Crestwood Knights Class of 2024 enjoys walk across stage

The Class of '24 Knights officially said goodbye to the castle as Crestwood High School hosted its graduation ceremony on Friday morning, May 24, at the Sumter County Civic Center.
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For some digital detox for kids, look to the latest in craft kits

Digital diversions may have us tethered to tech, but screen fatigue is real. Even my digitally native, young-millennial kids prefer printed books these days. And a recent weekend together at home had us busting out some craft kits. There might …

Nation & World
Daily marijuana use outpaces daily drinking in the U.S., a new study says

For the first time, the number of Americans who use marijuana just about every day has surpassed the number who drink that often, a shift some 40 years in the making as recreational pot use became …

Hunter Biden's impending gun trial could last up to 2 weeks amid sharp disagreements over evidence WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The judge overseeing Hunter Biden 's federal firearms charges trial agreed Friday to block prosecutors from telling jurors about some other unflattering episodes from …
Young missionary couple from US among 3 killed by gunmen in Haiti's capital, family says PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A U.S. missionary couple and a Haitian man who led a religious group were shot and killed by criminal gang members in Haiti's capital after they were abducted while …
China sends dozens of warplanes and ships near Taiwan to show its anger over island's new leaders TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan tracked dozens of Chinese warplanes and navy vessels off its coast on Friday, the second day of a large military exercise launched by Beijing to show its anger over …
Top Russian military officials are being arrested. Why is it happening? It began last month with the arrest of a Russian deputy defense minister. Then the head of the ministry's personnel directorate was hauled into court. This week, two more senior military officials …
State News
DHEC offers new communication tool for emergency professionals

COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and local partners have developed a new resource to help nonverbal, neurodivergent and non-English-speaking people better communicate with first responders during emergency …

Bill requires S.C. 911 operators to be able to give CPR instructions
The American Heart Association is applauding the passage of a South Carolina policy named Telecommunicator CPR. On Monday, May 20, Gov. Henry McMaster officially signed a bill requiring all S.C. 911 operators to be trained in Telecommunicator CPR …
Supreme Court finds no bias against Black voters in a South Carolina congressional district WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday preserved a Republican-held South Carolina congressional district, rejecting a lower-court ruling that said the district discriminated against …
Nikki Haley says she will vote for Donald Trump following their disputes during Republican primary COLUMBIA (AP) — Nikki Haley said Wednesday that she will be voting for Donald Trump in the general election, encouraging the presumptive GOP nominee to work hard to win support from those who …
South Carolina governor signs into law ban on gender-affirming care for transgender minors COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster on Tuesday signed into law a ban on gender-affirming care for transgender minors. When the ink dried, South Carolina became the 25th state to …
Obituaries
THOMMIE RUTH JACKSON

Thommie Ruth Jackson, 67, died Thursday, May 23, 2024, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital in Sumter. Please visit www.sumterfunerals.com for the full obituary. Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & …

DOROTHY HOLLOMAN DIXON

Dorothy Holloman Dixon, affectionately known as “Dot”, was born to the late Delmus and Mary Covington Holloman on Feb. 12, 1938, in Lee County. She departed this earthly life on …

VARNER

BLAINE ALAN VARNER

Blaine Alan Varner, 59, husband of Kristen Manno Varner, 50, died Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital in Sumter surrounded by his family. Born in Midland, Michigan, he was a son …

GAIL C. JACKSON

Gail C. Jackson, 62, wife of Sammie Jackson, died Thursday, May 23, 2024, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital, Sumter. Born in Sumter on April 13, 1962, she was the daughter of the late Loney Burgess …

HEATH

ALFRED TAYLOR HEATH III

Alfred Taylor “Freddie” Heath III, 89, husband of Sara “Sally” Commander Heath, died on May 23, 2024. Born in Sumter, he was a son of the late Mary Harvin Heath and Alfred …

Faith
Column: Do we love God, ourselves enough to change? I recently read a story about an elderly preacher who was invited each week to speak at a school in Africa, and he made a tremendous impact on the children. In every lesson, he would begin and conclude by leading them into confessing the phrases: …
Church news, May 22, 2024 To update your listing or add a listing, please email pressrelease@theitem.com and include Church News in the subject line. Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 325 W. Fulton St., announces: - Saturday, May 18 - The Deaconess Ministry will …
The Rev. Dr. Clay Smith: The banker In one small town lived an unusual banker. He was known for taking chances on people. His bank didn't run on committees or send decisions to Charlotte; he'd make a loan at the lunch counter of the drugstore. It didn't matter if you needed $500 or …
Pastor Stewart Rawson: Trying a little harder to be kind: Part II Last summer I was serving at a church in North Carolina (They think everything is better there than it is in South Carolina. We don't have to tell them the truth, or they will all want to move down here). In the summer, folks typically take …
Celebrations
Shumperts celebrate 50 years PHOTO PROVIDED Donnie Shumpert and Barbara Smith Shumpert celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 16, 2024. Donnie Shumpert from Sumter and Barbara Smith Shumpert from Smoaks met in Sumter while Barbara was living with her sister and her …
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
Jimothy gets along with everyone and loves attention

Jimothy is a 4-month-old, gray tabby and white male American shorthair. He is a sweet kitten who enjoys being held and cuddled. Jimothy is housebroken and gets along great with other cats, kids and …

Weddings
Walton-Newman EASTOVER - Corie Lorraine Walton and James Tyler Newman Jr., both of Sumter, were united in marriage at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2024, at Magnolia Way Venue. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wade Walton Jr., and the …
Engagements
Welch-Barwick Allison Lynn Welch of Sumter and Stephen Daniel Barwick of Dalzell announce their engagement. The bride-elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Welch and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Tschorn Sr. and the late Mr. and Mrs. …
Townes-Lewis Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Mark Townes of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Whitney Elizabeth Townes of Charleston, to Walter Elliot Lewis of Charleston, son of Ms. Karen Lewis of Jackson, Georgia. The bride-elect is the granddaughter …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: Memorial Day: Fallen heroes provided freedoms we now enjoy

We encourage our readers to visit the Sumter County Military Museum in the Clyburn Transportation Center on South Harvin Street from 1 to 4:30 p.m. this Monday, May 27, on Fridays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. each Sunday. We …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Horseshoe pitching tourney scheduled; Crime Stoppers telethon returns 75 YEARS AGO - 1949 Aug. 9 - 15 - Rufe Watson of Sumter set a new world record in the senior division at the National Skeet Shooting Association's tournament at Dallas, Texas, on Sunday. Watson copped the senior title in the all-gauge event by …
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