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Reimagining 'The Secret Garden' for a new generation

By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer Frances Hodgson Burnett's children's classic "The Secret Garden" has been adapted into several films, television series and even a Broadway musical. But it had been 27 years since Mary Lennox had last been … more

OPINION: The faith we place in our elections

I've lost track of the times over the years I've heard a politician say, "This is the most important election of my lifetime." In fact, I've said it myself. And I'm sure we all believed it at the time. But in my case, at least, I know I was wrong in … more

States' rush to reopen slowed U.S. recovery, says Boston Fed chief

WASHINGTON (AP) - A top official at the Federal Reserve criticized the decision by many states to reopen businesses this spring before getting the virus fully under control and said those choices have hindered an economic recovery in the … more

S.C. authorities: Inmate used cellphone to order violent crimes

COLUMBIA (AP) - A South Carolina inmate imprisoned on armed robbery and burglary charges used a cellphone to order violent crimes on multiple people from inside prison and now faces new charges, authorities said Tuesday. Harvester Jackson, … more

Sumter County Council: Myrtle Beach Highway gas station, Merchant Ironworks, U.S. 521 industrial use requests approved

Sumter County Council's Tuesday meeting was quick with only one new rezoning request and final readings of three others. The first request was to rezone 12.1 acres from residential-15 to agricultural conservation at 1855 Loring Mill … more

Born with 1 hand, therapist is an inspiration in virus fight

NEW ORLEANS - Two years out of medical school, respiratory therapist Savannah Stuard is on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 in New Orleans, operating ventilator equipment or manually pumping air into patients' lungs. It's challenging … more

Did you know that you can donate your unwanted vehicle?

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. The National Kidney Foundation of South Carolina is in need of unwanted vehicles - even ones that don't run. … more

Horoscopes: Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Pick up the slack, and do your best to finish what you start. Don't let what other people do interfere with your plans or lead to emotional turmoil. Do whatever will bring you joy or help you advance. TAURUS (April … more

Public Agenda: Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some of the following meetings/events may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. SUMTER COUNTY VOTER REGISTRATION / ELECTION COMMISSION Today, 5:30 p.m., registration … more

Can Meadows move from deal breaker to deal-maker?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mark Meadows dropped to a knee in then-Speaker John Boehner's office, the still-new congressman apologizing for joining those trying to oust the Republican leader. Two years later, Meadows did it anyway, leading the House … more

Doctors, hospitals launch voter registration efforts

BOSTON (AP) - An emergency room doctor in Boston is assembling thousands of voter registration kits for distribution at hospitals and doctor's offices. Later this month, students at Harvard and Yale's medical schools are planning a contest to see … more

Lincoln High Alumni Association to hold teleconference

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. The Lincoln High School Preservation Alumni Association will hold a teleconference meeting at 4:30 p.m. on … more


Jeanette "Net" Klarpp Brown, 100, widow of R.T. "Bobby" Brown Jr., died on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, at Covenant Place. Mrs. Brown was born on Feb. 3, 1920, in Sumter. Net's parents, Edgar Faulk Klarpp and Bertha Grant Klarpp, came from North … more


MANNING - Susie Mae Robinson Mack, 70, died on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, at McLeod Health Clarendon, Manning. She was born on Feb. 24, 1950, in the Jordon community of Manning, a daughter of the late Wilson Sr. and Julia Johnson … more


Mass of Christian Burial for the Rev. Thomas A. Burke, C.Ss.R., 64, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, who died on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, New Smyrna Beach. Burial will follow at … more


Elwyn Morgan "E.M." Watt Jr., 89, husband of Patsy Prescott Watt, died on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Born on Dec. 5, 1930, in Sumter, he was a son of the late Elwyn Morgan Watt Sr. and Pauline Kvaternik Singleton … more


Eleanor Bradley Truett, daughter of the late Furman Albert and Sarah Susannah Coleman Bradley, passed from this living world on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, after a long battle with dementia. She was born on Nov. 21, 1934, in Lee County. At an early … more


Patricia A. Hobbs passed away on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Born on April 12, 1936, she was the younger daughter of the late Mack B. and Winnie Day Cole Anderson. She was raised on the family farm in Sardis, surrounded by love from her parents, … more


MANNING - Carolyn Player Collins, 42, died on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, at McLeod Regional Medical Center, Florence. She was born on July 6, 1978, in Florence, a daughter of the late Arthur and Loretha McDowell Player. Graveside services for Mrs. … more


Geraldine Delores Greenlee Howard, 78, wife of Charlie N. Howard, was born on Dec. 24, 1941, in Florence, a daughter of the late James and Nora Ransom Greenlee. She departed this life on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, at Carriage House of Sumter. Public … more
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