100 years of giving: Sumter's Porter family creates blessing bag Thanksgiving tradition to honor their grandmother’s service

Marguerite Porter’s 100 years of compassion and help for others in her community inspired her family to create Marguerite’s Mission to give to those in shelters.
When asked how it felt to turn 100 years old, Marguerite Porter sighed with disbelief. “I just don’t think about it,” she said.Always being a giver, she never thought about her age …
Studio Sumter

Sumter Today: Alice Drive Middle School marks another STEM milestone

Alice Drive Middle School made waves when it became nationally STEM certified in 2015.Then, they had five STEM-specific elective classes focusing on science, technology, engineering and math …

Panorama

Make new memories with these holiday recipes

For many families, spending special moments with loved ones feels more important than ever this year. Whether you're spending the holidays with family or inviting them for a virtual call from afar, you can enjoy the same dishes even without being at …

Nation & World
Dow crests 30,000 points on vaccine hopes, transition

The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded above 30,000 points for the first time Tuesday as investors were encouraged by the latest progress on developing coronavirus vaccines and news that the transition of power in the U.S. to President-elect Joe …

Mysterious monolith found in Utah's red-rock desert SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Deep in the Mars-like landscape of Utah's red-rock desert lies a mystery: A gleaming metal monolith in one of the most remote parts of the state. The smooth, tall structure was found during a helicopter survey of bighorn …
Thanksgiving could make or break U.S. virus response In Pennsylvania, if you're having friends over to socialize, you're supposed to wear a mask - and so are your friends. That's the rule, but Barb Chestnut has no intention of following it. "No one is going to tell me what I can or not do in my own …
Retail trade group sees solid holiday sales despite pandemic NEW YORK (AP) - The National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail trade group, expects that holiday sales could actually exceed growth seen in prior seasons, despite all the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic. The reason? Shoppers are …
U.S. agency ascertains Biden as winner, lets transition begin WASHINGTON - The General Services Administration ascertained Monday that President-elect Joe Biden is the "apparent winner" of the Nov. 3 election, clearing the way for the start of the transition from President Donald Trump's administration and …
State News
3-day ticket blitz, 130 $100 citations for going maskless in Columbia

COLUMBIA (AP) - A three-day ticket blitz in South Carolina's capital city brought 130 citations for going unmasked in public places despite the coronavirus pandemic - and the fire chief says more are coming. "I don't mind tipping my hand," …

South Carolina officials eye single drug for execution plan COLUMBIA (AP) — The state of South Carolina says an inmate scheduled to be executed next week could be put to death with a lethal dose of just one drug if officials cannot get hold of all three …
Rate of rejected S.C. ballots without signatures drops in 2020 COLUMBIA (AP) - Absentee ballots in South Carolina were turned in without required signatures at a lower rate in the 2020 election than the presidential election four years ago. About 0.7% of mailed-in ballots lacked witness signatures this …
Part 2 in a series about Eudora Farms: Dreams and dreamers and drive-thru safaris Imagine getting a private tour of Disneyland led by Walt Disney himself. That's how I felt as I walked the Eudora Farms property in Salley with owner and entrepreneur Mark Nisbet. I've always heard that every great dream begins with a dreamer. In …
S.C. State Parks to offer free admission Nov. 27 COLUMBIA - Admission will be free at state parks in South Carolina on Friday, Nov. 27, as the Park Service joins the national #OptOutside initiative. The promotion, sponsored by REI, encourages people to spend some time in the great outdoors the day …
Obituaries
RUBY BENNETT DINKINS

REMBERT - Ruby Bennett Dinkins, 72, departed this life on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in Sumter. She was born on Dec. 17, 1947, in Boykin, to the late Olden and Ellen Pollard Bennett. Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced later by …

RITA HOBI

ELGIN - Funeral services for Rita Maria Hobi, 65, will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Stroke Foundation. Mrs. Hobi passed away on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. Born in Chur, Switzerland, she was a daughter of …

LOUISE GREEN JENNINGS

Louise Green Jennings, 97, affectionately known as "Wese," answered the call of her heavenly father on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, at KershawHealth Medical Center at Camden. Louise was born in Lee County, to the late Henry and Louise Cabbagestalk …

GARDNER

THEODORE BONHAM GARDNER

MANNING - Theodore Bonham "Ted" Gardner, 92, husband of 64 years to Peggy Lynette Cantey Gardner, died on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, at his home. Born on April 29, 1928, in Mullins, he was a son of the late Charles Arthur Biddle Gardner and Lutie …

PATRICIA ANN BROWN

DALZELL - Patricia Ann Brown, 67, widow of Gary "Bush" Ray, died on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, at her home. Born on July 5, 1953, in Sumter, she was a daughter of Dorothy Holliday Brown Baker and the late Leroy Brown. She was a member of Bethesda …

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 …
Faith
Church News: Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 211 Alice Drive, announces: * Thursday, Dec. 3 - Blood drive from 2 to 6 p.m. Pinewood Baptist Church, 10 E. Fulton St., Pinewood, announces: * Tuesday, Nov. 24 - The church will host a community …
Church News: Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 211 Alice Drive, announces: * Thursday, Dec. 3 - Blood drive from 2 to 6 p.m. Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, 3285 Peach Orchard Road, Dalzell, announces: * Saturday - A celebratory parade for the …
Church News: Friday, Nov. 6, 2020 Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 211 Alice Drive, announces: * Thursday, Dec. 3 - Blood drive from 2 to 6 p.m. Knitting Hearts Community Ministry, which meets at Bethesda Church of God, 2730 Broad St., announces: * Saturday, Nov. 14 - …
Church News: Friday, Oct. 30, 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: * Now meeting 9:30-10:30 a.m. each Sunday in the …
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
Jack is a handsome boy who is a bit shy

TOP: This handsome boy is Jack. He was brought in by a good Samaritan who found him living on the street. Jack is approximately 6-8 months old, litter box trained and neutered. He is still a bit shy but is definitely learning to love the comforts of …

Weddings
Horton-Parshley Sierra Horton of Turbeville and Dustin Parshley of New Zion were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, at Perry's Pond. The bride is the daughter of Robbie Horton of Manning and Heidi Horton of Turbeville, and the granddaughter of …
Richburg-Thompson ALCOLU - Dixie Richburg of Davis Station and Bryan Joseph Thompson of Manning were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, at Lakewood Plantation. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Allan Craig Richburg of Davis Station and …
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 …
Engagements
Lynch-Coker Mr. and Mrs. Neal C. Lynch of Alcolu announce the engagement of their daughter, Katherine Lorena Lynch of Alcolu, to Zachary Scott Coker of Turbeville, son of Mr. A. Lanair Coker and Ms. Lucia Welsh Coker, both of Turbeville.The bride-elect is the …
Wilson-Davis Mr. and Mrs. John Joe Wilson Jr. announce the engagement of their daughter, Olivia Dean Wilson, to Raymond Bradley Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Lee Davis, all of Manning. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Kay McFaddin Gibbons and …
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. …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: Recollections of downtown Sumter in late 1800s presented by Hubert G. Osteen, part III

The third and final segment of the report written by Hubert G. Osteen detailing his recollections of downtown Sumter begins at the intersection of North Main and Canal streets. "Opposite the (John) Gayle house was the furniture and undertaking …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sumter sailors have reunion at Trinidad; man lights up intersections 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 May 20 - 23 - Youths still are required to register for the draft upon reaching the age of 18, in spite of the fact that a law has been passed temporarily banning their induction, R.T. Brown Jr. of local selective service …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: New Tuomey lobby, entrance open; Turbeville gets new mayor 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 May 14 - 18 - Three games are scheduled in the softball leagues, weather permitting. Booth Motor Co. meets Boyle Hardware Co., followed by the girls' game with the WACS meeting Royal Crown. A second men's game follows the …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sumter baseball club will be Fiskateers; Eckerd Drugs opens 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 May 9 - 13 - The Atlantic Coast Line railroad recently announced that it is renewing the offer to send one boy and one girl delegate, from its territory in each of the six states directly served, to the Sixteenth National …
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