Taking training for patience, empathy: Sumter deputies learn about crisis intervention with mentally ill and disabled residents

With how officers interact with the public being given more public attention recently, Sumter County Sheriff's Office and other first-responder agencies are undergoing crisis intervention training this …

Sumter Today: The Sheriff's Office attends training on interacting with residents with mental illnesses and disabilities

For today's show, we're heading to the Sumter County Sheriff's Office for one of their training sessions. The National Alliance on Mental Illness and Protection and Advocacy instructs officers on how …

State news
Sub's crew never dumped weight during mission COLUMBIA — Scientists studying the world's first submarine to sink an enemy ship said Wednesday that the doomed Confederate crew did not release an emergency mechanism that could have helped …
Mayor: 68-year-old man killed after shooting at police first FLORENCE (AP) — Authorities say a man shot by a police officer in the parking lot of a South Carolina hotel has died. Florence Mayor Stephen Wukela said the man fired at the officer first at the …
'Sheltering wings:' Charleston memorial plan conveys solace Designs for a memorial to nine black worshippers slain at a South Carolina church began not at a drafting table, but with questions from grieving family members to prospective architects. They didn't want to see any drawings until they sat down with …
Gov. McMaster to Medicaid: Cover medical care, not abortion clinics COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has ordered the state's Medicaid agency to continue covering "necessary medical care and important women's health and family planning services" but also "to terminate abortion clinics as Medicaid …
Funeral home left body rotting for three years CHARLESTON - When Mary Alice Pitts Moore died at the age of 63, her family scraped together whatever cash they could to hold a proper funeral. About 100 people showed up to pay their respects at …
Nation/world
Tale of sex, deception emerges about woman suspected to be agent

WASHINGTON - A 29-year-old gun-rights activist suspected of being a covert Russian agent was likely in contact with Kremlin operatives while living in the United States, prosecutors said Wednesday in court papers that also accused her of using sex …

Out of hospital, Thai boys share lessons learned in cave
CHIANG RAI, Thailand - The 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from a cave in northern Thailand left the hospital where they had been recuperating and appeared at a news conference Wednesday, saying the ordeal made them stronger and taught …
Study links air pollution to drop in national park visitors DENVER - Visitors appear to be steering clear of some U.S. national parks or cutting visits short because of pollution levels that are comparable to what's found in major cities, according to a study released Wednesday. Researchers at Iowa State …
Trump defends his summit performance WASHINGTON - Taking to Twitter early Wednesday, President Donald Trump defended anew his much-criticized performance at the Helsinki summit, promising "big results" from better relations with Russia and hitting back at "haters." Trump made no …
Obituaries
ALLENE G. ROSS Allene Griffin Ross, 90, widow of George W. Ross, died on Monday, July 16, 2018, at Palmetto Health Tuomey. She was a daughter of the late Ernest Collin Griffin Sr. and Martha McLeod Griffin. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene …
SADIE B. SLATER Sadie Brown Slater, 88, widow of Harmon Slater, died on Monday, July 16, 2018, at Coney Island Hospital, Brooklyn, New York. Born on July 6, 1930, in Sumter County, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Emma Herriott Brown. The family will …
DELGAR S. FORD Delgar Sylvester Ford was born on Jan. 3, 1945, in Sumter County, a son of the late Delgar Ford Jr. and Mrs. Edna Brunson Ford. He departed this life on Friday evening, July 13, 2018, at his home. Mr. Ford attended the public schools of Sumter …
DOROTHY MAE F. WASHINGTON Dorothy Mae Fortune Washington was born on March 11, 1949, in Bishopville, to the late Sammie Lee Sr. and Essie Mae Bradley Fortune. Dorothy was united in holy matrimony to L J Washington. With much tender, loving and caring, they were blessed to …
DOROTHY H. BRANHAM Dorothy Hasty Branham, 96, widow of Melvin Branham, died on Monday, July 16, 2018, at Palmetto Health Tuomey. Born on Sept. 6, 1921, she was a daughter of the late Marcus and Margaret Gardner Hasty. Mrs. Branham and her husband farmed and owned a …
Celebrations
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 …
Benbow family Five generations of the Benbow family are shown clockwise from left, standing: Joan Franklin, great-grandmother; Caroline Morton, grandmother; Cherrell Morton, mother; Arianna Riley, child; and seated, Rever Benbow, great-great-grandmother.
Faith
Church News: Friday, July 13, 2018 Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Sunday, July 22 - The 137th anniversary of the church will be celebrated at 3 p.m. Bishop Samuel Lawrence Green Sr., presiding prelate of the Seventh Episcopal District African Methodist …
Vatican is drafting guidelines on proper uses for sold churches VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican is drafting guidelines to help Catholic dioceses find appropriate ways to decommission unneeded churches so they don't end up as discos, gymnasiums or gelato shops. The Vatican's culture ministry is teaming up with …
Clarity comes from Jesus My cousin, Ross Hendry, was working cows at my Aunt Ouida's place. The humidity was 100 percent, and the temperature was about 98 degrees - a typical Florida summer day. It was the kind of day that makes a cowboy pray for shade. At Aunt Ouida's …
One Sumter Community, Lutheran churches to facilitate race discussions One Sumter Community group invites Sumterites to engage in discussions about race and religion during a unifying event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, at the University of South Carolina Sumter Nettles Building Auditorium, 200 Miller …
Pets for adoption
Dainty, gentle Paris is precious

Our little miss Paris is just about the most precious little girl you will find. This 2-year-old girl lost her home through no fault of her own, and she misses her comfy bed and family. She is looking for a forever home with someone who will …

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Weddings
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Hughes-Brunson ALCOLU - Kelsey Hughes and Joey Brunson, both of Manning, were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Clarendon Baptist Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Mark Hughes of Manning and the granddaughter of Mr. …
Engagements
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 …
Schwechlen-Anderson Dr. and Mrs. Jay Anderson of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, formerly of Sumter, announce the engagement of their son, Gabriel James Anderson of Basel, Switzerland, to Caroline Schwechlen of Saint Louis, Alsace, France, daughter of Fernand Schwechlen …
Williams-Morris Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Williams of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Courtney Elizabeth Williams of Charlotte, North Carolina, to Nathan William Morris of Charlotte, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Morris of Charlotte. The …
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Panorama

Dirty money is an understatement

Pennsylvania State UniversityThe ConversationWe live in a dirty world. Wherever we go, we are among microbes. Bacteria, fungi and viruses live on our phones, bus seats, door handles and park benches. We pass these tiny organisms to each other when …

Reflections

Moving planes to Shaw Field in 1941

Reflections remembers the trans-continental flight of the BT 13-A training aircraft. These planes were used to train young cadets the principles of flight at the new flight school in Sumter. Shaw Field's acquisition of trainer aircraft remains one …

Yesteryear
Gamble becomes horse breeder; 33rd Fighter Squadron deactivated 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Feb. 5 - Feb. 11 - Sumter High's Gamecocks got sweet revenge against Camden's Bulldogs by disposing of the visitors in easy fashion. The final score was 25-3. After holding the Bulldogs scoreless the first half - the second …
Rat Season begins at Clemson; extension program reorganized 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Jan. 29 - Feb. 4 - First Lt. James Dow Harrelson, who is missing in overseas action, may be a prisoner of war. According to a message from the foreign broadcast intelligence service of the Federal Communications Commission, …
Students spread Christmas cheer; 12 swans added to park 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Jan. 22 - Jan. 28 - Mrs. R. C. Williams, hostess of the Shaw Field Cadet Club, said that there are a number of cadet wives in town who are very anxious to secure work here during their two months' stay. Many of the girls …