A return to the pew in Sumter

Christ Community Church, at 320 Loring Mill Road, had its first in-person services Sunday, May 24, since the coronavirus shutdown.
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Studio Sumter

Sumter Today: Students graduate in a unique way

Area high school graduates didn't let a pandemic or a surprise tropical storm stop them from walking across the stage to gather their high school diploma on Wednesday. Sumter School District has …

Panorama

How the virus changed my street - for the better

BERKHAMSTED, England - I've been living on my street for about 10 years, in a little market town outside London called Berkhamsted. In a very English way, I knew almost nothing about my neighbors. Everyone kept to their own business. My street is …

Nation & World
Twitter and Trump: a feud years in the making finally erupts

On one side of this fraught moment: the president of the United States, facing multiple crises less than six months before the election. On the other: Twitter, the social media giant, which has …

Trump strikes China over virus, Hong Kong and student visas WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Friday he would withdraw funding from the World Health Organization, end Hong Kong's special trade status and suspend visas of Chinese …
Minneapolis cop who knelt on handcuffed black man arrested MINNEAPOLIS — The white Minneapolis police officer seen on video kneeling on George Floyd’s neck was arrested on murder charges Friday and accused in court papers of ignoring another …
Mail-in voting could turn Election Day into Election Week A shift to mail voting is increasing the chances that Americans will not know the winner of November's presidential race on election night, a scenario that is fueling worries about whether President Donald Trump will use the delay to sow doubts …
Protests rock Minneapolis for 2nd night MINNEAPOLIS - Violent protests over the death of a black man in police custody rocked a Minneapolis neighborhood for a second straight night as angry crowds looted stores, set fires and left a path of damage that stretched for miles. The mayor asked …
State News
S.C. reopening group finishes work, submits report to McMaster

COLUMBIA - The committee assigned by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster to plan to reopen the state after the initial spread of the coronavirus and figure out how to spend $1.9 billion in federal money finished its work on Thursday. Accelerate SC …

New program will feed South Carolinians, help farmers South Carolina Advocates for Agriculture has announced a new program to help ease the strain on the food system caused by COVID-19.According to a news release from the nonprofit, it has partnered with Certified South Carolina to form Farmers to Food …
S.C. police say mother, boyfriend charged in disabled child's death ROCK HILL (AP) - A South Carolina woman and her boyfriend were arrested and accused of killing the woman's disabled daughter and hiding her body inside a dresser drawer, authorities said. Jackleen Elizabeth Mullen, 23, and Audrevious Jarrell …
S.C. farmers, ranchers can apply for financial assistance through USDA's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Agricultural producers can now apply for USDA's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which provides direct payments to offset impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. The application and a payment calculator are now available online, and …
Reopening leader says liability protection key in S.C. COLUMBIA - The leader of the governor's committee studying how to best reopen South Carolina after the coronavirus said one of the most critical pieces of unfinished business is protecting businesses from lawsuits if they follow safety …
Obituaries
LORETTA MICKENS SMITH

Loretta Mickens Smith, wife of Jerry Smith, entered eternal rest on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston. The family is receiving friends at the residence, 105 Broad Acres, Bishopville. Visitation …

THOMASINA COOPER

Thomasina Cooper, 83, widow of Lee Artis Cooper, died on Thursday, May 28, 2020, at her home. She was born on Aug. 9, 1936, in Sumter County. The family is requesting no visitors. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by …

JOYCE ANN OSBORNE

Joyce Ann Osborne, 62, widow of Charlie B. Osborne Jr., died on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Born on June 2, 1957, in Sumter, she was a daughter of James Henry Goins and the late Annie Ruth Brown Goins. Survivors …

FANNIE D. MCLEOD SINGLETARY

Fannie D. McLeod Singletary, 92, died on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at her home. Born in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late Varnie Kay McLeod and Fannie Marie Hodge McLeod. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. Mrs. Singletary was twice …

MICHAEL LEON BURRIS

Michael Leon Burris entered eternal rest on Sunday, May 24, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey, Sumter. Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Boone Memorial Garden, Bishopville. Wilson Funeral Home, 403 S. Main St., Bishopville, …

Celebrations
Verburgs celebrate 50 years of marriage Mr. and Mrs. Charles Verburg of Sumter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. They were married on Feb. 6, 1970. Their four children are Susan Verburg of Ann Arbor, Michigan, June and Steve Williamson of Mapleton, …
Faith
What's the answer to having church again? In the past month, I received several emails asking, "When are we going to have church again?" Some of these inquiries come from folks eager to get back to normal. They long for the rhythm of Sunday: getting up, getting dressed, singing the songs of …
Slowed down but still not patient I am not a patient person; few people are. On a scale of one to 10, my urgency is in the high 90s. Being a Southerner, I know not to be rude, but I do not understand why people at the drive-thru window take 10 minutes to give their money and get …
Fox in the neighborhood is trying to survive Gina and I were coming home from a visit with family after dark. It had been a long trip, and we were both tired. It wasn't yet my bedtime, but it was getting close. The night was clear, crisp and cool. We rounded the corner onto our street, our …
Small signs of hope This week I drove past a mom and her three small children riding bikes on the sidewalk. The mom was bringing up the rear, like a mother goose herding her goslings. The oldest child rode confidently at the head of the line, showing the way. The two …
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
Flame is a pretty girl with an extremely sweet personality

LEFT: Flame is a housebroken 1-year-old dilute calico American shorthair. She has an extremely sweet personality. Flame is a friendly girl who is also active and playful. She loves to play with cat toys and be an occasional couch potato. The …

Weddings
Affronti-McCabe Miss Elizabeth Anne Affronti of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Mr. Griffin Nolan McCabe of Manning were united in marriage at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2020, in a front yard ceremony at 2185 Bethel Church Road. The Rev. Neil DuBose …
Mayle-Scott Miss Stephanie Nicole Mayle of Sumter and Mr. Anthony Miles Scott of Rembert were united in marriage at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2020, at Mileston at the Pond. The bride is the daughter of Cheryll Elizabeth Mayle of Lakeland, Florida, and Mr. …
Atkinson-Goodson KINGSTREE - Bailey Keels Atkinson of Kingstree and Louis Hayes Goodson of Sumter were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2020, at the home of the bride. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Chance Atkinson of …
Hendrix-Robinson COLUMBIA - Emily Francis Hendrix of Sumter and Rob Mackenzie Robinson of Winnsboro were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2020, at Millstone at Adam's Pond. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Ivan Hendrix of Sumter …
Engagements
Jackson-Von Minden Mr. and Mrs. Brian Paul Jackson of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Sara Ashlee Jackson of Sumter, to Mr. Garrett Richard Von Minden of Hilton Head Island, son of Ms. Laura Von Minden of Hilton Head Island and Mr. Richard Von …
Noonan- Robinson Dr. and Mrs. William Thomas Noonan Jr. announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Riley Elizabeth Noonan, to Mr. James Matthew Robinson, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Ronald Robinson, all of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. …
Horton-Parshley Rusty and Vermell Green of Turbeville announce the engagement of their granddaughter, Sierra Horton of Turbeville, to Dustin Parshley of New Zion, son of Jennifer Parshley of New Zion and the late Jeremiah "Jay" Parshley.The bride-elect is the …
Tolbert, Ramirez-Garcia Mr. and Mrs. Will Tolbert announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Marie Tolbert, to Adrian Ramirez-Garcia, son of Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Ramirez-Rivera, all of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. William R. …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: Fallen heroes have provided freedoms we now enjoy

Reflections honors those who gave the full measure of sacrifice to ensure our access to the many freedoms accorded to all American citizens on Memorial Day. The author has selected an editorial written by Hubert D. Osteen Jr., chairman and …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Flag pole dedicated on Tricentennial Week; Pinewood hosts Possum Trot Fest for 2nd year 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Dec. 14 - Dec. 20 - December checks for distribution in Sumter County to needy persons receiving public assistance are being mailed from the state public welfare office in time to be received early this week, it is …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Morris seeks books to help with accreditation; Tuomey is smoke free 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Dec. 7 - 15 - Fourteen officers and men aboard five Navy torpedo bombers missing over the Atlantic since Wednesday night and 13 crew members of a plane lost while searching for the bombers today were identified by seventh …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Car captured in Germany displayed; Red Baron pizza planes visit Sumter 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Nov. 30 - Dec. 6 - A 1937 Ford belonging to a Shaw Field soldier caught fire on Main Street in front of DeLorme's pharmacy, and within three minutes, the blaze had severely damaged the car, burning and melting the ignition, …
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