Florence-weary S.C. could get more record flooding

WILMINGTON, N.C. - As rivers swollen to record levels started to recede Thursday in North Carolina, officials tried to head off potential environmental disasters and prepared for more record flooding downstream in South Carolina. Roads were still …
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Sumter Today: Congressman Ralph Norman speaks at Constitution Day at USC Sumter

Fifth Congressional District Representative Ralph Norman visited Sumter last night to speak at Constitution Day event at USC Sumter. The congressman mainly talked about the first and 10th amendments …

State news
Evacuations ordered for 500 people along the Lynches River in Florence WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A new round of evacuations was ordered in South Carolina as the trillions of gallons of water dumped by Hurricane Florence meanders to the sea, raising river levels and …
Victims of Matthew wonder if homes are lost to Florence BENNETTSVILLE (AP) - As the pounding rains from Hurricane Florence finally ended, Lutrice Garcia left the shelter where she had spent several nights on a cot and tried to head home. But floodwaters from overflowing Crooked Creek covered the road and …
2 women being transported by deputies drown in floodwaters COLUMBIA (AP) — Two women who were being transported to a mental health facility drowned when a sheriff's department van was swept away in rising South Carolina floodwaters, according to …
Price of saving road to Myrtle Beach: Flooding nearby town's homes? CONWAY - Two years ago, from Hurricane Matthew and in 1999, from Hurricane Floyd, floodwaters came close to entering Joe Holmes' house in South Carolina, but he dodged those bullets. Now, with Florence, he doesn't feel so lucky. He worries the …
Gov. McMaster spots 2 men trapped on roof of vehicle on flooded road, summons rescue CHERAW (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster's flight over soggy parts of the state Monday turned from an observation trip to a rescue mission when he spotted two people stranded atop a flooded vehicle, surrounded by water rushing into the area …
Nation/world
Dam breach at Duke plant; coal ash could spill

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Florence's floodwaters breached a dam holding back a large reservoir at a Wilmington power plant Friday, and coal ash from an adjacent dump could be flowing into the nearby …

Cardinal hires former federal judge to review church sex abuse policies NEW YORK (AP) - Hoping to restore the faith of those disillusioned by how the Catholic church has handled sexual abuse allegations, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York appointed a former federal judge Thursday to review its procedures and …
Republicans pushing forward for Kavanaugh, accuser wants 'fairness' WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans say they're forging ahead in their drive to push Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination through the Senate, even as the woman accusing him of a decades-old sexual attack is threatening to boycott a committee hearing …
Federal agency says it lost track of 1,488 migrant children
Twice in less than a year, the federal government has lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children after placing them in the homes of sponsors across the country, federal officials have acknowledged. The Health and Human Services Department …
The Latest: Spokeswoman: Shooting was at Rite Aid facility ABERDEEN, Md. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting in Maryland (all times local): 11:35 a.m. A spokeswoman for Rite Aid says a shooting has taken place on the campus of a company …
Obituaries
MARGARET W. DAVIS Dr. Margaret W. Davis, widow of Reynolds E. "R.E." Davis and a nationally- and internationally-known educator, died on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, at her home. She leaves a rich legacy of service to her beloved Sumter community. Her death ends a …
JOHN L. THAMES MIAMI - John Luther Thames, 78, died on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Florida. He was a son of the late Deacon Luther Thames and Victoria Dingle Thames. Funeral services for Mr. Thames will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Elizabeth Baptist …
WILLIE MAE KING Willie Mae King was born on May 13, 1937, in Lee County, to the late Willie and Maggie Brunson Williams. She was preceded in death by two children, Nathaniel Wilson and Dorothy Ann Wilson; and four siblings, Harry Lee Williams, Eleanor Williams, …
PAUL ROBERT MINCY PAMPLICO - Retired Tech. Sgt. Paul Robert Mincy, husband of the late Margaret A. Mincy, departed this life on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at his home. Born on June 18, 1939, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, he was a son of the late Daniel L. Mincey and …
CYNTHIA S. DINGLE SUMMERTON - Cynthia Felicia Scott Dingle, wife of Eric Lamont Dingle, was born in Clarendon County to Co-Pastor Rebecca Scott Fogle and the late Lester Sheard. She was the stepdaughter of Pastor David Fogle. She entered into eternal rest on …
Celebrations
Moseses celebrate 50 years Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Moses of Sumter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 27, 2018, with their children and grandchildren. A dinner was given in their honor by their three children and their spouses: Frank Jr. and Tracy Moses, …
Faith
Church News: Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Sunday, Sept. 30 - Missionary worship Sunday at 10 a.m. Minister Michelle Spann Robinson will speak. Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, 774 Douglas Ave., announces: * Today - Fall Revival …
Jesus is not anxious about the storm you are facing He was tired. It had been a long day with the crowds, teaching them truths about Kingdom life. If you've ever taught from sunup to sundown, you know how exhausting it can be. The crowd was so large, he even had to get in a boat so he could get some …
Church News: Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Saturday - Giveaway from 8 a.m. until noon. * Sunday, Sept. 30 - Missionary worship Sunday at 10 a.m. Minister Michelle Spann Robinson will speak. Antioch United Methodist Church, 4040 …
Mormons let go of tradition, receive mission calls online SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The days of young Mormons anxiously waiting for letters to arrive in the mailbox telling them where they will serve their missions are over, the latest tradition fading away under the march of technology. The Church of Jesus …
Pets for adoption
Sterling is a friendly boy who loves a good back scratch

Sterling is a housebroken 4-month-old American short hair. He is great with children and other cats. He is a friendly boy who seeks out love, affection and a good back scratch. Sterling would make a great new buddy for any family. The …

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Weddings
Trammell-Reach CHARLESTON - Lauren Elizabeth Trammell of Mount Pleasant and William Daniel "Dan" Reach of Greenville were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018, at St. Luke's Chapel on the grounds of MUSC. Pastor Geoff Reppard of Seacoast Church …
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 …
Engagements
Ortmann-Hart Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Chandler Ortmann of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Catherine Elizabeth Ortmann, to James Michael Hart of Columbia, son of Dr. and Mrs. Michael Wayne Hart of Tyrone, Georgia. The bride-elect is the …
King-Neisler Mr. and Mrs. Calvin King of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Brooke Denise King of Sumter, to Cameron Neisler of Norwalk, Connecticut, son of Anton Neisler of Cary, North Carolina, and Debra Neisler of Charlotte, North …
Rackley-Fernandes Mr. and Mrs. Tim Rackley of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristen Rackley of Charleston, to Roldão Bueno Fernandes Neto of Charleston, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leocarlos Fernandes of …
Sigler-Hithe Mr. and Mrs. Lee Sigler of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Alexus Leara Sigler of Columbia, to Jodecy Marcel Hithe of Georgetown, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Hithe of Columbia. The bride-elect graduated from Central Carolina …
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12th-annual Sumter Art in the Park set for Saturday

The Heart of Sumter Neighborhood Association will welcome fall with the 12th annual Art in the Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Memorial Park. More than 80 artists and crafters will display and sell their work in the largest of the events yet, …

Reflections

Wilson helped create opportunities for children

Reflections remembers the contributions of Emma Wilson to the field of education. This daughter of slaves incorporated her desire for knowledge to create institutions of learning to benefit those around her. She spent the majority of her life …

Yesteryear
Twin pilots in basic training; Lowcountry unit deactivated 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 April 8 - April 14 - In France, it was difficult to distinguish between the DeLeiris twins, and cadet tactical officers at Shaw Field are having the same trouble. You can imagine what trouble German pilots will have when …
Crowson gives record blood donations; aviator has no plane to fly in the Air Force 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 April 1 - April 7 - A total of $37,342.21 has been raised in Sumter County's Red Cross War Fund drive, K. E. Ward, director, announced. The campaign closed officially yesterday, and Mr. Ward said that the campaign …
4 swimmers break records; Parnell takes over at Rec Dept. 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 March 25 - 31 - The Santee-Cooper project is demonstrating its efficiency as a flood-control factor in the present rainy season, and indications are that it could care for twice as much water as now is being handled by the …