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Nancy Kneeshaw Baak, age 82, beloved wife of 58 years to the late Jerome Albert Baak, passed away on Monday, April 6, 2020, in her home surrounded by her children. A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at St. Anne Catholic … more


Nolan Bossard Jr., 65, husband of Glenda D. Johnson Bossard, departed this life on Monday, July 27, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. He was born on June 24, 1955, in Sumter, a son of Mildred Taylor Bossard and the late Nolan Bossard … more


Gary Luis McClendon departed this life on Monday, July 27, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. He was born on March 16, 1961, in Manhattan, New York, a son of the late Luis and Ruth Lee Chatman McClendon. The family will receive friends at … more


Knenite Thompson Goines, age 62, widow of Clairmount "Dick" Goines, departed this life on Monday, July 27, 2020, in Columbia. She was born on Aug. 28, 1957, in Manning, to the late Washington and Katie Gibson Thompson. Due to the COVID-19 … more


ALCOLU - Ida Harrison Scott, 69, died on Monday, July 27, 2020, at her residence. She was born on Oct. 28, 1950, in Alcolu, a daughter of the late James Harrison and Hinetha McCray. The family is receiving friends at her residence, 1282 … more


GREELEYVILLE - Beatrice Parker Brockington, 82, died on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at Williamsburg Regional Hospital, Kingstree. She was born on Feb. 2, 1938, in Greeleyville, a daughter of the late Dave and Stella Robinson Parker. These services … more


NEW ZION - Shirley Mae Davis Lancaster, 82, widow of George Edward Lancaster, died on Thursday, July 23, 2020, at her residence. She was born on April 18, 1938, in Pamplico, a daughter of the late Renzie Davis Brayboy. Graveside services for … more


Mellony Margarett Taylor, age 85, died on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at her residence. Arrangements will be announced by Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter. more


BISHOPVILLE - Roland "Buddy Boy" Simon, 88, husband of Lillie Grimes Simon, passed on Monday, July 27, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Born in Lee County, he was a son of the late Jesse "Moot" and Mary York Simon. Due to COVID-19, the … more


McSwain Epps, 88, husband of Eliza Fullwood Epps, departed this life on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. He was born on May 10, 1932, in Sumter, a son of the late John and Elisa Ludd Epps. The family will receive … more

OPINION: Substantive change is just around the corner

No one could have imagined that 2020 would look like this. Our economy was booming, unemployment numbers were down, and we were looking forward to the warmer months here in South Carolina. Then came one calamity after another, and the world … more

Buttercup is an adorable, affectionate cutie pie

TOP: Buttercup is a precious little lady. She weighs 24 pounds and is about a year old. Buttercup is adorable and craves attention from the volunteers. She is affectionate and likes to sit and be petted. Buttercup, sadly, is heartworm positive and … more

Head of China CDC gets injected with experimental vaccine

BEIJING (AP) - The head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention says he has been injected with an experimental coronavirus vaccine in an attempt to persuade the public to follow suit when one is approved. "I'm going to reveal … more

COVID-19 means virtual school booms in S.C.'s largest district

COLUMBIA - About a third of the students in South Carolina's largest school district don't plan to attend school in person next school year, taking advantage of a robust online program offered during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 23,000 of the … more

Scientists get closer to blood test for Alzheimer's disease

An experimental blood test was highly accurate at distinguishing people with Alzheimer's disease from those without it in several studies, boosting hopes that there soon may be a simple way to help diagnose this most common form of … more

2 Sumter area high school students to compete for $5K scholarship

FROM STAFF REPORTS Two Sumter-area high school students are competing with students from across South Carolina for a chance at a $5,000 college scholarship in a competition sponsored by the state's electric cooperatives. Both were chosen by … more

Here's how Trump's opposition to mail voting hurts the GOP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Republicans once dominated voting by mail in Florida. But that was before President Donald Trump got involved. After months of hearing Trump denigrate mail-in balloting, Republicans in the critical battleground state now find … more

U.S.-China antagonisms rattle world, prompting calls for unity

BEIJING (AP) - Antagonisms between the United States and China are rattling governments around the world, prompting a German official to warn of "Cold War 2.0" and Kenya's president to appeal for unity to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Global … more

Officials urge caution after residents receive mystery seeds in mail

CLEMSON - State agriculture officials are warning South Carolinians to be wary of unsolicited packages of seeds mailed to them.The South Carolina Department of Agriculture and Clemson University's Regulatory Services division are working together to … more

Chronic pain isn't just physical

Chronic pain is a devastating health problem that affects approximately 50 million Americans. Chronic pain can be life-changing, influencing all aspects of one's well-being. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control reports that nearly 50% of … more
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