A welcome light at Sumter's Swan Lake-Iris Gardens

Fantasy of Lights opened officially on Tuesday at Swan Lake-Iris Gardens. Because of the pandemic, the lights are set up in a drive-through fashion with no Santa's Village this year. Follow the driving route around the Swan Lake entrance on West …
Studio Sumter

Sumter Today: Swan Lake glows

With so much getting canceled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, it was a welcome sight last night to see Swan Lake glow with more than a million light bulbs.The city park holds its …

Panorama

Sumter County Museum offers virtual talk with photographer Cecil Williams set for Dec. 10

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Sumter County Museum is once again offering a virtual book talk that you don't want to miss. Acclaimed photographer Cecil J. Williams, well known for his documentation of events during the Civil Rights Movement in South …

Nation & World
U.S. virus deaths top 3,100 in a single day for the first time

By The Associated PressThe U.S. recorded over 3,100 COVID-19 deaths in a single day, obliterating the record set last spring, while the number of Americans hospitalized with the virus has eclipsed …

Nurses wanted: Swamped hospitals scramble for help OMAHA, Neb. - U.S. hospitals slammed with COVID-19 patients are trying to lure nurses and doctors out of retirement, recruiting students and new graduates who have yet to earn their licenses and offering eye-popping salaries in a desperate bid to …
Biden, top Democrats swing behind bipartisan virus aid bill WASHINGTON (AP) - President-elect Joe Biden swung behind a bipartisan COVID-19 relief effort Wednesday, and his top Capitol Hill allies cut their demands for a $2 trillion-plus measure by more than half in hopes of breaking a monthslong logjam and …
UK authorizes Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use LONDON (AP) - Britain authorized a COVID-19 vaccine for use Wednesday, greenlighting the first shot backed up by rigorous scientific review. The first vaccinations are expected within days - a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic. The …
U.S. decides only dogs can be considered service animals on board planes The government has decided that when it comes to air travel, only dogs can be service animals, and companions used for emotional support don't count. The Transportation Department issued a final rule Wednesday that aims to settle years of tension …
State News
Governor nominates interim to S.C. Public Safety head

COLUMBIA - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster wants the man he appointed temporarily to take over the state's Department of Public Safety to become its permanent leader. McMaster announced his decision Wednesday to name Robert Woods IV as the …

Clemson to require weekly testing of students for COVID-19 CLEMSON (AP) — Clemson University officials will soon require all students to be tested weekly for COVID-19.The new policy will be in effect next semester, The Greenville News reported.During …
Family pedigree, friends and merit mark choosing of S.C. judge COLUMBIA - Ancestors, family pedigrees, old friendships, college ties, easy cheer and even merit were all part of the mix last week in a ritual where candidates for South Carolina's open judgeships parade before a judicial screening commission to …
S.C. officials say drugs can't be obtained by Friday execution COLUMBIA- South Carolina prison officials say they have to delay an execution scheduled for Friday because they won't be able to obtain the necessary lethal injection drugs. An attorney for the state Department of Corrections wrote in a letter to …
Rapid COVID-19 tests for S.C. schools in place 1st of week COLUMBIA (AP) - The new rapid result COVID-19 tests promised to South Carolina schools by Gov. Henry McMaster should be at some districts by the start of school next week, education officials said. McMaster signed an executive order Wednesday …
Obituaries
SAM WILLIE YORK

MANNING - Sam Willie York, 64, died on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, at his residence, 1257 Acorn Lane, Manning. He was born on March 26, 1956, in Williamsburg County, a son of the late Coseal and Ida Mae Williams York. The family is receiving …

JOSEPH PAUL YOUMANS

Joseph Paul Youmans, 70, husband of Harriett Grooms Youmans, died on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, at his home. Born on March 13, 1950, in Walterboro, he was a son of the late John E. and Lizzie Ellen McMillan Youmans. He was the former owner of ASAP …

MILDRED BROWN GARDNER

Mildred Brown Gardner, 86, widow of William V. Gardner, died on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, at her home. Born on Sept. 23, 1934, in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late Clifton J. and Dora Yates Brown. She was a member of Harmony Church and retired …

LYNETTE MOSS

Lynette Moss, 50, departed this life on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, at her residence. She was born on Oct. 28, 1970, in Dayton, Ohio, a daughter of David and Sandra Blake Moss. Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of …

THEOPHILUS BURKE

SUMMERTON - Theophilus Burke, 83, husband of Laverne Weeks Burke, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, at McLeod Health Clarendon, Manning. He was in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to the late Arthur and Cleretta Thomas Burke. Due …

Celebrations
Griffins celebrate 50 years Jimmy and Nancy Griffin, of Sumter, celebrated their 50th anniversary on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, at their home. Their two children are Lacey Griffin Ray of Apex, North Carolina, and Leigh Griffin Carter and her husband, Ross, of Cary, North …
Faith
Church News: Friday, Nov. 27, 2020 Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 211 Alice Drive, announces: * Thursday, Dec. 3 - Blood drive from 2 to 6 p.m. Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 401 Dingle St., announces: * Sunday, Dec. 6 - A drive-in service of Holy Eucharist will …
Church News: Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 211 Alice Drive, announces: * Thursday, Dec. 3 - Blood drive from 2 to 6 p.m. Pinewood Baptist Church, 10 E. Fulton St., Pinewood, announces: * Tuesday, Nov. 24 - The church will host a community …
Church News: Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 211 Alice Drive, announces: * Thursday, Dec. 3 - Blood drive from 2 to 6 p.m. Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, 3285 Peach Orchard Road, Dalzell, announces: * Saturday - A celebratory parade for the …
Church News: Friday, Nov. 6, 2020 Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 211 Alice Drive, announces: * Thursday, Dec. 3 - Blood drive from 2 to 6 p.m. Knitting Hearts Community Ministry, which meets at Bethesda Church of God, 2730 Broad St., announces: * Saturday, Nov. 14 - …
Dear Abby
Pets for adoption
Ginger is as sweet as she is beautiful

TOP: This lovely girl is Ginger. She had been hanging around the outside of animal control for awhile and was recently spayed. During her recovery inside, we were delighted to discover that she is as sweet as she is beautiful. Ginger is …

Weddings
Horton-Parshley Sierra Horton of Turbeville and Dustin Parshley of New Zion were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, at Perry's Pond. The bride is the daughter of Robbie Horton of Manning and Heidi Horton of Turbeville, and the granddaughter of …
Richburg-Thompson ALCOLU - Dixie Richburg of Davis Station and Bryan Joseph Thompson of Manning were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, at Lakewood Plantation. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Allan Craig Richburg of Davis Station and …
Cromer-Josey SaraLouise Cromer of Sumter and Matthew Samuel Josey of Florence were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, at the Church of the Holy Comforter in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Paul Cromer III, the …
Catoe-Ayres Emma Suzanne Catoe of Sumter and Jonathan Hunter Ayres of Howell, New Jersey, were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, at First Baptist Church in Sumter. The bride is the daughter of Allen and Lisa Catoe and the granddaughter of …
Engagements
Lynch-Coker Mr. and Mrs. Neal C. Lynch of Alcolu announce the engagement of their daughter, Katherine Lorena Lynch of Alcolu, to Zachary Scott Coker of Turbeville, son of Mr. A. Lanair Coker and Ms. Lucia Welsh Coker, both of Turbeville.The bride-elect is the …
Wilson-Davis Mr. and Mrs. John Joe Wilson Jr. announce the engagement of their daughter, Olivia Dean Wilson, to Raymond Bradley Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Lee Davis, all of Manning. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Kay McFaddin Gibbons and …
Williams-Jordan Mr. Ernest and Mrs. Cherell Butler of Aiken and Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Williams of Saluda announce the engagement of their daughter, Amy D. Williams of Simpsonville, to Derrick L. Jordan of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jordan of …
Bultman-Satterfield Ms. Cynthia D. Bultman of Sumter announces the engagement of her daughter, Megan Bultman of Sumter, to William Satterfield of Heard County, Georgia, son of William and Kelly Satterfield of Heard County. The bride-elect is also the daughter of Mr. …
Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: Thanksgiving, a time for family and traditions

Reflections looks back on how our city has celebrated what is often referred to as the beginning of the "holiday season." Wikipedia Encyclopedia notes that "In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast …

Yesteryear
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sumter library seeks interns; club formed for German shepherd fans 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 May 24 - 28 - Chief E. H. Lynam, of the Sumter Fire Department, today warned returning veterans and other prospective home owners that it is better to wait until good building materials are available than to attempt to …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sumter sailors have reunion at Trinidad; man lights up intersections 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 May 20 - 23 - Youths still are required to register for the draft upon reaching the age of 18, in spite of the fact that a law has been passed temporarily banning their induction, R.T. Brown Jr. of local selective service …
Yesteryear by Sammy Way: New Tuomey lobby, entrance open; Turbeville gets new mayor 75 YEARS AGO - 1946 May 14 - 18 - Three games are scheduled in the softball leagues, weather permitting. Booth Motor Co. meets Boyle Hardware Co., followed by the girls' game with the WACS meeting Royal Crown. A second men's game follows the …
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