When an auto accident happens unexpectedly, anyone can become a victim. One moment you're commuting back home after a long day at the office. The next, your car is totaled, and you're injured in the hospital due to another person's negligence. It's not fair, but it happens every day. Unlike the irresponsible party who caused the accident, personal injury victims often suffer the most in auto accidents. They have to worry about lost days at work, the long road to recovery, and the inability to provide for their family. Sadly, many people injured in car accidents don't have the luxury of worrying about bills because they're fighting for life in the emergency room.
And while modern cars come equipped with safety features like blind spot monitoring and cross-traffic alerts, motor vehicle accidents are still a huge problem in South Carolina. According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, in 2020, one person was injured every 11 minutes in a car collision. Even worse, one fatal collision was recorded every 9.1 hours.
Unfortunately, victims of auto accident negligence often don't know what to do when another driver hits them. They have questions like:
These same innocent people provide official statements to insurance agencies without knowing the consequences.
However, if you or your loved ones are victims in a car crash, there's good news. Laws in South Carolina mandate that guilty parties must compensate for pain and suffering. But in order to get the compensation you deserve, it's crucial to work with a personal injury attorney in Sumter, SC. Experienced personal injury lawyers know how to bolster your case by securing witnesses for questioning, obtaining accident scene information, and documenting vehicle damage. If these tasks aren't completed quickly, you are far less likely to receive the compensation you and your family deserve.
Theos Law Firm exists to fight for your rights and to ensure negligent drivers are held responsible for the damage they do to your family. It's really that simple. We aren't afraid to trade blows with selfish insurance agencies. Because, unlike Theos Law Firm, they couldn't care less about your best interests.
Here are just a few reasons why so many hardworking people choose Theos Law Firm:
When you're involved in a car or truck accident, it can be a life-changing event. Having represented hundreds of personal injury victims, we understand that you may be confused and frightened. You know you need to speak with a lawyer, but you need a calm, cool presence to ease your anxiety. You need someone who understands what you're enduring, and we know how you feel. Unlike other auto accident attorneys, we believe that personal injury claims are more about the people involved and less about money and settlements. When you reach out to Theos Law Firm, you can rest easy knowing our team will treat you with dignity, compassion, and empathy.
With many years of combined personal injury experience, there's nothing that our team hasn't seen in terms of auto accidents. With that said, we understand that there is no "common" type of accident or scenario - no two accidents are the same. We have represented clients involved in DUI accidents, truck rollovers, reckless drivers, interstate pileups, rear-end collisions, and even Uber driver crashes. With such extensive experience, our team has the tools and talent to take care of you, regardless of how complicated your case might be.
The recovery process involved with automobile accidents changes with every person we represent. There are dozens of details to account for, from car repairs to insurance questions and everything in between. These small but necessary details aren't easy to accomplish for injured parties. That's why our team goes the extra mile to help cut through the red tape to ensure your medical bills are paid, and your car gets fixed. The less weight you have on your shoulders to worry about, the faster you can focus on recovering.
Unlike other personal injury law firms, our team is 100% committed to protecting your rights, and we're uniquely positioned to do so with decades of combined experience. We offer robust representation for many types of auto accidents, including:
If you have been the victim of an accident listed above, please understand that time is of the essence. There is limited time to seek compensation for your injuries, hospital bills, lost wages, and more. As such, there is only a short time to obtain experienced representation for your personal injury case.
Our team knows that finding the right attorney to represent you is an important choice. Therefore, we believe that an initial consultation is imperative to understand your needs and identify your goals fully. When we sit down with you to learn the nuances of your accident, we'll cover all aspects of South Carolina law pertaining to your case. That way, you're armed with information and have an idea of the next steps our firm will take to represent you.
Remember - the sooner we can dig into the details of your case, the sooner we can pursue your rightful compensation. As seasoned personal injury attorneys, our team specializes in several types of automobile accidents:
Car accidents are a serious problem in South Carolina. If you're an adult, you probably know someone involved in a bad car crash in our state. When you look at the stats, it seems like car accidents are always on the rise. One person was killed every 8.2 hours in a car collision. Even more sobering is that one teen driver is involved in a fatal or injury-causing collision every 1.6 hours. The unfortunate truth is that many people involved in car crashes were hurt due to the other driver's negligence.
Common car crash injuries in South Carolina include:
Car accident victims in South Carolina are often left to pay their medical bills but can't do so because they're too hurt to go to work or take their car in for repair. These life-changing scenarios can snowball into a series of scary events, leaving victims hopeless and unsure where to turn.
Fortunately, a car accident attorney in Sumter, SC can help you avoid these pitfalls and obtain the money you need to survive. At Theos Law Firm, our team has a deep understanding of the rules that dictate fault in South Carolina. We know that thorough representation is needed to receive maximum compensation, and we're well-prepared to achieve that goal for you.
Our car accident lawyers in South Carolina can recover compensation for injuries and damages:
The moments following the crash are often a blur when you're involved in a car accident. However, per South Carolina law, those on the scene must adhere to legal responsibilities and obligations.
First, try to stop your car and ensure it is positioned safely near the scene of the crash. Then, call 911 to report the accident. While most folks go into full-blown panic mode, you need to stay calm so you can process the situation. If you notice that there are injured people, give them "reasonable assistance." Per South Carolina Code of Laws, that could include transporting hurt people to a hospital or calling an ambulance for them.
If you're in a car crash, you need to be prepared to exchange contact information with other drivers at the accident scene. If the person who caused the collision is present, make sure to get their name, phone number, address, and insurance info. If witnesses are present, get their contact info, too, in case our team needs to obtain their account later.
Next, try to piece together how the car crash happened. This is an appropriate time to take photos of the cars, wreckage, and debris. Ask yourself if you think a vehicle failed to follow the rules of the road, like speeding or failing to stop at a stop sign.
Regardless of how minor your injuries may appear and who may be to blame for the accident, get legal advice from Theos Law Firm first before giving any recorded statements or refusing medical care.
Tractor-trailer and semi-truck crashes are often more complicated than two car crashing. Because these cases are more complex and nuanced, it's imperative that you contact a truck accident attorney in Sumter, SC to help you through the recovery process and win the compensation you deserve.
After a semi-truck crash, you must take steps quickly to preserve evidence so that the crash may be recreated. In serious semi-truck accidents where people are injured or killed, trucking companies usually send a team of investigators to the accident site immediately. These investigators will do their best to obtain evidence that can hurt you in court or even attempt to hide or destroy evidence. The last thing a trucking company wants is for you to win a settlement against them.
That's especially true since various entities may be liable for your truck accident injury, not just the driver. The trucking company, the trucking manufacturer, and the team responsible for truck maintenance could also be responsible. Additionally, if dangerous or inadequate road conditions factor into your accident, you could actually sue some government departments. For those reasons, it's critical to retain quality representation ASAP after a truck accident in South Carolina.
At Theos Law Firm, our team has experience winning compensation in many types of truck accidents, such as:
As your truck accident lawyer in South Carolina, we work hard to fight for your rights and win your case. In order to do so, our team will:
We'll arrive on-scene to notate skid mark length and the locations of vehicles involved. We will also capture detailed pictures and measurements pertinent to your crash.
Obtaining the trucking company's records and discovering the info they have on the semi-truck driver involved is an important part of our process. We will also secure access to the trucker's driving log notes, which they must maintain according to law.
Like airplanes and helicopters, big rigs have a "black box" that records real-time truck data, like speeds, changes in direction, and brake application.
We'll arrive on-scene to notate skid mark length and the locations of vehicles involved. We will also capture detailed pictures and measurements pertinent to your crash.
Sometimes an expert is needed to digest all the evidence and provide an expert opinion on the cause of the semi-truck collision. When needed, our team will hire such an expert to ensure your case is robust and air-tight.
We will obtain the police's investigation report and any accident photos, measurements, or other documentation taken by officers while investigating your semi-truck crash.
It's imperative to find all the witnesses of your accident and interview them to get recorded statements in a timely manner. Doing otherwise may result in faded memories and inaccurate facts.
Time and again, auto accident victims agree to early settlements provided by insurance companies because the offer seems like a lot. But what if you return to work after recovering from an accident, only for your pain to return?
With adjusters, lawyers, and investigators at their disposal, insurance agencies will do everything in their power to minimize the compensation you deserve. Don't let them pick on you or silence your voice. If you or a loved are victims of a negligent car or truck accident in South Carolina, contact Theos Law Firm today. We have the team, tools, and experience to fight back on your behalf, no matter how complicated your case may seem.
To schedule an appointment for your free consultation, contact Theos Law Firm in Sumter today.
A Midlands man was arrested on multiple charges after leading deputies on a vehicle-turned-foot chase, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.Alan Cowell, a 29-year-old Sumter resident, is facing three ...
A Midlands man was arrested on multiple charges after leading deputies on a vehicle-turned-foot chase, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.
Alan Cowell, a 29-year-old Sumter resident, is facing three drug charges, two weapons charges, and a charge for failure to stop for a blue light (no injury or death), Sumter County court records show.
Cowell was arrested Monday, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. The incident began when a deputy saw Cowell driving a Dodge truck and making a turn without using a signal, according to the release.
While following Cowell in a patrol vehicle, the deputy could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the truck, the sheriff’s office said.
The deputy tried to make a traffic stop but Cowell refused to pull over, instead driving the truck around a store, where it collided with another vehicle, before continuing out of the parking lot, the sheriff’s office said. The truck then accelerated south, continuing to ignore the blue lights and siren, according to the release.
While leading the chase, Cowell left the main road and turned onto side streets, before stopping in the backyard of a residence, the sheriff’s office said. Cowell then ran from the truck, ignoring commands to stop, according to the release.
During the foot chase, Cowell had a gun in one hand as he dumped what appeared to be marijuana on the ground, the sheriff’s office said. The deputy yelled for him to drop the gun, and Cowell turned around and threw the gun into bushes, but then continued to try to run away, according to the release.
As he continued to run, Cowell’s hands were hidden from the deputy’s view, the sheriff’s office said. Cowell ignored commands to show his hands and stop, prompting the deputy to use his Taser and take Cowell into custody, according to the release.
Deputies found a large sum of money and a clear plastic bag containing what appeared to be cocaine on Cowell, and both the gun as well as some of the suspected marijuana were recovered along the path of the chase, the sheriff’s office said.
Deputies also found a clear plastic bag containing what appeared to be crack cocaine in a search of the truck, according to the release.
Cowell was taken to an area hospital for evaluation before being booked at the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center on Monday, according to officials.
Bond was set at $37,062.50 on the combined charges, court records show. After posting bond Tuesday, the sheriff’s office said Cowell was released to the custody of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, which had outstanding warrants for him.
Cowell was wanted for failing to appear in a Lexington County court on drug and failure to stop for a blue light charges from a Dec. 11, 2022, arrest, Lexington County judicial records show. He’s also facing pending charges for speeding (more than 25 mph over the speed limit) and littering from the same arrest, according to court records.
The driver whose car was hit by the truck as Cowell tried to escape was not hurt, and was assisted by the South Carolina Highway Patrol, according to the release.
No other injuries were reported.
Cowell has been arrested on multiple occasions in Sumter County, court records show.
Cowell is facing a pending charge in Sumter County for speeding (more than 25 mph over the speed limit) from a Dec. 30, 2022, arrest, according to court records.
He’s also facing pending charges in Sumter County for assault and battery by mob from an Aug. 4, 2020, arrest, and presenting a false claim for insurance payment (value $10,000 or more), from an Aug. 5, 2022 arrest, court records show.
In Lexington County, Cowell pleaded guilty to weapons and drug charges on May 26, 2022, according to court records.
This story was originally published March 16, 2023, 12:04 PM.
The new committee aims to solve school busing issues after parents complained their children have been arriving to school and getting dropped at home late in Sumter.SUMTER, S.C. — Sumter parents are worried about their kids missing class and not having time for homework because of late school buses. To try and fix the problem, the school board has created a new transportation committee."It’s just really frustrating because by the time the kids get home, it’s a constant fight to do their homework," pa...
The new committee aims to solve school busing issues after parents complained their children have been arriving to school and getting dropped at home late in Sumter.
SUMTER, S.C. — Sumter parents are worried about their kids missing class and not having time for homework because of late school buses. To try and fix the problem, the school board has created a new transportation committee.
"It’s just really frustrating because by the time the kids get home, it’s a constant fight to do their homework," parent Elizabeth Barnett explains.
Barnett has six kids total, four of whom attend schools in Sumter School District. Barnett tells me in the mornings, she takes all four to school herself.
"I drive my kids because I don’t want them late to class because it affects their grades," Barnett shares. "They do not take the bus because I don’t want them to be late so I drive them to school everyday."
To try and find a solution, the Sumter School District Board has created an ad hoc transportation committee. Area eight trustee Jeff Zell is the chair.
"The busing issue I believe is a problem that’s been growing for years that hasn’t really gotten the oversight, the scrutiny it’s deserved," Zell explains.
Data collected from the district on the week of Feb. 20 shows out of the 15 elementary school buses, two were late arriving and eight were late departing. Of the 22 middle school buses, in the morning, 59% were late. In the afternoon, 59% were on time and 41% were late. 12 of the high school’s 37 buses arrived late and 15 departed late.
Zell, along with two other board members, is planning to meet with the school district next week to discuss solutions.
"I think a lack of staffing is the core of a lot of issues," Zell says.
"Sumter School District is not competitive with wages and incentives for our bus drivers," Zell details. "That is primarily what we’re looking at at this point. We don’t know what that looks like in the end, but it will likely be part of the solution."
Zell explains the committee hopes to increase pay for drivers while also ensuring the environment on buses is safe for staff and students.
"That bus needs to be as safe and secure and professional as we demand for our classrooms so we’re going to look at code of conduct, we’re going to look at recruiting," Zell plans.
Zell says the committee plans to do this by meeting with the district, the mayor and county council members.
"We can certainly put the energy at the county level and we will — there's no question about that — but this is a much larger issue. I don't believe it’s just a Sumter issue. It’s certainly a problem across the Midlands if not across the state and I would venture to say across the nation," Zell shares. "We’ve got to be comprehensive in our approach to this and that’s exactly what this committee is going to do,"
Barnett says she hopes this approach includes better communication to parents if buses are going to be late.
"I understand you’re short drivers. I’m not asking you to not have drivers or to make drivers out of thin air," Barnett tells me. "I’m asking for communication. If you know the bus is going to be late, tell us."
Zell says the committee hopes to present a solution to the district by the end of this school year, if not sooner.
"I want this process to be done so well and provide such innovative solutions to this school district that other school districts are saying, 'Wow, look what Sumter did," Zell says.
Barnett is thankful the board is trying to solve the issues.
"Anything can be effective than nothing, so I’m really happy they have finally heard complaints," Barnett says. "I’m really thankful that the board is actually listening to parents saying and standing up for the students because it’s not fair to them to fail classes."
The front page of one of the submissions to demonstrate general excellence. This award is for consistent and high quality of the entire newspaper, from writing and story topic quality and variety to editing, headline, design, photography, use of photos, sports, editorial and lifestyle sections. Design by Melanie Smith.COLUMBIA - The Sumter Item took home 14 awards Friday from the South Carolina Press Association's annual banquet for newspapers across the state.The SCPA, which offers training, advocacy and hotline services to it...
The front page of one of the submissions to demonstrate general excellence. This award is for consistent and high quality of the entire newspaper, from writing and story topic quality and variety to editing, headline, design, photography, use of photos, sports, editorial and lifestyle sections. Design by Melanie Smith.
COLUMBIA - The Sumter Item took home 14 awards Friday from the South Carolina Press Association's annual banquet for newspapers across the state.
The SCPA, which offers training, advocacy and hotline services to its member papers, including support of open government and Freedom of Information Act issues, recognizes the best in local news each year. Staff at newspapers in other states judge the submissions. The Item's awards this year represent five first-place wins, seven second-place and two third-place recognitions.
"I'm always proud of our newsroom when these awards roll around annually. They work so hard, often with little to no public recognition, to provide information and storytelling that I know would be sorely missed if we were not here," said Kayla Green, executive editor of The Item. "We competed in a division this year against larger newspapers than in recent years, and almost every single person who entered won something, even some of our first-year journalists. Their individual and combined talent is inspiring."
Leading the heap is a staff award for General Excellence in the medium daily market, one of the biggest recognitions given. This award represents a newspaper's consistent and high quality, from reporting, writing and topic quality and variety to editing, headlines, design, photography, use of photos and sports, editorial and lifestyle sections.
"No matter who is on the individual awards, it takes an entire team to create a consistently superior product," Green said. "There are some people who help make it all happen whose names are never on the byline of an article. This staff award really speaks to the teamwork of a newsroom and how much we rely on each other to create something that serves our community in a meaningful way."
Another staff award, led by Bruce Mills, was for a new Community Service category. Competing against all daily newspapers in the state, Mills led a sustained effort to cover and hold accountable Sumter's school board amid a lack of transparency, a rift between its former superintendent and an election. Mills' and The Item's comprehensive coverage, including reporting, use of public records, editorials, video and election guides, led to a demonstrated impact in giving the public information citizens used to make their own decisions. The coverage led to a citizen-led lawsuit, challenges on the ballot and eventual election results marking a majority turnover of the board.
Three other first-place awards included:
- Shelbie Goulding in food writing for a story on a high school culinary program's baking competition called Cupcake Wars (medium and small markets combined);
- Nich Pitts, a regular sports photography contributor, in the general news photo category for a capture of Lakewood High School's graduation (medium market); and
- Richie Weber in the feature video category for an episode of Sumter Today, The Item's good news show, featuring Alonzo McDonald, who was named Teacher of the Year in the former Clarendon School District 2 (large and medium markets combined).
Second-place awards went to six different people:
- Shelbie Goulding for the Daily Top Stories newsletter (statewide);
- Micah Green in the humorous photo category of a capture of the choir director at First Presbyterian Church, Joni Brown, leading a rehearsal for the church's annual Christmastime "Lessons and Carols" program (large and daily markets combined);
- Tim Leible in two categories, for sports page design (medium and small markets combined) of The Grind featuring Clarendon Hall's McKenley and Mandy Wells and in the game coverage category for his reporting on Wilson Hall softball winning its second-straight state title (medium market);
- Alaysha Maple in the review portfolio category for her reviews of two Sumter Little Theatre plays, "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress" and "Love, Loss and What I Wore," and a Red Clay Strays concert at the Sumter Opera House (statewide);
- Ashley Miller for education beat reporting for her use of public records and coverage of the newly consolidated Clarendon County School District (medium and small markets combined); and
- Nich Pitts in the sports feature photo category for a capture of Griffin McIntosh before Clarendon Hall's season opener against Thomas Sumter Academy. It was the Saints' first game playing 11-man football in 13 years (medium market).
Third-place awards went to:
- Cal Cary in the humorous photo category for a capture of a Crestwood High School student who was falling asleep at his graduation ceremony (large and medium markets); and
- Micah Green in the feature photo category of two boys channeling their inner Top Gun at the Shaw Air and Space Expo.
The Sumter Item's sister newspaper, The Lexington Chronicle, took home eight awards in the small weekly market.
Among them was Cary Howard, who also serves as a graphic designer at The Item. She won first place in front page design. The Chronicle staff won second place for general excellence.
READERS SHARE HOW LOCAL REPORTING IMPROVES THEIR COMMUNITY
"Having access to interviews with each of the candidates helped me develop a better understanding of individuals I may have known by name only. I was able to refer friends in other wards (voting districts) to the online articles as well, which enabled them to form their own opinions. I believe access to this kind of reporting impacts our community in positive ways. Only two of eight incumbents who ran won their election, which means to me that people were invested and passionate, and it takes an informed public to get that form of engagement. I didn't see this local reporting anywhere else, and I'm very grateful I live in a community where it is still available."
- Jane Hray, local teacher; mother; subscriber
"The Sumter Item did a wonderful job of covering the school board and its elections. I serve on the governor's military base task force, and the morning after the election I got a call from the task force staff member in the governor's office wanting to know the results. Why? Because the military is so important in South Carolina, and the education of our military children in our communities is so important. I was so happy to report that we have made a drastic change, and it looks like Sumter is headed in a direction to change the school board and move in a positive direction. And I have to give credit to the local newspaper - The Sumter Item - for making that happen, and particularly Bruce Mills."
- Steve Creech, executive committee member, South Carolina Military Base Task Force; former mayor, city of Sumter
"My wife and I feel the printed media take more time to prepare articles and fact-check before they put out the information. In an era of 24/7 TV news cycles where you are bombarded with information, it's beneficial to be able to sit down and read information, and certainly the No. 1 topic in Sumter County for the past couple of years has been the situation in our public schools.
The public schools in Sumter County are the most important element in our economic development because graduates who come out of those schools are the people who are going to be taking jobs in our local businesses and industries. For some time, we - in the industrial sector - have been concerned about the hires that we make not being well enough prepared in basic subjects such as reading, mathematics and reasoning. However, we have not noted a lot of improvement, if any. We have been following this issue very intently, and I think voters in this community have been very much motivated to evaluate the leadership in the district and the need for some changes.
"In the case of The Item, the newspaper was very even-handed in its coverage of the school board elections. The reporting on the meetings of the board was accurate. The interviews with the candidates - both the incumbents and the challengers - were interesting and fair.
"We really need to up our game, so to speak, in our public schools in Sumter County, and I think that is what the voters were saying when they elected seven new members to the school board this time. We are not satisfied in Sumter County with mediocrity. We're concerned that enrollment is dropping in the public school district. We want this county to be competitive for new investments by outside entities, and we have been pretty successful with that in the past 10 years. But we are going to stall out unless our public schools improve. Excellence is what we want, and I think that is what - in a way - The Item has been hinting at in its coverage of the school board and its elections. Which of the aspiring leaders who want to be on the Board of Trustees is going to lead us to excellence in public education?
"And, frankly, as just one citizen, I am grateful that The Item gave the coverage it did to this most important issue. I think we are going to make improvements in Sumter County, and I am optimistic about the public schools here. And I believe The Item helped lead our voting citizens to make the selections that they did without bias. I thought candidates received good, equal coverage, and it was a spirited school board election campaign.
It was democracy at work, and that is what The Item reported: Democracy at work at the local level. And that is really the most important level. The coverage of this board election was just excellent."
- Chuck Fienning, retired CEO, Sumter Packaging Corp.; former chairman, Sumter County Council
"The Item accurately reported on the candidates in the school board election and helped guide voters in their decision-making without making particular endorsements. I believe the newspaper's coverage helped the community select a new school board with seven new members. The changes represent a new opportunity for Sumter to move forward in a positive way."
- Gifford Shaw, councilman, Sumter City Council
Today's devotion is, "When God Brings a New Beginning," and my text is 2 Peter 3:10, where we read these words, "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up." (KJV)Here in our text, Peter makes reference to "the day of the Lord," and this prophetic phrase refers to the future time when Jesus Christ will intervene and tak...
Today's devotion is, "When God Brings a New Beginning," and my text is 2 Peter 3:10, where we read these words, "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up." (KJV)
Here in our text, Peter makes reference to "the day of the Lord," and this prophetic phrase refers to the future time when Jesus Christ will intervene and take control of the events on this earth. To put this in terms that we can relate to, one day, everything that you and I see around us will cease to exist because God's Word states that "the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up."
Now what is this Scripture impressing upon me as a Christian? I believe it is impressing upon me the reality that, not only will all material possessions be destroyed as God renovates His creation by fire, but also everything that caused tears, anxieties and sorrows will likewise disappear for all of eternity.
The Bible fact that all temporal possessions will cease to exist one day, as well as all of our worries and cares, should have a great impact on the way we live our lives. Because we know this new beginning is coming, we need to make sure that we do not grow attached to this world, which is temporary. Neither should we allow ourselves to be overcome with fears that are determined to trouble us every day.
So, how should we as believers live our life, knowing that God will one day "wipe the slate clean" concerning this earth and the heavens above us? First, I believe we should refuse to allow this world to be the treasure of our heart.
I believe we should enjoy every day that God gives us to live and live our life to the fullest as a Christian, but we should know that this world is not and never will be our home. Our real home in Heaven is so much better than this world!
Also, we should live every day knowing that Jesus Christ could come at any moment to take His children from this earth, which will, in fact, end all of our troubles and trials that come our way.
When we live with eternity's values in view, we will begin to properly prioritize everything we say and do while we're here on this earth. Remember, God is bringing a new beginning for His children!
Joey Durham is pastor at Open Bible Baptist Church at 180 Old Manning Road in Sumter. You can contact Pastor Durham at email@example.com or call the church office at (803) 481-9315.
Jair Golden has been rapping since age seven and was recently featured on an NYC billboard. He's using his story to inspire others in the community.SUMTER, S.C. — One trip to New York City turned into the experience of a lifetime for one Sumter man after he was featured on a billboard in Times Square."It was my first trip ever to New York," Jair Golden remembers. "I've never been to New York."Golden’s first trip ...
Jair Golden has been rapping since age seven and was recently featured on an NYC billboard. He's using his story to inspire others in the community.
SUMTER, S.C. — One trip to New York City turned into the experience of a lifetime for one Sumter man after he was featured on a billboard in Times Square.
"It was my first trip ever to New York," Jair Golden remembers. "I've never been to New York."
Golden’s first trip to the Big Apple is one he’ll never forget. He was there for a meeting to work on his music, when he heard one of his songs, Ain't Too Many Solid, was about to show up on the biggest billboard.
"We're looking at all the small ones. He says, ‘That one’ and then boom, I see my durag, my mom Mira, my aunt, window. I just see everything that only I feel like I know, everything that comes from my house," Golden explains." My background. I know that and that made me feel really good. Real good. I can't even explain to you."
It wasn’t an easy road getting here. Golden fell in love with rapping at age seven, constantly working to get better. Then, he got in a motorcycle wreck in 2016.
"It was so new and so scary," Golden recalls. "I never been that close to death."
As he re-learned how to walk, he put music on pause. Then, he ran into trouble with the law, receiving five years of probation. During this time, Golden tells me he turned to music and found community support for his rapping along the way.
"I just got off five years probation and my probation officer supports it. The love from the community, I feel like that's why I'm so proud to see him because when I see Jair on the billboard, I see the PO," Golden explains. "I see the probation officer, I see the judge. I see my old bosses. I see my old manager, I see everybody that told me you will make it happen. Everything I feel like I went through I feel like I had to go to it."
He says it’s a testament to people back home, which he’s using to inspire others in Sumter.
His producer and brother Lakim says this recognition is a way to highlight their hometown.
"I'm hoping that this opens up the opportunity for the community in higher places to have channels to help us bring one home for the team. Because that's all we really want to do," Lakim shares. "It took a village to raise us and to give us the opportunity to have a intellect to say we're going to do more with this music, you know than have ever been done out here in time."
"This is something for everybody to see that, hey, even if you don't have this or have that, it could still happen to you," Golden explains. "It can still happen to you and for you."