Sumter's Quixote Club receives top national ranking; Golf Digest rates multi-million-dollar redevelopment as No. 3 best new private U.S. course

Quixote Club golf course in Sumter had its grand opening celebration in April 2022 after a $13 million renovation. This week, Golf Digest rated Quixote in third place for best new private course in America. Thirty-six panelists rated the course on six criteria.
A local, redeveloped, private golf course with a philanthropic mission has been named one of the best new courses in the nation by the golf industry's top course rater. Golf Digest magazine released this week its best course rankings, and …
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Grammy-award winning David Phelps to perform at Patriot Hall on Jan. 27

Sumter, get ready to sing your heart out alongside a multi-Grammy award-winning artist.Texas born-and-bred David Phelps will venture to Patriot Hall on Friday, Jan. 27, for his After The Downbeat …

Nation & World
U.S. military kills senior Islamic State official in Somalia

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. special operations forces have killed a senior Islamic State group official and 10 other terrorist operatives in remote northern Somalia, the Biden administration …

Lawyer: Administrators were warned 3 times day boy shot teacher NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Concerned teachers and employees warned administrators at a Virginia elementary school three times that a 6-year-old boy had a gun and was threatening other students in the hours before he shot and wounded a teacher, "but …
Leaders are meant to keep state secrets, just not at home WASHINGTON - Democrats responded with aggrieved fury when former President Donald Trump was found in possession of classified documents that should have been turned over to the government when he left office. Then disclosures that President Joe …
Donald Trump is reinstated to Facebook after 2-year ban Facebook parent Meta is reinstating former President Donald Trump 's personal account after a two-year suspension following the Jan. 6 insurrection.The company said in a blog post Wednesday it is …
Hawaii man imprisoned for 1991 murder, rape released HONOLULU (AP) — A judge on Tuesday ordered a man released from prison immediately after his attorneys presented new evidence and argued that he didn't commit the crimes he was convicted of and …
State News
How Alex Murdaugh came to face trial for murder of wife, son

Alex Murdaugh is standing trial for the killings of his wife and son at their hunting estate in June 2021 — charges that have led to the unraveling of a prominent South Carolina attorney known …

S.C. committee advances limits to classroom teaching on race COLUMBIA - A bill that would limit certain teachings on race in public schools and allow parents to challenge educational materials is moving through the Republican-controlled South Carolina House of Representatives. The proposal is the latest …
Prosecutors to Congress: Let state prisons jam cellphones COLUMBIA - Top state prosecutors from across the country are again urging Congress to pass legislation allowing state prisons to jam the signals of cellphones smuggled to inmates, devices the attorneys argue allow prisoners to plot violence and …
Alex Murdaugh's murder trial starts with cellphones, bullets After 19 months of speculation, prosecutors finally laid out their evidence Wednesday that Alex Murdaugh killed his wife and son as they opened the double murder trial for the disgraced South …
Prosecutors, defense argue guns, bad acts in Murdaugh trial WALTERBORO - Before testimony begins in South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh's murder trial, defense lawyers will ask the judge to make a pair of key rulings this week that could strike a massive amount of evidence from the case. Prosecutors …
Obituaries
BARBARA STANFIELD HODGE

PINEWOOD - Barbara Stanfield Hodge, 80, widow of James R. "Red" Hodge, died on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, at Prisma Health Richland Hospital. Services will be announced by Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter.

JOHNNY MOSES SR.

BISHOPVILLE - Johnny Moses Sr., of 464 Jamestown Road, Bishopville, entered eternal rest on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, at Myrtle Beach. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Wilson Funeral Home, 403 & 407 S. Main St., …

JOSEPH BRADLEY JR.

Joseph Bradley Jr., 75, widower of Betty Jean Choice Bradley, was born on Oct. 13, 1947, in Sumter, a son of the late Joseph Bradley Sr. and Queen Ethel Branch Bradley. He departed this life on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023, at Prisma Health Richland …

WILLIE DANIEL KING

Willie Daniel King, 76, husband of Willie Mae English King, was born on Sept. 11, 1946, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a son of the late John Wesley King and Vastine Thompson King. He departed this life on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, at NHC Healthcare …

CYNTHIA JOY LAUMER

SAVANNAH, Georgia - Cynthia Joy Laumer, 70, of Sumter, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. She survived her husband, Robert, by two months. Cindy is survived by her mother, two sisters, a brother, two stepchildren, grandchildren, …

Faith
Church News: Friday, Jan. 20, 2023 Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church, 803 S. Harvin St., announces: * Sunday - The internationally-acclaimed African Children's Choir will perform at 5 p.m. The "Just As I Am" tour combines traditional hymns with African cultural sounds with a …
Sumter Pastor Clay Smith: Lost papers... If you no longer follow the news, you may have missed the stories about the lost files of Donald Trump and Joe Biden. The quick summary is this: Top-secret files were found at Mar-a-Lago, President Trump's home in Florida. Weeks later, top-secret …
Sumter Pastor Joey Durham: Nothing can separate believers from Christ Today's devotion asks this question, "Who Can Separate the Saved from the Savior?" My text is Romans 8:35-39, where we read, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or …
African Children's Choir returns to Sumter for 1st time since pandemic Sumterites will get the chance to have their hearts melted by the charming smiles and beautiful voices of the African Children's Choir on Jan. 22. As a nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization, African Children's Choir is dedicated to …
Celebrations
Larkins celebrate 60 years Charlie and Ernestine Larkin of Sumter celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Friday, Dec. 23, 2022, with a small, intimate gathering. Their two children are Renee Larkin (Phillip) Washington and Brenda Larkin (Tracy) Chamblee of …
The Sumter Assembly The Sumter Assembly will present three debutantes on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, at Quixote Club in Sumter. Margaret Pinckney Kilpatrick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert McCord Kilpatrick, will be presented by her father and escorted by Kyle Brown …
The Lord Clarendon Cotillion MANNING - The Lord Clarendon Cotillion will present three debutantes at its annual ball on Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, at The Matrix Center in Manning. Elloise Troup Bethea, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Partridge Bethea Jr., will be presented by …
The Carolinian Camellia Ball The Carolinian Camellia Ball of Sumter will present five debutantes on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022, at Quixote Club in Sumter. Mary Kaitlynn Boyce, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Player Boyce Jr., will be presented by her father and escorted by …
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Pets for adoption
Sumter Animal Control's Johnny and Clyde are adorable

BELOW: Johnny and Clyde are brothers who were surrendered to animal control after their family became displaced due to a fire. They are both adorable and still have some puppy energy. A little leash training may be needed. Johnnie and Clyde weigh 47 …

Weddings
Hubbard-Lane CHARLESTON - Kristen Ashleigh Hubbard and Ethan Foster Lane, both of Mount Pleasant, were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022, at St. Luke's Chapel on the campus of the Medical University of South Carolina. The Rev. Joseph …
Engagements
Graham-Wilder Tad and Lyndy Graham announce the engagement of their daughter, Hannah Griffith Graham, to David Morris Wilder, son of Jay and Heather Wilder, all of Manning.The bride-elect is the granddaughter of …
Smith-Horton Mr. and Mrs. Eric Gant Smith announce the engagement of their daughter, Taylor Danielle Smith, to Joseph Samuel Horton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Lawrence Horton, all of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.J. "Buddy" …
Young-Mann Mr. and Mrs. William Jeffrey Young of Sumter announce the engagement of their son, Greyson Steele Young of Sumter, to Baylin Elise Mann of Pensacola, Florida, daughter of Mr. Tyler Waite Mann and Mrs. Allison Bailey Tarrant, both of …
Hurst-Robinson Dr. and Mrs. Russell Charles Hurst Jr. of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Lori Lynne Hurst of Moore to Jeffery Neil Robinson of Moore, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Houston Robinson of York. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: Big Jim's: Sumter's 1st 'big-city dining experience'

Reflections revisits one of Sumter’s most memorable restaurants, Big Jim’s. This culinary magnet is etched in the memories of countless Sumterites who ate at the restaurant or its …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Beard-growing contest added to Iris Festival events; construction company chosen to build Chestnut Oaks 75 YEARS AGO - 1948 July 1 - 6 - A.J. Hatfield of Sumter, B.M. Gibson of Greenville and T. Belk Ingram of Cheraw were installed as the 1948-52 commission members of the South Carolina Employment Security Commission. The commission consists of …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sumter teacher practices curtsy to meet queen; parent volunteer program at schools 75 YEARS AGO - 1948 June 22 - 28 - T. Doug Youngblood, general manager of radio station WFIG, was one of the two men to be named to two-year terms on the board of directors of the South Carolina Association of Broadcasters. The association, …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: YMCA camp ends with candles, cross placed on lake; FBI opens resident agency in Sumter 75 YEARS AGO - 1948 June 15 - 21 - Cadet Ernest Clifton Stroman Jr. and veteran student Nickie Nichols were recipients of the varsity letter awards, a block "C," given at a review at The Citadel recently, for membership on the varsity …
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