Trump, Putin agree to talk again

THE ASSOCIATED PRESSU.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands at  a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, on July 18, 2018. The two leaders plan to meet on Friday on the sidelines of an international summit in Osaka, Japan.
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump on the sidelines of an international summit in Japan, the Kremlin said Wednesday, in talks that come amid bitter differences between Moscow and Washington. Trump …
Studio Sumter

Sumter Today: We encounter some magical creatures at the Sumter County Library

As a part of their summer reading program, “A Universe of Stories,” the Sumter County Library welcomed Dakota and Friends to their downtown branch on Friday. The traveling show gets kids …

Panorama

Popular Sumter Artists Guild Show opens Thursday

The most popular annual exhibition at the Sumter County Gallery of Art opens Thursday, when many of the Sumter Artists Guild's 120 members will show their work. A reception accompanies the opening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Guild show is a …

Nation & World
What's at stake in U.S.-Iran crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) - Both sides in the U.S.-Iran standoff say they don't want war. But unless one or the other changes course - the United States from its harsh economic sanctions or Iran from its risky pushback - the confrontation appears headed for a …

A year after newsroom attack, journalists embraced by city ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Standing ovations. A surge in subscriptions. Hugs from random readers. At a time when journalists are being vilified as "the enemy of the people," staff members at the Capital Gazette newspaper are feeling the embrace of a grateful …
NASA to open moon rock samples sealed since Apollo missions HOUSTON (AP) - Inside a locked vault at Johnson Space Center is treasure few have seen and fewer have touched. The restricted lab is home to hundreds of pounds of moon rocks collected by Apollo astronauts close to a half-century ago. And for the …
Seoul: U.S., N. Korea in talks to set up 3rd Trump-Kim summit SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korean and U.S. officials are holding "behind-the-scenes talks" to arrange a third summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on the fate of the North's expanding nuclear arsenal, South …
European heat wave sees Germany enforce speed limits on autobahn BERLIN (AP) - Large parts of western and central Europe sweltered in scorching weather Wednesday, with German authorities imposing autobahn speed limits amid fears of buckling road surfaces and some French schools staying closed as a …
State News
Tribe's push to build casino spurs Carolinas political fight

CATAWBA INDIAN NATION - Two of the Carolinas' most prominent American Indian tribes are battling over geography and lucrative gambling turf. The Cherokee in North Carolina, with two casinos established in the mountains, say their opponents should …

Candidates counter Biden's electability argument COLUMBIA - On stage before a throng of party faithful in a key early primary state, Joe Biden's leading rivals for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination sought Saturday to undercut the former vice president's argument that he's the ideal …
Atlanta will be the home of rare Civil War flag of black soldiers ATLANTA - "We Will Prove Ourselves Men" reads the inscription at the top of the regimental flag carried into battle by members of the 127th United States Colored Troops. The phrase offers a sense of what was at stake for black men, many of …
Manning mother charged with homicide by child abuse MANNING — A 21-year-old Manning woman was arrested Thursday on charges of murder/homicide by child abuse by agents with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, according to documents released …
S.C. Briefs: Daughters find their missing father's body in bag under home MURRELLS INLET (AP) - Authorities confirm remains found in a trash bag under a house are a man who police say hasn't been seen for more than two years. The Horry County Coroner's Office said Wednesday dental records were used to confirm Hurbert …
Obituaries
ARNOLD WADE WILSON

Arnold Wade Wilson, 55, died on Monday, June 24, 2019, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Born on May 19, 1964, in Sumter, he was a son of the late Donald Gene Wilson and Frances Elizabeth Brunson Wilson. Survivors include two brothers, Donald …

DORIS GODBOLD PLAYER BAKER

Doris Godbold Player Baker, a resident of the National Healthcare Center in Sumter, passed away on Monday, June 24, 2019. A daughter of Ed and Louise Godbold, she was born on Oct. 25, 1934, in Rembert. She attended Hillcrest High School in …

HARRY LEWIS

Harry Lewis, 60, widower of Emma Mae Lewis, departed this life on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at his residence. He was born on Oct. 29, 1958, in Sumter, a son of the late Henry and Josephine Lincoln Lewis. The family will receive friends at 3440 …

MAXINE BEST

Maxine Best, 72, died on Monday, June 24, 2019, at Prisma Health Richland Hospital, Columbia. Born on May 24, 1947, in Brooklyn, New York, she was a daughter of Matt Lee and Nettie Smith Best. The family will receive relatives and friends at …

ELIZABETH G. BALINT

MANNING - Elizabeth Green Balint, 83, widow of George Balint, died Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at Prisma Health Richland. Born Jan. 27, 1936, in Turbeville, she was a daughter of the late Thomas Green and Lillian Player Green. She was a member of …

Celebrations
Barkleys celebrate 50 years of marriage Bill and Wanda Barkley of Sumter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday, June 14, 2019. The couple has one daughter and her husband, Tiffany and Arthur Takahashi of Augusta, Georgia; and one granddaughter. Mrs. Barkley is the …
Cousar celebrates 100 years Flossie Delores Cousar, of the Shiloh community of Lynchburg, celebrates her 100th birthday today, Sunday, June 16, 2019, with family and friends at Mount Sinai AME Church, Lynchburg. She is one of 16 children born to the late Sam and Queen …
The Myers celebrate 65 years Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Myers of Sumter celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Saturday, June 8, 2019. They were married on June 12, 1954. A dinner was held in their honor at Sunset Country Club by their four children and their spouses: …
Culbreaths celebrate 61 years of marriage Robert and Florence Culbreath of Sumter celebrate their 61st wedding anniversary today. A casual dinner celebration will be held in their honor at Union Station AME Church by their two children and their spouses: Sabrina and John Budden and Gino …
Faith
Swept off my feet Baptists believe in water. When it comes to baptizing, we don't mess around with a few sprinkles. We put people under until they bubble. We want them to feel just a moment of panic, so they can appreciate resurrection. I do admit there are times …
Church News: Friday, June 21, 2019 Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Sunday, June 30 - Sallie Evans Women's Missionary Society worship during 10 a.m. service. Sister LeAnna Williams, a young adult missionary, will speak. Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, …
Supreme Court upholds cross on public land in Maryland By JESSICA GRESKO Associated Press WASHINGTON - A World War I memorial in the shape of a 40-foot-tall cross can continue to stand on public land in Maryland, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in an important decision about the use of religious …
Hit contemporary Christian band Big Daddy Weave coming to Sumter on July 13 For the first time in at least recent memory, Sumter will be a tour stop this summer for a current hit band.Mandy Easton, creative pastor with Alice Drive Baptist Church, spoke Monday about popular …
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
Pearson loves to give kisses, snuggle

This handsome young man is looking for a human to spoil him like the prince he is. Pearson is very sweet and loves to get ear scratches and back rubs. He has adorable ears. Pearson is good with other dogs and loves going on long walks with …

Weddings
Dollard-Truluck Megan Danielle Dollard of Sumter and Ryan Walker Truluck of Hopkins were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2019, at LinRan Farm in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. Joseph Clark Dollard and Mr. and Mrs. John William Baker …
Nygaard-Jackson Kristen Elizabeth Nygaard of Lugoff and Alexander "AJ" Jackson III of Sumter were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2019, at San Souci Farm in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Ricky and Melissa Ray of Lugoff, the granddaughter of …
Goodson-Richardson SUMMERTON - Margaret Evans Goodson of Sumter and Townes Hagood Richardson of Summerton were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Flowers Farm. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Louis Goodson of Manning and the …
Windham-Walker MANNING - Mary Michael Windham of Manning and Thomas Kirk Walker of Sumter were united in marriage at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Manning United Methodist Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Emory Windham of Manning …
Engagements
Young-Sloan Mr. and Mrs. William Jeffrey Young of Sumter announce the engagement of their son, Robert Scarborough Young of Sumter, to Brooks Margaret Sloan of Dillon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roger McLellan Sloan of Dillon. The bride-elect is the …
Barton-Davis Glenn and Stacy Barton of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Jordan Taylor Barton of Sumter, to Michael George Davis of Columbia, son of Hepburn and Mary Ann Davis of Summerton. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Johnny and …
Joyner-Hansen Mr. and Mrs. George Edgar "Eddie" Joyner III of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Erica Katherine Joyner of Tysons Corner, Virginia, to Bradley Austin Hansen of Tysons Corner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery Hansen. The bride-elect is …
Floyd-Douglass Mr. and Mrs. Rocky Floyd of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Nicole Floyd of Sumter, to Benjamin Jacob Douglass of Sumter, son of Mrs. Linda Douglass of Columbia and Mr. Bradley Douglass of Albany, Missouri. The …
Reflections

'Know Your Own State' courtesy of Standard Oil

Reflections remembers an innovative program introduced by Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey to the growing number of vacationers and those taking weekend trips during the 1920s. This encouragement to "hit the road" was an ingenious advertising ploy …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Detainees freed from jail on Christmas; Unity Festival planned in South Sumter 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Dec. 23 - Dec. 29 - The several persons in the city jail on charges of disorderly conduct were released and wished "Merry Christmas," it was learned today. Following an annual custom, persons in jail on Christmas morning on …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sumter applies for Sea Scout Ship charter; NAACP honors those who started fight for education equality 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Dec. 16 - Dec. 22 - A sacred Christmas concert will be presented by the Edmunds High School Girls' Chorus on Dec. 19 at the school auditorium under the direction of Miss Mary Dorothy Clawson, director of music in the city …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Possum Trot Festival returns; Teseniar chosen for seminar 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Dec. 9 - Dec. 15 - In order to solve the housing problems of military personnel from Shaw Field who live off the post, it is requested by Col. D. W. Titus, commanding officer, those with homes available list them with the …
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