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BizTalk: 2 area manufacturers receive excellence awards at state conference

Two area manufacturers were among 13 industries across the state that received awards for excellence at the annual South Carolina Manufacturing Conference and Expo recently in Greenville. Santa Cruz Nutritionals, based in Sumter, earned the Smart … more

After Lee loses 14% population over 10 years, county redistricting begins

Lee County Council left its Wednesday public meeting with questions and concerns about what its district lines will look like for the next decade as county officials begin its redistricting process. Alan Watkins, the county's administrator, … more

Lee County to hold public hearing on redistricting, special meeting for Sumter-Lee Industrial Park

Lee County Council will hold a public hearing today, Nov. 17, at 5:30 p.m. to present its 2020 Redistricting Benchmark Report to the community about the latest census data that will influence the redrawing of council district lines. During the … more

Where to get a free COVID-19 vaccine, test in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon counties: Nov. 16-21

All South Carolinians aged 5 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and can schedule appointments. Currently, Pfizer is the only vaccine available to those aged 5-17, and it has received full authorization from the FDA for those aged … more

Shared Hope hosts charity auction at Bishopville Opera House on Nov. 19

One organization is prepared to give hope back to the homeless in Lee County. Shared Hope Inc., a local nonprofit organization, will host a charity auction on Nov. 19 at the Opera House in Bishopville to support its mission in establishing a … more

Lee County Council amends school district's 2022 budget

An error in the Lee County School District 2022 fiscal year budget led Lee County Council to go back and amend the district's millage rate after it was initially approved in June. County Administrator Alan Watkins brought the request to amend the … more

Restaurant inspections for Sumter and Lee counties: Oct. 28-Nov. 5, 2021

Following are restaurant inspections done by the state Department of Health and Environmental Control in Sumter County and Lee County the week of Oct. 28-Nov. 5 2021. A "C" grade is failing. For detailed reports, visit www.dhec.sc.gov. SUMTER … more

Bishopville Police Department welcomes J.D. Dellinger as its new chief of police

When starting a new job, first days are normally the easiest. However, the same couldn't be said for Bishopville's new chief of police. A whirlwind. That was the one word J.D. Dellinger used to describe his first week on the job. Since … more

Col. Oden to speak at Lee GOP Veterans Day program

BISHOPVILLE - The Lee County Republican Party invites the community to a special dinner with guest speaker Col. William Oden on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Oden enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1974 and served 23 years. He … more

Enjoy a riverside hayride at Lee State Park on Saturday

BISHOPVILLE - It's time to get out and enjoy the fall air. Join park rangers and take in the autumn sights and smells as you relax on a 5-mile riverside hayride on Saturday on Loop Road around Lee State Park. Two rides will … more

COVID-19 vaccines available in Lee on Friday, in Clarendon on Sunday

The South Carolina Department of Education will host free vaccine clinics in Clarendon and Lee counties this weekend. In partnership with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the vaccination initiative, In It To Win … more

Lee, Kershaw county fire departments announce automatic aid agreement; new rural fire station near completion

A new fire station to provide services to rural areas of Lee and Kershaw counties is near completion, and a mutual-aid agreement between the two neighboring counties to help residents save money was recently introduced. On Tuesday, Lee County … more

Lee County COVID-19 Response Team brings COVID-19 vaccines to Lee County

The Lee County COVID-19 Response Team has created a community health initiative to help combat COVID-19. The team was organized to increase the number of vaccinations against COVID-19. Its purpose is to reach out to communities to educate them on … more

Bishopville library looking for new leader after longtime director retires

BISHOPVILLE - After 38 years of service as a library director, Dawn Ellen retired from the Lee County Public Library in June. The library was not left unattended, though. Soon after, Lee County received a temporary replacement from an experienced … more

Bishopville renews mask ordinance for 60 days

BISHOPVILLE - The City of Bishopville's existing COVID-19 mask ordinance was unanimously approved to be extended for an additional 60 days during Bishopville City Council's special-called meeting Thursday. The current ordinance, set to expire on … more

Lee Central High's James honored as Counselor of the Month for June contest

Lee Central High School's Anjennette James was recognized on Tuesday for winning Counselor of the Month, presented by Morris College, for June. She is pictured here with Leroy Staggers, Morris president. The college … more

Cedar Creek Haunted Trails returns to Bishopville with more spooky characters

Halloween season is here, and it's time again for residents to get some scares at Cedar Creek Haunted Trails in Bishopville. Cedar Creek Haunted Trails will host its 15th-annual attraction for participants to explore the scary walk-through trail … more

$3,000 reward offered in fatal Lee County Waffle House shooting

BISHOPVILLE - Waffle House is offering a $3,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Sunday’s drive-by shooting at the breakfast chain in Lee … more

Pee Dee Region residents discuss methods to preserve Pearl Fryar's Topiary Garden

More than 100 supporters from across the Pee Dee region and the nation rallied at the Chappell Park gym in Lee County on Tuesday evening to learn about ways to save Pearl Fryar's Topiary Garden in Bishopville. Fryar is internationally recognized … more

Lee County School District adds to call for proviso repeal; now all tri-county districts want reversal on statewide mask mandate ban

School leaders in Lee County are joining the fight to convince state lawmakers to repeal an amendment in the state budget that prohibits mask mandates in schools. Lee County School District Board of Trustees introduced and unanimously approved a … more
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