Sacrifice and success: U.S. Army Central at Shaw holds its 1st retirement ceremony since COVID-19 pandemic

Sgt. Maj. Rebeca Kennedy receives a hug from her husband at her retirement ceremony at U.S. Army Central at Shaw Air Force Base on Friday.
The military is full of sacrifices when it comes to one's life, family and country. To enlist and make a career out of it all the way through can be an even heavier weight that deserves to be celebrated as a milestone. It has been more than a …
Studio Sumter

Sumter Today: Sumter’s HYPE Program connects with kids after school

The HYPE After School Program is designed to meet needs of students after school by providing a safe, secure and loving environment for study, character development and team building at nine …

SPORTS
Panorama

Updated field guides, other titles lure readers outdoors

The new season of shows has begun, and viewership is way up by all accounts. We're not talking about screens, which we've all been glued to during the pandemic. Less noticed is another trend: people tuning in to nature for quieter, real-life, …

Nation & World
Flight 93 families hope heroism award helps keep story alive

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Serene, stark and seemingly in the middle of nowhere in Pennsylvania, the National Park Service memorial to the people who died on United Airlines Flight 93 is hard to find on a map - as the Sept, 11, 2001, terrorist attack itself …

Ireland's health service shut down after 'serious' ransomware attack LONDON (AP) - Ireland's health service shut down its IT systems on Friday after being targeted in a ransomware attack by what it called "international criminals." Appointments and elective surgeries were canceled at several hospitals and Deputy …
Street racing surges across U.S., with deadly consequences Jaye Sanford, a 52-year-old mother of two, was driving home in suburban Atlanta on Nov. 21 when a man in a Dodge Challenger muscle car who was allegedly street racing crashed into her head-on, killing her. She is one of the many victims of a …
The unwitting are the target of COVID-19 falsehoods online Dr. Michelle Rockwell lost a pregnancy in December and shared her heartache with her 30,000 Instagram followers. Weeks later, she received the COVID-19 vaccine and posted about that, too. By February, Rockwell was getting past the grief and …
House panel reaches agreement on bipartisan Jan. 6 commission WASHINGTON (AP) - The top Democratic and Republican members of the House Homeland Security Committee have reached an agreement on legislation to form a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The measure had …
State News
South Carolina lawmakers end formal session, will return soon

COLUMBIA - South Carolina's Legislature ended its regular session on Thursday, ceremonially wrapping up its duties but expecting at least several returns later in the year to handle more work, including how to spend federal funding related to the …

S.C. elections director to resign at end of year COLUMBIA (AP) - The executive director of the South Carolina Election Commission will leave her post at the end of the year after overseeing the state's ballot box process for nearly two decades, she wrote in her resignation letter. Marci Andino …
Bill allowing open carry with permit heads to S.C. Gov. McMaster's desk
COLUMBIA (AP) - A South Carolina bill letting people with concealed weapons permits carry their guns in the open is heading to Gov. Henry McMaster's desk. The House approved the bill 83-34 Wednesday, signing off on changes made by the Senate to …
Firing squad bill headed to South Carolina governor's desk COLUMBIA (AP) — Legislation adding a firing squad to South Carolina's execution methods amid a lack of lethal-injection drugs is headed to the desk of Gov. Henry McMaster.On a routine vote …
Bill allowing open carry with permit heads to S.C. Gov. McMaster's desk
COLUMBIA (AP) — A South Carolina bill letting people with concealed weapons permits carry their guns in the open is heading to Gov. Henry McMaster's desk.The House approved the bill 83-34 …
Obituaries
MARY WACTOR

Mary Wactor, 56, died on Friday, May 14, 2021, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Born on Jan. 6, 1965, in Sumter, she was a daughter of Joseph and Rosa Lee Jenkins Wactor. In accordance with COVID-19 guidelines, the family requests that face …

JOSEPH JOHN VASURA

Joseph John Vasura, 83, husband of 22 years of Vivian Margaret Vasura, died on Thursday, May 13, 2021, at The Magnolias of Santee. Born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, he was a son of the late Joseph Francis Vasura and Anna Mae Tobin Vasura. Mr. …

ALBERT LEROY WILLIAMS

Albert Leroy Williams, 57, was born on Aug. 5, 1963, in Sumter, a son of John and Rebecca Grant Williams. He departed this life on Thursday, May 13, 2021, at C.M. Tucker Nursing Care Center in Columbia. Public viewing will be held from 2 to 6 …

BETTIE J. WILDER LOGAN

PINEWOOD - Bettie J. Wilder Logan, 58, wife of William Logan Jr., died on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at McLeod Health Clarendon, Manning. She was born on May 17, 1962, in Sumter, a daughter of the late Melvin Sr. and Estelle Conyers Wilder. The …

SHEILA E. "BETSY" WATTS

GABLE - Sheila E. "Betsy" Watts, 56, died on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at McLeod Health Clarendon in Manning. Born on June 17, 1964, in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late Warren Othel Watts and Mary Lou Robinson Watts. Ms. Watts was a member …

Faith
The Rev. Dr. Clay Smith of Alice Drive Baptist Church: Every rug has a home ... We decided to get a new rug for our breakfast room. I admit I was barely aware we had a breakfast room. But I knew I had agreed we needed a new table, and that meant we needed a new rug. Funny how these things interlock. There is a store in …
Church News: Friday, May 14, 2021 Hopewell Baptist Church, 3285 Peach Orchard Road, Dalzell, announces: * Sunday, May 23 - The 145th church anniversary will be celebrated during the 10 a.m. worship service via Zoom, ID: 316 292 5678, and on the church Facebook …
For some pastors, the past year was too much to bear Jeff Weddle, a 46-year-old, wise-cracking, self-deprecating, Bible-loving, self-described "failing pastor" from Wisconsin, was already thinking of leaving the ministry before COVID-19 and the 2020 election. He was, as he put it, fed up with …
2 Catholic bishops at odds over Biden receiving Communion They share Roman Catholicism as a faith and California as their home base. Yet there's a deep gulf between Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco and Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego in …
Celebrations
Hodges of Sumter celebrate 65 years of marriage Mr. and Mrs. Benny Hodge Jr. of Sumter will celebrate 65 years of marriage on March 24, 2021. The couple has one daughter, Cindy Hodge Timmons, who passed away in 2015. The couple has two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mrs. Hodge …
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 …
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
Sumter SPCA's Harley is a playful, loving, wonderful girl

FAR LEFT: Harley is a housebroken and spayed 6-year-old brindle-and-white pit mix. She is wonderful with children and some other dogs. Harley has been waiting at the SPCA since August of 2020 and is our second longest resident awaiting a forever …

Weddings
Wilson-Davis ALCOLU - Olivia Dean Wilson and Raymond Bradley Davis were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 6, 2021, at New Harmony Presbyterian Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Joe Wilson Jr. of Manning and the granddaughter of …
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 …
Engagements
Golden-MaGee Ida Lee Golden and Alphonso Douglas Golden, both of Sumter, announce the engagement of their daughter, Allicia Marie Golden of Durham, North Carolina, to Derrick Magee, also of Durham, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Magee of Jackson, …
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 …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: Golf is introduced to Sumter community

Reflections begins a two-part report on the establishing of Sumter's initial country club and the introduction of the sport of golf to the city of Sumter. Research reveals the individuals who played an important role in making a country club a …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Girl Scouts want bright yarn for veterans' afghan; 'Fresh Peach Week' designated 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 Oct. 22 - 28 - Everything points to a successful fair this year. Already several outstanding herds of cattle and hogs from various sections of the state are scheduled to be here for exhibition. Among those we are expecting …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Cotton picker demonstrated; Sumter runners take part in breaking record 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 Oct. 15 - 21 - Workers in the 1946 Community Chest campaign set out this morning hopeful of quickly reaching the quota of $43,200. More than 250 of the men and women taking part in the drive enjoyed a delicious barbecue …
Summer camp officially named Camp Logan; Palmetto Trail building continues 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 Oct. 8 - 14 - The 20th Fighter group, accompanied by an air service squadron, is expected to arrive at Shaw Field from Briggs Field, Texas, in the next two weeks, Col. T.W. Blackburn, Shaw Field commanding officer, said. …
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