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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Police: Man wanted after 18-year-old shot in face | Midlands Crimestoppers | 1-888-CRIME-SC | Anonymous tips earn cash rewards with Crimestoppers.

Police: Man wanted after 18-year-old shot in face | Midlands Crimestoppers | 1-888-CRIME-SC | Anonymous tips earn cash rewards with Crimestoppers.: SUMTER, SC (WIS) - Sumter Police said they are looking for a suspect they consider armed and dangerous.

Johnathan Brown is wanted in connection to a shooting that occurred at a nightclub on Manning Avenue around 2:30am Friday. Major Alvin Holston said an 18-year-old man was shot in the left side of the face in a car while trying to leave the location.

The victim was taken to Tuomey Hospital by others in the car. He remains hospitalized, but Major Holston said he's in stable condition.

He said witnesses at the scene were able to identify Brown as the suspect. He's wanted on an arrest warrant for attempted murder.

If you have any information on his whereabouts, you are asked to call Crimestoppers.

Source: http://www.live5news.com/Global/story.asp?S=13932033

If you, or someone you know, have any information regarding any crime, you are encouraged to contact Crimestoppers. You could earn a reward up to $1,000.

Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Texters can send anonymous tips to CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with "TIPSC".

Friday, January 28, 2011

DeMint will join King for Iowa appearance in March - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

DeMint will join King for Iowa appearance in March - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "Stumpy Please keep him in Iowa. He sure doesn't do anything for South Carolina. Spends all his time politicing outside the state. He has no idea of how to improve anything and his only word is no."

Sumter man shot in both legs - Crime & Courts - TheState.com

Sumter man shot in both legs - Crime & Courts - TheState.com: "A Sumter man was shot in both legs Monday and the sheriff's office is looking for a suspect. A witness told the Sumter County Sheriff's Office that a man shot Darius Pollard, of Leslie Drive, Rembert, several times Monday around 2:15 p.m. in the 5500 block of Dinkins Mill Road. The sheriff's office said Pollard was hit once in each leg. He was airlifted to Palmetto Health Richland in serious condition. Investigators have a suspect in mind in the case, and is looking for him, the sheriff's office said. The suspect left the scene in a small, black pick up truck."

Trying to Locate Mr. Thomas Clifton Newman

Editor Request:

I need help from my readers.... In trying to locate Mr. Thomas Clifton Newman, Clemson Class of 1968, his father, Mr. S.J. Newman or any of his relatives. Thomas Clifton Newman may be a candidate for a special project going on at Clemson University. It's the Scroll of Honor Memorial. We have information that he may still be living. I have hit a stonewall and need your help.  Mr. S.J. Newman at one time resided at 613 Cardinal Road here in Sumter... 803.720.5007

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

SC lawmakers endorse bill allowing in-home poker - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

SC lawmakers endorse bill allowing in-home poker - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - South Carolina senators have endorsed a bill legalizing friendly games of poker in people's homes. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 15-6 on Tuesday to advance the bill to the Senate floor. The measure would replace the state's 1802 anti gambling laws that, if read literally, ban any games with cards or dice. Legislators have tried to change the laws since a 2006 raid on a poker game in Mount Pleasant, which is currently before the state Supreme Court. Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell says the laws are selectively enforced, and the government has no business telling people they can't play games in their own homes. Opponents say they fear the unintended consequences of trying to tweak gambling laws. They say they fear any loopholes could usher in outright gambling."

Wave that Raffle Ticket in the Face of your Senator

January 26, 2011

Editorial

Now is the time, before your Senator has had his second cup of coffee, to let him know your position on gaming in South Carolina. You can bet that he has big money waving in his face... but its all the little money that makes up our small communities and their cake raffles.... just ask the folk in Bishopville... ask the leaders at the Chamber of Commerce. Raffles are as American as that apple pie granny baked!!!!! Give your Senator a wake up call this morning!

"OUR GAMBLING laws, opponents tell us, are a silly throwback, giving overly zealous police an excuse to break up innocent kitchen-table poker games and forcing churches to choose between breaking the law or going broke. It is time, the anti-moral police tell us, to lift these antiquated laws and usher in a bit of common sense. And so this afternoon, the Senate will take up the first of several proposed “fixes” — a bill to allow non-profits to hold “raffles and casino night charity games.”" Source link

TigerNet.com -- Basketball News -- Narcisse propels Tigers to largest ACC comeback win in Littlejohn history

TigerNet.com -- Basketball News -- Narcisse propels Tigers to largest ACC comeback win in Littlejohn history: "CLEMSON – Bryan Narcisse walked off of the Littlejohn Coliseum court to cheers from the Clemson student section, and he wore a big smile as the students began to chant his name. Take a bow, Bryan Narcisse, because it’s well deserved. He only scored nine points, but seemed to be all over the court and in on every big play, helping lead the Tigers to a 60-50 ACC victory over visiting North Carolina State Tuesday night."

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

February 3-6 & 10-13, 2011

The Sumter Little Theatre

OUR NEXT PRODUCTION AND OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION
Crumbs from the Table of Joy

Written by: Lynn Nottage   Directed by: Eric Bultman
  February 3-6 & 10-13, 2011
Set in Brooklyn in 1950, the play by 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, tells the story of Godfrey Crump and his two young daughters. Recently widowed, Godfrey moves his family north from rural Florida in search of a new life and a new beginning.
Crumbs from the Table of Joy is a story that deals with the boundaries of race, gender and society.

You can reserve tickets starting February 1st and ticket prices are $15 for adults and $12 for student/senior/military rate.
Thursday – Saturday performances are at 8:00pm and Sunday performances are matinees at 3:00pm.
Call 803-775-2150 to reserve tickets.
We will have an opening night reception Thursday, February 3rd starting at 6:30pm. The reception will either be held in the SLT courtyard or in the Booth Room at Patriot Hall depending on weather. We hope you can attend.

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We would like to congratulate our group of actors who won top honors at the South Carolina Theatre Association’s play competition at Converse College in November. The play The Harry and Sam Dialogues is a comedy written by Karen Ellison. The production won Best Show. The cast won Best Ensemble, with Kelly Melton winning Best Actor, and Jean Dancy Jones winning Best Director. We are very proud of this talented group of actors who now will be moving on to compete in the Southeastern Theatre Conference (www.setc.org) in Atlanta this March 2-6. The cast for this show includes Braden Bunch, Kelly Melton, and Heather Turner. Jean Dancy Jones directed this wonderful award winning production.
 You will get a chance to see this production of  The Harry and Sam Dialogues which is sponsored by Sumter Packaging. The show will be performed February 25-27, 2011 on the Sumter Little Theatre stage at 8:00pm. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $8 student/senior/military rate.
 If anyone would like to donate money to help fund this trip to Atlanta please make payment to Sumter Little Theatre and designate the funds for SETC.

Volunteers Needed
Our next production Crumbs from the Table of Joy is just right around the corner we could use help with box office for this production. The production runs February 3-6 & 10-13. We can use volunteers every night of production plus during the afternoon during the week. If you would like to volunteer please let us know 803-775-2150.

SAVE THE DATE  

Monday, January 24, 2011



City of Sumter
Police Department

Patty Jaye Garrett Patterson
Chief of Police


107 East Hampton Avenue
Sumter, SC  29150


Phone (803) 436-2737
FAX  (803) 436-2084


ppatterson@sumter-sc.com


Commitment to
Service Above Self




A NATIONALLY ACCREDITED LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY


Funeral Services:
Funeral Services for Corporal C. Nesbitt of the Sumter Police Department will be held on Wednesday January 26, 2011 at 11:00am.  The services will be conducted at Alice Drive Baptist Church, 1305 Loring Mill Road (corner of Wise Drive and Loring Mill Road) Sumter, SC 29150.  Burial will follow at Evergreen Memorial Park located at 802 North Guignard Drive, Sumter, SC.  Officers attending the funeral services are asked to be Honorary Pallbearers.   Officers attending the funeral services are asked to report to the church no later than 10:00am on the day of the service.
Visitation:
The family will receive friends at Bullock Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.  Bullock Funeral Home is located at 1190 Wilson Hall Road, Sumter, SC 29150. 

The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to the John K. Crosswell Home for Children, 11 Crosswell Drive, Sumter, SC 29150. 

Sincerely,

Patty Jaye Garrett-Patterson
Chief of Police


Citizens Night Postponed

                       For More Information & Contacts Call                                                                                              City of Sumter: 803-436-2500
                                                                                                Web Address: www.sumtersc.gov


Citizens Night Postponed

Sumter, SC The City of Sumter is postponing the annual Citizens Night scheduled Tuesday, January 25, 2011.  The citizens of Sumter will be notified of a new date and time in the near future.  This postponement comes with our hearts deeply grieved.  The city family lost one of its own and this untimely death is a huge loss for many in Sumter.  We will keep family and friends in our prayers.

Jack LaLanne dies at 96; brought fitness to masses - Entertainment - TheState.com

Jack LaLanne dies at 96; brought fitness to masses - Entertainment - TheState.com: "LaLanne died Sunday at his home in Morro Bay on California's central coast, longtime agent Rick Hersh said. The cause was respiratory failure due to pneumonia."

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Sheriff releases names of officers involved in shooting - The Item: News: sumter, sheriffdennis, shooting,

Sheriff releases names of officers involved in shooting - The Item: News: sumter, sheriffdennis, shooting,: "Columbia-based attorney Andy Aun of the Aun & McKay law firm said Wednesday he's representing the estate of Aaron Leon Jacobs through Jacobs' father Vincent Croom. Aun said he's requested an autopsy report from Sumter County Coroner Harvin Bullock, which The Item has also done. Bullock and Sumter County Attorney Johnathan Bryan said autopsy reports are medical records and therefore protected from disclosure under federal law. S.C. Press Association Attorney Jay Bender disagrees, noting that coroners are not healthcare providers and that autopsy reports are public records."

Friday, January 21, 2011

From the Desk of Susan H. Wild
                                                                                                                                                                                                               For More Information & Contacts Call:
                                                                                                                     Swan Lake Visitors Center/Swan Lake-Iris Gardens
                                                                                                                                (800) 688-4748 or (803) 436-2640
                                                                                                                                Web Address: www.sumtersc.gov


ANNUAL CITIZENS NIGHT

Sumter, SC: The City of Sumter is proud to host the City of Sumter annual Citizens Night. Tuesday, January 25 from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm… Mayor Joseph T. McElveen, Jr. and City Council invite you to come to the Sumter Opera House. Come downtown and express comments, ideas, and recommendations directly to your City Council.  City residents are encouraged to sign up to be heard by City Council and have a chance to see the services provided in the City of Sumter by visiting the City Showcase in the City Centre from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  Time and seating is limited… so make sure to come early, doors open at 5:00 pm Tuesday, January 25 in “Downtown Sumter” for the City of Sumter annual Citizens Night at 6pm; 21 North Main Street, Sumter located in the historic Sumter Opera House.  For more information call 436-2640.







Susan H. Wild
Communications, Tourism & Recreations Director, City of Sumter
P O Box 1449
Sumter, SC 29151
Phone: 803-436-2500

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

From the Desk of Susan H Wild



Sumter-Shaw Community Concert Association Presents
Southern Fried Jazz Band


What: Sumter-Shaw Community Concert Association Presents the Southern Fried Jazz Band in Concert

When: January 23, 2011 at 7:30 pm.  Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Where:  Sumter Opera House, 21 North Main Street, in the heart of beautiful downtown Sumter, South Carolina.

Cost:  $15 per person.  Advance tickets available at Ms. Libby’s School of Dance and Patriot Hall.  Call 803-968-3183 for more information.

Information:  The Sumter-Shaw Community Concert Association presents the Southern Fried Jazz Band!

The Southern Fried Jazz Band offers some of the most refreshing and authentic Dixieland jazz music on the scene today!  With résumés that date back to Big Band tours and early jazz clubs, the show-wise members of this six-piece ensemble include horn and rhythm sections that stir the soul.  Veteran trumpet player Don Edwards has an impressive and extensive career that dates back to the Big Band era and includes movies, festivals, and backing Dixieland greats like the legendary Louis Armstrong and the World’s Greatest Jazz Band.  A master of timing and showmanship, as one fan stated, “Edwards operates his band like a well-oiled machine,” stretching his players beyond their normal limits “on the job.”

Each performance of the Southern Fried Jazz Band evolves into an experience to be remembered long after it has left the stage.  Open-ended to some degree, its program always includes a tasty recipe of instrumentals accented with vocals and stirred with lots of seasoning and spontaneity.  These ingredients have launched Southern Fried Jazz from the Piedmont foothills of North Carolina into the national spotlight in short order.

With their original recipe of six herbs and spices, Southern Fried Jazz is a Dixie delicacy too good to pass up!
Additional Information:  Please contact Swan Lake Visitors Center at 803-436-2640,
www.sumter-sc.com/VisitingUs/OperaHouse.aspx, or www.sumtersc.gov.
Tyler Cook, Cultural Coordinator, City of Sumter



Susan H. Wild
Communications, Tourism & Recreations Director, City of Sumter
P O Box 1449
Sumter, SC 29151
Phone: 803-436-2500

Decades Old Law Getting Another Look in South Carolina

A decades old law on the South Carolina books is getting another look; this time from members of a Senate panel. It could mean that Church members who hold fundraisers by raffling off cakes will not be arrested and booked for gambling.

Church goers aren't the only ones who wish this archaic law would go away. Notable charities and not for profit organizations like the Shriners of South Carolina, Chambers of Commerces, libraries; just about anyone who raised funds through any method that involved 'a chance that someone would win something' are watching the action in Columbia and hoping for change.

A recent Chamber of Commerce event which was championed by state and local government Representatives in Bishopville, had to be cancelled when it became known that the fundraising raffle they encouraged would be a violation of State law.

Friendly games of poker in homes once raided by the police in past years may now become legal.

We will see if level heads prevail in the State Senate. After all, holding raffles is about American as you can get.
"About the only legal gambling in South Carolina now is run by the state through its lottery. On Tuesday the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to take up a bill aimed at making the Palmetto State's 1802 antigambling laws a little less strict."
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Friday, January 14, 2011

Police Search for Burglary Suspect | Midlands Crimestoppers | 1-888-CRIME-SC | Anonymous tips earn cash rewards with Crimestoppers.

Police Search for Burglary Suspect | Midlands Crimestoppers | 1-888-CRIME-SC | Anonymous tips earn cash rewards with Crimestoppers.: "Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Police are asking the public to look out for a car they believe was involved in a burglary in the Shandon Neighborhood last week. Investigators with the Columbia Police Department say an older model four-door red Chevy Caprice was used by three teenaged suspects. Police say the suspects were between 14 and 19 and wore red hats during the crime."

Monday, January 10, 2011

City offices delayed to open Tuesday

City offices delayed to open Tuesday


The City of Sumter officials have announced a delayed opening for administrative offices. City administrative staff should arrive at 10:00 am Tuesday morning January 11, 2011.  The delay of opening City offices at 10:00 am is due to the inclement weather predictions for the Sumter area.   City officials will continue to monitor the weather and road conditions.   Safety is a priority for the employees and their families. 



Susan H. Wild
Communications, Tourism & Recreations Director, City of Sumter
P O Box 1449
Sumter, SC 29151
Phone: 803-436-2500

City Offices CLOSED


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 10, 2011                                                                For More Information & Contacts Call
                                                                                                City of Sumter: 803-436-2500 or 
803-436-2558
                                                                                                Web Address: www.sumtersc.gov
                                                                                   

City Offices CLOSED


Sumter, SC: The City of Sumter officials have CLOSED all city offices for Monday, January 10, 2011.  City officials will continue to monitor weather conditions throughout the day and evening.   

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Freezing rain could last several hours Monday - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Freezing rain could last several hours Monday - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Midlands from midnight Sunday night through 7:00 a.m. Tuesday. A wintry mix could result in slick and icy spots on the roads and bridges Monday. Additionally there could be power outages."

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Ernest Carl Koone - Monday, January 3, 2011

Sumter, SC                                                                                      

Ernest Carl Koone, 66, husband of Mary Katherine Meyer Koone, died Monday, January 3, 2011 at the Tuomey Regional Medical Center.

Born in Sumter, he was raised by the late Harvey Hodge and the late Mamie Sue Hodge.

He was a member of Providence Baptist Church and the Sumter Lodge #364 of Ancient Free Masons for over 30 years.  He was a U. S. Navy veteran of Vietnam and was a retired Plant Superintendent of Phibro-Tech.

Surviving are his wife of Sumter; his step-mother, Pearlene Koone of Florida; two sons, Karl Koone of Sumter and Michael Murphy and wife Anna of Lexington; three daughters, Kimberley Bartlette, Kellie Friel and husband Bill, Mary Beth Bryant and husband Scott all of Sumter; seven sisters; three brothers; and 10 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Rembert Koone.

Funeral services will be held at 2. P.M. Thursday in the Chapel of the Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home with Rev. Stacey McDonald and Rev. James McElveen officiating.

Burial will be in the Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery with Military Honors and Masonic Rites.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 P.M. Wednesday at the Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home and other times at the home. 

Memorials may be made to Promise Land Ministries. 

On-line condolences may be sent to www.sumterfunerals.com

Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory 221 Broad Street Sumter is in charge of the arrangements (803) 775-9386.