Business
Leisure, hospitality jobs in S.C. still hurting the most

Four months into economic recovery from the start of the pandemic, and the leisure and hospitality industry in The Palmetto State to include hotels and restaurants remains the hardest hit among the various sectors. Federal Reserve Bank of …

Business owner brings sweet taste of Thailand to Sumter After once owning a salon and Thai restaurant, a 15-year Sumter resident moved on to her next business, providing an abundance of sweet tooth cravings from her home in Thailand right in the City of Sumter. Thai Tea Sumter, 655 Bultman Drive, …
Apple is 1st U.S. company to be valued at $2T NEW YORK (AP) - Apple is the first U.S. company to boast a market value of $2 trillion, just two years after it became the first to reach $1 trillion. Apple shares have gained nearly 60% this year as the company overcame the shutdown of factories …
Sumter, Lee and Clarendon businesses affected by pandemic can apply for loans MANNING - Businesses both large and small that have been affected by COVID-19 may be able to receive assistance through the South Carolina Business Load Fund. "If your business has been impacted by COVID-19, you can apply for assistance," said Ed …
Clemson grad joins Bynum AssuredPartners SUBMITTED Catherine Kelley has joined Bynum AssuredPartners as an agent. She is a 2020 graduate of Clemson University with a degree in marketing and an emphasis in sales. Kelley interned with AssuredPartners for two years. At Clemson, she was an …
Education
Some Sumter students tapped to begin in-person instruction

For Sumter’s youngest students and those who receive supplemental supports, Sumter School District will move to a hybrid/blended model of instruction on Oct. 1 and Sept. 28, …

Sumter legislator Smith wants raises and bonuses, but not now COLUMBIA - The chairman of the House committee that writes South Carolina's budget said he also wants a small raise for teachers and a $1,000 COVID-19 hazard pay bonus for lower-paid state workers, but now isn't the time to spend that …
Legislators representing Sumter say reopening schools decision Friday will be 'tough call' Four Sumter County delegation members across political parties say they think Sumter School District has acted appropriately in taking a cautious approach to reopening schools for in-person instruction. State Reps. David Weeks, D-Sumter, and …
Sumter's Liberty STEAM Charter preps for enrollment period for fall Sumter's first charter school will begin its initial enrollment campaign on Oct. 1 with at least 142 families with age-eligible kids already expressing an interest in the school. Liberty STEAM Charter School leaders and its founding board of …
After months of debate, education bills likely dead in SC COLUMBIA — South Carolina lawmakers return to the Statehouse on Tuesday for a super sized two-week special session, but the bills that dominated discussion and time over the past two years will …
Government
2 men file for Democratic primary for Sumter County Council

Two men will be running for the Democratic seat in the Sumter County Council District 3 race after the original candidate, Ronnie Eldridge, died of a heart attack on Aug. 27. The primary for the Democratic nomination will be on Sept. 29. Anyone …

The Sumter Item to host mayoral debate Oct. 1 Those wishing for the ballots on Nov. 3 to determine he or she will become the City of Sumter's next political leader will take the stage next month for a candidates' debate. The Sumter Item is set to host a mayoral debate on Thursday, Oct. 1, at …
Sept. 15 Sumter City Council meeting canceled FROM STAFF REPORTS Sumter City Council's regular meeting for today at 5:30 p.m. has been canceled. According to City Clerk Linda Hammett, the meeting cancellation was due to conflicting schedules. The next city council meeting is scheduled at …
Clarendon News

Flooding cancels Saturday's hunt on public dove field in Clarendon County

BY SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES CLARENDON COUNTY — The mourning dove hunt scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19, on Oak Lea Wildlife Management Area public dove field in …

Public Record
Meetings
Drive-thru community resource fair to be held Friday

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. In recognition of National Recovery Month, a free drive-thru community resource fair will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. today at …

Public Agenda: Tuesday, Sept. 8, 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. LEE COUNTY COUNCIL Today, 9:30 a.m. The public will not be allowed to attend. The …
Public Agenda: Weekend, Aug. 1-2, 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. SANTEE-LYNCHES REGIONAL COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS BOARD OF DIRECTORS Monday, noon, …
Public Agenda: Weekend, Sept. 19-20, 202

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some meetings/events may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. CLARENDON COUNTY CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL DISTRICT 4 Monday, 6 p.m., Clarendon Three Board Room, public can …

Public Agenda: Friday, Sept. 18, 2020

Public Agenda: Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020

Public Agenda: Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020

Public Agenda: Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020

Support Groups
Support Groups: Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some meetings may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. AA, AL-ANON, ALATEEN: AA - Monday-Friday, noon and 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sundays, 10:30 a.m. and 7 …

Support Groups: Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020
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) 775-1852. AA Women's Meeting - Wednesday, 7 p.m., 1 Warren St., (803) 775-1852. AA "How it Works" Group - …
Support Groups: Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some meetings/events may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. AA, AL-ANON, ALATEEN: AA - Monday-Friday, noon and 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. and …
Pets

Ramona gets along with other cats and dogs

LEFT: Ramona is a housebroken 7-month-old American short hair. She is great with other cats, children and even dogs. Ramona is friendly, active and affectionate. She adores back scratches and lots of attention. The Sumter SPCA is located at 1140 …

Bruce is an affectionate boy, likes everyone he meets

FAR LEFT: Bruce is a neutered 2-year-old Labrador / hound mix. He is sweet, shy and affectionate. Bruce is a friendly boy who likes everyone he meets. He would make a great buddy for any family. The Sumter SPCA is located at 1140 S. Guignard …

FYI
Donate your unwanted vehicle

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. The National Kidney Foundation of South Carolina is in need of unwanted vehicles - even ones that don't run. The car will be …

Are you interested in joining the Coast Guard Auxiliary?
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 …
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 …