Sumter Chapter National Federation of the Blind to meet

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The Sumter Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina will meet at 7 p.m. today at Shiloh-Randolph Manor, 125 W. Bartlette St. Bob Parson will speak. The spotlight is shining on Ruthie Walker, and the associate member is Diana Singleton. Transportation provided within their mileage area. If you know a blind person, contact Debra Canty, chapter president, at (803) 775-5792 or debra.canty@frontier.com.

A Lee County job fair, hosted by Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments in coordination with SC Works and its business partners, will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 9, at the old Bishopville High School gymnasium, 121 E. College St., Bishopville. From 9 to 9:30 a.m. doors will be open to veterans only. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., the general public will be allowed inside. The job fair will end at 1 p.m. Carolina Metal Finishing, GE Appliances, Coca-Cola, Thompson Industrial Services and Pilgrim's Pride are among the more than 30 employers who are expected to participate. For information, call Steve Berger at (803) 774-1306 or (803) 305-5122.

The Sumter Friends of NRA Annual Event and Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10, at the American Legion, 31 Artillery Drive. Tickets are $45 each or $80 per couple. A table for eight can be purchased for $320. Tickets are available at Strong Arms, 5641 Broad St., or purchase online at www.friendsofnra.org/SC/events . Mastercard, Visa, Discover and American Express all accepted.

A back-to-school bash will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, at CareSouth Carolina, 545 Sumter Highway, Bishopville. Free backpacks and school supplies will be given to the first 250 participants. A parent or guardian must be present with child to receive the supplies. There will be free food, free school supplies, health screenings, games and more. In case of severe rain, the event will be held at Lee Central High School cafeteria, 1800 Wisacky Highway, Bishopville.

The Sumter Police Department's Annual Back-to-School Bash will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at Crosswell Park. There will be food, balloon artists, face painting, free haircuts, a water park, music and more. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years of age or older.

Sumter's Total Eclipse Watch Party will be held noon-4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, at Dillon Park. This free event will feature kids games, music, complimentary commemorative glasses to watch the eclipse (while supplies last), and more. There will be food, ice cream and beverages available for purchase. Call (803) 436-2640 for more information.

The Sumter County Library's Forrest Ray 5K will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, beginning at 8 a.m. at the library. Visit www.sumtercountylibrary.org

The Sumter Combat Veterans Group will hold its annual golf tournament on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Crystal Lakes Golf Course, 1305 Clara Louise Kellogg Drive. There will be a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Registration fee is $50 per golfer limited to the first 20 teams. Fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, souvenirs, cart, green fees, refreshments during play and door prizes. Team format will be Captain's Choice Four-Person Team. There will be first and second place prizes for men's and women's teams. Call Earnest Roland at (803) 840-0935 or Dutch Holland at (910) 973-3223.