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MANNING - Pauline Graham Blackwell, 94, widow of Deacon Earnest Blackwell Sr., died on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, at her residence. She was born on June 23, 1926, in the Paxville community of Manning, a daughter of the late Paul Graham and Ollie … more


Betty Lou Johnson Hurley Hunter, 84, wife of Alton M. Hunter, died on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, at her home. Born in Bladen County, North Carolina, she was a daughter of the late Sidney Albert Johnson and Alma Taylor Johnson. Mrs. Hunter was of the … more


Franklin Gibbs, 59, was born on Feb. 11, 1961, in Elizabeth, New Jersey, a son of the late Leon G. Gibbs Sr. and Martha J. Gibbs. God saw fit to call him into eternal rest on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital in Sumter. He … more


Betty Jane Robinson, 64, died on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital, Sumter. Born on May 24, 1956, in Clarendon County, she was a daughter of the late Eartha and David Robinson. Graveside services for Ms. Robinson will be … more


Carrie Bowman, 84, died on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, at her place of residence in Pinewood. Born on March 28, 1936, in Clarendon County, she was a daughter of the late Ellen Fordham Bowman and Emanuel Cantey. The family will be receiving … more


Willie Green, age 89, widower of Carrie Gaymon Green, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, at his residence in Sumter. Born in Pinewood, he was a son of Ferdinand and Willeen Clark Ragin. He was reared by Henry and Rita … more


James Drayton Sr., 88, was born on Nov. 9, 1932, to the late James Thompson and Marie Clark Drayton. He was affectionately known as "Tiny" or "Here Me." He departed this life on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, at his residence. He was married to the late Inez … more


FLORENCE - On Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, Harry Benbow departed our midst at Regency Hospital in Florence. Born on April 10, 1944, in Summerton, he was a son of the late Tossie Sr. and Annie Johnson Benbow. In accordance with the CDC in … more


BISHOPVILLE - George Primus, of Lynchburg, entered eternal rest on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, at McLeod Hospice House, Florence. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Wilson Funeral Home, 403 S. Main St., Bishopville. more


On Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, God called his son, Stacey Bernard Drayton, home to rest. He was born on Oct. 22, 1975, in Sumter County, a son of James Drayton Sr. and the late Inez Porcher Drayton. He attended the public schools of Sumter County and … more


William Martin Reeks, age 68, died on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, at Prisma Health Richland Hospital. Arrangements will be announced by Bullock Funeral Home. more


Carol Patricia Nolan, age 81, died on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Arrangements will be announced by Bullock Funeral Home. more

Opinion: Every American has troubles

Everybody has troubles. If you don't believe it, then ask any American living in the year 2020. Most of us are accustomed to having troubles occasionally. Some have more than others. Some people think that "some people" never have a problem. All … more

Frank Sinatra adores love and attention

FAR LEFT: Frank Sinatra is a neutered, housebroken 2-year-old pit bull terrier mix. He is good with other dogs and children. Frank Sinatra is super sweet, affectionate and gentle. He adores love and attention. He is a friendly boy who would make an … more

Sumter officers arrest 3 men after months-long drug activity investigation

The Sumter Police Department arrested three local men following a several-months-long investigation regarding drug activity at a Reed Street residence.Seventy packages of edible cannabis, marijuana, … more

For Americans waiting on virus aid, no new relief in sight

WASHINGTON (AP) — With talks on emergency coronavirus aid having stalled out, both sides played the blame game Thursday rather than make any serious moves to try to break their stalemate. … more

Peacock imports dramedy 'Five Bedrooms'

By Kevin McDonough Peacock begins streaming the Australian dramedy "Five Bedrooms." The series has a concept so obvious, you wonder why it hasn't been made before. Until you realize that it's really a scripted series constructed like a reality … more

Older boyfriend regards meeting in person too risky

DEAR ABBY - I have a dilemma. My 33-year-old boyfriend keeps badgering me to see each other. We live 15 miles apart. I'm a 60-year-old man in pretty good health. Before this pandemic, I worked out every day at a gym, and I still do at home now. … more

OPINION: We aren't exempt from reaching breaking point

Basically everything that was made comes to a point where it can no longer do what it was designed to do. Within the automotive industry, the mass majority of the moving parts are placed through rigorous tests to see just how long they will hold up … more
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