Early birds race in Sumter YMCA's annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

Hundreds of Sumterites of all ages and their furry companions raced in the 39th-annual Turkey Trot on Thursday morning. Although trot was in the name, participants also ran and walked their way to the …
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The Grind: Davin Jackson, Sumter High

The Grind is back with a new presenting sponsor, Bank of Clarendon!

 

Sumter High's Davin Jackson has a lot to be thankful for, but he's no stranger to the grind.

 

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Ginkgo grew with dinosaurs, and is still worth growing

There are some trees whose showiness does not end once they've lost their leaves in autumn. Some trees have an attractive bony framework that is then revealed. Ginkgo tree, for instance. Leafless, a ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) tree, soft and green in …

Nation & World
Biden sets out oil, gas leasing reform, stops short of ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Biden administration on Friday recommended an overhaul of the nation's oil and gas leasing program to focus on areas that are most suitable for energy development and raise costs for energy companies to drill on public lands …

Beyond Manchin: Dems' $2T bill faces Senate gauntlet WASHINGTON (AP) - It took half a year, but Democrats have driven President Joe Biden's $2 trillion package of social and climate initiatives through the House. It gets no easier in the Senate, where painful Republican amendments, restrictive rules …
New omicron variant stokes world fears, triggers travel bans BRUSSELS (AP) — The discovery of a new coronavirus variant sent a chill through much of the world Friday as nations raced to halt air travel, markets fell sharply and scientists held emergency …
EU regulator authorizes Pfizer's COVID vaccine for kids 5-11 THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The European Union's drug regulator on Thursday authorized Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine for use on children from 5 to 11 years old, clearing the way for shots to …
Coal mine fire in Russia's Siberia kills 11, dozens trapped MOSCOW (AP) — A fire at a coal mine in Russia's Siberia killed 11 people and injured more than 40 on Thursday, with dozens of others remaining trapped, authorities said.Efforts to rescue those …
State News
South Carolina's 250th tells revolution story, warts and all

CAMDEN (AP) - South Carolina sees the upcoming 250th anniversary of the American Revolution as a chance to remind people that the state played a huge part in winning the nation's independence, even if it did try later to tear the United States apart …

Lawsuit accuses doctors of taking data to rival hospital CHARLESTON (AP) — A group of cancer doctors at the Medical University of South Carolina took confidential information to a competitor in an effort to establish a new treatment facility, …
Lanes kept open in work zones; extra troopers on road in S.C. COLUMBIA (AP) — Construction crews have stopped closing lanes and state troopers are stepping up enforcement to help travelers in South Carolina over the long Thanksgiving weekend.Work crews …
Alex Murdaugh's lawyers want suing attorney to stop talking COLUMBIA (AP) — Attorneys for Alex Murdaugh want a judge to stop a lawyer suing him from publicly speaking about the massive legal entanglement Murdaugh finds himself in and recommend a panel …
New indictments: Alex Murdaugh stole almost $5 million COLUMBIA - South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh was indicted Friday on 27 additional charges, with prosecutors saying he stole nearly $5 million in settlement money he had obtained for his dead housekeeper, an injured state trooper and other people …
Obituaries
MOTTIE JEANETTE TOUCHBERRY BERRY

Mottie Jeanette "Jan" Touchberry Berry, age 79, died on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, at her residence. Born in Clarendon County, she was a daughter of the late Mottie Edward Touchberry and Miriam Lowder Touchberry. Jan was a professional bowler and …

RHONDA E. EVANS

Rhonda E. Evans, 64, died on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Born on July 13, 1957, in New York, she was a daughter of Benny R. Faulk and Estelle Gibbs. In accordance with COVID-19 guidelines, the family requests that …

WILLIAM MCDUFFIE

William McDuffie, 90, departed this life on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, at NHC Healthcare in Sumter. He was born on Sept. 15, 1931, in Sumter, a son of the late James Sr. and Nellie McDuffie. Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in …

CHERRYN ANN HUNTER

Cherryn Ann Hunter, affectionately known as "Shay," was born on March 16, 1970, in Sumter County, to Charlie Hunter Jr. and the late Annie Mae Richardson Hunter. She died on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. She received her education in the public schools …

LEON EDWARD GANDY JR.

Leon Edward Gandy Jr., age 75, beloved husband of 57 years to Brenda Joye Dixon Gandy, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, at his residence. You may go to www.bullockfuneralhome.com and sign the family's guest book. The family has chosen …

Faith
Column by Manning Pastor Sam Livingston: Food preparation at the holidays It is that time of the year again, Thanksgiving! My favorite feasting time of the year was and still is Thanksgiving. My mother would start gathering her secret ingredients days and weeks before that well-anticipated Thursday. Thinking about it now, …
Sumter pastor Clay Smith: Thankful for unlikely things In this season of Thanksgiving, I'm thinking about life and what I am thankful for. I am thankful for medicine that helps me with genetic dispositions and past poor choices; for living in the 21st century where we have CAT scans and MRI machines …
Sumter Pastor Clay Smith: Dumb headlines In this season, before holiday madness descends upon us, as the colors of fall fade, we could all use cheering up. I ran across a collection of the dumbest newspaper headlines ever (Note: None of the papers that publish my column would ever do …
Westside Baptist Church in Sumter begins annual shoebox gift drive Westside Baptist Church has again opened its doors as a four-county regional collection center for an annual project to send shoeboxes filled with gifts to children in underserved countries. Churches throughout Sumter participate in Operation …
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 …
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
Sumter SPCA's Joe loves to socialize

FAR LEFT: Joe is a 5-month-old German shepherd mix. He is an active, playful and friendly boy who loves hugs and kisses. Joe is super with other dogs and children and is looking for a home where he can be a buddy to the whole family. He loves …

Weddings
Wilson-Chestnut ALCOLU - Celia Burgess Wilson of Manning and Hunter Tyson Chestnut of Conway were united in marriage on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, at New Harmony Presbyterian Church in Alcolu. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Joe Wilson Jr. and the …
Giddings-Wilson DALZELL - Samantha Ann Giddings, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robin Giddings of Bishopville, and Chad Aaron Wilson, son of Mendel Wilson of Sumter and Harriet Seifarth of Lancaster, were married on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. The evening ceremony was …
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 …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: NBSC clock remains part of Sumter's history

Reflections revisits an article written by the late Bubba McElveen concerning a clock once located in front of the Farmers Bank and Trust Co. on Sumter's Main Street. This Robert Mills-designed building was utilized as Sumter's second courthouse. It …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: VFW sponsors marble tournament; family to build rest home 75 YEARS AGO - 1947 May 5 - 10 - A house-to-house fire inspection is being made now in Sumter by the fire department. E.M. Harrison, a member of the fire department, is doing the inspecting which is done annually, according to Fire Chief E. H. …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: 4 Sumter men in Navy meet in China; Arbor Day celebrated 75 YEARS AGO - 1947 April 21 - 26 - A change in original plans for the new hotel to be constructed in Sumter was announced by the Chamber of Commerce. The announcement was as follows: "The original plans for the new hotel embraced a total of …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Ninth Air Force performs for Azalea Festival; SHS grad gets Gold Award 75 YEARS AGO - 1947 April 13 - 19 - John McMillan, 27-year-old head coach at South Georgia Junior College, has been named head coach of all sports at Erskine College, succeeding Harry Bolick, who resigned. He was head coach at the University …
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