Government
South Carolina expert addresses legality of live-streamed government meetings according to FOIA

As the coronavirus pushes everyone into isolation more and more, disrupting daily routines, local government still has meetings, public concerns and community projects to attend to. In this day and age of innovation and technology, many public …

What your government is doing: Sumter County Council emergency ordinance moves government, council dealings online during virus shutdowns Sumter County Council members sat about six feet apart from one another as they practiced social distancing with a live-streamed viewing of its Tuesday meeting. Council members asked that only those directly affected by agenda items attend the …
Legislators: More funding to fight virus may have to come from state's $1.8B surplus A Sumter lawmaker said recently approved emergency funding should be able to help state health officials for the next two weeks to a month, but he thinks more funding will be needed if COVID-19 continues to spread. "There's probably going to be …
Education
Sumter School District trustees will hold public hearing, vote on charter school in virtual meeting

A public hearing and board vote on a charter school that is seeking sponsorship through the district will be held during Sumter School District's Board of Trustees' first-ever virtual board meeting scheduled for Monday. A district spokeswoman …

Sumter School District schools modify meal distribution plan Sumter School District leaders laid out plans Wednesday for continued campus closures. The day after Gov. Henry McMaster announced he intends to keep schools closed and instruction online through the end of April in response to the COVID-19 …
Clarendon Hall to continue closure through April 30 SUMMERTON -- Clarendon Hall’s campus will remain closed through April 30 for on-campus learning, activities and gatherings.  Earlier today, Gov. Henry McMaster issued a statement with S.C. …
Business
Sumter restaurants going with the flow to stay open

With restaurants trying to survive a monumental shift in operations posed by efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, restaurants are finding different ways to adapt. The Sumter Item spoke with several local restaurants that have …

South Carolina jobless claims spike by 1,600% since last week A state-level report released Thursday confirms South Carolina's economy has already been hit hard with the continued spread of the coronavirus. Initial unemployment insurance claims data released by the state Department of Employment and …
Business news: Smith for small business relief in U.S. economic rescue package for coronavirus A small business relief package is a critical component in a new stimulus package being debated this week in Washington, according to a state lawmaker from Sumter. State Rep. Murrell Smith, R-Sumter, who also serves as chairman of the House Ways …
Clarendon News

Clarendon town mayors reassure, thank residents in pandemic

CLARENDON COUNTY - Clarendon County folks are tough. They are resilient in the face of adversity. They look out for each other. And the majority of them are heeding the suggestions made by local, state and national officials, according to local …

Public Record
Public Record: Weekend, March 28-29, 2020

Marriage Licenses - Alain Cornelius Dewitt and Norma Maria Simoe De Torres Bandeira, both of Tarpon Springs, Florida - Edward Anthony Meyers Jr. and Patricia Marshall Geddings - Aspen Maurice Smith-Sadler of Rembert and Odesey Velencia …

Public Record: Weekend, Feb. 29-March 1, 2020

Public Record: Weekend, Feb. 1-2, 2020

Public Record: Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020

Meetings
Public Agenda: Weekend, Feb. 1-2, 2020

SANTEE-LYNCHES REGIONAL COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS BOARD OF DIRECTORS Monday, noon, Central Carolina Technical College Advance Manufacturing Technology Training Center, 853 Broad St. LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS BOARD Monday, 5:30 p.m., Sumter …

FYI: Weekend, Feb. 1-2, 2020
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. Meetings are open to teenage single parents, custodial and non-custodial single parents. You are welcome to bring your children as …
Public Agenda: Weekend, March 28-29, 202

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some of the following meetings/events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. TOWN OF LYNCHBURG PLANNING COMMISSION Wednesday, April 1, 4 p.m., town …

Public Agenda: Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Public Agenda: Weekend, March 21-22, 2020

Public Agenda: Friday, March 20, 2020

Public Agenda: Thursday, March 19, 2020

Support Groups
Support Groups: Friday, March 27, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following meetings 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 …

Support Groups: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following meetings 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 …
Support Groups: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some events/meetings 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

Nadia, a pug/beagle mix, is extremely sweet

LEFT: Nadia is a 1-year-old pug / beagle mix. She is an extremely sweet girl who is active and playful. Nadia loves to play with other dogs and would be wonderful for a family with children. She lives for any kind of love and attention, but needs a …

Sherman is great with other cats

FAR LEFT: Sherman is a neutered and housebroken 2-year-old American shorthair. He is great with other cats. Sherman is a larger cat who would make a great couch potato. He also enjoys love and affection. The Sumter SPCA is located at 1140 S. …

FYI
Are you a Purple Heart recipient or have a friend or family member who is?

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some of the following meetings/events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. The Purple Heart Chapter of Sumter is sponsoring a project to have all Purple Heart medal …

Volunteer and involvement opportunities
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following 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 …
Are you a present or former Marine?
EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some events/meetings may be canceled 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 Marines are …