New facility offers new day for mental health services for Sumter residents

Jeffrey Ham pulled from both a well-known Bible verse and a famous song in describing the new day it is now for his regional mental health service agency with the grand opening of a new $9 million facility in Sumter on Thursday night. "To …

Sumter Today: The Sheriff's Office attends training on interacting with residents with mental illnesses and disabilities

For today's show, we're heading to the Sumter County Sheriff's Office for one of their training sessions. The National Alliance on Mental Illness and Protection and Advocacy instructs officers on how …

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Woman came for a funeral, left with a history lesson ROCK HILL - Charlotte resident Melanie Tindley came to Rock Hill to attend the funeral of a civil rights leader she never met. She left town two hours later with so much more than the message she heard at James Frank Wells' funeral service. She …
Disgusting flooding inundates Charleston again CHARLESTON (AP) — Like it does nearly every week now, flood water likely tainted with fecal matter rushed over the streets Friday in South Carolina's largest city. It was among the worst …
South Carolina, National Briefs Test shows no alcohol in driver that killed 11-year-old CHARLESTON - A breath test shows a South Carolina man had no alcohol in his system when his vehicle struck and killed an 11-year-old Danish girl on a sidewalk earlier this month. The Post …
Sub's crew never dumped weight during mission COLUMBIA — Scientists studying the world's first submarine to sink an enemy ship said Wednesday that the doomed Confederate crew did not release an emergency mechanism that could have helped …
Mayor: 68-year-old man killed after shooting at police first FLORENCE (AP) — Authorities say a man shot by a police officer in the parking lot of a South Carolina hotel has died. Florence Mayor Stephen Wukela said the man fired at the officer first at the …
Nation/world
Special Olympics celebrates 50 years of inclusiveness

SURPRISE, Ariz. - Bases loaded, a gold medal on the line. Manuel Velasco Jr. stands in the batter's box sniffling, tears streaming down his face. Seconds earlier, the 19-year-old known as Junior was behind the dugout, his coach imploring him to …

Homegirl Cafe offers 'platos' by ex-gang members with hope LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a different time, at another place and under other circumstances, you might have run away from Latisha Valenzuela and Glenda Alvarenga. But at Homegirl Cafe, a Los Angeles breakfast and lunch spot with a Latino twist, the two …
Thailand seeks control over movies about cave ordeal BANGKOK (AP) - Thailand's military government wants to control how movies portray the ordeal of the young soccer players and their heroic rescue from a flooded cave that drew worldwide interest and the attention of foreign filmmakers. Culture …
Hawaii hopes lava tourism will bring economic relief HONOLULU - Stunning images of Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano have captivated people around the world. But ironically it's nearly impossible for residents and visitors on the ground to see the lava - a fact that's squeezing the tourism-dependent …
Obituaries
CLAYTON WILLIAMS LINCOLNVILLE - Mr. Clayton Williams, 74, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at NHC-Healthcare, Charleston. Born in Charleston County, he was a son of the late Christopher and the Rev. Anna Williams. Professional services …
RYAN W. BURDETTE Ryan Wallace Burdette, died Thursday, July 19, 2018, in Sumter. Born Feb. 20, 1968, in Charleston, he was a son of the late Rene Burdette Sr. and the late Annette Burdette. Survivors include the "Love of his life," Bonnie Hudson of Sumter; …
MORGAN E. HODGE Morgan Edwin Hodge, 84, husband of the late Betty Atkinson Hodge, passed away on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at Palmetto Health Tuomey. Born May 12, 1934, in Sumter, he was a son of the late Arthur Liston Hodge and the late Rebecca Amarinta Bagnal …
NAOMI W. BAXTER CHARLOTTE - Naomi Walters Baxter, 59, wife of Floyd Baxter, died Friday, July 20, 2018, at Carolina Medical Center, Charlotte. She was born Aug. 27, 1958, in Manning, a daughter of the late Robert Walters and Bessie Thames Walters. The family is …
STACY DIANE L. HALL Stacy Diane Logan Hall, 44, died Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at her residence. Born Dec. 9, 1973, in Sumter, she was a daughter of James Hoyt Logan Jr. and Evelyn Rebecca Sims Logan. She loved to draw and paint. She was creative and artistic. She …
Celebrations
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Faith
Church News: Friday, July 20, 2018 Agape Outreach Ministries, 100 E. Red Bay Road, announces: * Sunday - Deacon and trustees annual program / parade of twins at 4 p.m. Pastor Harry Clark, of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, will speak. Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, …
When we join with others, we can have impact When my mother and stepfather married, we moved off the ranch and lived in Largo, Florida, where I went to high school. Largo was home to the Band of Gold, perhaps the finest high school band ever to exist in this country. We won five National …
Church News: Friday, July 13, 2018 Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Sunday, July 22 - The 137th anniversary of the church will be celebrated at 3 p.m. Bishop Samuel Lawrence Green Sr., presiding prelate of the Seventh Episcopal District African Methodist …
Vatican is drafting guidelines on proper uses for sold churches VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican is drafting guidelines to help Catholic dioceses find appropriate ways to decommission unneeded churches so they don't end up as discos, gymnasiums or gelato shops. The Vatican's culture ministry is teaming up with …
Pets for adoption
Robin is a playful, friendly girl in need of a forever home

Robin is a housebroken, spayed 1-year-old Jack Russell terrier / Labrador mix. She is an active, playful and friendly girl, who is great with other dogs. Robin is a bit shy at first but adores lots of love and attention. She would be great for …

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Weddings
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Hughes-Brunson ALCOLU - Kelsey Hughes and Joey Brunson, both of Manning, were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Clarendon Baptist Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Mark Hughes of Manning and the granddaughter of Mr. …
Engagements
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 …
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 …
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Homegirl Cafe offers 'platos' by ex-gang members with hope

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a different time, at another place and under other circumstances, you might have run away from Latisha Valenzuela and Glenda Alvarenga. But at Homegirl Cafe, a Los Angeles breakfast and lunch spot with a Latino twist, the two …

Reflections

A nostalgic view of Sumter's past

Reflections returns to the community of Sumter and takes a nostalgic look at the city and how time has wrought many changes to its streets and buildings. Nostalgia is defined by Webster's as "a longing to go back to one's home, home town, or …

Yesteryear
Speedway drivers put on show; Lee landfill to open 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Feb. 12 - Feb. 18 - Shaw Field's Aviation Cadet Class 44-D were honor guests at the traditional graduation banquet and dance held at the basic flying school. Avi-aides, cadet wives and special guests attended. A delicious …
Gamble becomes horse breeder; 33rd Fighter Squadron deactivated 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Feb. 5 - Feb. 11 - Sumter High's Gamecocks got sweet revenge against Camden's Bulldogs by disposing of the visitors in easy fashion. The final score was 25-3. After holding the Bulldogs scoreless the first half - the second …
Rat Season begins at Clemson; extension program reorganized 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Jan. 29 - Feb. 4 - First Lt. James Dow Harrelson, who is missing in overseas action, may be a prisoner of war. According to a message from the foreign broadcast intelligence service of the Federal Communications Commission, …