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Jewish Welfare Fund holds supper at temple; Shaw hosts F-102 Delta Daggers

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Jan. 25 - 31 - Officers re-elected for an additional one-year term at the annual Sumter County Game and Fish Association barbecue and meeting were B.L. Montague, president; R. T. Brown Sr., secretary-treasurer; George L. … more

Germany is 1st major economy to phase out coal and nuclear

BERLIN - German lawmakers have finalized the country's long-awaited phase-out of coal as an energy source, backing a plan that environmental groups say isn't ambitious enough and free marketeers criticize as a waste of taxpayers' money. Bills … more

Geofence warrants to be tested in Va. bank robbery case

RICHMOND, Va. - It was a terrifying bank robbery: Demanding cash in a handwritten note, a man waved a gun, threatened to kill a teller's family, ordered employees and customers onto the floor and escaped with $195,000. Surveillance video gave … more

COVID-struck Afghans breathe free with reopening of oxygen factory

KABUL, Afghanistan - Seven years ago, Najibullah Seddiqi closed his oxygen factory, frustrated with power cuts and with rampant corruption that kept him from getting contracts with hospitals. But as the coronavirus raced through Afghanistan, he … more

Pandemic forces Argentines to develop human foosball

PERGAMINO, Argentina (AP) - Soccer-starved Argentines have found a way to play their beloved sport while social distancing, though the rules have been altered and the dazzling end-to-end dashes produced by national legend Diego Maradona are … more

Sumter school board to have special called meeting Monday; 2 committee meetings will be later in week

With a special called, virtual meeting of the full board Monday and two virtual committee meetings on Thursday, it will be a busy upcoming week for Sumter School District's Board of Trustees. A district spokeswoman notified the media of the … more

Bates Middle School to be part of state group focused on graduate profile

The requirements for new entrants into the workforce in future years are steeped in critical-thinking skills, problem solving, creativity and innovation. The state Department of Education recently selected Sumter School District's Bates Middle … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: The history of Sumter-area schools, part II

Reflections remembers the development of Sumter's education system and the construction of numerous schools attended by local students. The author used historic data retrieved from The Sumter Item archives. An article written by John Mitchell in the … more

Donate convalescent COVID-19 blood plasma in Sumter

All our coronavirus coverage is free to the public. It’s the right thing to do as a public service to our community. If you find this article helpful or informative and want to support our … more

Hair weaves from Chinese prison camps seized

By MARTHA MENDOZA The Associated Press Federal authorities in New York on Wednesday seized a shipment of weaves and other beauty accessories suspected to be made out of human hair taken from people locked inside a Chinese internment … more

AL MVP Trout still doesn't feel comfortable about playing this year

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Mike Trout rounded third base wearing a white N-95 mask Friday morning as he participated in the Los Angeles Angels first workout of summer camp. The reigning American League MVP is taking every necessary precaution as he … more

Redskins to review name amid race debate

WASHINGTON - The Washington Redskins began a "thorough review" of their nickname Friday, a significant step toward moving on from what experts and advocates call a "dictionary-defined racial slur." Even though owner Dan Snyder had shown no … more

USC adds two more commitments for '21 class

The University of South Carolina football program added two more commitments for its 2021 recruiting class, adding wide receiver Derwin Burgess and athlete Simeon Price. Burgess (5-feet-11-inches, 177 pounds) of Riverdale, Ga., announced on … more

MLB cancels All-Star Game for first time since 1945

LOS ANGELES - Dodger Stadium's 40-year wait to host the All-Star Game is going to last even longer. The game scheduled for July 14 was canceled Friday because of the coronavirus pandemic, and Dodger Stadium was awarded the 2022 Midsummer Classic. … more

Worth the Price: Former USC closer Matt Price remembers magical run to 2010 CWS title

When practice and intrasquad scrimmages came to an end for the University of South Carolina baseball team in the fall of 2009, Matt Price didn't know where he stood. "I did not do well in fall intrasquads, and the coaches were actually looking at … more

NFL to play Black anthem before national anthem

"Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" will be performed live or played before "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to each NFL game during Week 1 and the league is considering putting names of victims of police brutality on helmet decals or jersey patches, a … more

Braves' Hamels says shoulder feels strong after long layoff

ATLANTA - For baseball's short season, Cole Hamels says short starts will work just fine. The Atlanta Braves' new veteran left-hander just wants to make sure he posts quality innings, no matter how few they may be. Hamels said Friday he is … more

Sumter P-15's bats quiet in 2-0 loss to Florence

FLORENCE - The Sumter P-15's saw their 2-game winning streak snapped with a 2-0 loss to Florence Post 1 on Thursday at American Legion Field. Sumter fell to 2-3 on the season in the South Carolina American League. Post 1 remained undefeated at … more

Military spouse at Shaw Air Force Base receives high honor from USARCENT for public service

A civilian and U.S. Army Central spouse was awarded the third-highest honor the Department of the Army can award to a private citizen on July 1. USARCENT Chief of Staff Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Van presented Katrin Galeano with the Meritorious Public … more
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