Making Sumterites' spirits bright with the Fantasy of Lights

PHOTOS BY CAL CARY / THE SUMTER ITEM The Sumter Fantasy of Lights officially opened on Thursday night with the annual lighting ceremony and will run through Dec. 31 at Swan Lake Iris Gardens. The display includes more than one million lights. The …
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Sumter Today: The Sounds of Grace and a Homegrown Christmas

The Sounds of Grace is a local non-profit organization that provides peace and healing through music. To support its efforts, the organization has been hosting benefit concerts entitled "Homegrown" …

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Arts & Entertainment

Movies with Isaiah: 'The Menu' is intense, morbidly humorous tale

After finding some much-needed decompressing and recharging of the batteries, I found the time to watch another film that sparked my interest from the onset. Last Sunday, I watched the horror-comedy film "The Menu." Upon watching the trailer a few …

Nation & World
N.C. veteran finds true calling as a teacher

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - During the last eight years, Christopher Simmons has turned his classroom at Meadowlark Middle School into a safe space for students with special needs. "If they need anything," he said one afternoon after the last of his …

Dems move to make S.C. , not Iowa, 1st voting state WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats voted Friday to remove Iowa as the leadoff state on the presidential nominating calendar and replace it with South Carolina starting in 2024, a dramatic shakeup championed by President Joe Biden to better reflect the …
EU reaches deal for $60-per-barrel price cap on Russian oil BRUSSELS - The European Union reached a deal Friday for a $60-per-barrel price cap on Russian oil, a key step as Western sanctions aim to reorder the global oil market to prevent price spikes and starve President Vladimir Putin of funding for his …
Pentagon debuts new stealth bomber, the B-21 Raider WASHINGTON - America's newest nuclear stealth bomber mades its public debut after years of secret development and as part of the Pentagon's answer to rising concerns over a future conflict with China. The B-21 Raider is the first new American …
Supreme Court will rule on president's student loan cancellation plan WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court agreed Thursday to decide whether the Biden administration can broadly cancel student loans, keeping the program blocked for now but signaling a final answer by early summer. That's about two months before the newly …
State News
Haley signals openness to 2024 bid despite her pledge to back Trump

CLEMSON (AP) - Nikki Haley, U.N. ambassador under President Donald Trump, said Tuesday that she would take the Christmas holiday to mull a possible 2024 presidential bid, contradicting her statement last year that she wouldn't enter the race if …

Follow these tips for a scam-free holiday season Last year, Americans donated an estimated $484 billion to charity, according to Indiana University's Lily Family School of Philanthropy and the Giving USA Institute. In South Carolina, taxpayers used …
Gov. McMaster picks experienced friend to run inauguration COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is turning to an experienced friend to lead January's inauguration ceremonies for his second term.Bill Stern and his wife, Linda, will …
S.C.'s U.S. House maps under scrutiny because of race; ruling expected later A trial to determine whether South Carolina's congressional maps are legal closed Tuesday with arguments about whether the state Legislature diluted Black voting power by remaking the boundaries of the only U.S. House district Democrats have flipped …
Charleston program aims to boost ranks of Black teachers CHARLESTON - After a student in his classroom had yet another outburst, Tyler Wright couldn't bear to see him get written up again. Wright, then a student teacher at a Charleston elementary school, led the child out to the hallway for a …
Obituaries
DIANE A. SIEGEL

WEDGEFIELD - Diane A. Siegel, 80, widow of Paul Allan Siegel, died Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, at her home. Online condolences may be made at www.sumterfunerals.com. Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in …

HORTON BAXTER JR.

MANNING - Horton "Bubba" Baxter Jr., 75, husband of Mamie Lee Smoot, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, at McLeod Health Clarendon. He was born March 25, 1947, in Manning, a son of the late Horton Baxter Sr. and Pauline Cantey Baxter. The family is …

WILLIAM ABURN

William Sylvan Aburn, 77, widower of Patricia Ann Watts Aburn, entered his eternal rest on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, at his residence surrounded by his loving family. Born Sept. 18, 1945, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, he was a son of the late Don W. …

MARJORIE JEAN GARAUX

Marjorie Jean Garaux passed away in Sumter on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. Born on Sept. 10, 1920, in Uhrichsville, Ohio, to Ruth and Raymond A. Brown, she moved with her parents and brother, William, to Canton, Ohio, where she graduated from …

EVA MAE WINDHAM JOHNSON

Eva Mae Windham Johnson, 87, wife of James Edward Johnson, died on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital, Sumter. Born June 20, 1933, in Sumter, she was the daughter of the late Charlie Windham Sr. and Carrie Durant …

Faith
Church News: Friday, Dec. 2, 2022 First Baptist Missionary Church, 219 S. Washington St., announces: - Saturday, Dec. 10 - Winter wonderland community toy giveaway from 4 to 7 p.m. featuring a live nativity, food, bike raffle, game truck and photos with Santa. Hopewell …
Sumter Pastor Clay Smith: Stuck? Help is on the way. Our tradition, after the big Thanksgiving lunch, is to take a quick nap and then go for a ride in the pasture to look at the cows. This year we got a late start but made our way out about 30 minutes before sundown. My niece, her husband, her …
Sumter Pastor Joey Durham: God is forming church with no prejudices The thought on my heart for today is, "Biblical Race Facts, not Theory," and my text is Acts 17:29-31, where we see, "Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, …
Church News: Friday, Nov. 25, 2022 First Baptist Missionary Church, 219 S. Washington St., announces: * Saturday, Dec. 10 - Winter wonderland community toy giveaway from 4 to 7 p.m. featuring a live nativity, food, bike raffle, game truck and photos with Santa. Orangehill AME …
Celebrations
The Sumter Assembly The Sumter Assembly will present three debutantes on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, at Quixote Club in Sumter. Margaret Pinckney Kilpatrick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert McCord Kilpatrick, will be presented by her father and escorted by Kyle Brown …
The Lord Clarendon Cotillion MANNING - The Lord Clarendon Cotillion will present three debutantes at its annual ball on Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, at The Matrix Center in Manning. Elloise Troup Bethea, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Partridge Bethea Jr., will be presented by …
The Carolinian Camellia Ball The Carolinian Camellia Ball of Sumter will present five debutantes on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022, at Quixote Club in Sumter. Mary Kaitlynn Boyce, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Player Boyce Jr., will be presented by her father and escorted by …
The Sumter Cotillion The Sumter Cotillion will present one debutante on Monday, Dec. 19, 2022, at Quixote Club in Sumter. Kathryn Lemmon Parker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Denny Wayne Parker, will be presented by her father and escorted by Preston Blake Richardson and …
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Pets for adoption
Sumter Animal Control's Elvis is a fun-loving firecracker

BELOW Elvis is a firecracker. He is a fun-loving fella who enjoys playing outside and going on long walks. This precious guy is 1-3 years old and weighs 46 pounds. Elvis is hoping to join a new family for the holidays. He has been patiently waiting …

Weddings
Hubbard-Lane CHARLESTON - Kristen Ashleigh Hubbard and Ethan Foster Lane, both of Mount Pleasant, were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022, at St. Luke's Chapel on the campus of the Medical University of South Carolina. The Rev. Joseph …
Engagements
Smith-Horton Mr. and Mrs. Eric Gant Smith announce the engagement of their daughter, Taylor Danielle Smith, to Joseph Samuel Horton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Lawrence Horton, all of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.J. "Buddy" …
Young-Mann Mr. and Mrs. William Jeffrey Young of Sumter announce the engagement of their son, Greyson Steele Young of Sumter, to Baylin Elise Mann of Pensacola, Florida, daughter of Mr. Tyler Waite Mann and Mrs. Allison Bailey Tarrant, both of …
Hurst-Robinson Dr. and Mrs. Russell Charles Hurst Jr. of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Lori Lynne Hurst of Moore to Jeffery Neil Robinson of Moore, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Houston Robinson of York. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of …
Satzger-Cox Retired Lt. Col. and Mrs. Mark L. Cox of Sumter announce the engagement of their son, Ian Madison Cox of Greenville, to Sasha Satzger of Greenville, daughter of Mr. Douglas A. Satzger and Deanna Ramey, both of Pendleton. The bride-elect is the …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: Charles Mason Crowson: Renowned Sumter artist

Reflections recalls one of Sumter's most creative artisans and his impact on the world of art. He was noted for his prolific career as a painter, which garnered him both local and national acclaim. The Sumter Item archives, the writings of Portia …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Laurel Festival held at Poinsett State Park; Majic Bus teaches about Civil Rights Movement 75 YEARS AGO - 1948 May 11 - May 17 - Five recent additions have been made to the staff of station WFIG, Manager Douglas Youngblood announced. They include Ed Tacy, program-farm director; Eddie Allen, announcer; Lee (Corky) Sheridan, …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Society takes over care of cemetery; author writes 'Facing Your Fears' series 75 YEARS AGO - 1948 May 4 - May 10 - Bill Clark, new assistant coach at Presbyterian College and former Sumter High mentor, is moving to Orangeburg next fall where he will become head coach at the high school there, The Item has learned from …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Finney participates in Rap With Reality; museum hosts encampment 75 YEARS AGO - 1948 April 27 - May 3 - C. Blease Shorter announced in the Item that he is a candidate for the office of sheriff of Sumter County, opposing Sheriff W. J. Seale. Shorter was born in Clarendon County 37 years ago and has been …
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