Billy, Bobby and the Gospel: Legendary Yankees 2nd baseman from Sumter remembers his friend, famous evangelist

Bobby Richardson recently visited Billy Graham for the last time with his wife and granddaughter. Graham could barely see. He could not hear well, but the friend of the Sumterite and former New York …
State news
Bill likely to ban all abortions advances

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina senators have advanced a bill that would likely ban all abortions in the state. Local media report the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-9 Tuesday to advance a bill that says life begins at conception and at that …

Students help build much-needed pet shelters WOODRUFF - Kara West, a fifth-grader at Woodruff Elementary School, loves her family pets - a cat, two dogs, two birds and a hamster. West, 11, recently joined classmates in the school's 4-H Pet Rescue Club to build wooden dog houses and stuff …
NTSB: Human error likely main cause of S.C. train crash COLUMBIA (AP) - Human error is likely the cause of a collision between an Amtrak train and a freight train in South Carolina that killed two people and injured dozens of others earlier this month, according to a preliminary report by federal …
Museum OKs $350K plan for state Confederate flag COLUMBIA - A pared-down plan to display the final Confederate flag that flew at South Carolina's Statehouse is headed for legislative funding approval following a vote Thursday by a museum board. The plan is to display it in the South Carolina …
Nation/world
President listens intently to grieving students, parents

WASHINGTON - Spilling out wrenching tales of lost lives and stolen security, students with quavering voices and parents shaking with anger appealed to President Donald Trump on Wednesday to set politics aside and protect American school children …

Teen shot 5 times protecting classmates during massacre PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) - A 15-year-old student who was shot five times during last week's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is credited with saving the lives of at least 20 other students. A fundraising site says Anthony Borges was …
Evangelist Billy Graham, who reached millions, dies at 99 MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. Billy Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian …
Preventive treatment for peanut allergies succeeds in major study The first treatment to help prevent serious allergic reactions to peanuts may be on the way. A company said Tuesday that its daily capsules of peanut powder helped children build tolerance in a major …
Obituaries
ANGELA BREWER Angela "Renee" Brewer, 49, of 9873 Lawrence Road in Boynton Beach, Florida, was found deceased on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. A celebration of her life will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday at The Palmer Building in Charlotte, North …
JAMES A. HILTON BOSTON - James Anthony Hilton, 44, husband of Wambui M. Hilton, died on Monday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Boston. He was born on June 4, 1973, in Manning, a son of Margaret Felder Hilton and the late Rigby Hilton. Funeral services for Mr. Hilton will …
SHERRICKA L. SIMON BISHOPVILLE - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sherricka Latoya Simon on Feb. 16, 2018, at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, North Carolina. The family is receiving friends at 30 Browntown Church Road, …
JOSH FRAISER Josh Treaven Dwayne Fraiser, 31, husband of Jessica Nichole Colclough Fraiser, died on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, at Palmetto Health Tuomey. Born on Jan. 27, 1987, in Sumter County, he was a son of Josh Dwayne Fraiser and Betty Carolyn Westbury …
DONALD R. PALMER BARBOURSVILLE, Va. - Donald Robert Palmer, age 88, passed away on Feb. 16, 2018, at his daughter's home in Barboursville, surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Palmer was born in Oswego, New York, to the late Harold and Mable Dates Palmer. He …
Celebrations
Browns celebrate 50 years Dr. and Mrs. David Eugene Brown Jr., of Laurens, 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 …
Sarah H. Robinson turns 100 Sarah Howard Robinson celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at St. Paul AME Church Shaw with her family and friends. Born on Jan. 14, 1918, in Dalzell, she was the third of five children of the late Bland and Minnie …
Flaxes celebrate 65 years Mr. and Mrs. Martin C. Flax of Sumter celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Jan. 27, 2018, at Covenant Place of Sumter. Their three children are Ronald "Ron" David Flax of Sumter, Diana S. Flax Hodge of Gaston and Dennis Irving Flax of …
McCabes celebrate 50 years Mr. and Mrs. David Arnold McCabe of Manning celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 10, 2017. A reception was given in their honor on Nov. 11, 2017, by their two children and their spouses: Arnie and Kelly McCabe of Summerton and Robbie …
Alberts celebrate 50 years of marriage The Rev. Prince and Evangelist Adline Albert of Sumter celebrate their 50th anniversary today, Dec. 17, 2017. The couple's children will send them on a Caribbean cruise in early Spring 2018. Their five children and their spouses are Sheila …
Faith
Pray for God to show how to help shooting victims Ash Wednesday fell on Valentine's Day this year but also tragically a school shooting in Florida in which 17 people were killed. It's one of the deadliest school shootings in history. A day that celebrates love will be marred by this unthinkable …
We have met the enemy, and he is us - we must stop How many more times must this be breaking news? A disgruntled former student, who was identified as a threat, took an AR-15 into his old school, opened fire and killed 17. They went to school that …
Church News: Feb. 16, 2018 Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Sunday, Feb. 25 - Black history program at 3 p.m. James L. Felder will speak. Bethel AME Church, 1605 S.C. 261, Wedgefield, announces: * Sunday, Feb. 25 - Black history observance, fill …
We all use four-letter words - even God There is nothing better than a tangerine. When I grew up, down behind the barn, along the fence line of the lot, there were three big tangerine trees. There is no telling how old those trees were. When tangerines were in season, we'd take a break, …
Pets for adoption
Kaycee is really coming out of her shell

Kaycee is a sweet little nugget. Upon first being at the shelter, Kaycee was confused and shy, but is coming out of her shell every day. She responds to gentle petting and kind words and is doing very well with leash training. She likes other …

Bronson has a loving, gentle spirit Bronson is very special to the volunteers at Sumter Animal Control. We don't know much about his background, but we can tell you that he has had a hard start in life. Despite that, he has a loving, gentle spirit and responds to humans and …
Let Rain shower you with love LEFT: short hair. She is great with other cats, children and even dogs. Rain is sweet, friendly and affectionate. She loves to lounge around and be lazy. The Sumter SPCA is located at 1140 S. …
River is an active, friendly boy River is a housebroken 2-year-old male Labrador retriever mix. He is great with other dogs and older children. River is an active, friendly and affectionate boy, but needs a home without cats. He would make a great new family buddy. The …
Melina is a charmer Our little lowrider, Melina, is in a class by herself. This charmer has looks and personality to spare. A young adult, Melina is a happy little nugget who is ready for a lifetime home that will give her the security she deserves. In return, you will …
Weddings
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 …
McElveen-Price PAWLEYS ISLAND - Kathryn Watson McElveen and Nicholas Joe Price, both of Sumter, were united in marriage at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at Pawleys Island Chapel. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Thomas McElveen Jr. and the …
Oliver-Brogdon CHARLESTON - Christine Lynnette Oliver of Moncks Corner and William Turner Brogdon IV of Sumter were united in marriage at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at James Island Baptist Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Footman …
Tanner-McDuffie Emily Catherine Tanner of Sumter and Andrew Scott McDuffie of Durham, North Carolina, were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Joseph …
Betzel-McCarthy LANDRUM - Megan Betzel and Casey McCarthy were united in marriage on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2017, at Song Hill Reserve. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Michael Betzel of Landrum. She graduated from Clemson University. She is employed …
Engagements
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 …
Williams-Green Dr. and Mrs. Theophilus Darius Williams III of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Montgomery Ford Williams of Nashville, Tennessee, to James Ecton Green Jr. of Nashville, son of Mr. …
Iannarino-Burress Steve Iannarino and DarlaKay Iannarino, both of Huntersville, North Carolina, along with Mary Burress and Derek Burress, both of Sumter, announce the engagement of their children, respectively, Carly Marie Iannarino of Charlotte, North Carolina, and …
Griffin-Beard Mr. and Mrs. Donald W. Griffin announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsay Kate Griffin, to William Rhett Beard, son of Linda Beard Kennedy and the late Thurmon Dargan Beard, all of Sumter. The bride-elect graduated from Sumter High School …
Scott-Warr Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Ray Scott of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Rachel Scott of Spartanburg, to Lewis Hartwell Warr of Columbia, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wade Hartwell Warr of Alcolu. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of …
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Message left on voicemail upsets bulimia patient DEAR ABBY - My psychi-atrist's office left a very sensitive voicemail about my bulimia on a message machine shared with other individuals. Our voicemails are sent transcribed to everyone's email accounts. Since my complaint (which was an argument …
Mother fears past abuser has now targeted her son DEAR ABBY - I have a son from a previous relationship, and have been in a relationship with a man I'll call Bryan for a year. Not long ago, Bryan confided to me that he and his brother had been molested by a female relative. I don't know her. I have …
Longtime employee irked by colleagues' work ethics DEAR ABBY - I am almost 62 and struggling to get through the day at work. It's not because of the work itself, but I am extremely unhappy in the work environment. I have been here more than 20 years, and I have a real problem with the work ethic …
Panorama

Americans adopting children overseas to see higher fees, new rules

NEW YORK - The U.S. government has raised fees and made a series of regulatory changes recently for American families adopting children overseas, fueling resentment toward the State Department among agencies who fear further reductions in the …

Food
Pair pork, cabbage for a tasty main dish

If you're tired of the same old vegetable side dishes, here's a recipe that promotes the lowly red cabbage from side dish to protein partner. All you have to do is cook it up sweet and sour and - voila! - your side dish is now ready to walk down the …

A hearty stew and a trick or 2 During the recent bomb cyclone snowstorm, I couldn't go to the store for several days as I waited to get plowed out of my driveway. I had plenty of food, but a lot of it was that first of January "diet" food, and I was craving a warm stick-to-your …
Homemade jam uses berries to sweeten, instead of sugar My grandmother used to make jam every year out of the summer bounty of berries. It was a multi-day project involving scorching-hot vats of berries, thickened by pectin and pounds of white sugar, which she balanced with the tang of lemon or lime …
Reflections

Wedgefield woman married president Van Buren's son

Reflections celebrates President's Day with the story of "the lovely" Sara Angelica Singleton. The daughter of Col. Richard Singleton, Sara married Abraham Van Buren, son of President Martin Van Buren. This marriage elevated a young girl from …