Biden takes helm as nation's 46th president

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts as Jill Biden holds the Bible during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Wednesday as their children, Ashley and Hunter, watch.
WASHINGTON - Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, declaring that "democracy has prevailed" and summoning American resilience and unity to confront the deeply divided nation's historic confluence of …
Studio Sumter

Sumter Today: A middle school pageant contestant tidies up for those who have passed on

Cemeteries need to be kept up so the loved ones buried there aren’t grown over and lost, and we have a small team in Sumter making sure that’s not the case.

When she’s not taken …

Panorama

Recharge with Sumter Gallery of Art exhibits

Tired of the depressing COVID-19 statistics and political machinations? Well, the Sumter County Gallery of Art offers a wonderful respite and a chance to recharge your spirits with two special exhibits: "Wild Kingdom" by Diane Kilgore Condon and the …

Nation & World
Trump's pardon largesse a boon for well-connected fraudsters

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former congressman who pocketed millions of dollars in bribes from defense contractors. A Republican fundraiser who paid handsome sums to illicitly lobby a presidential …

Biden takes the helm as president: 'Democracy has prevailed' WASHINGTON  — Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, declaring that "democracy has prevailed" as he took the helm of a deeply divided nation and inherited a …
Biden arrives for inauguration with big plans, big problems WASHINGTON - President-elect Joe Biden made a sober entrance to the nation's capital Tuesday, ready to assume power as America reels from the coronavirus pandemic, soaring unemployment and grave concerns about more violence as he prepares to take …
Noem's tweet about student food pantry seen as dig at Haley PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem took a shot at a Texas school's food pantry in a move that political strategists said was really aimed at former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, who is seen as a potential rival for the 2024 …
Group: $1.3B in aid needed to help Afghan kids in 2021 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Some 10 million children in war-ravaged Afghanistan are at risk of not having enough food to eat in 2021, a humanitarian organization said Tuesday and called for $1.3 billion in new funds for aid. More than 18 million …
State News
2 charged with homicide in S.C. for 3-year-old's death

SIMPSONVILLE (AP) — Two people in South Carolina were charged with homicide by child abuse in the death of a 3-year-old girl.Jerry Robinson, 34, and Ariel Robinson, 29, were arrested Tuesday …

Police outnumber demonstrators at inauguration event in S.C. COLUMBIA (AP) — Police officers and journalists outnumbered demonstrators Wednesday at the South Carolina Statehouse, which was closed to the public because of security reasons.About a dozen …
S.C. inmate to plead guilty in revenge murder-for-hire plot EDGEFIELD (AP) — An inmate at a South Carolina federal prison is set to plead guilty Tuesday in a murder-for-hire plot in which he used money from his prison account to try and pay a fake …
FBI: S.C. man traced to U.S. Capitol during riot via photos WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI has filed a criminal complaint against a South Carolina man who authorities said was captured taking a selfie with a statue of John C. Calhoun while illegally storming the U.S. Capitol with supporters of President Donald …
Public invited to Palmetto Trail meeting on Jan. 27 FROM STAFF REPORTS COLUMBIA - An informational meeting about a proposed new hiking trail in Richland and Sumter counties, to extend and connect the cross-state Palmetto Trail, will be hosted by the Palmetto Conservation Foundation from 5:30 to …
Obituaries
SAMUEL SANDERS JR.

Samuel Sanders Jr., 93, widower of Wilhemena N. Sanders, died on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, at his residence in Sumter. Born in Denmark, he was a son of the late Samuel Sr. and Elzona Tyler Sanders. In accordance with CDC guidelines in reference …

DENNIS LEE WILSON

Dennis Lee Wilson, 64, husband of Clara Colclough Wilson, departed this life on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, at his residence. He was born on April 9, 1956, in Sumter, a son of the late Elias and Ester Muldrow Wilson. Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. …

MICHAEL ROSE

LYNCHBURG - Michael "Mike" Rose, 72, husband of Mary Howard Rose, died on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, at McLeod Regional Medical Center, Florence. He was born on Jan. 12, 1949, in Clarendon County, a son of the late McSwane and Willie Mae Smalls …

BRUNSON

ISAAC W. BRUNSON JR.

Isaac William "Ike" Brunson Jr., 66, husband of 46 years to Sandra Hope Baker Brunson, died on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Born in Alcolu, he was a son of the late Isaac William Brunson Sr. and Eleanor Robosson …

CHOICE

RUTH KELLY CHOICE

Ruth Kelly Choice, 80, was born on Oct. 20, 1940, in Sumter County, a daughter of Anna Bell Kelly. She departed this life on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, at her residence. Public viewing will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. today at Job's Mortuary …

Faith
Church News: Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 Pinewood Baptist Church, 10 E. Fulton St., Pinewood, announces: * Sunday, Jan. 31 - The church will host Christian vocalist, songwriter, speaker and author Dawn Smith Jordan (www.dawnsmithjordan.com) in concert at 6:30 p.m. Dawn committed her …
Column by Dr. Joey Durham of Open Bible Church: Have a new start this year through Jesus This week's devotion is "Being Able to Have a Brand New Start." My text is 2 Corinthians 5:17, where we see, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (KJV) As it is …
In response to Capitol attack, Sumter pastoral group hosting drive-in, outdoor prayer service Sunday at Jehovah Missionary Baptist In response to Wednesday's events at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, a large, local pastoral group will host a community-wide, drive-in, outdoor prayer service in Sumter on Sunday afternoon. Mandy Easton, a taskforce member with Sumter Leaders of …
The Rev. Dr. Clay Smith: Truth and reality .... My mother had a simple way of teaching me the value of the truth. If she caught me lying, she spanked me. In those days, it was assumed children had enough padding on their bottoms to enable truth reinforcement. Telling what really happened was …
Celebrations
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
CoCo is an older girl looking for a quiet home

TOP: CoCo is a senior dog who is approximately 11 years old. She was found wandering and brought into animal control. Eventually her owner was located but, sadly, they cannot care for her any longer. CoCo is looking for a new home. She would do best …

Weddings
Underwood-Coleman Ellen Andrea Underwood of Charleston and Charles Clayton Coleman Jr. of Sumter were united in marriage at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, at Coleman Family Farms in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. Andrew Underwood of San Diego, …
Hage-Hart FOLLY BEACH - Kayla Diane Hage of Lexington and Thomas Edwin Hart of North Charleston were united in marriage at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, at The Pelican Watch Pavilion. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kris Eugene Hage of …
Rogerson- Flanagan SUMMERVILLE - Lindsay Rogerson of Sumter and Sean Flanagan of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, were united in marriage on Friday, April 10, 2020. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Burrell S. Rogerson Sr. and the granddaughter of the late Mr. and …
Horton-Parshley Sierra Horton of Turbeville and Dustin Parshley of New Zion were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, at Perry's Pond. The bride is the daughter of Robbie Horton of Manning and Heidi Horton of Turbeville, and the granddaughter of …
Engagements
Cox-Sowards Richard and Sherry Cox of Dalzell announce the engagement of their daughter, Allison RayAnn Cox of Dalzell, to Garrett Hunter Sowards of Merritt Island, Florida, son of Bradford and Stephanie Sowards of Melbourne, Florida. The bride-elect is the …
Lynch-Coker Mr. and Mrs. Neal C. Lynch of Alcolu announce the engagement of their daughter, Katherine Lorena Lynch of Alcolu, to Zachary Scott Coker of Turbeville, son of Mr. A. Lanair Coker and Ms. Lucia Welsh Coker, both of Turbeville.The bride-elect is the …
Wilson-Davis Mr. and Mrs. John Joe Wilson Jr. announce the engagement of their daughter, Olivia Dean Wilson, to Raymond Bradley Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Lee Davis, all of Manning. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Kay McFaddin Gibbons and …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: The impact of U.S. 15 on Sumter's development: Part III

Episode III of this series on the early history of U.S. 15 as a Sumter thoroughfare begins at Poinsett Street and concludes at the intersection of Loring and Warren streets. Included in the research is Parker Auto Supply building, Crosswell Home …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: 130 from Sumter dead or missing in World War II; museum's backcountry homestead plan approved 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 June 28 - July 2 - Danger that the coming Fourth of July holiday may be marred by traffic deaths approaching if not exceeding the prewar toll of more than 200 street and highway fatalities was stressed today by the American …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Carnegie Library holds reading program; postcards show Sumter's beauty 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 June 23 - 26 - A supper will be served on the lawn at Millvale, near Ellerbe's mill, from 6 until 8 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. The proceeds will be used to help repair the Church of the Ascension and Hagood. The meal will …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sumter farmer demonstrates flamethrower; rare bird found in swamp 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 June 18 - 22 - Contestants in the Beauty Parade, which is to be held June 17 under the sponsorship of the Sumter American Legion Post, will be allowed to wear flowers, furnished either by their sponsors or some other …
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