Mary McLeod Bethune Section NCNW to meet


The Mary McLeod Bethune Section of the National Council of Negro Women Inc. (NCNW) will meet at 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, at Morris College. The group is soliciting new members. Call Miranda Davis-Choice at (803) 651-8540.

The One Sumter Community group will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14, at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 325 Fulton St. This meeting is open to the public.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Walk will be held on Monday, Jan. 15. The walk will start and end at the Nettles Building at USC Sumter, 200 Miller Road. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the walk beginning at 9:30 a.m. There will be a program at 11 a.m. The theme is "This situation CAN and WILL be changed." Francis Hill will serve as grand marshal and speaker. T-shirtswill be available on the morning of the walk. Visit

The Sumter Branch NAACP's Martin Luther King Jr. Program will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15, at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, 155 Wall St. The Rev. George Windley Jr. will speak.

The Carolina Coin Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Parks and Recreation Department building, 155 Haynsworth St. Visitors are always welcome. Call (803) 775-8840.

The Westside Neighborhood Association will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22, at the Birnie HOPE Center, 210 S. Purdy St. Contact Jim McCain at (678) 429-8150 or for information.

The Sumter County Democrats will host its 2018 Precinct Reorganization at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Sumter County Judicial Center, 215 N. Harvin St., in the jury meeting room on the first floor. All local Democrats are encouraged to attend to elect precinct leaders to serve the county party. Contact Allen Bailey at (803) 316-1976 or

The Lee County Branch of the NAACP will sponsor its annual Freedom Fund Banquet at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Lee Central High School cafeteria, 1800 Wisacky Highway, Bishopville. Retired Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Detective Garry McFadden, of Investigation Discovery's "I Am Homicide," will speak. Tickets for the event are $25 and must be purchased in advance from a committee member. For additional information, email

The Sumter Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Shiloh-Randolph Manor, 125 W. Bartlette St. Rebecca Sears, director, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Sumter Senior Services, will speak. Contact Debra Canty, chapter president, at (803) 775-5792 or