LEAP Day at Sumter elementary school offers preview of new protocol in Sumter School District

Students in Jayne Evenich's fifth-grade class at Willow Drive Elementary participate in LEAP Days on Thursday with full coronavirus safety protocol in place.
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Sumter Today: We get a glimpse of the new school year in Sumter

Sumter School District is starting the fall semester entirely online on August 28, but before that they’re offering in-person LEAP Days to welcome students back and provide orientation and …

Panorama

Sure, throw hot dogs on the grill. But don't forget bananas, too.

In this pandemic summer, who doesn't want to eat and cook outdoors? And if you're firing up the grill, don't forget dessert. I am bananas for grilled bananas. Fast and easy, they become instant favorites and remind you of classic desserts. And …

Nation & World
Trump's EPA dumps methane emissions rule for oil, gas fields

HARRISBURG, Pa. - President Donald Trump's administration is undoing Obama-era rules designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas fields and pipelines, formalizing the changes Thursday in the heart of the nation's most prolific …

Federal court: Male-only draft is constitutional NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court in New Orleans upheld the constitutionality of the all-male military draft system Thursday, citing a 1981 U.S. Supreme Court decision. In a decision that overturned a 2019 ruling by a Texas-based federal …
Iowa farmers assess losses after storm flattens cornfields DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Farmers across a wide swath of Iowa are dealing with the heartbreaking aftermath of a rare wind storm that turned what was looking like a record corn crop into deep losses for many. The storm, known as a derecho, slammed …
Private prison industry backs Trump, prepares if Biden wins HOUSTON - Executives at the nation's two largest private prison companies have been donating large sums to President Donald Trump and Republican candidates with an eye toward the November elections that one of the corporations thinks will lead to a …
Trump opposes postal money that would help vote by mail WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump declared Thursday that he opposes additional funding for the U.S. Postal Service, acknowledging that his position would starve the agency of money Democrats say it needs to process an anticipated surge in …
State News
'Impossible': School boards are at heart of reopening debate

ROCK HILL - Helena Miller listened to teachers, terrified to reenter classrooms, and parents, exhausted from trying to make virtual learning work at home. She heard from school officials who spent hundreds of hours on thousands of details - buses, …

S.C. authorities: Inmate used cellphone to order violent crimes COLUMBIA (AP) - A South Carolina inmate imprisoned on armed robbery and burglary charges used a cellphone to order violent crimes on multiple people from inside prison and now faces new charges, authorities said Tuesday. Harvester Jackson, …
Most S.C. schools to restart in person just a few days a week COLUMBIA - Most school districts in South Carolina will not open their doors to students all five days a week when they start the new academic year during the COVID-19 pandemic, even though the governor demanded all schools offer a …
On Aug. 18, 1920, Nineteenth Amendment ratified There were a number of women in South Carolina who were pleased when the amendment that gave women the right to vote was ratified by the U.S. Congress in August 1920. Even though the state legislature had soundly rejected the amendment in January of …
S.C. businessman launches conservative PAC COLUMBIA - John Warren, the businessman who nearly bested South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster for the GOP nomination two years ago, is launching a political action committee that could ultimately serve as the springboard for another effort to …
Obituaries
CAROL PATRICIA NOLAN

Carol Patricia Nolan, age 81, died on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Arrangements will be announced by Bullock Funeral Home.

WILLIAM MARTIN REEKS

William Martin Reeks, age 68, died on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, at Prisma Health Richland Hospital. Arrangements will be announced by Bullock Funeral Home.

STACEY BERNARD DRAYTON

On Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, God called his son, Stacey Bernard Drayton, home to rest. He was born on Oct. 22, 1975, in Sumter County, a son of James Drayton Sr. and the late Inez Porcher Drayton. He attended the public schools of Sumter County and …

GEORGE PRIMUS

BISHOPVILLE - George Primus, of Lynchburg, entered eternal rest on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, at McLeod Hospice House, Florence. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Wilson Funeral Home, 403 S. Main St., Bishopville.

HARRY BENBOW

FLORENCE - On Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, Harry Benbow departed our midst at Regency Hospital in Florence. Born on April 10, 1944, in Summerton, he was a son of the late Tossie Sr. and Annie Johnson Benbow. In accordance with the CDC in …

Celebrations
Rabons celebrate 70 years of marriage Mr. and Mrs. Bobby B. Rabon, of Sumter, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Thursday, July 23, 2020, at their home. A celebration with family and friends will be held at a later date. Their two children and their spouses are Teresa …
Croskeys celebrate 60 years Gary and Judy Croskey of Sumter celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Friday, June 19, 2020. Their two children are Yvette White and Jacqui Croskey Hawkey. The couple has five grandchildren.
Culbreaths celebrate 62 years Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Culbreath of Sumter celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at their home. Their two children and their spouses are: Sabrina and John Budden and Gino and Gwendolyn Culbreath. The couple has …
Faith
Column by Rev. Clay Smith: Care enough to correct I grew up in a small town where everyone knew everyone else, and you were kin to most of them. In my childhood, it seemed like every adult I knew felt free to correct me. Alvin Simmons lived up the road and worked for my mother. He took my …
Church News: Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 Knitting Hearts Ministry, which meets at Bethesda Church of God, 2730 Broad St., announces: * Saturday - Knitting Hearts will meet from 10 a.m. to noon. Speakers will be Ed and Patty Garner from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Inspirational message: …
Is your life out of control because you are in control? During my seminary days, I was a chaplain at University Hospital in Louisville. The chaplains rotated shifts in the emergency room overnight to minister to those brought in. The hospital was a level three trauma center, so we got every accident, …
When cravings hit, pause and talk to Jesus I've stood with the refrigerator door open, searching for something to satisfy my hunger. I see carrots and apples, but I'm craving something sweet. Or salty. Or fatty. What's inside is not what I am craving. I've opened the cabinet and …
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
Pumpkin loves to cuddle

LEFT: Pumpkin is a neutered, housebroken 1-year-old American shorthair. He is great with other cats and children. Pumpkin is very affectionate and friendly. He loves to cuddle and sit in laps. He would make a wonderful new family lap cat and play …

Weddings
Burress-Ouzts Emily Caroline Burress of Sumter and Robert Thomas Ouzts of Manning were united in marriage on Sunday, May 3, 2020, in a private ceremony. A celebration of marriage was held at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 11, 2020 at First Baptist Church in Sumter. The …
Segars-Goodson Jane Elizabeth Segars and James Arthur Goodson IV, both of Sumter, were united in marriage at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25, 2020, at LinRan Farm in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Burrell "Billy" Raymie Segars Sr. and Nicolle Segars of …
Bradford-Morehouse TIMMONSVILLE - Erin Elaine Bradford of Sumter and Taylor Allen Morehouse of Summerton were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 6, 2020, at The Cabin at Old Spur. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Scott Bradford of Sumter, …
Weeks-Boyle Erika Meurling Weeks of Greenville and Austin O'Neil Boyle of Augusta, Georgia, were united in marriage at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 12, 2020, at the home of the bridegroom's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Adville Barnes Boyle III of Sumter. The bride is the …
Engagements
Curtis-Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Curtis of Lenoir, North Carolina, announce the engagement of their daughter, Sara Suzanne Curtis of Lenoir, to Samuel Lawrence Johnson of Sumter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy P. Johnson of Sumter. The bride-elect is the …
Johnson-Lee Ms. Tracie Dana Sykes of Sumter and Mr. and Mrs. William Howard Johnson of Manning announce the engagement of their daughter, Dinah Davis Johnson of Sumter, to Christopher Derek Lee of Sumter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Leroy Lee of …
Gayle-Demery Daniel and Michele Demery of Manning announce the engagement of their son, Treyon Marquise Demery of Smyrna, Georgia, to Melyssa Gayle of Smyrna, daughter of Noel and Althea Gayle of Flowery Branch, Georgia. The bride-elect is the granddaughter …
Glaze-Burr Lee and Fran Glaze of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Sally Glaze of Conway, to John Aaron Burr IV of Conway, son of John Burr III of Conway and Melody Carter of Longs. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Regi and Yvonne …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter known for its beautiful, tree-lined streets

Reflections remembers the initiation of tree-lined streets of early Sumter and the attention they helped bring to the rapidly growing city. Research notes the impact of Julia Lester Dillon for her management of the trees and the greening of our …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Pros will return to speedway; Sumter native sells leeches to hospitals 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 March 1 - 7 Note: Due to missing issues, 75 Years Ago is approximately seven months ahead of the current date. The January and February articles should have been dated 1946. - The biggest brass plan to witness the …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Masonic Grand Lodge Temple to be proposed; Pocalla teacher wins S.C. award 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Feb. 22 - 28 - Tickets are on sale in front of Lawson's Drug Store for the Teen Canteen George Washington birthday dance to be held at the recreation building. Cash prizes will be given to the boy and girl wearing the most …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Electricity reaches 40% of farms; Sumterites Association meets yearly 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Feb. 15 - 21 - A group of 433 Cub and Boy Scouts and their parents attended the Parent-Son Dinner held at Edmunds High School, ending Boy Scout week activities which have been carried on in Sumter for the past several days. …
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