Monday, October 31, 2011

Great Values on Broad and Main

This time of the season we look of specials to make the dollar last longer.. Check out the window for outstanding values. Happy Holidays!

Houdini Relative Unlocks Some Family Secrets : NPR

Editor: Interesting information.
Houdini Relative Unlocks Some Family Secrets : NPR: "Houdini Relative Unlocks Some Family Secrets by DANIEL KRAKER" 'via Blog this'

Thursday, October 27, 2011

From the Desk of Susan Wild


October 26, 2011

Children throughout Sumter are preparing for one of the most anticipated and fun holidays of the year. Halloween can be a scream and it is important for parents and caregivers to take safety precautions so children can enjoy a safe celebration. The Sumter Police Department offers these simple tips to keep your ghosts and goblins safe:

  • - Be bright at night; use reflective tape on costumes and treat bags, wear light colors, and carry flashlights with fresh batteries for extra visibility.
  • - Costume should not obstruct your child’s vision.
  • - Look all ways and listen for traffic before crossing.
  • - Cross at corners, not between parked cars or mid-block.
  • If there are no sidewalks, always walk facing traffic, on the left side of the road.
  • - Talk to your children about safety issues, such as not getting into cars or talking to strangers, walking not running, looking both ways before crossing the street and not approaching houses that don’t have outside lights on or dogs in a fenced yard.
  • - Younger children should always be accompanied by an adult or trustworthy teen;
  • older children should be given boundaries and should communicate with their
  • parents along the way.
  • - Parents should inspect all treats before allowing children to eat, do not eat anything
  • that appears to have been tampered with.
  • - Parents should ensure that children trick–or-treating door to door stay in areas they are familiar with and stick to friends and neighbors they know personally; Parents are encouraged to check the Sumter County Sex Offender Registry if planning to Trick-or-Treat in unfamiliar areas.

Sumter Police Chief Russell Roark said his department will assign additional marked and unmarked police patrols while children are out trick-or treating on residential streets and in neighborhoods. “We want to remind motorists to watch carefully for pedestrians and pay close attention to their speed. Kids will be outside after dark, walking along and crossing streets that are many times unfamiliar to them,” said Roark.

Halloween revelers looking for an alternative to door-to-door trick or treating are encouraged to join the Sumter Police Department and Sumter County Sheriff’s Office on Monday October 31st
from 6pm-8pm at the Sumter Mall located at 1057 Broad Street

Officers will partner with mall merchants to offer a spooktacular Halloween event with candy, movies, games and a costume contest with prizes. Chief Russell Roark and Sheriff Anthony Dennis want to ensure that every child in Sumter has the opportunity to enjoy Halloween in a fun and safe environment.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Military Report - 2012 Retiree COLA Released

Editors Note: Must be election time.....
Military Report - 2012 Retiree COLA Released: "2012 Retiree COLA Released Week of October 24, 2011 Military and federal civilian retirees, survivor benefit annuitants, disabled veterans and Social Security recipients will see a 3.6 percent cost-of-living adjustment in January, their first since 2009. The 3.6% COLA will be effective Dec 1 and will be reflected in January retired pay, SBP, Social Security, and VA disability compensation checks." 'via Blog this'

From the Desk of Susan H. Wild


Halloween for many is a fun time of the year for children and adults.  The holiday of festive activities is also known for the traditional “Trick-or-Treating” from house to house in search of the delicious pieces of candy and praise for the best dress costume.   The Sumter Police Department is asking that all “Trick-or-Treating” on Monday, October 31, 2011 take place between the hours of 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.   Safety is a primary concern for all, and the City of Sumter officials encourage all parents to support the various school or church planned events also made available as safe alternatives to “Trick-or-Treating”.   Due to the downtown revitalization construction underway and new construction to start and continue into first quarter, the 2011 Halloween on Main event has been cancelled. 

Though there are Halloween events planned all over the city, many children will still trick-or-treat this October 31st. If your child is going to engage in this traditional Halloween activity, here are some safety tips they should keep in mind.

Costumes and Dress Up

  • Costumes are always fun but should be at a length that children cannot trip over them.  Try to have costumes above the ankle or shorter.
  • When decorating your face, makeup is always a fun alternative.  Halloween masks can make it difficult to see through the eyeholes or provide sufficient air flow through the nose and mouth holes.
  • Wear bright colored costumes and decorate with bright colored or reflective tape, markers and paints easily seen in the dark.
  • Avoid sharp objects with your costume when possible to make sure you and your fellow Trick-or-Treaters are safe.

Tips for Door to Door
  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
  • Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters:
  • Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
  • Carry a cell phone for quick communication.
  • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
  • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
  • Never cut across yards or use alleys.
  • Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom).  Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
  • Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will!
  • Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

Susan H. Wild
Communications, Tourism & Recreation Director
P O Box 1449, 21 N. Main Street, Sumter, SC , 29151
803-436-2500 or 800-866-4748

Friday, October 21, 2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011

BOLO = Be On the Lookout For Stolen Trailer

Last night around 4:30 am my neighbor on Long Barn Court just off of Keels Road had his black utility trailer stolen from his back yard. The trailer had a diamond tread finish tool box mounted on the trailer towing tongue. The trailer had some damage to the left fender. Anyone seeing an empty trailer around that time please call the Sumter County Sheriff's department.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Dog kept watch over missing boater’s body - Local / Metro -

Dog kept watch over missing boater’s body - Local / Metro - "“That dog stayed with him the whole time,” Foster said. “Apparently, it never left the side of the man. There were some limbs and branches that entangled the boat, and the dog actually tried to gnaw them and remove them and free him and the boat up.”" 'via Blog this'

Friday, October 14, 2011



For More Information & Contacts Call
Swan Lake Visitors Center/Swan Lake-Iris Gardens
Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm.

When it's October you have to think OKTOBERFEST! 

Downtown Sumter will transform into the feel of an old German town on October 14. You'll find great German atmosphere, Beer, Wine, Music, delicious Food and fun for all ages. (Must be 21 years or older for alcohol consumption, so bring your ID!)  

OKTOBERFEST ON MAIN presented by Hamptons will be the next Main Street event and will take place on Friday, October 14 starting at 6pm. 

Tickets are on sale NOW for one of the most talked about events to hit Main Street! 

Advance tickets are only $10 ($15 at the gate) and admission includes featured performance by DEAS-GUYZ as well as entertainment by the Little German Band and Dancers. 

Once inside there will be delicious "Oktoberfestive" foods and beverages for purchase. 

For more information on how to secure your tickets by phone with Visa or MasterCard call 800-688-4748 or 803-436-2640

Tickets are also available at Hamptons and Seaco Music.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Guy Russell - October 13, 2011

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515 Miller Road
SumterSouth Carolina 29150
Phone: (803)775-7500   Fax: (803)774-2037

October 13, 2011


Guy Russell, 87, husband of Christine Brooks Russell, died Thursday, October 13, 2011 at his home.

Born July 4, 1924 in NashvilleTN, he was a son of the late Guy Russell, Sr., and the late Minnie Russell Seay. Mr. Russell retired from the US Air Force after 20 years of service and later retired with the rank of Captain from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Department after 20 years of service. He was a member of Northside Memorial Baptist Church and the Sumter Masonic Lodge #364.

Survivors include his wife; children, Daniel Gene Russell (Liz) of Madisonville, TN, Benjamin Lester Russell (Sharon) of Jackson, GA, and James LeBron Thompson (Denise) of Sumter; grandchildren, Sandra Russell of Madisonville, TN, Steven Russell of Knoxville, TN, Melissa Thompson of Sumter, James Russell of Jackson, GA, Sarah Russell (Donnie) of Sumter, and Karin Thompson Westhead (David) of Charleston; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Wallin of ChattanoogaTN.

Funeral services will be held at 1 P.M. Saturday in the Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Holley officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.

Members of the Sumter County Sheriff’s Department will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 P.M. Friday at Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and other times at the home, 3867 Barfield Rd.

Memorials may be made to CarePro Hospice, 1800 Main Street, Suite 100AColumbiaSC 29201.

Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Councilman: Mayor tried to influence decision in criminal case - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Editor's Observation: Alexander Boyd, the first ever black Mayor of Bishopville, SC was a member of City Council for 22 years. At his swearing-in ceremony back in February of 2010 he said,"This is a new day for the city of Bishopville. I promise to do my very best to be the kind of mayor to make the people of Bishopville proud." 

Yes sir, Mister Mayor... power corrupts those who think they deserve that power. 

Councilman: Mayor tried to influence decision in criminal case - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "BISHOPVILLE, SC (WIS) - Bishopville Mayor Alexander Boyd is under fire after he allegedly told council members that he wanted the town's police chief "disciplined" after the chief refused to follow an order from the mayor. Two councilmen have confirmed to WIS that Boyd told council, behind closed doors, that he wanted Chief John Ewing "disciplined" for "insubordination."" 'via Blog this'

South Carolina Football: QB Stephen Garcia Suspended | Bleacher Report

Sports writer correctly predicts Garcia's future by in March of 2008...

By  (Senior Writer) on March 26, 2008

South Carolina Football: QB Stephen Garcia Suspended | Bleacher Report: "I’m no Gamecock fan, but I’ve been to Spring practices, and I’ve seen Garcia play. He’s big, he’s fast, he throws darts, and he’s popular with his teammates. I would love to see him get a chance to play in the SEC on Saturdays. Sadly, I don’t think we’ll ever see that. But I hope Stephen Garcia proves me wrong. " 'via Blog this'

Monday, October 10, 2011

1st Annual Music Fest - Saturday, October 15, 2011

Tickets are $5.00 at the gate

Praise Concert  

Bishopville Presbyterian Church Sunday, Nov. 6 at 3 PM

Bishopville, SC

Featuring Hank Martin


Roy Atkinson and his son Derrick

Billy Simon
Other local entertainers

Love offerings benefit Camp Burnt Gin, Project Lifesaver, and

The Anchor Scholarship which is awarded to a deserving

Senior from Robert E. Lee Academy.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Managed Lands
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources: "Wedgefield, SC 29168 Latitude: 33.829 Longitude: -80.529 Acreage: County: Sumter Game Zone: 5 Property Type: WMA Specific" 'via Blog this'