South Carolina, Sumter, prepares for effects from Hurricane Ian

Anthony and Jack Bracey load lumber they bought for additional protection for their horses in preparation for Hurricane Ian at Lowes on Broad Street in Sumter on Tuesday.
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Sumter Today: A Burger Cook-off to Help Battle Cancer

The Palmetto Optimist Club hosted a burger cook-off in downtown Sumter to raise money for Children's Cancer Partners of the Carolinas. According to executive director Laura Allen, the organization …

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Arts & Entertainment

Movies with Isaiah: ‘The Batman’ is best adaption

Batman has gone through many adaptations throughout the years. There’s no denying the character’s iconic status as one of the most recognized, beloved and interesting superheroes in …

Nation & World
Hurricane Ian gets nasty quickly, turbocharged by warm water

Hurricane Ian is quickly gaining monstrous strength as it moves over oceans partly heated up by climate change, just like 30 other Atlantic tropical storms since 2017 that became much more powerful …

FAFSA season starts: What you need to know for financial aid NEW YORK (AP) — The Free Application for Federal Student Aid filing season starts Oct. 1 for the 2023-2024 school year. If you plan to attend college next year, experts say you might want to …
Over 194,000 Russians flee call-up to neighboring countries TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — It took Vsevolod four days to drive from Moscow to Russia's southern border with Georgia. He had to abandon his car at one point and continue on foot.On Tuesday, he …
Kremlin announces vote, paves way to annex part of Ukraine KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Kremlin paved the way Tuesday to annex more of Ukraine and escalate the war by claiming that residents of a large swath overwhelmingly supported joining with Russia in …
Leaks on Russian gas pipelines raise concerns about sabotage WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A series of unusual leaks on two natural gas pipelines running from Russia under the Baltic Sea to Germany triggered concerns about sabotage Tuesday, overshadowing the …
State News
South Carolina suspends some veterinary requirements to facilitate animal evacuations due to Ian

South Carolina officials have issued a temporary waiver of certain requirements for farm and companion animals being evacuated from Florida because of Hurricane Ian.The action was requested by animal …

South Carolina cannabis fight persists in farmer's lawsuit COLUMBIA (AP) - A South Carolina farmer is suing several state agencies in federal court on grounds they conspired to deny him his due process rights after authorities in 2019 destroyed his hemp crop, which was grown in unregistered fields. In a …
Midlands Fall Plant and Flower Festival Oct. 7-9 STAFF REPORT WEST COLUMBIA - Mark your calendars for the 2022 Fall Plant and Flower Festival at the South Carolina State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, on Oct. 7-9. Shop for fall plants, flowers, pumpkins, gourds and other home, yard …
Child, 3, accidentally shoots and kills mother in Spartanburg home SPARTANBURG (AP) — A mother was shot and killed by her 3-year-old child who found a gun inside their South Carolina home, authorities said.Cora Lyn Bush, 33, died at the hospital a short time …
Sept. 13, 1762: Gov. Boone refuses oath of office to Christopher Gadsden When Thomas Boone took over as governor of South Carolina in 1761, the locals hoped he would prove sympathetic to their call for increased legislative power. Boone was related to the Colleton family of Carolina, so the colonists thought he might be …
Obituaries
MARY ELIZABETH HAM BURGESS

Mary Elizabeth Ham Burgess, 84, widow of Jacob Burgess Sr., departed this life on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, at her residence. She was born on Oct. 17, 1937, in Clarendon County, a daughter of the late Richard Metz Ham and Katie White Ham. The …

DELORES ANN PERRY

Delores Ann Perry, 74, wife of Nathaniel Perry Jr., departed this life on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, at the residence in Manning. She was born on Aug. 15, 1948, in Clarendon County, a daughter of the late Rufus Brown Sr. and Lean Holliday …

DERIC LEFELTON FARMER JR.

Deric Lefelton Farmer Jr. departed this life on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at Lexington Medical Center, Lexington. He was born on Oct. 16, 1982, in Sumter, a son of Deric Lefelton Farmer Sr. and Julese L. Ford Farmer. Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. …

CHARLIE HARRIS JR.

Charlie Harris Jr., 82, husband of Albertha Croom Harris, departed this life on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. He was born on Oct. 10, 1939, in Sumter, a son of the late Charlie Harris Sr., and Essie Mae Bowen …

DAVID LEE THURMAN

David Lee Thurman, age 55, beloved husband of Cindy Thurman, died on Monday Sept. 26, 2022, at his residence. Arrangements will be announced by Bullock Funeral Home.

Faith
Church News: Friday, Sept. 23, 2022 First Baptist Missionary Church, 219 S. Washington St., announces:* Friday, Oct. 14 — Food pantry giveaway beginning at 1 p.m. while supplies last. Knitting Hearts for Christ Ministry, meets …
Sumter Pastor Clay Smith: Who Jesus hangs out with… The Gospels are clear about the company Jesus kept. We know he was criticized for hanging out with tax collectors and sinners. Religious people in his day would never spend time with folks like this. …
Local heroes join Evans at crusade: Sumter’s Richardson, Brice, Pleasant all speak Wednesday; about 2,800 in attendance Wednesday night had a distinct local flavor to the Tony Evans Sumter Crusade with many area heroes taking the stage, but all shared a clear message of hope through a relationship with Jesus Christ. …
Alice Drive Baptist's 3rd campus celebrates 1 year in Bishopville Alice Drive Baptist Church on Loring Mill Road became a multi-site church in 2017 after seeing a need in Sumter's southern region and launching an additional campus, Pocalla. That campus at 65 Masters Drive will have a permanent home opening in …
Celebrations
Ficklings celebrate 75 years of marriage Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Fickling of Sumter celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, at their home. A reception was given in their honor by their three children and their spouses: Debbie and Ronnie Grooms, Gary and …
Ballards announce birth of a son Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Ballard, currently stationed with the U.S. Air Force at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, announce the birth of a son, Henry Blake Everett Ballard, on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at 48th Medical Group, RAF Lakenheath, Brandon, Suffolk, …
Lanes celebrate 70 years Stewart and Elizabeth Lane, of Sumter, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Monday, July 4, 2022.
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Pets for adoption
Playful and quite the entertainer, Sumter SPCA's Yoshi is looking for a family

Yoshi is a housebroken and neutered 5-month-old creme tabby American shorthair. He is quite the playful and affectionate boy. Yoshi seeks out toys and loves to play. He is super with other cats and …

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 …
Brown-Mills BINGHAMTON, New York - Virginia E. Brown and Todd A. Mills, both of Whitney Point, New York, were united in marriage at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 4, 2022, at PAL Camp. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Roy of Sumter and Melvin Brown …
Engagements
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 …
Satzger-Cox Retired Lt. Col. and Mrs. Mark L. Cox of Sumter announce the engagement of their son, Ian Madison Cox of Greenville, to Sasha Satzger of Greenville, daughter of Mr. Douglas A. Satzger and Deanna Ramey, both of Pendleton. The bride-elect is the …
Smith-Allen Mr. and Mrs. Edward Smith of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, McKenzie Rose Smith of Charlotte, North Carolina, to Connor William Allen of Charlotte, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Allen of Charlotte. The bride-elect is the …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: The Villa Maria, one of Sumter's most beautiful tourist homes

Reflections remembers the Villa Maria as the most sought-after tourist lodge in downtown Sumter. This home was on North Main Street, the most traveled street in Sumter before the opening of the Lafayette bypass. This beautiful edifice, managed by …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Theater hosts 'Beauty and the Beast' tryouts; author signs wedding humor book 75 YEARS AGO - 1948 March 2 - 8 - The Green Dragons, led by John Duffie, defeated the Red Raiders in the Y Midget league for the championship. Both teams were tied with one game remaining between the two teams, and in an overtime period, the …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Municipal airport plans aerial spectacular; lightning hits church again 75 YEARS AGO - 1948 Feb. 23 - 28 - Efforts to institute a search for the bodies of three Sumter youths missing in the Wateree River, 20 miles west of here, since Saturday were underway. The county sheriff's office said that it had called on …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Rehearsals begin for Junior Follies musical; Sumter church opens café 75 YEARS AGO - 1948 Feb. 16 - 22 - Edward McDowell of Elliott, Lee County, was recently awarded an engraved gold watch for winning the state meat animal contest. This award was given by the Thomas E. Wilson Packing Co. of Chicago and …
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