Business
Sandhills Medical Foundation holds grand opening for new Sumter location

A plot of land that was once vacant and wooded next to Gamecock Lanes now hosts a new medical facility that outgrew its initial reach in Sumter. Sandhills Medical Foundation cut a ribbon for its new facility's grand opening in Sumter on Monday …

Biz Talk: Pocotaligo River Health, Rehab Center opens To start off the new year, Manning welcomed a new nursing and rehabilitation facility. Southern Senior Living, formerly Clarendon Health System, celebrated the grand opening of its newly constructed Pocotaligo River Health and Rehab Center on Jan. …
Manning DMV closed due to staffing shortages The Manning Department of Motor Vehicles doors will be closed to the public starting Tuesday.The Manning office, located at 3721 Alex Harvin Highway, announced on social media they will be closed due …
SAFE creates endowed scholarship fund in honor of former Shaw commander SAFE Federal Credit Union recently honored long-time board member David Wagner with the establishment of the Col. David Wagner SAFE Federal Credit Union Endowed Scholarship Fund. Wagner was first elected to SAFE's Board of Directors in 1988, on …
BizTalk: Barber shop, home of The Drifters, leaves North Main Street amid revitalization A group of downtown barbers traded their nostalgic black-and-white checkered flooring for a wheat-colored slab. Their small, homey shop of more than 16 years at North Main Street and Hampton Avenue was left behind for a spot off North Washington …
Education
SAT going digital in shifting college admissions landscape

The SAT exam will move from paper and pencil to a digital format, administrators announced Tuesday, saying the shift will boost its relevancy as more colleges make standardized tests optional for admission. Test-takers will be allowed to use …

Superintendent search, rezoning before Sumter school board Monday Kicking off its search for a new superintendent and a brief school rezoning update from the project consultant highlight Sumter School District's Board of Trustees' regularly scheduled meeting Monday. Sumter school board recently chose in a split …
Campus corner: Friday, Jan. 21, 2022 The College of Charleston CHARLESTON - The College of Charleston recently awarded undergraduate and graduate degrees during the winter 2021 commencement ceremony. The following local students earned degrees: - Emily Irvin of Sumter graduated …
Sumter School District reports new highs for weekly cases, quarantined staff After recording 440 positive COVID-19 cases among students and staff during the first week of January, Sumter School District had 491 virus cases last week. That total is a new weekly high for the district this school year, and Sumter also had a …
Kingsbury Elementary students donate to Sumter's Crosswell Home for Children It was fitting that the character value of the month at Kingsbury Elementary School was service for December. Service is defined as lending a hand to help someone else. That character value was demonstrated by the students and …
Government
Sumter City Council: Beach Forest subdivision proposed to get mixed-use commercial developments; residents do not want it

An overflow of more than 50 residents filled Sumter City Council's chambers for its Tuesday regular meeting with seats filled inside, bodies leaning against the brick walls and door frame with several more concerned Beach Forest residents crowding …

Lee County Council invites public to hearing on redistricting draft maps Lee County residents are encouraged to attend a public hearing on the county's redistricting process on Tuesday, Jan. 25. Residents have attended previous meetings to hear Lee County Council introduce the first steps in the county's …
Sumter City Council considers 2022 Community Development Block Grant Entitlement Budget Sumter City Council was presented with a 2022-23 Community Development Block Grant Entitlement Budget that reflected last year's project. A special meeting was held before council's regular meeting on Tuesday to receive the draft of the new CDBG …
Clarendon News

An ominous flock at Manning High School

A flock of turkey vultures lands at Manning High School's Ramsey Stadium. According to www.audubon.org, turkey vultures look for carrion (the decaying flesh of dead animals) by soaring over open or partly wooded country, watching the ground and the …

Public Record
Meetings
Public Agenda: Weekend, Jan. 15-17, 2022

EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some meetings/events may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. CLARENDON COUNTY CDOUNCIL SPECIAL CALLED MEETING Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., Council Chambers, 411 Sunset Drive, …

Public Agenda: Friday, Jan. 14, 2022
EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some meetings/events may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. SUMTER CITY COUNCIL Tuesday, Jan. 18, 5:30 p.m., Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St. CLARENDON SCHOOL DISTRICT …
Paxville Community Development Corp. Workforce Readiness offers classes for community
EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. Paxville Community Development Corp. Workforce Readiness Program offers the following: adult computer classes, 5:30-7:30 p.m. …
Public Agenda: Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022

EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some meetings may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. GREATER SUMTER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Today, noon, chamber office SUMTER CITY-COUNTY PLANNING …

Public Agenda: Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2021

Public Agenda: Weekend, Jan. 22-24, 2022

Public Agenda: Friday, Jan. 21, 2022

Public Agenda: Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022

Support Groups
Support Groups: Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022

EDITOR'S NOTE: 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 St., (803) …

Support Groups: Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022
EDITOR'S NOTE: 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 St., (803) …
Support Groups: Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022
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 …
Pets

Goofy and curious, Jed is waiting to meet you at Sumter Animal Control

Jed, 52 pounds and approximately 2-4 years old, is adorable. He is friendly to other dogs, walks well on the leash and enjoys spending time with the volunteers. Jed is a goofy, curious pup. This cutie loves playing outside and romping in the …

Sumter Animal Control's Scar is a playful, spunky boy

BELOW: Big dog lovers, this guy is for you. Scar, 68 pounds and approximately 2-5 years old, is a sweet and playful fella who is full of spunk. He seems to have never been leash walked, but he is learning his leash manners quickly. This sweetie …

FYI
Are you a Marine?

EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. The GOP "Republican" meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at The Restaurant at Second Mill (the …

Paxville Community Development Corp. offers Seniors on the Move Program
EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. Seniors on the Move Program, offered by Paxville Community Development Corp., is held from 9 a.m. to noon Monday-Wednesday. …
Are you interested in volunteering for the Coast Guard Auxiliary?
EDITOR'S NOTE: 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 Station, North Cantey …