A show of support: Shaw, Sumter community honor fallen airman

First Lt. David Schmitz's fellow airmen, family and friends gathered at Shaw Air Force Base on Friday to say goodbye to the pilot whose F-16 crashed at Shaw during training. He came to Shaw with his wife in January.
He lived a fairytale life of travel and adventure. He took off from picturesque landscapes and helped load nuclear weapons onto military aircraft. That life was cut short last week when First Lt. David Schmitz's F-16 crashed at Shaw Air Force …
Studio Sumter

Sumter Today: We check in with one of our 20 Under 40 winners to see how he’s adapting his business in the pandemic.

Jerome Robinson was one of our inaugural 20 Under 40 winners, and we’ve had fun following his progress with Team Robinson MMA and fitness.The gym specializes in martial arts training and …

Panorama

3 money lessons to teach your children

By Rachel Cruze Ramsey Solutions Have you been stressed during budget conversations? Are you anxious at the grocery store checkout when you hear the total? Do you seem to be buying more and more stuff to make yourself feel better about …

Nation & World
U.S. bets on small company to deliver COVID-19 vaccine

EDITOR'S NOTE - This story is part of an ongoing investigation by The Associated Press, the PBS series FRONTLINE and the Global Reporting Centre that examines the deadly consequences of the fragmented worldwide medical supply chain. When precious …

Experts: Floyd's pleading didn't mean he could breathe MINNEAPOLIS - As George Floyd repeatedly pleaded "I can't breathe" to police officers holding him down on a Minneapolis street corner, some of the officers responded by pointing out he was able to speak. One told Floyd it takes "a lot of oxygen" to …
Medical group cited by Trump denounces school funding threat A medical association that the White House has cited in its press to reopen schools is pushing back against President Donald Trump's repeated threats to cut federal funding if schools don't open this fall. In a joint statement with national …
Catholic Church lobbied for taxpayer funds, got $1.4B NEW YORK - The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought …
Opening classrooms may mean choosing between schools, bars PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - President Donald Trump insists that schools reopen this fall. Many parents, educators, doctors and economists want the same thing. But getting children back to school safely could mean keeping high-risk spots like bars and …
State News
Protesters: Man pulls gun on anniversary of flag's removal

COLUMBIA - Counterprotesters said a passing driver pointed a gun at them Friday and said "All Lives Matter" as competing groups gathered in front of South Carolina's capitol building to mark the five-year anniversary of the state's removal of the …

S.C. will pay postage for all mail-in ballots in November COLUMBIA (AP) - The South Carolina State Elections Commission has agreed to provide prepaid return postage for all absentee ballots by mail this November. The joint agreement, filed in federal court Wednesday, follows a lawsuit by individual …
Medicaid to cover COVID-19 testing for South Carolinians without coverage The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced it will immediately begin accepting applications for a new limited-benefit Medicaid coverage group to provide reimbursement for coronavirus disease 2019 testing for those without …
S.C. cashiers thankful for letters given to them by Kentucky girl By JONATHAN LIMEHOUSE The Index-Journal GREENWOOD - Cashiers Kamryn Ashley and Sherry Redmond were having a rough day working at Big Lots at 339 Bypass 72 NW because of the high humidity in the building. Ashley said the protective masks, which …
100+ coronavirus cases reported at S.C. men's prison in Enoree COLUMBIA (AP) - More than 100 inmates have been infected with COVID-19 in a South Carolina prison where one inmate has already died from the disease caused by the coronavirus. According to numbers on the website of the South Carolina Department …
Obituaries
HARVIN LEE WATSON SR.

MANNING - On Thursday, July 9, 2020, Harvin Lee Watson Sr. departed this life at McLeod Health Clarendon in Manning. Born on June 16, 1961, in Manning, he was a son of the late Otis and Rovena Brunson Watson. In accordance with the …

MARY LOUISE GRANT TISDALE

On July 2, 2020, God sent angels down and carried Mary Louise Grant Tisdale home to glory to be with her family in heaven. Mary Louise Grant Tisdale was born on June 16, 1935, in Sumter, a daughter of the late Boyd Sr. and Julia Grant. Being …

CARRIE G. LEWIS

Carrie G. Lewis entered eternal rest on Monday, July 6, 2020, at 470 Pine Knot Lane, Blythewood. Visitation will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Visitors must wear masks and gloves. Funeral service will be held at 11 …

ULYSESS FRANK

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Ulysess "Seal" Frank, 72, died on Thursday, July 9, 2020, at Belveve Hospital, New York. He was born on Feb. 29, 1948, in Summerton, a son of the late Joseph and Mary Bennett Frank. These services have been entrusted to …

FANNIE MAE WILLIAMS

Fannie Mae Williams entered eternal rest on Sunday, July 5, 2020, at her residence, 223 Ridge St., Bishopville. Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. today at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, S.C. 34, Bishopville. Visitors are asked to please wear …

Celebrations
Croskeys celebrate 60 years Gary and Judy Croskey of Sumter celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Friday, June 19, 2020. Their two children are Yvette White and Jacqui Croskey Hawkey. The couple has five grandchildren.
Culbreaths celebrate 62 years Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Culbreath of Sumter celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at their home. Their two children and their spouses are: Sabrina and John Budden and Gino and Gwendolyn Culbreath. The couple has …
Faith
Column from Sumter's Rev. Clay Smith: God Bless America Irving Berlin was born into a Russian Jewish family. The family fled Siberia, looking for a better life in the United States. Berlin was five when the family arrived at Ellis Island in New York Harbor. The family did not find instant wealth; what …
Church News: Friday, July 3, 2020 Knitting Hearts Ministry, which meets at Bethesda Church of God, 2730 Broad St., announces: * Saturday, July 11 - Knitting Hearts will meet from 10 a.m. to noon. Speakers will be Jeannie Smith and Marsha Murphy from Myrtle Beach. A love offering …
Column from the Rev. Clay Smith: Could our nation's turmoil be a case of dry rot? I was hauling my boat to the lake to meet up with my family. It was just me, pulling the boat up the interstate. About an hour into the trip, I felt a jerk. I looked at my rearview mirrors and saw my boat trailer leaning to the right. Flat …
Church News: Friday, June 26, 2020 Knitting Hearts Ministry, which meets at Bethesda Church of God, 2730 Broad St., announces: * Saturday, July 11 - Knitting Hearts will meet from 10 a.m. to noon. Speakers will be Jeannie Smith and Marsha Murphy from Myrtle Beach. A love offering …
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
Super sweet and friendly, Cy would be a great new family member

FAR LEFT: Cy is a housebroken and neutered 5-year-old lab / corgi mix. He is great with children and other dogs. Cy is a super sweet and friendly boy who loves people. He would be an amazing new buddy for any family. The Sumter SPCA is located at …

Weddings
Noonan-Robinson LAKE MARION - Miss Riley Elizabeth Noonan and Mr. James Matthew Robinson, both of Sumter, were united in marriage in a lakeside ceremony at noon Saturday, May 30, 2020, at the Noonan Family Lake Home. The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. …
Jamison-Edwards Deborah Jamison and Steven Edwards, both of Sumter, were united in marriage at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2020, at St. Anne Catholic Church in Sumter.The bride is the daughter of Brian and Amy Jamison and the granddaughter of Byron and Kitty Jamison …
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. …
Engagements
Glaze-Burr Lee and Fran Glaze of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Sally Glaze of Conway, to John Aaron Burr IV of Conway, son of John Burr III of Conway and Melody Carter of Longs. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Regi and Yvonne …
Compton-Sewell Mr. and Mrs. Michael F. Compton of Sumter announce the engagement of their son, Andrew T. Compton of Sumter, to Emily C. Sewell of Alpharetta, Georgia, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Sewell of Alpharetta. The bride-elect is the granddaughter …
Cromer-Josey Mr. and Mrs. James Paul Cromer III of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, SaraLouise Cromer of Sumter, to Matthew Samuel Josey of Florence, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Rene Josey of Florence. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. …
Segars-Goodson Mr. and Mrs. Burrell "Billy" Raymie Segars Sr. of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Jane Elizabeth Segars of Sumter, to Mr. James Arthur Goodson IV of Charleston, son of Dr. and Mrs. James Arthur Goodson III of Manning. The …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: The history of Sumter-area schools, part III

Reflections remembers the development of Sumter's education system and the construction of numerous schools attended by local students. The author used historic data retrieved from The Sumter Item archives. An article written by John Mitchell in the …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: 'Best midway yet' comes to Sumter; kids create Recycle Rob 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Feb. 1 - 7 - Tuomey Hospital has been awarded Full and Provisional Approval by the American College of Surgeons for the year 1945, as revealed through an annual survey which was conducted in December. The results of this, …
Jewish Welfare Fund holds supper at temple; Shaw hosts F-102 Delta Daggers 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Jan. 25 - 31 - Officers re-elected for an additional one-year term at the annual Sumter County Game and Fish Association barbecue and meeting were B.L. Montague, president; R. T. Brown Sr., secretary-treasurer; George L. …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Egg exports show Sumter ag growth; former POWs invited to berry farm 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Jan. 17 - 23 - According to J.A. Raffield, city manager, the movement of 50 house-trailers from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to Sumter will help alleviate the acute housing shortage here. The house-trailers will be located in the …
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