State news
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 …
Health officials: 22 more die from flu in S.C. FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS State health officials say 22 more people have died from flu in South Carolina in the past week. The Department of Health and Environmental Control said Wednesday that the latest report shows that 128 people have …
February 1960 - South Carolina Experiences its First "Sit-In" FROM THE S.C. HISTORICAL SOCIETY On Feb. 12, 1960, several black students from Friendship Junior College in Rock Hill asked to be served lunch at the local McCrory's and Woolworth's. As was typical in the South, blacks could shop in these stores …
Nation/world
Students, alumni challenge legacy preference at colleges

BOSTON - Students and alumni at some of the nation's top universities are urging their schools to reconsider admissions policies that give an edge to relatives of alumni. Campus groups for first-generation and low-income students at 12 elite …

Court received 1.17M war crimes claims from Afghans KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Since the International Criminal Court began collecting material three months ago for a possible war crimes case involving Afghanistan, it has gotten a staggering 1.17 million statements from Afghans who say they were …
Loophole in law for the poor spurs gentrification PHILADELPHIA - Jonathan Jacobs had almost no savings, a modest income and a credit report marred by a disputed cellphone bill. But he easily bought a newly renovated row house in Point Breeze, a …
6 inseparable friends support each other in school shooting PARKLAND, Fla. - It was the final period of the day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, and Jonathan Blank was in history class, learning about the Holocaust. Across campus, five of his friends, pals since grade school, sat in different classrooms …
Obituaries
LAWRENCE BOATWRIGHT Lawrence Boatwright, 63, beloved husband of Janette Boatwright, died on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Laurel Hill AME Church, 2032 M W Rickenbacker Road, Manning, where the Rev. Marie Harvin serves …
BERNICE MCFADDEN Funeral services for Bernice McFadden will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 14 Brand St., Sumter, SC 29150 with the Rev. Larry Barnes officiating. Interment will follow at Bradford Cemetery, Sumter. The public …
KATHERINE P. SHIRER Katherine "Katie" Price Shirer, 95, passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at Covenant Place of Sumter. Born in Arcadia, Florida, she was a daughter of the late Dayton C. and Willie Belle Todd Price. Katie was a member of McLeod Chapel …
BARBARA R. POWELL COLUMBIA - Barbara R. Powell, 60, died on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, at her home. Born on Dec. 8, 1957, in Champagne, Illinois, she was a daughter of the late Alfonso and Lena Mae Sullivan Powell. Ms. Powell worked with Richland Memorial Hospital …
VINCENT VAUGHN Mr. Vincent Vaughn was born Feb. 6, 1955, in Sumter, to the late Alberta and Mamie Ford Vaughn, and was the husband of Diane Harriott Vaughn. Vincent departed this life on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Sumter. In addition to his parents, he was …
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 …

Pets for adoption

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 …

Jackie loves people, dogs

Jackie is a very young adult Labrador mix who is on the smaller size. She loves people and the company of other dogs, and we think she will be a great Frisbee player. If you have a family, or are just looking for a loving and intelligent young …

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 …
From the opinion pages
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Dear Abby
Former Plain Jane becomes obsessed with her looks DEAR ABBY — When I was in my teens, and even into my 20s and 30s, I was a Plain Jane. I had little self-confidence. But strangely, I'm one of those people who has gotten better looking as …
Woman is alarmed to discover man lied about his last name DEAR ABBY — I've recently started seeing someone, and we have shared a wealth of information about ourselves with each other. When I asked him his last name, he said it was "Erickson." …
Woman's higher income may bruise boyfriend's ego DEAR ABBY - My boyfriend, "Hal," and I have been dating for a year and a half, living together for six months. I'm afraid he feels emasculated. Because I make more money than he does, a lot of the responsibility for paying the bills lands on me. We …
Panorama

Club Digest

Sumter Art Association The Sumter Art Association met Jan. 16 at the Parish Life Building of Church of Holy Comforter. President Patti Sosnowski called the meeting to order and welcomed 49 members present. Rosemary Drakeford gave a devotional …

Food
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 …
Mini pizzas are perfect for a gathering If you want to wow your gang during an Oscar viewing party, game day, or a movie-watching or Netflix-binging session, mini pizzas are a great way to go. And no need to make this an all-day project; there are plenty of shortcuts to take. You could …
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 …