Business
Shane's Rib Shack to start permit process for new Sumter location

The empty lot at 1120 Broad St. will soon see construction after Sumter's Board of Zoning Appeals approved a request to facilitate a commercial redevelopment on the property Wednesday. About a year after demolishing the building that community …

Nominations now open for February's Carolina Grove Teacher of the Month contest Carolina Grove co-owner Jim Mayes Jr., right, recognized Alice Drive Elementary School's Holly Williamson as January's Teacher of the Month on Tuesday. By earning the most votes from the public of four finalists in The Sumter Item's online …
In-laws combine baking, roasting talents for green-sourced coffee shop in downtown Sumter For months, a man with a passion for baking and his son-in-law with a passion for roasting have wowed Sumter with their sustainable coffee and fresh sweets as a weekly farmers market vendor. As the business continued to gain popularity, co-owners …
Chalkin & Talkin is a social getaway with arts and crafts In a time when large gatherings are frowned upon and residents grow tired of staying indoors, two women opened a shop where Sumterites can escape to socialize in minimal groups while also creating arts and crafts. Chalkin & Talkin is proposed to …
New bakery to be next 'Sweet Spot' in Sumter Word spread that a new bakery was coming to Sumter, and it turned out to be true after a cottage baker confirmed she will be moving into the Wesmark Boulevard area in late January. Sweet Spot Bakery and Catering Co. owner Becky Crawford has been …
Education
Sumter elementary schools expanding to 4 days of in-person learning

As new COVID-19 cases continue to drop statewide and groups continue to push both for teachers to be allowed to get vaccinated and for students to return to the classroom, Sumter School District will …

Clarendon Hall's Collier signs with Erskine College Quiz Bowl Team SUBMITTED SUMMERTON - Clarendon Hall Senior Gabriel Collier, son of Rusty and Courtney Collier of Holly Hill, accepted a scholarship and signed to play on the Quiz Bowl Team at Erskine College on Feb. 17. Collier has been a member of the …
Furman Middle School's Ashley Cappelmann named Carolina Grove Teacher of the Month for February This is the sixth in a contest series called Teacher of the Month. Presented by Carolina Grove, the public is asked to nominate their favorite K-12 teachers in Sumter's public and private schools. After the nomination period, the public votes …
Still closed meetings, no public comment for Sumter School District As we continue the education during COVID-19 debate in South Carolina of at-home, virtual instruction versus in-person learning for students, it's been 11 months without any public participation at school board meetings in Sumter. Some may see …
Employee bonuses again before Sumter school board on Monday The Sumter school board will again take up discussion of employee bonuses for the increased workload during COVID-19 at its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday night. The item, along with January financial reports, highlight the agenda, which …
Government
What your government is doing: Sumter County Council: Public comment may return; litter advisory board approved

No one spoke at two public hearings for a business license renewal deadline and an ordinance regarding a restrictive contract before Sumter County Council on Tuesday. The first public hearing was for the second reading of an ordinance to amend …

City of Sumter discusses water, sewer bill increase in 2022 The City of Sumter residential water bill has remained at a constant rate without a price increase for 10 years. However, that might change after the city staff and council presumed it's time to update both its residential water and sewer systems …
Pandemic byproduct: More litter on Sumter roadways A City of Sumter welcome sign surrounded by a healthy green landscape greets a traveler driving westbound on U.S. 378, but the landscape that follows is less inviting. Medians, ditches, roadsides, sidewalks and sewer drains filled with cans, …
Clarendon News

Manning mother asks for help and offers reward for arrest of son Corey Terrell McFadden's killer

MANNING - A Manning woman is asking for helping in identifying the person or persons who are responsible for the death of her son who was killed on his birthday in 2020. "Justice will be served," Janice Taylor promised her son as she visited his …

Public Record
Public Agenda: Weekend, Jan. 2-4, 2021

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some of the following meetings/events may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. SANTEE-LYNCHES REGIONAL COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS BOARD OF DIRECTORS Monday, noon, …

Meetings
Public Agenda: Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some meetings may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. SUMTER COUNTY DEVELOPMENT BOARD Today, 7:45 a.m., 10 E. Liberty St.

Public Agenda: Weekend, Feb. 6-8, 2021
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some of the following meetings/events may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. CLARENDON COUNTY COUNCIL Monday, 6 p.m., F.E. DuBose Center Auditorium SUMTER …
Public Agenda: Weekend, Jan. 9-11, 2021
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some of the following meetings/events may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. CLARENDON COUNTY COUNCIL Monday, 6 p.m., Administration Building, Council Chambers, …
Public Agenda: Weekend, Feb. 27-March 1, 2021

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some of the following meetings/events may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. SANTEE-LYNCHES REGIONAL COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS BOARD OF DIRECTORS Monday, noon, …

Public Agenda: Friday, Feb. 26, 2021

Public Agenda: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021

Public Agenda: Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021

Public Agenda: Weekend, Feb. 20-22, 2021

Support Groups
Support Groups: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. AA, AL-ANON, ALATEEN: AA - Monday-Friday, noon and 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., 1 Warren …

Support Groups: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. AA, AL-ANON, ALATEEN: AA - Monday-Friday, noon and 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., 1 Warren …
Support Groups: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. AA, AL-ANON, ALATEEN: AA - Monday-Friday, noon and 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., 1 Warren …
Pets

Sumter SPCA's Bailey is a sweet, active girl

LEFT: Bailey is a housebroken and spayed 5-year-old Lab/hound mix. She is sweet, friendly and affectionate. Bailey is an active girl who loves to run and play but needs a home without small, loud children or other dogs. She loves people and any kind …

Sumter SPCA's Avery is a gentle girl, wonderful with kids

FAR LEFT: Avery is a housebroken 6-month-old female American shorthair. She is wonderful with children and other cats. Avery is a very gentle, sweet and affectionate girl who loves to nap and chase cat toys. She would make the perfect cat for a home …

FYI
Are you looking for local involvement opportunities?

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. Marine Corps League 1202 meets at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at the VFW, 1925 Gion St. All present and former …

Are you a single parent?
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. The Single Parent Institute meets from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Birnie HOPE Center. …
Are you interested in the Coast Guard Auxiliary?
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. 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 …