Bringing learning to LIFE at Sumter 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: Alice Drive Middle School utilizes virtual & augmented reality to take students beyond the classroom

For today's show, we stopped by Alice Drive Middle School to see how new devices, which only two schools in the country have access to so far, are taking students' learning beyond the …

State news
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 …
South Carolina's prisons among the deadliest in the U.S. COLUMBIA (AP) — Twenty South Carolina prisoners have been killed at the hands of fellow inmates in the past 16 months. The staggering amount of violence, which includes the gang-fueled bloodshed …
Nation/world
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 …
Alabama mayor says her town smells like rotting corpses PARRISH, Ala. - A stinking trainload of human waste from New York City is stranded in a tiny Alabama town, spreading a stench like a giant backed-up toilet - and the "poop train" is just the latest example of the South being used as a dumping ground …
Future parenting: Many embryos, each with DNA profile NEW YORK - So you want to have a baby. Would you like a dark-haired girl with a high risk of someday getting colon cancer, but a good chance of above-average music ability? Or would you prefer a girl with a good prospect for high SAT scores …
Obituaries
JAMES B. COCHRAN JR. GREENSBORO, N.C. - The world became a little darker when Jim Cochran died on March 26, 2018, after a brief stay at High Point Regional Hospital. Jim had a way of making the people he met feel better about themselves and often brought unexpected …
JAMES A. LANCASTER JR. IRMO - James Antonio Lancaster Jr., affectionately known as "Tony" and husband of Anita W. Lancaster, was born on Nov. 19, 1977, in Sumter, to Kathleen Sanders Lancaster and James Lancaster Sr. Tony was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, …
LOTTIE M. HUNTER Funeral services for Lottie Bell Mack Hunter, who died on April 14, 2018, will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Sumter, with burial to follow at Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Sumter. Visitations will be …
DEBORAH WILDER LAKE CITY - Deborah Wilder, 53, died on Saturday, April 14, 2018. She was a daughter of the late Henry and Mariah Evans Wilder. Funeral services for Mrs. Wilder will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at St. John AME Church, Workman community of …
FLORABELL FULWOOD Florabell Fulwood, 88, widow of Louis Fulwood, died on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at her residence in Sumter. Born in Lynchburg, she was a daughter of the late Ed Scott and Emma Green. The family will receive friends at the home, 221 Brent …
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
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 …
Sometimes revenge seems sweet, but keep your focus My brothers and I were given the chore of cleaning out the horse stalls. Steve was 17, Bobby was 14, and I was 10. Over time, the horse stalls fill up with processed horse feed. My stepfather, Lawrence - never one to waste a resource - wanted us to …
What happened when Peter met Jesus on Easter? It is just a fragment of a verse: "The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon (Luke 24:34)." On the day that changed the world, Jesus took time to personally appear to Simon Peter. Peter, of course, would become the leader of the church, the …
Pets for adoption
Bronson is an adorable bundle of love

Bronson is a young boy who is a volunteer favorite at Sumter Animal Control. This boy is a tail-wagging, adorable bundle of love. He needs an owner who will commit to spending time with him, as he has not had much training in his young life. …

Dear Abby
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 …
Bride feels mom is using wedding to spotlight herself DEAR ABBY - Once I announced my engagement, my already thin, fit mother went on a diet and lost 20 pounds. My weight has always been an issue with her, and I can't believe she would draw attention to it in this way. She called me a bridezilla …
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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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 …