Business
Biztalk: Coffee vendor prepares to open brick-and-mortar location

A new Sumter coffee vendor hopes his unique coffee blend and cozy atmosphere will make Sumterites feel right at home. Meet Jake Gray, owner of Colligo Coffee. Gray, a Texas native, originally came to Sumter to help a few friends move into their …

BizTalk: Kay Diamonds Master Thee Arts opens in Sumter with several dance styles available Dance is defined as to "move rhythmically to music, typically following a set sequence of steps," but for a Sumter dance instructor, it is much more than that for her and her students. For Kaleigh Pearson, growing up and wanting to dance were a …
SHE - See Her Empowered to hold 1st program for Sumter businesswomen Businesswomen of Sumter and surrounding counties are invited to attend a morning of empowerment by listening to a panel of local female leaders. SHE - See Her Empowered will hold its first event since it was installed through the Greater Sumter …
Bank of Clarendon celebrates 90 years of community service, business, growth All financial institutions intend to operate as a secure place to store earnings or apply for loans. In some cases, these businesses strive for a larger purpose. Bank of Clarendon is one of those institutions whose leaders see it as more than a …
BizTalk: Bonanza Flea Market in Manning to move next door, adding square feet in 2023 After nearly a decade of being open, one Manning flea market owner is excited to share news surrounding the business. In 2013, Moira Kammerer and a friend started Bonanza Flea Market, but unfortunately because of health reasons, her friend had to …
Education
FAFSA season starts: What you need to know for financial aid

NEW YORK (AP) — The Free Application for Federal Student Aid filing season starts Oct. 1 for the 2023-2024 school year. If you plan to attend college next year, experts say you might want to …

Sumter's eSTEAM Festival, Oktoberfest still on tap for Saturday ahead of Hurricane Ian With a Saturday filled with events this weekend, some have decided to still push forward at this time. ESTEAM FestivalSumter’s annual 21st Century education learning extravaganza will press …
Sumter School District schools to dismiss early Thursday ahead of Hurricane Ian; Friday will be eLearning day Due to the probability of heavy wind and rain from Hurricane Ian, all Sumter School District schools will dismiss early on Thursday and Friday will be an eLearning day for all students. On …
Incumbent Baker faces 2 challengers in District 2 race: English serves in child services sector; Wrenn is retired military EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third in a series on the nine Sumter school board district seats that are up for election in November. Each week leading up to Election Day, The Sumter Item will analyze a district (alternatively called area) race and …
Committee reports, policy changes before Sumter School District Board Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will hold its regularly scheduled monthly work session on Monday night at Lakewood High School. Board committee reports, the superintendent's report and numerous policy matters headline the agenda, which …
Government
Clarendon County Council chairman requests zoning change for property on I-95

Property located off Interstate-95 in Manning may see a new project develop depending on Clarendon County Council's decision. On Tuesday, the Clarendon County Planning Commission was presented with …

City of Sumter recognizes 2 Inspiration Award recipients Kicking off Sumter City Council's Tuesday meeting was a special presentation recognizing two local state award recipients and their efforts in bringing more to downtown Sumter. Municipal Association of South Carolina's Main Street South Carolina …
Sumter County Council considers amending flood damage prevention ordinance amid concerns After several county residents raised concerns about the possibility of their properties' flood zones changing and a handful of committee meetings to deliberate the issue, Sumter County Council took up a proposed new watershed map. On Tuesday, …
Clarendon News

Clarendon residents can donate blood, receive Visa gift card

Clarendon County residents have the opportunity to donate blood at McLeod Health Clarendon and receive a gift for their donation on Wednesday. On Sept. 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., residents can donate blood to The Blood Connection at McLeod …

Public Record
Meetings
Public Agenda: Weekend, Sept. 24-26, 202

EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some meetings/events may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. SANTEE WATEREE RTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS Monday, 6 p.m., 129 S. Harvin St. For special accommodations, call (803) …

Around Town: Weekend, Aug. 27-29, 2022
EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. The Sumter Little Theatre will present "Love, Loss, and What I Wore" at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday through …
FYI: Thursday, July 28, 2022
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. The Christian Golfers' Association (CGA) meets at 8 a.m. each Tuesday for Bible study. The group meets at …
Public Agenda: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022

EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some meetings/events may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. SUMTER CITY-COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION Today, 3 p.m., fourth floor, Sumter Opera House, Council Chambers

Public Agenda: Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022

Public Agenda: Friday, Sept. 23, 2022

Public Agenda: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022

Public Agenda: Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022

Support Groups
Support Groups: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 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.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., 1 Warren …

Support Groups: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 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 …
Support Groups: Wednesday, Sept. 14, 202
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

Adorable and happy-go-lucky, Sumter Animal Control's Brody will be a perfect pet for any family

BELOW: Brody is an adorable little fella. He is getting along well with the other dogs and has a happy-go-lucky personality. Brody is a perfect little size and will make an excellent pet for any family. This playful boy weighs 25 pounds and is 1-3 …

Sumter Animal Control's Becky likes to snuggle and play

TOP: Becky is a little doll. This little lady is getting along well with other dogs and adores the volunteers. She is still full of puppy energy and loves to spend time outside running and playing. Becky also likes to sit and snuggle and enjoys …

FYI
Council of Garden Clubs of Sumter invites amateur gardeners to participate in American Legion Fair Fall Flower Show

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. The Council of Garden Clubs of Sumter Inc. invites amateur gardeners of Sumter, Lee, Clarendon and Kershaw …

Christian Golfer's Association meets on Tuesdays
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. The Westside Neighborhood Association meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at the Birnie …
Are you interested in coin collecting? Sumter Coin Club welcomes you
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. The Council of Garden Clubs of Sumter Inc. invites amateur gardeners of Sumter, Lee, Clarendon and Kershaw …