Here's your 78th Sumter Iris Festival schedule and map

Blooming flowers, increasing heat and longer, brighter days are the signal in Sumter of the city's most well-known event. It's Sumter's oldest and largest festival. It brings thousands of people from …

Sumter Today: Crosswell Drive students get a first hand look at the new fire department headquarters

For today's show, we headed over to the Sumter Fire Department new headquarters, where Crosswell Drive Elementary school students toured the facility and learned about fire safety …

State news
South Carolina will use drones to watch inmates COLUMBIA - After spending years fighting to keep drones from flying over prisons, South Carolina corrections officials unveiled plans on Thursday to use the small unmanned aircraft to keep a remote eye on inmates, an effort they said is the …
Man who bought 12 guns for serial killer pleads guilty COLUMBIA (AP) - A South Carolina man has pleaded guilty to buying guns for an acquaintance who shot seven people to death, admitting he made the purchases despite knowing that the killer had a previous felony conviction and couldn't legally have the …
Governor hopeful Templeton picks prosecutor Wilkins as running mate COLUMBIA - In picking a longtime prosecutor for her running mate, a Republican challenging South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said Monday that she's creating a partnership to tackle the state's two top problems: crime and corruption. "My …
Man agrees to life sentence for killing S.C. officer COLUMBIA (AP) — A 47-year-old banking worker and military veteran with a spotless criminal record for more than 20 years was sentenced Tuesday to spend the rest of his life in prison for two …
Boy bitten by shark at Hilton Head Island HILTON HEAD ISLAND (AP) - A 10-year-old boy was bitten by a shark while splashing in waist-deep water along the South Carolina coast, according to the boy's mother. Tonya Turrell told the Island Packet of Hilton Head that her son Jei was bitten …
Nation/world
U.S. forecasters expect 10-16 tropical storms in active season

MIAMI - U.S. government forecasters said Thursday that they expect an active Atlantic hurricane season - an announcement that came as odds increased that the first tropical weather system of the year was forming in the Gulf of Mexico. The …

Pompeo: U.S. will fight Russian interference in the 2018 elections WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday the Trump administration will not tolerate Russian interference in the 2018 congressional midterm elections. Pompeo told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that the administration will …
3 more teenagers charged in death of Maryland officer PERRY HALL, Md. - Three more teens have been charged as adults with first-degree murder in the death of a Maryland police officer, authorities said Wednesday. Fifteeen-year-old Darrell Jaymar Ward, 16-year-old Derrick Eugene Matthews and …
City looks for answers after zombie alert sent to residents LAKE WORTH, Fla. (AP) - Officials say they still don't know who sent a "zombie alert" to residents of a Florida city following a power outage. Lake Worth spokesman Ben Kerr says an independent investigation is underway to determine who was behind …
Obituaries
TERRANCE K. ADDISON BISHOPVILLE — Terrance K. Addison, 54, passed at his residence in Bishopville on Thursday, May 24, 2018. Born in Sumter, he was a son of Henry and Rosa Pearson Addison. The family will …
NANCY L. LUCAS It is with great sadness that the family of Nancy L. Lucas announces her passing on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at the age of 73. She will be remembered fondly by: her husband of 53 years, Percy L. Lucas …
CHARLES D. HOLLAND Charles D. Holland, age 53, died on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at his residence in Sumter. Born in Sumter, he was the son of the late John H. Holland and Mildred Lambert Holland. Charles was a …
SHANTE EVETT SIMMONS SUMMERTON - On Sunday, May 20, 2018, Shante Evett Simmons departed our midst at her residence. Born on Aug. 5, 1985, in Sumter, she was a daughter of Henry and Lillie Mae Hammett Simmons. Service of remembrance will take place at 1 p.m. on …
EDNA SWINTON Edna Mae Swinton, 80, was born on Nov. 15, 1937, in Sumter, a daughter of the late James and Annie Bell Logan Wright. She departed this life on Monday, May 21, 2018. Edna Mae Swinton received her education in the public schools of Sumter County. …
Celebrations
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, …
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 …
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, May 25, 2018 Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2571 Joseph Lemon-Dingle Road, Jordan community, Manning, announces: * Saturday - Scholarship ministry's May Festival / flea market from 7 a.m. until on the grounds of the parsonage, S.C. 260 and Joseph …
Courageous people change the world Google "stupidity" and you will be rewarded with videos of people taking chances with their lives. On a dare, people will hold a lit Roman Candle. For a thrill, people will hang off a cliff, using only one hand. To prove either their womanhood or …
Church News: Friday, May 18, 2018 Agape Outreach Ministries, 100 E. Red Bay Road, announces: * Today - "A time to be healed" revival at 7:30 p.m. Apostle Dr. Phillip Coleman will speak. Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2571 Joseph Lemon-Dingle Road, Jordan community, …
Mental illness touches us all; we all need a safe place When I pastored in rural Kentucky, we lived in the parsonage (a house the church provides for the pastor). Because this church always wanted to know where to find the pastor, they located the parsonage right next to the church. Everyone in that …
Pets for adoption
Garrett is sweet, loves to play ball

Garrett is a 4-year-old neutered and housebroken beagle / hound mix. He is sweet and friendly. Garrett is an active, affectionate boy who adores attention. He loves to play ball with people and run and play with other dogs as well. The …

Dear Abby
Man can't get beyond his feelings for former wife DEAR ABBY - I was divorced seven years ago. My ex-wife, "Annie," and I were married almost seven years and had what I thought was a great relationship. Then we bit off more than we could chew financially. I began working long hours to get us out of …
Daughter sees stressful future with toxic mom DEAR ABBY - My mother is a narcissist and a user. She has never held down a job and blames everyone else. We rarely get along for more than 15 minutes at a time. I used to blame myself, but have realized over the years that I'm not alone in how I …
Daughter living at home disrupts mom's private life DEAR ABBY - I'm 54. My 28-year-old daughter, Sarah, lives with me. Our issue is MY sex life. I have a long-term live-in boyfriend, and we enjoy each other in many ways. We try to be quiet while we're enjoying each other physically, but evidently …
Weddings
Culclasure-Wilson MAYESVILLE - Lauren Betts Culclasure of Manning and William Heathley Wilson IV of Mayesville were united in marriage at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Mayesville Presbyterian Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Todd …
Thompson-Daylami Lauren Lee Thompson and Taylor Francis Daylami were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Allan Thompson of Sumter and the …
Martin-Veverica COLUMBIA - Kate Gamble Martin and Jordan Scott Veverica were united in marriage Saturday, May 5, 2018, at Rutledge Chapel on the Horseshoe at the University of South Carolina. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Lewis Martin of Manning …
Funke-Dunlap LYNCHBURG - Erika Charlotte Funke and Michael Paul Dunlap, both of Columbus, Mississippi, were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Tanglewood Plantation. The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Bryan Funke of Sumter. She …
Riley-Scott EDISTO ISLAND - Sarah Morgan Riley of Aiken and Dustin Charles Scott of Sumter were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Cypress Trees Plantation. The bride is the daughter of Drs. John Wade and Melissa Morgan Riley of Aiken …
Engagements
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 …
Thompson-Daylami Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Allan Thompson of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Lee Thompson of Columbia, to Taylor Francis Daylami of Columbia, son of Mr. and Mrs. Benny Daylami of Summerville. The bride-elect is the …
Smith-Lander Dr. and Mrs. William Clay Smith of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Hannah Elizabeth Smith of Durham, North Carolina, to William Foster Lander of Raleigh, North Carolina, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Chapin Lander of Atlanta, …
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Don't miss Music of Spring Garden Tour

The 2018 Music of Spring Garden Tour will be presented by the Sumter Council of Garden Clubs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 26. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased at the Swan Lake Visitor's Center in Sumter from May 20 through 26 …

Reflections

Iris Festival is lengthy tradition in Sumter

In celebration of the 78th year of the Iris Festival, the country's longest-running continuous festival, Reflections presents slides taken by the late Hubert D. Osteen in 1948 and 1949 of Swan Lake-Iris Gardens and the festival parade. The festival …

Yesteryear
Blanding promoted; Majorettes recognized; Drifters rock Sumter 75 Years Ago - 1943 Dec 11-Dec 17 - "Leon M. Blanding, 25, son of Mrs. Georgia L. Blanding, has been promoted from the rank of first lieutenant to that of captain. On a recent mission the plane of Captain Blanding, who is credited with …
Civilians praised for war efforts; Biltons open 6th dealership 75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Dec. 4 - Dec. 10 - The Shaw Field public relations office said that during October and November, planes based at Shaw had flown the equivalent of 400 round trips to Tokyo. Figures released by the post command showed the …
Cadet dance held at Shaw Field; P-15's entered in playoff 75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Nov. 27 - Dec. 3 - The Presbyterians and Baptists emerged victorious in opening games of the Sunday School Basketball league at the YMCA, while the Pinewood cagers, composed of a number of veterans, trounced the Sumter …