Business
Sumter community celebrates the best it has to offer

The Sumter Item hosted its annual Best of Sumter red carpet winners' celebration gala on Tuesday, April 30, at Sumter Original Brewery. More than 500 winners, their co-workers, community leaders, friends and colleagues gathered to support all the …

Myson's Tires on Guignard Drive in Sumter closes A longstanding Sumter business on South Guignard Drive with a well-known name, which was not actually its real name, has closed. Confused? Don't be. Myson's Tires, 1200 S. Guignard Drive, shut down operations Tuesday, May 7, and a paint and body …
Sumter entrepreneur closes 3 businesses after property management struggles A small business owner is out on three establishments to her name and is seeking legal counsel after a property management debacle at a local shopping center owned by a Florida investment company. A local management operation, Liberty Partners, …
Tractor-trailers with no one aboard? The future is near for self-driving trucks on U.S. roads PITTSBURGH - On a three-lane test track along the Monongahela River, an 18-wheel tractor-trailer rounded a curve. No one was on board. A quarter-mile ahead, the truck's sensors spotted a trash can blocking one lane and a tire in another. In less …
Third-party logistics company will create 6 jobs in Sumter A third-party logistics provider for Amazon has announced that it will open a warehousing and fulfillment services operation in Sumter soon and create six jobs. Utopia Fulfillment will establish …
Education
Other parents defend Sumter High track and field program

Further investigation into a coach's claims along with her husband about a local high school's track and field team reveal contradictions and a past criminal record on the part of the husband. Four parents of current Sumter High School track and …

Sumter High Class of 2024 celebrates achievements Cheers for the Class of 2024 rang out in Memorial Stadium for the final time this school year on Thursday night, May 23, as Sumter High School celebrated its seniors at this year's graduation ceremony. PHOTOS BY ADAM FLASH / THE SUMTER ITEM
Morris College names Sewell its 11th president STAFF REPORT Morris College Board of Trustees in Sumter has named Said Sewell, Ph.D., CFRM, as its 11th president with his presidency beginning on July 1. According to a news release, "The Morris …
Greeleyville native named Liberty primary academy director A 14-year public education veteran who has held numerous roles will be the next primary academy director at Liberty STEAM Charter School. Liberty announced on Friday that current Williamsburg County School District elementary school principal …
Lakewood student wins 2024 Congressional Art Competition for the 6th Congressional District Peyton Harvin, a student at Lakewood High School, won the 2024 Congressional Art Competition for the 6th Congressional District of South Carolina. Harvin's artwork will grace the Cannon Tunnel, connecting the U.S. House of Representatives' offices …
Government
Committee wants input on Sumter area transportation needs

The public has a chance to provide input to Sumter area transportation officials on revisions to the 2024-25 Unified Planning Work Program and on revisions to the 2024-33 Sumter Area Transportation Improvement Program. The Unified Planning Work …

Old Alderman Drug Co. area in Sumter revamp plans include retail, restaurant, beauty businesses Downtown Sumter might be getting a new Mexican restaurant, boutique, salon and short-term housing connected to the Hyatt. During the Thursday, May 23, historic preservation design review board meeting, the board approved two requests, both made …
$3.5 million in general obligation bonds to cover requests from Sumter sheriff's office, other departments Sumter County's budget ordinance passed first reading on Tuesday, May 14, and with that, council also approved first reading of an ordinance to authorize $3.5 million in general obligation bonds to cover requests from departments including the …
Clarendon News

Filing for Clarendon County School District board seats begins Aug. 1

MANNING - Filing for the newly districted Clarendon County School Board of Trustees will open at noon on Aug. 1, 2024, and end at noon on Aug. 15, 2024. The Clarendon County Voter Registration Office issued a public notice in early May on …

Public Record
Meetings
Around Town: May 25, 2024

To correct any information or to make a submission to Around Town, email pressrelease@theitem.com with Around Town in subject line. Refresh your driving skills and knowledge. The award-winning AARP Smart Driver four-hour course not only updates …

Public Agenda: May 22, 2024
To correct any information or to make a submission to Public Agenda, email pressrelease@theitem.com with Public Agenda in subject line. SUMTER CITY-COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION Wednesday, May 22, at 3 p.m., fourth floor, Sumter Opera House, …
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To correct any information or to make a submission to Around Town, email pressrelease@theitem.com with Around Town in subject line. Refresh your driving skills and knowledge. The award-winning AARP Smart Driver four-hour course not only updates …
Public Agenda, May 25, 2024

To correct any information or to make a submission to Public Agenda, email pressrelease@theitem.com with Public Agenda in subject line. SUMTER CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL CALLED MEETING Tuesday, …

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Support Groups
Need help? See support groups in the Sumter area

To update your listing or add a listing, please email pressrelease@theitem.com and include Support Groups in the subject line. AA, AL-ANON, ALATEEN: AA — Monday-Friday, noon and 5:30 p.m.; …

Support Groups: Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024
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) 775-1852. AA Women's Meeting - Wednesdays, 7 p.m., 1 Warren St., (803) 775-1852. AA "How it Works" Group - …
Pets

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Jimothy gets along with everyone and loves attention

Jimothy is a 4-month-old, gray tabby and white male American shorthair. He is a sweet kitten who enjoys being held and cuddled. Jimothy is housebroken and gets along great with other cats, kids and …

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Jewel is loving, active and playful

Jewel is a 1-year-old, brindle-and-white female Pit mix. She is a loving girl who is also active and playful. Jewel loves to play with other dogs and lives to run and have fun. She is also a cuddler …

FYI
FYI: Sumter Ballroom Dance Club welcomes beginners

The Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem Program, a division of the South Carolina Department of Children's Advocacy, will offer free virtual training beginning Tuesday, April 2, to those interested in becoming a volunteer Guardian ad Litem (GAL) …