Sumter Tribe of Cheraw Indians celebrates heritage with festival

Sumter Tribe of Cheraw Indians members and community residents participate in a friendship dance during Saturday's Native American Indian Festival.
The Sumter Tribe of Cheraw Indians celebrated its heritage Saturday during its third Native American Indian Festival. There was a friendship dance with tribe members and other community members, seen above, …
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Sumter Today: The community honors Veterans Day

Yesterday was the official commemoration of Veterans Day, and Sumter held a ceremony and fourth annual parade to honor our local veterans and to thank them for their service to our country.

State news
S.C. panel recommends governor control of disabilities agency COLUMBIA (AP) - A legislative panel recommends that the governor be put in charge of the agency that helps South Carolinians with disabilities. The House Legislative Oversight Committee has endorsed a proposal to place the Department of …
Greenwood teen wins $70K in video gaming tournament GREENWOOD - Dylan Wright always knew he would end up making money playing video games though his parents might have had their doubts. Over the course of a recent weekend, the 16-year-old Greenwood High School student and a teammate won a total of …
1st female enlisted soldier, now Army Ranger, shares story EASLEY - Amanda Kelley didn't set out to become the first female enlisted soldier to pass the incredibly rigorous Army Ranger course. For Staff Sgt. Kelley, a native of Easley, that was just another step along the path toward her bigger goal - to …
Lawyers: Cops didn't have key as women drowned in police van COLUMBIA (AP) - Two women drowned in the back of a locked cage while being taken for involuntary commitment to a mental hospital because the police van they were in took an unsafe route and rolled over, and deputies lacked a key or bolt cutters to …
Sanford says offshore drilling cost Arrington COLUMBIA (AP) - U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford said Republican Katie Arrington suffered a stunning loss in a U.S. House race in South Carolina because she didn't understand the entire district. Sanford said Wednesday that Arrington's support of offshore …
Nation/world
Amazon splits HQ between New York, Virginia

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon, which has grown too big for its Seattle hometown, said it will split its much-anticipated second headquarters between New York and northern Virginia. Each will get 25,000 jobs. In addition, the online retailer said it will …

Search intensifies in California fire zone for victims
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities moved to set up a rapid DNA-analysis system and bring in cadaver dogs, mobile morgues and more search teams in an intensified effort to find and identify victims of the deadliest wildfire in California history, an …
CNN sues Trump, demanding Acosta's return to WH NEW YORK (AP) - CNN sued the Trump administration Tuesday, demanding that correspondent Jim Acosta's credentials to cover the White House be returned because their revocation violates the constitutional right of freedom of the press. The …
Greek ministry: Lost city of Tenea located
ATHENS, Greece - Greece's culture ministry said Tuesday that archaeologists have located the first tangible remains of a lost city that the ancient Greeks thought was first settled by Trojan captives of war after the sack of Troy. A ministry …
High school coach says bar gunman was 'out of control' MONTCLAIR, Calif. - A second high school coach of the gunman who killed 12 people at a Southern California bar recalled him on Sunday as volatile and intimidating and said that repeated complaints to school administrators about his behavior failed …
Obituaries
MARVIN GOODMAN LYNCHBURG - Marvin Goodman, 55, widower of Jacquetta Rose Goodman, died on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, Florida. He was born on April 9, 1963, in Sumter, a son of Ineta Goodman and the late Jerry …
MAGGIE JOE BISHOPVILLE - Maggie Joe entered eternal rest on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Bronx, New York. The family is receiving relatives and friends at 1045 Backswamp Road, Lynchburg. Funeral arrangements are incomplete …
MARY LEE BOYKIN Mary Lee Boykin, 61, of Sumter, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at Palmetto Health Richland, Columbia. The family is receiving friends at the home of her daughter, Jessica Boykin, 2455 Equinox Ave., Dalzell. All arrangements and …
DOROTHY LEE F. BELTON BRONX, N.Y. - Dorothy Lee Frazier Belton, 90, widow of Willie Belton, died on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, at Calvary Hospital, Bronx. She was born on Oct. 25, 1928, in Manning, a daughter of the late Johnny Riggins and Ethel Frazier …
FLOYD MCLEOD Floyd McLeod, 71, widower of Brenda Turner McLeod and Delores "Lois" Haithcock McLeod, passed away on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, at Palmetto Health Tuomey. Born on Aug. 16, 1947, in Pinewood, he was a son of the late John and Ida Griffin McLeod. He …
Celebrations
Mathewses celebrate 55 years Mr. and Mrs. Ralston C. Mathews of Sumter celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. Their three children are Patrice Mathews, Ritchie Mathews and Ralston Mathews. The couple has four grandchildren. Mrs. Mathews is …
Faith
Divided we fall ... The election results are in, and they reveal what we already knew - we are a divided people. This is no surprise. In the first Presidential cabinet, there was division. Jefferson and Hamilton vied for power and control; Lincoln's cabinet was named …
Church News: Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 14 Brand St., announces: * Friday, Nov. 30, and Sunday, Dec. 2 - The 32nd pastoral anniversary of the Rev. Larry W. and Evangeline G. Barnes will be celebrated as follows: 7 p.m. Friday, Pastor Donald Greene, …
Church News: Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Saturday - Fall festival 5-8 p.m. featuring games, food and fun. Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 14 Brand St., announces: * Sunday - The 78th anniversary of the church will be …
Pets for adoption
Pierson is a handsome boy who is full of energy

This handsome young guy is Pierson. Approximately 1 year old, this medium-sized mixed breed boy weighs 39 pounds. He is stunningly gorgeous and full of energy. Pierson loves people and gets along with other dogs at the shelter. He would love …

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Weddings
Self-Dolan CHARLESTON - Anna McLaurin Self and Ryan Matthew Dolan, both of Charleston, were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at The Garden at Ashley Point. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Thomas Self Jr. and the …
Townes-Potter MOUNT PLEASANT - Julie Catherine Townes and John Tyler Potter were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2018, at Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Mark Townes of Sumter and the …
Ortmann-Hart Catherine Elizabeth Ortmann of Sumter and James Michael Hart of Columbia were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at LinRan Farm in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Chandler Ortmann of Sumter and the …
Crabbe-Furse CHARLESTON - Lisa Joy Crabbe of Charleston and John Louden Furse of Aiken were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at Second Presbyterian Church. The bride is the daughter of Dr. Mark MacGregor and Dr. Linda Swain Crabbe of …
Engagements
Dollard-Truluck Mr. Joseph Clark Dollard and Mr. and Mrs. John William Baker Jr., all of Sumter, announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Danielle Dollard of Sumter, to Ryan Walker Truluck of Hopkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Walker Truluck of …
Windham-Walker Mr. and Mrs. Michael Emory Windham of Manning announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Michael Windham of Manning, to Thomas Kirk Walker of Sumter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Marshall Walker of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter …
Charles-Gallishaw Leonne Charles and James E. Gallishaw, both of Sumter, announce their engagement. The bride-elect is the daughter of Ms. Dorothy Charles of Sumter and Mr. Johannes Charles Sr. of Mount Vernon, New York, and the granddaughter of the late Albertha …
Ortmann-Hart Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Chandler Ortmann of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Catherine Elizabeth Ortmann, to James Michael Hart of Columbia, son of Dr. and Mrs. Michael Wayne Hart of Tyrone, Georgia. The bride-elect is the …
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Sumter Thanksgiving tradition continues

For more than 35 years, Geraldine Singleton has been spearheading what has become a Thanksgiving tradition in Sumter. She started providing a free Thanksgiving dinner with several friends to "anyone who might not get one." This year, that dinner …

Reflections

Celebrate Veterans Day at military display

Reflections pays tribute to the Sumter veterans who have served our country. Many of their images are housed at the Veterans Display, a facility in the Clyburn Intermodal Transportation Center at 129 S. Harvin St., Suite No. 2. The residents of …

Yesteryear
Chief reminds residents of fire danger; desegregation plans approved 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 June 3 - June 9 - Tuomey Hospital has been designated by the office of Civilian Penicillin Distribution War Production Board as a depot for penicillin for this area, John W. Rankin, superintendent, was notified. The …
Women in the Air Force coming to Shaw; Sumter Business Expo should be biggest yet 75 YEARS AGO -1944 May 27 - June 2 - Two Shaw Field fliers were injured when their training plane crashed on the state farm at Hagood at about 5 o'clock. Although seriously injured, station hospital officials said that the two were coming …
DJs 'in jail' to raise money; industrial batteries dumped into Sumter pond 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 May 20 - May 26 - Lt. H. George Huettig, whose wife, the former Miss Bea Sharpton, resides in Sumter, has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism of an extraordinary nature while on aerial flight. The award …