Downtown Sumter nightlife awakens with new karaoke bar

Joe Jeffcoat performs Thursday night at the new after-hours karaoke bar next door to J. O'Grady's in downtown Sumter.
With Downtown Sumter growing more and more into a destination for community members and neighbors, J. O'Grady's has expanded into an after-hours karaoke bar to provide live entertainment from Sumter's very own music lovers. Owner Scott Estep …
Studio Sumter

Sumter Today: Bates Middle School earns national STEM certification

Bates Middle School has been working toward one goal for four years and they recently reached it. They were just nationally certified with a STEM accreditation, a prestigious recognition that only …

Panorama

Salvage shops offer decor with a story

T wo of the hottest trends in home decor are sustainability and authenticity. No wonder architectural salvage shops are busy. Homeowners love features that come with a story, says Rich Ellis, publisher of Architectural Salvage and Antique …

Nation & World
2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - A student gunman opened fire Thursday at a Southern California high school, killing two students, wounding three others and shooting himself in the head, authorities said. He was in grave condition. The shooting occurred …

Poll: Americans struggle to identify true facts WASHINGTON - In a sharply divided country, here's something many Americans agree on: It's hard to know what's a true and honest fact. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and USA Facts finds that regardless …
MH17 probe reveals close ties between Russia, Ukraine rebels THE HAGUE, Netherlands - An international team of investigators piecing together a criminal case in the July 2014 shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine said Thursday that evidence suggests links between Russia and …
U.S. budget deficit surges to $134.5B WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government, which ended the 2019 budget year with its largest deficit in seven years, began the new budget year with a deficit in October that was 33.8% bigger than a year ago as spending hit a record. The Treasury …
Americans tune in as 1st public impeachment hearing begins DENVER - Cattle rancher Jeffery Gatzke in South Dakota was listening in as he worked on his tractor in his workshop. The first public hearings on impeaching President Donald Trump are political show, he thinks, but he wanted to follow along …
State News
Teen S.C. murderer gets life without parole

COLUMBIA - A school shooter who was 14 when he killed a first-grader on a school playground in South Carolina was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole. Judge Lawton McIntosh said Jesse Osborne showed little remorse after killing …

Sanford suspends presidential primary challenge to Trump CONCORD, N.H. - Mark Sanford dropped his challenge to President Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday, saying the focus on impeachment has made it difficult for his campaign to gain traction. "You've got to be a …
Cyclist who 'died twice' thanks emergency responders GREENVILLE - Ben McCall's blood pressure had dropped dangerously low, his helmet was bashed in, and more than 30 bones were broken. Lying on a rural, two-lane section of Woodruff Road nearly 20 miles from the nearest emergency room, McCall's …
Colonial baking is seen through archives' receipts As the holidays approach, our thoughts turn to cooking and baking for family and friends. The archives of the South Carolina Historical Society contain a wonderful collection of family recipes, or "receipts" as they were frequently called. Some of …
Rebate checks are in the mail; S.C. taxpayers get $50 each COLUMBIA (AP) - More than a year after someone in South Carolina won an $878 million lottery jackpot, 1.2 million of the state's taxpayers are getting their own modest windfall from that lucky day. The South Carolina Revenue Department said …
Obituaries
EMILY JOHNSON THOMAS

Emily Johnson Thomas, age 88, beloved wife of the late Frank P. Thomas Sr., died on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Arrangements will be announced by Bullock Funeral Home.

ROBERT COUSAR

MANNING - Robert "Bobby" Cousar, 70, husband of Rose Marie Mitchell-Cousar, died on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in a vehicular accident. He was born on Dec. 7, 1948, in Gable, a son of the late James Cousar Jr. and Ophelia Kennedy Cousar. The …

MARION THOMAS

Marion Thomas, widower of Annie Mae Shaw-Thomas, departed this life on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, at the wonderful and blessed age of 96. He was born on July 15, 1943, in Lee County, to the late Edward Butler and Winnie Herriot Thomas. He was …

THELMA AMERSON GEDDINGS

Thelma Amerson Geddings, 90, widow of Roland Geddings, died on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Born in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late Henry Lever Amerson and Cora Winkles Amerson. Mrs. Geddings was a member of …

JOY GEDDINGS INGRAM

Joy Geddings Ingram, 76, wife of John Ingram, died on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. The family will receive friends at the home of Curtis and Brittney Johnson, 2690 Pintail Drive. Services will be announced by …

Celebrations
Fozer M. Robinson Nelson celebrates 100th birthday Fozer M. Robinson Nelson, widow of Franklin Nelson, celebrated her 100th birthday on Oct. 5, 2019, with family and friends. Born on Oct. 5, 1919, in Clarendon County, she is the daughter of the late Zoya and Vinnie Robinson. Mrs. Nelson was …
Faith
Gomez elected 1st Hispanic to lead U.S. Catholic bishops By DAVID CRARY and REGINA GARCIA CANO Associated Press BALTIMORE - Archbishop Jos G mez of Los Angeles, an immigrant from Mexico, pledged to push for a more welcoming immigration system after winning election Tuesday as the first Hispanic to …
Church News: Friday, Nov. 15, 2019 Bethel AME Church, 1605 S. Kings Highway, Wedgefield, announces: * Sunday - The Inspirational Choir's 35th anniversary will be celebrated at 3 p.m. Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 4319 Rowe Drive, Summerton, announces: * Sunday - …
Should women go home? John Macarthur, a well-known preacher, was recently asked what he would say to Beth Moore, a well-known Bible teacher. His response: "Go home." What Macarthur implied was Beth Moore has no business teaching the Bible. She needs to stay home and …
Church News: Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2571 Joseph Lemon-Dingle Road, Jordan community, Manning, announces: * Sunday - Pack the pew program, sponsored by the deaconess ministry, will be held at 4 p.m. Minister Tyrone Cummings will speak. Bethlehem …
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
Rooney loves dogs and immediately bonds with them

FAR LEFT: Rooney is a neutered and housebroken 10-month-old American shorthair. He is great with other cats and children. Rooney also loves dogs, forming a bond immediately when being introduced to them. He adores playing and chasing cat toys is his …

Weddings
Posey-Barnes COLUMBIA - Sydne Rae Posey and Charles Segars Barnes, both of Sumter, were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at The Millstone at Adams Pond. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Steven Posey and the granddaughter of …
Engagements
Brunson-Byrd Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Wentworth Brunson III of Alcolu announce the engagement of their daughter, Emily Ann Brunson of Alcolu, to Zachary Daniel Byrd of Sumter, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Henry Byrd of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter …
DuRant-Tompkins Ms. Debbie Bramlett DuRant of Sumter and Dr. Eddie C. Durant Jr. of Wedgefield announce the engagement of their daughter, Delta Dawn DuRant of Sumter, to Kellen Richard Tompkins of Sumter, son of Mrs. Brenda Morrison of Greenville and Mr. Richard …
Reflections

Sumter Veterans Display welcomes visitors on holiday

This issue of Reflections honors our military veterans. Nov. 11 marks a time when all Americans pay tribute to our veterans both living and dead. We take this opportunity to let each one know how deeply we appreciate their service and …

Yesteryear
Gen. Eisenhower observes June 6 as holiday; Bates student is semifinalist in national stamp contest 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 June 1 - June 7 - Jimmy Doolittle is teaming up with the Superfortresses to finish the job he started three years ago with his world-startling air attack on Tokyo. Disclosure that the mighty B-29s, scourge of Japan's skies, …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Teens renovate 'The Hangout'; Tuttle speaks at Sumter Touchdown Club 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 May 25 - May 31 - Beginning immediately, all mail for prisoners of war in Germany will be returned to senders. The May 15 Postal Bulletin will direct local postmasters not to accept mail after that date. The office of the …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Report about sugar shortage being written; some Shaw personnel returning from Gulf 77 YEARS AGO - 1945 May 18 - May 24 - Betty Lou, that dancing sensation of Hollywood, brings her personality, pop and unusual dancing ability to the stage of the Sumter Theatre only as one of the featured acts on Linton DeWolfe's famous "Stork …
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