Church of the Good Shepherd Sumter launches Art in the Sanctuary program

"Susan Lenz: Behold the Wonder" can be seen at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Dingle Street.
On the corner of Dingle and Wright streets in the Westend neighborhood near downtown Sumter sits the Church of the Good Shepherd. This small, modest, white, wooden structure was built in 1919 of timbers that were from a church for freed slaves …
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Sumter Today: Update for January 19th, 2022

We're taking today's show to keep you all up to date on a couple of the major headlines this week.

 

A winter storm watch will be in effect starting Thursday night, moving into Friday …

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Experts: Transplanting pig hearts into humans offers promise, peril

Last week, surgeons successfully transplanted a genetically modified pig's heart into a man with life-threatening heart failure. It's a medical first that is raising hopes of a new, viable alternative for people at risk of dying before limited human …

Nation & World
New approach to teaching race in school divides New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE - A proposal to overhaul New Mexico's social studies standards has stirred debate over how race should be taught in schools, with thousands of parents and teachers weighing in on changes that would dramatically increase instruction …

NAACP evolves for relevance among younger generation as it turns 113 in February As the NAACP turns 113, look for its voice to grow louder on issues like climate change, the student debt crisis and the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic - while keeping voting rights and criminal justice reform at the forefront of its …
Security scanners across Europe tied to Chinese government, military At some of the world's most sensitive spots, authorities have installed security screening devices made by a single Chinese company with deep ties to China's military and the highest levels of the ruling Communist Party. The World Economic Forum …
Aiming to make CDC nimble, director has rankled many NEW YORK - From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the top U.S. public health agency has been criticized as too slow to collect and act on new information. Now, increasingly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also being …
Florida man charged after 4 found dead at Canada-US border WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — A Florida man has been charged with human smuggling after the bodies of four people, including a baby and a teen, were found in Canada near the U.S. border in what …
State News
Attorney Alex Murdaugh now faces 75 charges; prosecutor says $8.5 million stolen from clients

COLUMBIA - A once-prominent South Carolina lawyer now faces 75 charges he stole nearly $8.5 million in wrongful death and wreck settlements from more than a dozen people after another round of indictments against Alex Murdaugh were handed up …

As 2024 nears, Pence to speak at S.C. pregnancy center dinner in May COLUMBIA - As he positions himself for a possible White House bid, former Vice President Mike Pence is returning to the early voting state of South Carolina, slated to give the keynote address at a fundraising banquet for a Christian pregnancy …
Clemson frat suspended for 4 years after hazing probe CLEMSON (AP) - After an investigation into hazing, a Clemson University fraternity has been suspended for four years for violating the university's code of conduct. A probe into the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity revealed hazing incidents that occurred …
S.C. Senate passes new U.S. House districts with minimal changes COLUMBIA (AP) — The South Carolina Senate approved a new map for the state's U.S. House seats on Thursday, making minimal changes to the current seven districts of which all but one reliably …
The Carolinas and Virginia brace for blast of ice, snow NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Carolinas and Virginia were bracing for more winter weather on Thursday, with officials urging drivers to stay off potentially icy roads and schools canceling classes in …
Obituaries

WEEKS

GERDENIA WEEKS

MANNING — Gerdenia Weeks, 59, died on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, at McLeod Health Clarendon, Manning.  She was born on Dec. 22, 1962, a daughter of the late Clarence and Virginia Butler …

CHRISTINA BROWN CAMPBELL

Christina Brown Campbell, 80, died on Friday Jan. 21, 2022, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Born in Sumter County, she was a daughter of the late Willie B. and Lannie Martin Brown. In …

WALTER JEROME THOMAS

BRONX, N.Y. — Walter Jerome Thomas, 46, died on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at his residence, 747 E. 228th St., Bronx. He was born on Nov. 11, 1975, in Mt. Kisco, New York, a son of Walter Henry …

DAVID RAGIN

David Ragin, 72, died on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, at Prisma Health Richland Hospital, Columbia. He was born on Monday, Jan. 24, 1949, in Clarendon County, to the late Daisy Smith and Willie …

FANNIE B. THOMAS

Fannie B. Thomas was born on May 11, 1935, in Wedgefield, a daughter of the late Hamilton "Doc" Blackwell and Minnie Jones Blackwell. She departed this life on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, at her …

Faith
Manning Pastor Sam Livingston: The war against time each day of our lives Imagine waking up each day and not having to worry about when the sun rises in the morning or vanishes for the evening. How interesting would it be to not have a clock running on your cellphone or computer? This could end up being both a pro and a …
Sumter Pastor Clay Smith: Givers, takers and matchers Do you want to be a giver or a taker? Part of our souls leap to say, "I want to be a giver." But another part of our souls says, "Wait a minute. What if I give too much? What if I get taken advantage of?" So we hesitate. According to Adam Grant …
Church News: Friday, Jan. 21, 2022 Knitting Hearts for Christ Ministry, which meets at Bethesda Church of God, 2730 Broad St., announces: * Saturday, Feb. 12 - Knitting Hearts will meet from 10 a.m. to noon. When the challenges of life pin you between hopelessness and despair, …
Sumter Rabbi Josef Germaine: Drug companies have chokehold on United States I still have a vivid image of the last day I saw her — lying in bed, her last repose — comatose from a debilitating and agonizing disease and the effects of morphine. What was once a …
Celebrations
Cocklins celebrate 70 years of marriage Mr. and Mrs. James Cocklin Sr. of Sumter celebrated their 70th anniversary on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. An anniversary celebration was held via Zoom with their three children and their spouses: James Jr. and Geraldine Cocklin, Sylvester Jr. and …
Lucille Jackson Dorsey celebrates 100th birthday Lucille Jackson Dorsey celebrated her 100th birthday on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. Mrs. Dorsey was born on Jan. 6, 1922, in Sumter. After graduating from Lincoln High School, she went on to earn a degree from Morris College in 1943 with a …
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Pets for adoption
Sumter SPCA's Pisces is a playful girl who loves to cuddle

LEFT: Pisces is a housebroken 1-year-old orange tabby female American short hair. She is active, friendly and playful. Pisces loves to cuddle and sleep with other cats and is an affectionate girl who loves to chase cat toys. The Sumter SPCA is …

Weddings
Shaw-Perry BLYTHEWOOD - Billie Jean Shaw of Manning and Michael Andrew Perry II of Charlotte, North Carolina, were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, at The Cobblestone Park and Country Club. The bride is the daughter of Mr. Billy Shaw …
Smoak-McFaddin Ansley Paige Smoak of Pinewood and Dr. Taylor Jordon McFaddin of Sumter were united in marriage at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Charles Avin Sr. …
Wilson-Chestnut ALCOLU - Celia Burgess Wilson of Manning and Hunter Tyson Chestnut of Conway were united in marriage on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, at New Harmony Presbyterian Church in Alcolu. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Joe Wilson Jr. and the …
Giddings-Wilson DALZELL - Samantha Ann Giddings, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robin Giddings of Bishopville, and Chad Aaron Wilson, son of Mendel Wilson of Sumter and Harriet Seifarth of Lancaster, were married on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. The evening ceremony was …
Engagements
Munn-Krouse Mr. and Mrs. James Rhett Munn Jr. of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Harris Munn, to Paul Joseph Krouse Jr. of Columbia, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Joseph Krouse Sr. of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter's railroad depot remembered

Part two of Reflections concerns the removal of the last Atlantic Coastline freight and passenger depot. This research deals primarily with the Atlantic Coastline's cessation of passenger service for the residents of Sumter. Articles and photos from …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Junior Chamber opposes train discontinuance; Jaycees start TIP program 75 YEARS AGO - 1947 July 1 - 7 - Sumter's American Legion Juniors defeated Winnsboro's Juniors with east, 19-3, at the Municipal Park, but the young Gamecocks will have the toughest fight in their District 7 play when they oppose …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Bethune speaks at association meeting; White Cross drug store opens in Sumter 75 YEARS AGO - 1947 June 24 - 30 - Camden beat the Sumter Fiskateers last night in Camden 19 to 3. The Fiskateers have now won 10 games and lost 5 while Camden's score is 9 lost and 7 won. Chick Cheek started on the mound for the local lads …
Kiwanis Club celebrates 25 years in Sumter; Civic Center taking shape 75 YEARS AGO - 1947 June 17 - 23 - The local 40-8 team will journey to Summerton for a return match with their 40-8 baseball team today. The game between the two teams in Sumter last Thursday was rained out in the third inning when Sumter had …
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