Despite virtual services, Sumter members still backing churches financially

The Rev. Dr. Clay Smith, lead pastor of Alice Drive Baptist Church, preaches to an empty sanctuary last Sunday as the church's technical crew films the church's online service. With churches unable to meet because of the coronavirus, many people are turning to online services and online giving.
Churches have had to adjust to the demands brought forth by the threat of the coronavirus. Along with having to livestream services with no congregations via social media, churches are having to find ways to make the opportunity of giving available …
Studio Sumter

Sumter's COVID-19 Response - Featured Guest: Mayor Joe McElveen, City of Sumter

We talked to the mayor live on Zoom earlier today, with the public also viewing and submitting questions, about the city’s response to this pandemic. He gave some insightful and honest thoughts …

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
A New York doctor's story: 'Too many people are dying alone'

NEW YORK (AP) - As an emergency medicine physician in New York City, Dr. Kamini Doobay has always known that death is part of the territory when trying to care for the city's sickest. But it hasn't always been like this - patients hit the hardest …

Virus test results in minutes? Scientists question accuracy MADRID (AP) - Some political leaders are hailing a potential breakthrough in the fight against COVID-19: simple pin-prick blood tests or nasal swabs that can determine within minutes if someone has, or previously had, the virus. The tests could …
A new beat for police across U.S.: Enforcing social distance NEW YORK (AP) — In New York City, they've started dismantling basketball hoops to prevent people from gathering in parks and playing. In Lakewood, New Jersey, police broke up a wedding being …
Are gun shops 'essential' businesses during a pandemic? In some parts of the U.S., authorities say gun shops aren't essential businesses and should close during stay-at-home orders meant to slow the coronavirus. In other places, officials are stopping …
Water shutoffs in sharp focus amid coronavirus outbreak DETROIT (AP) — The advice is simple and universal: Washing your hands with soap and water is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of the coronavirus. But for millions of people …
State News
S.C. health chief takes medical leave amid virus outbreak; Rep. Cunningham has virus

COLUMBIA (AP) — The chief of South Carolina's public health agency is taking temporary medical leave to combat high blood pressure, an absence officials said would not affect response to the …

New statue brings a legacy to Florence By MATTHEW CHRISTIAN The Morning News FLORENCE - It took a trip to New York City for Florence City Councilman George D. Jebaily to learn about William H. Johnson. Jebaily spoke about a 1995 trip to the Big Apple as the city unveiled a …
State parks close for 2 days to retool to fight virus COLUMBIA - All state parks in South Carolina are closing Wednesday and Thursday as officials figure out and implement new policies to help control the spread of the coronavirus. Most of the 47 state parks across South Carolina were busier than …
South Carolina Boeing worker tests positive for virus COLUMBIA (AP) — An employee at Boeing's South Carolina production facility has tested positive for COVID-19, the company said Monday.Boeing spokeswoman Libba Holland said that the employee was …
USDA designates 8 S.C. counties as primary natural disaster areas; Emergency support to producers in surrounding counties, border states also available Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated eight South Carolina counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Anderson, Calhoun, Greenville, Lexington, Orangeburg, Pickens, Richland and Spartanburg counties who suffered losses due to …
Obituaries
BARBARA ANN BLACKSHEAR

Barbara Ann Blackshear, 75, wife of Clyde S. Blackshear and daughter of the late Sam and Clarence Edith McFadden Scott, was born on November 21, 1944 in Sumter, SC. She departed this life on Friday, March 27, 2020 in MUSC Health in Florence, …

JAMES FRANK DURANT JR.

James Frank "Cotton" Durant Jr., 53, departed this life on Friday, March 27, 2020, at McLeod Hospice House in Florence. He was born on Oct. 27, 1966, in Sumter, a son of James Sr. and Shirley Ann Williams Durant. Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. …

FRANCENA COWELL

Francena Cowell, 60, was born on Jan. 18, 1960, in Sumter to her parents, Saul Benjamin and Jessie Mae McLeod. She departed this life on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at Agape Hospice Facility, Lexington. Francena attended the public schools of …

BERNIE GRANT

Bernie Grant, 72, of Lugoff, entered into rest on Monday, March 23, 2020. Due to COVID 19, funeral services will be private. www.georgeecollinsfh.com

DOROTHY MAE DICKEY

LYNCHBURG - Dorothy Mae Dickey, 83, died on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. She was a daughter of the late John and Icybelle McDowell Dickey. Funeral services for Mrs. Dickey will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Hayes F. Samuels Sr. Memorial Chapel, …

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
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 …
The spiritual realm ... Dr. S.W. Mitchell was a well-known neurologist in Philadelphia. One evening, a little girl, poorly dressed and deeply troubled, knocked on his door. She told Dr. Mitchell her mother was very sick. Could he please come with her? It was cold and …
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
Nadia, a pug/beagle mix, is extremely sweet

LEFT: Nadia is a 1-year-old pug / beagle mix. She is an extremely sweet girl who is active and playful. Nadia loves to play with other dogs and would be wonderful for a family with children. She lives for any kind of love and attention, but needs a …

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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