'Battles for the Gospel’: Sumter's Church of the Holy Comforter priest reflects on court decision and ‘journey’ of lessons learned

The Church of the Holy Comforter on Main Street in downtown Sumter is more than 100 years old and was consecrated in 1916.
A recent state circuit court decision on rights to church properties was a major win in the eyes of many for a state church district of about 50 congregations that split from the national Episcopal Church in 2012. As it stands now, those churches …
Studio Sumter

Sumter Today: The Sumter Fire Department gives us fireworks safety tips.

The Fourth of July holiday is upon us, and while there are always pops of fireworks heard throughout neighborhoods this festive weekend, there may be more than usual this year. With COVID-19 …

Panorama

3 money lessons to teach your children

By Rachel Cruze Ramsey Solutions Have you been stressed during budget conversations? Are you anxious at the grocery store checkout when you hear the total? Do you seem to be buying more and more stuff to make yourself feel better about …

Nation & World
Hair weaves from Chinese prison camps seized

By MARTHA MENDOZA The Associated Press Federal authorities in New York on Wednesday seized a shipment of weaves and other beauty accessories suspected to be made out of human hair taken from people locked inside a Chinese internment …

Pandemic forces Argentines to develop human foosball PERGAMINO, Argentina (AP) - Soccer-starved Argentines have found a way to play their beloved sport while social distancing, though the rules have been altered and the dazzling end-to-end dashes produced by national legend Diego Maradona are …
COVID-struck Afghans breathe free with reopening of oxygen factory KABUL, Afghanistan - Seven years ago, Najibullah Seddiqi closed his oxygen factory, frustrated with power cuts and with rampant corruption that kept him from getting contracts with hospitals. But as the coronavirus raced through Afghanistan, he …
Geofence warrants to be tested in Va. bank robbery case RICHMOND, Va. - It was a terrifying bank robbery: Demanding cash in a handwritten note, a man waved a gun, threatened to kill a teller's family, ordered employees and customers onto the floor and escaped with $195,000. Surveillance video gave …
Germany is 1st major economy to phase out coal and nuclear BERLIN - German lawmakers have finalized the country's long-awaited phase-out of coal as an energy source, backing a plan that environmental groups say isn't ambitious enough and free marketeers criticize as a waste of taxpayers' money. Bills …
State News
Pandemic makes stay-at-home explosions popular this July 4th

COLUMBIA— Mostly-masked shoppers were selecting their own explosives Friday for stay-at-home fireworks shows this holiday weekend. "This whole COVID thing has been really bad all around," …

Buttigieg, Columbia city mayor teaming up on COVID-19 effort COLUMBIA - Former South Bend, Indiana, mayor and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has teamed up with the mayor of South Carolina's capital city to help municipalities stem the spread of the coronavirus. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin said …
July 23, 1744 - War declared in Charleston against France On this side of the Atlantic, the War of Austrian Secession was called King George's War and took place between 1744 and 1748. For South Carolinians, who were already concerned with attacks from the Spanish, France's entry into the war as Spain's …
Health care workers find a rhythm (for now) amid pandemic By ISABELLA CUETO The State LEXINGTON - Mid-morning on June 16, Dr. Philip Keith squats by the bedside of one of his severely ill COVID-19 patients, and he is pleased with what he sees. Two days earlier, his patient needed a ventilator to …
Man shot in back of head by S.C. cop sues department COLUMBIA — A Black man who was shot in the back of the head during a traffic stop in South Carolina last fall is suing the Columbia Police Department, the city and the officer. Attorneys for …
Obituaries
GEORGE WASHINGTON DOUGHTY JR.

WILMINGTON, N.C. - George Washington Doughty Jr., 67, husband of Sarah Ann Brown Doughty, died on Thursday, July 2, 2020, at Accordius Health and Rehab, Wilmington. He was born on Aug. 18, 1952, in Manning, a son of the late George Washington …

ETHEL LEE WALLACE DINGLE

On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, Ethel Lee Wallace Dingle, widow of Emperial Dingle, exchanged her rugged cross for her precious crown at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Born in Clarendon County, she was a daughter of the late Smith Sr. and Robertha …

JACQUELINE HARVIN

Jacqueline Harvin, age 53, departed this life on Monday, June 29, 2020, in Shelby, North Carolina. She was born on April 29, 1967, in Sumter, to the late Henry Sr. and Emma Holiday Harvin. Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced …

BARBARA JEAN L. BRUNSON

Barbara Jean London Brunson, 77, widow of Joseph Lewis "Pete" Brunson Sr., died on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Services will be announced by Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter.

JANIE MOORE

Janie Moore, 62, wife of Jonathan Moore, died on Thursday, July 2, 2020, at Prisma Health Richland Hospital, Columbia. Born on Oct. 29, 1957, in Sumter County, she was a daughter of Joseph and Emma Osborne Sanders. The family is requesting no …

Celebrations
Culbreaths celebrate 62 years Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Culbreath of Sumter celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at their home. Their two children and their spouses are: Sabrina and John Budden and Gino and Gwendolyn Culbreath. The couple has …
Faith
Column from Sumter's Rev. Clay Smith: God Bless America Irving Berlin was born into a Russian Jewish family. The family fled Siberia, looking for a better life in the United States. Berlin was five when the family arrived at Ellis Island in New York Harbor. The family did not find instant wealth; what …
Church News: Friday, July 3, 2020 Knitting Hearts Ministry, which meets at Bethesda Church of God, 2730 Broad St., announces: * Saturday, July 11 - Knitting Hearts will meet from 10 a.m. to noon. Speakers will be Jeannie Smith and Marsha Murphy from Myrtle Beach. A love offering …
Column from the Rev. Clay Smith: Could our nation's turmoil be a case of dry rot? I was hauling my boat to the lake to meet up with my family. It was just me, pulling the boat up the interstate. About an hour into the trip, I felt a jerk. I looked at my rearview mirrors and saw my boat trailer leaning to the right. Flat …
Church News: Friday, June 26, 2020 Knitting Hearts Ministry, which meets at Bethesda Church of God, 2730 Broad St., announces: * Saturday, July 11 - Knitting Hearts will meet from 10 a.m. to noon. Speakers will be Jeannie Smith and Marsha Murphy from Myrtle Beach. A love offering …
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
Sweet, playful Caroline is super with children

FAR LEFT: Caroline is a 3-month-old lab mix. She is super with other dogs and children. She is sweet, playful, active and friendly. Caroline is a cuddler and looks forward to being held and given love and attention. She would make a wonderful new …

Weddings
Noonan-Robinson LAKE MARION - Miss Riley Elizabeth Noonan and Mr. James Matthew Robinson, both of Sumter, were united in marriage in a lakeside ceremony at noon Saturday, May 30, 2020, at the Noonan Family Lake Home. The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. …
Jamison-Edwards Deborah Jamison and Steven Edwards, both of Sumter, were united in marriage at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2020, at St. Anne Catholic Church in Sumter.The bride is the daughter of Brian and Amy Jamison and the granddaughter of Byron and Kitty Jamison …
Affronti-McCabe Miss Elizabeth Anne Affronti of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Mr. Griffin Nolan McCabe of Manning were united in marriage at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2020, in a front yard ceremony at 2185 Bethel Church Road. The Rev. Neil DuBose …
Mayle-Scott Miss Stephanie Nicole Mayle of Sumter and Mr. Anthony Miles Scott of Rembert were united in marriage at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2020, at Mileston at the Pond. The bride is the daughter of Cheryll Elizabeth Mayle of Lakeland, Florida, and Mr. …
Engagements
Compton-Sewell Mr. and Mrs. Michael F. Compton of Sumter announce the engagement of their son, Andrew T. Compton of Sumter, to Emily C. Sewell of Alpharetta, Georgia, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Sewell of Alpharetta. The bride-elect is the granddaughter …
Cromer-Josey Mr. and Mrs. James Paul Cromer III of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, SaraLouise Cromer of Sumter, to Matthew Samuel Josey of Florence, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Rene Josey of Florence. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. …
Segars-Goodson Mr. and Mrs. Burrell "Billy" Raymie Segars Sr. of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Jane Elizabeth Segars of Sumter, to Mr. James Arthur Goodson IV of Charleston, son of Dr. and Mrs. James Arthur Goodson III of Manning. The …
Wild-Lowery Robert and Susan Wild announce the engagement of their daughter, Samantha R. Wild, to Michael P. Lowery, son of James Lowery Sr. and Cassandra McLeod, all of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of George Reither and the late Marianne …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: The history of Sumter-area schools, part II

Reflections remembers the development of Sumter's education system and the construction of numerous schools attended by local students. The author used historic data retrieved from The Sumter Item archives. An article written by John Mitchell in the …

Yesteryear
Jewish Welfare Fund holds supper at temple; Shaw hosts F-102 Delta Daggers 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Jan. 25 - 31 - Officers re-elected for an additional one-year term at the annual Sumter County Game and Fish Association barbecue and meeting were B.L. Montague, president; R. T. Brown Sr., secretary-treasurer; George L. …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Egg exports show Sumter ag growth; former POWs invited to berry farm 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Jan. 17 - 23 - According to J.A. Raffield, city manager, the movement of 50 house-trailers from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to Sumter will help alleviate the acute housing shortage here. The house-trailers will be located in the …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: 'Yanks' supper held at school cafeteria; Jones sees 200th career coaching win 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Jan. 11 - 16 - A large crowd attended the annual Ladies' Night Banquet of the Sumter Kiwanis Club held at Edmunds High School. Dr. Havilah Babcock, dean of the School of English of the University of South Carolina, was …
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