Sumter city crews begin installing Christmas lights at Swan Lake ahead of December Fantasy of Lights

Matt Nelson, Keith Stubbs and Andrea Witherspoon with the City of Sumter string lights in trees on Sept. 23 at Swan Lake Iris Gardens for this year's Fantasy of Light. Fantasy of Lights, the largest free Christmas light display in South Carolina, opens to the public on Dec. 1. City employees start hanging lights just after Labor Day.
Matt Nelson, Keith Stubbs and Andrea Witherspoon with the City of Sumter string lights in trees on Sept. 23 at Swan Lake Iris Gardens for this year's Fantasy of Light. Fantasy of Lights, the largest …
Studio Sumter

Sumter Today: "Boomer" the STEM Bus visits Sumter

"Boomer" is an R.V. that facilitates hands-on STEM education with deaf and hard of hearing student populations, and it stopped by Alice Drive Middle School this week. It's operated by the NTID …

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Arts & Entertainment

Movies with Isaiah: ‘The Batman’ is best adaption

Batman has gone through many adaptations throughout the years. There’s no denying the character’s iconic status as one of the most recognized, beloved and interesting superheroes in …

Nation & World
World opinion shifts against Russia as Ukraine worries grow

NEW YORK - The tide of international opinion appears to be decisively shifting against Russia, as a number of non-aligned countries are joining the United States and its allies in condemning Moscow's war in Ukraine and its threats to the principles …

UN rights experts present evidence of war crimes committed in Ukraine GENEVA - A team of experts commissioned by the U.N.'s top human rights body to look into rights violations in Ukraine said Friday its initial investigation turned up evidence of war crimes in the country following Russia's invasion nearly seven …
Trump allies create a new super PAC called MAGA Inc. NEW YORK (AP) - Top allies of former President Donald Trump are creating a new super PAC that's expected to serve as the main vehicle for his midterm spending and could become a key part of his campaign infrastructure should he move forward with a …
More consumers buying organic, but U.S. farmers are still wary CHURDAN, Iowa - In the 1970s when George Naylor said he wanted to grow organic crops, the idea didn't go over well. Back then organic crops were an oddity, destined for health food stores or maybe a few farmers markets. "I told my dad I wanted …
Recovering addicts work to help others in 'Project Recover' CHESTERFIELD, Va. - Wearing a black T-shirt emblazoned with the word "PEER," Joy Bogese approaches people struggling with drug addiction the way a teacher might approach a reluctant student - gently, calmly and armed with experience in a subject …
State News
South Carolina cannabis fight persists in farmer's lawsuit

COLUMBIA (AP) - A South Carolina farmer is suing several state agencies in federal court on grounds they conspired to deny him his due process rights after authorities in 2019 destroyed his hemp crop, which was grown in unregistered fields. In a …

Midlands Fall Plant and Flower Festival Oct. 7-9 STAFF REPORT WEST COLUMBIA - Mark your calendars for the 2022 Fall Plant and Flower Festival at the South Carolina State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, on Oct. 7-9. Shop for fall plants, flowers, pumpkins, gourds and other home, yard …
Child, 3, accidentally shoots and kills mother in Spartanburg home SPARTANBURG (AP) — A mother was shot and killed by her 3-year-old child who found a gun inside their South Carolina home, authorities said.Cora Lyn Bush, 33, died at the hospital a short time …
Sept. 13, 1762: Gov. Boone refuses oath of office to Christopher Gadsden When Thomas Boone took over as governor of South Carolina in 1761, the locals hoped he would prove sympathetic to their call for increased legislative power. Boone was related to the Colleton family of Carolina, so the colonists thought he might be …
In South Carolina, Harris urges students to vote in midterms COLUMBIA (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris visited two historically Black colleges in South Carolina to push for voter registration as she focuses on places and demographics that will be key …
Obituaries
LEONARDA ANTONIA MAGADDINO ANDERSON

Leonarda Antonia Magaddino Anderson, 74, wife of Robert Stanley Anderson Jr., died on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. Born on May 20, 1948, in Detroit, Michigan, she was a daughter of the late Girolamo Magaddino and Mary Gramatico Magaddino. She …

ANNE MYRA WORKMAN

On Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, the world lost a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, niece, aunt and friend, Anne Myra "Nanny" Workman. When Anne received her wings, she was surrounded by those that loved her. She was born on Sept. 22, 1947, in …

LARRY HOLMAN

Larry Holman, 71, husband of Tamara Coleman Holman, died on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at his home. Born on March 17, 1951, in Sumter, he was a son of Paul Holman and Gladys Lowery Gantt. In accordance with COVID-19 guidelines, the family …

HENRY SCRIVEN SR.

Henry "Candy Boy" Scriven Sr., 96, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, at National Healthcare Facility in Sumter. Born on June 19, 1926, in Sumter County, he was a son of the late Johnson and Fannie Davis Scriven. Funeral …

BRENDAN ALEXANDER MARKEL JOHNSON

Brendan Alexander Markel Johnson, 23, departed this life on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, in Sumter. He was born on April 20, 1999, in Sumter, a son of Mark J. Oliver and Brenda Lee Johnson Moore. The family will receive friends at the home of …

Faith
Church News: Friday, Sept. 23, 2022 First Baptist Missionary Church, 219 S. Washington St., announces:* Friday, Oct. 14 — Food pantry giveaway beginning at 1 p.m. while supplies last. Knitting Hearts for Christ Ministry, meets …
Sumter Pastor Clay Smith: Who Jesus hangs out with… The Gospels are clear about the company Jesus kept. We know he was criticized for hanging out with tax collectors and sinners. Religious people in his day would never spend time with folks like this. …
Local heroes join Evans at crusade: Sumter’s Richardson, Brice, Pleasant all speak Wednesday; about 2,800 in attendance Wednesday night had a distinct local flavor to the Tony Evans Sumter Crusade with many area heroes taking the stage, but all shared a clear message of hope through a relationship with Jesus Christ. …
Alice Drive Baptist's 3rd campus celebrates 1 year in Bishopville Alice Drive Baptist Church on Loring Mill Road became a multi-site church in 2017 after seeing a need in Sumter's southern region and launching an additional campus, Pocalla. That campus at 65 Masters Drive will have a permanent home opening in …
Celebrations
Ficklings celebrate 75 years of marriage Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Fickling of Sumter celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, at their home. A reception was given in their honor by their three children and their spouses: Debbie and Ronnie Grooms, Gary and …
Ballards announce birth of a son Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Ballard, currently stationed with the U.S. Air Force at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, announce the birth of a son, Henry Blake Everett Ballard, on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at 48th Medical Group, RAF Lakenheath, Brandon, Suffolk, …
Lanes celebrate 70 years Stewart and Elizabeth Lane, of Sumter, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Monday, July 4, 2022.
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Pets for adoption
Playful and quite the entertainer, Sumter SPCA's Yoshi is looking for a family

Yoshi is a housebroken and neutered 5-month-old creme tabby American shorthair. He is quite the playful and affectionate boy. Yoshi seeks out toys and loves to play. He is super with other cats and …

Weddings
Hubbard-Lane CHARLESTON - Kristen Ashleigh Hubbard and Ethan Foster Lane, both of Mount Pleasant, were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022, at St. Luke's Chapel on the campus of the Medical University of South Carolina. The Rev. Joseph …
Brown-Mills BINGHAMTON, New York - Virginia E. Brown and Todd A. Mills, both of Whitney Point, New York, were united in marriage at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 4, 2022, at PAL Camp. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Roy of Sumter and Melvin Brown …
Engagements
Hurst-Robinson Dr. and Mrs. Russell Charles Hurst Jr. of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Lori Lynne Hurst of Moore to Jeffery Neil Robinson of Moore, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Houston Robinson of York. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of …
Satzger-Cox Retired Lt. Col. and Mrs. Mark L. Cox of Sumter announce the engagement of their son, Ian Madison Cox of Greenville, to Sasha Satzger of Greenville, daughter of Mr. Douglas A. Satzger and Deanna Ramey, both of Pendleton. The bride-elect is the …
Smith-Allen Mr. and Mrs. Edward Smith of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, McKenzie Rose Smith of Charlotte, North Carolina, to Connor William Allen of Charlotte, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Allen of Charlotte. The bride-elect is the …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: The Villa Maria, one of Sumter's most beautiful tourist homes

Reflections remembers the Villa Maria as the most sought-after tourist lodge in downtown Sumter. This home was on North Main Street, the most traveled street in Sumter before the opening of the Lafayette bypass. This beautiful edifice, managed by …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Theater hosts 'Beauty and the Beast' tryouts; author signs wedding humor book 75 YEARS AGO - 1948 March 2 - 8 - The Green Dragons, led by John Duffie, defeated the Red Raiders in the Y Midget league for the championship. Both teams were tied with one game remaining between the two teams, and in an overtime period, the …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Municipal airport plans aerial spectacular; lightning hits church again 75 YEARS AGO - 1948 Feb. 23 - 28 - Efforts to institute a search for the bodies of three Sumter youths missing in the Wateree River, 20 miles west of here, since Saturday were underway. The county sheriff's office said that it had called on …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Rehearsals begin for Junior Follies musical; Sumter church opens café 75 YEARS AGO - 1948 Feb. 16 - 22 - Edward McDowell of Elliott, Lee County, was recently awarded an engraved gold watch for winning the state meat animal contest. This award was given by the Thomas E. Wilson Packing Co. of Chicago and …
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