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'We Cannot Turn Back': 700 attend annual MLK Walk

"We Cannot Turn Back" was the theme of a tear-jerking speech delivered by F.J. DeLaine Elementary School Principal Maria Newton-Ta'Bon at the 17th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Walk on Monday. More than 700 people attended the …

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Walkers share importance of unity, legacy

Why did you walk in the 17th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Walk? "I do it to show appreciation for what Dr. King did and what he means to the world," said Pastor James Blassingame of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Sumter. "He stood …
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Man charged with burglary after allegedly taking heater from burned home

CHARGES Timothy Johnson, 50, of 246 Gamble St., was arrested on Friday and charged with second-degree burglary after he allegedly took a space heater from the scene of a house fire on 2nd Avenue. According to an incident report from Sumter Police …
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WILLIE MAE CLODFELTER

Willie Mae Clodfelter, age 79, wife of the late Walter Ralph Clodfelter, died on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at Lake Marion Nursing Center. Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, she was the daughter of the late David Doyle and Beulah Henry Doyle. She was a …

JONATHAN L. HERMANSON

Jonathan Luke Hermanson, 18, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, at Palmetto Health Richland. Born in Sumter, he was a son of Stephen D. and Angela Mathis Hermanson. Luke was a member of Harmony Church. Surviving are his parents of Sumter; four …
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Ward: Lakewood close to hiring new football coach

Lakewood High School is close to hiring a new head football coach to replace Brian Jackson, who resigned from the post after two seasons. Lakewood athletic director Frankie Ward said he is hoping to announce a new head coach this week. Ward said …
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The Patent and Trademark Office's assault on speech

WASHINGTON - In 1929, Chief Justice William Howard Taft convinced Congress to finance construction of "a building of dignity and importance" for the Supreme Court. He could not have imagined what the court will ponder during oral arguments this …
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Sophie has a sweet, playful personality

Sophie is a housebroken and spayed 8-month-old American short hair. She is great with other cats. She has a sweet and playful personality and loves to play with cat toys. Sophie has been at the SPCA since the age of 7 weeks and is our longest …