Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Year's Eve Show with Lights and Music - Downtown Sumter

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Drowning Woodruff man told son, 11, to go on without him |

Drowning Woodruff man told son, 11, to go on without him | "Susie Warren said her husband of 12 years was an avid fisherman. It was a passion he passed along to their son, and the pair went out on the water together, sometimes four or five times a week. “They loved to go fishing,” Susie Warren said. “I never dreamed of anything like this.” Susie Warren said after the boat capsized, Laniel pulled his father, who was struggling to swim, to within 15 feet of the bank. Laniel later told her that his father told him to go on without him and said “I love you” before falling beneath the water’s surface."

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Candlelight vigil honors Sumter girl killed in wreck with deputy - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Candlelight vigil honors Sumter girl killed in wreck with deputy - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "SUMTER, SC (WIS) - A high school senior died this week after a car wreck with a Sumter County deputy. Friday night, her friends and family held a candlelight vigil to remember her life. A single cross marks the spot on Wedgefield Highway where Felder was in a terrible accident."

Sumter doctor faces drug, intimidating witness charges - The Item: Local News

Sumter doctor faces drug, intimidating witness charges - The Item: Local News: "Sumter physician Thomas Hawkey turned himself in today to police on charges he illegally obtained drugs from patients, according to a Sumter Police Department Press Release. He is charged with three counts of obtaining prescription drugs by fraud, and intimidation of a witness."

Information & News from (Stuart, FL)

Information & News from (Stuart, FL): "Jan. 1, 2002 Outback Bowl Tampa, Fla. South Carolina 31, Ohio State 28 A new coach didn't make much difference after all. Jim Tressel, hired to replace Cooper after spending 15 years at Youngstown State, did not inherit all that much talent. The Buckeyes never won more than two games in a row all season, and were rocked by starting QB Steve Bellisari's drunken-driving arrest late in the season."

Friday, December 17, 2010


Sumter, SC

Downtown Sumter unveils it’s first ever computer controlled Christmas light display that synchronizes Christmas music to thousands of holiday lights.  You’ve probably seen it on You Tube and now you can experience it live in downtown Sumter.

The display is at the Rotary Centennial Plaza at the corner of Liberty and Main Streets, and the show will run nightly from December 16th until December 26th.  The show features a variety of songs, from the traditional Silent Night to a novelty holiday song – Dueling Jingle Bells. The show also includes Deck The Halls by Manheim Steamroller and several selections from the Trans Siberian Orchestra. 

The sound and light show runs approximately 15 minutes in length and repeats every 30 minutes, from 5:30 until 9:30 p.m. It is best viewed from the sidewalk on the Liberty Street side of the Rotary Centennial Plaza.  Convenient parking is available on Main Street or in the Opera House parking lot.

Ray Reich, the Downtown Development Manager for the City of Sumter plans for the show to be an annual downtown event and to grow in size and complexity each year. 

“This year has been our learning year, an opportunity to experiment with light placements, types of lights and to become familiar with the computer software that runs the show”, Reich stated.  “I am very pleased with our first year product and hope that the community will visit downtown and enjoy this unique and entertaining production of the sounds of the season and holiday lights. Next year we plan to add more lights, animated characters and we will expand the length of the show. 

For More Information & Contacts Call                                                                                                Swan Lake Visitors Center/Swan Lake-Iris Gardens                                                                                                (800) 688-4748 or (803) 436-2640      
Web Address:

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

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Darla Moore

Darla Moore Bio

Darla Moore
A native South Carolinian, Darla Moore was born in Lake City, amidst the family cotton, soybean and tobacco farm, the oldest daughter of Eugene and Lorraine Moore. Darla has a younger sister, Lisa.

From an early age, Darla possessed a desire for activity beyond the norm for young girls and her parents encouraged this, particularly her Dad, who, in addition to working the farm, was also a school teacher, principal, and coach.

Darla received a BA in Political Science from University of South Carolina and an MBA from George Washington University.

She began her career in corporate banking. Darla gained success in banking, and as a result of her success, garnered profiles in leading industry magazines such as Forbes, Fortune, Working Woman, Worth, Wall Street Journal, and on CNN. She rose to managing director of Chemical Bank before accepting a similar position at Manufacturers Hanover Bank.

Darla then met and married successful investor Richard Rainwater. She ultimately was named President of Rainwater Investments.

Her success in the banking and investment industries became legendary and led her to positions on numerous corporate, educational, and philanthropic boards. Included in these are Magellan Health Services, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, MPS Group, SCGovernor’s Commission on Teacher Quality, The Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education Business Advisory Council, New York University School of Medicine Foundation, George Washington University, University of South Carolina Trustees, and Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center.

In 2002, Darla founded the nonprofit Palmetto Institute, a nonprofit think tank aimed at bolstering per capita income in South Carolina by focusing on education.

Eugene Moore
Eugene T. Moore
In 2003, she donated $10 million to Clemson University’s School of Education, which was renamed the Eugene T. Moore School of Education in honor of her father.

(Darla's family has a long history with Clemson University. Her father was a 1949 graduate of Clemson and in addition to being a farmer he was a teacher, coach and principal in Lake City, SC.)

With such an illustrious career, Darla has received numerous accolades. She was the first woman featured on the cover of Fortune and was also named to the Fortune list of top 50 most powerful women in American business. In 1998, she was awarded the highest civilian honor for a South Carolinian, the Order of the Palmetto. Earlier this year in2007, Darla was inducted into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame.

Darla Moore has pursued her personal ambitions with remarkable zeal. She said as she stood before the University of South Carolina Class of 2006 that she was determined that growing up in rural South Carolina would not keep her from accomplishing her goals.

The people of South Carolina are proud of what she has accomplished and are thankful that she continues her pursuits on behalf of the Palmetto State. Source Link 

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Woman dies, Sumter Co. deputy hurt in car wreck - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Woman dies, Sumter Co. deputy hurt in car wreck - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "SUMTER, SC (WIS) - A woman is dead after an accident involving a Sumter County sheriff's deputy Sunday morning. The Sheriff's Office says Kedreana Felder died of her injuries Monday afternoon after being taken to Palmetto Richland Hospital. The accident happened on Wedgefield Highway around 11:00am Sunday. Sheriff Anthony Dennis says the patrol car was traveling east on the Wedgefield Road and the other vehicle was traveling North on Pitts Road when both collided at the intersection. Burris was taken to Tuomey Hospital in Sumter, where he was treated and released. He has served as a deputy for more than six years, and Sheriff Dennis says Burris was off-duty when the accident occurred. The South Carolina Highway Patrol continues to investigate."