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Some deer sounds

A deer started blowing back in the pines, and I hadn't even sat down yet. It was dark, and the soft wind was in my face. I had climbed the stand slowly and carefully and had not made a sound. Yet this deer had detected my presence somehow. All I … more

South Carolina editorial roundup: Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Times and Democrat Sept. 16 Speeding during pandemic has made highways deadlier With fewer people on the roads during the coronavirus pandemic, it seems nearly all states are … more

Public Agenda: Weekend, Sept. 19-20, 202

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some meetings/events may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. CLARENDON COUNTY CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL DISTRICT 4 Monday, 6 p.m., Clarendon Three Board Room, public can … more

3 ways to make your yard a safe haven for birds

Without a few measures in place, your home and garden could be hazardous to birds. Here are some great ways to create a safe haven for beautiful flying visitors. - Garden organically: Conventional pesticides can be toxic to … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Gliders played an important role in Normandy Invasion

Reflections looks back at an important segment of the U.S. military joined by numerous soldiers from the Sumter community. The Glider Infantry program proved an integral part of the armed forces and played an important role in the Normandy Invasion, … more

'God-fearing, kind' man celebrates 100th birthday with drive-by parade in Sumter

A man got the surprise of his life Tuesday with a drive-by parade celebration for his 100th birthday. The Rev. Verner D. Spencer made it to the big one-zero-zero, and to not celebrate it amid the coronavirus pandemic was not an option for his … more

ROBERT GEORGE GIBBS

Robert "Bob" George Gibbs, 89, husband of Barbara Jane Jarrard Gibbs, died on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at Grand Strand Hospital in Myrtle Beach. Born in Franklin, New Jersey, he was a son of the late Clifford and Marion Walker Gibbs. Bob was a … more

ZAKI LOVELY

BISHOPVILLE - Zaki Lovely, 18, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. A private funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today at JP Holley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Thomastown Cemetery. Professional and courteous services … more

FRANCES ROBERTS BURWELL

Ever meet a stranger? Fran didn't. After a courageous battle with cancer, Frances "Fran" Roberts Burwell passed away on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. She was born on Feb. 20, 1946, in Sanford, Florida. She proudly called Asheville, North Carolina, home … more

ASHBY RHAME

REMBERT - Walter Ashby Rhame II, 79, of Rembert, died on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. A graveside memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Quaker Cemetery. The service will be conducted by American Legion Post 17. Born in Moncks Corner, … more

CHARLES V. KAMMERMANN

Lt. Col. Retired Charles V. Kammermann, 83, husband of the the Rev. Cheryl Janes Kammerman, died on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, at NHC Healthcare in Sumter. Services will be announced by Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter. more

SAMMIE LEE HOLLOMAN JR.

Sammie Lee Holloman Jr., 54, died on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, at McLeod Regional Medical in Florence. Born in Sumter County, he was a son of Sarah Jane McCray Hollomon and the late Sammie Lee Holloman. Due to the pandemic and in accordance … more

JOSEPH FRANKLIN MCLEOD JR.

On Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, God saw fit in his infinite wisdom to call Joseph Franklin McLeod Jr., 52, home from earthly battles to heavenly rewards. Joseph, known to most as "Speedy," was born on Aug. 25, 1968, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to … more

LINDA ANN MYERS

Linda Ann Myers, age 75, died on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, at her residence. Born in Pomaria, she was a daughter of the late Dewey Edwin Free and Jessie Marie Bentley Free. Ms. Myers loved her family, music, church and God. She was a loving mother … more

Leisure, hospitality jobs in S.C. still hurting the most

Four months into economic recovery from the start of the pandemic, and the leisure and hospitality industry in The Palmetto State to include hotels and restaurants remains the hardest hit among the various sectors. Federal Reserve Bank of … more

Litter pickup is Saturday in City of Sumter

A group dedicated to removing litter from South Carolina communities is partnering with Sumter's government and local Boy Scouts to help clean up the city. The City of Sumter's new litter control officer will help lead a trash pickup day on … more

Voting is open for Sumter Item's Teacher of the Month

Voting is now open for the first contest in The Sumter Item's Teacher of the Month, presented by Carolina Grove. At least 15 teachers from Sumter's public and private schools were nominated in this first go-round, and four have been selected as … more

Roche: Inflammation drug shows promise in 1st largely minority COVID-19 study

A drug company said Friday that a medicine it sells to tamp down inflammation has helped prevent the need for breathing machines in hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the first large study that primarily enrolled Hispanics and … more

Pre-K, kindergarten, 1st grade can begin hybrid classes in Sumter School District Oct. 1

For Sumter's youngest students and those who receive supplemental supports, Sumter School District will move to a hybrid/blended model of instruction on Oct. 1 and Sept. 28, respectively. Superintendent Penelope Martin-Knox distributed a letter … more
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