Water festival rings in Thai New Year in Sumter

Local families celebrated the Thai New Year on Sunday during the annual Songkran Festival at Sumter Forest Temple. Also known as the Thailand Water Festival, Songkran involves sprinkling water on the hands of monks and elders as a sign of respect …

Sumter Today: CCTC host welding skills competition

We went over to the 36th annual Welding Skills Competition at Central Carolina Technical College for today's episode of Sumter Today. The college has had welding as a part of its curriculum from …

State news
S.C. Briefs World's largest sea turtles seen in South Carolina waters MYRTLE BEACH - Officials say leatherback sea turtles, which are the world's largest turtles, have appeared in South Carolina waters. The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported Tuesday that …
SC corrections employees charged in contraband ring COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More than a dozen South Carolina corrections employees are facing federal charges related to bribery and bringing contraband into the state's institutions a week after a …
Inmate: Prison officers complicit in cellphone problem COLUMBIA — South Carolina prison officials have for years blamed cellphones for contributing to inmate violence. After a bloody riot at a maximum-security prison last weekend that left seven …
Governor takes 'emergency' hiring action for S.C. prisons COLUMBIA - South Carolina's governor announced Monday he's taking "emergency" action in hopes of making state prisons safer following last week's deadly rioting. Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order waiving state procurement regulations …
Lawmakers try to change broad school disturbance law COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina lawmakers said Thursday the current school disturbance law is too broad and negatively impacts the records of students by criminalizing youthful behavior. A House subcommittee voted unanimously to change the law so …
Nation/world
Toronto van attack suspect may have felt anger against women

TORONTO - A chilling Facebook message posted before a van plowed onto a crowded Toronto sidewalk has raised the possibility the suspect in the attack nursed grudges against women, and it is bringing back memories of a 1989 massacre of 14 women that …

Waffle House suspect’s troubles began years before deadly attack NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Travis Reinking’s erratic behavior began years before police say he showed up without pants at a Waffle House restaurant and killed four people with an assault-style …
Korean leaders seek to control optics at historic summit SEOUL, South Korea - Kim Jong Un will be in uncharted territory when the third-generation autocrat crosses over to the southern half of the Demilitarized Zone separating the rival Koreas on Friday, possibly on foot, and greets South Korean President …
GOP unsettled by narrow Arizona win GLENDALE, Ariz. - It took a big money push from the Republican Party, tweets by the president and the support of the state's current and former governors, but the GOP held onto an Arizona U.S. House seat they would have never considered endangered …
Obituaries
SHIRLEY C. HENSHAW ROCKLEDGE, Fla. - Shirley Chance Henshaw, wife of Donald T. Henshaw, passed away peacefully on March 18, 2018, at her home in Rockledge. Shirley was a very sweet and caring Christian person who loved God, her church, family and friends. She will …
FLORABELL FULWOOD Funeral services for Florabell Fulwood will be held at noon on Friday at Mt. Sinai AME Church, 5895 Mt. Sinai Church Road, S.C. 53, Lynchburg, with the Rev. Marie Webb, pastor, and the Rev. Alvin E. Webb officiating. Interment will follow at Edwards …
LARRY TINDAL Larry "Slick" Tindal, 60, died on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at McLeod Regional Medical Center, Florence. He was born on Aug. 13, 1957, in Sumter, a son of Ethel Lee Samuel Tindal and the late Robert David Tindal. Funeral services for Mr. …
MARRION BUTLER Marrion Butler, 77, widower of Leona Raysor Butler, passed away peacefully on April 16, 2018, at Blue Ridge of Sumter. Born on June 21, 1940, in Sumter, he was a son of the late Norman Willie and Hattie Jones Butler. He was educated in the public …
GLENNA B. ROBERTSON Glenna Bagby Robertson, age 94, beloved wife of the late James C. Robertson, died peacefully on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Palmetto Health Tuomey. Born in Olmstead, Kentucky, she was a daughter of the late Charles Harold and Sadie Betty Wood …
Celebrations
Catherine Cutler Schumacher Blake Edmond and Sarah Cutler Schumacher of Columbia announce the birth of a daughter, Catherine Cutler Schumacher, on March 16, 2018, at Palmetto Health Baptist Hospital, Columbia. Catherine weighed 8 pounds, and she was 20 1/4 inches …
Castelia C. Wilson celebrates 100 years Castelia Clark Wilson celebrated her 100th birthday on Tuesday, April 10. Born on April 10, 1918, in Lee County, she is the daughter of the late Robbie and Ada Clark. She received her education at Morris College. After completing her education, …
Browns celebrate 50 years Dr. and Mrs. David Eugene Brown Jr., of Sumter, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. Their two children are Dr. David Eugene Brown III and wife, Farrah, of Chapin and Margaret Lindsay Brown of Mount …
Mary Cunningham celebrates 104 years Mary Cunningham celebrated her 104th birthday on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at Covenant Place with her family, friends and staff. Born in Greenville, Mary is the fourth and only living of six girls. She is the widow of the Rev. Dr. Francis …
Howards celebrate 50 years The Rev. Laddie and Mrs. Katherine Howard celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 30, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Their children are Laddie T. Howard and Katherine W. Grice. The couple has four grandchildren. Mrs. Howard is the …
Faith
It's not enough to get rid of evil No one lived in the old Durrance home place. The two-story house sat empty most of my childhood and teenage years. What had once been home to a family was home to rats and snakes. The house was a hazard. The surviving grandson, Juddy, owned the …
Church News: Friday, April 20, 2018 Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Today - Fish fry from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., sponsored by the Pastor's Aide ministry. Dinners are $8 and include fish, red rice, coleslaw, butter beans, roll and drink or snack available for $4 …
Church News: Friday, April 13, 2018 Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Sunday - Women's Day program at 3 p.m., sponsored by the Missionary Society. The Rev. Donna Harvin Jackson, pastor of Pinehill AME Church, will speak. * Friday, April 20 - Fish fry from 11 …
Church News: Friday, April 6, 2018 Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Sunday, April 15 - Women's Day program at 3 p.m., sponsored by the Missionary Society. The Rev. Donna Harvin Jackson, pastor of Pinehill AME Church, will speak. * Friday, April 20 - Fish …
Pets for adoption
Dasie has the sweetest doe eyes

Dasie is a small 19 pound young lady with the sweetest doe eyes. She is a bit timid in the shelter environment but does warm up and enjoys being petted and cuddled. We think with some one-on-one time with an owner who can make her feel loved, …

Dear Abby
Visiting is one-way street for sisters refusing to travel DEAR ABBY - I have three sisters who won't come to visit me. I am older and their only brother. We are all in our 50s. We all get along great and have no issues. Seven years ago, I moved away from our hometown in Pennsylvania and bought houses in …
Husband asks wife to watch internet porn with him DEAR ABBY - My husband is retired. Except for golf a few times a week, he's home all the time. He has taken to looking at porn a lot when he is home, including pictures and reading racy stories. When I come home from work, he's on the computer. …
Truth about man's past cloud hopes for bright future DEAR ABBY - I recently started dating a man who, until now, has been everything I wanted - respectful, kind, caring, funny, the list goes on. He's recently divorced, and from what I know, he was unfaithful to his wife with many long-term side …
Weddings
Riley-Scott EDISTO ISLAND - Sarah Morgan Riley of Aiken and Dustin Charles Scott of Sumter were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Cypress Trees Plantation. The bride is the daughter of Drs. John Wade and Melissa Morgan Riley of Aiken …
Hodge-Bostic Kelley Alysa Hodge of Hartsville and Charles Bobo Bostic III of Sumter were united in marriage at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Grace Baptist Church in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of …
Malack-Marshall COLUMBIA - Megan Ann Malack and Weldon L. Marshall, both of Columbia, were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, on the Horseshoe at the University of South Carolina. The bride is the daughter of the late Tom and Donna Malack of …
Flesch-Jones Erricka Michelle Flesch and James Laughton Jones II, both of Sumter, were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 24, 2018, at First Baptist Church in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Richard Thompson of Sumter and …
Lamb-Stafford MAYESVILLE - Samantha Katherine "Katie" Lamb and Stephen Francis Stafford Jr., both of Sumter, were united in marriage at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018, at The Sublette Pond House. The bride is the daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. Jimmy Carl …
Engagements
Reynolds-Robertson Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Charles Reynolds of Augusta, Georgia, announce the engagement of their daughter, Blythe Elizabeth Reynolds of Columbia, to Zachary Tyler Robertson of Sumter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leland Frank Robertson Jr. of Sumter. The …
Munn-White Mr. and Mrs. James Rhett Munn Jr. of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Taylor Marie Munn of Columbia, to Thomas McConnell White of Sumter, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Thomas White of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of …
Culclasure-Wilson Mr. and Mrs. William Todd Culclasure of Manning announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Betts Culclasure of Manning, to William Heathley Wilson IV of Mayesville, son of the Rev. Dr. and Mrs. William Heathley Wilson III of …
Cook-Cummings Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Lee Cook announce the engagement of their daughter, Erin LeeAnn Cook, to Jeffrey Burgess Cummings, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Brown Cummings III, all of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. JoAnn Christian …
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Saudi women spend big on makeup, even if it's just a glimpse

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Green lipstick, blue lipstick and 40 shades of foundation to choose from are just some of the reasons 18-year-old Shahad al-Qahtani is excited about superstar Rihanna's makeup line debut in Saudi Arabia. Rihanna, known …

Reflections

Civic Center brings changes to Sumter

This issue of Reflections focuses on the changes wrought by the construction of the Sumter Civic Center. We have asked our readers to identify 15 buildings from a photo of Sumter's skyline circa 1970, which may have been altered or torn down. The …

Yesteryear
Family has 6 Air Force pilots; fire damages club house 25 YEARS AGO - 1993 April 16 - 22 - Football has been a large part of Freddie Solomon's life. From his high school days at Lincoln and Sumter High schools to his college years at the University of Tampa, and on to an 11-year National Football …
Woman becomes spotter; James Bonds is detective sergeant 75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Nov. 6 - Nov. 12 - The current issue of High Pitch magazine, published by the Aviation Cadet Detachment at Shaw Field, is dedicated to a teenage South Carolina boy who personifies the cadet of tomorrow whose eagerness and …
POW letters limited to 25 words; Shaw Field band performs 75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Oct. 31 - Nov. 6 - All enlisted men were to be admitted free of charge to the Sumter County Fairgrounds as long as the gates are open. Secretary J. Cliff Brown of the Fair Association announced today. The exposition is …