Annual Sumter County Fair back in town

The Sumter County Fair is taking place this week at the Sumter County Fairgrounds at the corner of West Liberty Street and Artillery Drive. SCHEDULE Wednesday, Sept. 26 - Gates open to the public, 4 p.m. - All exhibits on display, 4-10 …
Studio Sumter

Sumter Today: Sumter Green holds its annual Fall Feast

For today's show, we're heading over to USC Sumter for the annual Fall Feast community event. With about 30 vendors on hand to serve all types of local food, the event is the biggest fundraiser of …

State news
After the hurricane comes the deluge on South Carolina coast GEORGETOWN (AP) — Eleven days ago, Lee Gantt was at a Hurricane Florence party in her neighborhood in Georgetown, where the story goes that some houses haven't flooded from the Sampit River since …
Hurricane Florence continues to wreck havoc in Carolinas BLADENBORO, N.C. (AP) - Ten days after Hurricane Florence came ashore, the storm caused fresh chaos Monday across the Carolinas, where rivers kept rising and thousands more people were told to be ready to evacuate. Authorities urged up to 8,000 …
Help farmers by contributing to SCFB fund FROM STAFF REPORTS In the wake of Hurricane Florence, South Carolina farm families and rural communities face estimated damage of $1.228 billion. In response to this tragedy and the tremendous needs of our farmers and rural communities, South …
Off duty: S.C. 'Trooper Bob' retiring from Highway Patrol COLUMBIA (AP) - After more than two decades as one of the South Carolina law enforcement community's most visible fixtures, the man known as "Trooper Bob" is hanging up his badge. Lt. Bob Beres told The Associated Press that he's retiring this …
Evacuations ordered for 500 people along the Lynches River in Florence WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A new round of evacuations was ordered in South Carolina as the trillions of gallons of water dumped by Hurricane Florence meanders to the sea, raising river levels and …
Nation/world
Credit freeze free now nationwide

Consumers can now freeze their credit for free under a new federal law. A credit freeze restricts access to your credit file, essentially halting anyone from opening any new credit in your name. The rules used to vary by state, but previously it …

Side effect of trafficking law: More street prostitution? NEW YORK - Recent crackdowns targeting the sex-for-hire industry have reduced the number of commercial ads on the internet and helped fight online trafficking. But activists and police say the efforts may have had unintended consequences - …
New accusation rocks Kavanaugh nomination WASHINGTON - Denouncing his accusers for launching "smears, pure and simple," Brett Kavanaugh said Monday he'll continue fighting for Senate confirmation to the Supreme Court, even as Republicans battled to prevent a second woman's assertion of …
Women who retire with their husbands often lose out
Women who retire when their husbands do may be giving up more wealth than they realize. Married women overall are still in their peak earning years in their 50s and early 60s, while married men's earnings are on the decline, said economist Nicole …
Army misses 2018 recruiting goal for 1st time in more than a decade
WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time since 2005, the U.S. Army missed its recruiting goal this year, falling short by about 6,500 soldiers, despite pouring an extra $200 million into bonuses …
Obituaries
JANETTE HICKSON It is with regret and profound sorrow that Samuels and Richardson Funeral Home announces the passing of Janette Hickson, 59, who passed away on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, at Carolinas Hospital System, after an illness. Funeral services are …
HEATHER T. FROTTEN Heather Marie Tennant Frotten, age 28, died on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, at Palmetto Heath Tuomey. You may go to www.bullockfuneralhome.com to view the full obituary and sign the family's guest book. The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home …
BEATRICE B. FLETCHER Beatrice Charlotte Brown Fletcher, age 89, beloved wife of the late James Felix Fletcher, died on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, at the Gardens of Sumter. Born in Bradford, New Hampshire, she was a daughter of the late George Edward Brown Sr. and …
JOHN D. PLAYER LYNCHBURG - John D. "J.D." Player, 77, husband of Juanita Matthews Player, died on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at his home. Services will be announced by Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter.
JIM H. AVINS MANNING - Jim H. Avins, 84, died on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at the home of his son and daughter-in-law. Services will be announced by Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter.
Celebrations
Moseses celebrate 50 years Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Moses of Sumter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 27, 2018, with their children and grandchildren. A dinner was given in their honor by their three children and their spouses: Frank Jr. and Tracy Moses, …
Faith
The story of Uncle Pete and 1 last rodeo My Uncle Pete was an almost mythic figure among Florida cowboys, winning the Best All-Around Cowboy a record 10 times in the state. That's a feat on par with Alabama football. In the 1970s, he wrote a piece for Guideposts magazine. I want to honor …
Church News: Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Sunday, Sept. 30 - Missionary worship Sunday at 10 a.m. Minister Michelle Spann Robinson will speak. Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, 774 Douglas Ave., announces: * Today - Fall Revival …
Jesus is not anxious about the storm you are facing He was tired. It had been a long day with the crowds, teaching them truths about Kingdom life. If you've ever taught from sunup to sundown, you know how exhausting it can be. The crowd was so large, he even had to get in a boat so he could get some …
Church News: Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Saturday - Giveaway from 8 a.m. until noon. * Sunday, Sept. 30 - Missionary worship Sunday at 10 a.m. Minister Michelle Spann Robinson will speak. Antioch United Methodist Church, 4040 …
Pets for adoption
Sterling is a friendly boy who loves a good back scratch

Sterling is a housebroken 4-month-old American short hair. He is great with children and other cats. He is a friendly boy who seeks out love, affection and a good back scratch. Sterling would make a great new buddy for any family. The …

Dear Abby
Weddings
Trammell-Reach CHARLESTON - Lauren Elizabeth Trammell of Mount Pleasant and William Daniel "Dan" Reach of Greenville were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018, at St. Luke's Chapel on the grounds of MUSC. Pastor Geoff Reppard of Seacoast Church …
McCarthy-Wallach LANDRUM - Mary Margaret McCarthy and Patrick James Wallach were united in marriage at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2018, at The Cliffs at Glassy Chapel. A reception followed at The Cabin at Mountain Park. The bride is the daughter of Suzanne …
Green-Williams PAWLEYS ISLAND - Montgomery Ford Williams and James Ecton Green Jr., both of Nashville, Tennessee, were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Pawleys Island Chapel. The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Theophilus Darius …
Cook-Cummings Erin Lee Ann Cook and Jeffrey Burgess Cummings, both of Sumter, were united in marriage at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018, at LinRan Farm in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Lee Cook and the granddaughter of Mrs. JoAnn …
Engagements
Ortmann-Hart Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Chandler Ortmann of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Catherine Elizabeth Ortmann, to James Michael Hart of Columbia, son of Dr. and Mrs. Michael Wayne Hart of Tyrone, Georgia. The bride-elect is the …
King-Neisler Mr. and Mrs. Calvin King of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Brooke Denise King of Sumter, to Cameron Neisler of Norwalk, Connecticut, son of Anton Neisler of Cary, North Carolina, and Debra Neisler of Charlotte, North …
Rackley-Fernandes Mr. and Mrs. Tim Rackley of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristen Rackley of Charleston, to Roldão Bueno Fernandes Neto of Charleston, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leocarlos Fernandes of …
Sigler-Hithe Mr. and Mrs. Lee Sigler of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Alexus Leara Sigler of Columbia, to Jodecy Marcel Hithe of Georgetown, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Hithe of Columbia. The bride-elect graduated from Central Carolina …
From the opinion pages
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Panorama

Green beer that looks like algae? It's all for clean water

TOLEDO, Ohio - There are spicy beers and even peanut butter beers, made to stand out on crowded shelves. Then there's a murky, green brew that looks a lot like algae. It's making a statement on the one ingredient brewers can't do without - clean …

Reflections

Japanese mini sub stopped in Sumter

Reflections remembers when the American Legion Post No. 15 sponsored a two-man Japanese suicide submarine as an exhibit on Main Street in April of 1944. The sub captured after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, was used to urge the …

Yesteryear
Block leaders organize cleanup; Sumter PD adds Bandit Editor's note: Because of Hurricane Florence, the Sunday, Sept. 16, edition of Yesteryear was published only online. Read it at www.theitem.com. 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 April 12 - April 21 - Cadet Francis Gregg Horne and Cadet Charles Robert …
Twin pilots in basic training; Lowcountry unit deactivated 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 April 8 - April 14 - In France, it was difficult to distinguish between the DeLeiris twins, and cadet tactical officers at Shaw Field are having the same trouble. You can imagine what trouble German pilots will have when …
Crowson gives record blood donations; aviator has no plane to fly in the Air Force 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 April 1 - April 7 - A total of $37,342.21 has been raised in Sumter County's Red Cross War Fund drive, K. E. Ward, director, announced. The campaign closed officially yesterday, and Mr. Ward said that the campaign …