Sumter hospital unveils coloring book to Lemira Elementary students

It really does "take a village to raise a child," if you ask Palmetto Health Tuomey. And in the spirit of the saying, the hospital extended its community partnership with Lemira Elementary School on Thursday at the school with the unveiling of a …
State news
Utility to pay millions to preserve reactor site

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina's state-owned utility says it will pay millions per year to preserve equipment and parts at an abandoned nuclear reactor site. Santee Cooper's acting board chairman told Gov. Henry McMaster in a letter on Wednesday …

Sumter group home director responds to governor siding with faith-based foster care approach COLUMBIA - Gov. Henry McMaster is siding with an Upstate foster-care provider embroiled in a battle with government officials about a requirement it has that foster families be Christian.In a letter sent Wednesday night to Miracle …
Bill likely to ban all abortions advances COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina senators have advanced a bill that would likely ban all abortions in the state. Local media report the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-9 Tuesday to advance a bill that says life begins at conception and at that …
Students help build much-needed pet shelters WOODRUFF - Kara West, a fifth-grader at Woodruff Elementary School, loves her family pets - a cat, two dogs, two birds and a hamster. West, 11, recently joined classmates in the school's 4-H Pet Rescue Club to build wooden dog houses and stuff …
Nation/world
Again the question: Could armed teachers stop shootings?

In the aftermath of yet another mass school shooting, President Donald Trump says that if one of the victims, a football coach, had been armed "he would have shot, and that would have been the end of it." Revisiting an idea he raised in his …

President listens intently to grieving students, parents WASHINGTON - Spilling out wrenching tales of lost lives and stolen security, students with quavering voices and parents shaking with anger appealed to President Donald Trump on Wednesday to set politics aside and protect American school children …
Teen shot 5 times protecting classmates during massacre PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) - A 15-year-old student who was shot five times during last week's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is credited with saving the lives of at least 20 other students. A fundraising site says Anthony Borges was …
Evangelist Billy Graham, who reached millions, dies at 99 MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. Billy Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian …
Obituaries
ALBERTA G. WATTS GULPORT, Miss. - Alberta Goins Watts, 82, peacefully passed away in Gulfport on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, from complication of Alzheimer's. Alberta was born in 1935 in South Carolina. She is survived by Clark O'Neal Watts Sr.; her children, Debra …
JAMES E. BRADLEY Funeral services for James Edward Bradley will be held at noon on Saturday at New Zion AME Church, 78 Elliott Highway, Bishopville, with the Rev. Archie S. Temoney Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at the New Zion AME Garden. The public may …
SHIRLEY D. NELSON Shirley D. Nelson was born on June 28, 1959, in Sumter, to Almeta Gaymon Nelson and the late Furman Nelson Sr. In addition to her father, Shirley was preceded in death by her brother, Furman Nelson Jr.; maternal grandparents, Tanzie and Corine …
WILLIAM ADAM HILL Infant William Adam Hill died on Thursday, February 15, 2018, at Palmetto Health Tuomey. Born in Sumter, he was a son of William Fredrick Hill and McKenzie Bell Hill. Surviving are his parents of Sumter; two half-brothers, Mason Bell and …
DAVID C. ONSRUD David Clarence Onsrud, 87, formerly of Simpsonville, died on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, at Covenant Place in Sumter. He was born on June 21, 1930, in Raleigh, North Carolina, and was a member of Simpsonville United Methodist Church for 30 years. …
Celebrations
Browns celebrate 50 years Dr. and Mrs. David Eugene Brown Jr., of Laurens, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. Their two children are Dr. David Eugene Brown III and wife, Farrah, of Chapin and Margaret Lindsay Brown of Mount …
Sarah H. Robinson turns 100 Sarah Howard Robinson celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at St. Paul AME Church Shaw with her family and friends. Born on Jan. 14, 1918, in Dalzell, she was the third of five children of the late Bland and Minnie …
Flaxes celebrate 65 years Mr. and Mrs. Martin C. Flax of Sumter celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Jan. 27, 2018, at Covenant Place of Sumter. Their three children are Ronald "Ron" David Flax of Sumter, Diana S. Flax Hodge of Gaston and Dennis Irving Flax of …
McCabes celebrate 50 years Mr. and Mrs. David Arnold McCabe of Manning celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 10, 2017. A reception was given in their honor on Nov. 11, 2017, by their two children and their spouses: Arnie and Kelly McCabe of Summerton and Robbie …
Alberts celebrate 50 years of marriage The Rev. Prince and Evangelist Adline Albert of Sumter celebrate their 50th anniversary today, Dec. 17, 2017. The couple's children will send them on a Caribbean cruise in early Spring 2018. Their five children and their spouses are Sheila …
Faith
Church News: Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Sunday - Black history program at 3 p.m. James L. Felder will speak. Bethel AME Church, 1605 S.C. 261, Wedgefield, announces: * Sunday - Black history observance, fill a pew and soul …
Believers lost a great evangelist, but we share the 'same God' The indelibility of revered evangelist Billy Graham this week was expected as was the response of many in the Christian community: sadness, gratitude, ruminations of the type of heavenly reception Graham was receiving. There is not likely a …
When Billy Graham said 'No' Billy Graham was a son of the segregated South. He grew up, as did I, with signs declaring "Whites Only" and "No Colored Served Here." Division by race was the abnormal accepted thing. It was understood that black people who showed up at "white" …
Billy, Bobby and the Gospel: Legendary Yankees 2nd baseman from Sumter remembers his friend, famous evangelist Bobby Richardson recently visited Billy Graham for the last time with his wife and granddaughter. Graham could barely see. He could not hear well, but the friend of the Sumterite and former New York …
Pets for adoption
Shiloh loves to cuddle

Shiloh is a 2-year-old Corgi mix. She is great with children and other dogs but needs a home without cats. Shiloh is active, friendly, affectionate and playful. She lives for cuddles and attention. She would make an excellent family …

Dear Abby
Parents fail to keep promises to help ailing daughter DEAR ABBY - I suffer from a debilitating, rare, chronic illness. Two years ago, my parents convinced me to move across the country to live with them in a city I've never lived in. They promised it would be "only for a year," they'd pay the cost of …
Message left on voicemail upsets bulimia patient DEAR ABBY - My psychi-atrist's office left a very sensitive voicemail about my bulimia on a message machine shared with other individuals. Our voicemails are sent transcribed to everyone's email accounts. Since my complaint (which was an argument …
Mother fears past abuser has now targeted her son DEAR ABBY - I have a son from a previous relationship, and have been in a relationship with a man I'll call Bryan for a year. Not long ago, Bryan confided to me that he and his brother had been molested by a female relative. I don't know her. I have …
Weddings
Smith-DaSilva Katherine Lewis Smith and William Brooks DaSilva, both of Charlotte, were united in marriage at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Beasley Smith of Sumter and …
McElveen-Price PAWLEYS ISLAND - Kathryn Watson McElveen and Nicholas Joe Price, both of Sumter, were united in marriage at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at Pawleys Island Chapel. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Thomas McElveen Jr. and the …
Oliver-Brogdon CHARLESTON - Christine Lynnette Oliver of Moncks Corner and William Turner Brogdon IV of Sumter were united in marriage at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at James Island Baptist Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Footman …
Tanner-McDuffie Emily Catherine Tanner of Sumter and Andrew Scott McDuffie of Durham, North Carolina, were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Joseph …
Betzel-McCarthy LANDRUM - Megan Betzel and Casey McCarthy were united in marriage on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2017, at Song Hill Reserve. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Michael Betzel of Landrum. She graduated from Clemson University. She is employed …
Engagements
Cook-Cummings Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Lee Cook announce the engagement of their daughter, Erin LeeAnn Cook, to Jeffrey Burgess Cummings, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Brown Cummings III, all of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. JoAnn Christian …
Williams-Green Dr. and Mrs. Theophilus Darius Williams III of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Montgomery Ford Williams of Nashville, Tennessee, to James Ecton Green Jr. of Nashville, son of Mr. …
Iannarino-Burress Steve Iannarino and DarlaKay Iannarino, both of Huntersville, North Carolina, along with Mary Burress and Derek Burress, both of Sumter, announce the engagement of their children, respectively, Carly Marie Iannarino of Charlotte, North Carolina, and …
Griffin-Beard Mr. and Mrs. Donald W. Griffin announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsay Kate Griffin, to William Rhett Beard, son of Linda Beard Kennedy and the late Thurmon Dargan Beard, all of Sumter. The bride-elect graduated from Sumter High School …
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Americans adopting children overseas to see higher fees, new rules

NEW YORK - The U.S. government has raised fees and made a series of regulatory changes recently for American families adopting children overseas, fueling resentment toward the State Department among agencies who fear further reductions in the …

Reflections

Wedgefield woman married president Van Buren's son

Reflections celebrates President's Day with the story of "the lovely" Sara Angelica Singleton. The daughter of Col. Richard Singleton, Sara married Abraham Van Buren, son of President Martin Van Buren. This marriage elevated a young girl from …

Yesteryear
Officials urge city to clean up before festival; coach seeks 400th win 75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Sept. 11 - Sept. 17 - Lt. H. N. Stelle, 23, whose wife is the former Miss Virginia Yates of Sumter, was killed Thursday afternoon in the crash of a plane at Dale Mabry Field, Tallahassee, Florida, The Item was informed. …
Cadet killed in crash; wetlands might have been cleared illegally 75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Sept. 4 - Sept. 10 - Approval of a Federal Works Agency project for renovating and equipping the recently acquired frame dwelling on Council Street for using as a recreation center for Negro soldiers was announced by Mayor …
Food shipped to Charleston; Lee residents work on plan 75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Aug. 29 - Sept. 4 - The Yellow Cab Co. of Sumter has received a letter of thanks from Maj. William A. Bell, as executive officer at the Headquarters Boston Port of Embarkation, for 20,000 Camel cigarettes which were …