City of Sumter accepting applications for youth summer employment programs

EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be canceled or postponed unexpectedly.

The City of Sumter will be accepting applications for its summer youth employment programs until May 6. Students aged 14 to 15 will work in municipal government and students aged 16 in secondary school will work in the local business co-op program. Students must live within the city limits and meet the income requirements set by HUD. Students should see their school guidance counselors for applications and income guidelines or pick up an application 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Liberty Center, 12 W. Liberty St., Office H. Call Carolet Thomas at (803) 774-1652 or Clarence Gaines at (803) 774-1649.

Summer High School Class of 1975 will hold a class reunion Sept. 2-4 at 34 S. Artillery Drive. For more information, see the Sumter High School Class of 75 Facebook page.Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is looking for volunteers to prepare taxes for free to the public. Training materials and some classes will take place in January 2022. If interested, contact Jo-Ann at 803-446-6251.

Seniors in Motion Program, offered by Paxville Community Development Corp., takes place from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Wednesday. The program offers a variety of personal skill sets, including technology skills, senior life skills development, bingo and other games, a health and wellness workshop, and a Bible study. Programs operate on the Clarendon School District 2 schedule. For more information, call (803) 452-5124 or email [email protected]

The Paxville Community Development Corp. offers an after-school youth development program for students in kindergarten through eighth grade from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. until June 2, 2022. Programs operate on the Clarendon School District 2 schedule. For more information, call (803) 452-5124 or email [email protected]

Santee-Wateree Regional Transportation Authority (SWRTA) offers free rides to COVID-19 vaccines and COVID-19 testing sites. Contact SWRTA from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at (803) 934-0396.

Summer Newcomers Club welcomes residents to our coffees with guest speakers on the second Friday of each month and our lunches on the fourth Friday of each month at a local restaurant. The club also offers various card games and other games and a book club. If you’re looking for friends or just something to do, come check out the Sumter Newcomers’ Club. Call Shelly at (803) 968-0024 for more information.

General George L. Mabry Jr. Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 817 meets at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Combat Veteran Building, 529 N. Wise Drive, Sumter, SC 29153. The meetings are held to foster an environment of goodwill and camaraderie among veterans injured in combat as well as to promote patriotism, help find information and resources, and provide services to all veterans and their families. For more information, visit or call (803) 983-3770.

The “Republican” meetings of the GOP are held at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Restaurant at Second Mill (the Quality Inn restaurant), 2390 Broad St., across from the Golden Corral. Meetings are open to anyone 16 years of age or older. For more information and questions, call (803) 972-4555.

Marine Corps League Detachment 1202 meets at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at VFW, 1925 Gion St. All Marines present and past are welcome. Dial (803) 972-4555.

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