Business
Sumter community celebrates the best it has to offer

The Sumter Item hosted its annual Best of Sumter red carpet winners' celebration gala on Tuesday, April 30, at Sumter Original Brewery. More than 500 winners, their co-workers, community leaders, friends and colleagues gathered to support all the …

Myson's Tires on Guignard Drive in Sumter closes A longstanding Sumter business on South Guignard Drive with a well-known name, which was not actually its real name, has closed. Confused? Don't be. Myson's Tires, 1200 S. Guignard Drive, shut down operations Tuesday, May 7, and a paint and body …
Sumter entrepreneur closes 3 businesses after property management struggles A small business owner is out on three establishments to her name and is seeking legal counsel after a property management debacle at a local shopping center owned by a Florida investment company. A local management operation, Liberty Partners, …
Tractor-trailers with no one aboard? The future is near for self-driving trucks on U.S. roads PITTSBURGH - On a three-lane test track along the Monongahela River, an 18-wheel tractor-trailer rounded a curve. No one was on board. A quarter-mile ahead, the truck's sensors spotted a trash can blocking one lane and a tire in another. In less …
Third-party logistics company will create 6 jobs in Sumter A third-party logistics provider for Amazon has announced that it will open a warehousing and fulfillment services operation in Sumter soon and create six jobs. Utopia Fulfillment will establish …
Education
Sumter student's essay wins 2 honors

Kalaiyah Rhodes-Dingle, who attends Lemira Elementary School, was honored by the Sumter Elks Lodge for winning the state-level essay competition with her essay on "What the Bill of Rights Means to Me." Her essay also won second place in the entire …

Students working hard ahead of annual district arts showcase Students have been enjoying Sumter School District's annual REACH program, meant for students in grades 3 through 11 who have been identified as gifted in the arts, including visual arts, music (chorus) or theater. Students are involved in an …
Sumter School District board passes budget without millage increase request, 7-1 With an eye toward a bond referendum and given a push from the state legislature for districts to use fund balance to offset increased expenditures, Sumter school board passed its 2025 budget on Thursday without a millage request. The budget …
Morris College receives $450K in state funding to expand cybersecurity, esports programs On Thursday, June 12, Morris College hosted a check presentation for $450,000 in state funding for the college's continued development of its cybersecurity-esports programs and showcased its cybersecurity and esports labs. The college first …
Pocalla Elementary School Steppers are Grand Champions The Pocalla Elementary School Steppers are recognized at Monday's Sumter School District Board of Trustees' meeting after winning the House Party National Step Show in May in Charlotte, North Carolina. The step team …
Government
Sumter County Council passes final reading of over $62 million balanced budget

Sumter County's budget ordinance has passed three readings with Sumter County Council in preparation for the start of the 2024-25 fiscal year on July 1. During the Tuesday, June 11, meeting, council was presented with a balanced budget of …

City of Sumter receives more block grant funding than expected The city of Sumter has received an additional $18,000 in community development block grant money than officials had budgeted for earlier this year. During the Tuesday, June 4, Sumter City Council meeting, City Manager Deron McCormick told the …
Veterans Affairs Office budget request approved, Solicitor's Office budget request denied by Sumter County Council The third and final reading of Sumter County's 2024-25 budget is coming up on June 11. The budget must pass three readings by council to become official in time for the start of the fiscal year on July 1, and the second reading of the budget was …
Clarendon News

All invited to Juneteenth celebration at New Zion park

Everyone is invited to join Let's Read Clarendon for its community event on Wednesday, June 19, celebrating Juneteenth. Summer Jam Fest in the Park will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at Walker Gamble Park, 2158 Walker Gamble Road, New …

Public Record
Meetings
Public Agenda: Wednesday, June 19, 2024

To correct any information or to make a submission to Public Agenda, email pressrelease@theitem.com with Public Agenda in subject line. CLARENDON COUNTY FIRST STEPS PARTNERSHIP BOARD Thursday, June 20, 9:30 a.m. (virtual). For information, …

Around Town: Wednesday, June 19, 2024
To correct any information or to make a submission to Around Town, email pressrelease@theitem.com with Around Town in subject line. McLeod Health will host a class for those looking to increase their skills for babysitting. The course is on …
Around Town: Saturday, June 15, 2024
To correct any information or to make a submission to Around Town, email pressrelease@theitem.com with Around Town in subject line. The third-annual Sumter Pride event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 15, in front of the old Sumter …
Public agenda for June 12, 2024

To correct any information or to make a submission to Public Agenda, email pressrelease@theitem.com with Public Agenda in subject line. GREATER SUMTER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Wednesday, June 12, at noon, chamber …

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Support Groups
Need help? See support groups in the Sumter area

To update your listing or add a listing, please email pressrelease@theitem.com and include Support Groups in the subject line. AA, AL-ANON, ALATEEN: AA — Monday-Friday, noon and 5:30 p.m.; …

Pets

Titus poses for attention and enjoys back scratches

Titus is a 7-month-old, gray tabby, male American Shorthair. He is debonair, suave and just plain handsome. Titus loves to pose for attention and enjoys kisses and back scratches. He is an active and playful boy who has a sweet and …

Bitty wants a new home to share his joy and affection

Are you searching for a new best friend? Bitty is here to fill your home with joy and affection! This charming male pup weighs 35 pounds and is estimated to be between 3 and 5 years old. Bitty was brought to our shelter through no fault of …

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