25th Attack Group cuts ribbon on new home at Shaw Air Force Base

From left are William Smith, military/VA constituent service representative for Sen. Lindsey Graham; two representatives with S.C. Rep. Ralph Norman's office, including Freddie Gault, senior field representative; Col. Nicholas Pederson, 432nd Wing commander; Col. Trevor "Phantom" Merrell, 25th Attack Group commander; and Col. Kristoffer R. Smith, 20th Fighter Wing commander.
Shaw Air Force Base's 25th Attack Group held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday celebrating the unveiling of their new facility, marking a permanent home for the Group in Sumter. One of the two new …
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Jelly Roll dominates the 2024 CMT Music Awards with host Kelsea Ballerini and a Toby Keith tribute

Jelly Roll won big at the 2024 CMT Music Awards Sunday night, taking home three awards at the annual event celebrating the best in country music videos. His accolades began with the CMT performance …

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U.S. intelligence finding shows China surging equipment sales to Russia to help war effort in Ukraine

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Democratic donors paid more than $1M for Biden's legal bills for special counsel probe WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic donors covered more than $1 million in legal fees racked up by attorneys representing President Joe Biden in a yearlong special counsel probe into his handling of …
House passes reauthorization of key U.S. surveillance program after days of upheaval over changes WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed a bill Friday to reauthorize and provide sweeping reforms of a key U.S. government surveillance tool without including broad restrictions on how the FBI uses …
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Prosecutors: South Carolina prison supervisor took $219,000 in bribes; got 173 cellphones to inmates

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A supervisor who managed security at a South Carolina prison accepted more than $219,000 in bribes over three years and got 173 contraband cellphones for inmates, …

Off-duty officer charged with murder after shooting man in South Carolina parking lot, agents say COLUMBIA (AP) — An off-duty police officer in South Carolina was charged with murder Wednesday after state investigators said he shot a man trying to drive away after the two fought in a fast …
South Carolina's top officer not releasing details on 2012 hack that stole millions of tax returns COLUMBIA (AP) — Twelve years after a hacker stole personal data from more than 3.6 million people in South Carolina by obtaining Social Security numbers and credit card information from tax …
Sumter, Lee and Clarendon fire departments receive Fire Safe South Carolina Community designation Sumter Fire Department, Manning Fire Department and Lee County Fire and Rescue recently received the Fire Safe South Carolina 2023 Community Designation from Fire Safe South Carolina and its partners, according to a news release. One hundred …
Cicadas are nature's weirdos. They urinate stronger than us, and an STD can turn them into zombies The periodical cicadas that are about to infest two parts of the United States aren't just plentiful, they're downright weird. These insects are the strongest urinators in the animal kingdom with flows that put humans and elephants to shame. They …
Obituaries
HORACE GLOVER

Horace Glover, son of the late Caleb and Cornelius Glover, was born on Feb. 10, 1944, in Dalzell.  He entered eternal rest on Sunday, April 7, 2024, at Prisma Health Baptist Continual Care in …

HARRY EVANS JR.

Harry Evans Jr., husband of Pia Simmons Evans, passed away on Monday, April 8, 2024, at Lexington Medical Center, Lexington. He was born in Lynchburg, South Carolina, on Feb. 25, 1961, to Harry Sr. …

MICHAEL S. PUNTER

Michael S. Punter, the husband of Zenaida White Punter, departed this life on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, in Carthage, Tennessee. He was born Dec. 15, 1954, in Bronx, New York, to the late Bernard and …

HAROLD L. JACKSON

LAWRENCEVILLE, Georgia — Harold L. Jackson,  husband of Irabell Miller Jackson, departed this life on Thursday, April 11, 2024, in Roswell, Georgia. He was born March 1, 1963, in Dalzell, …

RAY'QUAN DONTRELL LAMONT DURANT

Ray’Quan Dontrell Lamont Durant, 20, son of Reginald Lamont Durant and Tarkisha Simone Howard, was born on June 13, 2003, in Sumter.  He departed this life on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, in …

Faith
Church news, April 10, 2024 Hearts United Women's Ministry (formerly Knitting Hearts), which meets at Bethesda Church of God, 2730 Broad St., announces: - April 13 - Hearts United will meet from 10 a.m. to noon. Celebrating 20 years of ministry, we invite you to join us for …
Vatican blasts gender-affirming surgery, surrogacy and gender theory as violations of human dignity VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican on Monday declared gender-affirming surgery and surrogacy as grave violations of human dignity, putting them on par with abortion and euthanasia as practices …
The Rev. Dr. Clay Smith: Should we add anything to the Bible? I have a lot of Bibles. Occupational hazard. I have my "marrying" Bible, which was a gift from my Aunt Faye, Uncle L.M., Aunt Gloria and Uncle Willard. It's the Bible I use when I marry people. I have my "preaching" Bible, the one I use to hold my …
Some state lawmakers want school chaplains as part of a 'rescue mission' for public education DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lawmakers in more than a dozen states have proposed legislation to allow spiritual chaplains in public schools, a move that proponents say will ease a youth mental …
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Timmie the cat is super with children, other cats and dogs

Timmie is a 9-month-old, gray tabby and white male American shorthair. He is housebroken and has many sweet and loving traits. Timmie is super with children, other cats and even dogs. Because he is so gentle and friendly, he would be a …

Engagements
Townes-Lewis Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Mark Townes of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Whitney Elizabeth Townes of Charleston, to Walter Elliot Lewis of Charleston, son of Ms. Karen Lewis of Jackson, Georgia. The bride-elect is the granddaughter …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: Movie 'A Guy Named Joe' had scenes shot in Sumter in 1943

Reflections recalls the movie "A Guy Named Joe" filmed in 1943 with various scenes being shot in Sumter, South Carolina. Hollywood press noted, "It would be England for most movie goers in the forthcoming MGM production, but for the people of …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Horseshoe pitching tourney scheduled; Crime Stoppers telethon returns 75 YEARS AGO - 1949 Aug. 9 - 15 - Rufe Watson of Sumter set a new world record in the senior division at the National Skeet Shooting Association's tournament at Dallas, Texas, on Sunday. Watson copped the senior title in the all-gauge event by …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Shaw hosts surplus sale; city's 1st Easter egg hunt a success 75 YEARS AGO - 1949 Aug. 2 - 8 - Rebel third baseman Hal Harrigan last night hit his 29th home run of the season to tie the Tri-State league record set last year by Leon Cross of Florence. It was the only prize Anderson could salvage from a …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Train car is named for Sumter County; Lee builds new high school 75 YEARS AGO - 1949 July 26 - Aug. 1 - Sumter County runs from New York City to Florida these days, not as a result of "imperialistic conquest" but because of improved service on the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. It's a gag, of course. Truth …
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