Sumter Police Department empty of protesters as curfew takes effect

The Public Safety Complex is seen empty outside Wednesday for the first evening since Friday. The Sumter Police Department is seen below as officers sit next door at the Sumter Fire Department, left. Protesters had been gathering each night starting …
Studio Sumter

Sumter Today: We take a look at current events impacting the Sumter community.

Nearly 1,400 new positive COVID-19 test results have been reported in South Carolina since Thursday. DHEC puts out a daily update of new cases and deaths every day for the public, and on Thursday the …

Panorama

Sumter's Art in Park will go on

The Heart of Sumter Neighborhood Association plans to go ahead with Art in the Park, members have announced. The 14th outdoor exhibition will go on at Memorial Park on Sept. 19 - with compliance with measures recommended to prevent the spread of …

Nation & World
People are blowing up, or just taking, ATMs in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Explosions have destroyed or damaged 50 cash machines in and near Philadelphia since the weekend, and one man has died, in a coordinated effort to steal them or blow them up …

Pilgrim's Pride CEO among indicted for chicken price fixing WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. (AP) — The CEO of Pilgrim's Pride is one of four current and former chicken company executives indicted Wednesday on charges of price-fixing.The U.S. Department of Justice …
Virginia governor to announce removal of Lee statue RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is expected to announce plans Thursday for the removal of an iconic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond's prominent Monument …
Prosecutors charge 3 more officers in George Floyd's death MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors on Wednesday expanded their case against the police who were at the scene of George Floyd's death, charging three of the officers with aiding and abetting a …
Retired officer, ex-college athlete among victims of unrest One man was a retired St. Louis police captain checking on his friend's shop. Another was the beloved owner of a Louisville barbecue restaurant who provided free meals to officers. Yet another was a man known as "Mr. Indianapolis," a former star …
State News
ACLU asks state police to explain officers' 'violent escalation' during weekend protest

COLUMBIA - Civil liberties advocates in South Carolina are calling on some of the state's law enforcement agencies to explain and apologize for what they're calling a "violent escalation" by officers during …

Consumers will see gas price increase beginning July 1 FROM S.C. DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE For the fourth consecutive year, South Carolina's Motor Fuel User Fee, which helps support road, bridge and infrastructure construction in South Carolina, will increase from $0.22 to $0.24 per gallon beginning July …
ACLU to SC police: Explain 'violent escalation' at protest COLUMBIA (AP) — Civil liberties advocates in South Carolina are calling on some of the state's law enforcement agencies to explain and apologize for what they're calling a "violent escalation" …
Hundreds of S.C. National Guardsmen deploy to D.C. COLUMBIA - South Carolina is sending hundreds of National Guard troops to the nation's capital at the request of President Donald Trump to help tamp down unrest after the death of George Floyd. Capt. Jessica Donnelly told The Associated Press …
Amid outbreak, officials seek safe ways to draw visitors COLUMBIA (AP) — A week into the summer season that typically drives South Carolina's robust tourism economy, finding ways to safely draw visitors to the state amid the coronavirus outbreak is …
Obituaries
JAMES WITHERSPOON

James Witherspoon, 86, husband of Janie Mickens Witherspoon, died on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at his residence. Born on Jan. 18, 1934, he was a son of James and Heneretta Butler Witherspoon. The family is receiving relatives at the home, 13 …

MOZZINE W. MONTGOMERY

Mozzine W. "Dollie" Montgomery, 92, went home to be with the Lord in the morning of Sunday, May 31, 2020, at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center, Hartsville. She was born on Feb. 25, 1928, in the Ashwood area of Lee County, to Hattie Porter …

ALICIA R. RODRIGUEZ

Alicia R. Rodriguez, age 89, died on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at Sumter Health and Rehab. You may go to www.bullockfuneralhome.com and sign the family's guest book online. The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter for the …

THOMAS LEE ROBERTSON

Thomas Lee Robertson, husband of Lila Brooks Robertson, of 201 Lois Lane, died on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at Prisma Health Toumey Hospital. The family is receiving friends at the home of his daughter, Tiffani Robertson, 41 Inglewood …

DALE E. SPIDEL

Dale E. Spidel, 61, widower of Eva Selek Spidel, died on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Born on Feb. 21, 1959, in Sumter, he was a son of Shelby Hood Douglas and the late Edward P. Spidel Sr. Mr. Spidel was a carpenter. …

Celebrations
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 …
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
Column from Sumter's Pastor Clay Smith: 'My Savior knew exactly how George Floyd felt' Let me state the obvious: I’m not a black man. I’ve never been particularly worried about being stopped by the police. I’ve never coached my son on how to act when an officer of the …
A return to the pew in Sumter All our coronavirus coverage is free to the public. It’s the right thing to do as a public service to our community. If you find this article helpful or informative and want to support our …
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 …
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
Frank is a smart, sweet and handsome hound

TOP: Handsome hound Frank is looking for a new home. He is a sweet and loving boy who just wants attention. He loves being outdoors playing with other dogs. Frank would prefer a fenced-in yard, so he can get plenty of exercise and then snooze in the …

Weddings
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. …
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 …
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: Army's Blanchard was football's 'Mr. Inside'

Reflections remembers one of the greatest football players produced by the state of South Carolina. Felix Anthony "Doc" Blanchard Jr. became a living legend at the U.S. Military Academy during the 1940s. He was commonly referred to as "Mr. Inside" …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Perfection Bakery staff thanks customers; Richardson learns about FCA 75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Dec. 21 - Dec. 27 - Gen. George S. Patton Jr., who led the victorious U.S. Third Army from the beaches of Normandy into Czechoslovakia, died today a dozen days after his neck was broken in a traffic accident. The general's …
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 …
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