Business
BizTalk: Sumterite wins state, national auctioneer honors

Sumter native Rafe Dixon is known for his seasoned auctioning skills and recently won two awards at the annual South Carolina Auctioneers Association Conference. Dixon won the association's 2023 State Auctioneering Championship Award and also the …

Sumterites run to (free) Dunkin': Nearly 100 locals line up for free coffee On Wednesday morning, the air was chilly, the ground was wet, and the sky was gray. Yet that did little to deter nearly 100 eager locals from lining up along the Dunkin' walkway to receive free coffee for a year. Dunkin', at 2567 Broad St., closed …
New company The Upcycle Co. to have 1st S.C. site in Bishopville Lee County will be home to a new company that serves the animal harvest, food production and further processing industries with its first location in South Carolina. The Upcycle Co., a leading provider of services to upcycle fats, oils, proteins …
BizTalk: Longtime local leader takes similar role with Prisma Health in Midlands A longtime leader in the Sumter health care community has accepted and started in a bigger but related position in Columbia. In December, Prisma Health Midlands Foundation, the philanthropic arm of …
Commercial row along Sumter's Broad Street sees new structures, names The high-traffic, commercial row from U.S. 378's hotel and car dealership cluster heading west to the fast food and restaurant chains heading east to the divide of Bultman Drive has seen new growth, change and projects in recent months. Two …
Education
Sumter School District honors trustees during School Board Appreciation Month

January is School Board Appreciation Month, and last week R.E. Davis College Preparatory Academy hosted Tarah Cousar-Johnson, who represents Sumter School District Area 4 on the board of trustees. Cousar-Johnson toured the school with Principal …

Teacher salary scale, update on site 2 items before Sumter Liberty STEAM Charter School board A proposed teacher salary scale for next school year and an update on the future elementary academy site will be before Liberty STEAM Board of Directors at their regularly scheduled meeting Monday night. On Friday, a Liberty STEAM staff member …
Sumter school board to have test scores workshop Monday Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will have a state assessment Test Scores Workshop on Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the district office, 1345 Wilson Hall Road. Board Chairman The Rev. Ralph Canty spoke briefly on Thursday about the meeting …
Sumter School District superintendent shares goals for district at Chamber Retreat ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA  — While at the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce's annual retreat in Asheville, this past weekend, Sumter School District's superintendent attended for the …
Sumter School District's general fund is 'healthy,' auditor says Sumter School District's general fund balance continued to grow last fiscal year, and its independent auditor described its "unmodified opinion" on Monday as essentially a "clean bill of health" for the district's financial statements. The …
Government
Sumter County Government receives overall clean, unmodified audit report for 2022; 1 'material weakness' finding with library

A special meeting was held before Sumter County Council's regular meeting to review the county's 2022 fiscal year audit report. This year, Sumter County Government hired a new auditor, Mauldin and Jenkins CPAs in Columbia, to review the county's …

Emerging Leaders visit Sumter City Council to learn workings of local government During their Government and Legislation Session Month, Emerging Leaders met with Sumter City Council and administrative staff last week, and they learned about how to run and budget for local government. The Ross McKenzie Emerging Leaders Program, …
'First step of a long journey': Speaker Smith from Sumter joins House committee in announcing legislation proposal focused on economic growth and workforce development Sumter's representative and South Carolina House Speaker Murrell Smith joined members of a House committee for a news conference in the Statehouse to announce and file the committee's first bill on Wednesday afternoon. At 1:15 p.m., Smith joined …
Clarendon News

Clarendon residents crack open oysters to raise money for school

Oysters: a delicacy for some, farmed for food or pearls. A delicacy for sure in Clarendon County, during its annual Oyster Roast. St. Matthias Anglican Church hosted its annual Oyster Roast on Jan. 28 at Flowers Farm Tomato Shed. People from …

Public Record
Meetings
Public Agenda: Weekend, Dec. 10-12, 2022

EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, some meetings/events may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. CLARENDON COUNTY COUNCIL Monday, 6 p.m., Administration Building, Council Chambers, 411 Sunset Drive, Manning SUMTER …

Around Town: Sumter Little Theatre presents "Elf Jr. - The Musical"
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. Be sure to take the kids to Santa's Village from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 9-10, at the Heath …
FYI: Sumter Ballroom Dance Club meets each Wednesday
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. Join in for Double Dutch Fun Day Thursdays for adults at the South HOPE Center, 1125 S. Lafayette Drive, …
Public Agenda: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023

EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, some meetings/events may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. MID-CAROLINA COMMISSION FOR HIGHER EDUCATION QUARTERLY MEETING Today, 5:30 p.m., Bultman Conference Room (201), …

Public Agenda: Monday, Jan. 30, 2023

Public Agenda: Friday, Jan. 27, 2023

Public Agenda: Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

Public Agenda: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

Support Groups
Support Groups: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events 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 …

Support Groups: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023
EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to COVID-19, some of the following events 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) …
Support Groups: Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023
EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events 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 …
Pets

Sweet and friendly, Sumter SPCA's Nevada is looking for a home

Nevada is a housebroken 1-year-old calico-and-white American shorthair. She is a very sweet, active and friendly girl. Nevada is great with other cats, children and even dogs. She would make a perfect family buddy. The Sumter SPCA is …

Sumter SPCA's Harvey is a serious cuddler

Harvey is a 3-year-old male hound mix. He is a super sweet guy who is wonderful with other dogs and children. Harvey is an active, friendly and affectionate fellow who has a quiet, sweet side. If you visit with Harvey, he will expect some …

FYI
FYI: Sumter's Single Parent Institute meets on the second Monday of each month

EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. Beyond the Colors Adult Coloring Group is held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every fourth Tuesday at the Wesmark Branch Library, 180 W. …

FYI: Wesmark branch of the Sumter County Library offers Beyond the Colors Adult Coloring Group
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. Beyond the Colors Adult Coloring Group is held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every fourth Tuesday at the Wesmark …
FYI: Learn the state dance with Sumter Shag Club
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. Are you interested in becoming a volunteer Guardian ad Litem? The Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem …