Business
Duggie Doggs Express opening in Sumter off Broad Street in December

Duggie Doggs Express is looking to bring hot dogs and delicious milkshakes to Sumter in the last month of the year. Located next to Chick-fil-A on Broad Street, the new hot dog shop's menu features dozens of food choices from Nathan's all-beef …

R.E. Davis' Lisa Ard named Carolina Grove Teacher of the Month for November This is the third 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 …
Sumter restaurants sink or learn to swim during pandemic The restaurant industry has taken a huge hit this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Eateries across the county and state have drastically changed their methods to stay in business, and …
New Sumter Chamber looks to support minority, Black-owned businesses Earlier this year, Sumter gained a new Chamber of Commerce, this one dedicated to serving minority business owners in the community with a goal to create economic balance. The Sumter Black Chamber of Commerce, a member of the National Black …
Sumter's Parade of Shops features Sunday deals, prizes While the typical holiday parade season has been curtailed because of COVID-19, a different kind of parade is still happening, and participation could help you knock out your gift lists early. The Sumter Item's annual Parade of Shops is a way to …
Education
Vice chair of Lee County School District Board earns recognition

SUBMITTED Lee County School District's Board Vice Chair Sylvia Scott has earned the highest level of recognition in the South Carolina School Boards Association's Boardsmanship Institute program. Scott will be recognized for her Level 6 …

Manning Early Childhood Center students learn the joy, importance of gardening MANNING - You're never too young to learn about gardening. Students at Manning Early Childhood Center have been learning how to plant a garden, how to protect plants from pests, how to use their harvests and how to compost, thanks to volunteers …
Lee County School District names 2020-21 District Teacher of the Year SUBMITTED Lee County School District selected Octavia Anderson as the 2020-21 District Teacher of the Year. Anderson serves as a family and consumer science teacher at the Lee County Career Center and has been a member of the Lee County School …
Accountability, feedback and ‘no excuses’ culture key for Sumter's Liberty STEAM charter’s start With 10 years’ experience in the charter school world, the founding executive director of Liberty STEAM Charter School thinks a clear focus on accountability and a “no-excuses” …
New logo, ALL4SC presentation, public participation discussed at Clarendon district 4 board meeting The Board of Trustees for Clarendon School District 4, the newly consolidated district from Summerton-based Clarendon 1 and Turbeville-based Clarendon 3, approved several agenda items at its Monday …
Government
Sumter City Council: Chick-fil-A looking to expand parking lot

If you've tried going to Sumter's Chick-fil-A but found nowhere to park, Sumter City Council may soon be approving a rezoning request to help remedy that situation. Council held a public hearing Tuesday to consider the first reading of an ordinance …

Sumter Mayor McElveen presides over final council meeting The echo of the gavel Tuesday marked more than the end of Sumter City Council's meeting. This time, it resembled curtains closing on a chapter of Sumter history followed by a standing ovation for Sumter's 20-year mayor and 12-year Ward 2 …
Sumter County Council: Dollar General proposed on Pinewood Road site, Thompson Construction buys North Wise Drive land At Sumter County Council's meeting Tuesday, council members discussed two land use items and a contract for the county's waste removal services. Dollar General primed for Pinewood Road Land on Pinewood Road was requested to be rezoned to house …
Clarendon News

Coach Coker: Father figure, friend, mentor; Effort to name Manning High School baseball field in English teacher's honor renewed

MANNING - Guy Richard "Ricky" Coker was more than just an English teacher and coach to the hundreds - if not thousands - of students he inspired through the years. On Nov. 17, Coach Coker died at home at the age of 61. He was a father figure, …

Public Record
Public Record: Weekend, Nov. 14-16, 2020

Building Permits - Jesse E. McLeod, owner, Sam Avins Construction, contractor, 3535 Cody Road, Pinewood, 3,680 unheated square feet, $45,000 (wood equipment shed, commercial). - Market Place Investment Group, owner, Atkins Roofing & …

Meetings
Public Agenda: Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some meetings may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. SUMTER COUNTY DISABILITIES & SPECIAL NEEDS BOARD CREATIVE ENVIRONMENTS INC. INDEPENDENT LIVING …

Public Agenda: Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020
EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some meetings may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. SUMTER COUNTY VOTER REGISTRATION / ELECTION COMMISSION Thursday, 5:30 p.m., registration / election office, 141 N. Main …
Around Town: Friday, Oct. 16, 2020
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3034 will hold an oyster roast / fish fry fundraiser from 3 to 7 p.m. (or until oysters / …
Public Agenda: Weekend, Nov. 28-30, 2020

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. SUMTER CITY COUNCIL Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1 p.m., Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St. The …

Public Agenda: Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020

Public Agenda: Weekend, Nov. 21-23, 2020

Public Agenda: Friday, Nov. 20, 2020

Public Agenda: Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020

Support Groups
Support Groups: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020

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.; Sundays, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., 1 Warren …

Support Groups: Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020
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, Nov. 4, 2020
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 …
Pets

Apollo is playful, fun with a laid-back side as well

LEFT: Apollo is a housebroken 9-month-old black-and-white male American shorthair. He is great with other cats and even dogs. Apollo is a sweet guy who is active, playful and fun, but can be a laid-back lazy boy as well. He would make a great new …

Frog is a young, handsome, playful boy

FAR LEFT: Frog is a 6-month-old brindle-and-white hound mix. He is an active and energetic boy who loves to run and play. Frog's owner passed away so he is now looking for a new forever home. The Sumter SPCA is located at 1140 S. Guignard Drive, …

FYI
Local chapter of Military Order of the Purple Heart seeks donations for wreaths

The General George L. Mabry Jr. Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, in conjunction with the Wreaths Across America organization, is working to see that each of the 8,500 graves at Fort Jackson National Cemetery receive a wreath this …

Are you looking for a group to get involved with?
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 …
Sumter School District program offers creative arts workshop
Sumter School District's REACH Program for artistically gifted and talented students is offering students in grades 3-11 opportunities to develop and enhance their talents in the areas of visual arts, theater and choral music. The program will hold …