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Opinion: Coexistence with China or Cold War II?

Under fire for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump, his campaign and his party are moving to lay blame for the 80,000 U.S. dead at the feet of the Communist Party of China and, by extension, its longtime General … more

Woman's focus on fitness is hard for friend to bear

DEAR ABBY - I've been friends with "Lorraine" for 30 years. Actually, the friendship is kind of one-sided because she bugs the hell out of me. She's a super-skinny health nut who constantly posts health advice and "uplifting" mantras on social … more

Jerry Sloan, coaching great of Jazz glory days, dies at 78

Jerry Sloan walked up the steps to the stage at the Basketball Hall of Fame to give his enshrinement speech in 2009, almost as if he were dreading what the next few minutes would bring. He never wanted the spotlight. "This is pretty tough for … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Army's Blanchard was football's 'Mr. Inside'

Reflections remembers one of the greatest football players produced by the state of South Carolina. Felix Anthony "Doc" Blanchard Jr. became a living legend at the U.S. Military Academy during the 1940s. He was commonly referred to as "Mr. Inside" … more


NEW ZION - Thomasina Burgess Brown, 43, died on Thursday, June 4, 2020, at Mcleod Regional Medical Center, Florence. She was born on March 2, 1977, in Manning, a daughter of Tommy Lee Burgess and Dorothy Mae Foster Burgess. These services have … more

Washington, Sumpter headed to primary runoff for Sumter County Council District 1

Two candidates for the Sumter County Council District 1 seat will go head-to-head in a runoff on June 23 after none of the three vying for the seat received enough votes to win … more


WILMINGTON, N.C. - George Washington Doughty Jr., 67, husband of Sarah Ann Brown Doughty, died on Thursday, July 2, 2020, at Accordius Health and Rehab, Wilmington. He was born on Aug. 18, 1952, in Manning, a son of the late George Washington … more


Roxanne Lee Taylor, 51, died on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Born on May 19, 1969, in White Hall, New York, she was a daughter of Arlyn Klemetson and Nancy Anderson. The family is requesting no visitation at the … more


Curley Scott Jr., 82, husband of Rosa Lee Rose Scott, departed this life on Saturday, July 11, 2020, at Sumter Health & Rehab. He was born on Jan. 12, 1938, in Sumter County, a son of the late Curley Scott Sr. and Ida Scott. Public viewing … more

Tuomey's COVID-19 testing site moves to BB&T bank building

Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital will move its COVID-19 drive-through testing site to the former BB&T bank building at the corner of Calhoun and Main streets in downtown Sumter. The move is … more

Clarendon County Fire Rescue graduates 19 recruits

MANNING - Nineteen new firefighters have joined the ranks at Clarendon County Fire Rescue. "This was one of the biggest classes that we've ever had," said Josh Jordan, CCFR's division chief of training. "With this class, we've been able to add … more

Free produce giveaway set for Saturday at First Missionary Baptist

A church in Sumter will be hosting a mobile food pantry this weekend. In partnership with Harvest Hope Food Bank, First Missionary Baptist Church will offer free fresh produce starting at 10 a.m. while supplies last. The church's Community … more


LYNCHBURG - Graveside service for Dallas Rhodes were held at 10 a.m. on Monday in Chandler Cemetery, directed by Bacote-Eaddy Funeral Home. He entered eternal rest on Friday, July 31, 2020. He was born on Aug. 5, 1950, to the late Walter Nelson … more

Muppet Elmo readies for his own starry HBO Max talk show

By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK - There was a time not too long ago when Broadway star Ben Platt was interviewed by a monster. A perfectly nice monster, of course. It was Elmo. Elmo asked Platt what was his favorite music … more

Clemson' Ross to have shoulder surgery

CLEMSON (AP) - Clemson receiver Justyn Ross will have shoulder surgery next month to take care of an issue that cropped up during the team's spring workouts in March. Team spokesman Ross Taylor said the 6-foot-4 receiver is doing well, but will … more

U.S. consumer spending sinks by record 13.6% in face of coronavirus

WASHINGTON - U.S. consumer spending plunged by a record-shattering 13.6% in April as the viral pandemic shuttered businesses, forced millions of layoffs and sent the economy into a deep recession. Last month's spending decline was far worse than … more


Terry Jerome Tidwell, 54, husband of Angela Marie Smith Tidwell, died on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at his home. Services will be announced by Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter. more

Fleming-McGhaney retains District 5 seat on Sumter County Council

The race for the Sumter County Council District 5 seat remains with the incumbent, Councilwoman Vivian Fleming-McGhaney, after she defeated Kenny Rose during the primary election on … more

Inspectors survey Lowcountry trees after invasive beetle discovered

PENDLETON - An invasive species of beetle discovered for the first time in South Carolina has state and federal officials conducting surveys in Charleston County to determine the extent of the insect's spread. The Asian longhorned beetle was found … more


Sammie Lee Goodman, 64, died on Thursday, July 2, 2020, at Columbia VA Healthcare System, Columbia. Born on Dec. 14, 1955, in Sumter County, he was a son of Alex and Ethel Biggs Goodman. The family is receiving relatives and friends at the … more
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