Finding respite from the heat with Sumter's splash pads

On what was forecast to be the hottest day of the year so far in the Midlands, children found a way to have fun and cool off at the Birnie HOPE Center splash pad on South Purdy Street in Sumter. A heat advisory was in effect from noon to 8 p.m. …
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Sumter Today: We hold our annual Best of Sumter red carpet awards ceremony

We held our Best of Sumter 2021 red carpet winners celebration on Tuesday at Sumter Original Brewery. After holding it virtually last year due to the pandemic, we were excited to see people’s …

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Award-winning author to speak at Sumter museum on Thursday; 'Bells for Eli' explores relationship between cousins, best friends

The Sumter County Museum continues its author series at 6 p.m. Thursday with an appearance by novelist Susan Beckham Zurenda. Her new novel, "Bells for Eli," has already received several awards, notably the Gold Medal for Best First Book - Fiction …

Nation & World
Senate advances nearly $1 trillion infrastructure plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate advanced a roughly $1 trillion infrastructure plan on Friday with a bipartisan group of senators helping it clear one more hurdle and bracing to see if support can hold during the next few days of debate and efforts to …

1 in 5 flight attendants report high frequency of unruly passengers DALLAS - Nearly one in five flight attendants say they have witnessed physical incidents involving passengers this year, and their union is calling for criminal prosecution of people who act up on planes. A union survey supports what airlines and …
Worker pay rises strongly, businesses fight to fill jobs WASHINGTON - Wages and salaries rose at a healthy pace in the three months ending in June as employers competed to find enough workers to fill millions of available jobs. Pay increased 1% in the second quarter for workers in the private sector, …
CDC team: 'War has changed' as dangers of variant emerge New evidence showing the delta variant is as contagious as chickenpox and may be more dangerous than other versions has prompted U.S. health officials to consider changing advice on how the nation fights the coronavirus, internal documents …
Expert: COVID-19 poses risk to male reproductive system, but not vaccine Contrary to myths circulating on social media, COVID-19 vaccines do not cause erectile dysfunction and male infertility. What is true: SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, poses a risk for both disorders. Until now, little research has …
State News
S.C. extends pandemic food assistance benefits

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolinians receiving federal food aid will continue to get extra emergency benefits through the end of the year, even though a pandemic-related state of emergency ended last month. State officials announced Friday that they …

S.C. health officials encourage mask use, vaccines in schools as variant spreads COLUMBIA - South Carolina health officials are still recommending students and teachers wear masks indoors to curb COVID-19's spread in the upcoming school year, though state lawmakers have already banned school districts from requiring the face …
$1M settlement after 2 patients in S.C. drowned in transport van CONWAY (AP) - A manufacturer of cages for inmate transport vans has agreed to pay $1 million to the family of a South Carolina mental health patient who drowned during 2018's Hurricane Florence while trapped inside a sheriff's department van …
Prosecutor: No charges in man's death in jail due to poor training COLUMBIA - A South Carolina prosecutor decided Monday not to charge two jail employees who stunned a mentally ill Black man 10 times and kneeled on his back until he stopped breathing, calling the guards' videotaped actions "damning" but not against …
S.C. man retraces history of family's 19th-century whiskey bottle NEWBERRY - The corked brown bottle had mystified Rex Woolbright for decades. Rumor had it the Old Ingledew whiskey, which belonged to his uncle, Logan Drake, predated the Civil War and had decorated the shelves of powerful elites. It was mostly a …
Obituaries

ROMAN

EDWIN HARMON ROMAN JR.

Edwin Harmon Roman Jr., 66, husband of Shirley Peterson Roman, was born on Aug. 29, 1954, in Sumter, a son of Alice Jones Bechman and the late Edwin Roman Sr. He departed this life on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at Agape Care of South Carolina in …

WHITEHEAD

SADIE JEAN MCFADDEN WHITEHEAD

On July 21, 2021, God searched his garden, found a beautiful rose and called her home. Sadie Jean McFadden Whitehead was born on Oct. 7, 1949, in the New Zion community of Clarendon County, the second of eight children of the late Phillip …

POLK

JAMES G. POLK SR.

Interment services James G. Polk Sr., who died April 21, 2020, will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Edward Cemetery, Milford Plantation Road, Wedgefield. A memorial service will be held today at noon at the Spirit of The Living God Church, 1106 …

EDUARD ALLINGER

Eduard Allinger, 88, husband of the late Ingeberg Arndt Allinger, died on Monday, July 26, 2021, at his home. Born on Dec. 17, 1932, in Switzerland, he was a son of the late Josef and Frieda Eberle Allinger. He retired from the U.S. Air Force …

JAMEIKA GRANT MIDDLETON

Jameika Grant Middleton was born on Jan. 10, 1980, in Kershaw County, to the late Norman and Linda Grant. She departed this life on Sunday, July 25, 2021, at Atruim Health in Charlotte, North Carolina. Jamieka graduated from Lugoff-Elgin High …

Faith
Church News: Friday, July 30, 2021 First Baptist Missionary Church, 219 S. Washington St., announces: * Friday, Aug. 13 - Food giveaway at 1 p.m. while supplies last. Knitting Hearts for Christ Ministry, which meets at Bethesda Church of God, 2730 Broad St., announces: * …
Manning Pastor Sam Livingston: When is it going to drop? In the retail and entertainment industry, we often hear this phrase, "When is it going to drop?" The scenario may be played out when a professional athlete is about to present a new sneaker to the general public. Depending on who the athlete is, …
U.S. churches reckon with traumatic legacy of Native schools The discoveries of hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential schools for Indigenous children in Canada have prompted renewed calls for a reckoning over the traumatic legacy of similar schools in the United States - and in particular by the …
Church News: Friday, July 23, 2021 Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 211 Alice Drive, announces: * Saturday - "Last Generation," a popular Sumter men's gospel quartet, will perform at 6:30 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. The group has been singing together for more than 30 …
Celebrations
Benjamins celebrate 50 years of marriage Kenneth L. and Dianne R. Benjamin of Sumter will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, July 25, 2021. A family cruise will be taken in the summer of 2022 in their honor.The couple has …
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Pets for adoption
Sumter SPCA's Chase would be great for an active owner

FAR LEFT: Chase is a neutered and housebroken 2-year-old white-and-tan blue heeler / pit mix. He is great with older children. He is a sweet guy who is active and loves people but would prefer to be the only pet. He loves to run and get exercise and …

Weddings
Beaty-Speidel CHARLESTON - Mary Elizabeth Beaty of Sumter and Thomas Anthony Speidel of Athens, Greece, were united in marriage at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 12, 2021, at Redeemer Presbyterian Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wesley Beaty and …
Vise-Granger Rachel Vise and Brandon Granger, both of Sumter, were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Sans Souci Farms in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. Johnny Vise and Mrs. Barbara Watson Vise, both of Sumter, and the …
Engagements
Wilson-Chestnut Mr. and Mrs. John Joe Wilson Jr. of Manning announce the engagement of their daughter, Celia Burgess Wilson of Manning, to Mr. Hunter Tyson Chestnut of Conway, son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Tyson Chestnut Jr. of Conway. The bride-elect is the …
Unhoch- Maccauley Mark Katz of Sumter and Loretta Burkholder of Wytheville, Virginia, announce the engagement of their daughter, Helena Unhoch, to Stephen Maccauley of Mineral, Virginia, son of Richard Maccauley of Louisa, Virginia, and Alvena Tierney of St. …
Teseniar-Decker Mr. and Mrs. Mark Teseniar of Charleston, formerly of Sumter, announce the engagement of their daughter, Laila Teseniar of Charleston, to Dr. James Decker of Charleston, son of Dr. and Mrs. James Decker of Charleston. The bride-elect is the …
Schaller-Williams Mr. and Mrs. Phillip C. Schaller I of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Olivia Jade Schaller of Sumter, to Dakota Colt Williams of Hampton, Tennessee, son of Ms. Angela M. Williams and the late Mr. Ernest "Mike" M. Williams of …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: The establishment of Lincoln High School, part II

Part II continues a brief report of the organization and building of Sumter's initial Black high school. Information for this segment was obtained from The Sumter Item archives, Ruth Edens' The History of the Development of Secondary Education in …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Studebaker Drivers Club meets in Sumter; depot nominated for register 75 YEARS AGO - 1947 Jan. 7 - 13 - R. L. Irby, who was formerly with the city police, was officially appointed Sumter County jailer this morning at the meeting of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners. S. B. Geddings had handed in his …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Pro archers in Sumter for tournament; Shaw gets 18 new F-16 jets 75 YEARS AGO -1947 Dec. 31 - Jan. 6 - Dr. John M. Wells, 76, pastor emeritus of Sumter Presbyterian Church, died at the Tuomey hospital from a heart attack. He was born July 16, 1870, in Hinds County, Mississippi, and came to Sumter in 1924 as …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Daredevil driving at Sumter Speedway; chanting helps Manning team win 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 Dec. 24 - 31 - A letter to the editor: Chairman McKnight has asked for an expression of opinion whether or not the County of Sumter and the City of Sumter should give to the Federal Government Shaw Field. I think we should. …
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