Serving as family: Unclaimed Sumter veteran buried at Fort Jackson with honors

Sumter Mayor David Merchant and his family look on while the casket of Jerry Lynn White is moved before his funeral at Fort Jackson Cemetery on Wednesday.
A small group, including Sumter Mayor David Merchant and his wife and his sons, attended a funeral at Fort Jackson National Cemetery in Columbia on Wednesday to honor Airman Basic Jerry Lynn White. White, a Sumter native, passed away earlier this …
Studio Sumter

Sumter Today: South Carolina is moving into Phase 1b of its vaccination rollout

With the announcement from the state yesterday that South Carolina is moving into Phase 1b of its vaccination rollout, teachers, other frontline essential workers, those with high-risk health …

Panorama

Your credit report may be wrong; here's what to do about it

Consumers filed complaints with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in record numbers in 2020, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a nonprofit …

Nation & World
GOP state lawmakers seek to nullify federal gun limits

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - With Democrats controlling the presidency and Congress, Republican state lawmakers concerned about the possibility of new federal gun control laws aren't waiting to react. Legislation in at least a dozen states seeks to …

Eager to act, Biden and Democrats leave Republicans behind WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress are jamming their agenda forward with a sense of urgency, an unapologetically partisan approach based on the calculation that it's better to advance the giant COVID-19 rescue package and …
Powell: Higher inflation temporary, no rate hikes in sight WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell suggested Thursday that inflation will pick up in the coming months but that it would likely prove temporary and not enough for the Fed to …
Police request 60-day extension of Guard at U.S. Capitol WASHINGTON (AP) — The Capitol Police have requested that members of the National Guard continue to provide security at the U.S. Capitol for another two months, The Associated Press has learned. …
Bucking GOP trend, Alabama governor extends mask order MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Breaking with other Southern GOP governors, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey extended her state's mask order for another month Thursday but said the requirement will end for good …
State News
Spearman against trans sports ban bill

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina's education superintendent made a surprise appearance at a hearing Wednesday to ask House members not to pass a bill that would prevent transgender students from playing on girls sports teams in middle and high …

S.C. Senate adds firing squad to state's execution methods COLUMBIA - South Carolina senators Tuesday added a firing squad to the electric chair as alternatives if the state can't kill condemned inmates with lethal injection. The Senate then approved the bill on a key 32-11 vote with several …
Prosecutors seek validation of S.C. abortion ban COLUMBIA - Two of the prosecutors named as defendants in a federal lawsuit challenging South Carolina's new law banning most abortions have argued that a temporary restraining order halting the law from being enacted should be dissolved because the …
Nurse practitioner: 'This guy needs a kidney, I've got two' By MARTHA ROSE BROWN The Times and Democrat HOLLY HILL - Chris Lewis needed a kidney. The Holly Hill 48-year-old father of four needed strength to return to a career he loved as an avionics technician. His dialysis appointments were …
Trump endorses S.C.'s Tim Scott in 2022 Senate reelection bid COLUMBIA (AP) — Former President Donald Trump endorsed U.S. Sen. Tim Scott's 2022 reelection bid Tuesday, continuing to make clear his intent to remain a dominant force in Republican Party …
Obituaries

DAMERON

HOWARD JOHNSTON DAMERON

Howard Johnston Dameron, age 69, husband of Loretta Gail Dameron, died on Monday, March 1, 2021, at home. Howard was born on July 25, 1951, in Lancaster, and was a son of the late Henry Allen …

HAYWARD OPHELL WILSON SR.

Hayward Ophell Wilson Sr., 65, husband of Edna Cooper Wilson, departed this life on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at McLeod Hospice House, Florence. He was born on May 19, 1955, in Sumter, a son of the late Edward and Bessie Briggs Wilson. The …

CLINNIE RUTH WILDER

Clinnie Ruth Wilder, age 68, departed this life on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Sumter. She was born on Aug. 17, 1952, in Sumter, to the late Minnie Lee Reese and Abraham Cocklin. The family is receiving friends at 8 Davis St., Sumter. Please …

MARY CAMERON BIRGERSON

Mary Cameron Birgerson, 79, widow of Alexander O. Birgerson Jr., died on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at NHC Healthcare. Services will be announced by Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter.

EARNELL MCGHANEY SR.

Earnell McGhaney Sr., 64, of 36 E. Patricia Drive, Sumter, died on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Due to COVID-19, there will be no visitation at the home. Job's Mortuary Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

Faith
Abortion concerns prompt archdiocese warning on vaccine NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Roman Catholic leaders in St. Louis and New Orleans are advising Catholics that the COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, newly approved for use in the U.S., is …
United Methodist conservatives detail plans for a breakaway Conservative leaders within the United Methodist Church unveiled plans Monday to form a new denomination, the Global Methodist Church, with a doctrine that does not recognize same-sex marriage. The …
The Rev. Dr. Clay Smith: Questions from the children They asked me to meet with the kids at church and answer their questions. No problem. I figure with a college degree and two graduate degrees, I can handle what the kids throw at me. Can anyone see the humble train coming down the track for …
Church News: Friday, Feb. 26, 2021 Freedom Worship Pentecostal Holiness Church, 1490 Florence Highway, announces: * Today-Saturday - Gospel singing at 6 p.m. nightly. Epps Family, Second Chance and Next Chapter will be featured Friday, and Combs Family, The Masters and Next …
Celebrations
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Hall of Sumter celebrate 60 years of marriage Mr. and Mrs. Gary Hall, of Sumter, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. They were married on Feb. 25, 1961. The couple's two children are Randy Hall of McDonough, Georgia, and Michelle Cipov of Sumter. The …
Winsteads of Sumter celebrate 71 years of marriage Mr. and Mrs. Tom Winstead Sr. of Sumter celebrated their 71th wedding anniversary on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. They were married on Feb. 1, 1950, in San Antonio, Texas. The couple's three children are Tom Winstead Jr. of Elkin, North Carolina, Rick …
Schumachers announce birth of a daughter, Elvie Evans Blake Edmund and Sarah Cutler Schumacher of Columbia announce the birth of a daughter, Elvie Evans Schumacher, on Jan. 13, 2021, at Lexington Medical Center, Lexington. Elvie weighed 8 pounds and 3 ounces. She was 19 1/2 inches …
5 generations of the Chandler family Five generations of the Chandler family from left, seated on sofa: Tonya Gainey Casselman, grandmother; Louise Chandler, great-great-grandmother, holding Clinton Casselman, child; Debbie Chandler Gainey, great-grandmother; and seated on floor, Haley …
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
Sumter Animal Control's Miles is spunky and friendly

BELOW: Miles is approximately 2-5 years old and weighs 60 pounds. He was found wandering and came to the shelter as a stray. He is beautiful, friendly and spunky. This fella has some demodectic mange around his eyes that we have started treatment …

Weddings
Hodge-Frierson Faith Hodge and Hervey Richardson Frierson were married on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021, at the home of the couple in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of the late Mr. Judge Thomas Hodge and the late Mrs. Noonie Lee Frierson Hodge. The bridegroom is …
Curtis-Johnson LENOIR, North Carolina - Sara Suzanne Curtis of Lenoir, North Carolina, and Samuel Lawrence Johnson of Sumter were united in marriage at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, at Yadkin Valley Baptist Church. The bride is the daughter of Jeff and …
Lynch-Coker Katherine Lorena Lynch of Alcolu and Zachary Scott Coker of Turbeville were united in marriage at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, at First Baptist Church in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Neal C. Lynch of Alcolu and the …
Glaze-Burr CHARLESTON - Sally Glaze and John Aaron Burr IV, both of Myrtle Beach, were united in marriage at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, at John Wesley United Methodist Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. Lee Glaze and Mrs. Frances Glaze of Sumter …
Engagements
Allan-Miles Mr. and Mrs. Troy William Allan of Summerton announce the engagement of their daughter, Morgan Addison Allan of Summerton, to Mason Hunter Miles of Manning, son of Ms. Stacy Leigh Mosier and Mr. Laurence Wade Andrew McLeod, both of Manning. The …
Morris-Winn Mike and Tammie Morris announce the engagement of their daughter, Tiffany Alexandria Morris, to Arthur Ryan Winn, son of Arthur and Eileen Winn, all of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late James and Edna House and Carol Morris …
Cox-Sowards Richard and Sherry Cox of Dalzell announce the engagement of their daughter, Allison RayAnn Cox of Dalzell, to Garrett Hunter Sowards of Merritt Island, Florida, son of Bradford and Stephanie Sowards of Melbourne, Florida. The bride-elect is the …
Reflections

Reflections by Item archivist and historian Sammy Way: James H. Aycock, planter and entrepreneur

Reflections recalls a country store once strategically located in Wedgefield, remembered by many as the center of commercial activity in the area. The building was constructed by an entrepreneur, James H. Aycock from North Carolina, who realized its …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Item archivist and historian Sammy Way: Young boxer in beach tournament; octogenarian 1st-time author visits Sumterites 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 Aug. 7 - 11 - South Carolinians were at the polls today in their state Democratic primary to nominate a governor, all state constitutional officers, six congressmen, 147 members of the General Assembly and five solicitors. …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Northrop Black Widow on display at Shaw; former SHS athlete will carry torch 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 July 31 - Aug. 6 - Cotton is already beginning to open in various sections of Sumter County, and, if favorable weather prevails during the next week or 10 days, picking will get underway generally before the middle of the …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sumter police seek Piper cub thief; Sumter Volunteers offers 'shares' 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 July 24 - 30 - Sumter is a good place to live and a good place to work. Most employers pay good wages either because they are fair minded or because, in a competitive sense, they are obliged to do so in order to maintain …
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