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Sumter sees low primary turnout

Most of the primary races that were on ballots in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties on Tuesday were decided until November, though two statewide nominations will be re-voted on in two weeks. Sumter election results will be certified at a public … more

Budget process continues for Sumter city, county councils

Sumter city and county councils continued to make progress with the 2019 budgets for their respective entities during budget workshops, both held on May 8. Sumter County Council approved first reading of a balanced budget of $52,752,483 million … more

Public invited to 2nd traffic improvement meeting

Sumter Urban Area Transportation Study Metropolitan Planning Organization invites the community to a second meeting regarding transportation improvements from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday. Ideas provided during an initial meeting in October will be reviewed … more

Child hero to be honored at Sumter County Council meeting

Sumter County Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in County Council Chambers, third floor of Sumter County Administration Building, 13 E. Canal St., to recognize Malachi Coffey who assisted his … more

Noble endorsed by former S.C. senator, Sumter native

CHARLESTON - McKinley Washington Jr., a Sumter native and former South Carolina senator, has endorsed Phil Noble in his run for governor. Now a Presbyterian minister, Washington served as House representative for District 116 from 1975 to 1990 … more

Rep. Norman hosting Camden opioid summit

U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., will be hosting the Camden Opioid Summit to discuss the ways to combat the opioid crisis that is affecting the 5th District of South Carolina. At the summit, experts will address this national epidemic with facts, … more

Sumter City Council to consider 1st reading of 2019 budget

Sumter City Council will meet at 1 p.m. today in City Council Chambers, fourth floor of Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider first reading of the city's 2019 fiscal year budget. Council will also consider: - Second and final reading … more

Sumter County budget, Project Bulldog still going strong

Sumter County Council approved second reading of its 2019 fiscal year budget, with balanced general funds of $52,752,483 million, and furthered plans for Project Bulldog during its meeting on Tuesday. The budget ordinance also includes a request … more

Sumter City Council reviews use of annual block grant funding

Sumter City Council's evening of public hearings began with a breakdown of how the city used its Community Development Block Grant funds, issued by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, between April 2017 and March 2018. According to … more

Sumter County Republican Party hears from candidates

Members of the Sumter County Republican Party were given an idea of who they could support during the primary and general elections this year during the group's regular meeting Thursday. That evening, party members heard from Gov. Henry McMaster, … more

Sumter votes align with all but 1 primary winner

After the unofficial numbers came in to show Sumter County had the sixth-lowest turnout in the state, the percentage of voters dropped even further after the certified results were tallied and approved. The drop was due to there being more … more

Sumter native Parnell regrouping for 5th District November general election

After handily winning the Democratic primary nomination Tuesday for South Carolina's 5th Congressional district, Sumter native Archie Parnell says he wants people to look him in the eye and fairly assess him for the U.S. House of Representatives … more

All Republican candidates for statewide office are expected at Saturday event

Every Republican candidate for statewide office will be in attendance and speaking in Camden on Saturday at Lee and Kershaw County's inaugural Old-Fashioned Stump Meeting. Lee County Republican Party Chairman Davis McClam, an event organizer, … more

Sumter County Council hears school district’s tax increase request

Sumter County Council had multiple questions and comments after listening to a presentation from Sumter School District regarding a 5.48 mill increase, equal to about $1,057,121 million, during its budget workshop on Tuesday. Though the … more

Follow up: Sumter City Council's May 15 meeting

Sumter City Council approved first reading of a request regarding the development of mini-warehouse storage off Constitution Drive during its meeting on May 15. Council also approved first reading … more

Sumter City Council approves $6 million bond for 3 projects

City of Sumter's plans to improve a few of its facilities and reimburse its general funds are much closer to the starting line after Sumter City Council approved final reading of an ordinance to issue a bond not to exceed $6 million during its … more

Lawmakers recognize Blassingame for service

PHOTO SUBMITTED State Reps. Ivory Thigpen, D-Richland; Mandy Powers-Norrell, D-Lancaster; David Weeks, D-Sumter; and James Smith, D-Richland, present a House Resolution recognizing and honoring the Rev. James Blassingame for his years of service … more

ELECTION 2018: Know your precinct and polling location for Tuesday's primaries in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon counties

Following are the precincts and polling information for Tuesday's primary elections. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you do not know your precinct or have your voter card, go to … more

Sumter City Council to meet Tuesday

Sumter City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers, Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider first reading of an ordinance to annex 8.21 acres of land at 1501 Camden Highway … more

Sumter City Council to convey portion of property on Liberty

Sumter City Council approve second and final reading of an ordinance to convey a portion of property - 30-feet-by-4-feet - at the Liberty Center, 12 W. Liberty St., to a neighboring property owner to … more
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