Business
BizTalk: Sumterite wins state, national auctioneer honors

Sumter native Rafe Dixon is known for his seasoned auctioning skills and recently won two awards at the annual South Carolina Auctioneers Association Conference. Dixon won the association's 2023 State Auctioneering Championship Award and also the …

Sumterites run to (free) Dunkin': Nearly 100 locals line up for free coffee On Wednesday morning, the air was chilly, the ground was wet, and the sky was gray. Yet that did little to deter nearly 100 eager locals from lining up along the Dunkin' walkway to receive free coffee for a year. Dunkin', at 2567 Broad St., closed …
New company The Upcycle Co. to have 1st S.C. site in Bishopville Lee County will be home to a new company that serves the animal harvest, food production and further processing industries with its first location in South Carolina. The Upcycle Co., a leading provider of services to upcycle fats, oils, proteins …
BizTalk: Longtime local leader takes similar role with Prisma Health in Midlands A longtime leader in the Sumter health care community has accepted and started in a bigger but related position in Columbia. In December, Prisma Health Midlands Foundation, the philanthropic arm of …
Commercial row along Sumter's Broad Street sees new structures, names The high-traffic, commercial row from U.S. 378's hotel and car dealership cluster heading west to the fast food and restaurant chains heading east to the divide of Bultman Drive has seen new growth, change and projects in recent months. Two …
Education
New Sumter school board appears in agreement to public on committees

With essentially a new school board in place, there will be some changes to committee structure and meeting sites forthcoming for Sumter School District's Board of Trustees. At its meeting last week, the full board discussed officially bringing …

Liberty STEAM Charter School board approves salary scale above regional average; first-year, certified teacher pay at charter school set at $47,686 minimum for next year Liberty STEAM Charter School may still be relatively small in size, but its leaders are pouring all the money they can into teacher recruitment given the shortages across the state and nation. Liberty STEAM's Board of Directors unanimously …
Celebrating 100 days of learning in Sumter School District On Monday, students throughout Sumter School District celebrated 100 days of school by dressing up as if they were 100 years old, creating collections of 100 items, creating posters and participating in 100th Day projects and activities. Their …
Team Perseverance opens in South Sumter; free after-school program will focus on importance of education, teach sports and life skills Team Perseverance held a ribbon cutting for its new program at the South Sumter gymnasium on Wednesday, Jan. 25. It has been more than 20 years in the making for Junko Allen, and she finally gets to live her dream by helping those in the South …
Sumter School District honors trustees during School Board Appreciation Month January is School Board Appreciation Month, and last week R.E. Davis College Preparatory Academy hosted Tarah Cousar-Johnson, who represents Sumter School District Area 4 on the board of trustees. Cousar-Johnson toured the school with Principal …
Government
Sumter County Government receives overall clean, unmodified audit report for 2022; 1 'material weakness' finding with library

A special meeting was held before Sumter County Council's regular meeting to review the county's 2022 fiscal year audit report. This year, Sumter County Government hired a new auditor, Mauldin and Jenkins CPAs in Columbia, to review the county's …

Emerging Leaders visit Sumter City Council to learn workings of local government During their Government and Legislation Session Month, Emerging Leaders met with Sumter City Council and administrative staff last week, and they learned about how to run and budget for local government. The Ross McKenzie Emerging Leaders Program, …
'First step of a long journey': Speaker Smith from Sumter joins House committee in announcing legislation proposal focused on economic growth and workforce development Sumter's representative and South Carolina House Speaker Murrell Smith joined members of a House committee for a news conference in the Statehouse to announce and file the committee's first bill on Wednesday afternoon. At 1:15 p.m., Smith joined …
Clarendon News

Clarendon briefs for Feb. 3, 2023: Miss LMA Dancin' with the Swampcats, SC Waterfowl Association Dinner and more

Miss LMA Dancin' with the Swampcats Feb. 4 MANNING - The Miss Laurence Manning Academy Dancin' with the Swampcats will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Weldon Auditorium. Tickets are on sale from your favorite Swampcat duo, the school …

Public Record
Meetings
Public Agenda: Weekend, Dec. 10-12, 2022

EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, some meetings/events may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. CLARENDON COUNTY COUNCIL Monday, 6 p.m., Administration Building, Council Chambers, 411 Sunset Drive, Manning SUMTER …

Around Town: Sumter Little Theatre presents "Elf Jr. - The Musical"
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. Be sure to take the kids to Santa's Village from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 9-10, at the Heath …
FYI: Sumter Ballroom Dance Club meets each Wednesday
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. Join in for Double Dutch Fun Day Thursdays for adults at the South HOPE Center, 1125 S. Lafayette Drive, …
Public Agenda: Friday, Feb. 3, 2023

EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, some meetings/events may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. SANTEE-LYNCHES REGIONAL COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS BOARD OF DIRECTORS Monday, Feb. 6, 6 p.m., Central Carolina Technical …

Public Agenda: Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

Public Agenda: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

Public Agenda: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023

Public Agenda: Monday, Jan. 30, 2023

Support Groups
Support Groups: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

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

Support Groups: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023
EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. AA, AL-ANON, ALATEEN: AA - Monday-Friday, noon and 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sundays, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., 1 Warren …
Support Groups: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023
EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to COVID-19, some of the following events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. AA, AL-ANON, ALATEEN: AA - Monday-Friday, noon and 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sundays, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., 1 Warren St., (803) …
Pets

Sumter SPCA's Farrah has a calm, loving nature

Farrah is a 10-month-old Labrador mix. She is terrific with other dogs, children and even cats. Farrah has a super sweet personality with a very calm and loving nature. She adores attention and is extremely sweet and gentle. Farrah would be …

Sumter SPCA's Pinky has a friendly personality

FAR LEFT: Pinky is a neutered and housebroken 3-year-old American short hair. He is an active, playful and affectionate fellow who enjoys lounging around and being a lazy couch potato. Pinky is wonderful with other cats, children and even dogs. His …

FYI
FYI: Sumter's GOP meets monthly

EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the threat of COVID-19, some events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. The GOP "Republican" meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at The Restaurant at Second Mill (the Quality Inn …

FYI: Sumter's Single Parent Institute meets on the second Monday of each month
EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. Beyond the Colors Adult Coloring Group is held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every fourth Tuesday at the Wesmark Branch Library, 180 W. …
FYI: Wesmark branch of the Sumter County Library offers Beyond the Colors Adult Coloring Group
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. Beyond the Colors Adult Coloring Group is held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every fourth Tuesday at the Wesmark …