Hope through hard times: Sumter County Museum hosts performance orating written letters from Anne Frank, MLK

Rachel Griesinger, as Anne Frank, and Wesli Spencer, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., perform Letters from Anne and Martin at Temple Sinai on Thursday night.
History has a way of making itself relevant in the present, especially through the powerful words of iconic people. The Temple Sinai Jewish History Center opened a new exhibit and hosted an …
Studio Sumter

Sumter Today: The YMCA awards its top honor of the year

The Sumter Family YMCA is more than a gym. Its team strives to connect with the community and help provide critical services in the areas of youth development and healthy living, and they’ve …

Panorama

Couple together for nearly 65 years die on the same day

ARNOLD, Mo. (AP) - A couple who had been together for nearly 65 years have died on the same day at a St. Louis-area nursing home. Jack and Harriet Morrison's beds were placed next to each other in their final hours, allowing them to hold hands, …

Nation & World
Dems: Oust Trump or he'll do it again

WASHINGTON - Democratic House prosecutors launched their final arguments Friday at Donald Trump's impeachment trial arguing the president will persist in abusing the power of his office ahead of the 2020 election unless Congress intervenes to remove …

Police: 2 dead after warehouse explosion shakes Houston HOUSTON - Two people died after a massive explosion Friday leveled a warehouse in Houston, damaging nearby buildings and homes and rousing frightened people from their sleep miles away, authorities said. The explosion happened about 4:30 a.m. …
Research study links impeachment beliefs to regular news diets NEW YORK - For many Americans, how they feel about issues raised during President Donald Trump's impeachment has much to do with where they get their news. A study released Friday by the Pew Research Center illustrated these tendencies, …
Chicago woman is 2nd U.S. patient with new virus WASHINGTON - A Chicago woman has become the second U.S. patient diagnosed with the dangerous new virus from China, health officials announced Friday. The woman in her 60s returned from China on Jan. 13 without showing any signs of illness, but …
U.S. imposes new visa rules for women on 'birth tourism' WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is imposing new visa rules aimed at restricting "birth tourism," in which women travel to the United States to give birth so their children can have U.S. citizenship. The regulations, which took effect Friday, …
State News
SCDOR: Tax season opens Monday, choose your preparer wisely

With the tax season officially opening Monday, many South Carolina taxpayers will search for help to prepare their tax returns. If you're planning to use a tax preparer for the 2020 tax season, be sure to do your homework before handing over your …

After setback, state conservatives still push abortion bills COLUMBIA - South Carolina lawmakers don't appear ready to debate a bill that would ban nearly all abortions this session, but abortion opponents are pushing some other related restrictions. On a party-line vote Thursday, a Senate subcommittee …
Steyer aims criminal justice plan at taking on racial bias COLUMBIA (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer is proposing a criminal justice reform plan that would reduce the costs of incarceration by redirecting funds to education, community policing and rehabilitation in an effort to amend a …
South Carolina prison chief asks for $100M COLUMBIA - With a wary eye toward recent violence in Mississippi prisons and acknowledging the problems that have plagued his own prisons, the South Carolina Corrections chief is asking lawmakers to make a more than $100 million investment into his …
S.C. earned income tax credit increases in 2020 South Carolina's Earned Income Tax Credit is going up in 2020, offering more money for low- to moderate-income working individuals or couples, particularly those who have children. The state's version of the federal EITC was …
Obituaries
SHIMUO YAMADA

Shimuo Yamada, 71, husband of Rosangela da Silva dos Santos, died on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Born in Aomori, Japan, he was a son of the late Jiro Yamada and Yone Yamada. Mr. Yamada was a retired self-employed …

FRANCENA ENGLISH BROWN

ALCOLU - Francena English Brown, 76, wife of Robert Brown Jr., died on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, at Prisma Health Baptist Hospital, Columbia. She was born on Jan. 21, 1944, in Alcolu, a daughter of the late Andrew and Sadie Ann Colclough …

JOANN BROCKINGTON BURGESS

Joann Brockington Burgess, 63, widow of the Rev. Lee Ernest Burgess Sr., departed this life on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, at her residence. She was born on Nov. 19, 1956, in Kingstree, a daughter of Bobbie J. Brockington and the late Willene House …

UNRAY CALDWELL

SUMMERTON - Unray Caldwell, 59, died on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, at his residence. He was born on Monday, April 25, 1960, in Summerton, to Mae Pearl Green Caldwell and the late Nolie Caldwell. Funeral services are incomplete and will be …

BRAD LEROY WILKES

Brad LeRoy Wilkes, age 42, died on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. You may go to www.bullockfuneralhome.com and sign the family's guest book. The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home for the arrangements.

Celebrations
Daniels celebrates 100 years Mose Daniels celebrates his 100th birthday today, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, with his family and friends at Mulberry Baptist Church. He was born on Dec. 14, 1919, in Sumter. Mose retired from Korn Furniture and later worked at the recycling center …
The Sumter Assembly The Sumter Assembly will present three debutantes on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Sunset Country Club. Chandler Jewel Curtis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Stephen Curtis, will be presented by her father and escorted by Connor McCoy Curtis and Turner …
The Lord Clarendon Cotillion The Lord Clarendon Cotillion will present eight debutantes on Friday, Dec. 20, at The Matrix Center in Manning. Adela Carpenter Coffey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Columbus Coffey III, will be presented by her father and escorted by William …
Fozer M. Robinson Nelson celebrates 100th birthday Fozer M. Robinson Nelson, widow of Franklin Nelson, celebrated her 100th birthday on Oct. 5, 2019, with family and friends. Born on Oct. 5, 1919, in Clarendon County, she is the daughter of the late Zoya and Vinnie Robinson. Mrs. Nelson was …
Faith
You'll never know unless you try it She switched to beer from whiskey to dull the pain of being alone in the bar another night. Tom, the bartender, was her friend, as long as she told him to pour another round. She wasn't sure how she had gotten in such a dark place. A cheerleader …
The theologian who helped MLK see the value of nonviolence For blacks who grew up with the legacy of segregation, disfranchisement, lynching, and violence, retreat from social struggle was unthinkable. Martin Luther King Jr., however, learned from some …
Church News: Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 Faith Missionary Baptist Church No. 1, 115 Laurel St., announces: * Sunday - Youth service at 11:30 a.m. High Hills Missionary Baptist Church, 6750 Meeting House Road, Dalzell, announces: * Sunday, Feb. 2 - Holy communion will be observed …
Old debate regarding religion in school is opening up again By David Mislin Temple University As the 2020 election approaches in the United States, President Donald Trump is adding school prayer to the list of contentious issues up for debate. At a rally in early January, he announced plans to …
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
Jimbo would love a family who doesn't mind a lap kitty

FAR LEFT: Jimbo is a neutered and housebroken 2-year-old American shorthair. He enjoys exploring, lounging around and sometimes being lazy. Jimbo is wonderful with other cats and children and would love a family who doesn't mind a lap kitty once in …

Weddings
Miller-Walton Kristen Love Miller and Matthew Cole Walton, both of Sumter, were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at Grace Baptist Church in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Neville Hardee and the granddaughter of Mrs. …
Smith-Kennedy CHARLESTON - Nicole Elizabeth Smith of Sumter and Robert James Kennedy of DeBary, Florida, were united in marriage at 4 p.m. April 12, 2019, at The Island House. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Smith and the granddaughter of the …
Coleman-Brunson Alison Paige Coleman and Taylor David Brunson, both of Sumter, were united in marriage at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at Bethel Baptist Church in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Clayton Coleman Sr. and the …
Matthews-Garrison COLUMBIA - Elizabeth Annette Matthews of Columbia and Justin Wilson Garrison of Atlanta, Georgia, were united in marriage at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at Washington Street United Methodist Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. …
Engagements
Burress-Ouzts Ms. Mary Lyons Burress of Sumter announces the engagement of her daughter, Emily Caroline Burress of Sumter, to Robert Thomas Ouzts of Manning, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Anthony Ouzts of Manning. The bride-elect is also the daughter of Derek …
Mayle-Scott Ms. Cheryll Elizabeth Mayle of Lakeland, Florida, and Mr. Dayton Lee Mayle of Weaverville, North Carolina, announce the engagement of their daughter, Stephanie Nicole Mayle of Lakeland, to Anthony Miles Scott of Rembert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony …
DuRant-Craven Ms. Debbie Bramlett DuRant of Sumter and Dr. Eddie C. DuRant of Wedgefield announce the engagement of their daughter, Dixie Gloria Bell DuRant of Charleston, to Catlin DeWitt Craven of Orangeburg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Craven of …
Rickard-Holladay Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rickard announce the engagement of their daughter, Aubrey Elizabeth Rickard, to Jordan Bethea Holladay, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Holladay, all of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pete Rickard and …
Reflections

Reflections with Sammy Way: Neighborhood groceries were once common in Sumter

Reflections remembers the local grocery store and how this commercial icon played a key role in the daily life of most Sumterites. These institutions could be found on practically every corner of Sumter prior to the arrival of the large chain …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear with Sammy Way: Fishing derby begins; Sumterite is missionary in Romania 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Aug. 10 - Aug. 16 - American aircraft carriers, new to war before the attack on Pearl Harbor, emerged as one of the most powerful offensive weapons in the campaign against Japan. As the spearhead of every naval striking …
Yesteryear with Sammy Way: Boys head to camp thanks to paper drive; Shaw opens gym 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Aug. 3 - Aug. 9 - An atomic bomb, hailed as the most terrible destructive force in history and as the greatest achievement of organized science, has been loosed upon Japan. President Truman disclosed in a White House …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sumter home has 600 varieties of camellias; residents urged to use landfills 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 July 27 - Aug. 2 - A high record of rainfall for one day was set when the heaviest downpour of the year was recorded. Almost two inches, 1.83 to be exact, fell in an hour and 15 minutes, according to the weather bureau. On …
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