Sumter auto shop shooting suspect waives extradition

The self-proclaimed Moorish sovereign citizen who is accused in the fatal shooting of a man at Auto Doctors in Sumter over the weekend waived extradition in a Jacksonville, Florida, courtroom …

Sumter Today: The Police Department holds a back to school bash for kids

For today's show, we're heading to Crosswell Park for the Sumter Police Department's annual back to school bash. Hundreds braved the heat to attend the event, which is a chance for students and …

State news
Sheriff: No foul play in fire death of S.C. man LIBERTY (AP) - Sheriff's investigators said there is no sign of foul play in the death of a man in a fire in South Carolina last week. Pickens County Chief Deputy Creed Hashe said in a news release that investigators found nothing to indicate …
S.C. ended budget year with $177M surplus, comptroller general says COLUMBIA (AP) - State officials said South Carolina ended the latest budget year with a surplus of $177 million. South Carolina Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom said in a news release Tuesday that the state took in $542 million more last year …
Project could cause big backups on S.C. 277 into Columbia COLUMBIA (AP) - Drivers could face big delays on one of the main routes into downtown Columbia as crews work on a drainage project. The city of Columbia said it will cut the inbound side of state Highway 277 down from three lanes to two on Bull …
Searchers find body in Lake Hartwell HONEA PATH (AP) - Searchers in South Carolina have found a body in Lake Hartwell, where a boat with only a dog and phone had been found earlier. Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore told news outlets the body found about 7:30 a.m. Monday is thought …
State to add 839 to list of area codes in 2020 COLUMBIA (AP) - Some South Carolina residents will have a new area code in less than two years. The North American Numbering Plan Administration has announced the new area code of 839 to overlay the existing 803 area code which covers the central …
Nation/world
Turkey increases tariffs on some U.S. goods in retaliation, escalating feud

ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey said Wednesday it is increasing tariffs on some U.S. products like cars, alcohol and coal - a move that is unlikely to have much economic impact but highlights the deteriorating relations with the U.S. in a feud that has …

Bomber targets Shiite students in Kabul; 48 dead KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A suicide bomber struck a private education center in a Shiite neighborhood of Kabul on Wednesday where high school graduates were preparing for university entrance exams, killing 48 young men and women and leaving behind a …
White House admits error for false claim on black employment WASHINGTON - The White House has acknowledged an error in its false claim that President Donald Trump created three times as many jobs for blacks than President Barack Obama. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Twitter …
Death toll hits 39 in Italy bridge collapse; blame begins GENOA, Italy - Italian prosecutors on Wednesday focused their investigation into the Genoa highway bridge collapse on possible design flaws or inadequate maintenance, as the death toll rose to 39 and Italian politicians looked for someone to …
After straws, balloons get more scrutiny NEW YORK - Now that plastic straws may be headed for extinction, could Americans' love of balloons be deflated? The joyous celebration of releasing balloons into the air has long bothered environmentalists, who say the pieces that fall back …
Obituaries
ELIZABETH GREEN OXENDINE Elizabeth Green Oxendine, affectionately known as "Bet," was born on June 29, 1934, in Wedgefield, to the late Prectdia Scott Green Washington and Marion Green Sr. She departed this life on Thursday, …
WILLIE M. EVANS Willie Margaret Evans, 83, departed this life on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in East Rockaway, New York. Born on April 11, 1935, in Lee County, she was a daughter of the late Eli and McWillie Lowery Hudson. She attended the public schools of Sumter …
JULIA MAE W. JADOTTE Julia Mae Walters Jadotte, 71, widow of Marcel Jadotte Sr., died on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. She was a daughter of the late James Alex Walters and Hattie Mae Dow Walters. Funeral services for Mrs. Jadotte will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday at …
PATSY P. CRUMP Patsy Phillips Crump, 81, widow of J.C. Crump, died on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, at Palmetto Health Tuomey. Services will be announced by Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter.
KAY S. HANCOCK Kay Stafford Hancock, 77, wife of Robert D. "Nicky" Hancock, died on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, at her home. Born on May 28, 1941, in the Ashwood community of Lee County, she was a daughter of the late Norman A. Stafford and Nettie Jackson Brown. …
Celebrations
Moseses celebrate 50 years Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Moses of Sumter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 27, 2018, with their children and grandchildren. A dinner was given in their honor by their three children and their spouses: Frank Jr. and Tracy Moses, …
Wilkies celebrate 63 years Mr. and Mrs. Joe T. Wilkie Sr. of Sumter celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on June 2, 2018. Their three children and their spouses are Joe T. Jr. and Diana Wilkie of Barno, Paul and Amy Wilkie of Sumter and the late Mathew Wilkie. The …
Nesbitts celebrate 50 years Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Nesbitt Sr. of Sumter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 15, 2018, with a casual dinner at their home. Their two children and their spouses are Christopher and Susan Nesbitt and Joyce and the late Charles …
Hudsons celebrate 60 years Mr. and Mrs. Roy B. Hudson Sr. of Sumter celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 31, 2018, with their three children and their spouses: Pat and Tony Buddin of Sumter, Roy B. Jr. and Michele Hudson of Blairwood, and Candace Hudson of …
Culbreaths celebrate 60 years of marriage Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Culbreath of Sumter celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 26, 2018. A casual dinner celebration was held in their honor by their two children and their spouses: Sabrina and John Budden and Gino and Gwendolyn …
Faith
Don't underestimate the power of an invitation "Hey Clay, you really ought to meet my friend Gina. She goes to the same seminary you do," Marcus Dodson told me about his friend, and I thought, "Why not?" So, I call her, we meet for breakfast, and 32 years of marriage later she is still the most …
For God or party? China's Christians face test of faith NANYANG, China (AP) - The 62-year-old Chinese shopkeeper had waited nearly his entire adult life to see his dream of building a church come true - a brick house with a sunny courtyard and spacious hall with room for 200 believers. But in March, …
Church News: Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 Antioch United Methodist Church, 4040 Dubose Siding Road, announces: * Sunday, Aug. 19 - The Inspirational Choir's pre-anniversary worship service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Minister Cheryl Graham, of Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church, will …
Church News: Friday, Aug. 3, 2018 Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Wednesday-Friday, Aug. 8-10 - Revival at 7 nightly. Speakers as follows: Wednesday, the Rev. Debbie Bowens-Davis, of Agape Fellowship AME Church of McBee; Thursday, the Rev. Dr. Mary Rhodes, …
Pets for adoption
Tink is ready to be your forever friend

Tink is a gentle, loving 12-month-old mixed breed, who weighs 33 pounds. She loves other dogs and people. When you sit down and have a conversation with her, she listens attentively. With a bit of training, this sweetie will be a forever …

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Weddings
Trammell-Reach CHARLESTON - Lauren Elizabeth Trammell of Mount Pleasant and William Daniel "Dan" Reach of Greenville were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018, at St. Luke's Chapel on the grounds of MUSC. Pastor Geoff Reppard of Seacoast Church …
McCarthy-Wallach LANDRUM - Mary Margaret McCarthy and Patrick James Wallach were united in marriage at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2018, at The Cliffs at Glassy Chapel. A reception followed at The Cabin at Mountain Park. The bride is the daughter of Suzanne …
Cook-Cummings Erin Lee Ann Cook and Jeffrey Burgess Cummings, both of Sumter, were united in marriage at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018, at LinRan Farm in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Lee Cook and the granddaughter of Mrs. JoAnn …
Green-Williams PAWLEYS ISLAND - Montgomery Ford Williams and James Ecton Green Jr., both of Nashville, Tennessee, were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Pawleys Island Chapel. The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Theophilus Darius …
Scott-Warr CHARLESTON - Mary Rachel Scott of Spartanburg and Lewis Hartwell Warr of Columbia were united in marriage at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 23, 2018, at Summerall Chapel, The Citadel. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Ray Scott of Sumter …
Engagements
Briggs-Macchio Ms. Norma Briggs of Sumter announces the engagement of her daughter, Jessica Briggs of Sumter, to Anthony Macchio of Florence, son of Joseph and Brenda Macchio of Florence. The bride-elect graduated from Francis Marion University. She is a …
Witherspoon-Williams Anthony and Marie Witherspoon of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Kianna Julia Witherspoon of Sumter, to Trae Gideon Deontae Williams of North Charleston, son of Mr. Victor Williams and Mrs. Regina Willis Kelly, both of Denver, …
Townes-Potter Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Mark Townes of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Julie Catherine Townes of Charleston, to John Tyler Potter of Charleston, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Dwight Potter of Charleston.The bride-elect is the …
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Serbian makeup pro knows art of illusion

SMEDEREVO, Serbia - It took Mirjana Milosevic less than an hour to transform into a zombie. The Serbian makeup artist also can turn into a skeleton or a genie and make body parts disappear. Milosevic, 36, has attracted fans around the world for …

Reflections

Photographer Leonhirth captured Sumter landmarks

Reflections focuses on the talents of Karl Leonhirth, a self-taught photographic artist. Mr. Leonhirth, the son of German immigrants, was born in Sumter and attended city schools. Upon graduation he enrolled in Clevenger College, attaining a degree …

Yesteryear
'Compact Farm' a success; Sumter Airport terminal dedicated 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 March 4 - March 10 - It will be Sumter against Charleston in the finals of the South Carolina state basketball tournament. The game will get underway in the Edmunds High School gym and will bring to a close the first state …
Commander dies in plane crash; chickens die in heat wave 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Feb. 26 - March 3 - Lt. Alvin Grumbles' parents have received a letter from him postmarked "England." The Sumter flyer was previously reported missing in action over enemy territory. Lt. Grumbles' letter stated he was well, …
Victory Garden Guide released; base land swap in the works 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Feb. 19 - Feb. 25 - Eighteen members of the Tuomey Hospital School of Nursing's class of 1946 were capped and inducted into the United States Cadet Nurse Corps in impressive ceremonies at Grace Baptist Church. John W. …