'I've seen people meet the need': While closed from COVID-19, Shoney’s gives back to workers, Sumter community

Shoney's General Manager Gene Lady gives lunch to a customer on Thursday. Shoney's is selling $5 lunch plates and giving those same plates to employees for free. All the proceeds from the sold boxes go to Backpack Blessings of Sumter, a program started through First Presbyterian Church which provides food for children during weekends when they're not in school.
The coronavirus pandemic has been difficult for people across the world. One of the trades to take the biggest hit was the restaurant industry, as businesses suddenly can't have people gathering in their dining rooms for service. While …
Studio Sumter

Sumter's COVID-19 Response - Featured Guest: Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital CEO Michelle Logan-Owens

We talked to Michelle live on Zoom earlier today, with the public also viewing and submitting questions about the hosptial and health care system's response to this pandemic.

During the interview, …

Panorama

Crafts can help refugees find community, maybe a living

By MOLLY SPRAYREGEN Associated Press When Bahija Karim arrived in Idaho as an Afghan refugee in 2005, she knew little about American culture. She didn't speak English. A volunteer directed her to Artisans for Hope, a local crafts initiative …

Nation & World
Why health experts aren't warning about virus in food

NEW YORK (AP) - Chicken with salmonella can make you sick. So can romaine lettuce with E. coli and buffets with lurking norovirus. So why aren't health officials warning people about eating food contaminated with the new coronavirus? The answer …

Democrats delay nominating convention amid virus concerns Democrats announced Thursday that they were postponing their presidential nominating convention until August, an unprecedented move that shows how the coronavirus is reshaping the battle for the White House. The party had hoped that a mid-July …
Extremists see global chaos from virus as opportunity JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Both the Islamic State group and al-Qaida see the coronavirus as a threat, but some of their fighters also see the upheaval from the pandemic as an opportunity to win over more supporters and strike harder than …
Q&A: How to get aid for a small business hit by COVID-19 crisis NEW YORK (AP) - Millions of small business owners will be turning to the government, seeking help for an individual and nationwide cataclysm, the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The government says it will begin …
Can you fix ventilators? A fuel cell engineer figures it out SACRAMENTO, California - It was late when engineer Joe Tavi's boss called with an odd question: Could their company, which makes fuel cells, learn how to fix a ventilator? California had a bunch of broken ones, and the governor had asked if San …
State News
S.C. will give 1st responders virus data to keep them safe

COLUMBIA - South Carolina public health officials are creating a statewide database of addresses of known positive COVID-19 cases, a secure tool only made available to first responders who have argued the information could help protect …

Sumter may see almost 600 cases of virus by May Michelle Logan-Owens has seen a lot in her medical career in Sumter. This coronavirus is different. Joining Tuomey Hospital 27 years ago and becoming CEO in 2015, since she took the helm the hospital has been through the 1,000-year flood that …
S.C. officials defend limited data release as COVID-19 spreads COLUMBIA - As businesses considered nonessential close across South Carolina to fight the coronavirus, state health officials are coming under increased scrutiny about information it isn't gathering or releasing about the spread of the virus. For …
S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs warns of coronavirus scams SUBMITTED BY S.C. DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRSCOLUMBIA – The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs is warning consumers and businesses to be on the lookout for coronavirus scams. No …
A Q&A about filing for unemployment in South Carolina during COVID-19 With the number of people applying for unemployment rising daily, the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce offers the following questions and answers:   Q. If someone can’t …
Obituaries
MICHAEL CHARLES VEDAS

Michael "Motorcycle Mike" Charles Vedas, retired senior master sergeant, age 80, beloved husband of 39 years to Edna Earle Vedas, died on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at his residence. Arrangements will be announced by Bullock Funeral Home.

ROSCOE BILLY PENDRY JR.

Roscoe Billy "Skip" Pendry Jr., age 76, beloved husband of Nancy Chung Pendry, died on Thursday, April 2, 2020, at his residence. You may go to www.bullockfuneralhome.com and sign the family's guest book online. The family has chosen Bullock …

SHELIA DENISE MCFADDEN

TURBEVILLE - Shelia Denise McFadden, 46, died on Monday, March 30, 2020, at MUSC Health, Florence. She was born on March 22, 1974, in Lake City, a daughter of the late Willard D. McFadden and Barbara Ann McFadden. The family is receiving …

BARBARA ANN S. BLACKSHEAR

Barbara Ann Scott Blackshear was born on Nov. 21,1944, in Sumter County, the oldest child of Sam Claud and Clarence Edith McFadden Scott. Barbara departed this life on Friday, March 27, 2020, at MUSC Health in Florence. A product of the Lee …

JENNIE R. HOOVER

Jennie R. Hoover, 78, widow of Patrick Daniel Hoover Sr., died on Sunday, March 29, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Born on Sept. 11, 1941, in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Ruth Ray Lowery. She retired from the Army and …

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, …
McLeods celebrate 64 years James and Rosemarie McLeod of Sumter celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on Feb. 6, 2020. The couple's three sons are Leroy McLeod, Douglas McLeod and the late James W. McLeod. The couple has eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren …
Faith
From Sumter Pastor Clay Smith: We are the world I read in the news today that the streets of Beirut are empty. Ditto the streets of Baghdad, Beijing, London and New York. ISIS, of all people, is telling its followers not to travel because of the virus. When you look at the Centers for Disease …
The last time this happened Despite what my children think, I am too young to remember World War II. My parents, however, lived through that time. It was the last time in American history when everyone's lives changed. We forget there was rationing. People were allotted …
Catholic Diocese of Charleston livestreaming Mass and other devotions CHARLESTON -- In an effort to bring liturgies to the faithful across the state, the CatholicDiocese of Charleston is now livestreaming from the Chapel of the Holy Family, which is located …
Church News: Friday, March 13, 2020 Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Sunday, March 29 - Women's Missionary Society worship beginning at 10 a.m. Kiara Nicole Lint, young adult missionary, will speak. Beulah Union Methodist Episcopal Church, 2380 S. St. Paul …
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
Briggs is a sweet, happy and lovable boy

LEFT: Briggs is a 6-year-old boxer mix. He is a super sweet and friendly guy who adores love and attention. He is active, but also has his lazy side. Briggs is a big, happy boy who would be a lovable buddy. The Sumter SPCA is located at 1140 S. …

Weddings
Wright-Armfield COLUMBIA - Lauren Ashley Wright of Summerville and Roger McSwain Armfield II of Sumter were united in marriage at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Shandon United Methodist Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Brian …
Jekel-Ward STATEBURG - Rachel Nicole Jekel and Christian Blake Ward were united in marriage at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, at Church of the Holy Cross. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Stephen Jekel and the granddaughter of Mrs. Alton …
Barton-Davis Jordan Taylor Barton and Michael George Davis, both of Sumter, were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, at The O'Donnell House in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Glenn and Stacy Barton of Sumter and the granddaughter of …
Brunson-Byrd Emily Brunson and Zachary Daniel Byrd were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, at Graham Baptist Church in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Wentworth Brunson III of Alcolu and the granddaughter of Ms. …
Engagements
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. …
McMeekin-Montgomery Mr. and Mrs. John Stephen McMeekin of Winnsboro announce the engagement of their daughter, Caroline Mayes McMeekin of Seattle, Washington, to Mr. John Watson Montgomery of Seattle, son of Dr. and Mrs. Alan Bruce Montgomery of Medina, …
Pastore-Smith Mr. and Mrs. Anthony C. Pastore of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Chelsea Marie Pastore of Sumter, to Brandon S. Smith of Chesterfield, son of Mr. Scott Smith and Mrs. Lisa G. Hardwick of Chesterfield. The bride-elect graduated …
Sprott- Stephens Mr. and Mrs. Harmon Burgess Sprott III of Manning announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah DuBose Sprott of Conway, to Mr. Daniel Carlton Stephens of Lake View, son of Mr. David Norman …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: Item photographer featured in Chinese paper

Reflections remembers the accomplishments of Heyward Crowson in China during World War II. In October of 1945, Mrs. Ruth Crowson received from her husband, who was serving in the Marine Corps, a copy of the Chinese-English Intelligence paper from …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Swan Lake bridge construction underway; Bradford competes at Classic 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Oct. 19 - Oct. 25 - Decay-producing organisms remain alive for many months in sweet potato storage houses, say Clemson plant disease specialists, who advise that these organisms be eliminated before the new crop of sweet …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Red Cross Canteen members greet every troop train; 'puff mud' found 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Oct. 12 - Oct. 18 - Four air bases in the two Carolinas, including Shaw Field at Sumter, are included in the list of 85 flying fields, depots, hospitals and other establishments the Army Air Forces has recommended for …
Yesteryear with Sammy Way: St. Anne's donates clothes to children; Farmers' Field Day hosted 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Oct. 5 - Oct. 11 - The local committee for Fire Prevention Week, to be held Oct. 7-13, was announced by Mayor Edwin Boyle. The committee includes E. H. Lynam, chairman; C. V. Wilder, vice chairman; and D. W. Cuttino Jr. …
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