Youth have a blast at Summer Arts Institute in Manning

Youths dance at Jeffrey and Harriet Lampkin Foundation's 2024 Summer Arts Institute held at Weldon Auditorium in Manning.
MANNING - More than 90 youths had a blast learning everything from "stepping" to praise and youth dances, choir selections and drama during the weeklong 2024 Summer Arts Institute sponsored by the Jeffrey and Harriet Lampkin Foundation. "This is …
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James Sikking, star of 'Hill Street Blues' and 'Doogie Howser, MD,' dies at 90

James Sikking, who starred as a hardened police lieutenant on "Hill Street Blues" and as the titular character's kindhearted dad on "Doogie Howser, M.D.," has died at 90. Sikking died of …

Nation & World
Federal judge dismisses Trump classified documents case over concerns with prosecutor's appointment

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal judge presiding over the classified documents case against former President Donald Trump in Florida dismissed the prosecution on Monday, siding with defense …

Just a Category 1 hurricane? Don't be fooled by a number — it could be more devastating than a Cat 5 Here's a troubling phrase hurricane forecasters hate but often hear: "It's just a Category 1. Nothing to worry about." Or even worse: "Tropical storm? Just some wind and rain." But look at …
Anger and anxiety loom over the Republican convention after the assassination attempt against Trump MILWAUKEE (AP) — Donald Trump's campaign chiefs designed the convention opening this week to feature a softer and more optimistic message, focusing on themes that would help a divisive leader …
Reagan survived an assassination attempt, and his response changed the trajectory of his presidency WASHINGTON (AP) — The would-be assassin got off six shots in 1.7 seconds, nearly taking the life of a president and changing the trajectory of a presidency. It happened on a dreary March …
A look at the history of presidential assassination attempts in America WASHINGTON (AP) — Before Saturday's attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump, there have been multiple instances of political violence targeting U.S. presidents, former …
State News
For peach lovers, an abundant year means lots of varieties

As we approach mid-July, peach trees across South Carolina are heavy with fruit, and picking crews and packing sheds are running at high volume. For growers and peach eaters alike, the 2024 season is a welcome change from last year. And it offers …

Duke Energy offers tips to save as temperatures remain high Warmer-than-average temperatures continue in South Carolina this summer, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration seasonal temperature outlook. Duke Energy is offering ways customers can take control of their energy use."As …
New law changing child care employment requirements begins today BY S.C. DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES State laws governing required education and training for individuals working in licensed or approved child care centers in South Carolina will change today, July …
Grab your fishing gear and a trash bag and join SCWF's Plishing Challenge Grab your rod and reel, cane pole or fly rod and a bag to pick up litter, and let's go Plishing! The South Carolina Wildlife Federation invites you to join our Plishing Challenge again this summer. Plishing is a combination of the Swedish phrase …
S.C. public alligator lottery applications close July 15 If you haven't applied yet, time is running out to apply for the public alligator lottery.A $10 nonrefundable application fee is required to apply. A randomized computer drawing based on a preference point system will determine the selection of …
Obituaries
RICHARD ALLEN JOHNSON JR.

Richard Allen Johnson Jr., 85, son of the late Richard Allen Johnson Sr. and Myrtle Fleming Johnson, was born on April 30, 1939, in Sumter.  He departed this life on Saturday, July 13, 2024, at …

JOSEPH BERNARD GETER

Joseph Bernard Geter, 77, son of the late Matthew Geter and Helen Mitchell Geter, was born on Dec. 15, 1946, in Sumter.  He departed this life on Friday, July 12, 2024, in Calhoun County. …

RANDOLPH PRINGLE

Randolph Pringle, 66, husband of Daisy Mae Ragin Pringle and son of the late Rev. Joseph Pringle and Lillie Mae Brunson Pringle, was born on April 24, 1958, in Clarendon County.  He departed …

EMMA L. WILLIAMS

Emma L. Williams, 69, wife of Arthur “Bubba" Williams, died Friday, July 12, 2024, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital, Sumter. Born in Sumter on Dec. 2, 1954, she was the daughter of Lillie Mae …

CELESTINE MYERS

ALCOLU — Celestine Myers, 88, widow of James Myers, died Friday, July 12, 2024, at Pocotaligo River Health and Rehab Center, Alcolu. She was born June 22, 1936, in Manning, a daughter of the …

Faith
Vatican announces it will prepare a document on role of women in leadership in the Catholic Church VATICAN CITY - The Vatican said Tuesday that its doctrine office will prepare a document on women in leadership roles in the Catholic Church, a new initiative to respond to longstanding demands by women to have a greater say in the church's …
The Rev. Dr. Clay Smith: Things you think you know Everyone knows that Adam and Eve ate the apple and got thrown out of the garden - right? Actually, nowhere in the Bible is a specific fruit named. John Milton in 1644 said it was an apple after French and German artists had depicted apples on the …
Column: Slip away to spend quiet time with God, be encouraged It's reassuring to know that as a child of God, you are not alone in this world. Our gracious heavenly Father has promised that He is aware and interested in even the tiniest occurrences in your life and has promised to be with you always. Does this …
Open Bible Baptist Church welcomes new pastor, new members in Sumter Danny E. Edwards may have recently joined Open Bible Baptist Church as its new pastor, but he is far from new to the church and Sumter community. Edwards moved to Sumter in 1979 at just 13 years old when his father, Verdie E. Edwards, became a …
Celebrations
Shumperts celebrate 50 years PHOTO PROVIDED Donnie Shumpert and Barbara Smith Shumpert celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 16, 2024. Donnie Shumpert from Sumter and Barbara Smith Shumpert from Smoaks met in Sumter while Barbara was living with her sister and her …
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
Nero loves people and wants to be near them

Nero is a 3-year-old, red-and-white, male Great Dane mix. He is neutered and housebroken and is such a good boy. He is great with other dogs, children and even cats. Nero is very handsome and knows so many commands such as "sit," "lie down," …

Weddings
Walton-Newman EASTOVER - Corie Lorraine Walton and James Tyler Newman Jr., both of Sumter, were united in marriage at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2024, at Magnolia Way Venue. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wade Walton Jr., and the …
Engagements
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: Popular hardware store opened on East Liberty Street in 1954

Reflections recalls one of Sumter's hardware stores that met the needs of the community in numerous ways. This showcase facility featured a diversity of household utensils, garden products and sporting goods. The store was manned by employees who …

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