Sumter Master Gardeners will sell plants, share knowledge

Sumter Master Gardeners will once again set up at the entrance to the Bland Gardens side of Swan Lake this weekend during Iris Festival to sell beautiful Japanese iris they have grown, along with a variety of plants grown in the individual gardens …

Sumter Today: Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Festival in Mayesville

We drove over to Mayesville this weekend for a celebration highlighting the accomplishments and historic strides of Mary McLeod Bethune. There was no shortage of food, fun and family. Check it out on …

State news
Boy bitten by shark at Hilton Head Island HILTON HEAD ISLAND (AP) - A 10-year-old boy was bitten by a shark while splashing in waist-deep water along the South Carolina coast, according to the boy's mother. Tonya Turrell told the Island Packet of Hilton Head that her son Jei was bitten …
Pastors alliance admonishes Senate for abortion ban fail COLUMBIA - A group of pastors admonished South Carolina state senators Wednesday for failing to pass legislation that would have banned virtually all abortions in the state. The South Carolina Pastors Alliance held a news conference at the …
Ramsay was a patriot, physician and historian killed in 1815 On May 6, 1815, William Linnen, a tailor in Charleston, stood behind the columns of St. Michael's Church, watching intently as Dr. David Ramsay walked home. Linnen was notorious for making frequent threats against …
Prison chief: Poor morale linked to staffing issues COLUMBIA - A state senator plans to travel across South Carolina with a special committee to hear from prisoners and employees about problems in prison, following a deadly riot last month that killed seven inmates and injured 22 …
Democrat Noble chooses Tinubu as lieutenant governor COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Charleston businessman Phil Noble said his pick of an African-American educator to be his running mate for the Democratic nomination for governor shows he is the right …
Nation/world
New CIA director says she'll send more spies to the field

LANGLEY, Va. - New CIA Director Gina Haspel pledged to send more spies into the field during her swearing-in Monday as President Donald Trump offered up praise for the rank and file, who felt snubbed during his first visit to the headquarters of the …

In North Korea nuke site closure, spectacle trumps substance TOKYO - Foreign journalists will be allowed to journey deep into the mountains of North Korea this week to observe the closing of the country's Punggye-ri nuclear test site in a much-touted display of goodwill before leader Kim Jong Un's planned …
Texas school shooting kills 10, deadliest since Parkland SANTA FE, Texas - A 17-year-old armed with a shotgun and a pistol opened fire at a Houston-area high school Friday, killing 10 people, most of them students, authorities said. It was the nation's deadliest such attack since the massacre in Florida …
Please don't repo Fido ALBANY, N.Y. - How much is that maltipoo in the window? It could end up costing twice what it says on the price tag if the buyer is enticed into signing a pet leasing contract. That's what nearly happened to 24-year-old Natalie Sullivan, of …
Obituaries
SHANTE E. SIMMONS MANNING - On Sunday, May 20, 2018, Shante Evett Simmons departed our midst at her residence. Born on Aug. 5, 1985, in Sumter, she was a daughter of Henry and Lillie Mae Hammett Simmons. The family is receiving relatives and friends from 2 to 8 …
CHARLIE LEE WILLIAMS A memorial service for Charlie Lee Williams will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Elizabeth Baptist Church, 4986 Camden Highway, Bishopville. This announcement is a courtesy of Square Deal Funeral Home, 106 McIntosh St., Bishopville.
MINNIE MAE W. COMLEY Minnie Mae "Tudie" Weilage Comley, 99, widow of Eugene A. Comley, died on Monday, May 21, 2018, at Morningside of Sumter. Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.
THELMA H. TEDDER IRMO - Thelma H. Tedder, 86, died on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Lexington Medical Center. Services will be announced by Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter.
EDNA MAE SWINTON Edna Mae Swinton, 80, widow of Leon Swinton, departed this life on Monday, May 21, 2018, at her residence. She was born on Nov. 15, 1937, in Sumter, a daughter of the late James and Annie Bell Logan Wright. The family will receive friends at …
Celebrations
Castelia C. Wilson celebrates 100 years Castelia Clark Wilson celebrated her 100th birthday on Tuesday, April 10. Born on April 10, 1918, in Lee County, she is the daughter of the late Robbie and Ada Clark. She received her education at Morris College. After completing her education, …
Catherine Cutler Schumacher Blake Edmond and Sarah Cutler Schumacher of Columbia announce the birth of a daughter, Catherine Cutler Schumacher, on March 16, 2018, at Palmetto Health Baptist Hospital, Columbia. Catherine weighed 8 pounds, and she was 20 1/4 inches …
Browns celebrate 50 years Dr. and Mrs. David Eugene Brown Jr., of Sumter, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. Their two children are Dr. David Eugene Brown III and wife, Farrah, of Chapin and Margaret Lindsay Brown of Mount …
Mary Cunningham celebrates 104 years Mary Cunningham celebrated her 104th birthday on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at Covenant Place with her family, friends and staff. Born in Greenville, Mary is the fourth and only living of six girls. She is the widow of the Rev. Dr. Francis …
Howards celebrate 50 years The Rev. Laddie and Mrs. Katherine Howard celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 30, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Their children are Laddie T. Howard and Katherine W. Grice. The couple has four grandchildren. Mrs. Howard is the …
Faith
Church News: Friday, May 18, 2018 Agape Outreach Ministries, 100 E. Red Bay Road, announces: * Today - "A time to be healed" revival at 7:30 p.m. Apostle Dr. Phillip Coleman will speak. Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2571 Joseph Lemon-Dingle Road, Jordan community, …
Mental illness touches us all; we all need a safe place When I pastored in rural Kentucky, we lived in the parsonage (a house the church provides for the pastor). Because this church always wanted to know where to find the pastor, they located the parsonage right next to the church. Everyone in that …
God gave me numerous mothers to fill in the gaps Don't get me wrong, my mother was an amazing woman. Growing up, she came home every afternoon from school, saddled up her horse and rode out with her brother Pete to doctor screw-worm calves across 10,000 acres of marsh and swamp. She was the most …
Church News: Friday, May 11, 2018 Agape Outreach Ministries, 100 E. Red Bay Road, announces: * Friday, May 18 - "A time to be healed" revival at 7:30 p.m. Apostle Dr. Phillip Coleman will speak. Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, 774 Douglas Ave., announces: * Saturday - …
Pets for adoption
Sky, Pretzel, Wendy are all playful, affectionate kittens

Sky, Pretzel and Wendy are just three of the many kittens available at the Sumter SPCA. Sky, an 11-week-old female, Pretzel, an 8-week-old male, and Wendy, a 5-month-old female are all playful, affectionate and active kittens, who enjoy people …

Dear Abby
Man devoted to wife with Parkinson's fulfills his vows DEAR ABBY - I'm writing in response to "Requires Companionship", whose husband has Parkinson's and she's considering dating. My wife was diagnosed nine years ago, and she, too, can no longer walk, write or speak. We have, however, found ways to …
Hard work in gym pays off with arm-wrestling triumph DEAR ABBY — I'm average, fitness-wise, and work in an office. My girlfriend, who is naturally athletic, has belonged to a gym for a year. Our two fitness paths collided when I was enjoying …
Woman with anxiety disability is target of public skepticism DEAR ABBY — I can't drive. It's not because I don't want to, but whenever I sit behind the wheel, I have panic attacks. I'm currently attending therapy for it, and progress is being made, …
Weddings
Culclasure-Wilson MAYESVILLE - Lauren Betts Culclasure of Manning and William Heathley Wilson IV of Mayesville were united in marriage at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Mayesville Presbyterian Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Todd …
Thompson-Daylami Lauren Lee Thompson and Taylor Francis Daylami were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Allan Thompson of Sumter and the …
Martin-Veverica COLUMBIA - Kate Gamble Martin and Jordan Scott Veverica were united in marriage Saturday, May 5, 2018, at Rutledge Chapel on the Horseshoe at the University of South Carolina. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Lewis Martin of Manning …
Funke-Dunlap LYNCHBURG - Erika Charlotte Funke and Michael Paul Dunlap, both of Columbus, Mississippi, were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Tanglewood Plantation. The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Bryan Funke of Sumter. She …
Riley-Scott EDISTO ISLAND - Sarah Morgan Riley of Aiken and Dustin Charles Scott of Sumter were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Cypress Trees Plantation. The bride is the daughter of Drs. John Wade and Melissa Morgan Riley of Aiken …
Engagements
Schwechlen-Anderson Dr. and Mrs. Jay Anderson of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, formerly of Sumter, announce the engagement of their son, Gabriel James Anderson of Basel, Switzerland, to Caroline Schwechlen of Saint Louis, Alsace, France, daughter of Fernand Schwechlen …
Williams-Morris Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Williams of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Courtney Elizabeth Williams of Charlotte, North Carolina, to Nathan William Morris of Charlotte, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Morris of Charlotte. The …
Thompson-Daylami Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Allan Thompson of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Lee Thompson of Columbia, to Taylor Francis Daylami of Columbia, son of Mr. and Mrs. Benny Daylami of Summerville. The bride-elect is the …
Smith-Lander Dr. and Mrs. William Clay Smith of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Hannah Elizabeth Smith of Durham, North Carolina, to William Foster Lander of Raleigh, North Carolina, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Chapin Lander of Atlanta, …
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Don't miss Music of Spring Garden Tour

The 2018 Music of Spring Garden Tour will be presented by the Sumter Council of Garden Clubs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 26. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased at the Swan Lake Visitor's Center in Sumter from May 20 through 26 …

Reflections

Iris Festival is lengthy tradition in Sumter

In celebration of the 78th year of the Iris Festival, the country's longest-running continuous festival, Reflections presents slides taken by the late Hubert D. Osteen in 1948 and 1949 of Swan Lake-Iris Gardens and the festival parade. The festival …

Yesteryear
Blanding promoted; Majorettes recognized; Drifters rock Sumter 75 Years Ago - 1943 Dec 11-Dec 17 - "Leon M. Blanding, 25, son of Mrs. Georgia L. Blanding, has been promoted from the rank of first lieutenant to that of captain. On a recent mission the plane of Captain Blanding, who is credited with …
Civilians praised for war efforts; Biltons open 6th dealership 75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Dec. 4 - Dec. 10 - The Shaw Field public relations office said that during October and November, planes based at Shaw had flown the equivalent of 400 round trips to Tokyo. Figures released by the post command showed the …
Cadet dance held at Shaw Field; P-15's entered in playoff 75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Nov. 27 - Dec. 3 - The Presbyterians and Baptists emerged victorious in opening games of the Sunday School Basketball league at the YMCA, while the Pinewood cagers, composed of a number of veterans, trounced the Sumter …