Peers reflect on Sumter city councilman's 20 years of service; Lowery will end his 20-year tenure serving Ward 1 this year

Ernest A. Finney Jr., the first African American Supreme Court justice appointed to the South Carolina Supreme Court, swears in Sumter City Councilman Thomas "Bubba" Lowery after Lowery's reelection to council. Lowery has served for 20 years as a city councilman but decided not to run for a sixth term.
In my time as a local government reporter, I've only heard the longtime Sumter Ward 1 councilman speak once or twice. The first time, he asked a question, got an answer from the city manager and nodded in response with steady eyes and a stoic …
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Sumter Today: Back to School Extravaganza with Liberty STEAM Charter School

Liberty STEAM Charter school is one weekend away from opening up for their second year in action. On Thursday, the 300+ scholars and their families were welcomed to the campus in a pre-back-to-school …

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Arts & Entertainment

Movies with Isaiah: Peele brings horror masterpiece with 'Nope'

Jordan Peele started with humble beginnings in his comedic collaboration with Keegan-Michael Key during their popular comedy sketch series titled "Key and Peele." Little did anyone know that Peele would branch out into the world of cinematic horror. …

Nation & World
Pentagon denies D.C. request for National Guard migrant help

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon rejected a request from the District of Columbia seeking National Guard assistance in what the mayor has called a "growing humanitarian crisis" prompted by thousands of migrants being bused to the city from two southern …

U.S. employers add 528,000 jobs; unemployment falls to 3.5% WASHINGTON - America's employers added a stunning 528,000 jobs last month despite raging inflation and anxiety about a possible recession, restoring all of the positions lost in the coronavirus recession. Unemployment fell to 3.5%, the lowest level …
Blinken: China military drills are 'significant escalation' PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday that China's military exercises aimed at Taiwan, including missiles fired into Japan's exclusive economic zone, represent a "significant escalation" and that he has urged …
What's a garden without birds? Offer water, native plants, feed so they thrive As I write this, I can hear a cardinal trilling in the backyard. I don't have to look out the open window to confirm the source of the sounds that come through it; I've come to recognize the songs and their singers. I know it's the mourning dove …
Musk countersuit accuses Twitter of fraud; case goes to trial Oct. 17 Associated Press Elon Musk accused Twitter of fraud in a countersuit over his aborted $44 billion deal for the social media company, which he said held back necessary information and misled his team about its true user base. The countersuit by …
State News
Judge to decide if firing squad or electric chair is cruel

COLUMBIA - Whether South Carolina can start executing prisoners again either with a firing squad or electric chair is now in the hands of a judge after a trial over whether shooting or electrocuting inmates is cruel and unusual punishment banned by …

Couple alleges illegal detainment after raid COLUMBIA - Police illegally detained a South Carolina man and woman when they raided the sleeping couple's home outside of their jurisdiction in the middle of the night, a lawsuit alleges. Officers with the Holly Hill and Santee police …
Lawsuit: Unsanitary conditions killed man in S.C. jail COLUMBIA - Unsanitary conditions and staff negligence caused the death of a 27-year-old man in a South Carolina jail earlier this year, a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges. Richland County officials sent Lason Butler - who displayed …
Wall Street Journal: Families of Haley, Clyburn got casino shares The husband of former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and brother of U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, a Sumter native, were given shares of a company that leased slot machines to a North Carolina tribal casino that needed political help to open last year, The …
Pompeo to headline fundraiser in early voting South Carolina COLUMBIA (AP) - Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to headline a major gathering of Republicans in South Carolina this month as he considers a 2024 White House bid that could pit him against his onetime boss, former President Donald …
Obituaries
TAMMY MICHELE WHEELER

SCRANTON - Tammy Michele Wheeler, 50, died on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at her residence, 1533 N. Floyd Road, Scranton. She was born on June 16, 1972, in Florence, a daughter of Leroy Durant and Regina Wheeler McCray. The family is receiving …

MINNIE LORENE ROSE SALKA

Minnie Lorene Rose Salka, 60, wife of Jeffrey D. Salka, died on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, at her home. Born on Sept. 25, 1961, in Sumter, she was a daughter of Albert Rose Jr. and the late Alberta Arledge O'Neal. She was a counselor and volunteer …

ANTHONY GIPSON

Anthony Gipson, 54, died on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, at the home in Manning. He was born on Feb. 12, 1968, to Buelah Mae Gipson and the late William "Bill" Gipson Jr. Beginning Monday, the family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. daily at the …

DONALD EUGENE LOVELACE

Donald Eugene Lovelace, age 66, beloved husband of the late Angela Louise Freeman Lovelace, died on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, at his residence. Born in Laurinburg, North Carolina, he was a son of the late John Eugene and Eva Nell Hyatt Lovelace. …

WERFELE

TRACY SKINNER WERFELE

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Tracy Skinner Werfele, age 54, went to be with the Lord on Friday, July 29, 2022, in San Antonio. A memorial service for Tracy is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, at Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church, 805 S. Harvin …

Faith
Sumter Pastor Clay Smith: Who weeps with you? It was one of those uncomfortable moments in the store. A young mother with three small children was trying to get her shopping done. The middle child by size (about 2, I'd say) was not happy. She was ready to go home. I understand that feeling. …
Church News: Friday, Aug. 5, 2022 Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Sunday, Aug. 14 - Homecoming at 10 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Thomas Bowman will speak. Grace Full Gospel Church, 1540 Bradham Blvd., announces: * Saturday - Community back-to-school bash from 3 …
Sumter Pastor Joey Durham: Jesus is love's priceless gift Today's devotion continues on the subject of love with this thought, "Love's Priceless Gift," and my text is John 3:14-17, where we read, "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever …
Column by Sumter Pastor Clay Smith: Spitting worms... I was working late in my study this week. My desk looks out a window onto a field behind the church building, where I often see our students doing games. This evening, however, was different. The student leaders brought in a big sound system, and I …
Celebrations
Ballards announce birth of a son Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Ballard, currently stationed with the U.S. Air Force at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, announce the birth of a son, Henry Blake Everett Ballard, on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at 48th Medical Group, RAF Lakenheath, Brandon, Suffolk, …
Lanes celebrate 70 years Stewart and Elizabeth Lane, of Sumter, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Monday, July 4, 2022.
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Pets for adoption
Looking for a sweet and playful dog? Meet the Sumter SPCA's Jackson

FAR LEFT: Jackson is a 2-year-old Jack Russell Terrier/Chihuahua mix. He is a sweet, affectionate and playful boy who is wonderful with other dogs and children. Jackson loves to cuddle and enjoys kisses and being held. He would make a great couch …

Weddings
Brown-Mills BINGHAMTON, New York - Virginia E. Brown and Todd A. Mills, both of Whitney Point, New York, were united in marriage at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 4, 2022, at PAL Camp. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Roy of Sumter and Melvin Brown …
Cromer-Waggoner Madeline Rose Cromer and Seth Daniel Waggoner, both of Sumter, were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 21, 2022, at Church of the Holy Comforter in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Paul Cromer III, the granddaughter …
Flynn-James COLUMBUS, Georgia - Sara Carter Flynn and Dr. John Evans James IV, both of Columbus, Georgia, were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 28, 2022, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Lewis Flynn …
Zilch-Clepper Mary Peyton Zilch and Cody Scott Clepper, both of Sumter, were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 11, 2022, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Dwayne Chase and Mr. and Mrs. …
Engagements
Smith-Allen Mr. and Mrs. Edward Smith of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, McKenzie Rose Smith of Charlotte, North Carolina, to Connor William Allen of Charlotte, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Allen of Charlotte. The bride-elect is the …
DuRant-Hardy Dr. Eddie C. DuRant Jr. of Wedgefield and Ms. Debbie Bramlett DuRant of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Dixie Gloria Bell DuRant of Sumter, to Travis Allen Hardy of Sumter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore A. Hardy also of …
Amick-Burnett Mr. and Mrs. Brian Franklin Amick of Sumter announce the engagement of their son, Brian Franklin Amick Jr. of Aiken, to Grayson Dodd Burnett of Southport, North Carolina, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Luther Burnett III of Southport, North …
Brown-Mills Mr. and Mrs. Robert Roy of Wedgefield and Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Brown Jr. of Oswego announce the engagement of their daughter, Virginia Brown of Whitney Point, New York, to Todd Mills of Whitney Point, New York, son of the late Edward Mills, Shari …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter graced with a long line of inventors

Reflections revisits several of Sumter's notable inventors and their contributions that assisted in the growth of our community and country. The information and photos used to prepare this brief report were resourced from The Sumter Item archives …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Finney Jr. addresses Morris students; Shaw holds Fighter Pilot for a Day 75 YEARS AGO - 1948 Jan. 11 - 17 - Tuomey Hospital officials reported today that E. H. Lynam Jr., better known as Billy, is in "good condition" after an accident at the Sumter Airways in which his left arm was broken. The accident occurred …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Barter Theater brings play to Sumter; Unity program recognized 75 YEARS AGO - 1948 Jan. 4 - 10 - Condensed reports from the Department of Agriculture proved interesting to South Carolina farmers: Domestic prices of cotton rose sharply in November and in mid-December and middling was around 36 cents in …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sumter Area Teen Crusade held; Neeses teen sees 8-foot 'Bigfoot' creature 75 YEARS AGO - 1947 - 1948 Dec. 30 - Jan. 3 - Observance of New Year's Day by Sumter establishments will be scattered and not as widespread as the Christmas Day holiday. Postmaster J.C. Pate announced that no mail deliveries, city as well as …
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