Morris College holds Thanksgiving parade

PHOTOS BY MICAH GREEN / THE SUMTER ITEM Main Street was lined with families and Sumterites Saturday who came out to see the annual Morris College Fall Festival and Thanksgiving parade. Beginning on Harvin and Bartlette streets downtown by Central …
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Sumter Today: Hundreds turn out for the annual backcountry oyster roast

The Sumter County Museum held its annual oyster roast ahead of Thanksgiving, and there were plenty of steamed oysters, chili and barbecue to go around. The event is the museum's biggest fundraiser of …

State news
Mopeds in S.C. now require registration, license COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina's new rules requiring moped drivers to have a license and register their vehicles are in effect. Mopeds are now considered motor vehicles and must be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Drivers must …
Elevator in Chicago skyscraper fell 84 floors before 6 people rescued CHICAGO (AP) - People rescued from a trapped elevator in one of Chicago's tallest skyscrapers later learned they had dropped 84 floors. The Chicago Tribune reported Monday that six people, including a pregnant woman, got into the elevator early …
S.C. 8th-grader got perfect score on every state test CHARLESTON (AP) - Charleston eighth-grader Noah Boudolf knows that he's more than just a test score - but still, his test scores are off the charts. Noah received a standing ovation from parents and classmates during a recent award ceremony at …
Officer arrested on DUI suspicion on way to work JAMES ISLAND (AP) - Police in South Carolina say an officer was arrested on suspicion of DUI while he was on his way to work. Folly Beach Police Chief Andrew Gilreath tells news outlets Sgt. Shane Smith was involved in a crash Wednesday night in …
S.C. teachers complain of testing, low pay COLUMBIA (AP) - Educators in South Carolina have told state lawmakers that constant student testing is one of the biggest roadblocks they face. A Senate panel met Wednesday to get ideas on how to deal with a teacher shortage in South …
Nation/world
People in U.S., Canada warned to not eat romaine

NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials in the U.S. and Canada on Tuesday told people to avoid eating romaine lettuce because of a new E. coli outbreak. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it was working with officials in Canada on the outbreak, …

U.S. judge stalls enforcement of Trump asylum restrictions HOUSTON (AP) - A judge has ordered the U.S. government not to enforce a ban on asylum for people who cross the southern border illegally, another court setback for the Trump administration's efforts to impose new immigration restrictions without …
Rescue dog helps Ohio police department
MARBLEHEAD, Ohio (AP) - A pint-sized pup adopted by a northern Ohio police department is having a positive impact on officers and the community. Marblehead Police Chief Casey Joy told WTVG-TV that he was inspired to adopt a dog from Petfinder …
Officials try to keep list of those missing from fire updated CHICO, Calif. - It's been 12 days since Christina Taft started the frantic search for her mother Victoria, who refused to evacuate their Paradise home as flames neared, and six days since she gave authorities a cheek swab to identify remains …
Survey: More than 164M consumers plan to shop during 5-day weekend WASHINGTON (BUSINESS WIRE) - Retailers are preparing for one of their biggest weekends of the year as an estimated 164 million people are already planning to go shopping Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, according to the annual survey released …
Obituaries
SHEDRICK BURK V Shedrick Burk V, 36, husband of Laquetta Burk, departed this life on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence. He was born on Jan. 29, 1982, in Grand Forks, North …
DIANA L. CENTOFANTI Diana L. Centofanti, 90, widow of Guido J. Centofanti, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, at Palmetto Health Tuomey. Born May 19, 1928, in Somerset, Massachusetts, she was a daughter of the late George Pontes and Maria Louise Cabral Pontes. Mrs. …
WILLIAM MOORE JR. William Moore Jr., 87, widower of Rose Lee Baldwin Moore and son of the late William and Maggie Myott Moore Sr., was born on June 15, 1931, in Sumter. He departed this life on Monday, Nov.19, 2018, at Palmetto Health Tuomey in Sumter. Family will …
BETTY B. HACKETT Graveside services for Betty Nell Beaty Hackett of 100 Ott Road, Columbia, will be held at Evergreen Memorial Park in Sumter on Saturday at 11 a.m. Mrs. Hackett, 92, died on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Her service will be conducted by Sam Hunter of 721 …
FRED HILLEY POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. - It is with great sadness we announce the final flight of retired U.S. Air Force SMSgt. Fred A. Hilley. He passed peacefully in his sleep at his home on Lost Mountain, Georgia, on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. He was 85. Fred was …
Celebrations
Felders celebrate 50 years Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Felder, of Pinewood, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 2, 2018, on Hilton Head Island. A celebration was held in their honor by their three children, Thomas Felder Jr., Reginald Felder and Melissa Felder, all …
Mathewses celebrate 55 years Mr. and Mrs. Ralston C. Mathews of Sumter celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. Their three children are Patrice Mathews, Ritchie Mathews and Ralston Mathews. The couple has four grandchildren. Mrs. Mathews is …
Faith
WSSC breaks ground for new facility Sumter Baptist Temple, 2295 Harper St., held a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 28 for the construction of a new studio facility for WSSC 1340AM. WSSC is a non-commercial station that provides all …
Church News: Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 Berea SDA Church, 675 S. Lafayette Drive, announces: * Saturday, Nov. 24 - Homecoming 2018 "Grace will lead us home" at 11 a.m. Nationally-known speaker Dr. Larry Johnson of Raleigh, North Carolina, will speak. Bethel AME Church, 1605 S.C. …
Before the holidays, pause The holiday race is about to begin. Thanksgiving will be the warmup. We must lay in food, like people preparing for a famine. We will haul out cookbooks to prepare what we only cook once or twice a year. There will be kitchen disasters: cakes will …
Pets for adoption
Blue is big, low key

Blue is a big boy who is looking for a loving home. This young adult is 62 pounds and could stand to put on a few more. He is on the large side and likes other dogs, loves people and walks well on a leash. Blue will sit right between your knees and …

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Weddings
Rackley-Fernandes MOUNT PLEASANT - Kristen Elizabeth Rackley and Rold o Bueno Fernandes Neto, both of Charleston, were united in marriage at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2018, at Alhambra Hall. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tim Rackley of Sumter and the …
Ortmann-Hart Catherine Elizabeth Ortmann of Sumter and James Michael Hart of Columbia were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at LinRan Farm in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Chandler Ortmann of Sumter and the …
Townes-Potter MOUNT PLEASANT - Julie Catherine Townes and John Tyler Potter were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2018, at Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Mark Townes of Sumter and the …
Self-Dolan CHARLESTON - Anna McLaurin Self and Ryan Matthew Dolan, both of Charleston, were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at The Garden at Ashley Point. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Thomas Self Jr. and the …
Crabbe-Furse CHARLESTON - Lisa Joy Crabbe of Charleston and John Louden Furse of Aiken were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at Second Presbyterian Church. The bride is the daughter of Dr. Mark MacGregor and Dr. Linda Swain Crabbe of …
Engagements
Ortmann-Stuart Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Chandler Ortmann of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Anna Reid Ortmann of Columbia, to Cory Thomas Stuart of Columbia, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Alexander Stuart of San Diego, California. The bride-elect is …
Graham-White Mr. and Mrs. Tad Graham of Manning announce the engagement of their daughter, Haley Lynne Graham of Sumter, to Zachary Isaac White of Sumter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rocky White of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Billy …
Dollard-Truluck Mr. Joseph Clark Dollard and Mr. and Mrs. John William Baker Jr., all of Sumter, announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Danielle Dollard of Sumter, to Ryan Walker Truluck of Hopkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Walker Truluck of …
Windham-Walker Mr. and Mrs. Michael Emory Windham of Manning announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Michael Windham of Manning, to Thomas Kirk Walker of Sumter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Marshall Walker of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter …
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Club Digest: Nov. 18, 2018

SUMTER ART ASSOCIATION The Sumter Art Association met Oct. 16 in the parish hall of the Church of the Holy Comforter. President Patti Sosnowski welcomed members, and Rosemary Drakeford offered a devotional based on using verses from Psalm 122 as …

Reflections

Reflections: Celebrating 150 years of worship at Sumter's First Baptist Missionary Church

Reflections celebrates 150 years of worship with First Baptist Missionary Church on the corner of Washington and Dingle streets. According to Cassie Nicholes in Historical Sketches of Sumter County, this house of worship is often referred to as "a …

Yesteryear
Ration Board scrutinizes lemon prices; burning jet was test 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 June 10 - June 16 - R. L. McLeod Jr. and Richard Reese of this city have been selected as counselors for Camp Coker this season, Paul Runge, Boy Scout field executive, has announced. Camp Coker, the Pee Dee Area Council's …
Chief reminds residents of fire danger; desegregation plans approved 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 June 3 - June 9 - Tuomey Hospital has been designated by the office of Civilian Penicillin Distribution War Production Board as a depot for penicillin for this area, John W. Rankin, superintendent, was notified. The …
Women in the Air Force coming to Shaw; Sumter Business Expo should be biggest yet 75 YEARS AGO -1944 May 27 - June 2 - Two Shaw Field fliers were injured when their training plane crashed on the state farm at Hagood at about 5 o'clock. Although seriously injured, station hospital officials said that the two were coming …