Blood donation opportunity on Wednesday


Blood and platelet donors of all blood types, especially types O negative and O positive, are urgently needed. Schedule your donation appointment by using the free Blood Donor App, by visiting or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Those who donate blood or platelets during the month of September will receive a coupon via email for a free haircut from Sport Clips. Help save a life by participating in one of the following American Red Cross blood donation opportunities: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, Morris College, Neal Jones Auditorium, 100 W. College St.; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15, Boots & Badges Sumter Police / Fire Departments, 111 N. Harvin St.

The Sumter Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina will meet at 7 p.m. today at Shiloh-Randolph Manor, 125 W. Bartlette St. The presenters are Danielle Driscoll, CRC Region III Director, S.C. Commission for the Blind, and Karma Marshall. Contact Debra Canty, chapter president, at (803) 775-5792 or

The Sumter County Library's Forrest Ray 5K will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, beginning at 8 a.m. at the library. Visit

The Sumter Combat Veterans Group will hold its annual golf tournament on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Crystal Lakes Golf Course, 1305 Clara Louise Kellogg Drive. There will be a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Registration fee is $50 per golfer limited to the first 20 teams. Fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, souvenirs, cart, green fees, refreshments during play and door prizes. Team format will be Captain's Choice Four-Person Team. There will be first and second place prizes for men's and women's teams. Call (803) 840-0935 or (910) 973-3223.

The Lincoln High School Preservation Alumni Association will host its second Little Miss Pageant and Scholarship fundraiser at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the South Sumter Resource Center, 337 Manning Ave.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11078 of Summerton will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the VFW Post on Cantey Street, directly behind First Citizens Bank. Call Carl A. Farley at (803) 478-7593 or (803) 460-8910.

The Sumter Branch NAACP will meet at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24, at Rafting Creek Baptist Church, 3860 S.C. 261 North, Rembert. The public is invited to attend.

The Westside Neighborhood Association will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 25, at the Birnie HOPE Center, 210 S. Purdy St. Sumter County Council Chairman Jim McCain will give an update on the county and Penny for Progress updates. Contact Jim McCain at (678) 429-8150 or