Rallying the troops: Sumter School District teachers get together for back-to-school pep rally

"Whatever it takes." That's the theme for the new school year in Sumter School District, and it was expressed loud (really loud) and clear Wednesday at the district's annual opening meeting for teachers and staff at Sumter County Civic …

Sumter Today: The Police Department holds a back to school bash for kids

For today's show, we're heading to Crosswell Park for the Sumter Police Department's annual back to school bash. Hundreds braved the heat to attend the event, which is a chance for students and …

State news
S.C. ended budget year with $177M surplus, comptroller general says COLUMBIA (AP) - State officials said South Carolina ended the latest budget year with a surplus of $177 million. South Carolina Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom said in a news release Tuesday that the state took in $542 million more last year …
Sheriff: No foul play in fire death of S.C. man LIBERTY (AP) - Sheriff's investigators said there is no sign of foul play in the death of a man in a fire in South Carolina last week. Pickens County Chief Deputy Creed Hashe said in a news release that investigators found nothing to indicate …
Woman shot to death at home in Columbia with children present; children unhurt COLUMBIA (AP) - A woman has died after she was shot at a home in South Carolina with several children inside. News outlets reported that Richland County sheriff's deputies were called to a home in the northeast Columbia area about 2:30 a.m. …
State to add 839 to list of area codes in 2020 COLUMBIA (AP) - Some South Carolina residents will have a new area code in less than two years. The North American Numbering Plan Administration has announced the new area code of 839 to overlay the existing 803 area code which covers the central …
Searchers find body in Lake Hartwell HONEA PATH (AP) - Searchers in South Carolina have found a body in Lake Hartwell, where a boat with only a dog and phone had been found earlier. Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore told news outlets the body found about 7:30 a.m. Monday is thought …
Nation/world
Multi-gene test may find risk for heart disease and more

WASHINGTON - You know your cholesterol, your blood pressure ... your heart gene score? Researchers say a new way of analyzing genetic test data may one day help identify people at high risk of a youthful heart attack in time to help. Today, gene …

After straws, balloons get more scrutiny NEW YORK - Now that plastic straws may be headed for extinction, could Americans' love of balloons be deflated? The joyous celebration of releasing balloons into the air has long bothered environmentalists, who say the pieces that fall back …
Death toll hits 39 in Italy bridge collapse; blame begins GENOA, Italy - Italian prosecutors on Wednesday focused their investigation into the Genoa highway bridge collapse on possible design flaws or inadequate maintenance, as the death toll rose to 39 and Italian politicians looked for someone to …
White House admits error for false claim on black employment WASHINGTON - The White House has acknowledged an error in its false claim that President Donald Trump created three times as many jobs for blacks than President Barack Obama. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Twitter …
Bomber targets Shiite students in Kabul; 48 dead KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A suicide bomber struck a private education center in a Shiite neighborhood of Kabul on Wednesday where high school graduates were preparing for university entrance exams, killing 48 young men and women and leaving behind a …
Obituaries
ELLIS KELLY CAMERON Ellis Kelly Cameron passed away on Aug. 14, 2018, at his home in Sumter. Born on Nov. 11, 1928, in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, Kelly was a son of the late Edna and Ellis Cameron of Ailsa Craig, Ontario, Canada, and brother of the late Duncan …
GERALD D. "CALIFORNIA" HINER SR. My dear father is safe in the arms of Jesus now. He left us about 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. He was known to many of his friends simply as "California." Dad was born on Sept. 8, 1933, along the Oklahoma panhandle, near Harper and Beaver …
JOSEPH LARRY GRIFFIN III TURBEVILLE - Joseph Larry Griffin III, age 69, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, at McLeod Hospice House, after an illness. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. today at Floyd Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Pine Grove …
HERBERT JAMES SR. Herbert James Sr., husband of Farincee M. James, died on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, at his residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time but will be announced later by the staff of Sumter Funeral Services Inc. The family is …
KAY S. HANCOCK Kay Stafford Hancock, 77, wife of Robert D. "Nicky" Hancock, died on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, at her home. Born on May 28, 1941, in the Ashwood community of Lee County, she was a daughter of the late Norman A. Stafford and Nettie Jackson Brown. …
Celebrations
Moseses celebrate 50 years Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Moses of Sumter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 27, 2018, with their children and grandchildren. A dinner was given in their honor by their three children and their spouses: Frank Jr. and Tracy Moses, …
Nesbitts celebrate 50 years Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Nesbitt Sr. of Sumter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 15, 2018, with a casual dinner at their home. Their two children and their spouses are Christopher and Susan Nesbitt and Joyce and the late Charles …
Wilkies celebrate 63 years Mr. and Mrs. Joe T. Wilkie Sr. of Sumter celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on June 2, 2018. Their three children and their spouses are Joe T. Jr. and Diana Wilkie of Barno, Paul and Amy Wilkie of Sumter and the late Mathew Wilkie. The …
Hudsons celebrate 60 years Mr. and Mrs. Roy B. Hudson Sr. of Sumter celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 31, 2018, with their three children and their spouses: Pat and Tony Buddin of Sumter, Roy B. Jr. and Michele Hudson of Blairwood, and Candace Hudson of …
Benbow family Five generations of the Benbow family are shown clockwise from left, standing: Joan Franklin, great-grandmother; Caroline Morton, grandmother; Cherrell Morton, mother; Arianna Riley, child; and seated, Rever Benbow, great-great-grandmother.
Faith
Don't underestimate the power of an invitation "Hey Clay, you really ought to meet my friend Gina. She goes to the same seminary you do," Marcus Dodson told me about his friend, and I thought, "Why not?" So, I call her, we meet for breakfast, and 32 years of marriage later she is still the most …
For God or party? China's Christians face test of faith NANYANG, China (AP) - The 62-year-old Chinese shopkeeper had waited nearly his entire adult life to see his dream of building a church come true - a brick house with a sunny courtyard and spacious hall with room for 200 believers. But in March, …
Church News: Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 Antioch United Methodist Church, 4040 Dubose Siding Road, announces: * Sunday, Aug. 19 - The Inspirational Choir's pre-anniversary worship service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Minister Cheryl Graham, of Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church, will …
Church News: Friday, Aug. 3, 2018 Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Wednesday-Friday, Aug. 8-10 - Revival at 7 nightly. Speakers as follows: Wednesday, the Rev. Debbie Bowens-Davis, of Agape Fellowship AME Church of McBee; Thursday, the Rev. Dr. Mary Rhodes, …
Pets for adoption
Tink is ready to be your forever friend

Tink is a gentle, loving 12-month-old mixed breed, who weighs 33 pounds. She loves other dogs and people. When you sit down and have a conversation with her, she listens attentively. With a bit of training, this sweetie will be a forever …

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Weddings
Trammell-Reach CHARLESTON - Lauren Elizabeth Trammell of Mount Pleasant and William Daniel "Dan" Reach of Greenville were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018, at St. Luke's Chapel on the grounds of MUSC. Pastor Geoff Reppard of Seacoast Church …
McCarthy-Wallach LANDRUM - Mary Margaret McCarthy and Patrick James Wallach were united in marriage at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2018, at The Cliffs at Glassy Chapel. A reception followed at The Cabin at Mountain Park. The bride is the daughter of Suzanne …
Cook-Cummings Erin Lee Ann Cook and Jeffrey Burgess Cummings, both of Sumter, were united in marriage at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018, at LinRan Farm in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Lee Cook and the granddaughter of Mrs. JoAnn …
Green-Williams PAWLEYS ISLAND - Montgomery Ford Williams and James Ecton Green Jr., both of Nashville, Tennessee, were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Pawleys Island Chapel. The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Theophilus Darius …
Scott-Warr CHARLESTON - Mary Rachel Scott of Spartanburg and Lewis Hartwell Warr of Columbia were united in marriage at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 23, 2018, at Summerall Chapel, The Citadel. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Ray Scott of Sumter …
Engagements
Briggs-Macchio Ms. Norma Briggs of Sumter announces the engagement of her daughter, Jessica Briggs of Sumter, to Anthony Macchio of Florence, son of Joseph and Brenda Macchio of Florence. The bride-elect graduated from Francis Marion University. She is a …
Witherspoon-Williams Anthony and Marie Witherspoon of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Kianna Julia Witherspoon of Sumter, to Trae Gideon Deontae Williams of North Charleston, son of Mr. Victor Williams and Mrs. Regina Willis Kelly, both of Denver, …
Townes-Potter Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Mark Townes of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Julie Catherine Townes of Charleston, to John Tyler Potter of Charleston, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Dwight Potter of Charleston.The bride-elect is the …
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Serbian makeup pro knows art of illusion

SMEDEREVO, Serbia - It took Mirjana Milosevic less than an hour to transform into a zombie. The Serbian makeup artist also can turn into a skeleton or a genie and make body parts disappear. Milosevic, 36, has attracted fans around the world for …

Reflections

Photographer Leonhirth captured Sumter landmarks

Reflections focuses on the talents of Karl Leonhirth, a self-taught photographic artist. Mr. Leonhirth, the son of German immigrants, was born in Sumter and attended city schools. Upon graduation he enrolled in Clevenger College, attaining a degree …

Yesteryear
'Compact Farm' a success; Sumter Airport terminal dedicated 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 March 4 - March 10 - It will be Sumter against Charleston in the finals of the South Carolina state basketball tournament. The game will get underway in the Edmunds High School gym and will bring to a close the first state …
Commander dies in plane crash; chickens die in heat wave 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Feb. 26 - March 3 - Lt. Alvin Grumbles' parents have received a letter from him postmarked "England." The Sumter flyer was previously reported missing in action over enemy territory. Lt. Grumbles' letter stated he was well, …
Victory Garden Guide released; base land swap in the works 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Feb. 19 - Feb. 25 - Eighteen members of the Tuomey Hospital School of Nursing's class of 1946 were capped and inducted into the United States Cadet Nurse Corps in impressive ceremonies at Grace Baptist Church. John W. …