Business
McLeod Health supports local news with Sumter Today sponsorship

Sumter Today, the pioneer video news show from The Sumter Item, has a new cheerleader. McLeod Health is now a presenting sponsor of Sumter Today, enabling The Item to produce and deliver all-positive news to the community for free. "Sumter …

BizTalk: Another AutoZone coming to Broad Street Sumter's third AutoZone Auto Parts store will be coming online at 2810 Broad St. in the spring, according to a building permit filed with the Sumter Building Department. Initial site construction has begun by HJB Construction Inc. based out of …
Broad Street Italian restaurant boards up doors, tells public it will relocate KOZI Italian Street Food in Sumter has closed but has plans to reopen in a different location. Restaurant owners Stella Kostantini and Ziko Kostantini took to Facebook on Dec. 25 to tell the public that they are no longer open at the 1029 Broad …
South Carolina business owners with criminal convictions face hurdles at local, federal levels, research shows The grounds under which a business license could be denied, revoked or suspended as they relate to residents with criminal convictions in either the City of Sumter or Sumter County may be unfair, some officials say. The city of Sumter and Sumter …
SAFE Federal's Oliver named 2023 Professional of the Year STAFF REPORT SAFE Federal Credit Union's Vice President of Branch Operations Brandon Oliver was recently named 2023 Professional of the Year by the Credit Union National Association Operations and Member Experience Council, according to a news …
Education
South Carolina House budget writers propose starting teacher pay to increase to $47,000

In the face of record teacher shortages in the state, the House Ways and Means Committee has proposed increasing statewide minimum teacher pay to $47,000 next school year. The proposal came from the Education Budget Subcommittee of the House Ways …

Miss Sumter High Pageant held for 42nd year The 42nd-Annual Miss Sumter High Pageant was held last weekend. Madison Lyles was named 2024 Miss Sumter High.
Wilson Hall to be a host site for national teaching leadership event How the brain learns and the science of teaching and learning are growing buzzwords in education today, and Wilson Hall will be a host site for a summer academy on these research topics in July. An increasing number of educators are diving into …
Sumter School District lawyer: Collaboration document done prematurely A document created in the fall by Liberty STEAM Charter School promoting collaboration between educational entities in Sumter County was likely done prematurely and has not been endorsed or approved by Sumter School District. Sumter School …
Student organizations show their love at faculty and staff professional development event One day after Valentine's Day, students at Sumter High School were still in a giving mood as groups and organizations hosted a faculty and staff professional development event on Feb. 15. The student organizations that helped out were SHS Tennis …
Government
City of Sumter preps for incoming grants to help low- to moderate-income areas

Federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is coming to the City of Sumter in the form of Community Development Block Grants, or CDBGs, and the city has a budget for how they might spend it, but it is not yet official …

County officials want to lessen reentry barriers for those with convictions wanting to own businesses Sumter County's business license ordinance may soon change to lessen barriers to reentry for those with criminal histories who want to own businesses. During the Tuesday, Feb. 13, county council meeting, council unanimously decided to start the …
If new Sumter penny tax is approved, projects list may look different than in 2022 If the Capital Penny Sales Tax, also called the Penny for Progress initiative, gets a majority approval from voters this coming November, there will be an added charge of 1% of the sales tax imposed that will fund capital projects. Sumter County …
Clarendon News

MLF tournament continues on Santee Cooper Lakes with Watch Party this weekend

The Major League Fishing Suzuki Stage Two Presented by Fenwick continued on Santee Cooper Lakes in Clarendon County on Wednesday, Feb. 21, with Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tennessee, taking the lead through one day of qualifying for Group …

Public Record
Meetings
FYI: Sumter Coin Club welcomes all ages

The Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem Program, a division of the South Carolina Department of Children's Advocacy, will offer free virtual training beginning Monday, March 4, to those interested in becoming a volunteer Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in …

Around Town: Friday, Feb. 2, 2024
The Sumter County Museum will hold a free talk and book signing reception with Author Dr. Walter B. Curry Jr. from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, in McKenzie Hall of the Sumter County Museum, 122 N. Washington St. The topic will be South Carolina …
Public Agenda: Friday, Feb. 2, 2024 SANTEE-LYNCHES REGIONAL COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS BOARD OF DIRECTORS Monday, Feb. 5, noon, Central Carolina Technical College, 506 N. Guignard Drive, Building M400, Room 401 LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS BOARD Monday, Feb. 5, 5:30 p.m., Sumter …
Public Agenda: Friday, Feb. 23, 2024

SANTEE WATEREE RTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS Monday, 6 p.m., 129 S. Harvin St. For special accommodations, call (803) 934-0396, extension 103. SUMTER SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES Monday, 6 p.m., 1345 Wilson Hall Road SUMTER COUNTY …

Public Agenda: Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024

Public Agenda: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024

Public Agenda: Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024

Public Agenda: Weekend, Feb. 17-19, 2024

Support Groups
Support Groups: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024

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) 775-1852. AA Women's Meeting - Wednesdays, 7 p.m., 1 Warren St., (803) 775-1852. AA "How it Works" Group - …

Support Groups: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024
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) 775-1852. AA Women's Meeting - Wednesdays, 7 p.m., 1 Warren St., (803) 775-1852. AA "How it Works" Group - …
Support Groups: Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024
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) 775-1852. AA Women's Meeting - Wednesdays, 7 p.m., 1 Warren St., (803) 775-1852. AA "How it Works" Group - …
Pets

Sumter SPCA's Piper is gentle, friendly and has a cool raccoon-like tail

Piper is a housebroken and spayed 3-year-old American short hair. She is gentle, active and friendly. Piper lives in our large cat room with several other cats and gets a lot of socialization from the public, so she would be a wonderful …

Sumter SPCA's Chuko is gentle, affectionate and super with children

Chuko is a housebroken 2-year-old German shepherd. He is gentle, affectionate and very friendly. Chuko loves to be active and play and is super with children but needs a home without other animals. Unfortunately, Chuko has been diagnosed with …

FYI
FYI: Have you heard of Sumter Newcomers' Club?

The Sumter Coin Club meets from 7 to 8 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at Patriot Park Pavilion. All ages are welcome. Join us to learn more about coins and currency. Door prize, raffle and auction at each meeting. Seniors on the Move …

FYI: Sumter County Recreation Department offers after school enrichment programs
The Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem Program, a division of the South Carolina Department of Children's Advocacy, will offer free virtual training beginning Monday, March 4, to those interested in becoming a volunteer Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in …
FYI: Are you interested in becoming a volunteer Guardian ad Litem in Sumter or Clarendon county?
The Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem Program, a division of the South Carolina Department of Children's Advocacy, will offer free virtual training beginning Monday, March 4, to those interested in becoming a volunteer Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in …