'More than health care': Former House Speaker Paul Ryan visits McLeod Health Clarendon to see Nurse-Family Partnership program

Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan listens to mothers who have participated in the Nurse-Family Partnership program, their nurses and those who have supported the program at the McLeod Health Clarendon campus on June 18.
MANNING - Nurses in a pregnancy and motherhood program at the county's only hospital know their work goes beyond health care, breaking barriers between provider and patient, outsider and friend. Now, their stories have reached the ears of who was …
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Sumter Today: Grants will help preserve famous Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden in Bishopville

Pearl Fryer is famous for his decades of creating and maintaining his large topiary garden at his home in Bishopville.With more than 400 sculpted, trimmed and shaped shrubs, trees and plants, his …

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Beacon Cinemas holds over Sumter native's film, A Father's Legacy, through June 29

"A Father's Legacy," a movie set and filmed around Sumter County was the best attended film at the Beacon Cinemas last weekend. Because of its popularity, the theater has extended its run through June 29. Jason McElveen, whose stage name is Jason …

Nation & World
Russia says next time it may fire to hit intruding warships

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is prepared to target intruding warships if they fail to heed warnings, a senior Russian diplomat declared Thursday after a Black Sea incident in which a British destroyer …

'We have a deal': Biden announces infrastructure agreement WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced on Thursday a hard-earned bipartisan agreement on a pared-down infrastructure plan that would make a start on his top legislative priority and …
New York court suspends Rudy Giuliani's law license NEW YORK (AP) — An appeals court suspended Rudy Giuliani from practicing law in New York Thursday because he made false statements while trying to get courts to overturn Donald Trump's loss in …
Palace: Japan emperor 'worried' about Olympics amid pandemic TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Naruhito is "extremely worried" that the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics could accelerate the spread of the coronavirus, the head of the Imperial Palace said …
Following criticism, Harris to visit U.S.-Mexico border area WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris will make her first visit on Friday to the U.S.-Mexico border since taking office, following criticism from members of both parties for failing to …
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Discord over whether to halt South Carolina abortion case

COLUMBIA (AP) — The parties involved in a lawsuit over South Carolina's new ban on almost all abortions disagree about how the case should be handled while the U.S. Supreme Court considers …

Hit-and-run death reopened in mother and son shooting deaths COLUMBIA - Information gathered by agents investigating the death of a mother and son from a prominent South Carolina legal family has led state police to review a nearby unsolved hit-and-run death from six years ago. What that information is and …
31-year-old inmate stabbed to death in McCormick prison MCCORMICK (AP) — An South Carolina inmate was stabbed to death Tuesday in a common area of a prison in McCormick County, authorities said.Garrett Lemont Lyles Jr., 31, was stabbed several times …
Son of church shooting victim draws on tragedy to share hope CHARLESTON - Sometimes, standing before his audience, Chris Singleton likes to tell the story of the father and son walking the beach after a hurricane has destroyed their home. Strewn across the sand are hundreds of starfish, washed up by the storm …
S.C. $11 billon budget heading to governor COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina's nearly $11 billion budget was sent to the governor's desk on Monday as lawmakers cut close the deadline to get the spending plan in place before it begins July 1. There is something for almost everyone in the …
Obituaries
GARY STANLEY HERRINGTON

Gary Stanley Herrington, son of the late Norman "Noug" and Louise Dennis Herrington, departed this life on Sunday, June 20, 2021. He was born on Jan. 1, 1955, in Sumter County. Affectionately known by family and friends as "Stan," he was a man …

CHARLENE WILSON FRIERSON

ALCOLU - Charlene Wilson Frierson, 55, wife of Frankie Frierson, died on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at MUSC Florence. She was born on Nov. 28, 1965, in Reading, Pennsylvania, a daughter of Margie Hodge Wilson and the late Charles Joe Wilson …

MARGIE GAYMON WARD

CONYERS, Ga. - Margie Gaymon Ward, 59, wife of Mark Ward, died on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at her residence in Conyers. She was born on Nov. 17, 1961, in Summerton, a daughter of Essie Mack Gaymon and the late William Gaymon. These services …

JAMES FRAZIER JR.

BISHOPVILLE - The Rev. James Frazier Jr., 90, died on Sunday, June 20, 2021, at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center in Hartsville. He was a son of the late James Sr. and Silvie Bolden Frazier. The family is receiving friends and family at …

HERBERT WALTER JAMES

Graveside funeral services for Herbert Walter James will be held at 4 p.m. today at Wayman Chapel AME Church Cemetery with the pastor, the Rev. Robert L. China Jr., officiating. Herbert Walter James, husband of the late Carrie Lang James, …

Faith
Sumter Pastor Joey Durham: Peace in our times of trouble Today's devotion asks this question, "How can I have peace that passes my understanding?" In Philippians 4:6-7, we see, "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto …
Court: If bias rules have exceptions, faith groups qualify Justice Samuel Alito called it a "wisp" of a decision - a Supreme Court ruling Thursday that favored Catholic Social Services in Philadelphia but was far from the constitutional gale wind that would have reshaped how courts interpret religious …
Sumter Pastor Clay Smith: Sleeping in church I admit it - I have fallen asleep in church. When I was a child and we had church on Sunday nights, the preacher's voice seemed hypnotic. A few minutes into his message, I would be stretched out on the pew, lost in la-la land. When I was home …
High court sides with Catholic agency in foster care dispute WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously sided with a Catholic foster care agenc y that says its religious views prevent it from working with same-sex couples as foster …
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Sumter Animal Control's Henry is handsome and full of fun

BELOW: Henry is a darling. He is a 4-month-old mixed breed puppy who is full of fun. He weighs 28 pounds. This handsome fella needs a family who will have the time and patience to give him some basic training. Henry would love a fenced-in yard to …

Weddings
Vise-Granger Rachel Vise and Brandon Granger, both of Sumter, were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Sans Souci Farms in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. Johnny Vise and Mrs. Barbara Watson Vise, both of Sumter, and the …
Engagements
Teseniar-Decker Mr. and Mrs. Mark Teseniar of Charleston, formerly of Sumter, announce the engagement of their daughter, Laila Teseniar of Charleston, to Dr. James Decker of Charleston, son of Dr. and Mrs. James Decker of Charleston. The bride-elect is the …
Schaller-Williams Mr. and Mrs. Phillip C. Schaller I of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Olivia Jade Schaller of Sumter, to Dakota Colt Williams of Hampton, Tennessee, son of Ms. Angela M. Williams and the late Mr. Ernest "Mike" M. Williams of …
Golden-MaGee Ida Lee Golden and Alphonso Douglas Golden, both of Sumter, announce the engagement of their daughter, Allicia Marie Golden of Durham, North Carolina, to Derrick Magee, also of Durham, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Magee of Jackson, …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: J. Frank Williams, master farmer and preservationist

Reflections looks back at John Frank Williams, who became one of Sumter's most remembered farm agents who lived at Needwood, a beautiful plantation constructed in the Stateburg community; Mr. Williams and his family restored the beautiful antebellum …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Santa will arrive at municipal airport; frogs and toads invited to contest 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 Nov. 26 - 3 - Dr. J. M. Wells, pastor emeritus of the Sumter Presbyterian church, delivered a Thanksgiving address at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club at the Community Center. Dr. Wells was presented by T. H. Parker …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: H. C. Bland gets radio salute; 'clown prince of baseball' visits Riley 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 Nov. 19 - 23 - The annual Gamecock Field Trials will start Dec. 2 at Cane Savannah, and plans are nearing completion for this outstanding event, which will attract many well-known sportsmen from other sections of the …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Christmas Seal Sale under way; 5 Olympic torchbearers from Sumter 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 Nov. 12 - 18 - Bishopville High School's Dragons trounced an aerial-minded Rockingham, North Carolina, team at Memorial field, 27 to 7, before a good-sized crowd. With only two days of rest since their bruising game with …
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