Sumter School District is one of last districts in S.C. to transition to 5 days

Students work in groups in Rita Peelman's 1st grade class on Tuesday at Crosswell Drive Elementary School.
When Sumter returns to five-day, face-to-face instruction Monday, it will be one of the last districts in South Carolina to do so, according to state Department of Education data. Ryan Brown, chief communications officer with the state …
Studio Sumter

Sumter Today: The Sumter Sharks hit the field under the Friday night lights.

Sumter has its very own semi-pro football team, and they took on the Smoky Mountain Ravens in Bishopville last Friday.

The Sumter Sharks are members of the Independent American Football League, a …

SPORTS
Panorama

Cheesy Asparagus Tart is perfect spring dish

You can almost feel spring in the air, and with the warmer weather comes delicious, delectable foods. From casseroles to fresh fruits and wholesome vegetables, a change of season offers something to …

Nation & World
Police ID suspect in FedEx shooting as 19-year-old man

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Police scoured a Fedex facility in Indianapolis and searched the suspected gunman's home Friday looking for a motive for the latest mass shooting to rock the U.S., as family …

Police trying to identify gunman, motive in FedEx shooting INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Police were working Friday to identify a gunman and determine his motive for opening fire at a FedEx facility near the Indianapolis airport, killing eight people and taking …
U.S. opens more distance in worldwide race against coronavirus
The United States opened more distance between itself and much of the rest of the world on Thursday, nearing the 200 millionth vaccine administered in a months-long race to protect the population against COVID-19, even as other countries, rich and …
Son, father appear in court for hearing in 1996 killing LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former California college student charged with murder in the 1996 disappearance of classmate Kristin Smart and the defendant's father, who is accused of helping hide the young woman's body, made their first court appearance …
Weather delays divers from searching for shipwreck survivors PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) - Families anxiously awaited news of the 12 people missing from a capsized oil industry vessel Thursday while stormy weather delayed divers from reaching the ship to search for survivors. Rescuers don't know whether any of …
State News
S.C. taps interim public health director for permanent post

COLUMBIA (AP) — Dr. Brannon Traxler, a familiar face to many South Carolinians following the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic, will become the state's next public health …

S.C. House adds African American documents to college course The South Carolina House approved a bill Thursday that would revise a required college course on America's founding that hasn't been changed since 1924.The bill passed 91-12 on Thursday after …
S.C. Republicans give expanding voting a brief hearing COLUMBIA (AP) — A bill in South Carolina that would greatly expand voting through no-excuse absentee ballots and eliminating witnesses for votes cast by mail got a hearing in the …
South Carolina sued by private schools COLUMBIA (AP) - A group of private schools is suing South Carolina, saying the racist past of a state constitutional amendment prohibiting spending public money on religious or private schools means it should be overturned. The Liberty Justice …
Soldier charged after video of confrontation with Black man COLUMBIA (AP) — A white non-commissioned Army officer depicted in a viral video accosting and shoving a Black man in a South Carolina neighborhood has been charged with third-degree …
Obituaries
ELSIE N. PRINGELS

Elsie N. Pringels, 88, widow of Thomas T. "Potts" Pringels, died on Thursday, April 15, 2021, at Prisma Health Richland Hospital. Services will be announced by Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter.

ALICE ALENE ATKINSON

BISHOPVILLE - Alice Alene Atkinson entered eternal rest on Monday, April 12, 2021, at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center, Hartsville. Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at St. Matthew Baptist Church, Bethune. Wilson …

EVELENA JACKSON LUCKY

Evelena Jackson Lucky, 78, widow of Calvin Lucky, departed this life on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. She was born on March 21, 1943, in Sumter, a daughter of the late Tossie and Cora Lee Washington Jackson. The …

SHEDARICKA TONJA JEFFERSON

Shedaricka Tonja Jefferson, 50, departed this life on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at her residence. She was born on Dec. 11, 1970, in El Paso, Texas, a daughter of Rebecca R. Fant Jefferson and the late Edward Jefferson. Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 …

FELDER

PRESTON FELDER

BRONX, N.Y. - Preston Felder, 71, died on Saturday, April 10, 2021, at Lincoln Hospital, Bronx. He was born on Nov. 25, 1949, in Manning, a son of the late James and Mary Jane Thomas Felder. Graveside services for Mr. Felder will be held at 11 …

Faith
Church News: Friday, April 16, 2021 Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 211 Alice Drive, announces: * Sunday-Wednesday, April 25-28 - Revival will be held at 7 nightly. Pastor Jake Thornhill will speak. Email church news including name of church, church address and event with …
'How many of us will be left?' Catholic nuns face loss, pain GREENSBURG, Pa. - At the front desk, the kindly nun who greeted visitors is missing, and in the chapel, where stained glass paints the walls with pastels, she no longer waves hello from the last pew on the left. In the convent's living room, …
Church News: Friday, April 9, 2021 Knitting Hearts for Christ Ministry, meets at Bethesda Church of God, 2730 Broad St., announces:* Saturday, April 10 — Knitting Hearts will meet from 9:45 a.m. to noon. Come celebrate our 17th …
The Rev. Dr. Clay Smith of Alice Drive Baptist Church: A Major scandal ... There is a Major scandal in Washington. In that dog-eat-dog town, the president's dog, named Major, has bitten not one but two people in the White House. He bit a Secret Service agent. He nipped at a Park Service employee. The Bidens have two …
Celebrations
Hodges of Sumter celebrate 65 years of marriage Mr. and Mrs. Benny Hodge Jr. of Sumter will celebrate 65 years of marriage on March 24, 2021. The couple has one daughter, Cindy Hodge Timmons, who passed away in 2015. The couple has two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mrs. Hodge …
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Hall of Sumter celebrate 60 years of marriage Mr. and Mrs. Gary Hall, of Sumter, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. They were married on Feb. 25, 1961. The couple's two children are Randy Hall of McDonough, Georgia, and Michelle Cipov of Sumter. The …
Winsteads of Sumter celebrate 71 years of marriage Mr. and Mrs. Tom Winstead Sr. of Sumter celebrated their 71th wedding anniversary on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. They were married on Feb. 1, 1950, in San Antonio, Texas. The couple's three children are Tom Winstead Jr. of Elkin, North Carolina, Rick …
Schumachers announce birth of a daughter, Elvie Evans Blake Edmund and Sarah Cutler Schumacher of Columbia announce the birth of a daughter, Elvie Evans Schumacher, on Jan. 13, 2021, at Lexington Medical Center, Lexington. Elvie weighed 8 pounds and 3 ounces. She was 19 1/2 inches …
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
Sumter SPCA's Edgar is a cuddly, fun-loving kitten

FAR LEFT: Edgar is a housebroken 7-week-old American shorthair. He is an active, fun-loving boy who is both cuddly and playful. He is great with other kittens and children. There are many other kittens just like Edgar available at the Sumter SPCA …

Weddings
Wilson-Davis ALCOLU - Olivia Dean Wilson and Raymond Bradley Davis were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 6, 2021, at New Harmony Presbyterian Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Joe Wilson Jr. of Manning and the granddaughter of …
Hodge-Frierson Faith Hodge and Hervey Richardson Frierson were married on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021, at the home of the couple in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of the late Mr. Judge Thomas Hodge and the late Mrs. Noonie Lee Frierson Hodge. The bridegroom is …
Curtis-Johnson LENOIR, North Carolina - Sara Suzanne Curtis of Lenoir, North Carolina, and Samuel Lawrence Johnson of Sumter were united in marriage at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, at Yadkin Valley Baptist Church. The bride is the daughter of Jeff and …
Lynch-Coker Katherine Lorena Lynch of Alcolu and Zachary Scott Coker of Turbeville were united in marriage at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, at First Baptist Church in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Neal C. Lynch of Alcolu and the …
Engagements
Allan-Miles Mr. and Mrs. Troy William Allan of Summerton announce the engagement of their daughter, Morgan Addison Allan of Summerton, to Mason Hunter Miles of Manning, son of Ms. Stacy Leigh Mosier and Mr. Laurence Wade Andrew McLeod, both of Manning. The …
Morris-Winn Mike and Tammie Morris announce the engagement of their daughter, Tiffany Alexandria Morris, to Arthur Ryan Winn, son of Arthur and Eileen Winn, all of Sumter. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late James and Edna House and Carol Morris …
Cox-Sowards Richard and Sherry Cox of Dalzell announce the engagement of their daughter, Allison RayAnn Cox of Dalzell, to Garrett Hunter Sowards of Merritt Island, Florida, son of Bradford and Stephanie Sowards of Melbourne, Florida. The bride-elect is the …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: The intersection of Sumter's New and Broad streets

Reflections remembers one of the more impressive intersections found among the roadways of Sumter. Numerous prominent families chose to build magnificent residences on these two streets, particularly at the intersection. The information and photos …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Missing Shaw Field cadet's remains found; Manning voters choose new mayor 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 Sept. 17 - 24 - South Carolina's share of a $12,000,000 fire loss of cotton and property in the United States during the 1945-46 marketing season is too great to accept without real effort to prevent such losses this …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Stairway to the Stars held at Sumter NCO Wives' Club; Stateburg residents want zoning change 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 Sept. 10 - 16 - Teenagers will meet at the Birnie Community Center to organize a club for the school year 1946-47, Edward C. Jones, director of the center, announced. Officers will be elected, committees appointed and …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sumter gridiron gets better lighting for fall games; relay event held at stadium 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 Sept. 3 - 9 - Carolina veterans and others seeking to get automotive parts will have an opportunity to buy some of the $14,000,000 worth of such property to be sold by the War Assets Administration, Sept. 9-14, at Salt Lake …
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