100 years of giving: Sumter's Porter family creates blessing bag Thanksgiving tradition to honor their grandmother’s service

Marguerite Porter’s 100 years of compassion and help for others in her community inspired her family to create Marguerite’s Mission to give to those in shelters.
When asked how it felt to turn 100 years old, Marguerite Porter sighed with disbelief. “I just don’t think about it,” she said.Always being a giver, she never thought about her age …
Studio Sumter

Sumter Today: Alice Drive Middle School marks another STEM milestone

Alice Drive Middle School made waves when it became nationally STEM certified in 2015.Then, they had five STEM-specific elective classes focusing on science, technology, engineering and math …

Panorama

Council of Garden Clubs names November yards of the month

The tiny community of Wedgefield is a nice place to visit if you want to feel that "fall is in the air." At Wedgefield Presbyterian Church, pansies have been planted to replace waning summer flowers. Placed under the church's sign, the pansies add …

Nation & World
U.S. agency ascertains Biden as winner, lets transition begin

WASHINGTON - The General Services Administration ascertained Monday that President-elect Joe Biden is the "apparent winner" of the Nov. 3 election, clearing the way for the start of the transition from President Donald Trump's administration and …

FDA allows emergency use of antibody drug President Trump received U.S. health officials Saturday agreed to allow emergency use of a second antibody drug to help the immune system fight COVID-19, an experimental medicine that President Donald Trump was given when he was sickened last month. The Food and Drug …
GM to recall 7M vehicles globally to replace Takata air bags DETROIT (AP) - General Motors will recall about 7 million big pickup trucks and SUVs worldwide to replace potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. The announcement came Monday after the U.S. government told the automaker it had to recall 6 …
Millions stick to Thanksgiving travel plans More than 1 million Americans a day packed airports and planes during the weekend even as coronavirus deaths surged across the U.S. and public health experts begged people to stay home and avoid big Thanksgiving gatherings. And the crowds are …
Daily COVID-19 deaths in U.S. reach highest level since May The surging coronavirus is taking an increasingly dire toll across the U.S. just as a vaccine appears at hand, with the country now averaging more than 1,300 COVID-19 deaths per day - the highest since the calamitous spring in and around New York …
State News
South Carolina officials eye single drug for execution plan

COLUMBIA (AP) — The state of South Carolina says an inmate scheduled to be executed next week could be put to death with a lethal dose of just one drug if officials cannot get hold of all three …

Rate of rejected S.C. ballots without signatures drops in 2020 COLUMBIA (AP) - Absentee ballots in South Carolina were turned in without required signatures at a lower rate in the 2020 election than the presidential election four years ago. About 0.7% of mailed-in ballots lacked witness signatures this …
Part 2 in a series about Eudora Farms: Dreams and dreamers and drive-thru safaris Imagine getting a private tour of Disneyland led by Walt Disney himself. That's how I felt as I walked the Eudora Farms property in Salley with owner and entrepreneur Mark Nisbet. I've always heard that every great dream begins with a dreamer. In …
S.C. State Parks to offer free admission Nov. 27 COLUMBIA - Admission will be free at state parks in South Carolina on Friday, Nov. 27, as the Park Service joins the national #OptOutside initiative. The promotion, sponsored by REI, encourages people to spend some time in the great outdoors the day …
South Carolina Senate elects Hutto as new minority leader COLUMBIA - The new leader of South Carolina Senate Democrats said he wants his colleagues to concentrate on better jobs, health care and education instead of getting caught up in partisan fights. Sen. Brad Hutto of Orangeburg will take up the …
Obituaries
PATRICIA ANN BROWN

DALZELL - Patricia Ann Brown, 67, widow of Gary "Bush" Ray, died on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, at her home. Born on July 5, 1953, in Sumter, she was a daughter of Dorothy Holliday Brown Baker and the late Leroy Brown. She was a member of Bethesda …

MAGGIE MCCOY SKIPPER

Maggie McCoy Skipper was born on Aug. 30, 1938, one of 14 siblings to the late Jimmy and Darkie McCoy Davis. She departed this life on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, at NHC Healthcare in Sumter. Maggie, as she was called by many, received her education …

DAVID LAWS JR.

Elder David Laws Jr., husband of Willie Mae "Loretta" Laws, departed this life on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, at his home. He was born on Oct. 27, 1955, in Sumter. The family is receiving relatives and friends from 3 to 6 p.m. daily at the home, …

TYONE DONELL BANNISTER

Tyone Donell "Deek" Bannister, 39, died on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, at McLeod Regional Medical Center, Florence. He was born on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 1980, in Clarendon County, to Janet Bannister Junius and Herbert Junious. Funeral services are …

LOUISE JENNINGS

Louise Jennings, 97, died on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, at KershawHealth Medical Center at Camden. Born on Dec. 22, 1922, in Lee County, she was a daughter of Henry Green and Louise Cabbagestalk. In accordance with COVID-19 guidelines, the …

Celebrations
Griffins celebrate 50 years Jimmy and Nancy Griffin, of Sumter, celebrated their 50th anniversary on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, at their home. Their two children are Lacey Griffin Ray of Apex, North Carolina, and Leigh Griffin Carter and her husband, Ross, of Cary, North …
Faith
Church News: Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 211 Alice Drive, announces: * Thursday, Dec. 3 - Blood drive from 2 to 6 p.m. Pinewood Baptist Church, 10 E. Fulton St., Pinewood, announces: * Tuesday, Nov. 24 - The church will host a community …
Church News: Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 211 Alice Drive, announces: * Thursday, Dec. 3 - Blood drive from 2 to 6 p.m. Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, 3285 Peach Orchard Road, Dalzell, announces: * Saturday - A celebratory parade for the …
Church News: Friday, Nov. 6, 2020 Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 211 Alice Drive, announces: * Thursday, Dec. 3 - Blood drive from 2 to 6 p.m. Knitting Hearts Community Ministry, which meets at Bethesda Church of God, 2730 Broad St., announces: * Saturday, Nov. 14 - …
Church News: Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 211 Alice Drive, announces: * Thursday, Dec. 3 - Blood drive from 2 to 6 p.m. Dalzell United Methodist Church, 3330 Black River Road, Dalzell, announces: * Now meeting 9:30-10:30 a.m. each Sunday in the …
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
Chaplin would be a cool new buddy for any family

FAR LEFT: Chaplin is a housebroken 10-week-old male American shorthair. He is wonderful with other cats and children. Chaplin loves to run and play and chase cat toys. He would make a cool new buddy for any family. The Sumter SPCA is located at …

Weddings
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 …
Richburg-Thompson ALCOLU - Dixie Richburg of Davis Station and Bryan Joseph Thompson of Manning were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, at Lakewood Plantation. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Allan Craig Richburg of Davis Station and …
Cromer-Josey SaraLouise Cromer of Sumter and Matthew Samuel Josey of Florence were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, at the Church of the Holy Comforter in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Paul Cromer III, the …
Catoe-Ayres Emma Suzanne Catoe of Sumter and Jonathan Hunter Ayres of Howell, New Jersey, were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, at First Baptist Church in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Allen and Lisa Catoe and the granddaughter of …
Engagements
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 …
Williams-Jordan Mr. Ernest and Mrs. Cherell Butler of Aiken and Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Williams of Saluda announce the engagement of their daughter, Amy D. Williams of Simpsonville, to Derrick L. Jordan of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jordan of …
Bultman-Satterfield Ms. Cynthia D. Bultman of Sumter announces the engagement of her daughter, Megan Bultman of Sumter, to William Satterfield of Heard County, Georgia, son of William and Kelly Satterfield of Heard County. The bride-elect is also the daughter of Mr. …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: Recollections of downtown Sumter in late 1800s presented by Hubert G. Osteen, part III

The third and final segment of the report written by Hubert G. Osteen detailing his recollections of downtown Sumter begins at the intersection of North Main and Canal streets. "Opposite the (John) Gayle house was the furniture and undertaking …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sumter sailors have reunion at Trinidad; man lights up intersections 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 May 20 - 23 - Youths still are required to register for the draft upon reaching the age of 18, in spite of the fact that a law has been passed temporarily banning their induction, R.T. Brown Jr. of local selective service …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: New Tuomey lobby, entrance open; Turbeville gets new mayor 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 May 14 - 18 - Three games are scheduled in the softball leagues, weather permitting. Booth Motor Co. meets Boyle Hardware Co., followed by the girls' game with the WACS meeting Royal Crown. A second men's game follows the …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sumter baseball club will be Fiskateers; Eckerd Drugs opens 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 May 9 - 13 - The Atlantic Coast Line railroad recently announced that it is renewing the offer to send one boy and one girl delegate, from its territory in each of the six states directly served, to the Sixteenth National …
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