Business
Voting is open for Sumter Item's Teacher of the Month

Voting is now open for the first contest in The Sumter Item's Teacher of the Month, presented by Carolina Grove. At least 15 teachers from Sumter's public and private schools were nominated in this first go-round, and four have been selected as …

Leisure, hospitality jobs in S.C. still hurting the most Four months into economic recovery from the start of the pandemic, and the leisure and hospitality industry in The Palmetto State to include hotels and restaurants remains the hardest hit among the various sectors. Federal Reserve Bank of …
Business owner brings sweet taste of Thailand to Sumter After once owning a salon and Thai restaurant, a 15-year Sumter resident moved on to her next business, providing an abundance of sweet tooth cravings from her home in Thailand right in the City of Sumter. Thai Tea Sumter, 655 Bultman Drive, …
Apple is 1st U.S. company to be valued at $2T NEW YORK (AP) - Apple is the first U.S. company to boast a market value of $2 trillion, just two years after it became the first to reach $1 trillion. Apple shares have gained nearly 60% this year as the company overcame the shutdown of factories …
Sumter, Lee and Clarendon businesses affected by pandemic can apply for loans MANNING - Businesses both large and small that have been affected by COVID-19 may be able to receive assistance through the South Carolina Business Load Fund. "If your business has been impacted by COVID-19, you can apply for assistance," said Ed …
Education
Campus corner: Sept. 23, 2020

WOFFORD COLLEGE SPARTANBURG - Dozens of Wofford College's recent graduates received awards from the college for academic excellence, leadership and citizenship. The college was unable to celebrate these students during the annual Honors …

Sumter grandma duo pitches in with virtual school Since mid-March, Gwen Burk has had the routine down. Her daughter-in-law, Laquetta Burk, arrives about 7:15 a.m. at her home in the Twin Lakes subdivision with the two granddaughters in tow for …
Some Sumter students tapped to begin in-person instruction For Sumter’s youngest students and those who receive supplemental supports, Sumter School District will move to a hybrid/blended model of instruction on Oct. 1 and Sept. 28, …
Sumter legislator Smith wants raises and bonuses, but not now COLUMBIA - The chairman of the House committee that writes South Carolina's budget said he also wants a small raise for teachers and a $1,000 COVID-19 hazard pay bonus for lower-paid state workers, but now isn't the time to spend that …
Legislators representing Sumter say reopening schools decision Friday will be 'tough call' Four Sumter County delegation members across political parties say they think Sumter School District has acted appropriately in taking a cautious approach to reopening schools for in-person instruction. State Reps. David Weeks, D-Sumter, and …
Government
2 men file for Democratic primary for Sumter County Council

Two men will be running for the Democratic seat in the Sumter County Council District 3 race after the original candidate, Ronnie Eldridge, died of a heart attack on Aug. 27. The primary for the Democratic nomination will be on Sept. 29. Anyone …

The Sumter Item to host mayoral debate Oct. 1 Those wishing for the ballots on Nov. 3 to determine he or she will become the City of Sumter's next political leader will take the stage next month for a candidates' debate. The Sumter Item is set to host a mayoral debate on Thursday, Oct. 1, at …
Sept. 15 Sumter City Council meeting canceled FROM STAFF REPORTS Sumter City Council's regular meeting for today at 5:30 p.m. has been canceled. According to City Clerk Linda Hammett, the meeting cancellation was due to conflicting schedules. The next city council meeting is scheduled at …
Clarendon News

Former Manning police chief Shaffer's sentencing postponed for 4th time

CHARLESTON - The sentencing hearing for former Manning Police Chief Blair Shaffer has been postponed for a fourth time. Shaffer's hearing was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday via video before U.S. District Judge Bruce Howe Hendricks. Instead, the …

Public Record
Meetings
Drive-thru community resource fair to be held Friday

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. In recognition of National Recovery Month, a free drive-thru community resource fair will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. today at …

Public Agenda: Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some of the following meetings/events may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. LEE COUNTY COUNCIL Today, 9:30 a.m. The public will not be allowed to attend. The …
Public Agenda: Weekend, Aug. 1-2, 2020
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some of the following meetings/events may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. SANTEE-LYNCHES REGIONAL COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS BOARD OF DIRECTORS Monday, noon, …
Public Agenda: Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some of the following meetings/events may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. SUMTER CITY-COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION Today, 3 p.m., fourth floor, Sumter Opera …

Public Agenda: Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020

Public Agenda: Weekend, Sept. 19-20, 202

Public Agenda: Friday, Sept. 18, 2020

Public Agenda: Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020

Support Groups
Support Groups: Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020

AA, AL-ANON, ALATEEN: AA - Monday-Friday, noon and 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sundays, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., 1 Warren St., (803) 775-1852. AA Women's Meeting - Wednesdays, 7 p.m., 1 Warren St., (803) 775-1852. AA "How it Works" Group - …

Support Groups: Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some meetings may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. AA, AL-ANON, ALATEEN: AA - Monday-Friday, noon and 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sundays, 10:30 a.m. and 7 …
Support Groups: Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020
AA, AL-ANON, ALATEEN: AA - Monday-Friday, noon and 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., 1 Warren St., (803) 775-1852. AA Women's Meeting - Wednesday, 7 p.m., 1 Warren St., (803) 775-1852. AA "How it Works" Group - …
Pets

Angel is adorable, deserves a loving home

TOP: Angel is the cutest. She is 2-5 years old and weighs 48 pounds. Angel gets along with the other dogs and enjoys her time outside. She is learning to walk on a leash and is doing very well. She wants attention from the volunteers but takes a …

Flora is a little shy but friendly

BELOW: Flora was picked up by animal control for wandering on a busy road. She is a little shy but friendly to all the volunteers. This cutie needs responsible owners. She seems to have been neglected and left to have too many litters. Flora is 2-5 …

FYI
Marine Corps League 1202 meets each month

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. Marine Corps League 1202 meets at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at the VFW, 1925 Gion St. All …

Donate your unwanted vehicle
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. The National Kidney Foundation of South Carolina is in need of unwanted vehicles - even ones that don't run. The car will be …
Are you interested in joining the Coast Guard Auxiliary?
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. Marine Corps League 1202 meets at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at the VFW, 1925 Gion St. All present and former …