Business
Sumter County restaurant inspections: June 19-23, 2021

Following are restaurant inspections done by the state Department of Health and Environmental Control in Sumter County the week of June 19-23, 2021. A "C" grade is failing. For detailed reports, visit www.dhec.sc.gov. BT's Cafe, 204 S. Sumter …

Burlington marks Sumter opening with $5K donation to Willow Drive Elementary School Andrea Thomas woke up early Friday morning as part of her usual routine, but this time it was special. The Crosswell Drive Elementary School teacher got into her car and drove to arrive an hour and a half early for the grand opening of Burlington …
Orchard Cafe in downtown Manning sees increase in customers A white and baby blue building with a bright red door in the heart of downtown Manning is the location for a brand new cafe that is seeing growth this summer. Baltimore native sisters and co-owners Jenny Moody and Julie Opie opened The Orchard …
Sumter Chamber opens new membership scholarship to minority-owned businesses A new membership program at the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce is looking for minority-owned businesses that want to become more involved and active in the Sumter community. According to a news release, the Small Business United Program has …
Sumter Beauty College closing, leader retires FROM STAFF REPORTS Sumter Beauty College is closing its doors as its leader retires after almost 50 years of work and service in the cosmetology field. Faye Smith began her career in 1971 and eventually earned her instructor's license. She has …
Education
Sumter School District weighing pay bonuses as fund projections rise

After accounting for reduced payroll expenses in the fiscal year that ended June 30, Sumter School District's projected net income is up, and administration is considering the possibility of "a one-time retention stipend" for employees. District …

Information sessions scheduled for parents interested in Sumter School District's virtual learning option Sumter School District has arranged for two virtual informational sessions on Thursday for parents interested in its limited virtual learning option for their children for the upcoming school year. The virtual program for grades 6-12 is only …
Clarendon School District 2 names baseball field after former Manning High coach, teacher Coker Manning High School's baseball field is getting a new name in honor of one of the school's former teachers and mentors. Clarendon School District 2's Board of Trustees unanimously approved the new name, Coach Rick Coker Memorial Field, after …
Summerton residents, alumni continue fight to change school name Community activists continued to fight to return an elementary school's name to its original as they aired their grievances at Tuesday's Clarendon School District 4 meeting. Summerton residents launched the "Change for Clarendon" initiative early …
Bassmaster Elite returns to Santee Cooper in 2022 CLARENDON COUNTY - The top professional bass fishing circuit in the world, Bassmaster Elite, will return to the Santee Cooper lakes in 2022. "We are excited to be able to bring the Bassmaster Elites back in 2022," said Tiffany B. Myers, director …
Government
Sumter County councilman referenced Robert's Rules of Order on who should talk at meetings. What are they?

Ways of conducting meetings and members' personal responsibilities have been a hot topic for the past couple Sumter County Council meetings. From the chairperson's to the council members' duties, a decent amount of time in recent meetings has …

Lee County swears in new treasurer Lisa Baker was surrounded by family, friends and co-workers as she was sworn into office as Lee County's new treasurer at the Lee County Courthouse on Wednesday. The vacancy was created earlier this year by the recent resignation of former Lee …
Sumter City Council holds 2 public hearings for care facility, country clubs Returning to the council chambers almost a month since the previous meeting, Sumter City Council had a full agenda and filled seats for two public hearings for the rezoning of a South Main Street property and an ordinance to allow country clubs in …
Clarendon News

2 Laurence Manning alumni, 18 and 21, die after wreck

MANNING – Two Clarendon County residents died early Saturday morning following a single-vehicle accident on Raccoon Road. Dalton Page, 21, and Eaddy Osteen, 18, both alumni of Laurence …

Public Record
Public Record: Weekend, May 8-10, 2021

Marriage Licenses - Terell Davis and Lauren Michelle Spikes - Jonathon Martin Myers and Katlin Renee Moore - Keith Alexander Collins and Lindsay Grace Ridgeway - Travis Scentell Brown and Lavitra Shontay Harvin - Logan Brandon Behnke …

Meetings
Public Agenda: Friday, July 16, 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. SUMTER SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES Monday, 6 p.m., 1345 Wilson Hall …

Public Agenda: Weekend, June 12-14, 2021
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some meetings may be cancelled, rescheduled or held virtually. CLARENDON COUNTY COUNCIL Monday, June 14, 6 p.m., Administration Building, Council Chambers, 411 Sunset Drive, …
Sumter County Museum to offer several book signings
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. Santee-Wateree Regional Transportation Authority (SWRTA) is offering free rides to COVID-19 vaccinations and COVID-19 testing …
Public Agenda: Thursday, July 29, 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, Aug. 2, …

Public Agenda: Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Public Agenda: Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Public Agenda: Weekend, July 24-26, 2021

Public Agenda: Friday, July 23, 2021

Support Groups
Support Groups: Wednesday, July 28, 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, July 21, 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.; Sundays, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., 1 Warren …
Support Groups: Wednesday, July 14, 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 Tillie is a spunky ball of cuteness

BELOW: This little fur ball of cuteness is Tillie. She is a 6-week-old female tortoiseshell kitten. Tillie is a spunky little girl and loves all kinds of kitten toys. She started out shy and a bit skittish but is now quite comfortable living the …

Sumter Animal Control's Mookie is a sweet boy with an adorable face

TOP: If you are a big dog lover, Mookie is your guy. He is 3-5 years old and 55 pounds of sweetness. Mookie seems to have had a rough life before ending up at the shelter but is ready to put the past behind him and find a loving, caring new home. He …

FYI
Did you know that you can donate your old vehicle?

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. The National Kidney Foundation of South Carolina is in need of unwanted vehicles - even ones that don't run. The car will be …

South Sumter Resource Center accepting applications for Youth Empowerment Site program
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly. The South Sumter Resource Center is now accepting applications for the Youth Empowerment Site (YES) program. This program is …
Are you a single parent?
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 Single Parent Institute meets from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Birnie …