Punching up the confidence meter: Sumter mixed martial arts gym owner uses training to boost self-defense, fitness in kids, adults

Jerome Robinson helps a customer of Team Robinson MMA with training on West Liberty Street.
This series is in honor of Black History Month, where each February, as designated by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, founded by Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson, as well as The Library of Congress, an …
Studio Sumter

Sumter Today: The Sumter Police Department spends Valentines Day at elementary schools

For Valentines Day yesterday, officers from the Sumter Police Department visited elementary schools in Sumter School District to hand out cards that included police badges. The department keeps a …

Panorama

Children from SBA churches to collect funds Saturday to help build a tiny house for Sumter United Ministries

Children from seven churches within the Santee Baptist Association will be collecting donations at five different locations in Sumter for Children's Missions Day on Saturday to raise money to build a tiny house for Sumter United Ministries. SUM …

Nation/world
Mudslide sweeps house off hill as storm pounds California SAUSALITO, Calif. (AP) — Waves of heavy rain pounded California on Thursday, washing away a mountain highway, triggering a mudslide that destroyed homes, and forcing residents to flee communities …
On immigration, Mideast and more, Kushner keeps pushing WASHINGTON (AP) — The ink wasn't dry on a border security compromise before Jared Kushner had moved on to another enormous challenge. As lawmakers fine-tuned a border agreement that the …
Humbug holidays: US retail sales drop 1.2 pct in December WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales fell in December, posting the biggest drop since September 2009 and delivering more evidence that last year's holiday sales fizzled unexpectedly. Even e-commerce …
Amazon dumps NYC headquarters and its promised 25,000 jobs NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon abruptly dropped plans Thursday for a big new headquarters in New York that would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city, reversing course after politicians and activists …
Families will quietly remember victims on Florida school massacre anniversary PARKLAND, Fla. - The communities and families terrorized by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre will spend Thursday's anniversary visiting graves, packing meals for the needy and contributing to other service projects as they quietly …
State news
S.C. editorial roundup: Feb. 15, 2019

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Times and Democrat Feb. 13 Many Americans will benefit from focus on heart health knowledge It could be said that a study is getting to the heart of the matter during February's Heart …

South Carolina lawmakers look at consolidation incentives
COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers and education officials are looking at offering school districts incentives to ease the consolidation process and ensure public support. Members of a …
2nd arrest in death of S.C. pregnant woman SPARTANBURG (AP) - A second person has been arrested in the shooting death of a pregnant woman whose body was found last year near a lake in South Carolina. Spartanburg Police Lt. Doug Harwell said in a news release that 25-year-old Robert Tyrell …
South Carolina senators delay mental patient transport bill COLUMBIA - A bill overhauling how South Carolina transports mental health patients filed after two women drowned in the back of a police van needs some more work, a group of senators agreed Wednesday. Sen. Marlon Kimpson is pushing the proposal, …
'Justice for All' provides glimpse of S.C. civil rights By Jenna Schiferl Carolina News and Reporter It's only a small brass-colored token, slightly larger than a nickel, but it has come to symbolize the story of an unsung civil rights hero in South Carolina. On June 22, 1954, Sarah Mae Flemming …
Obituaries
MARGARET ANN L. BLACKWELL Margaret Ann L. Blackwell, age 75, beloved wife of Groover M. Blackwell, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. Arrangements will be announced by Bullock Funeral Home.
ELLA BRACEY Ella Bracey entered eternal rest on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, at her residence, 915 Miller Road, Apartment 8-B, Sumter. The family is receiving friends and relatives at the residence and at the home of her daughter, Tasha Burris Reddick, 5 …
JAMES SENTELL PRINCE LYNCHBURG - James Sentell Prince died on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Lee Central Middle School, S.C. 341, Wisacky, and burial at Goodwill Presbyterian Church Cemetery in …
ALONZA WHITE Alonza White, 59, died on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. Viewing will be from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and funeral services at 1 p.m. on Sunday at the chapel of Summerton Funeral Home LLC, Summerton. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Summerton …
VIRGINIA BRUNK SHIRLEY Virginia "Gin" Brunk Shirley, 97, widow of George E. Shirley, died on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at her home. Born on Oct. 2, 1921, in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late Christian DeWitt Brunk and Ida LeGrand Brunk. She was a member of Grace …
Celebrations
Millses celebrate 50 years of marriage Mr. and Mrs. Woody Mills Jr., of Sumter, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. A family luncheon was given in their honor on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at Olive Garden, Columbia, by their daughters, Sandi Mills Dixon …
Willie Spann celebrates 101 years Willie Lee Spann Sr. was given a 101st birthday celebration by his niece, Terry Chatman, and other family members on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at Chapel AME Church, Paxville. Approximately 101 people were in attendance. Willie, affectionately …
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.
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 …
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 …
Faith
He died with all a man could achieve, but he was still empty Once upon a time, there was a man who set out to be happy. First, he had to figure out what it meant to be happy. His parents told him the best way to be happy was to get ahead. "Get an education," they said. So, he went to one of the finest …
Church News: Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2571 Joseph Lemon-Dingle Road, Jordan community, Manning, announces: * Sunday, Feb. 24 - Black history celebration at 3 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Frankie D. White, of Biggers AME Church of Manning, will speak. Bethel …
Church News: Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2571 Joseph Lemon-Dingle Road, Jordan community, Manning, announces: * Sunday, Feb. 24 - Black history celebration at 3 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Frankie D. White, of Biggers AME Church of Manning, will speak. Bethel …
North Korean Christians keep faith underground amid more crackdowns SEOUL, South Korea - One North Korean defector in Seoul describes her family back home quietly singing Christian hymns every Sunday while someone stood watch for informers. A second cowered under a blanket or in the toilet when praying in the …
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Pets for adoption
Rudy is an affectionate, friendly boy

Rudy is a housebroken 4-month-old American short hair. He gets along great with other cats and children. Rudy is a playful, affectionate and friendly boy who enjoys cuddling. He would make a super family buddy and lap cat. The Sumter SPCA …

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
Hyatt- Timmons Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Hyatt and Mr. and Mrs. Isadore Timmons Jr. announce the engagement of their children, respectively, Alicia Gail Hyatt and Steven Eugene Timmons, all of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Thomas Mitchum …
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 …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way - Remembering RuVelle, Sumter's popular women's clothing store

Reflections looks back at RuVelle, which became a popular women's clothing store in Sumter. This fashionable dress shop was founded in 1936 and rapidly became one of the most exclusive gathering places for Sumter's discerning shoppers. The name of …

Yesteryear
Ship named in honor of Sumter; 'Renaissance' program begins 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Sept. 2 - Sept. 8 - School children who wish to help with the harvest of the county cotton crop will be released from their duties for that specific purpose, Superintendent William Henry Shaw announced, but they will be …
Scout district sponsors camporee; 'atomic veterans' seek help 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Aug. 26 - Sept. 1 - Capt. Charles Vincent (Vince) Greffett, who worked for five years at the Palmetto Pigeon Plant before entering the Army Air Corps, was one of the leaders of a bombing flight which dropped ammunition to …
Patton's Third Army battles Nazis; New Zealander visits TSA 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Aug. 19 - Aug. 25 - A double feature of entertainment is scheduled for the Cadet Club, Mrs. R. C. Williams announced. There will be a buffet supper and dance. Music will be furnished by the Shaw Field orchestra under the …
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