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Half of Sumter's students may stay home all year

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 … more

Sumter United Ministries needs school supplies, money for drive

School is back in session soon, and Sumter United Ministries is taking donations for its annual Gear Up for Learning, a school supplies drive for Sumter School District. For more than 20 years, the ministry has been collecting and donating … more

Sumter STEAM Charter is now named Liberty STEAM Charter

After recently landing a new historic home, Sumter County's first tuition-free public charter school now has a new name to honor that location. On Monday, the founding board of directors of Sumter STEAM Charter unanimously voted to change its … more

How to navigate restaurants during COVID-19: A guide to Palmetto Priority in Sumter, Clarendon, Lee counties

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 … more

Big Ten, Pac-12 pull plug on fall football amid pandemic

The Big Ten and Pac-12 called off their fall football seasons on Tuesday because of concerns about COVID-19, taking two of college football's five power conferences out of a crumbling season. Five … more

Sumter officers seek help locating missing 30-year-old

The Sumter Police Department needs the public’s help locating a missing 30-year-old. Lorenzo Jones, of Stratton Court, was reported missing by his family members on Monday, said Tonyia … more

DALLAS RHODES

LYNCHBURG - Graveside service for Dallas Rhodes were held at 10 a.m. on Monday in Chandler Cemetery, directed by Bacote-Eaddy Funeral Home. He entered eternal rest on Friday, July 31, 2020. He was born on Aug. 5, 1950, to the late Walter Nelson … more

SUSAN POTTS SIMPSON

DALZELL - A graveside service for Susan Potts Simpson, 74, of Dalzell, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Church of the Ascension Cemetery. The Rev. Joel Osborne will officiate. Memorials may be sent to the Church of the Ascension, P.O. Box … more

GERALDINE GREENLEE HOWARD

Geraldine Delores Greenlee Howard, 78, wife of Charlie N. Howard, departed this life on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, at Carriage House of Sumter. She was born on Dec. 24, 1941, in Florence, a daughter of the late James and Nora Ransom … more

DAVID LEE BYRD

David Lee Byrd, 56, departed this life on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at WellPath Columbia Regional Care Center in Columbia. He was born on Aug. 26, 1955, in Lee County, a son of the late Issac and Olene Hannibal Byrd. Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. … more

JOHN SEABORN CREECH

John Seaborn Creech, 87, husband of Lillian Payne "Tumpy" Creech, died on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, at Covenant Place in Sumter. John was born on June 25, 1933, in Sumter, a son of the late Fulton B. and Mary Adda Booth Creech. Mr. Creech retired … more

ELWYN MORGAN WATT JR.

Elwyn Morgan "E.M." Watt Jr., 89, husband of Patsy Prescott Watt, died on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Services will be announced by Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter. more

CAROLYN LEE P. COLLINS

MANNING - Carolyn Lee Player Collins, 42, died on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, at McLeod Regional Medical Center, Florence. She was born on July 6, 1978, in Florence, a daughter of the late Arthur and Loretha McDowell Player. The family is not … more

J.C. PEARSON

J.C. Pearson, 72, died on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, at his residence, 3095 Old Manning Road. He was born on June 12, 1948, in Sumter, a son of the late James Jimmy Pearson Sr. and Lillie Mae Johnson Pearson. These services have been entrusted to … more

KELLY TENTION

Kelly Tention, 56, died on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland. Born on Dec. 30, 1963, in Lee County, he was a son of Elouise Tention. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the … more

BETTY JEAN ROBINSON

Betty Jean Robinson, 64, died on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Born on May 24, 1956, in Clarendon County, she was a daughter of the late Eartha and David Robinson. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Summerton … more

JAMES DRAYTON SR.

James Drayton Sr., 88, widower of Inez Porcher Drayton, died on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, at his residence. Born on Nov. 9, 1932, in Sumter County, he was a son of James Thompson and Marie Clark Drayton. The family is receiving relatives and … more

MOSES FIELDS JR.

MANNING - Moses Fields Jr., age 73, entered into eternal rest on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, at his residence in Manning. Born in Clarendon County, he was a son of the late Moses Sr. and Melvina Caldwell Fields. Arrangements are incomplete and will … more

WILLIAM FRANKLIN JONES

William Franklin Jones, 78, widower of Nancy Harris Jones, died on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, at his home. Services will be announced by Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter. more

Horoscopes: Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Channel your energy into work, getting along with your peers and rethinking some of the decisions that are causing uncertainty. Get back to basics, and don't hesitate to ask for a favor if it pertains to work and … more
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