Beware the bloodsuckers: State records 1st case of West Nile Virus this season

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control confirmed the first case of West Nile Virus in the state earlier this month, urging extra caution with dealing with the mosquitoes and ticks this time of year. While every mosquito …

Sumter Today: Local churches thank Sumter's first responders

For today's show, we're heading to Long Branch Baptist Church,where members of the congregation and members of neighboring churches held a lunch for Sumter County's first responders. The event was …

State news
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 …
State to add 839 to list of area codes in 2020 COLUMBIA (AP) - Some South Carolina residents will have a new area code in less than two years. The North American Numbering Plan Administration has announced the new area code of 839 to overlay the existing 803 area code which covers the central …
Woman shot to death at home in Columbia with children present; children unhurt COLUMBIA (AP) - A woman has died after she was shot at a home in South Carolina with several children inside. News outlets reported that Richland County sheriff's deputies were called to a home in the northeast Columbia area about 2:30 a.m. …
S.C. deputy's widow sues after he drowns during training COLUMBIA - A deputy killed during training on a South Carolina lake last summer was tangled by the boat propeller after going overboard and drowned inches under the surface while pleading for his …
Nation/world
2,000 evacuated, 3 WWII bombs removed from Baltic Sea resort in Poland

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - More than 2,000 people were evacuated Monday while Polish navy experts removed three World War II bombs from the Baltic Sea bed at the vacation resort of Kolobrzeg. The spokesman for the local navy unit, Jacek Kwiatkowski, …

Boardwalk collapses in Spanish city, 313 hurt MADRID (AP) - An oceanside boardwalk collapsed during a nighttime concert in the Spanish city of Vigo, injuring 313 people, five of them seriously, authorities said Monday. Many young people were on the port's wooden boardwalk when it gave way …
AP source: Aretha Franklin is seriously ill NEW YORK (AP) - Fans and friends, including Mariah Carey and Missy Elliott, offered prayers and well wishes to Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, who is seriously ill. A person close to Franklin, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the …
Boom in taste for octopus squeezes market
BUEU, Spain (AP) - Whether it's spiced in the Spanish style or sliced as Japanese sashimi, octopus as a dish is becoming a victim of its own popularity. Prices for the tentacled mollusc have about doubled in the past two years due to a global …
Social robots are still falling short of hopes BOSTON (AP) - Personal home robots that can socialize with people are starting to roll out of the laboratory and into our living rooms and kitchens. But are humans ready to invite them into their lives? It's taken decades of research to build …
Obituaries
HELEN C. BOSWELL Helen Cato Boswell, widow of William Holland Boswell Sr., died on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, at Palmetto Health Tuomey. Services will be announced by Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, (803) 775-9386.
MINNIE M. MAYRANT Minnie Miller Mayrant, 85, widow of Allen Mayrant, departed this earthly life on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, at Palmetto Health Richland, Columbia. Born on March 16, 1933, in Sumter County, she was a daughter of the late Cleveland and Helen Young …
GERALD D. HINER SR. Gerald D. "California" Hiner Sr., 84, husband of Mattie G. Hiner, died on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, at his home. Services will be announced by Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter.
MARY BELLE MCCOY Mary Belle McCoy, 87, entered eternal rest on Friday, Aug 10, 2018, at National Healthcare Center. Born in 1930, in Lee County, Mrs. McCoy was the widow of Lewis E. McCoy and daughter of the late Frank and Letha Rogers. Surviving are her …
WAYNE E. SANDERS Wayne Elijah Sanders, 58, husband of Carrol Sanders, died on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, at the Dorn VA Medical Center, Columbia. Born on Oct. 24, 1959, in Sumter County, he was a son of Tom and Lourene Workman Sanders. The family will receive …
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
Church News: Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 Antioch United Methodist Church, 4040 Dubose Siding Road, announces: * Sunday, Aug. 19 - The Inspirational Choir's pre-anniversary worship service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Minister Cheryl Graham, of Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church, will …
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, …
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 …
Jesus went beyond the walls, will you? I grew up in New Hope Baptist Church, Route 2, Wauchula, Florida. Like many a Southerner, white and black, the walls of church were a comfort to me. For starters, the church was air-conditioned; our house was not. To step into the sanctuary from …
Pets for adoption
Pearl would be the perfect lap buddy

Pearl is a housebroken, spayed 2-year-old American short hair. Sweet, gentle and affectionate, she is great with other cats and children. Pearl loves to lounge around but can also be active and playful. She would be a perfect lap buddy and …

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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 …
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 …
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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Panorama

Reef cemetery is now home to new life

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - A year after Will and Daniel Payne lost their mom, and nearly two decades since their father's death, it was time to follow their wishes for the afterlife. As they board a boat with three generations of family, the brothers …

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. …