Practicing to be perfect: Sumter firefighters hold 2-day training

Donnie Scarborough helps feed rope through the ladder of a fire truck. Members of the Sumter Fire Department worked on hoisting a "victim" to safety with the help of the ladder on their truck and a series of pulleys at the training grounds on Wednesday. The session is part of a two-day refresher course on rope skills.
Members of the Sumter Fire Department worked on hoisting a “victim” to safety with the help of the ladder on their truck and a series of pulleys at the training grounds on Wednesday. The …
Studio Sumter

A Week on the Gridiron with the Sumter Gamecocks: Episode 1

For Episode 1 of A Week on the Gridiron, we see what the Sumter High School Gamecocks did to prepare for a match up with their crosstown rival, Lakewood.

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Panorama

With a nudge from the young and sober, mocktails taking hold

NEW YORK - Five years ago, for her 27th birthday, Lorelei Bandrovschi gave up drinking for a month on a dare. She was a casual drinker and figured it would be easy. It was, but she hadn't banked on learning so much about herself in the …

Nation & World
'It's bad': Water rescues begin as Imelda soaks east Texas

HOUSTON (AP) — Rain from Tropical Depression Imelda deluged parts of Texas and Louisiana on Thursday, prompting hundreds of water rescues, a hospital evacuation and road closures in areas east of …

Poll: Americans somewhat confident in climate fight WASHINGTON (AP) - Most Americans are at least somewhat confident that the world will step up in its fight against global warming - but there are limits to their optimism. That's according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for …
Program lends hand to low-income animal owners in Atlanta ATLANTA - Of all the animals peering sadly through the cage bars of shelters across the country, 25% of them once had an owner who gave them up for one reason or another, according to national statistics. Those who did because they could no …
Number of abortions in U.S. falls to lowest since 1973 NEW YORK (AP) - The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures released Wednesday. The report from the Guttmacher …
Saudi Arabia says Iran missiles, drones attacked oil sites RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia alleged Wednesday an attack by drones and cruise missiles on the heart of the kingdom's oil industry was "unquestionably sponsored by Iran," naming but not directly accusing Tehran of launching the assault. …
State News
Husband who reported wife missing now charged in her death

SUMMERVILLE (AP) — Police in South Carolina have arrested a former high school principal accused of killing his wife. News outlets report 64-year-old James Yarborough called Summerville police …

Former inmate works with nonprofit to help prisoner reentry By ZOE NICHOLSON The Greenville News SPARTANBURG - The Upstate suffers from a labor shortage, and a few businesses are turning to a former prison inmate for help. In 2003, Don Williams was days away from finishing a year-long sentence for a …
S.C. man tries to save wife; both die in fire MOUNT PLEASANT (AP) - Authorities said a South Carolina man ran back into his burning home to save his wife before both of them died from smoke inhalation. Mount Pleasant police released new information Friday into the deaths of 80-year-old …
Vapes spiked with illegal drugs show dark side of CBD craze Jay Jenkins says he hesitated when a buddy suggested they vape CBD. "It'll relax you," the friend assured. The vapor that Jenkins inhaled didn't relax him. After two puffs, he ended up in a coma. That's because the vapor he inhaled wasn't …
AP finds synthetic marijuana sold as CBD in S.C.
LEXINGTON (AP) - An Associated Press investigation shows a dark side to booming sales of the cannabis extract CBD. Some people are substituting cheap and dangerous street drugs for the real thing. For the investigation, a reporter purchased five …
Obituaries

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MARY ELIZA ENGLISH

Funeral services for Mary Eliza English will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Asbury United Methodist Church, 355 Pudding Swamp Road, Lynchburg, with the Rev. Shirley McKnight officiating. Interment will follow at Florence National Cemetery, 803 E. …

GENEVA GASS WASHINGTON

Geneva Gass Washington, affectionately called "Sister," was born Dec. 18, 1944, in Sumter, the first born to her lovely parents, the late Lawrence Green and Evestar Gass Wells. She departed this life on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. She attended the …

WILLIE MCCRAY

Willie McCray, widower of Tawanda Jones McCray and Josephine Thompson McCray, died on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. Born on Jan. 15, 1935, in Clarendon County, he was a son of the late Cubit Sr. and Bertha Williams McCray. The family is receiving …

LINNETTE MAUDE ANDERSON

Linnette Maude Anderson, age 92, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, at Agape Hospice House in Columbia. You may go to www.bullockfuneralhome.com and sign the family's guest book. The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home for the arrangements.

BERTHA BETHUNE MCKINNEY

CAMDEN — Bertha Bethune McKinney, 96, widow of Deacon Joe Nathan McKinney, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. She was a daughter of the late Lawson and Julia Ann Wallace Bethune. Wake services …

Celebrations
Knezevichs celebrate 60 years of marriage Mr. and Mrs. Bob Knezevich of Sumter celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Saturday, July 13, 2019. They were married on July 18, 1959. A party was given in their honor by their four children: Sherry Portillo, Deb Knezevich, Pam Osborne …
Majors celebrate 50 years together Mr. and Mrs. Harold Major Sr. of Rembert celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary today, June 30, 2019. Their two children are Yolanda Williams and her husband, Nathan Williams, of Charleston and Harold Major Jr. and his wife, Jonika Major, of …
Barkleys celebrate 50 years of marriage Bill and Wanda Barkley of Sumter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday, June 14, 2019. The couple has one daughter and her husband, Tiffany and Arthur Takahashi of Augusta, Georgia; and one granddaughter. Mrs. Barkley is the …
Faith
Church News: Friday, Sept. 13, 2019 Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2571 Joseph Lemon-Dingle Road, Jordan community, Manning, announces: * Sunday, Sept. 22 - The 12th pastoral anniversary of Pastor Sam and Meraldine Livingston will be celebrated during 10 a.m. worship. Pastor …
Doris didn't die Late one night my phone rang. Doris' son was on the phone. She had been found unconscious and was in the hospital in the ICU. The outlook was grim. Could I please come? You can't say "no" to that kind of request. I tried to dress quickly in the …
Church News: Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2571 Joseph Lemon-Dingle Road, Jordan community, Manning, announces: * Sunday, Sept. 22 - The pastor's aide ministry and church family will celebrate the 12th pastoral anniversary of Pastor Sam and Meraldine …
How far your words will go... It's an old story, but a good one. I've used it as a sermon illustration several times. A woman went to see her pastor. She confessed she had gossiped about him, telling half-truths and creating a false picture of his character. The Holy Spirit …
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
Jasper is a big, sweet lovebug

BELOW: Jasper, a gorgeous hound mix, is a good boy. He weighs 58 pounds and is 3-5 years old. This big lovebug is not too sure of his new surroundings at animal control. He enjoys his time out of the kennel walking and interacting with the …

Weddings
Harrison-Evans MANNING - Allison Marie Harrison of Sumter and Carl Matthews Evans III of New Zion were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Manning United Methodist Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Sean Harrison of …
Engagements
Gentele-Christmas Edward Louie Jr. and Melanie Bisom Gentele announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Brook Gentele, to Clayton Lee Christmas, son of Robert Allen and Lynn Baker Christmas, all of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Donna …
Coleman-Brunson Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Coleman Sr. announce the engagement of their daughter, Alison Paige Coleman, to Taylor David Brunson, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. David Brunson, all of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. James Arthur Bradley …
Cromer-Gibbons Mr. and Mrs. Perron Mark Cromer of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Virginia Montague Cromer of Sumter, to Kerry Lynn Gibbons of Manning, son of the late Mr. Edward Guy Gibbons Jr. and Mrs. Lisa Liscio Gibbons of Manning. The …
Reflections

Sumter editor describes trip to White House

Reflections will reprint the second part of an article from The Sumter Item archives written by Hubert D. Osteen, editor and publisher of The Sumter Daily Item, in 1963 which pertained to his visit to the White House at the request of President John …

Yesteryear
Housewives urged to take part in paper drive; Rogers begins flowerbeds for city 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 April 6-April 12 - Donors will be able to find the collection depot of the United National Clothing Collection, for E.S. Stroman, head of the signs and placards work of the publicity committee, is planning to have a huge …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Admirers flock to see old azalea bush; nation's 1st draft begins in generation 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 March 30 - April 5 - Cpl. Robert T. Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Davis, was recently awarded the Bronze Star for heroic achievement in action. He was serving with the Fifth Army in the 178th Field Artillery battalion. …
Pony cart helps beat gas shortage; Sumter choir heads to NYC 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 March 23 - March 29 - When repairs were necessary on the city of Sumter's gasoline storage tank, gasoline trucks from Shaw Field were used to drain and store the fuel until the tank was back in service. Last Saturday the …
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