Oktoberfest returns to Main Street in Sumter

Bonnie and Thomn Black enjoy Oktoberfest in Sumter. See more photos from the event on A6.
Sumter held its 12th Oktoberfest on Saturday on Main Street. The annual event brings in people from across South Carolina to eat traditional German food and drink beer. During the course of the event's history, $400,000 has been raised and donated …
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Sumter Today: Elementary students weigh in on masks

Parents, school leaders, legislators and even people who have no connection to schools have been weighing in on the debate of masks in schools.

We decided to ask the students what they …

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Renowned horticulturist visits Manning

MANNING - "Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?" The beloved Mother Goose rhyme comes to life on Oct. 20 when renowned horticulturist Bryce Lane takes the stage at Weldon Auditorium, 7 Maple St., for a program titled "Color …

Nation & World
U.S.: States can order COVID-19 shots for younger kids next week

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. health officials are setting the stage for a national COVID-19 vaccination campaign for younger children, inviting state officials to order doses before the shots are authorized. Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine is currently …

Ancient groundwater: Why the water you drink could be thousands of years old Communities that rely on the Colorado River are facing a water crisis. Lake Mead, the river's largest reservoir, has fallen to levels not seen since it was created by the construction of the Hoover …
In dry Calif., some buy units that make water from air BENICIA, Calif. - The machine Ted Bowman helped design can make water out of the air, and in parched California, some homeowners are already buying the pricey devices. The air-to-water systems work like air conditioners by using coils to chill …
Russia says it pushed U.S. destroyer from area near its waters MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's Defense Ministry said a Russian warship on Friday prevented a U.S. Navy destroyer from what it described as an attempt to intrude into Russia's territorial waters in the Sea of Japan. The incident came as Russia and China …
FDA panel endorses booster shot for J&J COVID-19 vaccine WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health advisers endorsed a booster of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine Friday, citing growing worry that Americans who got the single-dose shot aren't as …
State News
Savannah River Site contractor sued over vaccine mandate

COLUMBIA - The operator of a sprawling federal nuclear reservation in South Carolina says the vast majority of its 5,500 workers are now vaccinated against COVID-19 after the company mandated the shots. But nearly 80 Savannah River Site employees …

Dylann Roof's request to reconsider recusal is denied Dylann Roof's chances for a new appellate hearing continue to dwindle, with a court refusing to reconsider recusing itself from his appeal over his death sentence and conviction in the 2015 racist slayings of nine members of a Black South Carolina …
Murdaugh charged with taking insurance money in maid's death COLUMBIA — A prominent South Carolina lawyer has been charged with stealing insurance settlements meant for the sons of his late housekeeper, state police said Thursday.Alex Murdaugh was …
S.C.'s Tim Scott gives early nod to McMaster in governor race U.S. Sen. Tim Scott didn't endorse a primary candidate in South Carolina's 2018 gubernatorial race, but for 2022, he's offering an early nod to incumbent Republican Gov. Henry McMaster. Next month, …
Dismissal upheld in S.C. lawsuit over unemployment benefits COLUMBIA (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a lawsuit against Gov. Henry McMaster over his early exit from federal unemployment programs providing extra money to …
Obituaries
IRENE PEARSON

Mother Irene Pearson, wife of Aaron Pearson, was born on Nov. 22, 1938, in Sumter, to Ben and Martha Mallette Dargan. She departed this earthly life and entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, at Springdale Healthcare Center in …

MARY LOUISE WALTERS

Mary Louise Walters, 53, was born on May 16, 1968, in Sumter, a daughter of Mary E. Prince Walters and the late Joe Louis Walters. She departed this life on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, at her residence. Public viewing will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. …

CLEOPHUS OLIVER

Cleophus "Mr. Harmon" Oliver, 88, died on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at his place of residence in Summerton. Born on March 20, 1939, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was a son of late Aaron and Beatrice Burch Oliver. The family will receive …

CORA LEE HOOD

Cora Lee Hood, 73, died on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, at MUSC Health Kershaw Medical Center in Camden. Born in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late Adam and Corinne Hood. Miss Hood was a member of Long Branch Baptist Church and was a retired …

JAMES EDWARD BRUNSON

James Edward Brunson, 71, died on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, at Prisma Health Richland Hospital in Columbia. Born on Feb. 24, 1950, in Sumter, he was a son of the late Edward McCoy Brunson and Louise Scurry Brunson. He was a member of Graham …

Faith
Church News: Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 211 Alice Drive, announces: * Friday, Oct. 29 - Trunk-or-treat event from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Following the trunk-or-treat, enjoy the showing of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown." Dalzell United Methodist …
Sumter Pastor Clay Smith: To boldly go Growing up in Florida in the 1960s, you could not escape the space race. We could see rockets launched from a hundred miles away, flames ascending into the sky. I remember touring the Kennedy Space Center right after Apollo 11 first landed on the …
Column by Sumter pastor Joey Durham: Our prayer: 'Even so, come, Lord Jesus' I want to bring a devotion to your heart today on this thought, "The Last Prayer in the Bible." I want to take my text from Revelation 22:20, where we read, "He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord …
Church News: Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 211 Alice Drive, announces: * Saturday - The great pumpkin day will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Activities include a bounce house, live music and free hot dogs and chips. * Friday, Oct. 29 - …
Celebrations
Sumter debutante publication deadline is noon Nov. 15 Individual photos of debutantes along with club information will publish in the Nov. 27-29 Weekend Edition of The Sumter Item. Deadline is noon Nov. 15. Please email information and photos to rhonda@theitem.com. Payment of $50 per individual …
Ruth McFadden Neal celebrates 100th birthday Ruth McFadden Neal celebrated her 100th birthday on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, with a family celebration at her home. She was born on Sept. 2, 1921, in Sardinia, to the late Ulysses and Henryanna Kennedy McFadden. She is the oldest of 12 siblings …
Benjamins celebrate 50 years of marriage Kenneth L. and Dianne R. Benjamin of Sumter will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, July 25, 2021. A family cruise will be taken in the summer of 2022 in their honor.The couple has …
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Pets for adoption
Sumter SPCA's Willy is very playful, would be perfect as an only pet

FAR LEFT: Willy is a neutered, housebroken 4-year-old Jack Russell terrier. He is active, friendly and very playful. Willy absolutely adores toys of all kinds and lives for hugs and cuddles. He's a super sweet boy but is not good with other dogs, …

Weddings
Ricciarelli-Stolte ASHEVILLE, North Carolina - Brianna Marie Ricciarelli of Cary, North Carolina, and Graham Brooker Stolte of Mount Pleasant were united in marriage at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 3, 2021, at Point Lookout Vineyard. The bride is the daughter of Mr. …
Goodman-Conyers Nancy Goodman of Dothan, Alabama, and Matthew Conyers Jr. of Sumter and Bronx, New York, were united in marriage on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Eva Rabb and the late Mr. Benjamin Rabb, and the late Mr. …
Engagements
Davis-Smiling Eva M. Smith of Dillon announces the engagement of her daughter, Eva Smith Davis of Dillon, to Lodie C. Smiling Jr. of Raleigh, North Carolina, son of Gloria Jean Smiling of Florence and the late Lodie C. Smiling Sr. The bride-elect is also the …
Alsbrooks-Mayhew Mr. and Mrs. Michael Steve Alsbrooks Sr. of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Hannah Nicole Alsbrooks of Sumter, to Mr. Jeremy Allin Mayhew of Denver, Colorado, son of the late Mr. Edwin Dean Mayhew of Denver and Shelli Mayhew (nee …
Wilson-Chestnut Mr. and Mrs. John Joe Wilson Jr. of Manning announce the engagement of their daughter, Celia Burgess Wilson of Manning, to Mr. Hunter Tyson Chestnut of Conway, son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Tyson Chestnut Jr. of Conway. The bride-elect is the …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: 1909, A year of prosperity and change in Sumter

Reflections remembers the Sumter community and the numerous structural changes and societal advancements made by its citizenry during this era. This two-part issue discusses the arrival of the 20th century and how it ushered in momentous …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Pinewood farmer wins Ford award; 'motor voter' law in effect 75 YEARS AGO - 1947 March 24 - 29 - Mrs. Charles Sanders and Miss Lucile Brown took the Hillcrest High School senior class and the ninth-grade civil government class on an educational tour of Columbia on Wednesday. They visited the Senate, and …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: New Sumter Elks lodge opens; Octoberfest benefits local charities 75 YEARS AGO - 1947 March 17 - 22 - Sherwood Price, lower state president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, will speak at the Jaycee meeting here at the Coca-Cola Community Center. Detailed plans for the minstrel to be held in April will be …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Lone Ranger program comes to Sumter; crews help after hurricane 75 YEARS AGO - 1947 March 10 - 16 - A group of interested Sumter residents met at the Carnegie library to discuss plans for the organization of a "Friends of the Library" group in Sumter. George D. Levy, presiding at the meeting, commented on …
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