'They're my brothers and sisters'

In an effort to give back to the community during United Way Day of Action, the local branch of the organization and other organizations partnered with Emmanuel Soup Kitchen to provide meals to dozens of people on Thursday. Day of Action is an …

Sumter Today: USC Sumter holds annual youth summer camp

For today's show, we headed over to USC Sumter for their annual youth summer camp. With different topics throughout the week, the summer scholar series we visited taught about the Civil War and life …

State news
President will travel to Columbia on Monday to campaign for McMaster COLUMBIA - President Donald Trump is returning to South Carolina next week to make a last-minute campaign appearance in Gov. Henry McMaster's bid for a first full term. The McMaster campaign said in an emailed statement on Tuesday night that …
Suit dismissed over faulty gun check before Charleston church shooting A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the FBI over a faulty background check that allowed Dylann Roof to buy the gun he used to kill nine people in a racist attack at a South Carolina …
New S.C. law opens birth records to adult adoptees COLUMBIA (AP) - Marie Anderson wishes the kind of law South Carolina just enacted had been in place when she decided to look for her biological parents in the early 1990s. "I went to foster parents when I was 5 days old," said Anderson, now 82 …
Officials: Prison cellphone jamming test a success COLUMBIA - Federal officials say they conducted a successful test earlier this year of a jamming technology some hope will help combat the threat posed by inmates with smuggled cellphones. A report obtained Friday by The Associated Press details …
Nation/world
Charles Krauthammer, prominent conservative voice, has died

NEW YORK — Charles Krauthammer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and pundit who helped shape and occasionally dissented from the conservative movement as he evolved from "Great Society" …

Trump halts family separations at border WASHINGTON - Bowing to pressure from anxious allies, President Donald Trump abruptly reversed himself Wednesday and signed an executive order halting his administration's policy of separating children from their parents when they are detained …
U.S. has split up families throughout its history ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Some critics of the forced separation of Latino children from their migrant parents say the practice is unprecedented. But it's not the first time the U.S. government has split up families, detained children or allowed …
Kim leaves China as South Korea urges nukes plan BEIJING - South Korea urged North Korea on Wednesday to present a plan with concrete steps toward denuclearization, raising the pressure on its leader Kim Jong Un as he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in a visit designed to convey the …
Obituaries
KANNIE L. BYRD Kannie Loretta Byrd, 75, died on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at her residence in Sumter. Born in Bronx, New York, she was a daughter of the late Moses Lawson and Henrietta Stukes Moses and stepdaughter of the late Henry Moses Jr. Funeral …
RICHARD WILLIAMS JR. GREELEYVILLE - Richard Williams Jr., 63, died on Wednesday, June 20, 2017, at Grand Strand Medical Center, Myrtle Beach. He was born on July 21, 1954, in Greeleyville, a son of the late Richard Williams Sr. and Cleo Gamble Williams. The family …
EVA BELL WILSON Eva Bell Wilson entered eternal rest on June 19, 2018, at McLeod Hospice House, Florence. The family is receiving friends at the home of her granddaughter, Marie McCullough, 1056 W. Lynches River Road, Lamar. Funeral arrangements are …
JAMES C. GIBSON MANNING - James Columbus Gibson, 69, husband of Sarah Whitfield Gibson, died on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at Palmetto Health Tuomey. He was born on March 26, 1949, in Davis Station, a son of the late Emanuel and Evelyn Dingle Gibson. The family …
SHIRLEY L. BLACK Shirley L. Black, 78, widow of Abe Black, died on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at Palmetto Health Tuomey. Born on June 18, 1940, in Clarendon County, she was a daughter of Ferdinand and Ida Conyers Leonard. The family will receive relatives and …
Celebrations
Wilkies celebrate 63 years Mr. and Mrs. Joe T. Wilkie Sr. of Sumter celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on June 2, 2018. Their three children and their spouses are Joe T. Jr. and Diana Wilkie of Barno, Paul and Amy Wilkie of Sumter and the late Mathew Wilkie. The …
Nesbitts celebrate 50 years Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Nesbitt Sr. of Sumter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 15, 2018, with a casual dinner at their home. Their two children and their spouses are Christopher and Susan Nesbitt and Joyce and the late Charles …
Hudsons celebrate 60 years Mr. and Mrs. Roy B. Hudson Sr. of Sumter celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 31, 2018, with their three children and their spouses: Pat and Tony Buddin of Sumter, Roy B. Jr. and Michele Hudson of Blairwood, and Candace Hudson of …
Culbreaths celebrate 60 years of marriage Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Culbreath of Sumter celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 26, 2018. A casual dinner celebration was held in their honor by their two children and their spouses: Sabrina and John Budden and Gino and Gwendolyn …
Benbow family Five generations of the Benbow family are shown clockwise from left, standing: Joan Franklin, great-grandmother; Caroline Morton, grandmother; Cherrell Morton, mother; Arianna Riley, child; and seated, Rever Benbow, great-great-grandmother.
Faith
Sumter's Holy Comforter priest: 'God is not wringing His hands about this' The priest of a local parish said he's not extremely worried if his congregation loses its right to property it has held for more than a century after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied a state church district's petition for a hearing on …
Church News: Friday, June 15, 2018 Agape Outreach Ministries, 100 E. Red Bay Road, announces: * Saturday, June 23 - Prayer brunch at 11 a.m. Marian Anderson will speak. Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Saturday - Father's Day cookout, sponsored by the …
2 Sumter churches among 28 in S.C. that may have to vacate property after Supreme Court denies request After the U.S. Supreme Court denied a state church district's petition for a hearing Monday, it is unknown what the future may hold for two local congregations' properties. The Rev. Marcus Kaiser, rector of Church of the Holy Comforter, 213 N. …
US Supreme Court won't hear South Carolina Episcopal church case CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The nation's highest court has refused to hear a case from South Carolina churches upset with The Episcopal Church over a decision concerning ownership of …
Pets for adoption
Honey is a smart girl, who is as sweet as her name

Honey is as sweet as her name. This medium-sized 1- to 2-year-old mixed breed girl is gentle, friendly with other dogs and people, and well behaved on a leash. She is an easy-going young lady who could fit into any home. Her green eyes sparkle …

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Weddings
Hughes-Brunson ALCOLU - Kelsey Hughes and Joey Brunson, both of Manning, were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Clarendon Baptist Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Mark Hughes of Manning and the granddaughter of Mr. …
Reynolds-Robertson AUGUSTA, Georgia - Blythe Elizabeth Reynolds of Augusta, Georgia, and Zachary Tyler Robertson of Sumter were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 5, 2018, at Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and …
Griffin-Beard MONCKS CORNER - Lindsay Kate Griffin and William Rhett Beard were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Old Santee Canal Park. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Donald Griffin of Sumter and the granddaughter of …
Munn-White Taylor Marie Munn and Thomas McConnell White, both of Sumter, were united in marriage at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Rhett Munn Jr. of Sumter and …
Smith-Lander GLENVILLE, North Carolina - Hannah Elizabeth Smith and William Foster Lander, both of Raleigh, North Carolina, were united in marriage at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2, 2018, at Sawyer Family Farmstead. The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. …
Engagements
Townes-Potter Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Mark Townes of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Julie Catherine Townes of Charleston, to John Tyler Potter of Charleston, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Dwight Potter of Charleston.The bride-elect is the …
Schwechlen-Anderson Dr. and Mrs. Jay Anderson of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, formerly of Sumter, announce the engagement of their son, Gabriel James Anderson of Basel, Switzerland, to Caroline Schwechlen of Saint Louis, Alsace, France, daughter of Fernand Schwechlen …
Williams-Morris Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Williams of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Courtney Elizabeth Williams of Charlotte, North Carolina, to Nathan William Morris of Charlotte, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Morris of Charlotte. The …
Thompson-Daylami Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Allan Thompson of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Lee Thompson of Columbia, to Taylor Francis Daylami of Columbia, son of Mr. and Mrs. Benny Daylami of Summerville. The bride-elect is the …
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Panorama

How far away was that lightning?

You probably do it. It might be ingrained from when you were a kid, and now it's almost automatic. You see the flash of lightning - and you immediately start counting the seconds till it thunders. But does counting really get you a good estimate …

Reflections

Remembering Sumter's North Main Street

Reflections returns to the origin of the town of Sumter and remembers one of its first streets, North Main. According to information obtained from an article which appeared in an issue of The Item, when "the town of Sumter was laid out in the early …

Yesteryear
Mortuary ambulance service discontinued; 117-year-old dies in Clarendon hospital 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Jan. 8 - Jan. 14 - Sumter High School's basketball team opened the 1944 season but was pushed to win from the 454th Squadron five from Shaw Field. The final score was 20 to 16. Trailing 11-14 at intermission, the Gamecocks …
Bootery store manager named; Covenant Place ground broken 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Jan. 1 - Jan. 7 - Bagging a Focke-Wulf 190 on a recent raid over enemy territory, First Lt. John H. Truluck, Thunderbolt pilot from Lynchburg, increased his number of enemy aircraft destroyed to four. Lt. Truluck had …
Lowery receives Purple Heart; Shaw will lose 36 jets 75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Dec. 25 - Dec. 31 - Mrs. J. D. Harrelson received word from the War Department that her husband, Lt. "Jimmy" Harrelson, is missing in action in the Italian theater of war. He is a pilot and has been overseas for some time. …