Sumter school bus carrying Kingsbury Elementary students crashes airborne through one house, takes out shed next door

A Sumter school bus carrying five elementary school students crashed through three yards Friday afternoon, skimming the side of one house and taking out the shed next door.
Dano Winchester was working on a contracted remodeling project in a home that had been damaged by a car crashing into it on McCrays Mill Road when he heard what sounded like an explosion, then kids …
Studio Sumter

Sumter Today: Zion Williamson and Duke gets ready for their NCAA tournament debut in Columbia

Zion Williamson played his last high school basketball game at the Sumter County Civic Center when he won a state title with Spartanburg Day School, and now he is projected to be the first overall …
Panorama

Science exhibit explores connection between man, dog

LOS ANGELES - Did people domesticate dogs or was it the other way around? And why do these two species seem to think so much alike, act so much alike and get along so well? The California Science Center has spent the past five years sniffing out …

Nation/world

Lori Loughlin

Prison for college schemers? Expert opinions differ

BOSTON (AP) - Could Aunt Becky be headed to prison? It could go either way, experts say. Some of the wealthy parents accused of paying bribes to get their kids into top universities may get short stints behind bars, if convicted, to send a …

OHSU via AP   This undated photo provided by the Oregon Health and Science University shows a baby monkey named Grady, at 2 weeks old, born from an experimental technology that aims to help young boys undergoing cancer treatment preserve their future fertility. Scientists froze testicular tissue from a monkey that had not yet reached puberty and later thawed it to produce sperm used for Grady's conception.

Monkey birth a step to saving fertility of boys with cancer

WASHINGTON - Scientists are closing in on a way to help young boys undergoing cancer treatment preserve their future fertility - and the proof is the first monkey born from the experimental technology. More and more people are surviving childhood …

MOON

N. Korea withdraws staff from S. Korea liaison office

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea abruptly withdrew its staff from a liaison office with South Korea on Friday, a development that is likely to put a damper on ties between the countries and further complicate global diplomacy on North Korea's …

Technical Sgt. Rachelle Blake / The U.S. Air Force via AP   This March 17 photo released by the U.S. Air Force shows an aerial view of Offutt Air Force Base and the surrounding areas affected by flood waters in Nebraska.

Floods show security threat posed by climate change

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AP) - The Missouri River floodwater surging on to the air base housing the U.S. military's Strategic Command overwhelmed round-the-clock sandbagging by airmen and others. They had to scramble to save sensitive equipment, …

A worker walks next to a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane parked at Boeing Field, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Seattle.

Boeing to make safety feature standard on troubled Max jets

Boeing will make standard on its troubled new airliner a safety feature that might have helped the crew of a jet that crashed shortly after takeoff last year in Indonesia, killing everyone on board. The equipment, which had been offered as an …

State news

Senate President Harvey Peeler: It's time to collect bids, sell state-owned utility

COLUMBIA (AP) - The leader of the South Carolina Senate said lawmakers have studied whether to sell state-owned Santee Cooper enough and it is time to start collecting bids and making a decision on the utility's future. The bill introduced …

SCDC Director Bryan Stirling

Official: Unclear court orders confuse S.C. prison workers, cause errors

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina prison officials say unclear court orders and ambiguous directions have left prison workers confused about how much time offenders should serve. The division director of classification and inmate records at the …

2 arrested in S.C. shooting death of man found in pickup Sunday

GREENVILLE (AP) - Two people have been arrested in the shooting death of a man found in a pickup truck in South Carolina. The Greenville County Sheriff's Department said 22-year-old Adam Thomas Byrum and 21-year-old Corina Veronica Castro have …

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Faith leaders voice support for S.C. medical marijuana bill

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina faith leaders voiced their support Wednesday for legalizing medical marijuana, saying it is a necessary step toward improving the quality of life for seriously ill people. The diverse group of clergy held a news …

South Carolina lawmakers mull fetal heartbeat abortion bill

COLUMBIA (AP) — Members of a South Carolina House subcommittee considered legislation on Thursday that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, about six weeks into pregnancy. The …

Obituaries
ROBERT F. DUBOSE

Robert "Bobby" Freer DuBose Sr., 77, husband of Jan McCall DuBose, died Friday, Jan. 22, 2019, at Dixie Products. Born May 4, 1941, in Sumter, he was the son of the late Edward Freer DuBose and Burgess Margaret Jenkins DuBose. Mr. DuBose was a …

FRANK ROGERS

BISHOPVILLE - Frank Rogers of Florence, husband of Arletha Dawkins Rogers, entered eternal rest on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at the McLeod Hospice House, Florence. Arrangements will be announced by Wilson Funeral Home, 403 S. Main St., Bishopville.

TENEIA A. BOUTTE

Teneia Anderson Boutte, 41, wife of Joseph Boutte, died Friday, March 22, 2019, at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Hospice. Born Dec. 28, 1977, in Lee County, she was the daughter of Eugene and Martha Jenkins. The family will receive …

ROBERT C. WEATHERLY

Robert Carl Weatherly, 59, husband of Margie L. Weatherly, died Friday, March 22, 2019, at MUSC in Charleston. Born Jan. 3, 1961, in Sumter, he was a son of the late Richard Carl Weatherly and Patricia Ann Briner Weatherly. Mr. Weatherly was a …

O.G. HENDERSON

O.G. "Roddy" Henderson, 76, husband of the late JoAnn Lynn Geddings Henderson, died Friday, March 22, 2019, at Prisma Health Richland. Born Jan. 29, 1943, in Sumter, he was a son of the late Samuel Arthur Henderson Jr. and Mildred Gwendolyn Jones …

Celebrations
105 and still serving God BRUCE MILLS / THE SUMTER ITEM Mary Cunningham, left, and Kristi Downer of Trinity United Methodist Church share a laugh Friday, March 8, at Covenant Place at a party celebrating Cunningham's 105th birthday. Cunningham is still a member of Trinity …
Marie Small celebrates 102 years Marie Bacote Small, affectionately known as "Mack," celebrated her 102nd birthday on Saturday at her home with family and friends. Born on March 10, 1917, in Lee County, she is the daughter of the late Spencer and Florence Bacote. She is the …
Burgesses celebrate 50 years William and Shirley Burgess, of Sumter, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. A dinner was given in their honor by their six children, Calvin, Patrese, Derek, Michael, Crystal and Kayce.
Joneses celebrate 50 years Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bruce Jones, of Sumter, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. A party was given in their honor by their daughter and son-in-law, Angie and Ken Rosefield. The couple has one grandson, Evans …
Millses celebrate 50 years of marriage Mr. and Mrs. Woody Mills Jr., of Sumter, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. A family luncheon was given in their honor on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at Olive Garden, Columbia, by their daughters, Sandi Mills Dixon …
Faith
Speeding, tickets and grace I was traveling to Charleston for a wedding rehearsal. Traffic was heavy on the interstate, which slowed no one down. I was going faster than the speed limit, mostly to keep from being run over by the Friday afternoon traffic, but also because I was …
Church News: Friday, March 22, 2019 Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2371 Joseph Lemon-Dingle Road, Jordan community, Manning, announces: * Saturday, April 6 - Youth conference will be held beginning at 10 a.m. The theme for the conference is "Love." Conference will include …
Things you think you really know Everyone knows that Adam and Eve ate the apple and got thrown out of the garden - right? Actually, nowhere in the Bible is a specific fruit named. John Milton in 1644 said it was an apple after French and German artists had depicted apples on the …
Church News: Friday, March 15, 2019 Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2371 Joseph Lemon-Dingle Road, Jordan community, Manning, announces: * Sunday - Gospel singing at 4 p.m. featuring the mass choir. * Saturday, April 6 - Youth conference will be held beginning at 10 a.m. The …
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Pets for adoption
Gypsy is a loving girl who enjoys attention

Gypsy is a housebroken and spayed 1-year-old American short hair. She is great with other cats and children. Gypsy is sweet, laid-back, friendly and loving. She is also an active girl and enjoys being given love and attention. The …

Weddings
Berry-Poplin SUMMERVILLE - Cathryn Denison Berry of Summerville and Felder Wayne Poplin III of Sumter were united in marriage at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at St. Paul's Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Watkins Berry Jr. of …
Allen-Barnes GREENVILLE - Sarah Margaret Allen and Allen Jackson Barnes Jr., both of Columbia, were united in marriage at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at the Charles E. Daniel Memorial Chapel, Furman University. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and …
Briggs-Macchio LAKE CITY - Jessica Hope Briggs of Sumter and Anthony Michael Macchio of Florence were united in marriage at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at The Bean Market. The bride is the daughter of Ms. Norma Briggs of Sumter. She graduated from Sumter …
Engagements
Cannon-Holley Mr. and Mrs. David Hampton Cannon of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Victoria Hampton Cannon of Sumter, to Landon Ryan Holley of Aiken, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph D. Holley Jr. of Warrenville and Mrs. Marcellea Gilreath of …
Bamford-Schwartz Mr. and Mrs. Bruce William Bamford of Brevard, North Carolina, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Claire Bamford, to Milton Hughes Schwartz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Schwartz of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of …
Hyatt- Timmons Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Hyatt and Mr. and Mrs. Isadore Timmons Jr. announce the engagement of their children, respectively, Alicia Gail Hyatt and Steven Eugene Timmons, all of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Thomas Mitchum …
Smith-Kennedy Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Smith of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Nicole Elizabeth Smith of Sumter, to Robert James Kennedy of DeBary, Florida, son of Mr. Ed Kennedy and the late Mrs. Robin Kennedy of DeBary. The bride-elect is the …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter football gets new home

Reflections looks back at the movement of a Sumter public school's football program to the upscale stadium at the fairgrounds during the World War II era. The first football games were first played on the "old race track just beyond Judge Green's …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sumter WASP killed in plane crash; speedway gets facelift 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Oct. 14 - Oct. 20 - Lt. Col. Frank K. Clarke, 40, well-known Sumter attorney, was one of five officers aboard a missing transport plane for which Third Air Force headquarters at Tampa, Florida, was making a widespread …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: DAV Sumter chapter organized; Shaw holds mock disaster 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Sept. 7 - Oct. 13 - Capt. William A. Berrian Jr., of the Columbia chapter of Disabled American Veterans, will be in Sumter when the local chapter of DAV is reorganized. A meeting will be held in the courthouse. All veterans …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Hi-Y club sponsors drive for allies; Sumter organizes SPCA 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Sept. 30 - Oct. 6 - We do not have to be old to remember when a bale of cotton to the acre was an exceptional yield, even on a pet patch. County Agent S. W. Epps of Dillon said, "I believe this county will average a bale to …
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