Keeping fireworks fun: Sumter officials offer safety message, tips for home-based July 4 festivities

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Sumter Today: Pirates invade the Sumter County Museum

The Charles Towne Few is a group of historical reenactors, which is a seemingly typical group that the Sumter County Museum would normally enlist to provide hands-on, educational activities and …

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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
U.N.-backed study shows world's pile of electronic waste grows ever higher

BERLIN (AP) - The world's mountain of discarded flat-screen TVs, cellphones and other electronic goods grew to a record high last year, according to an annual report released Thursday. The U.N.-backed study estimated the amount of e-waste that …

More states back off on reopening NEW YORK (AP) - New York City and states that likewise seemed to have tamed their coronavirus outbreaks are hitting pause on some of their reopening plans because of the alarming surge in reported infections across the Sun Belt and other parts of …
Richmond orders removal of Confederate statues on city land RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney on Wednesday ordered the immediate removal of all Confederate statues on city land, saying he was using his emergency powers to speed up the healing process for the former capital of the Confederacy …
Protest against Africa's 1st COVID-19 vaccine test shows fear, distrust JOHANNESBURG - Protesters against Africa's first COVID-19 vaccine trial burned their face masks Wednesday as experts note a worrying level of resistance and misinformation about testing on the continent. Anti-vaccine sentiment in Africa is "the …
Health experts slam U.S. hoarding of only licensed virus drug LONDON - Health experts on Wednesday slammed the U.S. decision to hog nearly the entire global supply of remdesivir, the only drug licensed so far to treat COVID-19, warning that type of selfish behavior sets a dangerous precedent for attempts to …
State News
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 …
S.C. expert says state mask rule needed as COVID-19 continues to spread across state COLUMBIA - More South Carolina cities are passing their own rules requiring masks as COVID-19 cases continue to spike in the state. As Clemson and Charleston join Greenville and Columbia in requiring everyone to wear masks in grocery stores and …
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

Reflections remembers the development of Sumter's education system and the construction of numerous schools attended by local students. Due to the length of the history of the Sumter school systems, it will be presented in three parts. The author …

Yesteryear
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 …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Housing opens for Shaw Field personnel; P-15's winning streak ends 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Jan. 4 - 10 - Larry Wayne Nunnery, born New Year's Day to Mr. and Mrs. George Nunnery of Wedgefield, took top honors in the Item's 1946 Stork Derby as the first baby of the New Year in Sumter County. Local merchants …
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