YWCA holds domestic violence vigil for slain Sumter mom

Family members of Sharee Bradley and Nevaeh Adams participate in a vigil on Friday held by the Sumter YWCA.
Purple-clad friends and advocates gathered in front of the Sumter County Judicial Center on Friday, their purpose to honor a slain mother, their hope to stop future domestic abuse before it ends with a funeral. The YWCA of the Upper Lowlands held …
Studio Sumter

Sumter Today: The Sumter County celebrates its namesake’s 285th birthday

General Thomas Sumter had a birthday this week. He turned 285 years old. County officials, historians and even descendants of the American Revolutionary War general gathered at his statue in front of …

Panorama

Your smartphone can make you vulnerable; minimize the risks

Your smartphone is your confidante, your hand-held connection to the world - and one of your biggest vulnerabilities. Scammers can take advantage of day-to-day tasks that seem innocuous, like checking a bank …

Nation & World
New York couple's Florida vacation home invaded by vomiting vultures

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A New York couple's luxurious vacation house in Florida has been taken over by dozens of black vultures that are vomiting and defecating everywhere. The Palm Beach Post reports the Casimano family can't even visit the …

6 police shot in standoff that 'could have been far worse' By KRISTEN DE GROOT Associated Press PHILADELPHIA - A gunman barricaded himself inside a Philadelphia rowhouse for 7 hours, firing on police and wounding six in a standoff that trapped two officers and paralyzed a neighborhood, all while the …
Pilot hailed as hero after bird strike disables jet MOSCOW - A Russian pilot was being hailed as a hero Thursday for safely landing his passenger jet in a corn field after it collided with a flock of gulls seconds after takeoff, causing both engines to malfunction. While dozens of people on the plane …
Library of spider silk could hold secrets for new materials NEW YORK - With two pairs of fine-tipped tweezers and the hands of a surgeon, Cheryl Hayashi began dissecting the body of a silver garden spider under her microscope. In just a few minutes she found what she was seeking: hundreds of silk …
U.S. government wants a 911-like number just for suicide hotline NEW YORK (AP) - With suicides on the rise, the U.S. government wants to make the national crisis hotline easier to reach. Once implemented, people will just need to dial 988 to seek help. Currently, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline uses a …
State News
S.C. farmers tell expert that tariffs are hurting them

YORK COUNTY - York County farmers made it clear that tariffs are hurting them when they talked to a federal official. Bill Northey, under secretary for Farm Production and Conservation, met with local farmers at Black's Peaches in York to hear …

Sheriff says teen's racist videos show S.C. needs hate crime law COLUMBIA - A South Carolina sheriff said Thursday that the state needs a hate crime law after his deputies couldn't initially charge a 16-year-old Catholic school student who made videos using racial slurs and shooting a box that he said represented …
Parents weren't told of student's racist video, threats at S.C. school COLUMBIA - A Catholic school in South Carolina waited more than two weeks to tell parents a student was expelled and arrested after making racist videos and threatening to shoot black people. The videos of the white, 16-year-old male …
THIS MONTH IN S.C. HISTORY: Aug. 6, 1780: Sumter's forces claim victory at Battle of Hanging Rock After the British forced Benjamin Lincoln to surrender Charleston, they advanced into South Carolina's upcountry and on into North Carolina. In his book Partisans and Red Coats, Walter Edgar explains that Hanging Rock and Rocky Mount were major …
South Carolina CBD stores left confused amid raids, new opinion GREENVILLE — Top Hat Tobacco and Cigar owner Todd Smith was on his way out of town July 13 for a rare day off when his phone rang. A friend manning the store for him was on the other end and …
Obituaries
NIGEL JOHN LEE

Nigel John Lee, 81, widower of Frances Elizabeth Crump Lee, died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Born Feb. 27, 1938, in England, he was a son of the late Wilfred and Margaret Ann Lee. He was a member of Faith Outreach …

GLORIA BECKWORTH BAGNAL

Gloria Beckworth Bagnal, 87, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, at Generations in Chapin. She was a daughter of the late H.A. "Beck" Beckworth and Thelma Raffield Beckworth. Mrs. Bagnal was predeceased by her husband, Joe H. Bagnal. Mrs. …

GEDDIS

MELVIN JARVIS GEDDIS

Funeral services for Melvin Jarvis Geddis will be held at noon Monday at St. James United Methodist Church, 720 Broad St., with the Rev. Cheryl Giles Johnson officiating and the Rev. Lee Johnson, presiding. Interment will follow at Dicks Cemetery, …

WALLACE

WILLIAM T. WALLACE SR.

SLIDELL, La. - William T. Wallace Sr., a retired chaplin in the United States Air Force who earned the rank of lieutenant colonel during 20 years of service, died Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, at the age of 91. Bill was born in Columbia, a son of the …

ROBERT LEE WILSON JR.

Robert Lee Wilson Jr., 39, was born on Dec. 23, 1979, in Sumter County, a son of Robert Lee Wilson Sr. and the late Louise Goines Wilson. He departed this life on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, at his residence. Public viewing will be held from 2 to 6 …

Celebrations
Knezevichs celebrate 60 years of marriage Mr. and Mrs. Bob Knezevich of Sumter celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Saturday, July 13, 2019. They were married on July 18, 1959. A party was given in their honor by their four children: Sherry Portillo, Deb Knezevich, Pam Osborne …
Majors celebrate 50 years together Mr. and Mrs. Harold Major Sr. of Rembert celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary today, June 30, 2019. Their two children are Yolanda Williams and her husband, Nathan Williams, of Charleston and Harold Major Jr. and his wife, Jonika Major, of …
Barkleys celebrate 50 years of marriage Bill and Wanda Barkley of Sumter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday, June 14, 2019. The couple has one daughter and her husband, Tiffany and Arthur Takahashi of Augusta, Georgia; and one granddaughter. Mrs. Barkley is the …
Cousar celebrates 100 years Flossie Delores Cousar, of the Shiloh community of Lynchburg, celebrates her 100th birthday today, Sunday, June 16, 2019, with family and friends at Mount Sinai AME Church, Lynchburg. She is one of 16 children born to the late Sam and Queen …
Faith
Church is more than just a building; church is when... Church is family when a wife is sitting by herself in a crowded waiting room. Her husband is having serious surgery 180 miles from home. A familiar voice calls her name. It belongs to a member of her small group from church, who made the drive just …
Church News: Friday, Aug. 16, 2019 Agape Outreach Ministries, 100 E. Red Bay Road, announces: * Sunday - Annual choir anniversary celebration at 4 p.m. Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 211 Alice Drive, announces: * Saturday - Back-to-school bash 4:30-7:30 p.m. featuring …
Church News: Friday, Aug. 9, 2019 Agape Outreach Ministries, 100 E. Red Bay Road, announces: * Sunday, Aug. 18 - Choir's anniversary celebration at 4 p.m. Antioch United Methodist Church, 4040 Dubose Siding Road, announces: * Sunday, Aug. 18 - Youth celebration of Christ at …
New massacres a jolt for clergy who coped with past attacks By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer As Americans reel from back-to-back massacres in Texas and Ohio, religious leaders who have experienced violence in their houses of worship are venting their anger at the persisting violence and trying to help …
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
Tasha is a friendly girl, adores attention

FAR LEFT: Tasha is a housebroken 10-week-old American short hair. She gets along great with other kittens and children. Tasha is an extremely friendly and playful girl who and adores any kind of attention. She would make a wonderful new addition to …

Weddings
Harrison-Evans MANNING - Allison Marie Harrison of Sumter and Carl Matthews Evans III of New Zion were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Manning United Methodist Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Sean Harrison of …
Dollard-Truluck Megan Danielle Dollard of Sumter and Ryan Walker Truluck of Hopkins were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2019, at LinRan Farm in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. Joseph Clark Dollard and Mr. and Mrs. John William Baker …
Nygaard-Jackson Kristen Elizabeth Nygaard of Lugoff and Alexander "AJ" Jackson III of Sumter were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2019, at San Souci Farm in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Ricky and Melissa Ray of Lugoff, the granddaughter of …
Goodson-Richardson SUMMERTON - Margaret Evans Goodson of Sumter and Townes Hagood Richardson of Summerton were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Flowers Farm. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Louis Goodson of Manning and the …
Engagements
Gentele-Christmas Edward Louie Jr. and Melanie Bisom Gentele announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Brook Gentele, to Clayton Lee Christmas, son of Robert Allen and Lynn Baker Christmas, all of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Donna …
Coleman-Brunson Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Coleman Sr. announce the engagement of their daughter, Alison Paige Coleman, to Taylor David Brunson, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. David Brunson, all of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. James Arthur Bradley …
Cromer-Gibbons Mr. and Mrs. Perron Mark Cromer of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Virginia Montague Cromer of Sumter, to Kerry Lynn Gibbons of Manning, son of the late Mr. Edward Guy Gibbons Jr. and Mrs. Lisa Liscio Gibbons of Manning. The …
Young-Sloan Mr. and Mrs. William Jeffrey Young of Sumter announce the engagement of their son, Robert Scarborough Young of Sumter, to Brooks Margaret Sloan of Dillon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roger McLellan Sloan of Dillon. The bride-elect is the …
Reflections

Reflections with Sammy Way: Sumterville Post Office began in 1801

This issue of Reflections reviews the history of the postal service in the Sumter community. The paper examines several articles including the writings of Anne King Gregorie concerning the origin of the post office in Sumter. The research also …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Army soldier honored for heroism; Sumter teacher helps film 'Math Place' video 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 March 9 - March 15 - The fierce battle for Iwo Jima is assuming the pattern of the final phases of American conquests of other Pacific Islands - but it may be several days before correspondents can flash "Iwo Secured." …
Yesteryear with Sammy Way: German POWs to work near Shaw; Morris students honored 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 March 2 - March 8 - Mr. and Mrs. L. V. Jones of Route 1, Sumter, whose son, James Aubrey Jones, seaman first class, USNR, has been missing in action since Nov. 25, have learned that the missing sailor has been cited. A …
Yesteryear with Sammy Way: Rainbow Cafe owner dies after illness; more in tri-county will vote 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Feb. 23 - March 1 - Sgt. William H. Seale, son of Mr. and Mrs. Julian Seale of this city, is home on a 30-day leave, having just returned from overseas. "Bill" has served overseas with the famous First Infantry division for …
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