South Carolinians, including Sumter, Lee residents, choose Trump for Republican nominee

A Sumter voter checks his printed ballot on Saturday during South Carolina Republican primary voting on Saturday, Feb. 24.
Donald Trump came out on top in South Carolina's Republican Primary on Saturday, beating former South Carolina governor and former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley. Haley held more campaign events in her home state (including one in Sumter) than Trump …
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Photographer accuses Taylor Swift's dad of punching him in the face on Sydney waterfront

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A photographer told police he was punched in the face by Taylor Swift's father on the Sydney waterfront on Tuesday, hours after the pop star's Australian tour ended. …

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Biden will urge congressional leaders to avoid a government shutdown, send aid to Ukraine and Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden was meeting Tuesday with the top four leaders of Congress to press them to act quickly to avoid a looming government shutdown early next month and to pass …

Navalny aide says the Russian opposition leader was close to being freed before his death Associates of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Monday that talks were underway shortly before his death to exchange him for a Russian imprisoned in Germany. "Alexei Navalny could have been sitting here now, today. It's not a figure …
Consumers are increasingly pushing back against price increases - and winning WASHINGTON - Inflation has changed the way many Americans shop. Now, those changes in consumer habits are helping bring down inflation. Fed up with prices that remain about 19%, on average, above where they were before the pandemic, consumers are …
U.S. couple whose catamaran was hijacked were likely thrown overboard and died, Grenada police say SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A U.S. couple whose catamaran was hijacked last week in the Caribbean by three escaped prisoners were presumed dead and likely were thrown into the ocean, police …
Air Force member has died after setting himself on fire outside the Israeli embassy in D.C. WASHINGTON (AP) — An active-duty member of the U.S. Air Force has died after he set himself ablaze outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., while declaring that he "will no longer be …
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Why AP called South Carolina for Trump: Race call explained

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press declared Donald Trump the winner of the South Carolina primary as soon as polls closed. The race call was based on a comprehensive survey of South …

What to watch as Haley tries to upset Trump in her home state COLUMBIA - Nikki Haley's best-case scenario for her home state's Republican primary might be to do well enough to make the March 5 Super Tuesday slate somewhat competitive against Donald Trump. An upset in South Carolina, though, is a longshot in …
S.C. DHEC helps raise awareness about teen dating violence COLUMBIA - February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is joining the cause in raising awareness about the difference between healthy relationships and teen dating …
Nikki Haley vows to keep fighting Donald Trump GREENVILLE - There are no wins on the horizon for Nikki Haley. Those close to the former United Nations ambassador, the last major Republican candidate standing in Donald Trump's path to the GOP's 2024 presidential nomination, are privately …
Haley is sharpening contrasts with Trump COLUMBIA - Nikki Haley is using the closing days of her South Carolina Republican primary matchup with Donald Trump to hone her argument that she is the lone remaining candidate who can unite Americans, despite the former president's electoral wins …
Obituaries
LEWIS WILLIAMS

Lewis Williams, 75, husband of Barbara Singleton Williams, departed this life on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024, at Prisma Health Richland Hospital in Columbia. He was born on Aug. 15, 1948, in Manning, a son of the late Wallace Williams and Mary Eliza …

TERRENCE TIRRELL SOLOMAN

Terrence Tirrell Soloman, 39, departed this life on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024, at his residence. He was born on July 19, 1984, in Bishopville, a son of Wesley Jr. and Shirley Titus Soloman. The family will receive friends from 3 to 7 p.m. daily at …

HATTIE ANN COOPER HICKMAN

Hattie Ann Cooper Hickman, 63, departed this life on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. She was born on March 3, 1960, in Clarendon County, a daughter of Hattie C. Abraham Cooper and the late George Washington Cooper …

ROBIN DALE PARRISH

Robin Dale Parrish, widower of Joyce Ann Smith Parrish, died on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024, at his home. Born in Sumter, he was a son of the late Thomas Fred Parrish and Helen Radke Galloway. Mr. Parrish was a member of Pinegrove Baptist Church and …

ELOUISE NELSON WILLIAMS

Elouise Nelson Williams, 92, departed this life on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, at her residence. She was born on May 8, 1931, in Sumter County, a daughter of the late Sammie and Dora Singleton. The family will receive friends from 3 to 7 p.m. daily …

Faith
Church News: Friday, Feb. 23, 2024 Hearts United Women's Ministry (formerly Knitting Hearts), meets at Bethesda Church of God, 2730 Broad St., announces: * Saturday, March 9 - Hearts United will meet from 10 a.m. to noon. Star Merrill will share how she was radically transformed …
Rev. Dr. Clay Smith: Reasons not to believe When people say they do not believe in God, they have a reason. They may not have thought very much about the reason, but a subconscious reason is still a reason. Sometimes, the reason is hurt. They expected God to do something, and they were …
Southern Baptists oust one church for having woman pastor, two others over sexual-abuse policy The Southern Baptist Convention's top administrative body voted Tuesday to oust four congregations — one for having a woman as senior minister, two for what it said were failures related to the …
Church News: Friday, Feb. 16, 2024 Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 325 Fulton St., announces: - Sunday - Trustee ministry anniversary worship at 10:45 a.m. - Sunday, Feb. 25 - Golden Age ministry anniversary worship at 10:45 a.m. Providence Baptist Church, 2445 Old …
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Pets for adoption
Sumter SPCA's Piper is gentle, friendly and has a cool raccoon-like tail

Piper is a housebroken and spayed 3-year-old American short hair. She is gentle, active and friendly. Piper lives in our large cat room with several other cats and gets a lot of socialization from the public, so she would be a wonderful …

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Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: Local dirt track racer was a hero to many fans

Reflections looks back on the career of a dirt track racer and his love for the sport and his being a positive role model for the young fan base. The man selected, who was highly admired by the author as a youth, was Charlton McLeod from Clarendon …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Shaw hosts surplus sale; city's 1st Easter egg hunt a success 75 YEARS AGO - 1949 Aug. 2 - 8 - Rebel third baseman Hal Harrigan last night hit his 29th home run of the season to tie the Tri-State league record set last year by Leon Cross of Florence. It was the only prize Anderson could salvage from a …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Train car is named for Sumter County; Lee builds new high school 75 YEARS AGO - 1949 July 26 - Aug. 1 - Sumter County runs from New York City to Florida these days, not as a result of "imperialistic conquest" but because of improved service on the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. It's a gag, of course. Truth …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Company sponsors 4-H Electric Club; Celtic rock band visits Sumter 75 YEARS AGO - 1949 July 19 - 25 - Playing heads-up ball behind the masterful pitching of Leonard Humphries, the Sumter 40 and 8 Midget baseball team defeated the Eau Claire Junior Midgets 8-3 in the second game of their district elimination …
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