'Go, driver': After 34 years, Sumter native still behind the wheel for 'my precious cargo'

Thomasini Agim drives her school bus in Sumter. She has worked for Sumter School District since 1986 as a bus driver. National School Bus Safety Week is Oct. 19-23, and she spoke about the job she loves.
The job allows for some freedom and there's some sightseeing involved, but to be good at it, one must have a love for children, plenty of patience and flexibility and behavior-management skills. It's a school bus driver, and to commemorate …
Studio Sumter

Sumter Today: We commemorate National School Bus Safety Week

To commemorate National School Bus Safety Week this week we sat down with one of Sumter School District’s finest and longest-serving drivers, Thomasini Agim.  A Sumter native, Agim has …

Panorama

Sumter author Ken Bell's work submitted for Edgar Award

Local author Kendall "Ken" Bell's nonfiction "Triple Tragedy in Alcolu" has been submitted for consideration for an Edgar Award. Submitted by Bella Rosa Books, the book, Bell's latest, recounts the events of the 1944 murder trial and execution of …

Nation & World
Trump: Sudan to join UAE, Bahrain in recognizing Israel

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump announced Friday that Sudan will start to normalize ties with Israel, making it the third Arab state to do so as part of U.S.-brokered deals in the run-up to Election Day. The deal, which would deepen Sudan's …

Postal delays persist in battleground states U.S. Postal Service records show delivery delays have persisted across the country as millions of Americans are voting by mail, raising the possibility of ballots being rejected because they arrive too late. Postal data through Oct. 9, the latest …
Fiasco over pope's cut civil union quote intensifies impact ROME (AP) — The world premiere of a documentary on Pope Francis was supposed to have been a bright spot for a papacy locked down by a pandemic and besieged by a corruption scandal, recalling …
Washington state discovers first 'murder hornet' nest in U.S. SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Scientists have discovered the first nest of so-called murder hornets in the United States and plan to wipe it out Saturday to protect native honeybees, officials in …
Senate GOP marches ahead on Barrett over Democrats' blockade WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is gearing up for a rare weekend session as Republicans race to put Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court and cement a conservative majority before Election Day …
State News
Drive-through S.C. fair draws thousands

COLUMBIA (AP) - Organizers said thousands of people turned out to peer at agricultural exhibits from their car windows and grab to-go funnel cakes at a drive-through fair in South Carolina. The more than 150-year-old South Carolina State Fair …

2 jailed after S.C. deputy was killed during traffic stop GREENVILLE (AP) - Two people were in custody after a South Carolina deputy was killed and several other people were injured when a traffic stop on Interstate 85 went awry, authorities said. The State Law Enforcement Division said Ray Kelly was …
S.C. authorities break up party amid pandemic
COLUMBIA (AP) - Authorities in South Carolina broke up a party where at least 2,000 people were gathered without taking precautions to prevent spreading the coronavirus, fire officials said. The gathering occurred Saturday at an apartment complex …
South Carolina authorities break up huge party amid pandemic COLUMBIA (AP) — Authorities in South Carolina broke up a party where at least 2,000 people were gathered without taking precautions to prevent spreading the coronavirus, fire officials said.The …
S.C. mother convicted in deaths of 2 newborns left in trash bags COLUMBIA (AP) - A jury convicted a South Carolina mother of throwing two of her newborns away in trash bags after they were born 13 months apart, but the 32-year-old mother of two other children wasn't in the courtroom Thursday to hear the …
Obituaries

BRANDT

DR. CHARLES WESLEY BRANDT

Dr. Charles Wesley "Charley," "CW" Brandt, 85, died peacefully on Oct. 11, 2020. He was born in Richmond, Virginia, on Feb. 3, 1935, to the late Philip Wesley Brandt and Josephine Hansford McCaul Brandt. Charley was reared in Richmond and …

WITHERSPOON

DR. ERTHLAY WITHERSPOON

Dr. Erthlay Witherspoon was born on March 23, 1939, in Sumter to the late the Rev. Windson Witherspoon and Missionary Lela Witherspoon. On Oct. 20, 2020, Dr. Witherspoon departed Earth to accept his final assignment in Heaven. Following his …

POLITE

DAWYNETTA McFADDEN POLITE

LAKE CITY - Dawynetta McFadden Polite, 47, wife of Robert Polite, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, at Lake City Community Hospital in Lake City. She was born Sept. 24, 1973, in Sumter, a daughter of the …

EUGENE GALLISHAW

Eugene Gallishaw, son of the late Edward Blanding Sr. and Oleen McMillian Gallishaw, was born on June 12, 1951, in Sumter County. He departed this life on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in the home in Charlotte, North Carolina. Eugene was educated in the …

BARRY SCOTT

BISOPVILLE - Mr. Barry Scott passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, at MUSC in Florence. Professional services are incomplete and will be announced later by JP Holley Funeral Home, Bishopville Chapel.

Celebrations
Griffins celebrate 50 years Jimmy and Nancy Griffin, of Sumter, celebrated their 50th anniversary on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, at their home. Their two children are Lacey Griffin Ray of Apex, North Carolina, and Leigh Griffin Carter and her husband, Ross, of Cary, North …
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 …
Faith
Church News: Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 Dalzell United Methodist Church, 3330 Black River Road, Dalzell, announces: * Now meeting 9:30-10:30 a.m. each Sunday in the sanctuary, Wednesday night services in the fellowship hall and Sunday evening Bible study in the education building. All …
Plot thickens over pope's civil union endorsement VATICAN CITY - Questions swirled Thursday about the origins of Pope Francis' bombshell comments endorsing same-sex civil unions, with all evidence suggesting he made them in a 2019 interview that was never broadcast in its entirety. The …
CHURCH NEWS: Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 211 Alice Drive, announces: * Thursday, Dec. 3 — Blood drive from 2 to 6 p.m. Dalzell United Methodist Church, 3330 Black River Road, Dalzell, announces:* …
The Rev. Clay Smith: Jesus followers and our government Americans are granted one of the greatest privileges in history: We choose our leaders. No king succeeds his parent to the throne; no dictator seizes power. I believe every American should be informed by credible sources (Note: a Facebook post is …
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
Gallant is super sweet, loves to play

FAR LEFT: Gallant is an 8-month-old pit / Labrador mix. His is a super sweet boy, who is active and very friendly and loving. Gallant loves to play with other dogs, but still has a calm side. He is also great with children and would make an …

Weddings
Cromer-Josey SaraLouise Cromer of Sumter and Matthew Samuel Josey of Florence were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, at the Church of the Holy Comforter in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Paul Cromer III, the …
Catoe-Ayres Emma Suzanne Catoe of Sumter and Jonathan Hunter Ayres of Howell, New Jersey, were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, at First Baptist Church in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Allen and Lisa Catoe and the granddaughter of …
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 …
Engagements
Williams-Jordan Mr. Ernest and Mrs. Cherell Butler of Aiken and Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Williams of Saluda announce the engagement of their daughter, Amy D. Williams of Simpsonville, to Derrick L. Jordan of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jordan of …
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 …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter Military Academy and Female Seminary attracted many students

Reflections remembers the inception of two Sumter private institutions that helped prompt increased support for Sumter's educational system. These two boarding schools offered a demanding curriculum taught by a highly qualified faculty. The …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Trinity church receives gift from Brice estate; Sumter farmer honored 75 YEARS AGO — 1946April 29 – May 3• Sale of city hall to the operators of the Sumter, Rex and Carolina motion picture theaters is being considered by city council, but no definite …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: 2 Sumter stars will play for USC Gamecocks; 200 from county will go to Million Man March 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 April 24 - 28 - The government plans to re-enter the butter market about May 1 to buy 60,000,000 pounds to supply the armed services and military hospitals during the next 12 months. To ensure this quantity, the government …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Students plan memorial to fallen veterans; Solomon is Item's player of the year 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 April 19 - 23 - William C. Eldridge was elected president of the Sumter Rotary Club at the board of directors' meeting. Other new officers for the year are Sam B. Green, retiring president, who becomes vice president; E. …
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