Johnson guilty of murdering Sharee Bradley, 5-year-old daughter Nevaeh Adams, in Sumter in 2019

Daunte Johnson, 30, sits at the defense table in Sumter County on Friday, June 24, as his guilty verdict is read.
Nearly three years after a Sumter woman was stabbed to death and part of her 5-year-old daughter’s body was found in a landfill, a jury decided the man charged is guilty of murder. The jury …
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Sumter Today: InfraGard Cyber Camp Comes to Sumter

InfraGard is a partnership between the F.B.I. and members of the private sector to protect critical components of the U.S. infrastructure. Last week was the first annual Sumter, SC InfraGard Cyber …

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Things to do in Sumter this weekend, June 24-26: Shaw's Freedom Bash, Sumter museum's Pirate Day, 4th Fridays downtown

Summer is in full swing with a calendar full of events around town, from Independence Day celebrations to live music or a chance to become a pirate for a day. Here is a roundup of things to do with the family this weekend. Fourth Fridays Join …

Nation & World
Congress sends landmark gun violence compromise to Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House sent President Joe Biden the widest-ranging gun violence bill Congress has passed in decades Friday, a measured compromise that at once illustrates progress on the long-intractable issue and the deep-seated partisan …

With Roe dead, some fear rollback of LGBTQ and other rights The U.S. Supreme Court's decision allowing states to ban abortion immediately stirred alarm Friday among LGBTQ advocates, who feared that the ruling could someday allow a rollback of legal protections for gay relationships, including the right for …
European tour bans LIV golfers from Scottish Open
MUNICH (AP) - The European tour banned golfers who competed in the Saudi-backed breakaway LIV series from three upcoming tournaments, including the Scottish Open, on Friday and fined them $120,000. The tour said any players who took part in the …
Amazon's Alexa could soon mimic voice of dead relatives
Associated Press Amazon's Alexa might soon replicate the voice of family members - even if they're dead. The capability, unveiled at Amazon's Re:Mars conference in Las Vegas, is in development and would allow the virtual assistant to mimic the …
Persistent heat wave breaks records, spirits From the normally chilly Russian Arctic to the traditionally sweltering American South, big swaths of the Northern Hemisphere continued to sizzle with extreme heat as the start of summer more resembled the dog days of August with parts of China and …
State News
S.C. Republicans set to further restrict abortion post Roe

After the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, lawmakers are poised to further restrict abortion rights in Republican-controlled South Carolina - which is not one of the 13 states with "trigger laws" banning abortion. Shortly after …

S.C. Democrat seeks age limit for 'geriatric' politicians CHARLESTON - Democratic gubernatorial nominee Joe Cunningham is proposing an age limit for South Carolina politicians - a cap that would cut off the 75-year-old incumbent Gov. Henry McMaster - and making a veiled argument that even fellow Democrats …
Turnout down for South Carolina's 2022 primaries COLUMBIA (AP) - About the same number of people voted in this year's South Carolina Republican primary as voted in the last midterm primary in 2018. But Democrats had about 60,000 fewer voters in their primary this year, according to state Election …
20 S.C. airports to share nearly $19M in FAA grants CHARLESTON (AP) - Twenty airports in South Carolina will receive a share of nearly $19 million in federal grants to help pay for terminal upgrades, runway repairs and other improvement projects. More than two-thirds of the money will go to the …
Trump weighs another run as GOP rivals eye own campaigns NASHVILLE (AP) - As religious conservatives gathered this week at a sprawling resort near the Grand Ole Opry House, Nikki Haley pressed the Faith and Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" crowd to look to the future. "It's up to us to deliver a …
Obituaries
RUTH WILSON

Ruth Wilson, wife of Ernie Wilson, entered eternal rest on Thursday, June 23, 2022, at McLeod Hospice House, Florence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Wilson Funeral Home, 403 S. Main St., Bishopville.

HENRY PENDERGRASS JR.

Henry Pendergrass Jr., 81, husband of Letia Polk Pendergrass, was born on Oct. 17, 1940, in Kingstree, a son of the late Henry Sr. and Doshia Chandler Pendergrass. He departed this life on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at Prisma Health Richland Hospital …

MARTIN

BARBARA ARDIS MARTIN

Barbara "Sis" Ardis Martin, 79, died on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Born on Sept. 3, 1942, in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late Joseph McDuffie Ardis and Amber Ida Ardis. She attended New Start Community …

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JEANANNE EVANS SCRIMGEOUR

Jeananne Evans Scrimgeour, 89, wife of the love of her life, John Smith Scrimerour, died on Friday, June 24, 2022, at her home. Born on June 19, 1933, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, she was a daughter of the late Richard David Evans and Mildred …

MELTON

ROBERT COOPER MELTON III

NEW ZION - Robert "Robbie" Cooper Melton III, 67, husband of Nancy Hodge Melton, died on Thursday, June 23, 2022, at his home. Born on Dec. 16, 1954, in Manning, he was a son of Virginia Osborne Haley and the late Robert Cooper Melton Jr. Mr. …

Faith
Church News: Friday, June 24, 2022 First Baptist Missionary Church, 219 S. Washington St., announces: - Sunday - Annual Men's Day at 8:45 a.m. This will be an outdoor service. Brother Levon Kirkland, former NFL player with the Pittsburgh Steelers, will speak. All are invited to …
Sumter Pastor Clay Smith: Under construction I am out at our Pocalla Campus building site for a meeting. Outside the job trailer, there is the noise of generators, lifts and steel being cut. We've gone in a few short months from bare ground to a slab, to a steel frame, to framed-up walls and …
Church News: Friday, June 17, 2022 Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 325 Fulton St., announces: * Sunday, June 19 - Men's Day / Brotherhood anniversary worship celebration will be held at 10:45 a.m. Elder Dameon Duffie will speak. Refreshing Springs Kingdom Outreach …
Sumter Pastor Clay Smith: Desperate prayer ... There was a very troubled time in my life when all I had was desperate prayer. Desperate prayer is the prayer you pray when there is no one else to turn to. If God does not come through for you, you are going to be up a creek without a paddle, a …
Celebrations
Hills celebrate 60 years of marriage Mr. and Mrs. Anthriest Hill celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on March 3, 2022. A special dinner with family and friends was held in their honor at Travinia Italian Kitchen in Columbia. Their three children are Angela Hill Harmon of …
Ernest J. Porter Sr. celebrates 100th birthday Sgt. Ernest J. Porter Sr. celebrated his 100th birthday on Sunday, March 27, 2022. He was born in Sumter and currently resides at Sumter East Health and Rehabilitation Center. He is a U.S. Army veteran, having served in World War II and in …
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Pets for adoption
Sumter SPCA's Rocky is an outgoing boy with a sweet disposition

LEFT: Rocky is a housebroken 1-year-old tricolored male Rottweiler mix. He is wonderful with children and other dogs. Rocky has a very sweet disposition and is an outgoing boy who is active, playful and affectionate. He would make a fun-loving …

Weddings
Cromer-Waggoner Madeline Rose Cromer and Seth Daniel Waggoner, both of Sumter, were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 21, 2022, at Church of the Holy Comforter in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Paul Cromer III, the granddaughter …
Flynn-James COLUMBUS, Georgia - Sara Carter Flynn and Dr. John Evans James IV, both of Columbus, Georgia, were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 28, 2022, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Lewis Flynn …
Zilch-Clepper Mary Peyton Zilch and Cody Scott Clepper, both of Sumter, were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 11, 2022, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Dwayne Chase and Mr. and Mrs. …
Andrews-Lee FLORENCE — Laura Arden Andrews of Florence and Dustin Randall Lee of Timmonsville were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2022, at Christ Church. Pastor Rusty Kehl performed the …
Engagements
DuRant-Hardy Dr. Eddie C. DuRant Jr. of Wedgefield and Ms. Debbie Bramlett DuRant of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Dixie Gloria Bell DuRant of Sumter, to Travis Allen Hardy of Sumter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore A. Hardy also of …
Amick-Burnett Mr. and Mrs. Brian Franklin Amick of Sumter announce the engagement of their son, Brian Franklin Amick Jr. of Aiken, to Grayson Dodd Burnett of Southport, North Carolina, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Luther Burnett III of Southport, North …
Brown-Mills Mr. and Mrs. Robert Roy of Wedgefield and Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Brown Jr. of Oswego announce the engagement of their daughter, Virginia Brown of Whitney Point, New York, to Todd Mills of Whitney Point, New York, son of the late Edward Mills, Shari …
Brogdon-Watford Mr. and Mrs. William Turner Brogdon III announce the engagement of their daughter, Kendall Morgan Brogdon, to Samuel Larand Watford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Benjamin Watford, all of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Lillis …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: Numerous landmarks mark Sumter's history, part II

A landmark is "any prominent feature of the landscape, as a tree or building, serving to identify a particular locality, an event, discovery, etc. considered as a high point or turning point in the history or development of something." (Webster's …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Trolley Parade held at Memorial Park; Kiwanis celebrates 75 years 75 YEARS AGO - 1947 Dec. 1 - 7 - The Sumter chapter of the Reserve Officers Association held its monthly meeting Tuesday night at the Ford Motor Co. in New Zion. A fish supper was served, after which combat films were shown by Capt. Wright. It …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Clemson college becomes USC Sumter; Amoco service station torn down 75 YEARS AGO - 1947 Nov. 24 - 30 - Nathan Addlestone of Sumter was elected president of the Carolinas Scrap Dealers, succeeding W. Alec Rawls of Rocky Mount. Addlestone was also elected to the organization's national board of directors. - …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sumter featured in book on S.C.; Sumter Catholic closes doors 75 YEARS AGO - 1947 Nov. 17 - 23 - Thoroughly soaked from head to foot, but not minding it in the least, was a smiling Larry Weldon, who was walking around in the Orangeburg Armory last Friday night. The time was about 10:10, and his Gamecocks …
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