Bringing learning to LIFE at Alice Drive Middle School

If you go by the idiom "a picture is worth a thousand words," then the images these gadgets produce "are worth a thousand and then some." They are Alice Drive Middle School's new virtual reality and augmented reality headsets, and they are …

Sumter Today: Habitat for Humanity and the SC Realtors Association are helping to give a veteran a new home

On today's show, we stopped by a Sumter Habitat for Humanityhouse build led by South Carolina Association of REALTORS for a local veteran and his family. Great people doing great …

State news
Lawmakers try to change broad school disturbance law COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina lawmakers said Thursday the current school disturbance law is too broad and negatively impacts the records of students by criminalizing youthful behavior. A House subcommittee voted unanimously to change the law so …
Bishopville's Wheeler, other lawmakers seek tour of SC prison home to deadly riot COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A handful of South Carolina lawmakers told state officials Thursday that they want to see firsthand the conditions inside a maximum-security state prison where a riot …
South Carolina lawmakers want drone ban at prisons, bases COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina lawmakers want to ban drones from airspace near military bases or prisons. A House subcommittee voted unanimously Thursday for legislation to make flying …
Prisons chief doubts transfers caused riot at Lee Correctional COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina officials transferred several hundred maximum-security inmates late last year to a prison where seven prisoners were killed this week in a gang fight. But Corrections …
Teacher leave payout bill passes House Subcommittee COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers say they want to thank educators by paying them for accumulated leave. Members of a House subcommittee voted in favor of a bill Tuesday that pays …
Nation/world
Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New data show that the number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year. They showed their biggest drop in 25 years. The decline comes amid increasing legal restrictions and public …

Jailed Chinese pastor's U.S. family seeks mercy BEIJING - The Rev. John Sanqiang Cao paid no more than three dollars for the trip that would end up costing him his freedom. For years, he and fellow Chinese Christian teachers would cross the river on a narrow bamboo raft from a tree-shrouded …
Korean leaders can discuss peace but can't end Korean War SEOUL, South Korea - President Donald Trump has given his "blessing" for North and South Korea to discuss the end of the Korean War amid a diplomatic push to end the North Korean nuclear standoff. One problem: There can be no real talks without the …
Investigation focusing on the wear and tear of plane engine fan blade PHILADELPHIA - The investigation into a deadly engine failure on a Southwest jet is focusing on whether wear and tear caused a fan blade to snap off, triggering a catastrophic chain of events that killed a passenger and broke a string of eight years …
Obituaries
LINDA C. WELCH GEORGETOWN — Linda Gail Cooper Welch, 64, passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at her son's home. Born on Oct. 1, 1953, in Conway, she was a daughter of Lucille Larrimore Cooper and the …
JANE P. BROWN Jane Olivia Perry Brown, age 73, wife of Monroe Newton Brown, was promoted to glory on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at her residence. Born in Bradenton, Florida, she was a daughter of the late William …
L. STORM BAILEY COLUMBIA - L. Storm Bailey, 86, of Columbia, passed away on April 18, 2018, at his home. Storm is survived by his wife of 64 years, Betty McClintock Bailey; one son, Storm M. Bailey and his wife, …
REVEDELL SIMMONS Revedell Simmons, 90, widow of Roosevelt Simmons, died on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at Palmetto Health Tuomey. Born on Nov. 29, 1927, in Sumter County, she was a daughter of Jessie Frierson Sr. …
KENNY L. BURROUGHS Minister Kenny Lemonta Burroughs, 39, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, April 15, 2018, at Regency Hospital of Florence. Born on March 21, 1979, in Sumter County, he was a son of Mattie Bradley Burroughs and the late Kenly Burroughs …
Celebrations
Catherine Cutler Schumacher Blake Edmond and Sarah Cutler Schumacher of Columbia announce the birth of a daughter, Catherine Cutler Schumacher, on March 16, 2018, at Palmetto Health Baptist Hospital, Columbia. Catherine weighed 8 pounds, and she was 20 1/4 inches …
Castelia C. Wilson celebrates 100 years Castelia Clark Wilson celebrated her 100th birthday on Tuesday, April 10. Born on April 10, 1918, in Lee County, she is the daughter of the late Robbie and Ada Clark. She received her education at Morris College. After completing her education, …
Browns celebrate 50 years Dr. and Mrs. David Eugene Brown Jr., of Sumter, 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 …
Mary Cunningham celebrates 104 years Mary Cunningham celebrated her 104th birthday on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at Covenant Place with her family, friends and staff. Born in Greenville, Mary is the fourth and only living of six girls. She is the widow of the Rev. Dr. Francis …
Howards celebrate 50 years The Rev. Laddie and Mrs. Katherine Howard celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 30, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Their children are Laddie T. Howard and Katherine W. Grice. The couple has four grandchildren. Mrs. Howard is the …
Faith
It's not enough to get rid of evil No one lived in the old Durrance home place. The two-story house sat empty most of my childhood and teenage years. What had once been home to a family was home to rats and snakes. The house was a hazard. The surviving grandson, Juddy, owned the …
Church News: Friday, April 20, 2018 Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Today - Fish fry from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., sponsored by the Pastor's Aide ministry. Dinners are $8 and include fish, red rice, coleslaw, butter beans, roll and drink or snack available for $4 …
Church News: Friday, April 13, 2018 Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Sunday - Women's Day program at 3 p.m., sponsored by the Missionary Society. The Rev. Donna Harvin Jackson, pastor of Pinehill AME Church, will speak. * Friday, April 20 - Fish fry from 11 …
Church News: Friday, April 6, 2018 Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Sunday, April 15 - Women's Day program at 3 p.m., sponsored by the Missionary Society. The Rev. Donna Harvin Jackson, pastor of Pinehill AME Church, will speak. * Friday, April 20 - Fish …
Pets for adoption
Jasper would love to lounge on the couch with you

Jasper is a neutered and housebroken 3-year-old American short hair with gorgeous green eyes. He is great with other cats, children and even dogs. Jasper loves to play and chase cat toys, but he also has a lazy, couch potato side. He would …

Dear Abby
Age blocks daughter from joining mom's social club DEAR ABBY - I am part of a small social ladies group. The eight of us range in age from mid-50s to late-60s. We get together once a month for lunch, a movie, dinner, shopping, etc. I look forward to it, and we always have a good time. Recently, …
Brother's fiancée unaware of his opiate addiction DEAR ABBY - My divorced 38-year-old brother is addicted to opiates. My wealthy, enabling mother constantly bails him out financially. My brother is engaged to a very kind woman - a mother of three he met four months ago. She's not aware of his lies, …
Marriage loses intimacy due to husband's disability DEAR ABBY - Six years ago, my husband of 20 years was in a serious accident. He was placed on disability because of it. Because of the accident, he can't perform sexually because his "goods" don't work. I am many years younger than he is and …
Weddings
Hodge-Bostic Kelley Alysa Hodge of Hartsville and Charles Bobo Bostic III of Sumter were united in marriage at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Grace Baptist Church in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of …
Malack-Marshall COLUMBIA - Megan Ann Malack and Weldon L. Marshall, both of Columbia, were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, on the Horseshoe at the University of South Carolina. The bride is the daughter of the late Tom and Donna Malack of …
Flesch-Jones Erricka Michelle Flesch and James Laughton Jones II, both of Sumter, were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 24, 2018, at First Baptist Church in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Richard Thompson of Sumter and …
Lamb-Stafford MAYESVILLE - Samantha Katherine "Katie" Lamb and Stephen Francis Stafford Jr., both of Sumter, were united in marriage at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018, at The Sublette Pond House. The bride is the daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. Jimmy Carl …
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 …
Engagements
Reynolds-Robertson Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Charles Reynolds of Augusta, Georgia, announce the engagement of their daughter, Blythe Elizabeth Reynolds of Columbia, to Zachary Tyler Robertson of Sumter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leland Frank Robertson Jr. of Sumter. The …
Munn-White Mr. and Mrs. James Rhett Munn Jr. of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Taylor Marie Munn of Columbia, to Thomas McConnell White of Sumter, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Thomas White of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of …
Culclasure-Wilson Mr. and Mrs. William Todd Culclasure of Manning announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Betts Culclasure of Manning, to William Heathley Wilson IV of Mayesville, son of the Rev. Dr. and Mrs. William Heathley Wilson III of …
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 …
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Panorama

Rockin' Rick Springfield honored for sharing depression struggles

When 23-year-old Rick Springfield's debut solo single "Speak to the Sky" was climbing the Australian pop charts in 1972, few realized the young singer/songwriter had been suffering since his teen years from debilitating depression - including a …

Reflections

Keith's Garage, 'We Never Close'

Reflections remembers Keith's Garage, one of Sumter's most utilized automotive repair shops during the '20s, '30s and '40s. The business establishment proclaimed that it was capable of repairing all makes and models of wrecked trucks and cars. …

Yesteryear
Woman becomes spotter; James Bonds is detective sergeant 75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Nov. 6 - Nov. 12 - The current issue of High Pitch magazine, published by the Aviation Cadet Detachment at Shaw Field, is dedicated to a teenage South Carolina boy who personifies the cadet of tomorrow whose eagerness and …
POW letters limited to 25 words; Shaw Field band performs 75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Oct. 31 - Nov. 6 - All enlisted men were to be admitted free of charge to the Sumter County Fairgrounds as long as the gates are open. Secretary J. Cliff Brown of the Fair Association announced today. The exposition is …
Air WACs hold open house; 12th grade added in Sumter 75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Oct. 23 - Oct. 29 - Cadet Charles Propst, of Calhoun Street Sumter, now in his third class, sophomore year at The Citadel, has been chosen for membership in the Pre-Medical Society at that college. Cadet Propst is a member …