'More than health care': Former House Speaker Paul Ryan visits McLeod Health Clarendon to see Nurse-Family Partnership program

Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan listens to mothers who have participated in the Nurse-Family Partnership program, their nurses and those who have supported the program at the McLeod Health Clarendon campus on June 18.
MANNING - Nurses in a pregnancy and motherhood program at the county's only hospital know their work goes beyond health care, breaking barriers between provider and patient, outsider and friend. Now, their stories have reached the ears of who was …
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Sumter Today: Grants will help preserve famous Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden in Bishopville

Pearl Fryer is famous for his decades of creating and maintaining his large topiary garden at his home in Bishopville.With more than 400 sculpted, trimmed and shaped shrubs, trees and plants, his …

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Beacon Cinemas holds over Sumter native's film, A Father's Legacy, through June 29

"A Father's Legacy," a movie set and filmed around Sumter County was the best attended film at the Beacon Cinemas last weekend. Because of its popularity, the theater has extended its run through June 29. Jason McElveen, whose stage name is Jason …

Nation & World
Biden announces bipartisan infrastructure deal

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden announced on Thursday a hard-earned bipartisan agreement on a pared-down infrastructure plan that would make a start on his top legislative priority and validate his efforts to reach across the political aisle. But …

'Scary' Sydney virus cluster blamed on delta variant grows SYDNEY (AP) - Sydney was going through one the "scariest" times of the pandemic as a cluster of the highly contagious delta variant infects more people, an Australian state leader said on Thursday. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said …
Many feared dead after Fla. condo collapses SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) - A beachfront condo building partially collapsed Thursday outside Miami, killing at least one person and trapping others in the tower that resembled a giant fractured dollhouse, with one side sheared away. Dozens of survivors …
Nearly all COVID-19 deaths in U.S. are now among unvaccinated Nearly all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. now are in people who weren't vaccinated, a staggering demonstration of how effective the shots have been and an indication that deaths per day - now down to under 300 - could be practically zero if everyone …
CDC extends eviction moratorium a month, says it's the final time WASHINGTON (AP) - The Biden administration on Thursday extended the nationwide ban on evictions for a month to help millions of tenants unable to make rent payments during the coronavirus pandemic but said this is expected to be the last time it …
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Discord over whether to halt S.C. heartbeat abortion case

COLUMBIA - The parties involved in a lawsuit over South Carolina's new ban on almost all abortions disagree about how the case should be handled while the U.S. Supreme Court considers similar litigation from Mississippi. Those supporting the …

Gov. McMaster signs bill protecting businesses from COVID-19 lawsuits WEST COLUMBIA (AP) - Gov. Henry McMaster again said South Carolina is recovering better from the COVID-19 pandemic than just about any other state as he held a ceremonial signing Thursday of a bill preventing people from suing companies over the …
Discord over whether to halt South Carolina abortion case COLUMBIA (AP) — The parties involved in a lawsuit over South Carolina's new ban on almost all abortions disagree about how the case should be handled while the U.S. Supreme Court considers …
Hit-and-run death reopened in mother and son shooting deaths COLUMBIA - Information gathered by agents investigating the death of a mother and son from a prominent South Carolina legal family has led state police to review a nearby unsolved hit-and-run death from six years ago. What that information is and …
31-year-old inmate stabbed to death in McCormick prison MCCORMICK (AP) — An South Carolina inmate was stabbed to death Tuesday in a common area of a prison in McCormick County, authorities said.Garrett Lemont Lyles Jr., 31, was stabbed several times …
Obituaries
MITCHELL SMITH

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Mitchell Smith, age 50, departed this life on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, in Washington, D.C. He was born on Oct. 29, 1970, in Rembert, to the late Mitchell Sr. and Ruby Mayrant Smith. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and …

DANNY SHEPPARD

Danny Sheppard, 60, departed this life on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, in Sumter. He was born on June 5, 1961, in Elgin, to the late George and Alma Johnson Shepard. The family is receiving friends at 1826 Georgianna Drive, Sumter. Please use …

ALLEAN BUTLER JENNINGS

Allean Butler Jennings, widow of James McKeiver Jennings, was born on Sept. 24, 1926, to Sarah Butler. She departed this life on Sunday, June 20, 2021, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital, Sumter. Mrs. Jennings loved working in her flower garden, …

EMILY ANNE COONCE NICHOLES

Emily Anne Coonce Nicholes, 74, widow of John W. "Ray" Nicholes, died on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Born on March 6, 1947, in Kingstree, she was a daughter of the late Chester M. and Annie Maria Lowder Coonce. …

ROBERT LEE JEFFERSON

PINEWOOD - Robert Lee Jefferson, 62, husband of Catherine House Jefferson, died on Friday, June 18, 2021, at McLeod Health Clarendon, Manning. He was born on Oct. 4, 1958, a son of the late John Peter Jefferson and Mary Green …

Faith
Seacoast Church's Manning campus gives $8K to United Ministries, plans July events MANNING - Helping the community through love and action is the way that Seacoast Church's Manning campus "truly represents God's love." "Loving on our community is our way of showing God's love," said Pastor Jim Fleming. "God wants us to care for …
Church News: Friday, June 25, 2021 Agape Outreach Ministries, 100 E. Red Bay Road, announces: * Saturday, July 17 - Praise in the field "Church beyond the walls ... taking the gospel to the streets" will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sumter Fairgrounds, 30 S. Artillery …
Sumter Pastor Joey Durham: Peace in our times of trouble Today's devotion asks this question, "How can I have peace that passes my understanding?" In Philippians 4:6-7, we see, "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto …
Court: If bias rules have exceptions, faith groups qualify Justice Samuel Alito called it a "wisp" of a decision - a Supreme Court ruling Thursday that favored Catholic Social Services in Philadelphia but was far from the constitutional gale wind that would have reshaped how courts interpret religious …
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Sumter SPCA's Fagin would make a loyal, loving best buddy

LEFT: Fagin is a housebroken and neutered 2-year-old male creme American longhair. He is super sweet, affectionate and friendly. Fagin lives for attention and would be wonderful in a home with children and other cats. He adores being petted, held …

Weddings
Vise-Granger Rachel Vise and Brandon Granger, both of Sumter, were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Sans Souci Farms in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. Johnny Vise and Mrs. Barbara Watson Vise, both of Sumter, and the …
Engagements
Teseniar-Decker Mr. and Mrs. Mark Teseniar of Charleston, formerly of Sumter, announce the engagement of their daughter, Laila Teseniar of Charleston, to Dr. James Decker of Charleston, son of Dr. and Mrs. James Decker of Charleston. The bride-elect is the …
Schaller-Williams Mr. and Mrs. Phillip C. Schaller I of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Olivia Jade Schaller of Sumter, to Dakota Colt Williams of Hampton, Tennessee, son of Ms. Angela M. Williams and the late Mr. Ernest "Mike" M. Williams of …
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, …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: J. Frank Williams, master farmer and preservationist

Reflections looks back at John Frank Williams, who became one of Sumter's most remembered farm agents who lived at Needwood, a beautiful plantation constructed in the Stateburg community; Mr. Williams and his family restored the beautiful antebellum …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Santa will arrive at municipal airport; frogs and toads invited to contest 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 Nov. 26 - 3 - Dr. J. M. Wells, pastor emeritus of the Sumter Presbyterian church, delivered a Thanksgiving address at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club at the Community Center. Dr. Wells was presented by T. H. Parker …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: H. C. Bland gets radio salute; 'clown prince of baseball' visits Riley 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 Nov. 19 - 23 - The annual Gamecock Field Trials will start Dec. 2 at Cane Savannah, and plans are nearing completion for this outstanding event, which will attract many well-known sportsmen from other sections of the …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Christmas Seal Sale under way; 5 Olympic torchbearers from Sumter 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 Nov. 12 - 18 - Bishopville High School's Dragons trounced an aerial-minded Rockingham, North Carolina, team at Memorial field, 27 to 7, before a good-sized crowd. With only two days of rest since their bruising game with …
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