Business
BizTalk: Kay Diamonds Master Thee Arts opens in Sumter with several dance styles available

Dance is defined as to "move rhythmically to music, typically following a set sequence of steps," but for a Sumter dance instructor, it is much more than that for her and her students. For Kaleigh Pearson, growing up and wanting to dance were a …

SHE - See Her Empowered to hold 1st program for Sumter businesswomen Businesswomen of Sumter and surrounding counties are invited to attend a morning of empowerment by listening to a panel of local female leaders. SHE - See Her Empowered will hold its first event since it was installed through the Greater Sumter …
Bank of Clarendon celebrates 90 years of community service, business, growth All financial institutions intend to operate as a secure place to store earnings or apply for loans. In some cases, these businesses strive for a larger purpose. Bank of Clarendon is one of those institutions whose leaders see it as more than a …
BizTalk: Bonanza Flea Market in Manning to move next door, adding square feet in 2023 After nearly a decade of being open, one Manning flea market owner is excited to share news surrounding the business. In 2013, Moira Kammerer and a friend started Bonanza Flea Market, but unfortunately because of health reasons, her friend had to …
Local Black-owned businesses share journey, their advice with young entrepreneurs for Black Business Month As Black Business Month comes to an end, local Black business owners encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs to work hard, dream big and remain humble. The roots of Black Business Month stems back to August 2004 when two Black …
Education
Sumter deputies investigate alleged drug use, distribution at Lakewood High School; 3 juveniles under investigation

Sumter County Sheriff’s Office investigators are actively at Lakewood High School and working with Sumter School District to investigate recent incidents and rumors of students using drugs and …

Central Carolina sees 20% enrollment jump Central Carolina Technical College President Kevin Pollock says "it's an exciting time for the college." Who would not be excited with a more-than-20% enrollment increase this fall? As of Sept. 9, CCTC had 3,205 students this semester. No-cost …
How to get a student loan refund if you paid during pandemic NEW YORK (AP) — When President Joe Biden announced a plan to forgive student loan debt, many borrowers who kept making payments during the pandemic wondered if they'd made the right …
Alston faces 2 challengers in District 1 Sumter school board race EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second in a series on the nine Sumter school board district seats that are up for election in November. Each week leading up to Election Day, The Sumter Item will analyze a district (alternatively called area) race and …
Sumter School District to begin salary study of all jobs For the first time since consolidation in 2011, Sumter School District will begin a full-scale salary study of all positions to include teachers, staff and administrators. The district's Board of Trustees unanimously approved new Superintendent …
Government
Clarendon County Council chairman requests zoning change for property on I-95

Property located off Interstate-95 in Manning may see a new project develop depending on Clarendon County Council's decision. On Tuesday, the Clarendon County Planning Commission was presented with …

City of Sumter recognizes 2 Inspiration Award recipients Kicking off Sumter City Council's Tuesday meeting was a special presentation recognizing two local state award recipients and their efforts in bringing more to downtown Sumter. Municipal Association of South Carolina's Main Street South Carolina …
Sumter County Council considers amending flood damage prevention ordinance amid concerns After several county residents raised concerns about the possibility of their properties' flood zones changing and a handful of committee meetings to deliberate the issue, Sumter County Council took up a proposed new watershed map. On Tuesday, …
Clarendon News

Woman, 72, fatal victim of house fire in N. Santee

NORTH SANTEE — A 72-year-old West Virginia woman was found dead inside a burning home on Princess Pond Road late Wednesday night.Clarendon County Coroner Jacqueline Blackwell said an autopsy is …

Public Record
Meetings
Public Agenda: Weekend, Sept. 24-26, 202

EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some meetings/events may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. SANTEE WATEREE RTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS Monday, 6 p.m., 129 S. Harvin St. For special accommodations, call (803) …

Around Town: Weekend, Aug. 27-29, 2022
EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. The Sumter Little Theatre will present "Love, Loss, and What I Wore" at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday through …
FYI: Thursday, July 28, 2022
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. The Christian Golfers' Association (CGA) meets at 8 a.m. each Tuesday for Bible study. The group meets at …
Public Agenda: Friday, Sept. 23, 2022

EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some meetings/events may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. SANTEE WATEREE RTA BOARD OF DIRECTORSMonday, Sept. 26, 6 p.m., 129 S. …

Public Agenda: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022

Public Agenda: Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022

Public Agenda: Weekend, Sept. 17-19, 2022

Public Agenda: Friday, Sept. 16, 2022

Support Groups
Support Groups: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022

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, Sept. 14, 202
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, Sept. 7, 2022
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.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., 1 Warren …
Pets

Playful and quite the entertainer, Sumter SPCA's Yoshi is looking for a family

Yoshi is a housebroken and neutered 5-month-old creme tabby American shorthair. He is quite the playful and affectionate boy. Yoshi seeks out toys and loves to play. He is super with other cats and …

Sumter SPCA's Davy is sweet-natured and super with children

Davy is a neutered 6-month-old blond male Labrador mix. He is very sweet-natured with a loving personality. Davy is super with children and other dogs and enjoys being active and getting lots of …

FYI
Christian Golfer's Association meets on Tuesdays

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. The Westside Neighborhood Association meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at the Birnie …

Are you interested in coin collecting? Sumter Coin Club welcomes you
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. The Council of Garden Clubs of Sumter Inc. invites amateur gardeners of Sumter, Lee, Clarendon and Kershaw …
Council of Garden Clubs of Sumter Inc. invites amateur gardeners to participate in American Legion Fair Fall Flower Show
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. The Council of Garden Clubs of Sumter Inc. invites amateur gardeners of Sumter, Lee, Clarendon and Kershaw …