Sumter County benefited most from $44 million in 'hidden' funds in S.C. budget

Sumter's Palmetto Tennis Center received a $2 million hidden earmark to help with its renovation efforts to bring a new clubhouse and clay courts to the complex. Lawmakers and city officials hope the expansion will bring in tourists to boost the local economy.
Sumter County benefited more than any other S.C. county from secret earmarks tucked inside last year's state budget. Unbeknownst to the vast majority of state taxpayers and even most lawmakers who approved the budget, at least $7.3 million …
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With heavy rain expected to return Thursday evening, Sumter appeared to have escaped Sally’s remnants through the first part of the day without major injuries.

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ArtFields calls for Southern artists Lake City to host 9th annual exhibition

ArtFields invites both emerging and established artists from 12 southeastern states to enter the ninth exhibition and competition that turns Lake City into a town-wide gallery for nine days in the spring. Accepted artists will have their work …

Nation & World
Running out of storm names, Atlantic season goes Greek

The Atlantic's record-breaking "crazy" hurricane season got a bizarre European remake Friday as forecasters ran out of traditional names and trotted out the Greek alphabet for subtropical storm Alpha. And it was misplaced geographically, bearing …

U.S. bans WeChat, TikTok from app stores The U.S. Commerce Department said Friday it will ban Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat from U.S. app stores on Sunday and will saddle the apps with technical restrictions that could seriously limit their functionality in the U.S. The order, which …
CDC drops controversial testing advice NEW YORK - U.S. health officials on Friday dropped a controversial piece of coronavirus guidance and said anyone who has been in close contact with an infected person should get tested. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention essentially …
Firefighter dies battling wildfire in California sparked by gender reveal SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - A firefighter died battling a wildfire in California that officials said was sparked by a device used to reveal a baby's gender. The death happened Thursday in the San Bernardino National Forest as crews battled the …
Majority of Trump supporters to cast vote on Election Day DENVER - A majority of President Donald Trump's supporters plan to cast their ballot on Election Day, while about half of Joe Biden's backers plan to vote by mail, a sign of a growing partisan divide over how best to conduct elections in the United …
State News
S.C. justices reopen courtroom with school funding lawsuit

COLUMBIA (AP) - Meeting in person for oral arguments for the first time since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, the South Carolina Supreme Court heard arguments Friday over whether Gov. Henry McMaster has the power to direct $32 million in …

Sumter legislator Smith wants raises and bonuses, but not now COLUMBIA - The chairman of the House committee that writes South Carolina's budget said he also wants a small raise for teachers and a $1,000 COVID-19 hazard pay bonus for lower-paid state workers, but now isn't the time to spend that …
McMaster signs into law COVID-19 election rules COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed into law Wednesday changes in South Carolina voting rules allowing anyone to cast an absentee ballot without a reason in November's general election to help fight the spread of …
South Carolina Senate OKs teacher raises, hazard pay; Now, on to the House COLUMBIA (AP) — The South Carolina Senate passed changes Tuesday to the state budget that would provide a small raise to most teachers and a hazard pay bonus for some lower-paid state …
No-excuse absentee bill is headed to governor's desk COLUMBIA - The first day of the South Carolina Legislature's two-week special session to wrap up ends left loose by the COVID-19 pandemic was marked by two groups advocating for constitutional rights at the capitol building: One urging legislators …
Obituaries
LUCRETIA SINGLETON

Lucretia Singleton, 85, died on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Connecticut. Born  on Sept. 6, 1935, in Clarendon County, she was a daughter of the late Harry and …

ANNIE MAE SIMMONS

Annie Mae Simmons, 87, died on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, at McLeod Health Clarendon, Manning. Born on April 1, 1933, in Clarendon County, she was a daughter of the late  Cleveland and Mary …

LAVONA RUTH CLARK HYATT

Lavona Ruth Clark Hyatt, age 69, died on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, at her residence. You may go to www.bullockfuneralhome.com and sign the family’s guest book. The family has chosen Bullock …

LINDA ANN MYERS

Linda Ann Myers, age 75, died on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, at her residence. Born in Pomaria, she was a daughter of the late Dewey Edwin Free and Jessie Marie Bentley Free. Ms. Myers loved her family, music, church and God. She was a loving mother …

JOSEPH FRANKLIN MCLEOD JR.

On Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, God saw fit in his infinite wisdom to call Joseph Franklin McLeod Jr., 52, home from earthly battles to heavenly rewards. Joseph, known to most as "Speedy," was born on Aug. 25, 1968, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to …

Celebrations
Osbornes celebrate 50 years Charles Thomas and Alice Garrett Osborne, of Sumter, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. Their two children are Brandon Osborne and Sara and Franklin Trepoy, all of Sumter. The couple has two …
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.
Faith
Church News: Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 325 Fulton St., announces: * Sunday, Sept. 27 - The 127th anniversary of the church and homecoming will be celebrated at 11 a.m. via Facebook and YouTube. The Rev. Dr. Travis S. Holmes, of Ladson, will …
The Rev. Dr. Clay Smith: The stars are telling you something . . . Days on the ranch started early. First you put on your britches, then you went to the barn to feed up. Then you ate breakfast. Back then, my parents didn't see the need for a security lamp. It didn't matter how dark it was, the barn hadn't moved in …
As Africa's cases rise, faith is put to the test KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) - The COVID-19 pandemic is testing the patience of some religious leaders across Africa who worry they will lose followers, and funding, as restrictions on gatherings continue. Some evangelical Christian leaders in Uganda have …
Church News: Friday, Sept. 11, 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. Atiya Fazal Massey will share an inspirational message of freedom, healing and hope. Find the …
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
Ramona gets along with other cats and dogs

LEFT: Ramona is a housebroken 7-month-old American short hair. She is great with other cats, children and even dogs. Ramona is friendly, active and affectionate. She adores back scratches and lots of attention. The Sumter SPCA is located at 1140 …

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
Bultman-Satterfield Ms. Cynthia D. Bultman of Sumter announces the engagement of her daughter, Megan Bultman of Sumter, to William Satterfield of Heard County, Georgia, son of William and Kelly Satterfield of Heard County. The bride-elect is also the daughter of Mr. …
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 …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: Gliders played an important role in Normandy Invasion

Reflections looks back at an important segment of the U.S. military joined by numerous soldiers from the Sumter community. The Glider Infantry program proved an integral part of the armed forces and played an important role in the Normandy Invasion, …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sumter boxer is Denver star; Boykin's Mill products chosen by QVC 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 April 4 - 8 - Announcement is made today of the retirement of S.B. Green as general manager of the South Carolina Continental Telephone Co. and Sumter Telephone Co. after 18 years' service with these and other independent …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: SHS adds soccer for students; new equipment at Poinsett range 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 March 31 - April 3 - Here's a sure sign that America is gradually getting back to the pre-war way of life - the circuses of fond memories are on the road and will visit the Monahan Show Grounds in Sumter. Actually the …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Cotton improvement contest held again; Gamecocks are top dog 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 March 25 - 30 - Dogwood season, now in full swing, is perhaps nature's most appealing effort in loveliness. There is a lovely legend of the dogwood which comes from past centuries. Because of its hardness, it is said that …
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