Sumter's Next Generation, presented by CCTC: Wilson Hall graduate Davis Lee establishes 'Seniors Adopting Seniors,' learns valuable life lesson

Wilson Hall Class of 2024 graduate Davis Lee shares how establishing the school's Seniors Adopting Seniors program taught him valuable lessons about life.
Learning life lessons from elders is like having a cheat code for life. Our grandparents and seasoned folks have already faced the boss battles we have yet to experience. By tapping into their wisdom, we save ourselves from common mistakes and big …
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Movie Review: In 'The Bikeriders,' the birth of a subculture on two wheels

Still images have been a source of wonder and mythology in the films of Jeff Nichols. "Mud," Nichols' Twain-soaked Mississippi fable, seemed derived from the magical sight of a boat held aloft by a …

Nation & World
Lawsuit challenges new Louisiana law requiring classrooms to display the Ten Commandments

BATON ROUGE, La. — Civil liberties groups filed a lawsuit Monday to block Louisiana's new law that requires the Ten Commandments to be displayed in every public school classroom, a measure they …

Conservative-backed group is creating a list of federal workers it suspects could resist Trump plans WASHINGTON — From his home office in small-town Kentucky, a seasoned political operative is quietly investigating scores of federal employees suspected of being hostile to the policies of …
Here's a look at Trump's VP shortlist and why each contender may get picked or fall short NEW YORK — Donald Trump has narrowed his vice presidential shortlist to a handful of contenders as he prepares to announce his pick in the days before — or perhaps even at — next …
Should young kids have smartphones? These parents in Europe linked arms and said no BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Try saying "no" when a child asks for a smartphone. What comes after, parents everywhere can attest, begins with some variation of: "Everyone has one. Why can't I?" But …
The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022. Here's the state of abortion rights now in the U.S. Judges, state lawmakers and voters are deciding the future of abortion in the U.S. two years after the Supreme Court jolted the legal status quo with a ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade. The June …
State News
Husband of bride killed in alleged DUI crash on wedding night to receive nearly $1M in settlement

FOLLY BEACH (AP) — The husband of a bride who was killed in a South Carolina beach road collision on her wedding night last year will receive nearly a million dollars in settlement connected to …

Tax cuts, teacher raises and a few social issues in South Carolina budget compromise COLUMBIA — A budget compromise reached by a small group of lawmakers Friday means South Carolina will accelerate a planned income tax cut, raise the salaries of all teachers and state employees …
Gov. McMaster to visit Germany, a major driver of the state's economy COLUMBIA - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is off to Germany next week to strengthen business ties that have fueled this century's economic boom in the formerly struggling Southern state. The governor is an invited guest at the TDI conference, …
AP Decision Notes: What to expect in South Carolina's state primary runoffs WASHINGTON (AP) — South Carolina will hold runoff elections on Tuesday to decide a handful of races in which no candidate received a majority of the vote in the primary held just two weeks …
Another police dog dies while trying to help officers arrest a suspect in South Carolina COLUMBIA (AP) — For the second time this month, a police dog has been killed while trying to help arrest a suspect in South Carolina. A Richland County Sheriff's Department dog named Wick was …
Obituaries
ABRAHAM WASHINGTON

Abraham Washington, 74, son of the late John Henry Wilson and Isabella Washington, was born on Feb. 18, 1950, in Lee County. He departed this life on Saturday, June 22, 2024, at Midlands Health and …

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TAMI SHANE KICIDIS HOWELL

Tami Shane Kicidis Howell, 74, wife of Richard Stephen “Steve” Howell, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, June 21, 2024, at her family home after fighting a long illness. …

NYKEBA JAKIRAH MACK

Nykeba Jakirah Mack, 26, daughter of Antonio Mack and Deirdre F. Hicks Howard (Marion Howard Jr.), was born on July 15, 1997, in Sumter. She departed this life Sunday, June 23, 2024, in Sumter. …

DEWEY SPENCER SR.

HORATIO — Dewey Spencer Sr. departed this life on Friday, June 21, 2024, in Horatio. He was born Aug. 29, 1944, in Horatio to the late Stolley and Eva Jackson Waiters and the late Winfield …

JUDITH K. LESSARD

Judith K. Penke Lessard, age 82, beloved wife of the late Henry Thomas Lessard, passed away on Monday, June 24, 2024, at Covenant Place of Sumter. You may go to www.bullockfuneralhome.com and …

Faith
The Rev. Dr. Clay Smith: Losing it It happens more often now than it used to. My wife and I will be talking about someone, and I can't remember his or her name. Usually, it is some person I have known for a long time but I don't see regularly. After a few minutes, their name pops up …
Column by Pastor Billy Holland: Thoughts on abundant living One of the more popular verses about blessings in the New Testament is John 10:10. We notice Christ is speaking, "The thief does not come except to steal, to kill, and to destroy. But, I have come that they may have life and have it more …
Column by Pastor Stewart Rawson: Hands clenched tightly have little chance of succeeding I recently had the privilege of attending the Mayor's Annual Prayer Breakfast. It was held at Alice Drive Baptist Church. I have served at churches in six different states and in 10 different cities, and every city I have served has a Mayor's Prayer …
New law requires all Louisiana public school classrooms to display the Ten Commandments BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has become the first state to require that the Ten Commandments be displayed in every public school classroom, the latest move from a GOP-dominated Legislature …
Celebrations
Shumperts celebrate 50 years PHOTO PROVIDED Donnie Shumpert and Barbara Smith Shumpert celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 16, 2024. Donnie Shumpert from Sumter and Barbara Smith Shumpert from Smoaks met in Sumter while Barbara was living with her sister and her …
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
Titus poses for attention and enjoys back scratches

Titus is a 7-month-old, gray tabby, male American Shorthair. He is debonair, suave and just plain handsome. Titus loves to pose for attention and enjoys kisses and back scratches. He is an active and playful boy who has a sweet and …

Weddings
Walton-Newman EASTOVER - Corie Lorraine Walton and James Tyler Newman Jr., both of Sumter, were united in marriage at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2024, at Magnolia Way Venue. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wade Walton Jr., and the …
Engagements
Welch-Barwick Allison Lynn Welch of Sumter and Stephen Daniel Barwick of Dalzell announce their engagement. The bride-elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Welch and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Tschorn Sr. and the late Mr. and Mrs. …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter becomes home to luxurious movie theater in 1967

Reflections revisits the arrival of Wesmark Cinema in Sumter. The beautiful structure, owned by Carmike Theaters, was in the Wesmark Shopping Center; Sumter's second such facility opened shortly after a cinema began operation in Palmetto Plaza. The …

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