Government
Sumter courthouse renovation project should be finished in fall

Work continues in restoring and updating the Sumter County Courthouse, Dillon Park and other projects funded through Sumter's voter-approved penny tax. The Capital Penny Sales Tax is a 1 percent sale and use tax that funds local "Penny for …

Sumter Behavioral Health Services wants rezoning to build centralized facility Sumter Behavioral Health Services wants to build a new facility so it can operate from one location and held a public hearing at Sumter City Council's monthly meeting Tuesday for a requested rezoning to make that possible. Agenda item: Glen …
Sumter's first brewery one step closer to reality after public hearing, city council's first reading Sumter City Council held public hearings and first readings on Tuesday for requests currently with the Sumter City-County Planning Department to allow for craft breweries to be added as a definition …
Education
USC Sumter Upward Bound takes 3rd in scholars bowl

USC Sumter Upward Bound competed in the SC TRiO Scholars Bowl recently at Midlands Technical College, where they took third place. This was their first year competing. The following students represented Manning High School and USC …

Clarendon Hall students earn top awards at SCISA Music Festival SUMMERTON - Nine students from grades 4-12 represented Clarendon Hall at the SCISA Music Festival held March 12 at University of South Carolina School of Music. According to SCISA, more than 800 students competed at the annual event. …
Manning High student wins Optimist Club of Clarendon's essay contest MANNING - William Shaw, a senior at Manning High School, recently won the Optimist Club of Clarendon's essay contest based on a theme of "When All the World's Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?" He was recognized for his …
Business
Sumter Farm Bureau agent wins highest company award of excellence

FROM STAFF REPORTS Farm Bureau Insurance honored Laura Evans, an agent in Sumter County, with its prestigious MAPS award on Feb. 28 at the company's annual sales conference at the Embassy Suites in Columbia. Evans was one of two agents …

New practice opens in Sumter PHOTO PROVIDED A ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house took place on Friday for the grand opening of Palmetto Health-USC Family Medicine's newest practice in Sumter. The practice at 38 W. Liberty St., Suite A, will be staffed by long-time …
State agribusiness grants open through May 1 The state's Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship is calling for the most creative agricultural entrepreneurs to apply for 2019 agribusiness grants, and a priority is being put on rural counties like Sumter. "We are looking for …
Clarendon News

Simpson wins award from Francis Marion University at annual gala

W.R. "Cody" Simpson III was awarded the Benjamin Wall Ingram III Young Alumnus Award by Francis Marion University at its annual Alumni Awards Gala at the FMU Performing Arts Center on Feb. 28. Simpson, who is special assistant to …

Public Record
Public Record: Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019

Marriage Licenses - William Dennis Coite III and Julia Michele McElveen of Dalzell - Steven Lynn Smith of Bristow, Virginia, and Susanne Preusser Brotherton of Dalzell - Paul Rocky Walters of Manning and Nettie Louise Chambers - Travis …

Public Record: Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019

Meetings
Public Agenda: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

SUMTER COUNTY VOTER REGISTRATION / ELECTION COMMISSION Today, 5:30 p.m., registration / election office, 141 N. Main St.

Public Agenda: Sunday, March 24, 2019

SUMTER COUNTY DISABILITIES & SPECIAL NEEDS BOARD CREATIVE ENVIRONMENTS INC. INDEPENDENT LIVING INC. ABILITIES UNLIMITED INC. ADAPTIVE LIFESTYLES INC. MAGNOLIA MANOR INC. FIRST FLIGHT INC. Monday, noon, 750 Electric Drive. Call …

Public Agenda: Thursday, March 21, 2019

Public Agenda: Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Public Agenda: Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Public Agenda: Sunday, March 17, 2019

Support Groups
Support Groups: Wednesday, March 20, 2019

AA, AL-ANON, ALATEEN: AA - Monday-Friday, noon and 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8 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 Spanish Speaking - …

Support Groups: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
AA, AL-ANON, ALATEEN: AA - Monday-Friday, noon and 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8 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 Spanish Speaking - …
Support Groups: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
AA, AL-ANON, ALATEEN: AA - Monday-Friday, noon and 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8 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 Spanish Speaking - …
Pets

Gypsy is a loving girl who enjoys attention

Gypsy is a housebroken and spayed 1-year-old American short hair. She is great with other cats and children. Gypsy is sweet, laid-back, friendly and loving. She is also an active girl and enjoys being given love and attention. The …

Brutus is a big baby just looking for a forever family

Brutus is a 1-year-old Labrador / pit mix. He is great with children and other dogs but doesn't care much for cats. Brutus is very friendly, affectionate and playful. He loves everyone he meets. Brutus is a big baby who is looking for a family …

FYI
Are you interested in volunteering for the Coast Guard Auxiliary?

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 12-1 meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at the Summerton Fire Station, North Cantey Street, Summerton. Membership is open to any U.S. citizen age 17 or older. Previous service in the Coast …

Applications being accepted for Head Start program for 2019-2020 school year
Wateree Community Actions Inc. Head Start and Early Head Start Programs, serving low income and disabled children ages birth to four years in Clarendon, Lee, Kershaw and Sumter counties, is accepting applications through April 26 for the 2019-2020 …
Donate your unwanted vehicle for a tax deduction
The National Kidney Foundation of South Carolina is in need of unwanted vehicles - even ones that don't run. The car will be towed at no charge to you and you will be provided with a possible tax deduction. The donated vehicle will be sold at …