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Sumter Today: Students at R.E. Davis get a golden award

The Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce runs a Golden Apple Student Award program that recognizes public school students who show excellence in character traits like integrity, perseverance and …

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
Sen. Kamala Harris opens presidential bid WASHINGTON - Kamala Harris, a first-term senator and former California attorney general known for her rigorous questioning of President Donald Trump's nominees, entered the Democratic presidential race on Monday. Vowing to "bring our voices …
Bolton's test: Putting Trump tweets into foreign policy WASHINGTON - In President Donald Trump's Washington, matters of war and peace are decided in 280-character bursts. It's up to John Bolton to massage them into a foreign policy. The mustachioed national security adviser developed a reputation as a …
Frigid air, harsh winds cause dangerous travel conditions CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Falling temperatures replaced the weekend's falling snow Monday as bitter cold and gusty winds swept across the eastern United States. The National Weather Service had forecast that temperatures would be more than 20 degrees …
Islamic State group targets U.S. convoy in northeastern Syria BEIRUT (AP) - An Islamic State suicide bomber targeted a joint convoy of U.S. and allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria on Monday, marking the second attack against U.S. troops in less than a week and further highlighting the dangers surrounding …
Mississippi woman hopes to overflow coffee house's cups BALDWYN, Miss. (AP) - After the busy lunch rush, Tammy Lee, owner of the Baldwyn-based coffee shop Fill My Cup, took some time to chat with the few locals who stopped in for a cup of coffee on a cold day, introducing her staff and making sure …
State news
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 …
Federal judge in S.C.: No new offshore drilling work during federal shutdown COLUMBIA (AP) - A federal judge in South Carolina has turned back the Trump administration's attempt to continue preparatory work for offshore drilling during the federal government's partial shutdown, issuing a ruling in a federal lawsuit …
Daughter of serial killer, rapist grieves for his victims GREENVILLE - Growing up, Deborah Brashers-Claunch thought she knew her father. As it turns out, she only knew one side of him. "We lived with a serial killer and rapist, and I didn't know it. He was an amazing father, a father anybody would have …
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 …
JOSEPH WILLIAMS JR. Joseph Williams Jr., 87, beloved husband of Rosa Mae Williams, died on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at Taw Caw Missionary Baptist Church, 1130 Granby Lane, Summerton. Funeral arrangements are …
ANNE E. MCDONALD BELL SIMPSONVILLE - Anne Ewing McDonald Bell, 91, went to be with our Lord on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Anne was a daughter of the late Frederick Honour McDonald and Katharine Steed Everett McDonald of Charleston. Anne …
BETTY RUTH G. HINSON MANNING - Betty Ruth Graham Hinson, 87, died peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, at her home, surrounded by her children. Born on May 26, 1931, in Alcolu, she was a daughter of the late Robert Few Graham and Pauline Childers Graham. She was a …
CURTIS CONYERS MANNING - Curtis "Big Boy" Conyers, 67, died on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. He was a son of the late Jack and Camilla Spann Conyers. Funeral services for Mr. Conyers will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Silver …
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
Bentley is a smart boy who knows several commands

Bentley is a neutered and housebroken 4-year-old tricolored male husky / German shepherd mix. He is great with other dogs, older children and even cats. Bentley is friendly, active and smart. He can sit, stay, lie down, roll over and shake …

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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