Lifelong Sumter County residents thought they lived on public road, but now they're being told it might be private

Wayne Geddings, a Kangaroo Lane resident, stands on his street that hasn't been serviced in a year. Residents have been asking the county to change the street sign color back to its original green to indicate it's a public road so it will be maintained. They fear emergency service vehicles won't be able to drive on it quickly enough if needed.
Lesa Geddings and her 5-year-old grandson used to wave at the scraper when it would come to service their street in rural Sumter County. The boy loved watching the large machinery even out the dirt. But now he's 6 and hasn't seen a scraper since …
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What to stream this weekend: 'Avatar: The Last Airbender,' 'Priscilla' and Dolly Parton's puppies

Dolly Parton hosting a two-hour puppy-filled variety special on CBS and the seventh and final season of the hospital drama, "The Good Doctor" are some of the new television, movies, music and games …

Nation & World
This week's cellphone outage makes it clear: In the United States, landlines are languishing

NEW YORK - When her cellphone's service went down this week because of an AT&T network outage, Bernice Hudson didn't panic. She just called the people she wanted to talk to the old-fashioned way - on her landline telephone, the kind she grew up with …

Sex ed classes in some states may soon watch a fetal development video from anti-abortion group DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Baby Olivia isn't a real baby. It's an animated fetus that develops over the course of a three-minute video that has become a new front in state-level abortion politics. Bills in the Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri and West …
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is in Ukraine to meet Zelenskyy as US aid hangs in the balance WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is in Ukraine to try to reassure President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and other officials that Congress will deliver another round of U.S. aid, …
U.S. and EU pile new sanctions on Russia for the Ukraine war's 2nd anniversary and Navalny's death WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and the European Union are piling new sanctions on Russia on the eve of the second anniversary of its invasion of Ukraine and in retaliation for the death of …
AT&T says the outage to its U.S. cellphone network was not caused by a cyberattack AT&T said the hourslong outage to its U.S. cellphone network Thursday appeared to be the result of a technical error, not a malicious attack. The outage knocked out cellphone service for …
State News
What to watch as Haley tries to upset Trump in her home state

COLUMBIA - Nikki Haley's best-case scenario for her home state's Republican primary might be to do well enough to make the March 5 Super Tuesday slate somewhat competitive against Donald Trump. An upset in South Carolina, though, is a longshot in …

S.C. DHEC helps raise awareness about teen dating violence COLUMBIA - February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is joining the cause in raising awareness about the difference between healthy relationships and teen dating …
Nikki Haley vows to keep fighting Donald Trump GREENVILLE - There are no wins on the horizon for Nikki Haley. Those close to the former United Nations ambassador, the last major Republican candidate standing in Donald Trump's path to the GOP's 2024 presidential nomination, are privately …
Haley is sharpening contrasts with Trump COLUMBIA - Nikki Haley is using the closing days of her South Carolina Republican primary matchup with Donald Trump to hone her argument that she is the lone remaining candidate who can unite Americans, despite the former president's electoral wins …
Trump VP contender Tim Scott doesn't want to talk about vice president's role in certifying election REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) — Sen. Tim Scott, a potential running mate if Donald Trump becomes the Republican presidential nominee, is treading carefully on questions about whether he would have …
Obituaries
ALONZA TINDAL

FLORENCE - On Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024, Alonza "Bay" Tindal, husband of Lavern Holliday Tindal, departed our midst at the McLeod Hospice House in Florence. Born on Saturday, May 8, 1948, in Manning, he was a son of the late Cleveland Tindal Sr. and …

THEODORE GIBSON

On Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, Theodore "Gip" Gibson, husband of Rachel Powell Gibson, heard his Master's call at Sumter East Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born on Friday, Feb. 23, 1962, in Newark, New Jersey, he was a son of Rosetta Gibson Small …

WALTER EDWARD DAVIS

Walter Edward Davis, 81, husband of Joan Ayers Davis, died on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024, at his home. Services will be announced by Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, (803) 775-9386.

ANNIE MAE WILSON EVANS

Annie Mae Wilson Evans was born on April 4, 1933, in Lee County, a daughter of the late Robert and Phillis Wilson. She departed this earthly life on Monday, Feb. 19, 2024. She attended Lee County public schools. At an early age, she joined King …

NELSON

ALMETA GAYMON NELSON

Funeral services for Almeta Gaymon Nelson will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church, 805 S. Harvin St., Sumter, with Marion H. Newton, pastor, and Bishop Willie Green officiating. Interment will follow in Spring Grove …

Faith
Church News: Friday, Feb. 23, 2024 Hearts United Women's Ministry (formerly Knitting Hearts), meets at Bethesda Church of God, 2730 Broad St., announces: * Saturday, March 9 - Hearts United will meet from 10 a.m. to noon. Star Merrill will share how she was radically transformed …
Southern Baptists oust one church for having woman pastor, two others over sexual-abuse policy The Southern Baptist Convention's top administrative body voted Tuesday to oust four congregations — one for having a woman as senior minister, two for what it said were failures related to the …
Church News: Friday, Feb. 16, 2024 Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 325 Fulton St., announces: - Sunday - Trustee ministry anniversary worship at 10:45 a.m. - Sunday, Feb. 25 - Golden Age ministry anniversary worship at 10:45 a.m. Providence Baptist Church, 2445 Old …
Sumter Pastor Clay Smith: Courage is... Whatever happened to courage? Today, we make decisions based on what the insurance company might think. We stand silent while people speak authoritatively about things they know nothing about. We prefer the simple 30-second sound bite over …
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Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
Sumter SPCA's Piper is gentle, friendly and has a cool raccoon-like tail

Piper is a housebroken and spayed 3-year-old American short hair. She is gentle, active and friendly. Piper lives in our large cat room with several other cats and gets a lot of socialization from the public, so she would be a wonderful …

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Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: Local dirt track racer was a hero to many fans

Reflections looks back on the career of a dirt track racer and his love for the sport and his being a positive role model for the young fan base. The man selected, who was highly admired by the author as a youth, was Charlton McLeod from Clarendon …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Shaw hosts surplus sale; city's 1st Easter egg hunt a success 75 YEARS AGO - 1949 Aug. 2 - 8 - Rebel third baseman Hal Harrigan last night hit his 29th home run of the season to tie the Tri-State league record set last year by Leon Cross of Florence. It was the only prize Anderson could salvage from a …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Train car is named for Sumter County; Lee builds new high school 75 YEARS AGO - 1949 July 26 - Aug. 1 - Sumter County runs from New York City to Florida these days, not as a result of "imperialistic conquest" but because of improved service on the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. It's a gag, of course. Truth …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Company sponsors 4-H Electric Club; Celtic rock band visits Sumter 75 YEARS AGO - 1949 July 19 - 25 - Playing heads-up ball behind the masterful pitching of Leonard Humphries, the Sumter 40 and 8 Midget baseball team defeated the Eau Claire Junior Midgets 8-3 in the second game of their district elimination …
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