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Temporary Sumter School District school mask mandate fails again, 5-4

A temporary mask mandate in Sumter School District failed once again Monday in another split vote by the district's Board of Trustees with the risk of losing funding appearing to be the continued sticking point. The local school board's work … more

Where to get a free COVID-19 vaccine, test in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon counties: Sept. 28-Oct. 3

All South Carolinians aged 12 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and can schedule appointments. Currently, Pfizer is the only vaccine available to those aged 12-17, and it has received full authorization from the FDA for those … more

Only 2 virtual schools in South Carolina as week begins, officials say

For the first time in a while, South Carolina began this week with no fully virtual school districts and just two virtual public schools. The update comes as some state health officials think the Palmetto State is "beyond the peak" of the third … more

Lee County School District adds to call for proviso repeal; now all tri-county districts want reversal on statewide mask mandate ban

School leaders in Lee County are joining the fight to convince state lawmakers to repeal an amendment in the state budget that prohibits mask mandates in schools. Lee County School District Board of Trustees introduced and unanimously approved a … more

Changing work formats because of tech, virus could put Sumter more on the map

The phrase "Sumter is in the middle of everything" might take on a new meaning as remote and hybrid work formats become increasingly popular with employers. Given ever-increasing technology and escalated by COVID-19, people are not working in the … more

Free COVID-19 testing site opens in Manning

MANNING - A free COVID-19 testing site has opened in Manning to provide testing to individuals not only in Clarendon County, but also throughout South Carolina. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has partnered with … more

Sumter charter school hosting 2nd vaccine event on Saturday

A vaccination event will be held at Liberty STEAM Charter School on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 15 School St. in Sumter. Both the Pfizer, which is fully approved by the FDA, and Moderna vaccines will be available, and people can either … more

Mom using memory of former Sumter football player to urge vaccinations; church holding vaccine clinic Saturday

One person from the Miami trip got it, and all five or six who rode in the car came back with it. They all survived, except her 30-year-old son. He was known for his smile. For helping others. For never giving up on people. "When no one else … more

Clarendon School District 2 calls for nixing state budget proviso that prohibits mask mandates in schools

Clarendon School District 2 will join other school districts in the state that are calling on state lawmakers to repeal a controversial amendment in the state budget that prohibits mask mandates in schools. The Manning-based school district … more

Weekly virus cases, quarantines still falling in Sumter School District schools

Week 5 in Sumter School District saw continued declines in new virus cases and quarantines, and totals again represent new low marks so far for the school year. After recording 125 new positive COVID-19 cases among students and staff and … more

Where to get a free COVID-19 vaccine, test in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon counties: Sept. 22-26

All South Carolinians aged 12 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and can schedule appointments. Currently, Pfizer is the only vaccine available to those aged 12-17, and it has received full authorization … more

Sumter's Fall for the Arts event postponed because of COVID-19 concerns

With COVID-19 raging again, one of Sumter's biggest art and cultural events will not be happening this fall. The Sumter County Cultural Commission announced its annual Fall for the Arts has been postponed to 2022. The festival features live … more

Clarendon 4 School District trustees pass resolution urging S.C. General Assembly to repeal state proviso

Clarendon School District 4 Board of Trustees passed a resolution Monday night urging the state's General Assembly to repeal the proviso in the state budget that prohibits mask mandates in schools. In a 6-1 vote, with Parliamentarian John Hardy … more

U.S. COVID-19 deaths topping 1,900 a day

COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have climbed to an average of more than 1,900 a day for the first time since early March, with experts saying the virus is preying largely on a distinct group: 71 million unvaccinated Americans. The increasingly lethal … more

Lawmakers doubt K-12 mask rule will be repealed by the General Assembly

While Sumter school board's resolution to urge the General Assembly to repeal a budget amendment does create local political pressure, local legislators do not see the two chambers working together to rectify the issue. State Sens. Thomas … more

Applications are open for COVID-19 relief grants among Sumter nonprofits

Local nonprofits can now apply for up to $15,000 from the American Rescue Plan Act funds with Sumter County's Community Grant Program. During a special meeting, Sumter County Council approved a pot of money from ARPA funds to be used by … more

Sumter School District staffing limits uniform COVID-19 mitigation strategies

Uniform COVID-19 mitigation policies across the district may seem the best approach to limiting virus spread, but staffing availability and other factors prevent all Sumter schools from having the same standards in place. Sumter School District … more

OSHA-mandated vaccine would impact Sumter industries

The lingering COVID-19 pandemic is a topic now that has caused nearly every large employer in the U.S. to begin to scratch their heads and wonder with questions and "what ifs." President Joe Biden's new COVID-19 vaccination mandate has extended … more

Clarendon School District 2 to return to in-person learning Monday

Clarendon School District 2 students are set to return to classrooms after the district announced Thursday it will return to in-person learning week starting Monday, Sept. 20. The Manning-based … more

Sumter County defers employee vaccine requirement, public mask mandate

Council members remained silent in their chamber after the first reading of an ordinance to require Sumter County employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine was brought before them on Tuesday. No one spoke. No action was taken. Sumter County … more
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