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Sumter Today: Alice Drive Middle School students see their art on exhibit to the public

Alice Drive Middle School seventh and eighth graders who take art with Ms. Hoffman recently got to see their work displayed for the public at Central Carolina Technical College's main campus gallery …

Panorama

U.S. classrooms are starting to resemble arcades

WALLINGFORD, Conn. - It's 1 o'clock on a Wednesday afternoon in Wallingford, Connecticut, and about 20 children are watching a screen at the front of the room as they take turns navigating challenges and collecting virtual currency to unlock powers, …

Nation/world
Nurse arrested in case of incapacitated woman who gave birth PHOENIX (AP) — A nurse who was supposed to be looking after an incapacitated woman at a long-term health care facility has been charged with raping her, weeks after she stunned her caregivers …
Senate set to vote on competing plans to end shutdown WASHINGTON - Senate leaders on Tuesday agreed to vote this week on two competing proposals to end the government shutdown, including President Donald Trump's plan to have Congress pay for the long-stalled wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. It's …
Police: 5 fatally shot inside Florida bank, suspect arrested SEBRING, Fla. (AP) — A gunman opened fire inside a Florida bank Wednesday, killing five people before surrendering to a SWAT team, police said. The shooter called police to report that he …
Democrats lurch left on top policies as the 2020 primary begins NEW YORK - Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro launched his campaign by pledging support for "Medicare for All," free universal preschool, a large public investment in renewable energy and two years of free college for all …
Political shifts, sales slump cast shadow over gun industry When gunmakers and dealers gather this week in Las Vegas for the industry's largest annual conference, they will be grappling with slumping sales and a shift in politics that many didn't envision two years ago when gun-friendly Donald Trump and a …
State news
South Carolina group can deny gay couples as foster parents

COLUMBIA (AP) — The federal government agreed Wednesday to allow federally funded foster care agencies in South Carolina to deny services to same-sex or non-Christian couples. The waiver issued …

Gov. McMaster's State of State hits on familiar education, tax themes COLUMBIA — Gov. Henry McMaster's vision for South Carolina laid out Wednesday in the State of the State address was the continuation of his themes of education reform, tax relief and …
Victims of mass shootings at church, synagogue meet CHARLESTON (AP) - Members of a congregation from a Pittsburgh synagogue where 11 died in a mass shooting by an anti-Semitic gunman last fall have traveled to Charleston, South Carolina, to worship with members of the church where nine black …
Honda celebrates 20 years in S.C., starts new line of utility vehicles at Timmonsville plant TIMMONSVILLE (AP) - A 20-year-old Honda plant in South Carolina has started a new line of utility vehicles. Honda of South Carolina celebrated Wednesday the start of production on its new Honda Talon 1000X and 1000R. The two-passenger off-road …
South Carolina's unemployment rate steady at 3.3 percent COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina's unemployment rate remained unchanged in December. The Department of Employment and Workforce said in a news release Friday that the state's jobless rate remained at 3.3 percent. Nationally, unemployment …
Obituaries
DAVID LEE CHAPPELL ALEXANDRIA, Va. - David Lee Chappell, 55, beloved husband of Deborah Chappell, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, at his son's residence in Alexandria. Mr. Chappell was born on March 9, 1963, in Henderson, Nevada. He moved to …
LAURA LEE YOUNG WOTRING Laura Lee Young Wotring, 53, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family. Born on June 22, 1965, at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Georgia, she was a daughter of Gabrielle A. Carraway Young …
KATHARINA CLARK Katharina "Kate" Clark, 93, of Sumter, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, at her home. Kate was born in Mittelbaar, Germany, to Nikolaus and Helena B chel Schlich. She was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church in Sumter. Kate met and married …
GERLEAN BENNETT PEARSON SUMMERTON - Gerlean Bennett Pearson, 80, widow of Ferdenan Pearson, died on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at Lake Marion Nursing Home, Summerton. She was born on March 3, 1938, a daughter of the late Thomas Bennett Sr. and Ebenezer Clark …
MAUREEN A. TAYLOR COOPER Maureen Annette Taylor Cooper, 70, widow of Anthony Thomas Cooper, died on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Born in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late Everette Taylor Jr. and Eileen Toner Taylor. Private graveside …
Celebrations
The McConnells announce birth of a son, Brennan Max Jay and Jennifer McConnell of Waxhaw, North Carolina, announce the birth of a son, Brennan Max McConnell, on Nov. 17, 2018, at Carolinas Medical Alliance, Charlotte, North Carolina. Brennan weighed 8 pounds and 4 ounces. He was 21 inches …
Scaffes celebrate 50 years of marriage Mr. and Mrs. James Scaffe Sr. of Sumter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 24, 2018, at Sam Kendall's in Camden. Mrs. Scaffe is the former Lila Berry of Ashwood.
Ruth C. Franklin celebrates 101st birthday Ruth C. Franklin, widow of John "Mr. Sing" Franklin, celebrated her 101st birthday on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018. A pillar in the community of Woodrow for more than 80 years, Mrs. Franklin owned her own beauty shop for more than 40 years, which was …
The Assembly The Assembly will present three debutantes on Monday, Dec. 17, at Sunset Country Club. Katherine Gilland Duffy, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Edward William Duffy Jr., will be presented by her father and escorted by Ronald Hunter Hendrix and Stephen …
Felders celebrate 50 years Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Felder, of Pinewood, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 2, 2018, on Hilton Head Island. A celebration was held in their honor by their three children, Thomas Felder Jr., Reginald Felder and Melissa Felder, all …
Faith
Church News: Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces:* Sunday - Women's Missionary Society family and friends day at 10 a.m. First Baptist Missionary Church, 219 S. Washington St., announces:* …
Pray for God to solve your problems and a whole lot more It's an occupational hazard: "Pastor, please pray for me." When I first began as a pastor, I said "OK," and went on my way. No one told me people actually expected me to pray with them. Right then. About whatever his or her need was. I was corrected …
Freed by court, Pakistani Christian woman still a prisoner ISLAMABAD (AP) - Aasia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian acquitted of blasphemy, still lives the life of a prisoner, nearly three months after her release from death row, awaiting a final ruling on her fate. She spends her days in seclusion for fear of …
Church News: Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Sunday, Jan. 20 - Women's Missionary Society family and friends day at 10 a.m. Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 182 S. Pike East, announces: * Friday, Jan. 18 - Prayer and …
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
Silvia, a gorgeous girl, is a huge lump of sugar

Silvia is a gorgeous young lady who weighs 49 pounds and is approximately 4 years old. She is very friendly and gets along with the other dogs at animal control. Silvia has ended up in this situation through no fault of her own. She is very …

Weddings
Rogers-Doyle Elizabeth Anne Rogers of Irmo and Nicholas Tolan Doyle of Sumter were united in marriage at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at St. Anne and St. Jude Catholic Church in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. Daniel Rogers and Mrs. Karen Rogers …
McGill-Belser KINGSTREE - Frances Louise McGill of Kingstree and Roy Edwin Belser Jr. of Summerton were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Julius McGill …
Rackley-Fernandes MOUNT PLEASANT - Kristen Elizabeth Rackley and Rold o Bueno Fernandes Neto, both of Charleston, were united in marriage at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2018, at Alhambra Hall. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tim Rackley of Sumter and the …
Engagements
Smith-Kennedy Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Smith of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Nicole Elizabeth Smith of Sumter, to Robert James Kennedy of DeBary, Florida, son of Mr. Ed Kennedy and the late Mrs. Robin Kennedy of DeBary. The bride-elect is the …
Allen-Barnes Mr. and Mrs. Mark Harper Allen of Greenville announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Margaret Allen of Columbia, to Allen Jackson Barnes Jr. of Columbia, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Jackson Barnes of Sumter. The bride-elect is the …
Gentele-Crawford Edward Louie Jr. and Melanie Gentele announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashleigh Lynn Gentele, to Brandon Tyler Crawford, son of Mrs. Flori W. Anderson and the late Bruce Allan Crawford Sr., all of Sumter. The bride-elect is the …
Ortmann-Stuart Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Chandler Ortmann of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Anna Reid Ortmann of Columbia, to Cory Thomas Stuart of Columbia, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Alexander Stuart of San Diego, California. The bride-elect is …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: Part III - Shaw football hits its stride

Because of the volume of material about the Shaw football team in the 1950s, there will now be four parts to this series about the team. The third segment of Shaw's football expose spans the years of 1955 to 1956. The team had developed into a …

Yesteryear
Sumter Boy Scouts meet salvage paper goal; ideas wanted for school names 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Aug. 12 - Aug. 18 - The following group of YMCA officials and "Y" boys will leave for the Southern YMCA Secretary Conference, to be held at Blue Ridge, North Carolina, near Black Mountain: Carl W. Link, general secretary; …
Morris students, staff X-rayed for 50 cents; height helps Wilson Hall Barons win game 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Aug. 5 - Aug. 11 - Cpl. Charles McIntosh, USMC, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. McIntosh, has been killed in action, according to a wire received by his parents from Lt. Gen. A. A. Vandegrift, commandant of the Marine Corps. The …
Residents urged to collect paper for drive; fire deaths increase 75 YEARS AGO -1944 July 29 - Aug. 4 - Pfc. William D. (Billy) Scott, USMC, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Scott, is at West Coast Hospital recovering from wounds received in fighting on Saipan Island on June 27. Overseas since last November, the …
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