Business
King Machine to expand in Sumter, bring 30 new jobs by 2024

King Machine will occupy the newly constructed Sumter speculative building at 1160 N. Wise Drive with plans to invest $2.6 million and create 30 new jobs over the next several years. Founded in 1951, …

Shane's Rib Shack to start permit process for new Sumter location The empty lot at 1120 Broad St. will soon see construction after Sumter's Board of Zoning Appeals approved a request to facilitate a commercial redevelopment on the property Wednesday. About a year after demolishing the building that community …
Nominations now open for February's Carolina Grove Teacher of the Month contest Carolina Grove co-owner Jim Mayes Jr., right, recognized Alice Drive Elementary School's Holly Williamson as January's Teacher of the Month on Tuesday. By earning the most votes from the public of four finalists in The Sumter Item's online …
In-laws combine baking, roasting talents for green-sourced coffee shop in downtown Sumter For months, a man with a passion for baking and his son-in-law with a passion for roasting have wowed Sumter with their sustainable coffee and fresh sweets as a weekly farmers market vendor. As the business continued to gain popularity, co-owners …
Chalkin & Talkin is a social getaway with arts and crafts In a time when large gatherings are frowned upon and residents grow tired of staying indoors, two women opened a shop where Sumterites can escape to socialize in minimal groups while also creating arts and crafts. Chalkin & Talkin is proposed to …
Education
Campus corner for Wednesday, March 3, 2021: Students in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA BEAUFORT BLUFFTON - Melisa Schuessler of Lynchburg has been chosen as a USCB Standout Student. The Standout Student program at the University of South Carolina Beaufort identifies high-performing students selected …

COVID-19 vaccine to open to teachers, frontline essential workers in South Carolina South Carolina is expanding eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to Phase 1b, which includes teachers and essential workers. The announcement comes as a third vaccine was approved in the U.S. over …
Thomas Sumter Academy's NJHS exceeds goal, donates 3,300 pounds of food to SPCA Thomas Sumter Academy's National Junior Honor Society sponsored a food drive for the Sumter SPCA and collected 3,300 pounds of pet food for the nonprofit. The Sumter SPCA received the donation and shared it on social media Feb. 20. "We are in …
Carol Rollings named Sumter Christian School Teacher of the Year SUBMITTED Carol Rollings has been selected as Teacher of the Year at Sumter Christian School for the 2020-21 school year. Rollings received her Bachelor of Science degree in Premedicine from Clearwater Christian College in Clearwater, Florida, …
Sumter elementary schools expanding to 4 days of in-person learning As new COVID-19 cases continue to drop statewide and groups continue to push both for teachers to be allowed to get vaccinated and for students to return to the classroom, Sumter School District will …
Government
Sumter city water, sewer bill increase passes 1st reading

Sumter City Council considered the first reading of an ordinance to amend water and sewer rates during Tuesday's meeting, following a workshop held on Feb. 23. For 10 years, the City of Sumter's water bill remained at a constant rate without a …

What your government is doing: Sumter County Council: Public comment may return; litter advisory board approved No one spoke at two public hearings for a business license renewal deadline and an ordinance regarding a restrictive contract before Sumter County Council on Tuesday. The first public hearing was for the second reading of an ordinance to amend …
City of Sumter discusses water, sewer bill increase in 2022 The City of Sumter residential water bill has remained at a constant rate without a price increase for 10 years. However, that might change after the city staff and council presumed it's time to update both its residential water and sewer systems …
Clarendon News

Youths, volunteers with Levi Pearson Scholarship clean up trash in Summerton

SUMMERTON - Five-year-old Kaleb Pontoon eagerly walks along the road near the Briggs, Delaine, Pearson Interchange in Summerton looking for discarded trash to pick up. Pontoon - dressed in a bright orange vest - ran ahead of his group as he …

Public Record
Public Agenda: Weekend, Jan. 2-4, 2021

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, …

Meetings
Public Agenda: Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some meetings may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. SUMTER COUNTY DEVELOPMENT BOARD Today, 7:45 a.m., 10 E. Liberty St.

Public Agenda: Weekend, Feb. 6-8, 2021
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. CLARENDON COUNTY COUNCIL Monday, 6 p.m., F.E. DuBose Center Auditorium SUMTER …
Public Agenda: Weekend, Jan. 9-11, 2021
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. CLARENDON COUNTY COUNCIL Monday, 6 p.m., Administration Building, Council Chambers, …
Public Agenda: Wednesday, March 3, 2021

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some meetings may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. TOWN OF LYNCHBURG PLANNING COMMISSION Today, 4 p.m., town hall

Public Agenda: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Public Agenda: Weekend, Feb. 27-March 1, 2021

Public Agenda: Friday, Feb. 26, 2021

Public Agenda: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021

Support Groups
Support Groups: Wednesday, March 3, 2021

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

Support Groups: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021
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.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., 1 Warren …
Support Groups: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021
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.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., 1 Warren …
Pets

Sumter Animal Control's Miles is spunky and friendly

BELOW: Miles is approximately 2-5 years old and weighs 60 pounds. He was found wandering and came to the shelter as a stray. He is beautiful, friendly and spunky. This fella has some demodectic mange around his eyes that we have started treatment …

Sumter Animal Control's Ellie is a beauty

TOP: This girl is a beauty. Ellie weighs 58 pounds and we are guessing 3-5 years old. She was turned in to animal control when her owner moved and left her roaming the neighborhood. She is sweet and gentle to the volunteers. She loves ear scratches …

FYI
Are you looking for local involvement opportunities?

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 …

Are you a single parent?
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. 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. …
Are you interested in 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. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 12-1 meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at the Summerton Fire …