Signing on to join the family: 4 Sumter seniors sign on for program with Continental Tire

Ashar Rogers, a senior at Sumter High School, shakes hands with William Dyson, mechatronics instructor at Sumter Career and Technology Center, after Rogers and three other seniors signed to work at Continental in Sumter after graduation.
De'Andre Lewis says building and fixing things has always just come naturally to him. In elementary school, he said he fixed all his classmates' mechanical pencils, and for that he earned a certificate from the school as "Mr. Fix It." Now, Lewis …
Studio Sumter

Sumter Today: R.E. Davis hosts a multi-county quiz bowl

R.E. Davis College Preparatory Academy hosted a Quiz Bowl this week with middle schools from multiple counties competition against each other. Questions ranged anything the students should know at …

Panorama

Karen Pence adds campaigning for President Trump to busy to-do list

WASHINGTON - Karen Pence has no shortage of projects. The wife of Vice President Mike Pence promotes the healing power of art therapy and help for military spouses. She's into honeybees and supports sister cities. She's a watercolorist who …

Nation & World
Once reviled, Egypt's street dogs finally get chance at better life

CAIRO - Karim Hegazi spends his days in a Cairo clinic taking care of animals long considered a menace in Egypt. Stray dogs roam in almost every Cairo neighborhood - lurking in construction sites, scavenging through trash and howling nightly atop …

U.S., Taliban to begin a countdown to Afghan peace deal ISLAMABAD - The countdown to the signing of a peace agreement between the Taliban and the United States on Feb. 29 to end the 18 years of war in Afghanistan began at midnight Friday, when a seven-day "reduction of violence" promised by the Taliban …
Survivor: German shooter emptied magazine, calmly walked out HANAU, Germany - Piter Minnemann and his friends were eating when they heard shots fired outside the door of the snack bar in Hanau where they had gathered. Minnemann, 18, recalled that he had just got his pizza when the first shots were heard at …
DEA agent accused of conspiring with cartel MIAMI (AP) - A once-standout U.S. federal narcotics agent known for spending lavishly on luxury cars and Tiffany jewelry has been arrested on charges of conspiring to launder money with the same Colombian drug cartel he was supposed to be …
Bestselling young adult authors aim at older readers NEW YORK - After gaining millions of young readers for her "Divergent" fantasy series, Veronica Roth decided she and her characters were ready for the next phase - a novel for adults. "I grew up on stories like 'Dune' and 'Harry Potter,' and …
State News
Orangeburg sheriff seeks help solving 2018 killing

Darrell Bennett of Elloree always sent his girlfriend a text to let her know he had reached the Hot Spot convenience store in Eutawville on his way to work. His last text was at 5:30 a.m. on Dec. 16, 2018. According to Orangeburg County Sheriff …

$100M for rural roads will be part of $10B budget going to Statehouse COLUMBIA - South Carolina's $10 billion state spending plan is on its way to the House floor after the budget writing committee made only a few changes to the governor's proposal. One chief addition the House Ways and Means approved Thursday was …
In South Carolina, Sanders could get a boost from billionaire Steyer SPARTANBURG (AP) - Billionaires are the consistent villains in Bernie Sanders' campaign narrative. He rails against what he perceives as the undue influence their wealth wields and how that contributes to the yawning inequalities of American …
2nd push to end debate on S.C. education overhaul bill fails COLUMBIA (AP) - A bipartisan group of South Carolina senators again stopped an effort on Wednesday to limit debate on a massive education overhaul bill that has already taken up almost all of the first five weeks of the 18-week session. Senate …
SCDOR lists top delinquent business, individual taxpayers FROM SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE Beginning Tuesday, the South Carolina Department of Revenue is publishing online lists of South Carolina's top delinquent individual and business taxpayers. The lists are a refresh of the SCDOR's …
Obituaries
MALVENIA JAMES

Malvenia James, 71, departed this life on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, at Prisma Health Richland Hospital, Columbia. Born on Feb. 9, 1949, in Clarendon County, she was a daughter of the late Joseph James Sr. and Annie Blakely James. She is …

ANNIE DELL WILSON JACKSON

AUGUSTA, Ga. - On Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, Annie Dell Wilson Jackson, widow of Elijah Raven Jackson Sr., exchanged time for eternity at Doctor's Hospital of Augusta. Born on Dec. 13,1943, in Manning, she was a daughter of the late Willie Lee and …

RAYMOND VAUGHN SR.

Raymond Vaughn Sr., 66, departed this life on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, at Simpsonville Rehab and HealthCare Center in Simpsonville. He was born on Aug. 1, 1953, in Sumter, a son of the late Clarence and Anna China Vaughn. Graveside services will …

ALPHONSO MACK

Alphonso Mack, 40, departed this life on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Sumter. He was born on Dec. 23, 1979, in Sumter, a son of Ella Mae Mack. The family will receive friends at home, 3325 Valencia Drive, Sumter, SC 29040. Job's Mortuary …

MAURICE DONTAE JAMES

Maurice Dontae James, 27, departed this life on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, at his home. He was born on Aug. 23, 1992, in Sumter, a son of Nicole Franklin and the late George M. James. The family will receive friends at the home of his mother, 54 …

Celebrations
McLeods celebrate 64 years James and Rosemarie McLeod of Sumter celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on Feb. 6, 2020. The couple's three sons are Leroy McLeod, Douglas McLeod and the late James W. McLeod. The couple has eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren …
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 …
Faith
Stresses multiply for many U.S. clergy NEW YORK - Greg Laurie is among America's most successful clergymen - senior pastor at a California megachurch, prolific author, host of a global radio program. Yet after a youthful colleague's suicide, his view of his vocation is …
What's a church? That can depend on paperwork filed with the IRS By Samuel Brunson Loyola University Chicago In 2016, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association told the Internal Revenue Service that it no longer wanted to be treated merely as a tax-exempt religious organization, free from the obligation to …
Turn backs leave everybody banged up We were working cows, and I was running them down the alley to the chute. Older cows have been through this before and know what to do. The cows are brought into a smaller pen where they can be examined. Then the gate man sends them through one at a …
Church News: Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Sunday - Black history program at 3 p.m. The Rev. Lester Drayton will speak. Beulah Union Methodist Episcopal Church, 2380 S. St. Paul Church Road, announces: * Sunday, March 15 - …
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
Axel is a protective boy who loves people

FAR LEFT: Axel is a 4-year-old Rottweiler mix. He is an active, protective and affectionate boy who loves people and attention. Axel likes some other dogs and is sometimes picky about who he wants to play with, but he loves people. The Sumter …

Weddings
Brunson-Byrd Emily Brunson and Zachary Daniel Byrd were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, at Graham Baptist Church in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Wentworth Brunson III of Alcolu and the granddaughter of Ms. …
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 …
Engagements
Sprott- Stephens Mr. and Mrs. Sarah DuBose Sprott of Manning announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah DuBose Sprott of Conway, to Mr. Daniel Carlton Stephens of Lake View, son of Mr. David Norman Stephens and Mrs. Danise Nance Stephens, both of Lake …
Jackson-Anderson Mr. and Mrs. Scott Harmon Jackson Jr. announce the engagement of their daughter, Ann Perrin Jackson, to Mr. Patrick Jacob Anderson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bradley Anderson, all of Manning. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. …
Hage-Hart Mr. and Mrs. Kris Eugene Hage of Lexington announce the engagement of their daughter, Kayla Diane Hage of Lexington, to Thomas Edwin Hart of Charleston, son of Mr. Edward Eugene Hart III of Tega Cay and Ms. Barbara Lee Hart of Clover. The …
Coleman-Underwood Mr. and Mrs. Charles Clayton Coleman Sr. of Sumter announce the engagement of their son, Charles Clayton Coleman Jr. of Goosecreek, to Ellen Andrea Underwood of Goosecreek, daughter of Ms. Linda Ellen White of Mount Pleasant and Mr. Andrew Kazimierz …
Reflections

2 schools provided private education for black students in Sumter from 1895 to 1946

In celebration of Black History Month, Reflections remembers the origin of private schools for black Americans in the Sumter community. In Sumter, the only records to reference these private schools came from the "Annual Report of the State …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear with Sammy Way: Rain breaks dam; R.E. Davis students save girl's life 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Sept. 14 - Sept. 20 - Gen. MacArthur directed today that the stark facts of Japanese atrocities, committed all the way from the Philippines to New Guinea - and back again - he told in full to the Japanese people. …
Yesteryear with Sammy Way: Wilson Hall hosts 1st picnic with contests; 'Sea Lion' war games end 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Sept. 7 - Sept. 13 - General MacArthur was scheduled to lead a three-mile parade of American military might into the heart of Tokyo and within three days all the capital will be occupied. Meanwhile these other developments …
Yesteryear with Sammy Way: Citadel coach speaks to Hillcrest students; young men beautify Sumter with new trees 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Aug. 31 - Sept. 6 - E. R. Crow, superintendent of the Sumter city schools, announced the faculties for the 1945-46 session and listed schedules for the opening days at the various schools. School will open at 9 o'clock on …
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