Business
Sumter restaurants sink or learn to swim during pandemic

The restaurant industry has taken a huge hit this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Eateries across the county and state have drastically changed their methods to stay in business, and …

New Sumter Chamber looks to support minority, Black-owned businesses Earlier this year, Sumter gained a new Chamber of Commerce, this one dedicated to serving minority business owners in the community with a goal to create economic balance. The Sumter Black Chamber of Commerce, a member of the National Black …
Sumter's Parade of Shops features Sunday deals, prizes While the typical holiday parade season has been curtailed because of COVID-19, a different kind of parade is still happening, and participation could help you knock out your gift lists early. The Sumter Item's annual Parade of Shops is a way to …
Chestnut Oaks' Cornelius Blanding named Carolina Grove Teacher of the Month for October This is the second in a contest series called Teacher of the Month. Presented by Carolina Grove, the public is asked to nominate their favorite K-12 teachers in Sumter's public and private schools. After the nomination period, the public votes …
An old building, a new look for One Accord in downtown Sumter Another downtown Sumter building took on some much-needed upgrades to house a five-year women's apparel and fine arts business that started calling Liberty Street its new address on Monday. One Accord, now located at 1 W. Liberty St., left its …
Education
Lee County School District names 2020-21 District Teacher of the Year

SUBMITTED Lee County School District selected Octavia Anderson as the 2020-21 District Teacher of the Year. Anderson serves as a family and consumer science teacher at the Lee County Career Center and has been a member of the Lee County School …

Accountability, feedback and ‘no excuses’ culture key for Sumter's Liberty STEAM charter’s start With 10 years’ experience in the charter school world, the founding executive director of Liberty STEAM Charter School thinks a clear focus on accountability and a “no-excuses” …
New logo, ALL4SC presentation, public participation discussed at Clarendon district 4 board meeting The Board of Trustees for Clarendon School District 4, the newly consolidated district from Summerton-based Clarendon 1 and Turbeville-based Clarendon 3, approved several agenda items at its Monday …
Clemson head ball coach's foundation awards $5K to Sumter charter school A state-based foundation with a familiar name attached to it has awarded Sumter's first tuition-free public charter school with a $5,000 grant in carrying out its work and effective community engagement. Liberty STEAM Charter School Chief of …
4 Lee County public schools to change names away from Confederate leader Four of Lee County’s public schools are taking steps to disassociate themselves from the county’s namesake, Civil War confederate troop leader Robert E. Lee. Lower Lee Elementary, West …
Government
Sumter City Council: Chick-fil-A looking to expand parking lot

If you've tried going to Sumter's Chick-fil-A but found nowhere to park, Sumter City Council may soon be approving a rezoning request to help remedy that situation. Council held a public hearing Tuesday to consider the first reading of an ordinance …

Sumter Mayor McElveen presides over final council meeting The echo of the gavel Tuesday marked more than the end of Sumter City Council's meeting. This time, it resembled curtains closing on a chapter of Sumter history followed by a standing ovation for Sumter's 20-year mayor and 12-year Ward 2 …
Sumter County Council: Dollar General proposed on Pinewood Road site, Thompson Construction buys North Wise Drive land At Sumter County Council's meeting Tuesday, council members discussed two land use items and a contract for the county's waste removal services. Dollar General primed for Pinewood Road Land on Pinewood Road was requested to be rezoned to house …
Clarendon News

McLeod Health Clarendon welcomes new certified nurse midwife

MANNING - McLeod Health Clarendon and McLeod Physician Associates has welcomed a new nurse midwife to their medical staff. Allison Saran, CNM, WHNP, joins fellow Certified Nurse Midwife Tom Chappell and Dr. Monica Ploetzke at McLeod Women's Care …

Public Record
Public Record: Weekend, Nov. 14-16, 2020

Building Permits - Jesse E. McLeod, owner, Sam Avins Construction, contractor, 3535 Cody Road, Pinewood, 3,680 unheated square feet, $45,000 (wood equipment shed, commercial). - Market Place Investment Group, owner, Atkins Roofing & …

Meetings
Public Agenda: Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some meetings may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. SUMTER COUNTY DISABILITIES & SPECIAL NEEDS BOARD CREATIVE ENVIRONMENTS INC. INDEPENDENT LIVING …

Public Agenda: Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020
EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some meetings may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. SUMTER COUNTY VOTER REGISTRATION / ELECTION COMMISSION Thursday, 5:30 p.m., registration / election office, 141 N. Main …
Around Town: Friday, Oct. 16, 2020
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3034 will hold an oyster roast / fish fry fundraiser from 3 to 7 p.m. (or until oysters / …
Public Agenda: Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some meetings may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. GREATER SUMTER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Today, noon, chamber office SUMTER CITY-COUNTY …

Public Agenda: Weekend, Nov. 21-23, 2020

Public Agenda: Friday, Nov. 20, 2020

Public Agenda: Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020

Public Agenda: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020

Support Groups
Support Groups: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. 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 …

Support Groups: Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020
EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the threat of COVID-19, some events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. 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) …
Support Groups: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. AA, AL-ANON, ALATEEN: AA - Monday-Friday, noon and 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sundays, 10:30 a.m. and 7 …
Pets

Jack is a handsome boy who is a bit shy

TOP: This handsome boy is Jack. He was brought in by a good Samaritan who found him living on the street. Jack is approximately 6-8 months old, litter box trained and neutered. He is still a bit shy but is definitely learning to love the comforts of …

Beckett is a friendly teddy bear

BELOW: This beautiful fella was found wandering at a local business. We were sure someone would be in to claim him. Sadly, his owners have not come by to take him home. Beckett is friendly to all the other dogs. He has adjusted well to the shelter …

FYI
Local chapter of Military Order of the Purple Heart seeks donations for wreaths

The General George L. Mabry Jr. Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, in conjunction with the Wreaths Across America organization, is working to see that each of the 8,500 graves at Fort Jackson National Cemetery receive a wreath this …

Are you looking for a group to get involved with?
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 …
Sumter School District program offers creative arts workshop
Sumter School District's REACH Program for artistically gifted and talented students is offering students in grades 3-11 opportunities to develop and enhance their talents in the areas of visual arts, theater and choral music. The program will hold …