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Sumter United Ministries sends over 150 families home with Thanksgiving turkeys, trimmings

Down on Artillery Drive, people lined up in their cars Tuesday afternoon to receive food at Sumter United Ministries’ Giving Thanks program ahead of Thanksgiving.The ministry’s yearly … more

Sumter School District may add hybrid days for spring

Sumter School District is weighing the option of adding one or two more days per week of face-to-face instruction for hybrid students with the start of the spring semester in late January. Superintendent Penelope Martin-Knox distributed a letter … more

McLeod Health Clarendon, state health officials warn against big gatherings

Between the colder weather and the flu season, this holiday season is expected to be like no other. With the coronavirus still surging out of control, public health officials are warning ahead of the holidays that residents need to take serious … more

Sumter United Ministries moves forward with Thanksgiving food drive amid virus with drive-through event

Sumter United Ministries isn't going to let the coronavirus pandemic stop it from having its annual "Giving Thanks" dinner box program. It will continue the holiday tradition with a drive-through food drive. Even with the pandemic upending the … more

Sumter Police Department officers, Duke Energy explain common COVID-19 scams

Duke Energy and the Sumter Police Department collaborated with utilities across North America to bring awareness to and educate the public on criminal scam tactics for the fifth-annual Utility Scam Awareness Day. The annual Utility Scam Awareness … more

Shower Shaw adjusts for pandemic; ‘Goodies’ to replace cookies

The 28-year tradition of Shower Shaw with Cookies program will carry on but with a slight adjustment caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The program that provides Christmas cheer and shows the community's gratitude to Shaw Air Force Base's … more

A look at COVID-19 in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties: Virus still a threat

The tri-county has been through quite a whirlwind these past few months with coronavirus cases surging since October. For Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have risen since the pandemic starting surging … more

Your Voice: Teen misses mom, freshman year at Sumter High School because of COVID-19

We've been asking our Sumter Item community to share their stories surrounding COVID-19 and the pandemic's impact on you, your family and friends, work, etc. We want to tell the stories of the people in our community, putting names and people to … more

‘It’s all about the love’: Emmanuel Soup Kitchen in Sumter continues on despite COVID-19 pandemic

When asked what first comes to mind when she hears the word “volunteer,” Jean Williams said it’s love. In affirmation, volunteer Harriet Jackson then began reciting the New … more

COVID-19 testing in Summerton on Wednesday

A free COVID-19 testing site will be set up in Summerton on Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The site will be at the Taw Caw Community Center, 1126 Granby Lane, Summerton. Rural and underserved communities are experiencing … more

Dates change for Clarendon School District 2 Grab and Go Meals

MANNING - The dates have changed for Clarendon School District 2's free Grab and Go Meals. The free meals are available for hybrid and virtual students at CSD2 and for all children ages 18 years of age and younger in the community. Why should … more

Clarendon virus cases rising; officials stress prevention

CLARENDON COUNTY - The number of COVID-19 cases in Clarendon County is beginning to creep higher since the number of cases in the county peaked in late July and early August. During the last two weeks, Clarendon County has seen 74 new cases of … more

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 … more

Sumter's Marble Slab shutters because of coronavirus

A dessert business has fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic in Sumter. Marble Slab Creamery shut down because of the virus' impact on business. Marble Slab announced it was closing its doors in November. more

Sumter's Golden Corral closes because of coronavirus

Another restaurant has fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic in Sumter. Golden Corral shut down because of the pandemic's impact on business  after the restaurant reopened in June. more

Sumter County to remain without mask requirement

People will not be required to wear face masks outside Sumter city limits after Sumter County Council voted down another emergency ordinance during Tuesday’s meeting. At an October meeting, … more

Fall surge of virus looming; Sumter steadies low infection rate

The state's top public health officials are worried about a fall surge in COVID-19 as the state is seeing increases in key indicator areas and the nation is setting new daily records in cases. Jane Kelly, assistant state epidemiologist, said … more

Free COVID-19 testing today in Manning

FROM STAFF REPORTS A free COVID-19 testing site will be set up in Manning on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The site will be at Weldon Auditorium, 7 Maple St., Manning. Rural and underserved communities are experiencing … more

Mask ordinance extended in City of Sumter

To continue its efforts in reducing the spread of COVID-19, Sumter City Council extended an emergency ordinance Tuesday that requires face coverings be worn in retail and food service establishments at a 6-1 vote, with Councilman Colin Davis voting … more

3rd round of students to return to Sumter School District classrooms

With another significant transition of students to a hybrid/blended model of instruction on Thursday and Friday, all but Sumter School District's eighth-graders will have stepped into the classroom by the end of next week. Superintendent Penelope … more
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