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Pedestrian, 29, killed after being struck by vehicle in Sumter

A 29-year-old pedestrian succumbed to injuries Saturday she sustained the night before when she was struck by a vehicle on U.S. 378 in Sumter. Lavari Toney died Oct. 17 at Prisma Health Tuomey … more

Motorcyclist dies in Friday night accident near Shaw Air Force Base

A 49-year-old Dalzell man died at the hospital after sustaining injuries Friday night in a motorcycle accident. Nicholas Rocheleau was driving a 2020 Harley Davidson that struck a concrete median … more

Lynchburg motel shooting leaves Timmonsville man dead

A man from Timmonsville was shot to death Friday night at a Lynchburg motel, officials say. The incident occurred about 9:02 p.m. Oct. 16, according to Sumter County Coroner Robbie Baker. Tyvon … more

Forecasters: Drought is more likely than blizzards this winter

Don't expect much of a winter wallop this year, except for the pain of worsening drought, U.S. government forecasters said Thursday. Two-thirds of the United States should get a warmer than normal winter, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric … more

BI-LO to close for Thanksgiving Day including Sumter store

BI-LO shoppers need to find another last-minute store or get their Thanksgiving grocery lists completed ahead of time. The announcement that all Southeastern Grocers stores, which includes BI-LO, Winn-Dixie and Fresco y Mas and Harveys … more

Letter: Thank you to Roark, Dennis for speaking with Sumter Ministers

I want to thank Chief Russell Roark and Sheriff Anthony Dennis for speaking to the Sumter Ministers group, as noted in The Sumter Item's Oct. 15 edition. Our group was formed in the aftermath of the George Floyd murder to build bridges of … more

U.S. retail sales grow for 5th month in a row

NEW YORK (AP) - Retail sales rose strongly in September, the fifth straight month of growth, as Americans spent more on clothing, cars and sporting goods. U.S. retail sales jumped 1.9% last month, the U.S. Commerce Department said Friday. That's … more

South Carolina editorial roundup: Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Post and Courier Oct. 13 Involving police and agencies in shutting down crowded events In Murrells Inlet, an estimated 2,000 maskless patrons packed shoulder to shoulder into a biker … more

Letter: Hastie shows leadership and will lead Sumter to success

It is a rare pleasure to write a letter of support for Col. Calvin Hastie. I have known the colonel for more than 25 years and have known his two children well. Cashena and Kenny were distinguished students at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, where … more

China rapidly expands use of experimental COVID-19 vaccines

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - China is rapidly increasing the number of people receiving its experimental coronavirus vaccines, with a city offering one to the general public and a biotech company providing another free to students going abroad. The city … more

Griffins celebrate 50 years

Jimmy and Nancy Griffin, of Sumter, celebrated their 50th anniversary on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, at their home. Their two children are Lacey Griffin Ray of Apex, North Carolina, and Leigh Griffin Carter and her husband, Ross, of Cary, North … more

Enrollment campaign, outreach before public charter board on Monday

The current enrollment campaign and outreach strategies lead discussion for Liberty STEAM Charter School's founding Board of Directors' monthly meeting set for Monday. A Liberty STEAM administrator distributed a meeting agenda on Thursday. The … more


Mr. Ernest and Mrs. Cherell Butler of Aiken and Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Williams of Saluda announce the engagement of their daughter, Amy D. Williams of Simpsonville, to Derrick L. Jordan of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jordan of … more


Betty W. Geddings, 84, widow of Everette Geddings, died on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, at her home. Born on Oct. 22, 1935, in Kershaw County, she was a daughter of the late Isaac Aiken Williams and Bertie Bell Davis Williams. She was a member of … more


Matthew "Matt" Blanding Singleton, 73, died on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, at Blue Ridge Nursing Center in Sumter. Born in Sumter County, he was a son of the late Lizzie Esther "Liz" Brown Singleton and Earl and Hattie Blanding. Matthew loved to … more


Graveside services for Joe Gregg Jr. will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Bradford Cemetery, 160 Tally Lane, Sumter, with Bishop Willie Green officiating. A public viewing will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. on Monday at Whites Mortuary. Joe was … more


Mary Agnes James Gibson, 78, widow of Albert Gibson Sr., departed this life on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, at The Carriage House in Sumter. She was born on Nov. 10, 1941, in Clarendon County, a daughter of the late Joseph and Ethel Robinson … more


Virginia Brown Williams, 75, widow of Leon Williams Sr., departed this life on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. She was born on Sept. 26, 1945, in Clarendon County, a daughter of the late Rufus and Lear Holliday … more


Mary Alice Junious, 54, departed this life on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, at Prisma Health Richland Hospital in Columbia. She was born on Oct. 23, 1965, in Columbia, a daughter of Mamie Morris Lloyd and the late Bobby Lloyd. The family will receive … more
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