Temple Sinai Jewish History Center to open Friday

After more than two years of planning and building, the Temple Sinai Jewish History Center will open to the public on Friday with a service in the sanctuary. Opening ceremonies will be held on Saturday. The conversion of the temple's Social Hall …

Sumter Today: Edmunds High School alumni hold reunion, recreate graduation

For today's show, we headed over to Patriot Hall, the former campus of Edmunds High School. Graduates from the school get together every month, decades after they got their diplomas to …

State news
South Carolina will use drones to watch inmates COLUMBIA - After spending years fighting to keep drones from flying over prisons, South Carolina corrections officials unveiled plans on Thursday to use the small unmanned aircraft to keep a remote eye on inmates, an effort they said is the …
Man who bought 12 guns for serial killer pleads guilty COLUMBIA (AP) - A South Carolina man has pleaded guilty to buying guns for an acquaintance who shot seven people to death, admitting he made the purchases despite knowing that the killer had a previous felony conviction and couldn't legally have the …
Governor hopeful Templeton picks prosecutor Wilkins as running mate COLUMBIA - In picking a longtime prosecutor for her running mate, a Republican challenging South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said Monday that she's creating a partnership to tackle the state's two top problems: crime and corruption. "My …
Man agrees to life sentence for killing S.C. officer COLUMBIA (AP) — A 47-year-old banking worker and military veteran with a spotless criminal record for more than 20 years was sentenced Tuesday to spend the rest of his life in prison for two …
Boy bitten by shark at Hilton Head Island HILTON HEAD ISLAND (AP) - A 10-year-old boy was bitten by a shark while splashing in waist-deep water along the South Carolina coast, according to the boy's mother. Tonya Turrell told the Island Packet of Hilton Head that her son Jei was bitten …
Nation/world
Teacher who stopped shooting earns praise

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. - The Indiana science teacher and former college football player who tackled an armed student inside his classroom is being praised for quickly stopping the shooting despite being shot several times. One of Jason Seaman's …

Argentines use murals to search for missing children BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Daiana Garnica's sparkling eyes catch the attention of many passers-by in Argentina's capital, where her face is painted on a wall in a plea for help to find the teenager who disappeared one year ago. Garnica's image is …
Comedian Tommy Chong still toking, joking at 80 LOS ANGELES - Yeah man, Tommy Chong says he always knew he'd live to see the day marijuana legalization would be sweeping America. He knew when he and partner Cheech Marin pioneered stoner comedy 50 years ago, a time when taunting the …
Gut check: Swallowed capsule could spot trouble, send alert Scientists have developed a swallowed capsule packed with tiny electronics and millions of genetically engineered living cells that might someday be used to spot health problems from inside the gut. The capsule was tested in pigs and correctly …
Obituaries
AGNES V. BENENHALEY Agnes Virginia Benenhaley, 74, widow of Luther Ray Benenhaley, died Saturday, May 26, 2018, at NHC Healthcare. Born Feb. 20, 1944, in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late Julian Benenhaley and the late Pauline Benenhaley. She was a member of …
ETHELLE G. WILSON Ethelle Gregg Wilson, 83, widow of Moses Wilson Jr. and daughter of the late Willie Gregg and Pearline McCoy Gregg, was born on March 6, 1935, in Sumter. She departed this life on Friday, May 25, 2018, at Palmetto Health Tuomey. Family will be …
LINDA E. LIGON Linda Elaine Ligon, 64, widow of David Ligon and daughter of Jimmie Conyers Boatwright and the late Dean Floyd Boatwright was born on Jan. 11, 1954, in Marion. She departed this life on Friday, May 25, 2018, at Palmetto Health Tuomey. Family will …
DANNY E. SEYMOUR Daniel (Danny) Edwin Seymour, 61, husband of Linda Crosby Seymour, died Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Hospice House of Union County in Monroe, North Carolina. Funeral services will be announced by the Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home and …
JAMES "JIMMY" REYNOLDS James A. "Jimmy" Reynolds, 69, died Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Palmetto Health Tuomey. Services will be announced by Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter.
Celebrations
Culbreaths celebrate 60 years of marriage Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Culbreath of Sumter celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 26, 2018. A casual dinner celebration was held in their honor by their two children and their spouses: Sabrina and John Budden and Gino and Gwendolyn …
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.
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, …
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 …
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 …
Faith
Church News: Friday, May 25, 2018 Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2571 Joseph Lemon-Dingle Road, Jordan community, Manning, announces: * Saturday - Scholarship ministry's May Festival / flea market from 7 a.m. until on the grounds of the parsonage, S.C. 260 and Joseph …
Courageous people change the world Google "stupidity" and you will be rewarded with videos of people taking chances with their lives. On a dare, people will hold a lit Roman Candle. For a thrill, people will hang off a cliff, using only one hand. To prove either their womanhood or …
Church News: Friday, May 18, 2018 Agape Outreach Ministries, 100 E. Red Bay Road, announces: * Today - "A time to be healed" revival at 7:30 p.m. Apostle Dr. Phillip Coleman will speak. Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2571 Joseph Lemon-Dingle Road, Jordan community, …
Mental illness touches us all; we all need a safe place When I pastored in rural Kentucky, we lived in the parsonage (a house the church provides for the pastor). Because this church always wanted to know where to find the pastor, they located the parsonage right next to the church. Everyone in that …
Pets for adoption
Garrett is sweet, loves to play ball

Garrett is a 4-year-old neutered and housebroken beagle / hound mix. He is sweet and friendly. Garrett is an active, affectionate boy who adores attention. He loves to play ball with people and run and play with other dogs as well. The …

Dear Abby
Teen caught in violent gang seeks way to straighten out DEAR ABBY — I am 19, and I have been smoking and drinking — a lot — ever since I was 14. I also sneak out and go to parties and hang out with a gang I'm in. We get …
Man can't get beyond his feelings for former wife DEAR ABBY - I was divorced seven years ago. My ex-wife, "Annie," and I were married almost seven years and had what I thought was a great relationship. Then we bit off more than we could chew financially. I began working long hours to get us out of …
Daughter sees stressful future with toxic mom DEAR ABBY - My mother is a narcissist and a user. She has never held down a job and blames everyone else. We rarely get along for more than 15 minutes at a time. I used to blame myself, but have realized over the years that I'm not alone in how I …
Weddings
Culclasure-Wilson MAYESVILLE - Lauren Betts Culclasure of Manning and William Heathley Wilson IV of Mayesville were united in marriage at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Mayesville Presbyterian Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Todd …
Thompson-Daylami Lauren Lee Thompson and Taylor Francis Daylami were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Allan Thompson of Sumter and the …
Martin-Veverica COLUMBIA - Kate Gamble Martin and Jordan Scott Veverica were united in marriage Saturday, May 5, 2018, at Rutledge Chapel on the Horseshoe at the University of South Carolina. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Lewis Martin of Manning …
Funke-Dunlap LYNCHBURG - Erika Charlotte Funke and Michael Paul Dunlap, both of Columbus, Mississippi, were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Tanglewood Plantation. The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Bryan Funke of Sumter. She …
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 …
Engagements
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 …
Schwechlen-Anderson Dr. and Mrs. Jay Anderson of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, formerly of Sumter, announce the engagement of their son, Gabriel James Anderson of Basel, Switzerland, to Caroline Schwechlen of Saint Louis, Alsace, France, daughter of Fernand Schwechlen …
Williams-Morris Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Williams of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Courtney Elizabeth Williams of Charlotte, North Carolina, to Nathan William Morris of Charlotte, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Morris of Charlotte. The …
Thompson-Daylami Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Allan Thompson of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Lee Thompson of Columbia, to Taylor Francis Daylami of Columbia, son of Mr. and Mrs. Benny Daylami of Summerville. The bride-elect is the …
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What to know before saying 'yes' to online wedding dress

Carol Hickins' wedding dress arrived at her office "in a plastic bag inside a brown cardboard box," she says. The packaging was a "letdown," she says, but the dress was not. She loved the gown she …

Reflections

Memorial Day: Remembering fallen heroes

According to a Memorial Day website, www.usmemorialday.org, Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and was designated to remember those who died while serving the United States of America. The site notes that there are more than two dozen …

Yesteryear
Christmas program will be all day; thousands will flock to festival 75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Dec. 18 - Dec. 24 - Shaw Field's non-commissioned officers staged their first NCO Club Christmas Ball, officials of the organization announced today. The Jive Five will furnish the music for the occasion, and dancing will …
Blanding promoted; Majorettes recognized; Drifters rock Sumter 75 Years Ago - 1943 Dec 11-Dec 17 - "Leon M. Blanding, 25, son of Mrs. Georgia L. Blanding, has been promoted from the rank of first lieutenant to that of captain. On a recent mission the plane of Captain Blanding, who is credited with …
Civilians praised for war efforts; Biltons open 6th dealership 75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Dec. 4 - Dec. 10 - The Shaw Field public relations office said that during October and November, planes based at Shaw had flown the equivalent of 400 round trips to Tokyo. Figures released by the post command showed the …