Sumter auto shop shooting suspect waives extradition

The self-proclaimed Moorish sovereign citizen who is accused in the fatal shooting of a man at Auto Doctors in Sumter over the weekend waived extradition in a Jacksonville, Florida, courtroom …

Sumter Today: Teachers attend a back-to-school pep rally

For today's show, we're heading to the Sumter County Civic Center for the Sumter School District's annual back to school pep rally for teachers, administrators, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, …

State news
S.C. governor suggests patience on Trump's tariff proposals COLUMBIA (AP) - As the national debate about potential implications of the Trump administration's tariff plans continues, one of the president's earliest allies stressed this week that he's made the administration aware of South Carolina's concerns …
Sheriff: No foul play in fire death of S.C. man LIBERTY (AP) - Sheriff's investigators said there is no sign of foul play in the death of a man in a fire in South Carolina last week. Pickens County Chief Deputy Creed Hashe said in a news release that investigators found nothing to indicate …
S.C. ended budget year with $177M surplus, comptroller general says COLUMBIA (AP) - State officials said South Carolina ended the latest budget year with a surplus of $177 million. South Carolina Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom said in a news release Tuesday that the state took in $542 million more last year …
Project could cause big backups on S.C. 277 into Columbia COLUMBIA (AP) - Drivers could face big delays on one of the main routes into downtown Columbia as crews work on a drainage project. The city of Columbia said it will cut the inbound side of state Highway 277 down from three lanes to two on Bull …
Searchers find body in Lake Hartwell HONEA PATH (AP) - Searchers in South Carolina have found a body in Lake Hartwell, where a boat with only a dog and phone had been found earlier. Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore told news outlets the body found about 7:30 a.m. Monday is thought …
Nation/world
Church sex scandal: Abuse victims want a full reckoning

Six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania joined the list this week of those around the U.S. that have been forced to face the ugly truth about child-molesting priests in their ranks. But in dozens …

Police work to stop overdoses from synthetic pot after 76 fall ill
Police swarmed a Connecticut park near Yale University and searched people's homes for drugs Thursday in an effort to prevent more overdoses from a batch of synthetic marijuana blamed for hospitalizing more than 70 people. Social workers and …
Judge orders women to begin their defense in Kim Jong Nam's killing SHAH ALAM, Malaysia - Two women on trial for the brazen assassination of the North Korean leader's half brother were told Thursday to make their defense after the judge found evidence of a "well-planned conspiracy," extending their murder trial …
Minnesota deputies rescue women stranded on unicorn raft
STARK, Minn. (AP) - It was not a fairy tale, but a rescue on a Minnesota lake did involve a rainbow unicorn. A sheriff's deputy and a reserve deputy from the Chisago County Sheriff's Office spotted a group of five women on a large, inflatable …
'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at 76 at her home NEW YORK - Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," "I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, died Thursday at age …
Obituaries
RAYMOND WOODS SR. MAYESVILLE - Pastor Raymond Woods Sr., 81, husband of Celeste Myers Woods, died on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, at his residence, 26 Mikado Road, Mayesville. He was born on Sept. 27, 1937, in Sumter, …
BETTY JO LOWDER BURGESS Betty Jo Lowder Burgess, 80, died on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at NHC Healthcare, Sumter. Born in Lake City, she was a daughter of the late Erby Smith Lowder and Mary Edna Langley Lowder. Ms. …
EVELYN HARRIS HAWKINS COLUMBIA - On Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, Evelyn Harris Hawkins, wife of Frazier Hawkins, departed this life at Palmetto Health Richland. Born on June 17, 1963, in Miami, she was a daughter of …
SEAN MICHEAL WRIGHT BISHOPVILLE - Sean Micheal Wright, 31, died on Aug. 12, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at The Living Church of McBee. Internment will follow at Pine Forest Memorial …
WAYNE ELIJAH SANDERS Wayne Elijah Sanders, 58, affectionately known as "Big Red/Buss," departed this earthly life on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, at the Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia. Wayne was born on Oct. 24, 1959, …
Celebrations
Moseses celebrate 50 years Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Moses of Sumter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 27, 2018, with their children and grandchildren. A dinner was given in their honor by their three children and their spouses: Frank Jr. and Tracy Moses, …
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 …
Faith
Baptism and overwhelming grace of Jesus When I was 8 years old, our church had a week-long revival. I don't remember the visiting preacher's name, but I remember Thursday night of that week. There was something in the message or the song that pulled me forward for my "public profession of …
Church News: Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2571 Joseph Lemon-Dingle Road, Jordan community, Manning, announces: * Sunday - Back-to-school praise and worship service at 10 a.m. Antioch United Methodist Church, 4040 Dubose Siding Road, announces: * …
Don't underestimate the power of an invitation "Hey Clay, you really ought to meet my friend Gina. She goes to the same seminary you do," Marcus Dodson told me about his friend, and I thought, "Why not?" So, I call her, we meet for breakfast, and 32 years of marriage later she is still the most …
For God or party? China's Christians face test of faith NANYANG, China (AP) - The 62-year-old Chinese shopkeeper had waited nearly his entire adult life to see his dream of building a church come true - a brick house with a sunny courtyard and spacious hall with room for 200 believers. But in March, …
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Luzianne would be an exceptional family companion

Luzianne is a spayed and housebroken very beautiful 2-year-old domestic medium hair. She is very sweet, affectionate and loving. She lives for attention and is great with other cats and children. Luzianne would make an exceptional family …

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Weddings
Trammell-Reach CHARLESTON - Lauren Elizabeth Trammell of Mount Pleasant and William Daniel "Dan" Reach of Greenville were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018, at St. Luke's Chapel on the grounds of MUSC. Pastor Geoff Reppard of Seacoast Church …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Engagements
Briggs-Macchio Ms. Norma Briggs of Sumter announces the engagement of her daughter, Jessica Briggs of Sumter, to Anthony Macchio of Florence, son of Joseph and Brenda Macchio of Florence. The bride-elect graduated from Francis Marion University. She is a …
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 …
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Serbian makeup pro knows art of illusion

SMEDEREVO, Serbia - It took Mirjana Milosevic less than an hour to transform into a zombie. The Serbian makeup artist also can turn into a skeleton or a genie and make body parts disappear. Milosevic, 36, has attracted fans around the world for …

Reflections

Photographer Leonhirth captured Sumter landmarks

Reflections focuses on the talents of Karl Leonhirth, a self-taught photographic artist. Mr. Leonhirth, the son of German immigrants, was born in Sumter and attended city schools. Upon graduation he enrolled in Clevenger College, attaining a degree …

Yesteryear
'Compact Farm' a success; Sumter Airport terminal dedicated 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 March 4 - March 10 - It will be Sumter against Charleston in the finals of the South Carolina state basketball tournament. The game will get underway in the Edmunds High School gym and will bring to a close the first state …
Commander dies in plane crash; chickens die in heat wave 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Feb. 26 - March 3 - Lt. Alvin Grumbles' parents have received a letter from him postmarked "England." The Sumter flyer was previously reported missing in action over enemy territory. Lt. Grumbles' letter stated he was well, …
Victory Garden Guide released; base land swap in the works 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Feb. 19 - Feb. 25 - Eighteen members of the Tuomey Hospital School of Nursing's class of 1946 were capped and inducted into the United States Cadet Nurse Corps in impressive ceremonies at Grace Baptist Church. John W. …