Sumter Today: The library gets kids away from screens and onto the dance floor

For today's show, we're heading to the South Sumter Library for on of the library system's summer programs. Kids learned the basics of hip hop and step as a way to get them off the couch and out from …

State news
Funeral home left body rotting for three years CHARLESTON - When Mary Alice Pitts Moore died at the age of 63, her family scraped together whatever cash they could to hold a proper funeral. About 100 people showed up to pay their respects at …
Man who said he planned attack gets nearly 3 years COLUMBIA - A white supremacist has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for illegally buying a gun authorities said he planned to use in a hate crime attack similar to the South Carolina church shootings. Benjamin McDowell was sentenced …
S.C. business leaders seek help on tariffs COLUMBIA - South Carolina's business community is calling on the state's congressional delegation to help educate the Trump administration about effects its trade policies could have on the state's economy. In a letter sent Tuesday to South …
Bill Clinton coming to S.C. to honor ex-Gov. Riley COLUMBIA - Former President Bill Clinton is traveling to South Carolina next month to honor a former governor who served in his Cabinet, as well as on his campaign. The University of South Carolina announced Wednesday that Clinton is scheduled to …
S.C. Briefs Governor posts more than $1M in fundraising filing COLUMBIA - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster raised more than a million dollars in the most recent filing period as he seeks his first full term in office. Online records show the Republican …
Nation/world
Detaining immigrant kids is now a billion-dollar industry

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Detaining immigrant children has morphed into a surging industry in the U.S. that now reaps $1 billion annually - a tenfold increase over the past decade, an Associated Press analysis finds. Health and Human Services grants for …

Conservative states balk at voter-approved medical marijuana OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Pot advocates celebrated the culmination of a yearslong effort to ease restrictions on the use of cannabis last month when nearly 60 percent of Oklahoma voters approved medical marijuana. Oklahoma's proponents had even …
Algeria stops forcing migrants into Sahara PARIS (AP) - Algeria's deadly expulsions of migrants into the Sahara Desert have nearly ground to a halt after widespread condemnation and the abrupt firing of two top security officials. The expulsions to the desert borders that Algeria shares …
Boys meant to stay 1 hour in cave, but outside, rains began CHIANG RAI, Thailand - The boys meant to explore the cave for just an hour, a casual jaunt to relax after soccer practice, but the waters rose. The teammates climbed higher, using their hands to feel the walls for a crawl space that would lead to …
Obituaries
MATILDA F. GREEN Matilda Francis Green, 88, widow of Joseph Simmons Green, died Saturday, July 14, 2018 at her home. Born April 4, 1930 in Sumter County, she was the daughter of the late Henry Travis Francis and Lillie Coneelia Williams Francis. The family …
JERVIA ALSTON SR. Jervia Alston Sr. 77, widower of Ida Mae Choice Alston and son of the late Janie Singleton Alston and Ryttenburg Alston Sr., was born on Feb. 14, 1941 in Sumter County. He departed this life on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Palmetto Health …
DELGAR S. FORD JR. Delgar Slyvester Ford Jr., 73, husband of Mary Ann Hilton Ford and son of the late Delgar Ford Sr. and Eden Brunson Ford, was born on Jan. 3, 1945 in Sumter County. He departed this life on Friday, July 13, 2018 at his residence. Family will …
NANCY L. CAVANAUGH Nancy Lee Cavanaugh, 58, wife of Marcus O. Cavanaugh, died Saturday, July 14, 2018 at her home. Services will be announced by Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter.
REBECCA R. SYLVESTER Rebecca R. Sylvester, age 71, beloved wife of William Sylvester, died on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Palmetto Health Toumey. Arrangements will be announced by Bullock Funeral Home.
Celebrations
Wilkies celebrate 63 years Mr. and Mrs. Joe T. Wilkie Sr. of Sumter celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on June 2, 2018. Their three children and their spouses are Joe T. Jr. and Diana Wilkie of Barno, Paul and Amy Wilkie of Sumter and the late Mathew Wilkie. The …
Nesbitts celebrate 50 years Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Nesbitt Sr. of Sumter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 15, 2018, with a casual dinner at their home. Their two children and their spouses are Christopher and Susan Nesbitt and Joyce and the late Charles …
Hudsons celebrate 60 years Mr. and Mrs. Roy B. Hudson Sr. of Sumter celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 31, 2018, with their three children and their spouses: Pat and Tony Buddin of Sumter, Roy B. Jr. and Michele Hudson of Blairwood, and Candace Hudson of …
Culbreaths celebrate 60 years of marriage Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Culbreath of Sumter celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 26, 2018. A casual dinner celebration was held in their honor by their two children and their spouses: Sabrina and John Budden and Gino and Gwendolyn …
Benbow family Five generations of the Benbow family are shown clockwise from left, standing: Joan Franklin, great-grandmother; Caroline Morton, grandmother; Cherrell Morton, mother; Arianna Riley, child; and seated, Rever Benbow, great-great-grandmother.
Faith
Church News: Friday, July 13, 2018 Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Sunday, July 22 - The 137th anniversary of the church will be celebrated at 3 p.m. Bishop Samuel Lawrence Green Sr., presiding prelate of the Seventh Episcopal District African Methodist …
Vatican is drafting guidelines on proper uses for sold churches VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican is drafting guidelines to help Catholic dioceses find appropriate ways to decommission unneeded churches so they don't end up as discos, gymnasiums or gelato shops. The Vatican's culture ministry is teaming up with …
Clarity comes from Jesus My cousin, Ross Hendry, was working cows at my Aunt Ouida's place. The humidity was 100 percent, and the temperature was about 98 degrees - a typical Florida summer day. It was the kind of day that makes a cowboy pray for shade. At Aunt Ouida's …
One Sumter Community, Lutheran churches to facilitate race discussions One Sumter Community group invites Sumterites to engage in discussions about race and religion during a unifying event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, at the University of South Carolina Sumter Nettles Building Auditorium, 200 Miller …
Pets for adoption
A caboodle of kittens to choose from at the SPCA

Sunrise, CiCi, Tobago and Nooney are just four of the many kittens available for adoption at the Sumter SPCA. The SPCA has a variety of breeds and colors including tuxedos, tortoiseshells, calicos and tabbies. All are housebroken and have had …

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Weddings
McCarthy-Wallach LANDRUM - Mary Margaret McCarthy and Patrick James Wallach were united in marriage at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2018, at The Cliffs at Glassy Chapel. A reception followed at The Cabin at Mountain Park. The bride is the daughter of Suzanne …
Green-Williams PAWLEYS ISLAND - Montgomery Ford Williams and James Ecton Green Jr., both of Nashville, Tennessee, were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Pawleys Island Chapel. The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Theophilus Darius …
Cook-Cummings Erin Lee Ann Cook and Jeffrey Burgess Cummings, both of Sumter, were united in marriage at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018, at LinRan Farm in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Lee Cook and the granddaughter of Mrs. JoAnn …
Scott-Warr CHARLESTON - Mary Rachel Scott of Spartanburg and Lewis Hartwell Warr of Columbia were united in marriage at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 23, 2018, at Summerall Chapel, The Citadel. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Ray Scott of Sumter …
Hughes-Brunson ALCOLU - Kelsey Hughes and Joey Brunson, both of Manning, were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Clarendon Baptist Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Mark Hughes of Manning and the granddaughter of Mr. …
Engagements
Witherspoon-Williams Anthony and Marie Witherspoon of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Kianna Julia Witherspoon of Sumter, to Trae Gideon Deontae Williams of North Charleston, son of Mr. Victor Williams and Mrs. Regina Willis Kelly, both of Denver, …
Townes-Potter Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Mark Townes of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Julie Catherine Townes of Charleston, to John Tyler Potter of Charleston, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Dwight Potter of Charleston.The bride-elect is the …
Schwechlen-Anderson Dr. and Mrs. Jay Anderson of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, formerly of Sumter, announce the engagement of their son, Gabriel James Anderson of Basel, Switzerland, to Caroline Schwechlen of Saint Louis, Alsace, France, daughter of Fernand Schwechlen …
Williams-Morris Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Williams of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Courtney Elizabeth Williams of Charlotte, North Carolina, to Nathan William Morris of Charlotte, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Morris of Charlotte. The …
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Panorama

Financial counseling widely available

It's easy to define "savvy." The adjective basically means you are good at dealing with practical matters. "Senior" or "senior citizen," however, is a bit vague - and the definition has changed …

Reflections

Moving planes to Shaw Field in 1941

Reflections remembers the trans-continental flight of the BT 13-A training aircraft. These planes were used to train young cadets the principles of flight at the new flight school in Sumter. Shaw Field's acquisition of trainer aircraft remains one …

Yesteryear
Gamble becomes horse breeder; 33rd Fighter Squadron deactivated 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Feb. 5 - Feb. 11 - Sumter High's Gamecocks got sweet revenge against Camden's Bulldogs by disposing of the visitors in easy fashion. The final score was 25-3. After holding the Bulldogs scoreless the first half - the second …
Rat Season begins at Clemson; extension program reorganized 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Jan. 29 - Feb. 4 - First Lt. James Dow Harrelson, who is missing in overseas action, may be a prisoner of war. According to a message from the foreign broadcast intelligence service of the Federal Communications Commission, …
Students spread Christmas cheer; 12 swans added to park 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Jan. 22 - Jan. 28 - Mrs. R. C. Williams, hostess of the Shaw Field Cadet Club, said that there are a number of cadet wives in town who are very anxious to secure work here during their two months' stay. Many of the girls …