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Celebrate July 4th at museum

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.... from the Preamble to the …

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This Fourth of July, why not try a South African braai?

When one of my best friends here in Los Angeles recently moved away, a near-weekly tradition went with them - the Sunday braai (pronounced "bry"). Rene and her husband returned to their home, South Africa, a country that could not have seemed …

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Church News: Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bethesda Church of God, 2730 Broad St., announces: * Friday-Saturday, July 17-18 - Reclaiming Hearts Ministries and WayFM present VBS for Women by Reclaiming Hearts 7-9 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday. No registration required. No …
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Branham-West

Anna Margaret Branham and Matthew Thomas West, both of Charleston, were united in marriage at 7 p.m. Friday, June 26, 2015, at First Baptist Church in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donnie Ray Branham of Bishopville, and the …
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Facebook communication may end in DNA test

DEAR ABBY - I recently received a Facebook message from a 47-year-old mother of four who believes she is my daughter. While I do not remember her mother and have communicated this to the woman, the pictures she sent of her children somewhat resemble …
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Garrises celebrate 50 years

Mr. and Mrs. Manford E. Garris of Sumter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 11, 2015. A dinner was given in their honor by their two children and their spouses: Carol A. and Alan Collins and Cathy A. and David Hinchliffe. The …
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Come to the (2015) Cabaret

Performing arts organizations have ended their 2014-15 seasons, school is out for the summer, and the hot weather is getting oppressive. What's a person to do for quality live entertainment?Sumter Little Theatre has a remedy for the doldrums with …
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Davis-Wormsley

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Brown Davis of Camden announce the engagement of their daughter, Denise Browning Davis of Sumter, to Dennis Warrain Creston Wormsley of Sumter, son of Mrs. Jane Ethel Mae Howard Wormsley and the late Mr. Dennis Warrain Creston …
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Selective service board begins work; Hillcrest still unbeaten

75 YEARS AGO - 1940 Nov. 19 - 25 Local selective service board 77 for Sumter County met at the board offices in the courthouse and began classifying registrants. Members of this board are Harry A. Davis, chairman, Perry M. Brown, J.W. Weeks …
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1894's Sumter Main Street charming, very different

EDITOR'S NOTE: Part two of Reflections continues the look back at Main Street's past; this 1959 article from The Item is edited for clarity. Main Street in 1894, when The Item began initially, had sights and sounds long since gone that …