Unions join Sumter School District bus drivers in rally for 'living wages'

Sylvester Covington, a bus driver with Sumter School District for 11 years, and others protest with members of the Fight for $15 group and other state unions in front of the district offices on Tuesday.
Tuesday marked one week that a group of Sumter School District bus drivers have not reported to work and rallied outside the district office for higher pay. Joining 15 to 20 bus drivers Tuesday in front of the district administration building on …
Studio Sumter

Sumter Today: Simpsons hosts its annual Ladies Night

Each year, Simpson Hardware and Sports holds Ladies Night to kick off the holiday shopping season. Customers lined up outside in the cold to get their shot at special deals throughout the store and …

Panorama

Salvage shops offer decor with a story

T wo of the hottest trends in home decor are sustainability and authenticity. No wonder architectural salvage shops are busy. Homeowners love features that come with a story, says Rich Ellis, publisher of Architectural Salvage and Antique …

Nation & World
Record cold follows snowstorm over much of the eastern U.S.

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Snow and cold records fell as an arctic airmass that started in Siberia spilled over a big chunk of the eastern half of the U.S., including the normally mild South, on Tuesday. The mid-autumn taste of winter brought record …

Disney Plus streaming debuts NEW YORK - Disney sprinkled its pixie dust on the streaming arena Tuesday, as its Disney Plus service debuted with an arsenal of marquee franchises including Marvel and Star Wars, original series with a built-in fan base and a cheap price to …
What you get for $7-a-month Disney Plus subscription NEW YORK - Disney Plus subscribers will initially get more than 500 movies and 7,500 TV episodes. That's expected to grow to 620 movies and 10,000 episodes in five years, as existing deals with rival streaming services expire. The service …
Safety officials probing records of work on Southwest planes DALLAS (AP) - Southwest Airlines says it will speed up inspections of dozens of used planes it bought from foreign airlines after federal regulators threatened to ground the jets because they might not meet all safety standards. The Federal …
U.S. largest milk company files for bankruptcy amid drop in demand Dean Foods, America's biggest milk processor, filed for bankruptcy Tuesday amid a decades-long drop-off in U.S. milk consumption blamed on changing trends and a growing variety of alternatives. The Dallas company said it may sell itself to the …
State News
Sanford suspends presidential primary challenge to Trump

CONCORD, N.H. - Mark Sanford dropped his challenge to President Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday, saying the focus on impeachment has made it difficult for his campaign to gain traction. "You've got to be a …

Cyclist who 'died twice' thanks emergency responders GREENVILLE - Ben McCall's blood pressure had dropped dangerously low, his helmet was bashed in, and more than 30 bones were broken. Lying on a rural, two-lane section of Woodruff Road nearly 20 miles from the nearest emergency room, McCall's …
Colonial baking is seen through archives' receipts As the holidays approach, our thoughts turn to cooking and baking for family and friends. The archives of the South Carolina Historical Society contain a wonderful collection of family recipes, or "receipts" as they were frequently called. Some of …
Rebate checks are in the mail; S.C. taxpayers get $50 each COLUMBIA (AP) - More than a year after someone in South Carolina won an $878 million lottery jackpot, 1.2 million of the state's taxpayers are getting their own modest windfall from that lucky day. The South Carolina Revenue Department said …
Moderates add exceptions to S.C. abortion ban bill COLUMBIA - A group of moderate senators restored exceptions for rape and incest on Tuesday to a measure to ban nearly all abortions in South Carolina, sending the bill to the state Senate floor for a potential 2020 election year fight. The …
Obituaries
DEBRA WALKER

Debra Walker, 52, departed this earthly life on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, at her residence in Dalzell. Born Nov. 24, 1966, in Plainfield, New Jersey, she was the daughter of the late Brantley and Perry Lee Robinson Walker. She leaves to cherish …

IENG S. AUSTIN

WEDGEFIELD - Ieng Srimuang Austin 75, wife of William B. Austin, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at Prisma Health Richland Hospital in Columbia. Born in Nong Khai, Thailand, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Phadtha Srimuang. Mrs. …

HELEN H. HILBISH

LEXINGTON - Helen Jeanette Harrod Hilbish 86, beloved wife for 57 years of the late Philip Lawrence Hilbish Jr., departed this earthly life on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, at her home in Lexington. Born April 18,1933, in Ingalls, Arkansas, she was the …

MARION THOMAS

Marion Thomas, 96, widower of Annie Mae Shaw Thomas, died Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, at his home. Born July 15, 1923, in Lee County, he was the son of the late Winnie Thomas. The family will receive relatives and friends at the home, 5704 Red Hill …

MITCHELL L. PLOWDEN II

SUMMERTON - Mitchell Lee "Mickey" Plowden II, husband of Judy Lynn McKissick Plowden, died Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, at McLeod Regional Medical Center. Born Sept. 20, 1945, in Manning, he was a son of the late Lee Plowden and Edith Stukes Plowden. …

Celebrations
Fozer M. Robinson Nelson celebrates 100th birthday Fozer M. Robinson Nelson, widow of Franklin Nelson, celebrated her 100th birthday on Oct. 5, 2019, with family and friends. Born on Oct. 5, 1919, in Clarendon County, she is the daughter of the late Zoya and Vinnie Robinson. Mrs. Nelson was …
Faith
Church News: Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2571 Joseph Lemon-Dingle Road, Jordan community, Manning, announces: * Sunday - Pack the pew program, sponsored by the deaconess ministry, will be held at 4 p.m. Minister Tyrone Cummings will speak. Bethlehem …
Temptations Moses faced Imagine for a moment you are Moses. You made a big mistake when you were young (who hasn't) and skipped town. You fall in love and end up working for your father-in-law because you have no other options. For 40 years you wander the back side of …
Church News: Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 Agape Outreach Ministries, 100 E. Red Bay Road, announces: * Today and Sunday - Celebration for the ninth pastoral anniversary and church anniversary as follows: 7 p.m. Friday, Bishop Cartrell Woods, of Salem Baptist Church, will speak; and 5 …
Does prayer do any good? I was visiting an old Kentucky farmer in the hospital. He had "the cancer," as the old-timers said. Not surprising, since he had smoked since he was seven. When he wasn't smoking, he was chewing tobacco. He had an addiction to steroids. I was his …
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
Nala is beautiful and as sweet as sugar

BELOW: Nala is a beautiful girl. She had a family who could no longer care for her so, sadly, she ended up at animal control. She is patiently waiting for a new family to choose her. Nala is as sweet as sugar. She plays well with the other dogs so a …

Weddings
Posey-Barnes COLUMBIA - Sydne Rae Posey and Charles Segars Barnes, both of Sumter, were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at The Millstone at Adams Pond. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Steven Posey and the granddaughter of …
Engagements
Brunson-Byrd Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Wentworth Brunson III of Alcolu announce the engagement of their daughter, Emily Ann Brunson of Alcolu, to Zachary Daniel Byrd of Sumter, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Henry Byrd of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter …
DuRant-Tompkins Ms. Debbie Bramlett DuRant of Sumter and Dr. Eddie C. Durant Jr. of Wedgefield announce the engagement of their daughter, Delta Dawn DuRant of Sumter, to Kellen Richard Tompkins of Sumter, son of Mrs. Brenda Morrison of Greenville and Mr. Richard …
Reflections

Sumter Veterans Display welcomes visitors on holiday

This issue of Reflections honors our military veterans. Nov. 11 marks a time when all Americans pay tribute to our veterans both living and dead. We take this opportunity to let each one know how deeply we appreciate their service and …

Yesteryear
Gen. Eisenhower observes June 6 as holiday; Bates student is semifinalist in national stamp contest 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 June 1 - June 7 - Jimmy Doolittle is teaming up with the Superfortresses to finish the job he started three years ago with his world-startling air attack on Tokyo. Disclosure that the mighty B-29s, scourge of Japan's skies, …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Teens renovate 'The Hangout'; Tuttle speaks at Sumter Touchdown Club 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 May 25 - May 31 - Beginning immediately, all mail for prisoners of war in Germany will be returned to senders. The May 15 Postal Bulletin will direct local postmasters not to accept mail after that date. The office of the …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Report about sugar shortage being written; some Shaw personnel returning from Gulf 77 YEARS AGO - 1945 May 18 - May 24 - Betty Lou, that dancing sensation of Hollywood, brings her personality, pop and unusual dancing ability to the stage of the Sumter Theatre only as one of the featured acts on Linton DeWolfe's famous "Stork …
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