because they could suffocate. The same goes for anyone who has trouble removing a mask without … more

OPINION: We can't apply today's standards to yesterday's people

A New York Times op-ed now says that George Washington statues "must" be pulled down. Beautiful. Yes, forget the good things Washington did to form this country. Let's judge him by today's standards instead of looking at him with historical … more

OPINION: On Independence Day, we can live with disagreement

In honor of Constitution Day this past September, I wrote a column for The Sumter Item calling for "humility and charity" in our politics. I ended that column with a quote from Judge Learned Hand, which appears in a speech called The Spirit of … more

Some travelers including those from S.C., N.C. face quarantine in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) - People traveling to Chicago from 15 states with increasing numbers of confirmed cases of the coronavirus will have to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival or face possible fines, city officials announced Thursday. To comply with … more


MANNING - Jan Surber McCord, 72, wife of James B. McCord Jr., died on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at McLeod Hospice House. Born on April 19, 1948, in Sumter, she was a daughter of Imo Jane "Jean" Shealy Surber and the late Richard Edward Surber. She … more


CONWAY - Mary Catherine "Kit" Poole Causey, age 103, passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at her home. Catherine was born on Feb. 2, 1917, in Chesterfield, a daughter of the late Frank B. and Carrie Blalock Poole. Kit was a member of Delta … more


James Clayton Bradley Jr. was born on Dec. 17, 1966, in Sumter, to James C. Bradley Sr. and Christalee Gibson-Bradley. He departed this life on Monday, June 22, 2020, in Brooklyn, New York. He is survived by his father, James Clayton Bradley … more


Robert Lee Goodman Sr., 92, widower of Helen Ragins Goodman, departed this life on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at Prisma Health Richland Hospital, Columbia. He was born on Jan. 10, 1928, in Sumter County, a son of the late Robert and Geneva Fullard … more


Apostle Frances Van Buren Washington was born on Dec. 11, 1957, to Modestine Rose Van Buren and the late Willie Van Buren Jr. She departed this life on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Frances grew up in Sumter County … more


Barbara Jean London Brunson, 77, widow of Joseph Lewis "Pete" Brunson Sr., died on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Born on Sept. 15, 1942, in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late Denson Myer London and Margaret … more


Inez Miriam Grooms, 80, widow of Allen Grooms Sr., died on Thursday, July 2, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Services will be announced by Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter. more


Mary Elizabeth Bruce, 67, was born on Oct. 28, 1952, in Sumter, a daughter of Lillie Mae Brailsford Dubose Moses and the late James Dubose Sr. She departed this life on Saturday, June 27, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital in … more


Rose Grant Dennis, 92, wife of the late Daniel Marion Dennis Jr., died on Thursday, July 2, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Born on Aug. 3, 1927, in McColl, she was a daughter of the late Samuel Jasper Grant and Maude Tripp Grant. She was … more

OPINION: On this Independence Day, recalling Founders' views of a free press

Editor's Note: America's Newspapers and its members have a vested interest in helping the general public understand the essential role of a free press. Members are encouraged to publish this opinion piece and the accompanying editorial cartoon - or … more
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