Summer in Sumter SC

Sunday, May 29, 2011

~Final Inspection Part II by Sgt. Joshua Helterbran~

~Final Inspection Part II by Sgt. Joshua Helterbran~

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Columbia Woman Wanted for Forgery of Dead Woman’s Checks | Midlands Crimestoppers | 1-888-CRIME-SC | Anonymous tips earn cash rewards with Crimestoppers.

Columbia Woman Wanted for Forgery of Dead Woman’s Checks | Midlands Crimestoppers | 1-888-CRIME-SC | Anonymous tips earn cash rewards with Crimestoppers.: "WEST COLUMBIA, SC – The West Columbia Police Department is seeking information on the whereabouts of a local woman who is wanted for three counts of forgery. According to Chief Dennis Tyndall, warrants have been issued for Anticula Roxanne Hughey, B/F, age 22. Hughey’s last known address was in Greenville, S.C., but she is believed to be living in the Columbia area. Chief Dennis Tyndall stated that Hughey wrote three checks on the account of a deceased 87 year old woman. The woman, Candida Datnoff, had lived at the Jenni-Lynn retirement community located at 915 Hook Avenue in West Columbia until her death in April of 2010. Tyndall is unsure of how the suspect came into possession of Ms. Datnoff’s checks. Police are asking that anyone with information concerning this case contact the West Columbia Police Department at 803-794-0721. 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'."

The Lone Stranger Wrangles Another Dummy


Looks like this Lone Stranger found the leak in the bourbon vat! 

The moral to this story is: Be careful what you send to this editor! Photo provided by the editor's big (and I mean big) brother. 

Friday, May 20, 2011

From the Desk of Susan Wild

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

$7 Plate Chicken Dinner Fundraiser featuring Jack's Famous Masonic Slaw!!!!

SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2011... DRIVE THRU!!!!
BEST SLAW YOU EVER HAD!!!!!
11AM - 2PM!!!
215 ALICE DRIVE
SUMTER, SC
$7 Plate Chicken Dinner Fundraiser featuring Jack's Famous Masonic Slaw!!!!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Memorial Service Planned for May 21, 2011

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A memorial service for Billy Dean Randall will be held at 3 p.m. May 21 at Gantt Street Baptist Church in Cayce.
“We have to stand up for what we believe is right, and Billy did that better than most people I know,” said Jim Hamilton, the former longtime manager of Columbia’s Jim Hamilton-L.B. Owens Airport.
Randall, 71, died Wednesday when his Buick Park Avenue was struck by a car driven by Mary McAllister Reames, 20, of Monroe Street. Reames, a sophomore at USC, was charged with felony driving under the influence and was released from jail Friday on $100,000 bail.
The accident happened about 5:40 p.m. when Reames was driving east on Whaley Street. She ran a red light at the Assembly Street intersection and hit two cars, according to Columbia Police Department reports. She first struck a 2003 Oldsmobile Intrigue traveling south on Assembly. She then ran into the driver’s side of Randall’s Buick as he waited to make a left turn onto Whaley from Assembly, police said.
He died at the scene. The Oldsmobile’s driver was not injured.
Randall had just picked the Buick up from a Rosewood Drive repair shop and was heading home to Lexington, said Stoney Truett, a friend and fellow pilot.
He was supposed to preach a Wednesday night sermon at Concord Baptist Church in Red Bank, said the Rev. Stephen Williamson, pastor of Gethsemane Baptist Church.
Randall founded Gethsemane in 1976 and served as its pastor until 2003. But he did not limit his preaching to the pulpit.
Randall led a band of fiery street preachers who delivered hellfire sermons on the sidewalks of downtown Columbia, Swansea and Beaufort. He was arrested for public preaching multiple times.
In the late 1980s, Randall was involved in a battle to prevent the city of Beaufort from restricting street preachers. The town had created an anti-noise ordinance that targeted street preachers, who were drawing complaints from business owners. The preachers sued – and won – saying the ordinance violated their civil rights.
“The gospel message has never been popular,” Randall told The State newspaper in 1988. “They crucified Jesus Christ over it. If folks don’t take the message, that’s not an offense to me. They’re rejecting the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s not the preachers’ desire to be offensive. It’s the Gospel’s effect sometimes. We don’t try to incite something like that.”
Randall also used his ability to fly planes to carry out his religious convictions. He flew countless missions to Caribbean nations, often landing on remote islands to drop off medical supplies, Bibles and missionaries, Truett said.
He also was a well-respected flight instructor who still was in high demand, Truett said.
Larry Wilson, a Columbia venture capitalist, met Randall after asking the Federal Aviation Administration to recommend an instructor pilot. The two flew together for the next six years, making regular trips to New York where Wilson is a partner in an investment firm.
After the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Randall took a year off flying for Wilson to fly mission trips to that island. They were scheduled to fly again next week, Wilson said.
Many people who knew Randall said they hoped something good would come of the accident. That’s the way he would want it, they said.
“There are two tragedies in this,” Wilson said. “What a shame she has to live her life with this.”
Wilson said he hoped to be a part of an effort to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving.
Randall is survived by his wife of 52 years, Doris. They have four children and 14 grandchildren.
During Friday’s bail hearing, the Randall family and other members of Gethsemane Baptist Church packed the courtroom. Members of both families cried throughout the hearing, said Pete Strom, Reames’ attorney.
“The Reames family apologized lots of times,” Strom said.
Reames, who is from Camden, is studying criminal justice and has a 3.6 grade point average, Strom said. She works part time at a local law firm, he said.
Strom said he did not know where his client had been prior to the accident or where she was going. She will receive alcohol addiction treatment, he said.
“All she has done in my conversations with her is cry,” he said.
If convicted, Reames faces a maximum of 25 years in prison. While Reames must face justice for her actions, 25 years is too harsh, Williamson, the preacher, said.
“All Mrs. Randall could say is she hopes this girl’s life can be changed,” Williamson said. “In Rev. Randall’s point of view, he would hope this girl gets to know the Lord.”

More Information including Video of bond hearing
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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Inmate executed with new drug combination - Crime & Courts - TheState.com

Inmate executed with new drug combination - Crime & Courts - TheState.com: "“I want to warn kids of the dangers of drugs. I was the child everyone wanted their children around until I got on drugs. Drugs will destroy your life.”"

Dog the Bounty Hunter Bails Nicolas Cage Out of Jail : People.com

Dog the Bounty Hunter Bails Nicolas Cage Out of Jail : People.com: "Reality star Duane 'Dog' Chapman – aka Dog the Bounty Hunter – posted the actor's $11,000 bond after he was charged with domestic abuse and disturbing the peace Saturday in the French Quarter. 'I am a truly dedicated fan of Mr. Cage and will not be granting any interviews about my client as I wish to respect his privacy,' Chapman, 58, told E! News in a statement."

Thursday, May 5, 2011

From the Desk of Susan Wild

 For More Information & Contacts Call
                                                                                Swan Lake Visitors Center/Swan Lake-Iris Gardens
                                                                                (800) 688-4748 or (803) 436-2640
                                                                                Email: tourism@sumter-sc.com  Web Address: www.sumtersc.gov
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MICROBREW FESTIVAL

                                More than 30 fabulous flavors will arrive May 6, 2011!  Join your friend’s downtown when Main Street will close and the tasting begins! The Downtown Sumter Microbrew Festival is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.   Enjoy great food from downtown restaurants and taste your favorite flavors of microbrew beer for only $25 in advance or $30 the night of the event while tickets last!  The microbrew festival will have live music featuring the ever so followed Root Doctors! Meet your friend’s downtown for food and microbrew!  For more information please call 803-436-2640800-688-4748 or log on to www.downtownsumter.com .

             MORE TASTINGS!  MORE FOOD!

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